2008 United States National Championship Public Events

General Information

Daily Drawings – Sponsored by:

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Drop your tickets in the box at the Public Events Stage, and enter to win exciting prizes!

Drawings will be held at approximately 1pm and 6pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Prizes may include current and classic booster packs, rare cards, and gaming accessories!!

Get your tickets in one of the following ways: Register for a tournament at the Public Events stage, update your information at the DCI Booth, with each purchase at the Pro Shop, challenge one of the Gunslingers, try a new game in the Learn to Play Area, have one of your cards signed at the Featured Artists Booth

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. To enter, complete a drawing ticket and drop it off in the Official Entry Box at the Public Events stage at the 2008 Magic: The Gathering® Magic Weekend ("Event"). The event occurs July 31-August 3. Entries accepted until 1:00pm on the last day of Event. Winners will be selected on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Event . Prizes vary, and will be posted at the Official Entry Box. Approximate retail value of prizes is US $1,000. Odds of winning depend upon number of eligible entries received. Must be present at the Event and pick up the Prize by the end of final day of Event to win.

TM & © 2008 Wizards of the Coast, Inc.

8-Player Single-Elimination Pick Ups

These tournaments will be added as requested (subject to players, space and judge availability).
Registration Opens: 9am
Registration Closes: 12am (9pm, Sunday)
Prizes: Finalists will win 8 boosters for 1st place, and 4 boosters for 2nd place

Format Cost
Booster Draft $15
Extended $5
Standard $5
Sealed Deck $22

Prizes

Booster pack prizes will be awarded based on attendance. Unless otherwise noted, top finishing players will receive current set boosters.

Pro Tour Qualifiers

Qualifiers for Pro Tour tournaments award an invitation and a travel award to a specific Pro Tour tournament for the top-finishing competitor.

Grand Prix Trials

Number of Players Number of 3-Round Byes
8 – 32 1
33 – 64 2
64 - 128 4
128+ 8

Trials for individual-format Grand Prix tournaments award a three-round bye to a Grand Prix tournament for one or more of the top-finishing competitors. The number of three-round byes awarded will be determined by the number of players in the Trial as shown in the table below. Grand Prix Trial byes no longer pass down. If a player already possesses a three-round bye, finishes high enough to win another bye from a Grand Prix Trial, that bye will not be passed down to the next eligible player.

Nationals Grinders

"Grinders" for US Nationals award an invitation to 2008 US Nationals for the winner. The 2nd place player receives 18 current set boosters. 3rd and 4th each receive 9 current set boosters. These events are single elimination only and have 32 players each. They will run as often as possible during the times listed in the schedule.

Magic Weekend League Play

Play the whole weekend for $5! Bring your deck to the special league area and play against other participants. Players receive 1 point for every game played and 2 points for every win. For every 5 points earned, players will receive their choice of an Urza's Saga™ Foil Basic Land card. For every 20 points earned, players receive their choice from a selection of other Foil Magic cards.

EDH in the Evening

Generals, unite! Every evening from 10:00pm – 2:00am, join us for open play of the "best Magic format ever" – Elder Dragon Highlander. For information about the Elder Dragon Highlander format, visit csclub.uwaterloo.ca/~geduggan/EDH_rules.html

Magic 15th Anniversary Prizes!

In celebration of Magic's 15th Anniversary, all scheduled events below will offer the following special 15th Anniversary prizes in addition to their listed prizes:

  • Winner – Magic Logo Backpack
  • Top 8 – 15th Anniversary 30-sided "Spin Down" Die

Magic Online Laptop Tournament

Show off your online Magic skills in the Magic Online Laptop Tournament. Eight 8-player single elimination Shadowmoor booster draft qualifiers will be held with 1st place qualifying for the finals.

The finals will be the same format with the winner receiving a Laptop Computer (approx. value $4000) and a complete digital set of Shadowmoor cards, 2nd place receives a 160gb iPod Classic and 16 digital current set boosters. 3rd and 4th place receive a $100 Best Buy gift card and 8 digital current set boosters. 5th through 8th receive a $50 Best Buy gift card and 4 current set digital boosters.

