Preparing for WPNQs: Competitive REL Guidelines
Wizards Play Network Qualifiers start on January 11!
If you're interested in running WPNQs in your store, the best thing to do is reach WPN Premium—they get priority when we select stores to host. Get more information and apply here.
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With Premium stores scheduling WPNQs as we speak, and events kicking off in just a few weeks, now's a good time to revisit Competitive Rules Enforcement level (REL).
If you're not familiar, events like WPNQs work a little different than, say, Friday Night Magic. If you’re planning to run one, here are a few things to remember about running events at Competitive REL.
Competitive REL is about protecting the integrity of the event.
Competitive tournaments that use Competitive REL are usually those with significant prizes or that award invitations to higher-level tournaments. Players are expected to know the game’s rules and be familiar with the policies and procedures.
Because players are expected to know the rules already, the main difference between a Competitive REL event and something like FNM is the approach to enforcement.
In Regular REL, when players slip up, the goal is to educate them. They accidentally drew an extra card? Just educate them on it. They missed a trigger? Just a warning will do.
But at Competitive REL, integrity is vital. It’s about making sure all participants can trust the results.
Those same infractions—drawing an extra card or missing a trigger—can be a game loss or even a match loss in a Competitive REL event. Infractions in these tournaments are covered by the Magic Infraction Procedure Guide.
And, in some unfortunate circumstances, infractions can even lead to disqualification. If they do, here's the procedure.
Report player disqualifications at WPN.Wizards.com.
If a player is disqualified, tournament organizers will report the incident through the Wizards Play Network website. It's a three step process.
First, disqualify the player in Wizards Event Reporter.
- Go to the “penalties” tab within the event in WER.
- Click on the “new” button. The Penalty Entry pop-up will appear.
- Select the player you need to DQ and what round to DQ them in.
- Fill out the drop downs
- Click save
- Click "yes" to drop player (if the player has left or been removed from the event)
It’s easiest to disqualify a player prior to event submission. You can disqualify the player after submitting the event, but you’ll have to reopen the event to do so.
Second, submit a report on WPN.Wizards.com.
- Go to WPN.Wizards.com and scroll down to "Contact Us."
- Choose "click here to email us" and log into your Organized Play Account.
- Choose "Email Us" and select "Disqualification Form."
- Fill in all the information listed on the form (including player statements).
- Choose "Submit."
Finally, give the disqualified player a copy of the Disqualification FAQ. You’ll find this sheet here under Resources -> Rules and Documents.
Keep match slips for at least six months.
This is a small but vital thing that sometimes gets overlooked.
Again, running events at Competitive REL means doing everything you can to protect the integrity of the results. To that end, save all match slips from each tournament for a period of six months. This is in case there are any match appeals after the tournament results are announced.