Grand Prix Boston-Worcester 2014 Event Information


 Information  

Grand Prix Boston-Worcester is brought to you by TJcollect.com.

Date: July 25-27, 2014

Format: Modern

Tournament Location

DCU Convention Center
50 Foster St
Worcester, MA 01608
Click here for a map.

Entry into the Grand Prix event venue is free of charge.

Registration: $40
Online registration available at TJcollect.com until Thursday, July 24 at midnight.
On-site registration: Friday, July 25 from 2 p.m.- 9 p.m.

There will be no Saturday registration for this event.

Many Grand Prix offer additional services to participants, such as Sleep-In Specials and VIP packages. Sleep-In Specials allow players with byes to skip the player meeting on Saturday and arrive shortly before their first round begins. VIP packages provide various perks such as complimentary bottled water, special seating, and exclusive artist signings. Details of these services vary from event to event; please check the organizer's site for specifics.



Get your promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).

Grand Prix Boston-Worcester will be held at the DCU Center in the heart of downtown Worcester. The DCU Center is three blocks from Union Station, which has rail service from both Boston and Providence. Worcester's airport features service from Jet Blue. Worcester is a college town that knows how to show everyone a good time.

Everyone who preregisters for Grand Prix Boston-Worcester will be eligible to participate in a free Mini Master tournament to take place early Friday from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Friday evening will also feature a free "Next Level Deck Building for Modern" instructional seminar and Q&A to get you ready for the event.

If that's not enough, Sunday will feature two supersized Sunday Super Series events with incredible prizes! In order to celebrate TJ Collectible's first Modern Grand Prix, Conspiracy booster packs will be awarded as bonus prizes in all side events all weekend long.

Magic artists Scott Fischer, artist of this weekend's playmat Dark Confidant (Modern Masters version), and Eric Deschamps will be on hand for you to meet. Over a dozen of the world's premier vendors will be at the Grand Prix to fill your every Magic: The Gathering need. Will you be the one to define the new Modern Format and become the Boston-Worcester Grand Prix Champion?

   
  Follow live streaming video coverage of Grand Prix Boston-Worcester at DailyMTG.com and Twitch.tv. The live video stream will start at approximately 2 p.m. local time / 6 p.m. GMT Saturday.

The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to step up your game, 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 over three days. In addition to cash prizes, a high Planeswalker Points multiplier, and exclusive foil promo cards for participants, the Grand Prix features a host of other activities, including side events and artist signings. Side-event tournaments begin Friday, with the Grand Prix main event running Saturday and Sunday. Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.



Select attendees at Grand Prix Boston-Worcester will take home an event-exclusive commemorative playmat featuring the art from Dark Confidant by Scott M. Fischer. See TJ Collectibles for details.


 

Tournament Format and Schedule

Place Prize Money Pro Points
1 $4,000 8
2 $2,700 6
3-4 $1,500 5
5-8 $1,000 4
9-12 $600 3
13-16 $550 3
17-23 $500 2
24-32 $400 2
33-64 $300 1
65-100 $250* 0
101-150 $200* 0
*If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200-2,399 participants, prize money will be paid out to 100th place. If Grand Prix attendance is 2,400 or more participants, prize money will be paid out to 150th place.
Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir in Honolulu (October 2014).
If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200 or more, Top 8 finishers earn invitations and airfare, and all players with 39 or more match points who do not make Top 8 earn invitations.
All prizes displayed in U.S. dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Modern
Participation Fee: $40

Registration and Schedule

  • Online Registration until Midnight on Thursday, July 24 at www.tjcollect.com
  • Friday, July 25: Registration 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26: Grand Prix Boston-Worcester begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, July 27: Day Two begins at 9:00 a.m.

Registration to the Grand Prix main event closes Friday night. There will be no Saturday registration.

The main tournament at Grand Prix Boston-Worcester is open to Magic players of all ages.

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Grand Prix Boston-Worcester. Forms can be downloaded here and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on these forms. Minors will not be able to register or play unless we receive a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions.

Tournament Format

  • Modern Constructed
  • Visit this page to see a list of cards banned in Modern tournaments.
  • Deck lists are required.
  • Players must use the same deck on Day Two that they used on Day One.

Tournament Structure

  • Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
  • Day One will consist of a maximum of 9 Swiss rounds. Day Two will consist of 6 Swiss rounds and the Top 8 single-elimination finals.
  • 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 Two will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination playoff.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will be best 2 of 3.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will have no time limit. (Players are still expected to play at a normal pace and complete playoff matches in a reasonable amount of time.)
  • Standings after the Swiss rounds will be used to determine final order in the standings for losing players in the quarterfinal and semifinal playoff rounds.
  • For the first game of each match in the Top 8, the player that finished higher in the Swiss rounds chooses either to play first or to play second. For subsequent games in each Top 8 match, the usual Play/Draw rule applies (loser of the previous game decides whether to play first in the next game).

Judges
The head judges for Grnad Prix Boston-Worcester will be Sean Catanese and Jared Sylva. Judges wishing to apply for this event should do so through the Judge Center.

Notes

  • Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive on Day One and Professional on Day Two.
  • The Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules and the Magic: The Gathering Infraction Procedure Guide are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Format Document. Rules documents can be found in the Magic Document Center.
  • Players are responsible for bringing their own method of tracking life totals, card sleeves, and appropriate counters or tokens.
  • 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  

Last-Chance Trials: Friday, July 25
Time: Sealed Deck at 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.; Modern on demand
Format: 32-player single-elimination Modern and Sealed Deck tournaments
Cost: $20
Prizes:
The winner of each Trial will receive a Second-Round Bye at Grand Prix Boston-Worcester. Top finishers will be awarded booster packs as prizes. * Times are approximate and subject to change.

