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GottaCon 2013 Magic: The Gathering Events Lineup

All of us at GottaCon are busy preparing a bunch of really fun gaming events, panels, contests, and more. Below is what we have planned for Magic: The Gathering events.

This is the 5th annual GottaCon Gaming Convention. GottaCon 2013 will be held February 1 – 3, 2013 at Pearkes Recreation Centre in the Field House Room (24,000 Sqft). GottaCon will run 24hrs a day starting at 5pm Friday and will continue with non-stop gaming until 7pm Sunday night.

Once again Yellowjacket Comics and Toys along with a team of certified DCI judges will be running our Magic: The Gathering events at GottaCon 2013. Yellowjacket, spearheaded by Nelson Salahub, and the team are sure to deliver an exciting lineup of events and prizes. Also this year we have confirmed convention support from Wizards of the Coast which has once again allowed us to deliver some extra great events with cool prizes!

A new and VERY important detail this year is there is a set limit of 150 MTG Weekend Passes available for purchase this year. At the time of writing we are already 12% sold out. If you want to receive maximum value with regards to MTG events at GottaCon 2013 get one of these passes before they are sold out. The advance ticket price (until January 22, 2013) is $65 HST included. At the door (if there are any left) they will be $70 HST included. Entry into the MTG events at GottaCon will still be possible without an MTG weekend pass but only while seating is available and you will need to pay each individual events entry fee on site at the Yellowjacket tournament reporting centre.

As mentioned above Wizards of the Coast is supporting our convention (thank you Wizards!) and as a result we will be hosting three fantastic special events again this year. These events are a Mini Master tournament, an all weekend Intro Deck Duels event and Gunslinging. How these special events work is included in the event descriptions below.

The Magic: The Gathering weekend pass this year will cost $65 taxes included and will include the following:

  • Full weekend pass to GottaCon 2013 (valued at $40)
  • Entry into the VIMC MTG Open event which consists of one Standard Constructed Flight event and one Sealed Gatecrash Event (valued at $40)
  • FNM Standard Constructed “I Flailed in the Flights” Event (valued at $5)
  • Free entry into the Mini Master event (valued at ($10)
  • Free entry into the Intro Pack Convention League Event (valued at $15)

As you can see the value of the MTG weekend package is very good and we hope you are all as excited as we are.

Below find a brief list of the Magic: The Gathering events you will find at GottaCon 2013. There will be thousands of dollars in prizes to be won in our MTG line-up. If you would like to see more in depth information on these events please stay tuned to our website for when we release our event listing. Prices include HST.

Major Events:

TCG – Magic: The Gathering – MTG Open Part 1 Standard Constructed Flights
By GottaCon Team and Yellowjacket.
Day: Friday
Registration: 5:00PM
Start time: 6:30PM or earlier

Welcome to the Magic: The Gathering Open Tournament. This tournament consists of three formats (two qualifiers and one final) in which participants face off for hundreds of dollars in prizes. Qualifier finish order will be determined by the formats detailed below. If someone qualifies for the finals in both qualifiers the 9th place player in the sealed qualifier will advance to the final (and so on). In each format there is a prize pool to be won.

In Part one, each participant must bring their own Standard constructed deck (deck lists required) consisting of no less than 60 cards and follow the current standard constructed rules. This section of the MTG Open will consist of eight (8) flights of 16 to 32 players in each flight and will be single elimination style rounds. First place overall in each flight receives an invite to the top 16 Sunday at 2:00pm. Prizes will be awarded based on attendance in each flight.

Price: If you purchased the Magic: the Gathering weekend pass you receive one flight entry at no additional fee. Additional flights are $10 each. If you have purchased a regular full weekend pass to GottaCon 2013 the cost to participate in the entire MTG Open event is $30 and requires an upgrade at badge registration. If you wish to only take part in the standard event and not the overall MTG Open, entry is $10 (you cannot qualify for the finals this way).

TCG – Magic: The Gathering – MTG Open Part 2 Sealed Tournament
By GottaCon Team and Yellowjacket.
Day: Saturday
Start time: 2:00PM

In Part two, each participant will be provided with six (6) boosters of Gatecrash to construct a deck consisting of no less than 40 cards. Participants are given 20 minutes to register the sealed pool and 30 minutes to construct their deck using the sealed pool they are given. The tournament will consist of swiss style rounds. Prizes will be awarded based on attendance.