Players will play on our Magic Online computers set up in the Public Events area. Players must have their own Magic Online account in order to participate. Players must be physically present at Magic Weekend in order to participate. Players may only participate in 1 Magic Online Laptop Qualifier tournament during Magic Weekend.

Magic Online Laptop Tournament Qualifier – Shadowmoor Booster Draft
Limited to 8 players. Single-elimination.
Winner qualifies for the Magic Online Laptop Tournament finals and receives 4 current set boosters. 2nd place receives 3 current set boosters. 3rd and 4th receive 2 current set boosters.
Cost: $20

Laptop qualifier tournaments will take place on the following days and times:
Friday, August 1 – 10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm
Saturday, August 2 – 10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm
Sunday, August 3 – 10:00am

MOL Laptop Tournament Championship – Shadowmoor Booster Draft
Sunday, August 3 – 1:00pm
Limited to qualified players. Single-elimination.
Winner receives a Laptop Computer (approx. value $4000) and a complete digital set of Shadowmoor cards, 2nd place receives a 160gb iPod Classic and 16 digital current set boosters. 3rd and 4th place receive a $100 Best Buy gift card and 8 digital current set boosters. 5th through 8th receive a $50 Best Buy gift card and 4 current set digital boosters.

The Magic Game Show

With Richard Hagon

Would you like to win 1000 Magic rares?

Join us in the feature match area on Friday & Saturday at 8PM.
Contestants will be chosen at random from those present to play in the game show each night.

Contestants will be asked Magic trivia questions. 15 questions will be asked with ever-increasing difficulty. Once a contestant answers 5 or 10 correct questions, he or she is "safe" at that level and will win either 1 or 32 rare Magic cards.

A contestant may quit at any time. When a contestant quits, he or she wins the number of rare "Magic" cards indicated on the chart below by the number of correct questions answered.

If a contestant misses a question, the he or she is eliminated and receives a number of rare Magic cards (0, 1, or 32) according to the "level" he or she has achieved.

Answer all 15 questions correctly and win 1000 Magic rares!!!

Questions
Correct
Rares Won
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 1
6 2
7 4
8 8
9 16
10 32
11 64
12 128
13 250
14 500
15 1000

Each contestant receives 3 lifelines to use in the event that they are having trouble answering a question. Each "lifeline" can only be used once:

  • "Crowd Favorite" – poll the audience to see what they think
  • "Head to Head" – ask friend what they believe is the answer
  • "Fact or Fiction" – the moderator will narrow the answer down to 2 choices

Public Events (Thursday – Sunday)

Thursday, July 31
Registration opens 1 hour before the scheduled start time and closes at the scheduled end time.

Time Cost Description
10:00am – 4:00pm $15 U.S. Nationals Open ("Grinders") – Standard Constructed
Single Elimination
Winner receives an invitation to Nationals, 2nd receives 18 boosters of current product, 3rd and 4th each receive 9 boosters of current product.
Each event will have a maximum of 32 players. An event will only start when it has 32 players.
Events will continuously run during the listed times.
10:00am – 4:00pm $25 U.S. Nationals Open ("Grinders") – Sealed Deck
Single Elimination
1 Shadowmoor™ Tournament pack, 2 Eventide™ Boosters.
Winner receives an invitation to Nationals, 2nd receives 18 boosters of current product, 3rd and 4th each receive 9 boosters of current product.
Each event will have a maximum of 32 players. An event will only start when it has 32 players.
Events will continuously run during the listed times.

