Kaldheim Qualifier Weekend Schedule
Kaldheim Qualifier Weekends will take place on the following days:
|Dates||Format||Qualification Method from Ranked Play|
|December 19-20, 2020||Historic Constructed||Finish in the Top 1,200 of Mythic rank in Limited or Constructed for the November 2020 Ranked Season|
|January 16-17, 2021||Historic Constructed||Finish in the Top 1,200 of Mythic rank in Limited or Constructed for the December 2020 Ranked Season|
|February 27-28, 2021||Standard Constructed||Finish in the Top 1,200 of Mythic rank in Limited or Constructed for the January 2021 Ranked Season|
There are additional means of earning entry into Kaldheim Qualifier Weekends, including (but not limited to):
- Finishing the January 2021 Ranked Season as a Top 1200 Mythic-ranked player in either Constructed or Limited.
- Finishing with at least six (6) match wins during Day One of the previous month's Qualifier Weekend or competing in Day Two of the previous month's Qualifier Weekend.
- Players that qualified for the Zendikar Rising Championship (these players are eligible for all Kaldheim Qualifier Weekends, provided they are not already qualified for the Kaldheim Championship).
- Being a member of the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Fame.
Players who are qualified for the Kaldheim Championship are ineligible to compete in any Kaldheim Qualifier Weekends, regardless of standing in the ranked seasons that determine eligibility.
Additional means of being eligible for Kaldheim Qualifier Weekends may be available through tournaments or tournament series managed by approved tournament organizers. Please refer to the event information pages for approved tournament organizers for more details.
Current tournaments and tournament series in this category include (but are not necessarily limited to):
January 2021 Kaldheim Qualifier Weekend Event Information
Please note the start and end times for the January 2021 Kaldheim Qualifier Weekend have been updated from previous Qualifier Weekend events and should be reviewed carefully.
9 a.m. PST (17:00 UTC): Players with the Qualifier badge on their Profile page will be able to see the Day 1 event. Players with a Day 2 Token will only be able to see the Day 2 event.
If you believe you have qualified and you do not see the event in-game, please Customer Support by Thursday, January 14 at 5 p.m. PST (1:00 UTC January 15). Failure to do so may prevent you from participating in the Qualifier Weekend.
6 a.m. PST (14:00 UTC): Day 1 event begins and is the start of the 2-hour entry window.
8 a.m. PST (16:00 UTC): Day 1 event entry window closes. Players must have submitted a deck and joined the matchmaking queue prior to the 8 a.m. PST deadline to begin playing their matches.
5 p.m. PST (1:00 UTC January 17): Matchmaking queue is disabled. Matches in progress will be allowed to finish until the event ends.
6 p.m. PST (2:00 UTC January 17): Day 1 ends.
Players who reach seven (7) match wins in Day 1 are eligible to play in Day 2 and will receive a Day 2 token. The Day 2 event should be visible to players with a token, but players will be unable to join this event until the next day. Additionally, the Day 2 event, like the Day 1 event, can only be joined once.
6 a.m. PST (14:00 UTC): Day 2 event entry window opens.
8 a.m. PST (16:00 UTC): Day 2 event entry window closes. Players must have submitted a deck and joined the matchmaking queue prior to the 8 a.m. PST deadline to begin playing their matches.
5 p.m. PST (1:00 UTC January 18): Matchmaking queue is disabled. Matches in progress will be allowed to finish until the event ends.
6 p.m. PST (2:00 UTC January 18): Day 2 ends.
Please note that there will be significantly fewer players in the Day 2 event than the Day 1 event. Matchmaking times may be much longer than usual. Players should remain in the matchmaking queue even if the wait time takes a while as you may not have an opponent to compete against immediately.
Players must be 18 years or older to compete in the Kaldheim Qualifier Weekend.
The top 1,200 Mythic-ranked players in either Constructed or Limited during December 2020 Ranked Season, players who competed in the Zendikar Rising Championship, and players who received eligibility via other means as previously listed are eligible to compete.
