Pro Tour–Austin Event Information

Posted in Feature on August 31, 2009

By Wizards of the Coast

Austin Convention Center

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An Insider's Guide to the Pro Tour

The Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour travels to Texas for Pro Tour–Austin! Truly the crown in the Magic tournament circuit, the Pro Tour is a four-day Magic festival offering something for everyone whether you’re new to the game or a seasoned World Champion.

There will be a whole lot more than a $230,000 tournament taking place! Magic fans of all ages and experience levels will find something waiting for them at Pro Tour–Austin. Try Public Events, tournaments open to all and that throughout the weekend with fantastic prizes to boot. Face off against Magic celebrities in the Champions Challenge, or mingle with some of the game’s most talented artists as they sign cards for fans all weekend long. Get a glimpse into the pro lifestyle while seeing some of the game’s best in action live and up close. Whether you come for one day or the entire weekend, Pro Tour–Austin offers you the opportunity for an unforgettable Magic experience!

Pro Tour–Austin is an Extended/Booster Draft format event with an Extended Top 8 that runs October 16-18, 2009. The Last-Chance Qualifier will be held Thursday, October 15 at the Austin Convention Center, starting at 5 p.m. The format for the LCQ is Standard, with the top four finishers earning a spot in the main event. For more information, visit the complete Public Events schedule.

The capital of Texas, Austin is the 16th largest city in the United States and reflects a culture of artistic and individual expression. The city boasts a population of 1.5 million in the metropolitan area, and those residents enjoy 300 days of sunshine annually. Austin prides itself as the Live Music Capital of the World with nearly 200 venues throughout the city. Sixth Street, South Congress Avenue, the Warehouse, Second Street and Red River entertainment districts are among the top spots for listening to live music, dining, and nightlife. Austin is also home to the University of Texas, one of America's largest public institutions with nearly 50,000 students, and the headquarters for Dell Computer Corporation. Every spring Austin hosts South By Southwest (SXSW), a set of music, film, and technology festivals and conferences that showcase the convergence of media to foster creative and professional growth. In predominantly conservative Texas, Austin stands apart as a progressive city proud of the slogan "Keep Austin Weird!"

Tournament Location

Austin Convention Center
500 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Venue website

Tournament Hall Hours

Thursday, October 15: 4 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Friday, October 16: 7:30 a.m. - 3 a.m.
Saturday, October 17: 8 a.m. - 3 a.m.
Sunday, October 18: 8 a.m. - midnight

Tournament Format and Schedule

Pro Tour–Austin is a three-day Extended and Booster Draft format event with a prize purse of $230,795, with an Extended Top 8. For more information about the format, schedule, and prize payout, click here.

Hotel and Travel Information

Wizards of the Coast and JetBlue Airways are teaming up to offer a special rate for travelers coming to Pro Tour–Austin. Book your flight online and receive a 5% discount by using the special code ProTourAustin. Travel must be between October 12 and October 20. For more information, visit www.jetblue.com/promo.

A $15 taxi or $10 Super Shuttle ride take you the quick 7.5 miles from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to downtown.

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Media Requests

Please contact Hélène Bergeot at helene.bergeot@wizards.com if you wish to set up a press credential for Pro Tour–Austin. Wizards asks that all media requests be submitted by October 9 (one week prior to the event).

Site Attractions

PUBLIC EVENTS
Come one, come all to participate in four days of events open to the public. Starting Thursday with the Last-Chance Qualifier, there are tournaments, drafts, Elder Dragon Highlander, and open dueling all weekend. Pro Tour–Austin will also play host to a few extra-special events, such as two Pro Tour Qualifiers, the $3,000 Draft Challenge, Super Friday Night Magic, and the Magic Online Live Series Championship. Prizes include invitations and airfare to Pro Tour–San Diego 2010 and Pro Tour–San Juan 2010, iPods, digital cameras, foil sets of each set currently in Standard, uncut foil sheets of From the Vault: Exiled, and much more!

CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE
Test your Magic skills against Pro Tour Hall of Famers Darwin Kastle and Nicolai Herzog and Wizards R&D members Mark Rosewater, Matt Place, and Mark Globus. Win and you can walk away with cool Magic prizes!

ARTISTS ON SITE
Magic artists Dan Scott and Rob Alexander will be at Pro Tour–Austin. The artists booth will be open Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

PRO TOUR–AUSTIN VIDEO CONTEST
Heading to Austin for the Pro Tour? Document your experiences in the Texas state capital. Bring your video camera or camera phone, or check out one of ours at the site. Austin has great music, Magic, food, Magic, technology companies, and did we mention Magic—find your inspiration and roll tape! The top three videos win Flip Mino video cameras!

QUESTION MARK WITH MARK ROSEWATER
Put together your three-person team and get in on the game show that tests your Magic trivia knowledge, hosted Saturday night by the one and only Mark Rosewater. Top teams will receive Magic apparel from RYZWear.

WATCH THE TOP 8
All of Sunday's Top 8 action can be viewed on screens in the hall, with Pro Tour Hall of Famer Randy Buehler and Pro Tour Historian Brian David-Marshall providing the commentary. Sunday's action begins at 10:45 a.m. local time, which is 11:45 a.m. ET, and is available as a webcast from the comfort of your own home.

Come by the Wizards Information Booth at Pro Tour–Austin and get your premium foil copy of Treva, the Renewer (while supplies last).

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