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ENGLISH NATIONALS 2018 (SOLD OUT)18/08/2018Standard & Draft
Watford Colosseum, WD17 3JN - Watford
Doors Open: 08:30
Event Starts: 10:00
0 spaces remaining!
£55.00

ENGLISH NATIONALS

This event is now sold out.

At time of writing, there are spaces available in Saturday's Legacy for Goodies.  Please preregister for this events.

You can also turn up and play Chaos Drafts, M19 Drafts and Old School.

 

We have opened a waiting list for Nationals
If you couldn't book in time and would like to be put on our waiting list, please send us a message to liz@axionnow.com and we'll contact you if and when a space gets available.

 

Do you have what it takes to represent England against the rest of the world? The Nationals pits England's best against one another in one big tournament, with the finalists of the event earning an invitation to the World Magic Cup to represent England's battle for the ultimate national bragging rights.

The World Magic Cup is an annual Magic event, gathering representatives from nations all over the world to compete in a unique team format for the ultimate national bragging rights. Teams of three, representing more than 70 countries, face off every year over a multi-day, multi-format event to crown the World MagicCup Champion. 

 

PROMOS AND PRIZES

- Each participant in 2018 Nationals will receive an alternate-art Flooded Strand promotional card (while supplies last). All participants will also receive complimentary Ultimate Guard sleeves & deck box, generously donated by Ultimate Guard.

 

 

- All players on a winning record of 22 points or more will receive a share of a generous M19 booster prize pool, up to and including 3rd place

- The Top 8 finishing players will each receive an exclusive Nationals Top 8 playmat. 3rd to 8th place will also receive M19 boosters as prizes

- Top 4 players will also receive Pro Points from their Nationals event. Pro Points earned through Nationals.

Finish Order Pro Points
1st 3
2nd 3
3rd 1
4th 1

 

- The finalists of each event will receive an invitation and a travel award to compete on England's team in the World Magic Cup in Barcelona in December 2018. (This prize instead of M19 boosters)

- The winner of the Nationals will be crowned England's National Champion. 

 

RESIDENCY & ELIGIBILITY

England's 2018 Nationals are open only to those qualified players who are citizens or have been residents of in Englandsi nce January 1, 2017  and must earn an invitation to the English Nationals by achieving one of the following standings:

Complete information can be found in the Magic: The Gathering Premier Event Invitation Policy (Section 4).

If you are planning to participate in this Nationals tournament, your first step should be to verify that you are listed under the correct nationality. To do this, just sign into the Planeswalker Points website with your DCI number and password. Your current nationality is listed immediately to the right of your name.

Nationality-related appeals will be given high priority during the season.

 

TIMING

Saturday starts at 10am

Sunday starts at 9.30am

 

ENTRY FEE

Preregistration £55 - NOW SOLD OUT

On the day (if there are spaces available) £60 - NOW SOLD OUT

 

LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER for unqualified players (Friday 17 Aug at Watford Colosseum)

Nationals will be preceded by Last Chance Qualifiers, the day before on Friday 17 Aug at Watford Colosseum! The winner of a Last Chance Qualifier receives an invitation to compete in this Nationals tournament

- Single Elimination
- 5 rounds
- Standard format
- 6pm start


Complete details on Last Chance Qualifiers can be found in the Magic Premier Event Invitation Policy .

 

LAST CHANCE TRIALS to win one bye, for qualified players (Friday 17 Aug at Watford Colosseum)

Click here for more details

The Nationals will be preceded by Last Chance Trials, the day before on Friday 17 Aug at Watford Colosseum. Last Chance Trials allow qualified players to compete a single-elimination tournament where the winner receives a 1-round bye in Nationals. We can run up to 3 trials
- Launch at 3.30pm - at 5pm- at 6.30pm
- Single Elimination
- 5 rounds

£5 per trial

The earlier you arrive, the more chance to play ... you can play in more than one

 

TWO-DAY EVENT

The entire Nationals Tournament (Swiss rounds and the top 8 playoff) take place over 2 days.

 

FORMAT

  • The formats for Nationals is a mixture of Standard Constructed and M19 Booster Draft.

LEARN MORE ABOUT STANDARD

LEARN MORE ABOUT BOOSTER DRAFT

  • Deck lists are required.

 

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

TOURNAMENT BYES

Players receive a number of byes at Nationals based on the Pro Tour Players Club membership level of the player (as of 18th August 2018), membership in the Pro Tour Hall of Fame, or by reaching the appropriate yearly Planeswalker Point threshold.

Second-Round Byes:

  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Platinum

First-Round Byes:

  • Players that win a Last Chance Trial
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold
  • Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame
  • Players who reach 3000 Planeswalker Point threshold.

 

If you have a bye for the Nationals, you can hand in your Standard decklist in advance in these ways: 

  • Email it to liz@axionnow.com before 7.30am on Saturday morning. Please mark it ‘DECKLIST: Bye for Nationals’. Make sure its 100% right as Liz will pass it straight to the judge team for you
  • Friday evening at Watford Colosseum, hand it into the Information Desk before 11pm.
  • Saturday morning at Watford Colosseum, hand it into the Information Desk before 10am.
 

