2009 Australia National Championship Public Events

Posted in Feature on April 20, 2009

By Wizards of the Coast

July 17th, 18th and 19th
Rydges Lakeside, London Circuit, Canberra

This flyer lists the public-entry events that will be on offer as Ancillary Events at the 2009 Australian National Championships for Magic: the Gathering. The event program features a wide and varied selection of activities, including formal Qualifiers (for both the National Championships themselves, and a Standard Constructed Qualifier for Pro Tour Austin), organised tournaments, and on-demand events. There are many different formats to choose from, all with generous prizes, making for a fun-filled long weekend of gaming! The venue will be open from 8:45am until 11:00pm each day. Further details can be obtained from the David Low, the Ancillary Events Organiser, via E-Mail to dlow@actewagl.net.au or telephone 0413-556-683. See document updates and extra information at http://dlow.actewagl.net.au/ausnats09-side.htm.

Programmed Events

These are tournaments that are programmed into the weekend, with fixed formats and starting times. Since many events have a limited number of places, you are advised to register early. Registration closes five minutes before the advertised starting time. The Tournament Organiser may cancel any Programmed Event that does not have at least 8 participants (or 3 teams) by the close of Registration. All rounds are of 50 minutes duration (plus up to five extra turns to bring the match to a conclusion). Draft events allow 30 minutes to draft before 15 minutes of deck construction; Sealed Deck events allow 30 minutes of deck construction. Events are sanctioned where possible.

Special Deal: Players may purchase an "All Day Ticket" for $100, valid for Friday 17th July, which provides entry to all Nationals Open Qualifiers (including Nationals Open Qualifier Sealed #1 if preregistered and prepaid by 5pm Monday 13th July; details on how to preregister are available at the website mentioned in the first paragraph). If you qualify for Nationals while playing on this ticket, you get free entry to a draft event (Nationals Practice or "on-demand") sometime over the long weekend; if you don't qualify for Nationals after playing all day Friday on this ticket, you get a bonus booster prize in every Programmed Event you enter for the rest of the long weekend!

There are also $100 tickets available on Friday and Saturday, which give entry to each of the three Magic-2010 Launch Parties that day. These tickets must be purchased before the first event each day begins (i.e. before 10 am Friday, or before 9:30 am Saturday).

Prizes

The National Open Qualifiers award a mixed booster display (36 packs) to all players who make it to the final single-elimination round, plus Nationals qualification to the winner(s) of that final round. QT Austin offers prizes based on finishing position at the end of the Swiss rounds, with the top-8 then playing off for the PT invitation. Other events award participation prizes of one booster per round you play, handed out when you leave the event. In addition, Programmed (not On-Demand) Events award a mixed booster display to the winner (split amongst any/all players tied for first place on total match points).

Junior players (age 16 and under) get a bonus booster prize for every Programmed Event they enter. Proof of age must be presented upon request.

On-Demand Events

These require a group of eight players: the tournament staff will be happy to assist you with circulating an expressions-of-interest list. Both constructed and limited (sealed or draft) events are available, and are sanctioned where possible. These events run for three Swiss rounds. On-demand events are available from 10 am each morning, and have a "last-start" curfew of 7 pm each night.

Constructed events: format can be anything you can get at least eight people to agree upon! Some ideas are listed at the end of this document, and more are available at http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dci/doccenter/home. Entry fee is $15 per player.

Limited (draft) events: an entry fee of $20 (Odyssey and later packs) or $30 (pre-Odyssey packs) per player gets each player a set of three boosters to draft. Drafts are usually conducted with one booster from each set in a "block"; but any mix of available stock is possible, with the agreement of the players.

Limited (sealed deck) events: an entry fee of $40 (Onslaught and later packs) or $60 (pre-Onslaught packs) per player gets each player either six boosters, or a tournament pack plus two boosters.

Deck Construction Rules

Details on tournament formats, banned lists, and floor rules can be found at:
http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dci/doccenter/home. You should be familiar with the Universal Tournament Rules, the Magic: The Gathering Floor Rules, the DCI Magic Tournament Policy, and the Penalty Guidelines, all of which are linked from that page.

CONSTRUCTED FORMATS: minimum deck size 60 cards, optional 15-card sideboard, no more than four copies of any one card between deck and sideboard in total (except basic land, which has no restrictions). Swaps from the sideboard may be made between games on a one-for-one basis (the sideboard must always contain exactly 15 cards).

LIMITED FORMATS: minimum deck size 40 cards, unused cards are your sideboard. Any number of changes to your deck using sideboard cards may be made between games, but you must keep a minimum 40-card deck size. Required basic land is provided upon request.

