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Shards of Alara Nix Tix Sealed Deck Championship Series

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As previously announced in order to provide players with an opportunity to use their remaining Shards of Alara Tournament Packs, Magic Online will be offering the Shards of Alara Nix Tix Sealed Deck Championship series prior to the Conflux launch.

This series will consist of Nix Tix (no event tickets required) Shards of Alara sealed daily events and Swiss queues leading up to its championship.
ALA Nix Tix Sealed Daily Events

Dates: Wednesday, February 4, 2009 through Tuesday February 17, 2009.

All ALA Sealed Daily Events will be designated ALA Nix Tix QE's (Qualifying Events). Each ALA Nix Tix QE will invite the Top 8 finishers to play in the Shards of Alara Nix Tix Sealed Championship Tournament on Saturday, February 21, 2008 at 9:00 AM PST.

Format: ALA Sealed
Product: 1 ALA TP and 2 ALA boosters
Admission: Product only

Prize Support: Top 8 finishers of each ALA Nix Tix Qualifier are invited to the Shards of Alara Nix Tix Sealed Championship Tournament in addition to earning the regular prizes which are as follows:

Finish Prizes
1st 24 Shards of Alara boosters
2nd 18 Shards of Alara boosters
3rd-4th 12 Shards of Alara boosters
5th-8th 6 Shards of Alara boosters

ALA Nix Tix Swiss Sealed Queues

Dates: Wednesday, February 4, 2009 through Tuesday February 17, 2009.

Format: 8-player Swiss Sealed events (3 rounds)
Product:: 1 ALA TP and 2 ALA boosters
Admission: Product only

Prize Support: The winner of each ALA Nix Tix Sealed Swiss queue will be invited to the Shards of Alara Nix Tix Sealed Championship Tournament in addition to earning the regular prizes which are 2 Shards of Alara booster packs per win .

Shards of Alara Nix Tix Sealed Championship

START TIME: Saturday February 21, 2009 9:00 am PST.

PRODUCT: Shards of Alara Tournament Pack, 2 Shards of Alara boosters. Top 8 Booster draft. The booster draft format will be 3 Shards of Alara boosters per player.

ADMISSION: FREE – (No Tix, No Product, Invitation only)

PRIZE SUPPORT:

Place Shards of Alara boosters
1 72
2 48
3-4 36
5-8 18
9-16 12
17-32 6
33-64 3

Although players may have multiple accounts qualified for the Shards of Alara Nix Tix Sealed Championship event, players are not permitted to have more than 1 of their accounts entered in the event. Players are not permitted to have secondary accounts played by another person. If a player is discovered to have more than 1 account playing in the Championship before, during, or after the event, appropriate penalties will be applied (including disqualification from the event with no refund of product or event tickets).

Playing on another person's account, selling your account, etc. are all violations of the Terms of Service. If you play in these, win, and expect to get your prize, be very, very sure you are on your own account. We do not recognize "I and a friend jointly own the account," "It's my brother's account but he gave it to me," or similar. The only exception is an adult may authorize a single dependent child age 13-18 to play on an account that adult has purchased.

All players that have qualified for the Shards of Alara Nix Tix Sealed Championship will be registered into the championship after the downtime on Wednesday February 18. It will be the player's responsibility to make sure that they have been properly entered into this event and are able to join it PRIOR to the start of the Tournament. If a player is qualified and is unable to join the tournament, they will need to contact customer service to get this corrected.

Important information regarding system crashes for the Shards of Alara Nix Tix Sealed Championship

If during the scheduled Shards of Alara Nix Tix Sealed Championship the system crashes, 1 of 2 things will happen:

  1. The system will come right back up. In this case:
    • The event will continue and additional time will be given to allow players to finish the event
  2. If the system cannot recover the event and "finishes" (prematurely ends) the event, or a WOTC Tournament Coordinator must "finish" (prematurely end) the event within 2 hours of the events scheduled start time:
    • The event will re-created and start over from the beginning. Results from the previous event will not be carried over.
    If the event is still in its Swiss Rounds though not the final Swiss round and has been running for more than 2 hours:
    • The event will be considered canceled and will be rescheduled for Sunday January 18, 2009 9:00 am PST/1700 UTC. Results from the previous event will not be carried over.
    If the event is in the final round of Swiss play:
    • The results of the last completed round of Swiss play will be official and the top 8 players from Swiss play will be invited to participate in an 8-player Single Elimination Standard queue and play it out to determine the final standings.
    If the event is in the Top 8:
    • The results of the last completed round of Single Elimination will be official and the remaining players will be invited to participate in a queue of the correct designated size (8, 4, or 2) and play out to determine the final standings.
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