TOURNAMENT LENGTH

  • Swiss rounds will each be 50 minutes in length.
  • All players may participate in all Swiss rounds.
  • Single-elimination playoff matches will have no time limit.
  • The top 8 players after the final Swiss round will advance to the single-elimination playoff.
  • As there are more than 400 players, there will be 13 rounds across 2 days. Saturday 5 rounds of Standard & 1 complete draft. Sunday 1 complete draft & 2 rounds of Standard.

PLAYOFF

  • Playoff matches will be best 2 of 3.
  • Playoff matches will be single-elimination.
  • While there are no time limits in the playoff rounds, players are expected to play at a reasonable pace and finish their matches within 60 minutes.
  • Standings after the Swiss rounds will be used to determine final order in the standings for losing players in the quarterfinal playoff rounds.
  • Players who lose their semifinal match will play against each other to determine 3rd place for the purposes of World Magic Cup invitations passing down.
  • For the first game of each match in the playoff, the player 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).

OTHER INFORMATION

  

 

VENDOR

Vendors for this event are Axion Now & JK Entertainment

Axion Now are delighted to handle your preorders:  head to our online store and we will ship singles to your home OR if you would like to pick up at the event mark your order 'pick up in store'. Click here

 

 

REFUND POLICY

Send a message to us to cancel anytime up to 6pm the night before and we will refund in full. Just text 07899034266, or email:liz@axionnow.com.

Players who cancel after 6pm the night before or on the day but prior to the event can be refunded IF we can fill their space. Again, text: 07 89 90 34 266.

However, there are no refund for players who simply do not turn up for the event.

Rickmansworth Road
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD17 3JN
England

By Train

Watford Junction rail station is a 15 minute walk away. There are direct trains from London Euston. The nearest underground station, on the Watford Metropolitan line, is a 20 minute walk away at Cassiobury Park Avenue.

By Car

The Watford Colosseum is easily reached by car and is sign-posted on all local routes into Watford. From the M1 and M25 follow signs for Watford Town Hall.

Parking

Please make sure you leave plenty of time to park before a performance.

There is no parking at Watford Colosseum, however parking is available at several locations within a short walk of the venue.

  • The Gade multi-storey car park located on Rosslyn Road, WD17 1NA is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Card & cash payment accepted. 
  • The Avenue car park located on Hempstead Road, WD17 4NR is open from 7am until midnight. Card & cash payment accepted. 
  • The Town Hall car park located off Peace Prospect, WD17 3HA, is normally open to the public from 5pm to midnight Monday to Friday and all day at weekends. Please note this car park accepts cash only payment. 

We recommend that you check the Watford FC fixture list for mid-week and weekend matches and leave yourself plenty of time to park on those days.

By Bus

Bus routes; W30, 500, 550 and 724.

Please check travel times with Arriva on 0871 200 2233.

PROMOS AND PRIZES

- Each participant in 2018 Nationals will receive an alternate-art Flooded Strand promotional card (while supplies last). All participants will also receive complimentary Ultimate Guard sleeves & deck box, generously donated by Ultimate Guard.

 

 

- All players on a winning record of 22 points or more will receive a share of a generous M19 booster prize pool, up to and including 3rd place

- The Top 8 finishing players will each receive an exclusive Nationals Top 8 playmat. 3rd to 8th place will also receive M19 boosters as prizes

- Top 4 players will also receive Pro Points from their Nationals event. Pro Points earned through Nationals.

Finish Order Pro Points
1st 3
2nd 3
3rd 1
4th 1

 

- The finalists of each event will receive an invitation and a travel award to compete on England's team in the World Magic Cup in Barcelona in December 2018. (This prize instead of M19 boosters)

- The winner of the Nationals will be crowned England's National Champion. 

 

FRIDAY 17th AUGUST

LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER for unqualified players (Friday 17 Aug at Watford Colosseum)

Nationals will be preceded by Last Chance Qualifiers, the day before on Friday 17 Aug at Watford Colosseum! The winner of a Last Chance Qualifier receives an invitation to compete in this Nationals tournament

- Single Elimination
- 5 rounds
- Standard format
- 6pm start


Complete details on Last Chance Qualifiers can be found in the Magic Premier Event Invitation Policy .

 

LAST CHANCE TRIALS. Byes for qualified players (Friday 17 Aug at Watford Colosseum)

The Nationals will be preceded by Last Chance Trials, the day before on Friday 17 Aug at Watford Colosseum. Last Chance Trials allow qualified players to compete a single-elimination tournament where the winner receives a 1-round bye in Nationals. We can run up to 3 trials

- Three Tournaments
- Launch at 3.30pm - at 5pm- at 6.30pm
- Single Elimination
- 5 rounds

The earlier you arrive, the more chance to play ... you can play in more than one

 

SATURDAY 18th AUGUST

NATIONALS Pt 1

LEGACY FOR GOODIES

- 11am start

OLD SCHOOL

- 12-noon start
- Prizes: one participation prize for everyone & 1st Prize wins an Old School staple
- Price £10
- 5 rounds

CHAOS DRAFT

- on demand

 

SUNDAY 19th AUGUST


NATIONALS Pt 2

- 9am start

MEGA MODERN

- 10am start

SEALED PPTQ

- 10am start

STANDARD REBOUND

- Straight Swiss only
- 1pm start

MODERN FOR GOODIES

- Approx 1.30pm

- Swiss only

CHAOS DRAFT

- on demand

 

VENDOR

 Vendors for this event are still to be finalised.

In the meantime head to our online store to have singles shipped to your home. Click here