RPTQs, Plus Dreamhack Austin

Posted in Competitive Gaming on February 23, 2017

By Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg is a writer and gamer and has been part of the Magic text coverage team since 2011. He joined Wizards as organized play’s content specialist in June 2014.

With the next few weeks of Grand Prix and coverage nearly locked, it's time to look toward two other exciting sets of events. One comprises the store-based Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers, where players will be competing for invitations to Pro Tour Amonkhet. The other involves a very sweet digital festival and a special something for Magic players who either plan to attend or may want to go.

RPTQs for Pro Tour Amonkhet

Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers (RPTQs) for Pro Tour Amonkhet begin this weekend, giving players from all over the world who earned their entrance through the last round of Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifiers a chance at making their way to Magic's big stage!

RPTQs take place in sixteen cities all around the world this weekend, and another sixteen take place next weekend. The format for this round of RPTQs is Standard. For the exact locations and dates, please refer to the RPTQs for Pro Tour Amonkhet information page.

All players who participate in a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier this round will receive an event-exclusive promo card featuring Emrakul, the Aeons Torn in alternate art as well as a deck box.

The Top 16 players at each RPTQ also receive an event-exclusive playmat.

The Top 4 players from each in-person RPTQ will receive invitations and airfare to compete in Pro Tour Amonkhet, hosted in Nashville, Tennessee, May 12–14.

In addition to these, there will be two RPTQs hosted on Magic Online, with the first taking place March 4 and the other taking place March 11. For specific information on these RPTQs, including the number of invitations up for grabs and additional prizing details, please visit the information page link above.

Not qualified for this round, but interested in getting in on the action for Pro Tour Hour of Devastation later this year? Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifiers are going on now at game stores worldwide, so check here for more information and check with your local store to see if one is coming up near you!

Top decklists from this round of RPTQS will be posted on March 9, in two weeks.

Magic at Dreamhack

Fan of e-sports? Like playing Magic? How about both?

Then you should check out Dreamhack's events in the United States this year because Cascade Games and Dreamhack have teamed up to bring you Magic at what has become one of the coolest showcases of all things e-sports and video games in recent years.

Starting with Dreamhack Austin April 28–30, attendees can participate in Magic events all weekend, featuring a robust side event schedule and a prize wall where you can redeem your tickets for some sweet swag. Of course, if you're looking for a little more, I have good news for you.

On Friday and Saturday, scheduled events will help you on your path to the grand finals on Sunday. Any player who scores four wins in a single scheduled event automatically gains entry into Sunday's grand finals, where players will participate in a 64-person Draft event that features a $10,000 prize pool.

Participating in these events earns players points on a leaderboard, and after Friday and Saturday have concluded, any remaining seats in the 64-person Draft event on Sunday will be awarded to the top players on the leaderboard.

For full information on Dreamhack Austin's Magic events, as well as ticket information, please refer to the Dreamhack Austin website.

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