Friday, August 1
Registration opens 1 hour before the scheduled start time and closes 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Players should be seated at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Time Cost Description
10:00am $15 Juniors Laptop Computer Constructed – Standard Constructed
Swiss + Single-Elimination Top 8.
Open only to players 16 years of age and younger
Winner receives a Laptop Computer (approx. value $1000), 2nd place receives a 160gb iPod Classic.
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
11:00am $22 Electronics Gift Certificates Sealed –-Shadowmoor Sealed Deck
1 Shadowmoor Tournament pack, 2 Eventide Boosters.
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
1st Place receives a $200 gift certificate to Best Buy. 2nd receives a $150 gift certificate, 3rd and 4th each receive a $50 gift certificate. 5th through 8th each receive a $25 gift certificate.
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
12:00pm $10 iPhone Gift Certificate Constructed– Standard Constructed
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
Winning player receives a gift certificate for an 8gb iPhone.
Remaining prizes are current set Boosters
1:00pm $10 Vintage Championship Prelim – Vintage Constructed
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
Winning player receives a 2-round bye in the Vintage Championship on Saturday.
Winning player receives choice of English Urza's Saga or Urza's Destiny displays, 2nd place gets the other.
Remaining prizes are current set Boosters
2:00pm $36/Team iPod 2HG – Two-Headed Giant Lorwyn-Shadowmoor Sealed Deck
Sponsored by Strike Zone (www.strikezoneonline.com)
2 Lorwyn™, 2 Morningtide™, 2 Shadowmoor, and 2 Eventide Boosters.
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
Winning team members each receive an 8gb iPod Touch, 2nd place team members each receive a 2gb iPod Shuffle.
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
4:00pm $10 "Generic" Grand Prix Trial – Lorwyn-Shadowmoor Block Constructed
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
Winner receives a 3-round bye at any future Grand Prix prior to August 1, 2009, winner also receives 2 boxes of current product, 2nd receives 1 box.
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
5:00pm $10 "Old Box" Constructed – Legacy Constructed
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
Winning player receives choice of Japanese Urza's Legacy or Japanese Urza's Destiny displays, 2nd place gets the other.
Remaining prizes are current set Boosters
6:00pm $25 Super Friday Night Magic – Shadowmoor Block Sealed Deck
1 Shadowmoor Tournament Pack, 2 Eventide Boosters.
Swiss tournament (4 rounds)
Participation Prize – All players each receive 1 August 2008 FNM promo card
Prizes based solely on points after 4 Swiss rounds, FNM card choices are limited to one choice of each type available (no duplicates)
12pts receives 8 FNM promo cards (no duplicates) & 4 Boosters, plus 1 FREE entry into any Public Event at 2008 Pro Tour Hollywood.
9-11pts receives 4 FNM promo cards (no duplicates) & 2 Boosters.
6-8pts receives 2 FNM promo cards (no duplicates) & 1 Boosters.

Saturday, August 2
Registration opens 1 hour before the scheduled start time and closes 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Players should be seated at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Time Cost Description
10:00am $25 Pro Tour Qualifier – PT Berlin – Lorwyn-Shadowmoor Block Constructed
Swiss tournament with cut to top-8 single-elimination.
Players already qualified for Pro Tour Berlin may not participate.
The winning player qualifies for Pro Tour Berlin and receives Airfare to Pro Tour Berlin. *
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
11:00am $15 2008 Vintage Championship – Vintage Constructed
Open to all players.
Swiss tournament with cut to top-8 single-elimination.
The Winning player receives an alternative art framed Mox Ruby Trophy.
Remaining prizes are Vintage Boosters
For complete information, visit the
2008 Vintage Championship Fact Sheet.
12:00pm $22 Digital Camera Sealed –-Shadowmoor Sealed Deck
1 Shadowmoor Tournament pack, 2 Eventide Boosters.
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
Winning player receives a Digital Camera (Approx. retail value $400)
Remaining prizes are current set Boosters
1:00pm $36/Team Foil Set 2HG – Two-Headed Giant Lorwyn-Shadowmoor Sealed Deck
2 Lorwyn, 2 Morningtide, 2 Shadowmoor, and 2 Eventide Boosters.
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
Winning team members each receive a complete set of Shadowmoor and Eventide foil cards, 2nd place team members each receive a complete set of Shadowmoor and Eventide regular cards
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
2:00pm $10 Apple Video Constructed – Standard Constructed
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
Winner receives a 160gb Apple TV, 2nd place receives a 40gb Apple TV. 3rd and 4th each receive 2gb iPod Shuffles.
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
3:00pm $10 Revised Dual Lands Constructed – Legacy Constructed
Sponsored by Gaming, Etc. (www.gamingetc.com)
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
Winner receives 30 Revised Edition Dual Lands, 2nd place receives 10 Revised Edition Dual Lands.
Remaining prizes are current set Boosters
4:00pm $22 iPhone Gift Certificate Sealed– Shadowmoor Sealed Deck
1 Shadowmoor Tournament pack, 2 Eventide Boosters.
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
Winning player receives a gift certificate for an 8gb iPhone.
Remaining prizes are current set Boosters
5:00pm $10 Juniors iPod Constructed – Standard Constructed
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
Open only to players 16 years of age and younger
Winner receives an 80gb iPod Classic.
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
6:00pm $10 "Generic" Grand Prix Trial – Extended Constructed
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
Winner receives a 3-round bye at any future Grand Prix prior to August 1, 2009, winner also receives 2 boxes of current product, 2nd receives 1 box, remaining prizes are current set boosters.
7:00pm $40 Magic Art Prints– Tempest Block Sealed Deck
Limited to 32 players
3 Tempest Boosters, 1 Stronghold Booster and 1 Exodus Booster.
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
The Winning player receives a Magic canvas art print, rest of top 8 receive a Magic paper art print.
Remaining prizes are Tempest Block and current set boosters.

