Wizards of the Coast is awarding Sponsor's Exemption invitations and airfare to players who showed excellence in play and positive community activity during the qualifying season but did not earn an invitation through other means. This consideration includes quantity and quality of finishes at Grand Prix events and Pro Tour Qualifiers during the qualifying season, and results from Pro Tour Return to Ravnica. Sponsor's Exemption invitations for Pro Tour Gatecrash have been awarded to Harry Corvese (United States), Pierre Dagen (France), Louis Deltour (France), Eric Froehlich (United States), and Jon Stern (Canada). At the conclusion of future qualifying seasons, Wizards of the Coast will examine the list of uninvited players and award Sponsor's Exemption invitations at its sole discretion.
You can see a complete list of invited players here.
The live coverage of Pro Tour Gatecrash begins Friday, February 15, on DailyMTG.com and twitch.tv/magicprotour. The live video stream starts Friday at 9 a.m. Montreal time. Day One will begin with three rounds of Booster Draft, a change from previous Pro Tours, and will be followed by five rounds of Standard. Day Two will follow the same schedule. Brian David-Marshall, Rich Hagon, Rashad Miller, Zac Hill, Marshall Sutcliffe, and Tim Willoughby will bring you round-by-round coverage, player interviews, deck techs, and behind-the-scenes information from inside Magic R&D. Stay on top of every tidbit leading up to the Pro Tour and all the weekend's action by using the official hashtag #ptgtc. Find a time zone near you in the chart below to know when to tune in for the live stream.
|Montreal||9 a.m.||9 a.m.||11 a.m.|
|Los Angeles||6 a.m.||6 a.m.||8 a.m.|
|Chicago||8 a.m.||8 a.m.||10 a.m.|
|New York||9 a.m.||9 a.m.||11 a.m.|
|Rio de Janeiro||Noon||Noon||2 p.m.|
|London||2 p.m.||2 p.m.||4 p.m.|
|Paris||3 p.m.||3 p.m.||5 p.m.|
|Berlin||3 p.m.||3 p.m.||5 p.m.|
|Moscow||6 p.m.||6 p.m.||8 p.m.|
|Tokyo||11 p.m.||11 p.m.||1 a.m. Monday|
|Sydney||1 a.m. Saturday||1 a.m. Sunday||3 a.m. Monday|
Looking for a path on the Pro Tour? Check out the list of ways to earn an invitation here. The current qualifying season runs until March 17, so find a Pro Tour Qualifier near you and get started on your road to Pro Tour Dragon's Maze in San Diego, to be held May 17-19, 2013.