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Pro Tour Phyrexia Fact Sheet for Competitors

January 23, 2023
Wizards of the Coast

Overview

Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Phyrexia will take place in Philadelphia, USA at MagicCon Philadelphia on February 17–19, 2023.

The formats for Pro Tour Phyrexia are Phyrexia: All Will Be One Booster Draft and Pioneer Constructed.

Official hashtag: #PTPhyrexia

Location

MagicCon Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Pro Tour will take place in Ballroom A/B. The ballroom will be open to MagicCon Philadelphia attendees.

Invited Competitors

Pro Tour Phyrexia is an invitation-only tournament. The following competitors are invited to compete in Pro Tour Phyrexia:

  • The Top 4 finishers at Magic World Championship XXVIII.
  • The 32 competitors from Magic World Championship XXVIII.
  • Top finishing competitors from each Pro Tour Phyrexia Regional Championship.
  • New Capenna Championship competitors that finished with 27 or more match points.
  • Competitors from each MTG Arena Qualifier Weekend with 7 wins that awarded invitations to MTG Arena Championship 2.
  • The winner of the 2022 Magic Online Champions Showcase Season 1 tournament.
  • The 8 competitors from the 2022 Magic Online Champions Showcase 2.
  • Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame that selected Pro Tour Phyrexia as their once per season Pro Tour invitation benefit.
  • Competitors that are otherwise invited to Pro Tour Phyrexia.

The Pro Tour Phyrexia invitation list is available online. If you believe you are an invited competitor but are not on the invitation list, please email PremierPlay@wizards.com

Competitor Information

Hall Hours

Ballroom A/B will use the following, estimated hours of operation for Pro Tour Phyrexia:

  • Thursday (Registration Only): Open from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
  • Friday & Saturday: Hall opens at 8:00 AM and closes at the end of the last Swiss round.
  • Sunday: Hall opens at 8:00 AM and closes at 7:00 PM

Note: The times on Thursday and the opening times on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are for Pro Tour competitors ONLY. The public will be able to enter the ballroom only when the show opens each day (10:00 AM).

Registration

In-person registration takes place from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 16, 2023. If you are unable to attend this registration session on Thursday, late registration will be available Friday morning from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM. Competitors should email PremierPlay@wizards.com if they will not be attending the Thursday registration session.

Even though competitors will have registered for the tournament on MTGMelee prior to Thursday, competitors must still register on-site in order to confirm they are in Philadelphia, to undergo an ID check, and receive their complementary Pro Tour gifts.

For in-person registration, all competitors must present one of the following forms of identification:

  • a driver’s license; or
  • a passport; or
  • a copy of a birth certification and photo ID (school IDs are acceptable)

Tournament Information

The Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules and Infraction & Penalty Guide are in effect for this tournament unless specifically overruled by information in this section.

Structure (Swiss Rounds)

  • Friday: 3 rounds of Phyrexia: All Will Be One Booster Draft, followed by 5 rounds of Pioneer Constructed.
  • Saturday: 3 rounds of Phyrexia: All Will Be One Booster Draft, followed by 5 rounds of Pioneer Constructed.
  • 16 Swiss Rounds total, 50 minutes per round. Stalling and slow play rules will be strictly enforced.
  • All competitors may participate in all 8 Swiss rounds of Friday’s competition.
  • Competitors with 12 or more match points after Round 8 will advance to Saturday’s portion of the competition.
  • Whenever a competitor reaches 12 match wins, they immediately advance to the Top 8 playoff and are removed from future pairings in Swiss rounds.
  • Competitors in the Top 8 playoff are seeded in order from 1st through 8th. Seeding is determined by:
    • The round in which a competitor received their 12th win.
    • Their OMW%, GW%, and OGW% as of the round in which they receive their 12th match win.
    • Seeding for the Top 8 playoff is locked after each round in which a competitor reaches their 12th win.
  • The top 8 competitors after Round 16 will advance to Sunday’s single-elimination playoff rounds.

Structure (Playoff Rounds)

  • Playoff rounds will use a traditional, single-elimination bracket.
  • Playoff rounds will run in the Pioneer Constructed format.
  • All playoff matches will be best 3 out of 5. The first two games played in each playoff match are pre-sideboard games. After Game 2 is completed, competitors may exchange cards from their deck for cards in their sideboard.
  • Standings after the Swiss rounds will be used to determine final order in the standings for losing competitors in the quarterfinal and semifinal playoff rounds.
  • While there are no time limits in the playoff rounds, competitors are expected to play at a reasonable pace and finish their matches within 90 minutes.
  • For the first game of each match in the playoff rounds, the competitor that finished higher in the Swiss rounds chooses either to play first or to play second. For subsequent games in each playoff match, the usual Play/Draw rule applies (loser of the previous game decides whether to play first in the next game).

Schedule

Friday:

  • 8:55 a.m. - Seating for competitor meeting and Draft 1 posted
  • 9:00 a.m. - Competitor meeting begins
  • 9:05 a.m. - Draft 1 Begins

Saturday:

  • 8:55 a.m. - Seating for competitor meeting and Draft 2 posted
  • 9:00 a.m. - Competitor meeting begins
  • 9:05 a.m. - Draft 2 Begins

Sunday:

  • 8:15 a.m. - Top 8 competitor check-in
  • 9:00 a.m. - Quarterfinals begin

Other Items

  • Rules Enforcement Level: Professional
  • Competitors are required to use the same Pioneer deck for Day 1, Day 2, and the Top 8 playoff
  • Competitors are responsible for knowing all tournament rules
  • Competitors are responsible for bringing their own appropriate counters and tokens

Prizes

All competitors that finish Pro Tour Phyrexia with 27 or more match points will be invited to the next Pro Tour in the 2022-2023 Season.

There is a $500,000 prize pool which will be awarded to competitors based on their final standing in the tournament. The complete prize pool will be shared at a later date.

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