Sunday, August 3
Registration opens 1 hour before the scheduled start time and closes 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Players should be seated at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Time Cost Description
9:00am $25 $3000 Draft Challenge– Shadowmoor Booster Draft
Limited to 128 players
3 Shadowmoor boosters per player (per draft).
Swiss Booster Draft tournament with cut to top-8 single-elimination Booster Draft.
2 Booster Drafts will be run during the Swiss rounds.
The winning player receives $2000, 2nd place receives $1000.
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
10:00am $10 Original Art Constructed – Standard Constructed
Sponsored byStar City Games (starcitygames.com)
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
Winning player receives the original artwork for the Onslaught™ card "Astral Slide".
Remaining prizes are current set Boosters
11:00am $10 "Old Box" Constructed – Vintage Constructed
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
Winning player receives choice of English Urza's Saga or Urza's Destiny displays, 2nd place gets the other.
Remaining prizes are current set Boosters
12:00pm $22 Zune Sealed– Shadowmoor Sealed Deck
1 Shadowmoor Tournament pack, 2 Eventide Boosters.
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
Winning player receives an 80gb Zune, 2nd place get a 30gb Zune.
Remaining prizes are current set Boosters
1:00pm $10 Juniors "Old Box" Constructed – Standard Constructed
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
Open only to players 16 years of age and younger
Winning player receives choice of English Urza's Legacy or Urza's Destiny displays, 2nd place gets the other.
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
2:00pm $10 iPod Constructed– Lorwyn-Shadowmoor Block Constructed
Sponsored byQueen's Domain (stores.ebay.com/Queens-Domain)
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
The winning player receives a 160gb iPod classic, 2nd place receives 80gb iPod classic, 3rd and 4th each receive a 2gb iPod shuffle.
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
3:00pm $10 "Multiplayer, Free-for-All" – Standard Constructed
Limited to 64 players
Players will compete at tables of 8 players. Last man standing at each table advances to final table. Winner of final table receives a display of Italian Legends. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places each receive a set of foil Mirrodin cards. 5th through 8th places each receive a set of regular Mirrodin cards.
No Limited range of influence will be used. Players can attack any player at the table. As you attack with each creature, you declare which other player it is attacking.
This event is non-Sanctioned! Open to all players, including Wizards employees.
4:00pm $40 Magic Art Prints– Urza Block Sealed Deck
Limited to 32 players
1 Urza's Saga Tournament Pack, 1 Uzra's Legacy Booster and 1 Urza's Destiny Booster.
Swiss +1 Tournament. No Single Elimination finals. Prizes based on final standings after Swiss + 1 Rounds.
The Winning player receives a Magic canvas art print, rest of top 8 receive a Magic paper art print.
Remaining prizes are Urza Block and current set boosters.

* Travel:

The players eligible to receive a travel award will receive instructions from Wizards of the Coast on 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 applicable Pro Tour or World Championship or event, 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), current contact information (webapp.wizards.com/dcimember/), 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 previously on file, at least thirty (30) days before departure. Failure to timely provide such documentation will result in forfeiture of the award.

As with other awards, the players must attend, compete (though not necessarily on the same team), and be listed as finishing in the applicable tournament for which he or she received the travel award. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in forfeiture of the award.

All taxes are the responsibility of the members, and members acknowledge Wizards' recommendation that they consult a tax advisor in their jurisdictions for questions regarding their tax liabilities.

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