Other Grand Prix Boston-Worcester Trials will be run at WPN locations in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers one Two-Round bye to Grand Prix Boston-Worcester.

  • Grand Prix Boston-Worcester Trials Information
  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • Find a Trial Near You!

Byes earned through Planeswalker Points are calculated using the Planeswalker Point totals from all reported events as of the Wednesday immediately before the Grand Prix. (For Grand Prix Boston-Worcester, the cutoff date will be July 23.) Points earned in tournaments held at the Grand Prix event site do not count toward earned byes at that Grand Prix. Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria:

Third-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 1014 – June 1, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #3 (June 2, 2014 – August 24, 2014)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
  • Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame

Second-Round Byes

  • Winners of Grand Prix Boston-Worcester Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 1014 – June 1, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #3 (June 2, 2014 – August 24, 2014)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

First-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 1014 – June 1, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #3 (June 2, 2014 – August 24, 2014)

Trial winners
Winners of a Trial tournament are awarded two byes in the Grand Prix that it feeds. Trial byes are not cumulative with other byes and do not pass down. Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Players who accumulate multiple byes to a particular Grand Prix tournament receive only the bye for the greatest number of rounds. For complete information about Grand Prix byes and their corresponding competitive season, please check the Magic Premier Event Invitation Policy.



 

Side Events

Along with the main event, there are additional side-event tournaments to play in at a Grand Prix. Listed below are the side events offered at all Grand Prix on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Additional events and a full schedule can be found on the www.tjcollect.com website. All side events (except casual events) will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

Friday
Last-Chance Trials
Earn a valuable Two-Round bye by winning one of the Last-Chance Trials. Last-Chance Trials are 32-person single-elimination events, starting as soon as 32 players register. For more info, check out the Byes section of this page.

"Foiled Again"
A straight Swiss tournament lasting three or four rounds. Participants get 1 past promo card for playing, then one additional promo card per match win. Format varies by event.

Saturday
Value Drafts
Enjoy a special discount on pick-up drafts on Saturday. Actual times and prices vary by event.

"Rebound" Event
Format at organizer's discretion. The winner(s) earn free entry into the "Super Sunday Series" (see below). Players who also played in the main Grand Prix tournament will get a discount for entry.

Sunday
Super Sunday Series
Qualifier tournaments for the Super Sunday Series will be held at each Grand Prix. The Top 8 players in the Super Sunday Series qualifier will each be awarded a commemorative Grand Prix water bottle. The winner of the Super Sunday Series qualifier will earn an invitation and travel award for the Super Sunday Series Championship 2015, expected to be held in February 2015 in Seattle. The Super Sunday Series Championship experience also includes a tour of Wizards of the Coast, dinner with Wizards employees, and more.



 

Artist Information

Attending Grand Prix Boston-Worcester will be Scott M. Fischer, the artist of the weekend's Dark Confidant playmat from the Modern Masters set, and Eric Deschamps, who is well-known for his planeswalkers. Both will be on-site Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.



 

Travel Information

Grand Prix Boston-Worcester takes place in the DCU Convention Center, located in beautiful downtown Worcester, MA. For those of you who are wondering just how to pronounce the name, think of it as being spelled "Whista", and you'll be saying it like a native! The Convention Center is located in the heart of the downtown area. There are many available restaurants, ATM's and hotels in walking distance.
The best part of getting to Grand Prix Boston-Worcester is how accessible it is via public transportation! Follow this link to access driving directions to the DCU Convention Center.

Air Travel
Worcester Regional Airport recently reopened and features service by Jet Blue. TF Green International Airport in Warwick, RI, and Logan Airport in Boston are both less than 1 hour away. Both Logan and TF Green have rail service to downtown Worcester, just a few blocks from the Convention Center.
From Logan: take the SilverLine 1 bus to South station. Transfer to the Framingham/Worcester train and get off at the historic Union Station. From TF Green: Take the Providence/Stoughton train to South Station. Transfer to the Framingham/Worcester train and get off at the historic Union Station.

Train Travel
Both major airports offers connecting train service to Worcester, and the station is just a few blocks from the Convention Center.
You can also take the Amtrak train to Boston and connect directly to the Framingham/Worcester line.
Amtrak also offers daily service directly to Worcester's historic Union Station.

Bus Travel
Union Station, Worcester's historic transportation center, features train, taxi as well as intra and inter-City bus service. Union Station offers services for the Peter Pan and Greyhound bus lines.

Driving by Car
The DCU Convention Center is conveniently located just off Interstate 290 in Worcester. Parking is available for $8.00 a day at the Convention Center parking garage, no overnight parking.
If you are driving from the airport, follow these directions.

Public Transportation
The WRTA, the Worcester Regional Transit Authority, is your link to the city's most popular destinations. Enjoy Worcester the environmentally sensitive way, avoid the parking hassles and reach the city's key attractions.
WRTA hybrid bus technology features reduced emissions, which results in cleaner air. They offer several convenient routes to take you to Worcester's restaurants, hotels, theaters, universities, historic sites, shopping and more. Cost: $1.50 per person per Ride or $3.50 for a whole day. (See the WRTA webpage for schedule and information.)



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: TJ Collectibles
Email: tjcollect@aol.com
Phone Number: 508-473-5874

Tournament Location

DCU Convention Center
50 Foster St
Worcester, MA 01608
Click here for a map.

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