2008 Great British National Championship
Format and Schedule

Updated 2008-08-21

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The Magic: the Gathering® 2008 Great British National Championship will be held on August 15-17 at M-fest in The NEC, Birmingham. Last-chance qualifiers will take place August 14.

Registration Information

Great British Nationals registration will occur from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 14, 2008 at:

Pavillion
The NEC
Birmingham
B40 1NT

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Great British Nationals. Forms can be downloaded at www.wizards.com/protour and will be available onsite.

Minors must have a parent or guardian's signature on these forms. Minor's will not be able to register or play unless we receive a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions!

Bring these forms with you to registration. We will make forms available for competitors at registration, if necessary.
To register, all participants must present one of the following forms of identification:

  • a driver's license, or
  • a passport, or
  • a copy of a birth certificate and photo IDs (school IDs are acceptable).

We encourage players to attend registration on Thursday. However we understand that delays might cause players to miss this and we will have late registration on Friday morning from 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM.

Players not registered by 9:45 AM on August 15 may be denied entry to Great British Nationals.

If you anticipate any difficulty registering during the official registration hours, please contact Colin Smith on 07775 753 138 or colin.smith@hasbro.co.uk.

Tournament Format and Structure

All Universal Tournament Rules and Magic: the Gathering Floor Rules are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Format Document

Format

  • Standard and Booster Draft formats.
  • 2 Lorwyn™ booster packs and 1 Morningtide™ booster pack will be used for drafting on Day 1
  • 2 Shadowmoor™ booster packs and 1 Eventide™ booster pack will be used for drafting on Day 2
  • Deck lists are required
  • Check www.thedci.com for Standard and Booster Draft format rules.
  • Tournament Structure

  • Day 1 will consist of 3 rounds of Standard followed by 4 rounds of Lorwyn Block Booster Draft
  • Day 2 will consist of 3 rounds of Shadowmoor Block Booster Draft followed by 4 rounds of Standard
  • 14 Swiss Rounds total
  • Top 8 (Day 3) will consist of a single-elimination playoff
  • Top 8 (Day 3) will be Standard
  • Round Length

  • 60 minutes per round
  • When time is called, the active player will finish the turn and five additional turns will be taken
  • Top 8 single-elimination finals have no time limit; however, players are expected to play at a reasonable pace and finish their matches within 90 minutes.
  • Stalling and slow play rules will be strictly enforced during the tournament.
  • Advancement

  • All players may participate in all 7 Swiss rounds of Friday's competition.
  • All players may participate in all 7 Swiss rounds of Saturday's competition.
  • The top 8 players after round 14 will advance to Sunday's top 8 single-elimination finals.
  • Top 8

  • Top 8 matches will be best 3 of 5
  • Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will still be used to determine final order in the standings.
  • While there are no time limits in the Top 8, players are expected to play at a reasonable pace and finish their matches within 90 minutes.
  • Notes

  • 40K, REL Professional
  • Players are required to use the same Standard deck for day 1, day 2, and Top 8.
  • All Universal Tournament Rules and Magic: the Gathering Floor Rules are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Format Document
  • Players are responsible for knowing all DCI rules and high-level tournament rules
  • Players must bring pen, paper, card sleeves and appropriate counters (not coins or poker chips)
  • Tournament Schedule

    Friday Schedule
    9:55 AM Seating for player meeting posted.
    10:00 AM Mandatory Player meeting begins. Deck lists are collected from player tables by judges.
    10:15 AM Day 1 play begins.

    Saturday Schedule
    9:55 AM Day 2 pairings posted.
    10:00 AM Day 2 play begins.

    Sunday Schedule
    10:30 AM Finals players check in at feature match area.
    11:00 AM Single-elimination Finals matches begin.

    Prizes

    Place Prize Pro Points Place Prize Pro Points
    1 $4,000 10 9   2
    2 $2,000 8 10   2
    3 $1,000 6 11   2
    4 $1,000 6 12   2
    5 $500 4 13   1
    6 $500 4 14   1
    7 $500 4 15   1
    8 $500 4 16   1
          Total $10,000  

    Invitations

  • The Top 4 players receive invitations to the 2008 World Championships.
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