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Zendikar Rising Qualifier Weekend

August 13, 2020
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Zendikar Rising Qualifier Weekend Schedule

Zendikar Rising Qualifier Weekends will take place on the following days:

Qualifier Weekend Format Qualification Method from Ranked Play
September 12-13, 2020 Historic Constructed Finish in the Top 1,200 in Limited or Constructed in June, July, or August 2020 Ranked Seasons
October 24-25, 2020 Standard Constructed Finish in the Top 1,200 in Limited or Constructed in September 2020 Ranked Season
November 7-8, 2020 Standard Constructed Finish in the Top 1,200 in Limited or Constructed in October 2020 Ranked Season





There are additional means of earning entry into Zendikar Rising Qualifier Weekends, including (but not limited to):

  • Finishing with at least five (5) match wins in Day Two the immediately previous Arena Open event.
  • Finishing with at least six (6) match wins during Day One of the previous month's Qualifier Weekend. (This begins with the October Qualifier Weekend.)
  • Players that earned four (4) or more Mythic Points—"the Top 200"—across 2Q Mythic Qualifier and Mythic Point Challenge events.
  • Players that earned 33 or more match points in a Players Tour Online event from June of 2020.
  • Being a member of the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Fame.

Additional means of being eligible for Zendikar Rising 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:

October 2020 Zendikar Rising Qualifier Weekend Event Information

General Timeline

Please note the start and end times for the October 2020 Zendikar Rising Qualifier Weekend have been updated from previous Qualifier Weekend events and should be reviewed carefully.

October 22

9 a.m. PDT (14:00 UTC): Eligible players will see the Qualifier Weekend event in-game.



If you believe you have qualified and you do not see the event in-game, please Customer Support by Thursday, October 22 at 5 p.m. PDT (0:00 UTC October 23). Failure to do so may prevent you from participating in the Qualifier Weekend.

October 24

6 a.m. PDT (13:00 UTC): Day 1 event begins.

8 a.m. PDT (15:00 UTC): Day 1 event entry is closed. Players must have joined the in-game event prior to the 8 a.m. PDT deadline to begin playing their matches.

5 p.m. PDT (00:00 UTC October 25): Matchmaking queue is disabled. In-progress games will be allowed to finish.

Players who reach seven (7) match wins in Day 1 are eligible to play in Day 2 and will receive a token that lets them enter Day 2. 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.





PLEASE NOTE: European regions that observe daylight savings will be playing through daylight savings this weekend. We strongly advise players from Europe who are affected by this pay special attention to the UTC time in relation to their region's observed time change and that they play accordingly during this weekend.

October 25

6 a.m. PDT (13:00 UTC): Day 2 event begins.



8 a.m. PDT (15:00 UTC): Day 2 event entry is closed. Players must have joined the in-game event prior to the 8 a.m. PDT deadline to begin playing their matches.

5 p.m. PDT (00:00 UTC October 26): Matchmaking queue is disabled. In-progress games will be allowed to finish.

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.

Event Information

Eligibility

Players must be 18 years or older to compete in the Zendikar Rising Qualifier Weekend.

The top 1,200 Mythic-ranked players in either Constructed or Limited during September 2020 Ranked Seasons, players with Challenger status from Q2 2020 Mythic Points earned, players who reached five (5) or more wins in Day 2 of the August Arena Open, and players who received eligibility via other means as previously listed are eligible to compete.

If you do not see the Challenger badge on your profile page and you believe you earned eligibility to participate, you must contact Customer Support 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 Support. Failure to do so may prevent you from participating in the event.

Format

The format will be best-of-three Standard 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 seven (7) wins or two (2) losses on Day 2 (if eligible to play 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 be given a match loss regardless of the current board state.

Event

Once the game update is live on October 22, eligible players will see a Qualifier Weekend event in Magic: The Gathering Arena. This is the event you will join on Saturday, September 12. 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. PDT (13:00 UTC) on October 24, eligible players will be able to join the Qualifier Weekend event in Magic: The Gathering Arena. On the event page, you must hit "Start" to confirm your entry in the event. Players will have until 8 a.m. PDT (15:00 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.

Deck Submission

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.

Event End

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 two (2) losses, whichever comes first on Day 2.

Players will have until 5 p.m. PDT each day to complete all their matches. Any matches currently in progress as of 5 p.m. PDT will be allowed to complete; however, players will not be able to join any new matches.

Prizes

Players will receive gems based on the number of match wins they earn in Day 1 as follows:

Match Wins Gems
7 1200
6 1200
5 1000
4 800
3 600
2 400
1 200

Additionally, players who earn six (6) or more match wins on Day 1 will ensure their eligibility to participate in the following month's Qualifier Weekend regardless of their monthly ranked season performance. The Challenger role will be granted to those players in the first 3-5 business days following the start of a new monthly 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:

Match Wins Gems
7 6000
6 6000
5 5000
4 4000
3 3000
2 2000
1 1000

All players who reach seven (7) wins will receive invitation to compete in the Zendikar Rising 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 Zendikar Rising 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)

All players who reach six (6) wins but not seven (7) wins in Day 2 will be eligible to participate in the following month's Qualifier Weekend and will receive automatic entry into Day 2.

Contact Information

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 Support, subject line: "Qualifier Weekend".

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