Important Note Regarding Registration

Players in DCI Sanctioned Events are required to have a DCI Membership Number in order to play. Bring your DCI Membership Card with you! DCI Membership is free, and new players can obtain a DCI Membership Card and Number from their local DCI Tournament Organiser, or at the Nationals themselves. Players will not be allowed to enter Sanctioned Events without either their DCI Membership Card, or knowledge of their DCI Membership Number. All Constructed events require a deck list to be submitted upon registration. Blank decklists are available for download at the website.

Highlander Points List

Maximum SEVEN (7) points from this list allowed in your deck/sideboard combined!

4 points: Ancestral Recall, Black Lotus, Tinker;
3 points: Balance, Demonic Tutor, Imperial Seal, Mox Emerald, Mox Jet, Mox Pearl, Mox Ruby, Mox Sapphire, Protean Hulk, Sol Ring, Time Vault, Time Walk, Vampiric Tutor, Worldgorger Dragon, Yawgmoth's Will;
2 points: Channel, Crucible of Worlds, Gifts Ungiven, Mana Crypt, Memory Jar, Mind Twist, Mishra's Workshop, Necropotence, Recurring Nightmare, Strip Mine, Survival of the Fittest, Tainted Pact, Time Spiral, Timetwister, Tolarian Academy, Wheel of Fortune, Yawgmoth's Bargain;
1 point: Enlightened Tutor, Fastbond, Force of Will, Grim Tutor, Intuition, Land Tax, Lim-Dul's Vault, Library of Alexandria, Life from the Loam, Mana Drain, Mana Vault, Merchant Scroll, Moat, Mystical Tutor, Oath of Druids, Price of Progress, Skullclamp, Umezawa's Jitte, Wasteland.

Friday 17th July

TIME: 9:00 am
TITLE: Nationals Open Qualifier, Sealed #1
FORMAT: Shards of Alara block Sealed Deck (two boosters of each set)
STRUCTURE: Single Elimination (2 qualify)
ENTRY FEE: $30, with entry by prepaid preregistration only

TIME: 9:30 am – 7:00 pm, on-demand
TITLE: Nationals Open Qualifier, Standard
FORMAT: Standard Constructed
STRUCTURE: 16-player Single Elimination
ENTRY FEE: $20

TIME: Three events – 10 am, 2 pm, 7 pm
TITLE: Magic-2010 Launch Party Events #1, #2 and #3
FORMAT: Magic-2010 Sealed Deck (six boosters)
STRUCTURE: Swiss (three rounds each)
ENTRY FEE: $40 each; or pay $100 before 10 am for an entry ticket to all three (10 am, 2 pm, 7 pm) Friday Launch Party Events!

TIME: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, on-demand
TITLE: Nationals Practice Booster Drafts
FORMAT: Shards of Alara block Booster Draft (one booster of each set)
STRUCTURE: draft plus three rounds
ENTRY FEE: $15 (no prizes, no discounts)

TIME: 12 noon
TITLE: Nationals Open Qualifier, Sealed #2
FORMAT: Shards of Alara block Sealed Deck (two boosters of each set)
STRUCTURE: Single Elimination (2 qualify)
ENTRY FEE: $30 each

TIME: 3:00 pm
TITLE: Nationals Open Qualifier, Sealed #3
FORMAT: Shards of Alara block Sealed Deck (two boosters of each set)
STRUCTURE: Single Elimination (2 qualify)
ENTRY FEE: $30 each

TIME: 6:00 pm
TITLE: In The Beginning...
FORMAT: Vintage Constructed
STRUCTURE: Swiss
ENTRY FEE: $20

Saturday 18th July

TIME: Three events – 9:30 am, 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm
TITLE: Magic-2010 Launch Party Events #4, #5 and #6
FORMAT: Magic-2010 Sealed Deck (six boosters)
STRUCTURE: Swiss (three rounds each)
ENTRY FEE: $40 each; or pay $100 before 9:30 am for an entry ticket to all three (9:30 am, 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm) Saturday Launch Party Events!

TIME: 11:00 am
TITLE: Metagame Sealed
FORMAT: Sealed deck (one booster of each of Magic-2010, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor, Eventide, Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn)
STRUCTURE: Swiss
ENTRY FEE: $40

TIME: 3:00 pm
TITLE: Backdraft
FORMAT: Odyssey-Torment-Judgment block Rochester draft; BUT each round you play against (not with) what you drafted! You have 30 minutes at the start of each round to construct your deck from your opponent's drafted pile of cra...cards.
STRUCTURE: Swiss, in draft pods (3 rounds).
ENTRY FEE: $20

TIME: 6:00 pm
TITLE: Highlander
FORMAT: Points System Vintage Highlander. All Vintage-legal cards allowed, but no more than one of any card (excluding basic lands); minimum 60-card deck, optional 15-card sideboard. Maximum of SEVEN (7) points from the points list above.
STRUCTURE: Swiss
ENTRY FEE: $20

Sunday 19th July

TIME: 10:00 am
TITLE: QT for Pro Tour Austin
FORMAT: Standard Constructed
STRUCTURE: Swiss; winner of top-8 single elimination final gets $US375 or paid airfare to participate in Pro Tour Austin
ENTRY FEE: $20

TIME: 1:30 pm
TITLE: Speed Duelling
FORMAT: Sealed Deck (two boosters of each of Onslaught, Legions, Scourge)
STRUCTURE: Swiss by game! Single-game 20-minute rounds (incomplete games decided on life total at the 20 minute mark). Ideally round-robin (depending on numbers).
ENTRY FEE: $30; win a booster per hour instead of per match!