Price: If you purchased the Magic: the Gathering weekend pass there is no additional fee to participate. If you have purchased a regular full weekend pass to GottaCon 2013 the cost to participate in the entire MTG Open event is $30 and requires an upgrade at badge registration before the start of the sealed event. If you wish to only take part in the sealed event and not the overall MTG Open, entry is $30 (you cannot qualify for the finals this way).

TCG – Magic: The Gathering – MTG Open Part 3 Top 16 Finals Draft
By GottaCon and Yellowjacket.
Day: Sunday
Start time: 2:00PM

In Part three (the finals), the top 16 from the previous two qualifiers duke it out in a single elimination Drafts. The finalists will be divided into two pods of eight (8) and each finalist will be provided with three (3) boosters of Gatecrash to draft a deck consisting of no less than 40 cards. The tournament will be single elimination best of 3 games with no time limits. The top player from each pod will face off in the finals in a best of three (or five if time allows) standard constructed event. You must qualify to play in this non-sanctioned tournament. Prizes will be award to the top 16 based on overall MTG Open attendance.

TCG – FNM Standard Constructed “I Flailed in the Flights” Event
By GottaCon and Yellowjacket
Day: Friday
Start Time: 9:00PM
Player Cap: 64

If you didn’t do so well in the MTG Open part one and you don’t want to re-buy into another flight or maybe you just want to play some standard constructed in a casual environment we have just the event for you. GottaCon and Yellowjacket present the “I Flailed in the Flights” standard constructed event where there are a set number of four rounds of play and players receive one booster per win. Seating for this event is based on a first come, first serve basis and each player must sign up for this event at the Yellowjacket tournament reporting centre.

Price: Free with MTG weekend pass or $5 at the Yellowjacket tournament reporting centre.
Prizes: One booster per win

TCG – Magic: The Gathering – Mini Master Tournament
By GottaCon Team and Yellowjacket
Day: Saturday
Start Time: 9:00AM
Player Cap: 150

Similar to what MTG fans experienced on Magic Celebration day and just like we did at GottaCon 2012, this format is a fast fun way to play Magic! Each participant will received two boosters and have 15 minutes to construct a 25 card minimum deck. Participants will then be paired in a single elimination format with 50 minute rounds. The winner of each round will receive an additional booster and will have 10 minutes to modify their decks with these new cards. After round three deck size must be a minimum of 40 cards. Participants will then be paired for the next round. This pattern will continue until there in one overall winner. Round for this event will discontinue at 2pm Saturday and any remaining player’s decks will be collected and boxed by judges at the tournament reporting desk. The final rounds will continue on Sunday at 9am. This is in an effort to reduce conflict with the MTG Open Sealed event which starts at 2pm.

Price: Free with MTG weekend pass or $10 at the Yellowjacket tournament reporting centre.
Prizes: To be determined, based on attendance.

TCG – Magic: The Gathering – GottaCon Two Headed Giant Sealed Tournament
By GottaCon Team and Yellowjacket
Day: Saturday
Start Time: 9:00PM

Teams will receive eight boosters of Gatecrash to construct two decks in this sanctioned Gatecrash tournament. Teams will be given 45 minutes to construct their decks. Teams will face off in a swiss style tournament.

Price: $40 per team
Prizes: 3 boosters per team entered into pool.

TCG – Magic: The Gathering – GottaCon Victoria vs. Vancouver Grudge Match
By GottaCon Team and Yellowjacket.
Day: Sunday
Start Time: 11:00AM

Formats to be played: Standard Constructed, Draft, Cube Draft

Team Composition:
Teams will be composed of nine players. One of the nine players will be considered the team captain and he will speak for the team. Each team will break their nine players into three groupings or three players, which will be called a cluster. One cluster will represent Standard Constructed, one cluster will represent Draft and one cluster will represent Modern.

How Teams are Built:
It is up to the city involved to construct their team. It is recommended that both teams use the same team construction method.

