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Grand Prix–Prague Event Information

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Date: September 5-6, 2009

Format: Sealed Deck / Booster Draft Day 2

Tournament Location
Fair Ground Holešovice
Palace of Industry, Right Wing
Areál Výstaviště 67
170 90
Prague 7
Czech Republic

Registration: €35 or CZK 900
Friday, September 4: 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 5: 8 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


Get your free promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
Take part in a weekend of serious Magic fun with a bunch of exciting things to do!

Join the fun in Public Events including 8-players pick-up games, Intro Pack Open Dueling and more. Meet Magic artists John Avon and Anthony S. Waters and get your cards signed. Battle against a Pro in the ‘Champions Challenge’. Or take part in the main tournament and get a cool foil ‘Chrome Mox’ promo card!

Whatever you want to do, GP Prague will be a weekend to remember!

The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to get out of the house, catch up with old friends, meet some new ones, and play Magic. Grand Prix tournaments are world-wide open events that allow all Magic players to participate and experience the thrill of a large-scale competition. In addition to $30,000 in cash prizes, Pro Tour invitations for the top 16 finishers, and exclusive foil promo cards for participants, Grand Prix feature a host of other activities, including public events and artist signings. Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.


 

Tournament Format and Schedule

 Prizes  

All prizes in U.S. Dollars.

Place Prize Pro Points
1 $3,500 10
2 $2,300 8
3-4 $1,500 6
5-8 $1,000 5
9-12 $600 4
13-16 $500 3
17-32 $400 2
33-64 $200 1
Top 16 finishers also earn invitations to Pro Tour–Austin.

Format: Sealed Deck / Booster Draft Day 2
Participation Fee: €35 or CZK 900
Grand Prix–Prague will feed Pro Tour–Austin.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, September 4: Registration 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 5: Registration 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 5: Tournament begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 6: Day Two begins at 8 a.m.

The main tournament at Grand Prix–Prague is open to Magic players of all ages.

Tournament Format

  • Day 1: Sealed Deck (Product: 6 Magic 2010 boosters)
  • Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft (3 Magic 2010 boosters)
  • Deck lists are required
  • If product is not stamped or preregistered, deck registration and deck swap will be performed for the Swiss Sealed Deck.

Tournament Structure

  • Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
  • If 799 or less players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 64 players - whichever is greater - advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
  • If 800 or more players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 128 players - whichever is greater - advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
  • The top 8 players after the final Swiss round on Day 2 will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination finals.
  • Top 8 matches will be best 2 of 3
  • Top 8 matches will have no time limit
  • Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will still be used to determine final order in the standings.

Notes

  • 40K, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive (Day 1) and Professional (Day 2)
  • All Universal Tournament Rules and Magic: The Gathering Floor Rules are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Format Document. Rules documents can be found in the DCI Document Center.
  • Players must bring pen, paper, card sleeves and appropriate counters.
  • In the event that a player who wins an invitation to a Pro Tour stop at a Grand Prix has already qualified for an invitation, the invitation does not pass down under any circumstances. Previous qualification may be through a Qualifier tournament, through performance at a professional tournament, or by being an invited DCI player (valid upon the date of the official rank announcement for the appropriate professional tournament).


 

Tournament Byes

 Grand Prix Trials  

Grand Prix–Prague Trials will be run in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 Third-Round bye to Grand Prix–Prague.

Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria (Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Players that accumulate multiple byes to a particular Grand Prix tournament receive only the bye for the greatest number of rounds):

Third-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 4 or higher
  • Players with a DCI Total rating of 2050 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on September 2, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 2000 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on September 2, 2009.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Prague Trial tournaments.

Second-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 2 or 3
  • Players with a DCI Total rating of 1950 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on September 2, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 1900 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on September 2, 2009.

First-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 1
  • Players with a DCI Total rating of 1850 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on September 2, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 1800 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on September 2, 2009.

Trial winners
People who win a Trial event are awarded 3 byes in the Grand Prix that it feeds. Trial byes are not cumulative with other byes and do not pass down.


