Road to Nationals 2022 - Retailer FAQ

26th May 2022

The path to greatness starts in your store, with the 2022 Road to Nationals!

Road to Nationals provides players with a direct qualification into National Championships and the chance to win elite prizes in all our supported territories.


How do I get a Road to Nationals event?

Road to Nationals events are assigned to selected stores. Over 300 stores have been invited to take part in 2022.

When Can I Run the Event?

The Road to Nationals season will run from July 2nd to July 24th 2022.

What are Road to Nationals events?

One-off tournaments that provide players with the chance to qualify for Nationals events. Each event offers four qualification spots and a range of Cold Foil and Rainbow Foil prizes.

What is the event structure?

Road to Nationals events will use either Classic Constructed format or Uprising Draft

Classic Constructed Event Structure
Players Swiss Rounds Top Cut
8 3 None
9-16 4 Top 8
17-32 5 Top 8
33-64 6 Top 8
65-128 7 Top 8
Uprising Draft Event Structure
Players Draft Pods Swiss Rounds Top Cut
8 1 3 None
9 -16 1 3 Top 8*
17-32 2 6 Top 8
33 - 64 2 6 Top 8
65 + 2 6 Top 8

*This is a suggestion, you may run two rounds of draft pods.

Will I need a Judge for this event?

Road to Nationals requires a Level One Judge to run. If you do not have a Judge in your area or have a candidate requiring testing you can now do so at Judge Hub.

How is the prize kit going to be distributed?

The Prize kit will be supplied by your distributor. Distributors will be notified of participating stores once the event sanctioning window has closed.

What are the actual prizes?

The prizes for this event are as follows:

  • Top 4 players receive Nationals Qualification.
  • 1x Iyslander Adult Hero Cold Foil
  • 4x Dromai Adult Hero Cold Foil
  • 4x Fai Adult Hero Cold Foil
  • 24x Brothers in Arms Rainbow Foil extended art card
  • 2x Taipanis, Dracai of Judgement Rainbow Foil

Is there Judge Support?

Yes, kits will include exclusive Judge support. These will be revealed closer to the R2N season.

What is the distribution of the prizes?

1st (at the conclusion of top 8)

  • 1x Iyslander Adult Hero Cold Foil
  • Entry to Nationals 2022
  • 1x Cold Foil Adult Hero - Fai or Dromai (Randomly awarded from the heroes included)

2nd - 4th (at the conclusion of top 8)

  • 1x Cold Foil adult hero - Fai or Dromai (Randomly awarded from the heroes included)
  • Entry to Nationals 2022

5th - 8th (at the conclusion of top 8)

  • 1x Cold Foil adult hero - Fai or Dromai (Randomly awarded from the heroes included)

9th - 32nd (at the conclusion of swiss rounds)

  • 1x Rainbow Foil Extended Art Card
    • If your event has less than 32 players, the additional Extended Art Promos should be awarded at the store’s discretion.

What level of rules enforcement is this event run at?

Road to Nationals events are run at Competitive rules enforcement. Please check the Penalty Guidelines for more information.

Can I run this event at a location that is not my store?

Road to Nationals events can be run at alternate locations. However, location information needs to be entered in the event description in GEM when you create the event.

Can store staff play in these events?

The TO and judges for the event cannot play. Store staff that are not involved in the administration of the event are allowed.

Are there limitations on entry fees?

Yes, the entry fee range is as follows for the different types of events, Classic Constructed or Limited.

Classic Constructed

Stores can charge up to USD20 / EUR20 / GBP20 / CAD30 / AUD30 / NZD30 entry or local currency equivalent

Limited Events - Draft

Stores can charge up to USD 40 / EUR 40 / GBP 40 / CAD 55 / AUD 55 / NZD 55 or local currency equivalent

I’ve been assigned a Uprising Draft event. How will I get stock for the Draft?

Stores will be able to order up to four cases of Uprising from your distributor specifically for this event. Four cases will provide product for 60 players drafting twice and top eight.

Can I add additional prize support to the prize pool?

Yes, however, please be aware of the fixed cap on entry fees for Road to Nationals events.

Is there a minimum number of players to run this event?

Events need a minimum of 8 players to run. If a store runs an event with less than 8 players it will not award any qualifications.

Is there a maximum number of players?

No, this should be dictated by your store's capacity and the number of staff you have to run the event. Please be aware you can set an attendance cap on your event.

What happens if a change in pandemic control rules stops us from running the event?

Please contact the Organized Play team at for assistance

Players from outside my country want to join the event. Do I let them?

Yes, players from outside your country can play in your event. If they win a qualification they can only attend the Nationals of the country they are resident in, this does not take away a Nationals spot from your country.

Are decklists required?

Decklists will be required for Classic Constructed but not for Draft events.


As with previous event series, we are collecting information from stores for feature articles on our website. This season, all compulsory information is being collected via GEM and the new Hero Assignment feature.

All coverage information is being collected via Road to Nationals Event Data Collection 2022

We're primarily looking for:

Top 8 decklists - photo of the winner & Top 8 - General event photos - Hero breakdowns - Stories of players, matches, or the day

Please note we cannot feature every store that provides coverage information, but we greatly appreciate any and all information stores can provide for our coverage pieces. We look forward to hearing your stories! If you have any questions about the form or want to submit additional information, please email the team at

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I still need help! Who can I reach out to?

Email the team at, we are more than happy to arrange a call to assist if needed.