Execution of the Event:
Each cluster will face off against the same format cluster of the opposing team in round robin format and DCI rules. Each player in a cluster will face off against each player in the opposing team cluster in a best of three games match. All clusters will play at the same time for a total of three rounds for each cluster. By running the event this way it should conclude within 2 to 4 hours. DCI team rules are in effect during matches. Judges will be watching for slow play as a result of player to player communications.

Please note that there is a maximum of four of any one card in a constructed cluster (so you can only have 4 lightning bolts between all three standard decks and the Modern decks could also have up to four lightning bolts between them as well)

The team with the most wins in the draft cluster takes possession of all the draft cards for both teams and distributes them among the overall team as the team sees fit.

Teammates may communicate with each other at any time, unless they leave the area near their side of the table. If they leave that area, they may not return until the end of the match.

Hidden info is not to be revealed. If a player of a team glimpses a deck type or card(s) in an opponent’s deck before the deck is made public, players are asked to keep this info to themselves. E.G. opponent watches a player shuffle and sees the cards then tells the teammate who is playing that player. First drawn hand is seen by a player, then a mulligan is taken, player should not share what they saw.

Point System:
Each match victory within a cluster is worth one point. There will be a total of nine matches per cluster which means a total of 27 points up for grabs. No ties allowed. The team with the most points at the end wins.

Other Events:

TCG – Magic: The Gathering – Intro Pack Convention League Event
By GottaCon Team, Wizards of the Coast and Yellowjacket.
Day: All weekend
Start Time: 7:00PM Friday Night, ending Sunday at 4:00PM
Player Cap: 150

Each participant will receive a random Intro Duel Deck. Participants may face off against any other Intro Pack Convention League participants in one game at any time over the span of the weekend and report the results, who won and who lost, on their record sheet as well as to the Yellowjacket reporting centre. Players are paired against other players and may not play the same player two (2) times in a row. The winner of the match will be granted two random cards from a pool of cards. The winner then may view and select one of those cards to keep and add it to their intro deck if they so choose and return the other card to the pool or cards. The loser will receive one random card to keep and add to their deck should they choose to. Decks must be a minimum 40 cards. There is no limit to the number of individual opponents you can play.

Price: Free with MTG weekend pass or $15 at the Yellowjacket tournament reporting centre. There is a limit of 150.
Prizes: to be determined

TCG – Magic: The Gathering – GottaCon Legacy Tournament
By GottaCon and Yellowjacket.
Day: Saturday
Start Time: 7:00PM

Details: Each participant must bring their own minimum 60 card deck built using the current Legacy rules and restrictions.
Price: $10
Prizes: Based on attendance

TCG – Magic: The Gathering – GottaCon Modern Tournament
By GottaCon and Yellowjacket.
Day: Sunday
Start Time: 10:00AM

Details: Each participant must bring their own minimum 60 card deck built using the current Modern rules and restrictions.
Price: $10
Prizes: Based on attendance

TCG – Magic: The Gathering – GottaCon Commander Tournament
By GottaCon and Yellowjacket.
Day: Sunday
Start Time: Noon
Format: Multiplayer free-for-all
Please go here for details on how this event works and current ban lists:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/resources.aspx?x=magic/rules/100cardsingleton-commander
Price: $10
Prizes: To be determined, based on attendance

TCG – Magic: The Gathering – Gunslinging
By GottaCon and Yellowjacket Comics and Toys.
Start time: All weekend at select times at the Yellowjacket tournament reporting centre
Price: Free
Face off against professional level MTG players from BC. Win a game and you win a booster!

TCG – Magic: The Gathering – Pickup Draft
By Yellowjacket Comics and Toys.
Start time: All weekend
Price: $15
Prizes: 5-3-2-2

GottaCon 2013
This is the 5th annual GottaCon Gaming Convention. GottaCon 2013 will be held February 1 – 3, 2013 at Pearkes Recreation Centre in the Field House Room (24,000 Sqft). GottaCon will run 24hrs a day starting at 5pm Friday and will continue with non-stop gaming until 7pm Sunday night. GottaCon will have all you need to survive such an adventure; contests, tournaments, exhibitors, demonstrations, discussion panels, food, drinks, entertainment and of course all types of games.

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