Date: September 13-15, 2013
1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
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Friday, September 13: Registration Noon – 9 p.m.
Saturday, September 14: Registration 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Saturday, September 14: Grand Prix Detroit begins at 10 a.m.
Get your promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
The American Revolution. The Underground Railroad. Birthplace of the automobile. The Civil Rights movement. Motown. If you didn't already realize it, the city of Detroit is a goldmine for history. Is it your turn to make history? Join Professional Event Services at Grand Prix Detroit and make your own history! Your 2013 season can continue on the right foot by building your Lifetime, Competitive, and Professional Planeswalker Points with Grand Prix Detroit's Planeswalker Points multiplier of 8x for the main event and side-event Planeswalker Points multipliers of 3x!
Grand Prix Detroit is open to the public and all players are invited to come and participate. Grand Prix Detroit is a two-day event featuring the Modern format. In addition to the main event, the Grand Prix Detroit weekend offers one of the largest schedules of side events ever brought to a Grand Prix—including an opportunity to win a VIP trip to Seattle in February 2014 (prize includes trip and accommodation, VIP visit of Wizards of the Coast headquarters and special events with Wizards employees and a chance to play for cash and glory)! Side events and Last-Chance Grand Prix Trials will be held Friday, September 13, on-site starting at noon. Visit www.professional-events.com for more details about side events.
Prominent Magic artist Christopher Moeller will be designing a playmat to commemorate the event. The first 500 players who register for Grand Prix Detroit on-site Friday will receive a playmat (while supplies last). The playmat will also be offered to any player who purchases the VIP Detroit package (see below).
Visit the Professional Event Services website to preregister on-line for the event. You can event submit your deck electronically!
The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to get out into the Magic tournament community, catch up with old friends, meet some new ones, and play some great 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 cash prizes, a high Planeswalker Points multiplier, and exclusive foil promo cards for participants, Grand Prix feature a host of other activities, including side events and artist signings (prizes subject to change). Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.
Tournament Format and Schedule
| Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Born of the Gods in Valencia (February 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 in U.S. dollars. Prizes subject to change.
Participation Fee: $40
Registration and Schedule
- Friday, September 13: Registration Noon – 9 p.m.
- Saturday, September 14: Registration 7 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
- Saturday, September 14: Grand Prix Detroit begins at 10 a.m.
- Sunday, September 15: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.
The main tournament at Grand Prix Detroit is open to Magic players of all ages.
Players must have a signed publicity and consent form to be included in Wizards of the Coast's official online event coverage and be eligible to receive prizes. Forms can be downloaded here (100k PDF) and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian's signature on this form. Consent forms are usually collected during registration (contact the event organizer for details).
- 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 2 that they used on Day 1.
- Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
- Day 1 will consist of a maximum of 9 Swiss rounds. Day 2 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 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.
- 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).
The Head Judge for Grand Prix Detroit is Jared Sylva. Applications for stage staff are closed. We are accepting judge applicants until August 1, 2013. You can apply here. Judge certification will be available on site. Please contact Chris Stagno at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to arrange your certification.
Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive on Day 1 and Professional on Day 2.
- 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).
Grand Prix Trials
Last-Chance Trials: Friday, September 13
Format: Modern and Magic 2014 Sealed Deck, 32-person single-elimination flights
Times: Modern: Noon – 7 p.m., events start each time 32 players sign up; Sealed Deck: 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. flights (registration opens 1 hour before each), maximum of 32 players in each
Cost: $25 Sealed Deck, $20 Modern
Planeswalker Points Multiplier: 3x
First place wins a two-round bye in Grand Prix Detroit. Additional prizes in the form of booster packs given to top finishers.
Other Grand Prix Detroit 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 Detroit.
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 Detroit, the cutoff date will be September 11.) 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:
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
- Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
- Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame
- Winners of Grand Prix Detroit Trial tournaments.
- Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
- Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
- Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver
- Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
- Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
Winners of a Trial tournament are awarded 2 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.
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 Professional Event Services Grand Prix Detroit website. All side events will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.
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.
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.
Enjoy a special discount on pick-up drafts on Saturday. Actual times and prices vary by 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.
Super Sunday Series
Two Super Sunday Series tournaments will be held at each Grand Prix, one Sealed Deck and one Standard. The Top 4 players from each will proceed to play in the Super Sunday Series Final Booster Draft. The Top 4 players in Super Sunday Series Final will each be awarded a special Grand Prix messenger bag. The winner of the Super Sunday Series Final will earn an invitation and travel award for the Super Sunday Series Championship, to be held in January 2014 in Seattle with a prize purse of $20,000. The Super Sunday Series Championship experience also includes a tour of Wizards of the Coast, opportunities to play Magic with Wizards employees, and more. (Details about the Championship will be announced later in 2013.)
We are committed to providing great artists for the show. Check back soon for more details!
Check PES's web page for deatils on signing hours.
PES has arranged a great room block for Grand Prix Detroit. A block of rooms have been reserved at the all-suite DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Detroit Downtown - Fort Shelby for September 12-16. The special room rate will be available until August 23 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first.
Located in the heart of the city, the hotel is conveniently near Greektown, Comerica Park, Joe Louis Arena, and Ford Field. Just 25 minutes from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) and just three blocks off the M10/Lodge Freeway, the fully modern downtown Detroit hotel sits blocks from the COBO Center meeting and convention center and is only a block from the Detroit People Mover Fort/Cass Station. DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Detroit Downtown - Fort Shelby
525 West Lafayette Blvd
COBO Center is located right in the heart of downtown Detroit. Currently, Cobo Center has 2,000 parking spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Cobo Roof Deck, Washington Blvd., and in the Cobo Center Congress Street Garage.
Cobo Center is located in downtown Detroit at the Corner of Washington Blvd. and East Jefferson. Please click here for map/directions.
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Things to See and Do
Detroit is a very diverse city, featuring great sports, entertainment and pop culture. There is something for everyone in Detroit! Visit The Detroit Convention & Visitors Authority web here for all the information you could want about Detroit!
Tournament Organizer: Professional Event Services
1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
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