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Regional Pro Tour Qualifier at GP Indianapolis

There has been questions and discussion regarding the RPTQ to be held at Grand Prix Indianapolis.  The decision to move the event date to Friday at 2 PM has come with many questions.  Basically, in an attempt to offer the most opportunity to the largest number of players, Friday seemed to be the best option for the weekend.  This conclusion was made after polling many players at several Grand Prix and other locations.  Discussion was had between the Organizer and Wizards of the Coast OP Team and it seemed the best option was Friday afternoon.  Obviously this will not be perfect for everyone, and we apologize for this; however, we were trying to do the best for as many players as we could.  Players who Day 2 in the GP will not have to choose whether to play in the GP or the RPTQ.  Players who do not make Day 2 of the GP can still try to qualify for the Super Sunday Series.  If the RPTQ was on Sunday, these would both be significant issues in peoples' decisions about what they could play.  Again, we were working with what was possible, and this seemed the best option. 

 

On-Site Details

Date: Friday, October 30th
Registration: On-site only, 12 - 1:45 PM  Please come to the Registration Desk
Tournament Begins: 2 PM
Format: Modern (Decklists will be required and will be picked up at the Player Meeting)


Overview of the Regional Pro Tour Qualifier

Full details and link to qualifiers etc.... at http://magic.wizards.com/en/protour/rptq1st16

Bring your best Modern deck and your top strategies with you to a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier, and you may be one of the few to emerge from the event with an invitation and airfare to the first Pro Tour of 2016!

Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers for the first Pro Tour of 2016 take place on October 31 (in North America, Asia Pacific, and Japan) and November 7, 2015 (in Europe and Latin America). The exception to this is one Regional Pro Tour Qualifier in the United States, which will take place at Grand Prix Indianapolis on Friday, October 30th, 2015.

The Top 4 finishers of a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier with 128 or fewer players receive airfare and invitations to the first Pro Tour of 2016, while 5th- through 8th-place finishers receive invitations to the next round of Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers. If the Regional Pro Tour Qualifier is 129 or more players, 5th- through 8th-place finishers instead receive airfare and invitations to the first Pro Tour of 2016.

The format for this Regional Pro Tour Qualifier season is Modern Constructed.

As a reminder, players are only allowed to compete in one Regional Pro Tour Qualifier if they are qualified to play in one.

TENTATIVE LIST OF QUALIFIED PLAYERS

Qualification

Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers are an invitation-only event. An invitation to participate in a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier for the first Pro Tour of 2016 is offered to the following:

  • Players who have a Pro Tour Players Club Silver level (as of the date of the Regional Pro Tour Qualifier).
  • Players who won a Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier from June 6, 2015 to August 16, 2015.
  • Players who finished 5th- through 8th-place at a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier for Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar that had 128 or fewer players.

Eligibility

The following players may not compete in Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers for the first Pro Tour of 2016:

  • Players who have previously participated in a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier that awards an invitation to the first Pro Tour of 2016.
  • Players who have won a Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifier Final that awards an invitation to the first Pro Tour of 2016.
  • Players who have won a Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS) tournament, Player of the Year Championship tournament, or Last Chance Qualifier tournament that awards invitations to the first Pro Tour of 2016.
  • Players who finished in the Top 8 of an individual-format Grand Prix that awards invitations to the first Pro Tour of 2016.
  • Players who finished in the Top 4 of a team-format Grand Prix that awards invitations to the first Pro Tour of 2016.
  • Players who finished with 33 or more match points at Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar.
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club Gold or Platinum level (as of the date of the Regional Pro Tour Qualifier).
  • Players who are members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.

Complete information about invitations to Pro Tours can be found in the Magic: The Gathering Invitation Policy.

Promo Card and Deck Box

All participants in a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier receive an exclusive Liliana of the Veil promo card.

All participants in a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier receive an exclusive deck box.

General Information

The structure for Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers is modified Swiss-style. If the tournament is 129 or more players, the Top 8 at the end of Swiss earn invitations and airfare to The first Pro Tour of 2016.

If the tournament is 128 or fewer players, then top finishing players after the Swiss rounds play in one single-elimination playoff match to determine a Top 4.

  • Modern Constructed.
  • The list of banned cards for this format can be found here.
  • Decklists are required.
  • Swiss rounds will be 50 minutes in length.
  • Single-elimination playoff matches will have no time limit.

* Playoff will only take place if the tournament is 128 of fewer players

  • Playoff will only take place if the tournament is 128 or fewer players.
  • Playoff matches will be best two of three.
  • Playoff matches will be single-elimination.
  • Players will use the same decks from the Swiss rounds to play in the playoff.
  • While there are no time limits in the playoff rounds, players are expected to play at a reasonable pace and finish their matches within 60 minutes.
  • Standings after the Swiss rounds will be used to determine final order in the standings for losing players in the quarterfinal and semifinal playoff rounds.
  • For the first game of each match in the playoff, the player who finished higher in the Swiss rounds chooses either to play first or to play second. For subsequent games in each playoff match, the usual Play/Draw rule applies (loser of the previous game decides whether to play first in the next game).
  • The Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules and the Magic: The Gathering Infraction Procedure Guide are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Fact Sheet.
  • Players are responsible for bringing their own method of tracking life totals and appropriate counters or tokens.

There is no entry fee to compete in a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier.

Prizes

The Top 4 of each Regional PTQ with attendance of 128 or fewer players receive an invitation and travel award* to the first Pro Tour of 2016.

If the Regional PTQ has an attendance of 129 or more players, the Top 8 receive an invitation and travel award* to the first Pro Tour of 2016. There is no Top 8 playoff if the event has 129 or more players.

The Top 16 players in each Regional PTQ will receive a Regional PTQ playmat.

Booster Prizes will be awarded as expressed at http://magic.wizards.com/en/protour/rptq1st16

*Travel

The players eligible to receive a travel award will receive instructions from Wizards of the Coast regarding whom they must contact and the deadline by which they must arrange their travel awards. Wizards of the Coast will not refund travel made outside this service. Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to award a cash equivalent award in lieu of any travel award in its sole discretion.

All travel itineraries must be from the international airport nearest the player's home and to the host city of the Pro Tour, and must include all the dates of that event. No award will be substituted if member is unable to participate. All other expenses are the responsibility of the member and may include, without limitation, accommodations, ground transportation, taxes, itinerary change fees, passport and visa fees.

This award must be redeemed through member's arrangement of travel itinerary no later than (30) days before departure. Failure to complete travel arrangements as directed by Wizards of the Coast prior to this deadline will result in forfeiture of the award. Every member receiving a travel award must provide to Wizards of the Coast an executed liability release, the appropriate US taxation form (W9 or W8) (or have one on file), up-to-date contact information on your DCI membership, and proof of ID and passport (when required by international destination). In all cases, all such documentation must be provided to Wizards of the Coast, or must have been previously on file, at least thirty (30) days before departure. Failure to timely provide such documentation will result in forfeiture of the award.

Players under the age of eighteen (18) at the time of the Pro Tour will receive a cash equivalent award in lieu of expenses, paid air ticket, and/or hotel accommodations. Such player must still attend, compete, and be listed in the finish of the tournament or forfeit this award.

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