 

Public Events

Half Price Drafting
Participate in an 8-player single elimination draft tournament before 15.00 on Saturday and pay only half the normal entry fee.

Saturday
11.00 8-Player Single Elimination pick up tournaments (Entry fee: Constructed CZK100/Booster Draft CZK 400; Prize payout 5/3/2/2 boosters.)
11:00 Casual Standard dueling (Free. You participate = 5 points; You win = 6 points; You lose = 4 points Prize: Gateway promo card per 30 points, or part thereof, from the selection available, no duplicates.)
15.00 Two-Headed Giant – Sealed Deck Magic 2010 (Registration closes at 14.45; Entry fee CZK800; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; 4 rounds, prize payout based on point standing, 2HG goodie for every registered player, while supplies last)
16.00 Start Registration for PTQ Austin and Legacy

The start of the last public events will be four hours prior to the estimated end of the main event but not earlier then 16.00.

Sunday
08.00 Registration for PTQ Austin and Legacy
08.30 PTQ Austin – Standard – Winner Winner will receive an invite and a flight to Austin (Registration closes at 08.15; Entry fee CZK250; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Top 8 can be held at a different location)
9:00 'Play The Game, See The World' Qualifier Prague, CKZ 100, Format Legacy – iPod tournament
(The Play The Game, See The World Qualifier tournaments are a series of qualifiers run throughout Europe. The top two finishers at each qualifier earn invitations to the Play The Game, See The World Championship tournament, to be held at the 2009 Magic: The Gathering World Championships in Rome, Italy on November 22, 2009. Additional qualifiers will be held at the World Championship for the PLAY THE GAME, SEE THE WORLD Championship tournament, where the winner will receive paid airfare and hotel at the three 2010 Pro Tour Events and the 2010 World Championships).

The start of the last public events will be four hours prior to the estimated end of the main event but not earlier then 16.00.

Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to make any changes to the schedule without prior notice.

ARTISTS: JOHN AVON and ANTHONY S. WATERS

John was born in Wales in 1961 and grew up with drawing as his main hobby. Soon it became clear that being an artist was to be his role in life and alongside music, is his passion. From the early 1980’s John has worked on many book covers for notable authors, primarily in Fantasy & Sci/Fi, also working extensively on national advertising campaigns, product design, and recently a major board game (still in production).

Without doubt when John first worked on Magic: The Gathering (his first expansion was Mirage) he found an expression for his artwork. This still remains at the forefront of his work as a commercial illustrator. Sets like Ravnica and Mirrodin have enabled John to develop his skills and reach a worldwide audience. Whilst he is best known for his Land art, John recently worked on the ‘Sojourners’ cycle of cards for Alara Reborn and enjoyed putting figures into a fantastical setting.

John Avon lives just outside Brighton on the South Coast of England, with his illustrator wife Pat and two son’s Laurence and James.

Anthony Scott Waters is a concept artist and illustrator based in Southern California. His career has taken him from the early days of interactive software all the way to Hollywood, with many stops in between. He’s known as a monster maker and environment designer for Magic as well as companies like Microsoft, Hasbro and Electronic Arts. His work has also been featured in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, issues 9 through 14, and toured the country in the MacExpo Digital Art Show. His professional portfolio can be viewed at www.thinktankstudios.com. His Deviant Art contains a wide sampling of his work, possibly including things that could be considered deviant. bloated-nose.blogspot.com is where Anthony blogs, mostly about things much less disgusting than the blog's title might suggest.


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Travel Information

Travel information can easily be found at the venue website www.incheba.cz

Things to See/Do
If you want to explore Prague, you can take a look at the website www.pragueexperience.com


 

Contact Information

Wizards of the Coast
Web: www.wizards.com
email: custserv@hasbro.be
Phone: +32.70.233.277

Venue address
Fair Ground Holešovice
Palace of Industry, Right Wing
Areál Výstaviště 67
170 90
Prague 7
Czech Republic

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