WPN Qualifiers for Players Tour Series 3 of 2020: What to Know
Scheduling and selection for Wizards Play Network Qualifiers for round three of 2020 is underway!
If you're WPN Premium, log into WER and schedule now. If you're not Premium yet, and you've never applied for a WPNQ before, go here to apply. (If you've applied for any WPNQ season, at any point, we have your application on file, so you're all set.)
If you think WPNQs are a good fit your store, consider pursuing WPN Premium—they simply open Wizards Event Reporter and schedule them, once per season. Sounds nice, right? Go here to get more information and apply. Make Premium by February 14 and you're in for this round.
Now, on to the details for Players Tour Series 3 of 2020.
Format options change throughout the season.
This round of WPNQs keeps up the momentum with Magic's latest non-rotating format, Pioneer, and continues to support our primary competitive formats, Standard and Modern. Events run from April 4, 2020 to July 26, 2020, and the format options change depending on when your event takes place.
However, when you schedule your WPNQ in Wizards Event Reporter, all the formats will be listed, whether they're available during that window or not. So double check the schedule below before signing up.
Here's the full breakdown.
April 4, 2020–April 26, 2020—Pioneer, Sealed Deck
May 2, 2020–June 6, 2020—Sealed Deck, Standard
June 13, 2020–July 5, 2020—Modern, Pioneer, Sealed Deck, Standard
July 11, 2020–July 26, 2020—Standard, Sealed Deck
It's also a good idea to be aware of your local WPNQ schedule—you can check our Store and Event Locator to see what your neighbors have scheduled to make sure you're not doubling up on dates and formats. (Check "Filters" -> "WPN Qualifiers." You can also reach out to our support team for information.)
If this is your first WPNQ, check out these resources before scheduling.
Competitive in-store Magic is a whole different world than, say, Friday Night Magic or Prerelease. If this is your first step into that world, that's fantastic—but before you do anything, you'll want to know the competitive ecosystem as intimately as you can.
First, this article. It's covers all the fundamentals, from how to handle Preliminaries to how many rounds to run based on attendance.
Second, call us. Our support team is here to help you prepare the best possible competitive play experience, one that everyone's happy with, from you to your community to Wizards.
Preliminary events are only open to stores who host closed qualifiers.
WPNQ hosts have two options.
One: run a single event, open to all players, with a minimum capacity of 128.
Two: a closed, invite-only WPN Qualifier, where players earn slots in two or more WPN Preliminaries.
This system gives more WPN members access to WPNQs, even with limited capacity, while ensuring that all WPNQs have a structure that supports a minimum of 128 entries. But just like in Series 2, TOs may only host preliminary events if they choose a closed, invite-only WPNQ .
When you schedule your event, please note whether it's open or closed in the Event Information field. Simply write "Open" or "Closed."
Scheduling for WPN Qualifiers wraps up February 14, so apply for your slot today.