MTG BKG Grand Championship Invitational 2019

The crown jewel of the MTG year at Black Knight Games is our annual Grand Championship Invitational. Last year was the inaugural event, and all year long players have been earning their spot in this exclusive event.

What is it?:  Our Invitational will be a prestigious MTG event that we host at the end of 2019.  The 32 participants will each be invited to attend based on their successes gaming at BKG over the past year.  The event will be a multi-format event, with the aim of crowning a single BKG Grand Champion, and presenting them with an exciting reward.

Who Gets Invited?: There are a couple of ways that our gamers might get invited:

  • If you are crowned ‘Champion‘ in any of the four seasons of 2019, you will be invited.
  • If you win one of our the major events, like our upcoming WPNQ, you will be invited. These events will list the opportunity to qualify in their description.
  • If you were the Iron-Player at one of the Prerelease Weekends (meaning you won the most matches over the course of the weekend) you will be invited.
  • If you are the top-ranked unqualified player in one of our ‘Last Chance Qualifier‘ events you will earn an invite.  The three weekly events in the week immediately before the Grand Championship will be LCQs.  In the case of a tie, for example multiple undefeated draft pods, the player yet to qualify with the best record in the Winter 2019 season will win the tie.
  • Remaining seats, if there are any, will be hand-selected by BKG, based on things like overall attendance, record, and loyalty to the community.

Invitations, other than those from the LCQ, will be extended in advance (likely just before Christmas), and we will also have a waiting list that we will keep in the case of some of our top 32 not being able to make it.

Event Details

When: January 4th, 2020, Starts at 10am

Entry Fee: $30.00 per player
Total Prize Pool & Prize Value: $1,160 in credit, +1 Booster Box, 8 Playmats, Champion Plaque, Draft Packs for eight, & 40 Hero’s Rewards.

Competition Level: REL Competitive, We will have a L2 judge on hand.

Format: 32 Player event, 2 four-round tournaments, followed by a three-round top-8 draft.  Each of the 4 round segments will be seeded, and matched as their own separate events.

10:00am:  4 Rounds Swiss of Modern

2:00pm:  4 Rounds Swiss of Standard

6:00pm: Top-8 Booster Draft, elimination.

Byes: If you auto-qualified more than once, not including LCQs, you will be given a single Bye, which can be take either in the Modern or in the Standard leg.  No more than 1 Bye may be earned.

Prize Distribution:

All participants get: 1 Hero’s Reward
Top 8 Participants get: Grand Championship Playmat, a second Hero’s Reward, Boosters for the Top 8 Draft.
5th-8th Place: An additional $50.00 BKG Store Credit
3rd-4th Place: An additional $100.00 BKG Store Credit
2nd Place: A standard-legal Booster Box of their choice, & $100.00 BKG Store Credit
BKG Grand Champion 2018: $500.00 BKG Store Credit, Grand Champion Plaque

Already Qualified: The following individuals have already earned an invite

Adrian Murchison (Earned 1 Bye)2018 Grand Champion, Winter Modern ChampDayle Chapman (Earned 1 Bye)Ravnica Weekend Champ, Winter Standard Champ)
Jeff Braid (Earned 1 Bye)Team Trios Champ, War of the Spark Prerelease Iron-PlayerBrad CookWinter Draft Champion
Josh FitzsimmonsTeam Trios ChampMatt DugdaleTeam Trios Champ
Matteo KhawajaModern Trios ChampSheldon GormanModern Trios Champ
Mitchell SleemanModern Trios ChampCody GambleSpring Modern Champ
Mason BermelSpring Standard ChampTammer AbouhusseinSpring Draft Champ
Nolan McDonald (Earned 1 Bye) Summer Modern Champ, Autumn Modern ChampRoss ScottSummer Standard Champ
Jesse McMannSummer Draft ChampAshley KraftcheckRavnica Allegiance Prerelease Iron-Player
Ilia BondarenkoM20 Prerelease Iron-PlayerJon BoutinThrone of Eldraine Prerelease Iron-Player
Aaron StrossModern Horizons Prerelease Iron-Player Devon ReppingtonAutumn Draft Champ
Brian Spencer Autumn Standard Champ Andrew Norgren WPNQ Champion
? LCQ Standard ? LCQ Draft
? LCQ ModernJohn RobbinsSpecial Invite
Cody McCowell Special Invite Nicole NessSpecial Invite
Frederico PradoSpecial Invite Kory WhittenSpecial Invite
Travis ToddSpecial Invite Greg TitovSpecial Invite

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