2009 PLAY THE GAME, SEE THE WORLD Championship Tournament Official Rules

Posted in Feature on July 9, 2009

By Wizards of the Coast

The winner of the PLAY THE GAME, SEE THE WORLD Championship tournament will win the prize described below. The championship tournament will take place Sunday, November 22, 2009 at the Magic: The Gathering World Championship Tournament at the Palazzo Dei Congressi in Rome, Italy. The format of the Championship tournament is Zendikar Sealed Deck. There will be no entry fee for the Championship tournament. To play you must have a valid passport, and sign a Participant Agreement stating you will abide by these official Rules. If you are a minor, your parent or guardian must also sign the Participation Agreement.

This tournament is sponsored by the Wizards of the Coast LLC, with a principal place of business at 1600 Lind Ave. SW, Suite 400, Renton, WA 98057 ("Sponsor" or "we" or "Wizards").

HOW TO PLAY: Players will need to qualify to play in this championship tournament. Players may qualify in 1 of 3 ways:

    1. 3 Public events at Worlds (run November 19-21, 2009) will be designated as events which will qualify players for the PLAY THE GAME, SEE THE WORLD Championship tournament. The top 2 finishers at each of these events (Top 2 teams from the 2HG event) will qualify to play in the Championship tournament. (8 players)

    2. In the summer and fall of 2009 we will run a number of tournaments in the selected markets within Europe in retail stores. The winner from each of these events will be qualified to play in the PLAY THE GAME, SEE THE WORLD Championship tournament. (# of players TBD, dependent on # of events). Stores will be solicited by the Wizards Play Network.

    3. From June to September 2009, in Italy approximately 100 stores will organize 10-20 events each, known as the "PLAY THE GAME, SEE THE WORLD ITALIAN CHALLENGE SERIES." These events will lead to final events that qualify those winners to participate in the PLAY THE GAME, SEE THE WORLD Championship tournament.

The winner of the Championship tournament will receive one (1) roundtrip coach air ticket from the international airport nearest the player's home to the host city of each of three (3) Magic: The Gathering Pro Tours to be held in 2010 and the Magic: The Gathering World Championships; and four (4) night's accommodation (single occupancy, room, and tax only) at each Pro Tour location and at Worlds. Winner will receive instructions from Sponsor on whom he must contact and the deadline by which he must arrange travel. Sponsor will not refund travel made outside this service. All travel itineraries must include all the dates of that event. No portion of the prize will be substituted if winner is unable to accept it; and such portion of the prize will be forfeited. All other expenses are the responsibility of the winner and may include, without limitation, ground transportation, taxes, itinerary change fees, passport and visa fees. Approximate retail value of travel package is €5000 Euros. Actual value of trip may vary depending on winner's residence and seasonal rates.
The winner will also receive a package of travel accessories as determined by Wizards. Approximate retail value of travel accessories is €215 Euros.
Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to award a cash equivalent prize in lieu of the prize package in its sole discretion.
Winner must arrange his travel itinerary no later than (30) days before departure. Failure to complete travel arrangements as directed by Sponsor prior to this deadline will result in forfeiture of the award. Every member receiving a travel award must provide to Sponsor an executed Prize Winner Agreement or liability release, any applicable or requested taxation forms, and proof of ID and passport/visa (when required by international destination). In all cases, all such documentation must be provided to Wizards of the Coast, or previously on file, at least thirty (30) days before departure. Failure to timely provide such documentation will result in forfeiture of the award. Winner is solely responsible for obtaining and meeting all requirements of passports and visas necessary to travel internationally.
Odds of winning prize depend on number of eligible entries received and the skill of the participants. Winner may select either prize so long as the selection is made immediately upon being named a potential winner in the Championship Tournament. Potential winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and publicity and liability release.


No substitution of prize is offered, no transfer of prize to a third party is permitted, and non-cash prizes cannot be redeemed for cash value, except as determined in Wizards' sole discretion. Prize winners are responsible for any applicable federal, state or local taxes on prize; if applicable, winner may receive an IRS Form 1099 for tax for the value of the prize. The potential winner is responsible for ensuring that he complies with all the applicable tax laws and filing requirements.

By participating, all participants, on behalf of themselves, their executors, heirs and assigns, agree to release Wizards and its parent company, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents, employees and assigns (collectively, "Released Parties") from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages or losses of any kind to persons or property which may be sustained in connection with the conduct of the tournament, the administration of this tournament, any event or condition caused by something beyond the control of Sponsor that may disrupt or corrupt the tournaments described herein, any technical malfunction or problem that occurs during the tournaments, the receipt, ownership or use of a prize, or any printing or typographical error in any material associated with the tournaments. Under no circumstances will Wizards or its parent company or affiliates be liable for punitive, incidental, consequential, or any other damages.

All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any participant from the tournaments if, in Sponsor's sole discretion, it reasonably believes that a participant has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the tournaments by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices or annoys, abuses, threatens or harasses any other participants, viewers, or the Sponsor.

Participants agree that personal data including, but not limited to, name, mailing address, phone number, and email address may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used for the purposes of conducting and administering the tournaments. This data may also be used by Sponsor to verify a participant's identity, postal address and telephone number in the event a participant qualifies for the prize as well as to deliver the applicable prize. The data will be used in accordance with Sponsor's privacy policy, which is located on its web site, www.wizards.com.

By accepting the prize, participant agrees to allow Sponsor and its agencies, to use his or her name and/or likeness for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law
If for any reason the tournaments are not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the tournaments, Wizards reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the tournaments. Wizards further reserves the right to disqualify any participant who tampers with any part of the tournaments. Any attempt by a participant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the tournaments is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such participant to the fullest extent of the applicable law.
This promotion shall be governed by, subject to, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington, USA excluding all conflict of law rules. If any provision(s) of these rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.

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