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  • CHALLENGER SERIES 2017

    by Nick Taylor
    Thursday 19th January 2017

  • The Challenger Series returns in 2017 with a new structure, new formats and a focused series. In 2017 we're converting the Challenger Series into it's own standalone set of events. We'll have 12 events across 3 formats with each winner qualifying for The Challenger Series Grand Final! I've broken down details of the Challenger Series below.

    The Challenger Series Events



    This year we'll be running 12 Challenger Series events throughout the year ranging from Standard to sealed deck and to Modern. Each format will host 4 Challenger Series events. The winners of each event will qualify for the Challenger Series Grand Final. All entrants to the Challenger Series will also receive Challenger Series points with the overall top points scorer receiving the Challenger Series Player of the Year trophy!

    Challenger Series events will each be run at Competitive Rules Enforcement Level (Comp REL) and require deck registration. We'll have online deck submission for constructed events and pool registration on the day for the limited events.

    We've reworked the prize structure for the Challenger Series events this year to the following:



    Challenger Series Grand Final Qualification





    There 20 spots up for grabs this year with qualification possible through the methods below. The last places to be processed will be Format Leaders followed by the Leaderboard spots. Each section will have drop downs within their category for qualification purposes.

    1 Last Year's Winner As always the Champion is invited back to defend their title and Sam Staton as last year's champion will have a spot locked in.

    12 Challenger Series winners Each winner of a Challenger Series event will qualify for the Grand Final. If the winner is qualified, then the qualification will drop down to the highest placed unqualified finisher in the event.

    1 Mid Season Leader The top points scorer on the leaderboard at the end of the 6th event will lock up a spot in the Challenger Series Grand Final.

    3 Format Leader The highest previously unqualified Challenger Series point scorers in each format.

    Top 3 from the Leaderboard The top 3 unqualified players from the Challenger Series Leaderboard will lock up a spot in the Grand Final.

    Challenger Series Leaderboard



    The Challenger Series will have an ongoing Leaderboard with the top 3 earning spots in the Grand Final as well as a trophy to commemorate their achievement.

    Challenger Series Grand Final



    We're mixing up how the Grand Final will work this time around with 20 players qualifying. The 20 players will be separated into 4 groups of 5 players with groups and fixtures will be decided in advance of the Grand Final. So how will the group stages work?

    - Each group will consist of 1 Modern Challenger Series winner, 1 Limited Challenger Series winner, 1 Standard Challenger Series winner, 1 Leaderboard qualification and 1 format leader/last year's Champion.
    - Group Stages will consist of best of 3 Standard matches.
    - Rounds will be 1 hour long with 5 rounds and sudden death in each round.
    - Each match will only have a winner or loser. There will be no draws.
    - Each player will play each other player in their group.
    - Top 2 from each group will go through to the knockout stages.
    - Group winners will be seeded 1-4.
    - Group runners up will be seeded 5-8.

    This leads us on to the knockout stages of the tournament where the highest seed will get to choose to play or draw. Top 8 matches will be Standard and untimed. The knockout will work as follows:



    Finally we have the prizes structure for the Challenger Series Grand Final:



    I hope you like everything you see and are looking forward to the 2017 Challenger Series.

    Nick Taylor



    @nickxt
    Nick now spends most of his time running Xtreme Trades and has certainly curtailed his competitive Magic playing for the time being. However, if there's a draft slot going and is free he's more than happy to join in.

    Best Gaming Performance? GP London 2011 top 8, played multiple Pro Tours, a World Championships and European Championships.

    Favourite Format? Draft

    Favourite Deck? TEPS or any form of old extended storm decks.

    Lifetime Pro Points: 19