TIME: 3:00 pm
TITLE: The Format Previously Called 1.5
FORMAT: Legacy Constructed
STRUCTURE: Swiss
ENTRY FEE: $20

TIME: 6:30 pm
TITLE: Two Old Heads
FORMAT: 2HG Sealed deck (each team of two players receives one booster of each of Ice Age, Urza's Saga, Urza's Legacy, Urza's Destiny, Invasion, Planeshift, Apocalypse)
STRUCTURE: Swiss
ENTRY FEE: $25 per head ($50 per team).
If you enter as an individual, we'll either find you a partner, or give you the cards for free!


[All as of 1st July 2009]

STANDARD CONSTRUCTED
LEGAL CARDSETS: Magic-2010, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor, Eventide, Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn.
BANNED CARDS: [none].

Shards of Alara BLOCK CONSTRUCTED
LEGAL CARDSETS: Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn.
BANNED CARDS: [none].

EXTENDED CONSTRUCTED
LEGAL CARDSETS: Eighth Edition, Ninth Edition, Tenth Edition, Magic-2010, Onslaught, Legions, Scourge, Mirrodin, Darksteel, Fifth Dawn, Champions of Kamigawa, Betrayers of Kamigawa, Saviors of Kamigawa, Ravnica, Guildpact, Dissension, Coldsnap, Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor, Eventide, Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn.
BANNED CARDS: Aether Vial, Disciple of the Vault, Sensei's Divining Top, Skullclamp.

LEGACY CONSTRUCTED
LEGAL CARDSETS: all Magic sets; any extension of the core set; all promotional cards released by Wizards of the Coast; with exceptions listed below (BANNED).
BANNED CARDS: Amulet of Quoz, Ancestral Recall, Balance, Bazaar of Baghdad, Black Lotus, Black Vise, Bronze Tablet, Channel, Chaos Orb, Contract From Below, Darkpact, Demonic Attorney, Demonic Consultation, Demonic Tutor, Dream Halls, Earthcraft, Entomb, Falling Star, Fastbond, Flash, Frantic Search, Goblin Recruiter, Grim Monolith, Gush, Hermit Druid, Illusionary Mask, Imperial Seal, Jeweled Bird, Land Tax, Library of Alexandria, Mana Crypt, Mana Drain, Mana Vault, Memory Jar, Metalworker, Mind Twist, Mind's Desire, Mishra's Workshop, Mox Emerald, Mox Jet, Mox Pearl, Mox Ruby, Mox Sapphire, Necropotence, Oath of Druids, Rebirth, Shahrazad, Skullclamp, Sol Ring, Strip Mine, Tempest Efreet, Time Spiral, Time Vault, Time Walk, Timetwister, Timmerian Fiends, Tinker, Tolarian Academy, Vampiric Tutor, Wheel of Fortune, Windfall, Worldgorger Dragon, Yawgmoth's Bargain, Yawgmoth's Will.

VINTAGE CONSTRUCTED
LEGAL CARDSETS: all Magic sets; any extension of the core set; all promotional cards released by Wizards of the Coast; with exceptions listed below (BANNED).
BANNED CARDS: Amulet of Quoz, Bronze Tablet, Chaos Orb, Contract from Below, Darkpact, Demonic Attorney, Falling Star, Jeweled Bird, Rebirth, Shahrazad, Tempest Efreet, Timmerian Fiends.
RESTRICTED CARDS (only one copy of each allowed): Ancestral Recall, Balance, Black Lotus, Brainstorm, Burning Wish, Channel, Demonic Consultation, Demonic Tutor, Fact or Fiction, Fastbond, Flash, Frantic Search, Gifts Ungiven, Gush, Imperial Seal, Library of Alexandria, Lion's Eye Diamond, Lotus Petal, Mana Crypt, Mana Vault, Memory Jar, Merchant Scroll, Mind's Desire, Mox Emerald, Mox Jet, Mox Pearl, Mox Ruby, Mox Sapphire, Mystical Tutor, Necropotence, Ponder, Regrowth, Sol Ring, Strip Mine, Thirst for Knowledge, Time Vault, Time Walk, Timetwister, Tinker, Tolarian Academy, Trinisphere, Vampiric Tutor, Wheel of Fortune, Windfall, Yawgmoth's Bargain, Yawgmoth's Will.

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