Pro Tour Qualifier Journey into Nyx Season Announcement

Posted in Feature on November 11, 2013

By Mike Turian

Before joining Magic Online as its digital product manager, Mike worked as a producer for Wizards's technology department, a product manager for organized play, and as an R&D lead developer. He has played Magic Online since it came out in 2002 and Magic since The Dark.

Pro Tour Journey into Nyx takes place May 16-18, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA; only the best will have what it takes to qualify for a spot. The Magic Online Pro Tour Journey into Nyx Qualifier season will consist of 16 events between December 7, 2013 and March 9, 2014. Prove yourself and cement your place at Pro Tour Journey into Nyx, all while basking in the cool, comfortable glow of your computer screen.

Beginning this season, we’ve made some changes to the Pro Tour Qualifiers to help distinguish Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifiers events from our regularly scheduled event offerings. While most Magic Online events have a relatively flat prize structures, Pro Tour Qualifiers will have a new, top-heavy prize structure to better represent their role in providing players the chance to play on Magic’s ultimate proving ground: the Pro Tour. And since the primary goal of the Pro Tour Qualifiers is to qualify people for Pro Tour, we have restructured our Pro Tour Qualifiers to payout prizes distributed more towards players who made—or were in contention to make—the Top 8 of the event. That means there will no longer be the need to play on for 11 rounds, only to be awarded 1 booster for your efforts.

For Constructed events, this redistribution of prizes will not remove any booster prizes, but only change which players will be receiving them. For Limited events, the entry fee will be raised to 40 tickets, and over 1500 boosters will be added to the prize structure. This more than doubles the boosters awarded in the previous Limited Pro Tour Qualifier prize structure. All players who make the Top 8 in Limited events will now also receive a full set of a current Magic Online release. In addition, all Top 8 finishers in both Constructed and Limited events will receive 15 Qualifier Points.

The Pro Tour Challenge events for both Constructed and Limited have seen prize increases as well: An invite to the Pro Tour Challenge is still part of the prizes for the winner of the Pro Tour Qualifier; we have increased the prizes by $500 for the Pro Tour Challenge to $1500.

See below for PTQ and Pro Tour Challenge prize details, and visit the PTQ Journey into Nyx page for the full schedule and further information about Pro Tour Qualifiers on Magic Online.

Magic Online Pro Tour Journey into Nyx Qualifier Sealed Events
START TIMES See schedule above.
LOCATION Scheduled Events room.
ENTRY REQUIREMENT 40 Event Tickets.
PRODUCT For Sealed Deck PTQs, Magic Online will provide six booster packs of the appropriate type for each event.
SIZE 33 players minimum, 1024 players maximum.
DURATION A number of 50-minute Swiss pairing rounds determined by attendance. For Sealed Deck PTQs, the Top 8 includes drafting and deck building time, plus three rounds, single elimination.
Attendance Swiss Rounds Playoff
33 - 64 6 rounds Top 8
65 - 128 7 rounds Top 8
129 - 212 8 rounds Top 8
213 - 384 9 rounds Top 8
385 - 672 10 rounds Top 8
673 - 1024 11 rounds Top 8
PRIZES Prizes are based on final standings at the end of the tournament. The booster pack and complete set prizes for each Pro Tour Qualifier will be selected by Wizards of the Coast from a current Magic: The Gathering set or expansion available in Magic Online at the time of the event.
Place Prizes QPs
1st Pro Tour Journey into Nyx Invitation
Pro Tour Journey into Nyx Challenge Invitation
1 complete premium foil set
216 booster packs
1,000 Planeswalker Points
15
2nd 1 complete standard non-foil set
180 booster packs
15
3rd - 4th 144 booster packs 15
5th - 8th 108 booster packs 15
9th - 32nd 72 booster packs 0

Magic Online Pro Tour Journey into Nyx Qualifier Constructed Events
START TIMES See schedule above.
LOCATION Scheduled Events room.
ENTRY REQUIREMENT 30 Event Tickets.
FORMAT Standard.
SIZE 33 players minimum, 1024 players maximum.
DURATION Swiss rounds (determined by entries), followed by a single elimination Top 8.
PRIZES Prizes are based on final standings at the end of the tournament. The booster pack and complete set prizes for each Pro Tour Qualifier will be selected by Wizards of the Coast from a current Magic: The Gathering set or expansion available in Magic Online at the time of the event.
Place Prizes QPs
1st Pro Tour Journey into Nyx Invitation
Pro Tour Journey into Nyx Challenge Invitation
1 complete premium foil set
180 booster packs
1,000 Planeswalker Points
15
2nd 1 complete standard non-foil set
144 booster packs
15
3rd - 4th 72 booster packs 15
5th - 8th 54 booster packs 15
9th - 32nd 24 booster packs 0

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