The grant of Qualifier badges to accounts is a manual process completed by the 5th day of the month following the Ranked Season’s completion. Please wait to contact Customer Service until then to confirm your eligibility. If you do not see the Challenger badge on your profile page and you believe you earned eligibility to participate by that time, you must contact Customer Service immediately to confirm your eligibility. If you earned your qualification via tournament offering from one of our partners, please provide references of said prize in your ticket to Customer Service. Failure to do so may prevent you from participating in the event.
The format will be best-of-three Traditional Historic Constructed, including an optional 15-card sideboard, played in a special Magic: The Gathering Arena event queue. Players may compete until they receive seven (7) wins or three (3) losses on Day 1, and then (if eligible to play on Day 2) seven (7) wins or three (3) losses on Day 2, whichever comes first.
Each player will have 30 minutes on their respective match clock that will count down whenever that player has priority. If a player uses all their allotted 30 minutes of time before the current game finishes, they will lose the match regardless of the current board state.
Once the game update is live on January 14, eligible players will see a Qualifier Weekend event in Magic: The Gathering Arena. This is the event you will join on Saturday, January 16. Then, if you are eligible for Day 2 as a result of your Day 1 finish, you will be able to see the Day 2 event at the end of your course.
If you do not see the event, you will need to contact Customer Support as soon as possible.
Entering the Event
Starting at 6 a.m. PST (14:00 UTC) on January 16, eligible players will be able to join the Qualifier Weekend event in Magic: The Gathering Arena. On the event page, you must click "Start" to confirm your entry in the event. Players will have until 8 a.m. PST (16:00 UTC) to complete this step. Players are strongly encouraged to begin playing as soon as possible after the event starts to ensure enough time to play all your matches.
Once you have started the event, you will be given the option to submit your deck. Deck submissions are final once submitted. However, if you are eligible to participate in Day 2 you may choose to submit a different deck than on Day 1 for the Day 2 event. Once your deck is submitted, you will not be allowed to make any further changes, including the sideboard.
Participants will play until seven (7) wins or three (3) losses, whichever comes first on Day 1. If a player is eligible to participate on Day 2, those participants will play until seven (7) wins or three (3) losses, whichever comes first on Day 2.
Players will have until 6 p.m. PST each day to complete all their matches. Any matches currently in progress as of 5 p.m. PST will be allowed to complete; however, players will not be able to join any new matches.
Players will receive gems based on the number of match wins they earn in Day 1 as follows:
Additionally, players who earn six (6) or more match wins on Day 1 will be invited to participate in the following month's Qualifier Weekend regardless of their monthly ranked season performance. The Qualifier Badge will be granted to those players by the 5th of the month the following Ranked Season.
Players will receive their gem awards once they have completed their event.
Players who qualify for and compete in Day 2 will receive gems based on the number of match wins they earn in Day 2 as follows:
All players who reach seven (7) wins will receive invitation to compete in the Kaldheim Championship, provided they are eligible to participate in the event upon verification. Eligible players will be contacted within 3-5 business days to provide Wizards of the Coast the following information:
- Full Name
- Age (all players must be 18 years or older in order to participate in the Kaldheim Championship and all subsequent events that feed the Championship)
- DCI Number (an account can be created at accounts.wizards.com if a player does not have one)
Please note that players who qualify for a Split Championship will have 14 days to respond to the email they receive from Magic Esports. Otherwise, they forfeit their invitation. Qualified players should ensure that the email address associated to their Wizards Account—the account system used to log in to Magic: The Gathering Arena—is active and up-to-date.
All players who reach six (6) wins but not seven (7) wins in Day 2 will be eligible to participate in the next month’s Qualifier Weekend and will receive automatic entry into Day 2. Players who received an invitation to Day 2 of the next month’s Qualifier Weekend this way will be eligible for the following month’s Qualifier Weekend Day 1 event.
For any questions regarding eligibility or participating in the event, or if you encounter any issues with your account leading up to the event, please contact Customer Service, subject line: "Qualifier Weekend".