Grand Prix Minneapolis 2014 Event Information


 Information  

Grand Prix Minneapolis is brought to you by Legion Events.

Date: May 9-11, 2014

Format: Modern

Tournament Location

Minneapolis Convention Center
Exhibit Hall A
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Grand Prix Minneapolis Event page

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

Registration: $40
Preregistration available from April 10th – May 9th, 12:00 p.m. CST

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).

Welcome back to Minneapolis! #GPMINN will feature a custom playmat designed by Tom Baxa given to the first 750 players on site on Friday afternoon (first come, first served). We'll have a free Mini Master event Friday afternoon as further incentive to show up and get your weekend of Magic started on Friday! Artists Tom Baxa and rk post will both be onsite, and we expect to add 1 or 2 more artists as we draw closer to the event.

The group hotel rate is at the Westin Minneapolis, which is 7 blocks away from the Convention center, but is located conveniently on the light rail line coming in from the airport and the downtown Nicollet free shuttle. The light rail line will run you from downtown to the airport for only $2.25 each way. The same rail runs all the way to the Mall of America (south of the airport). Just outside of the Westin is Nicollet Avenue, a pedestrian avenue that plays host to lots of great shops and restaurants. There is a free shuttle running the length of Nicollet Avenue that picks up every 15 minutes and drops off right at the front door of the convention center. Super convenient!

   
  Follow live streaming video coverage of Grand Prix Minneapolis at DailyMTG.com and Twitch.tv with Marshall Sutcliffe, Pro Tour Hall of Famer Randy Buehler, Jacob van Lunen, Rashad Miller, and Shawn Kornhauser. The live video stream will start at approximately 1 p.m. local time / 2 p.m. ET / 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.



The first 750 players to register on-site Friday, May 9, will receive an event-exclusive playmat with art by Tom Baxa (while supplies last).


 

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 Magic 2015 in Portland (August 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 May 9th at www.LegionEvents.com
  • Friday, May 9th: Registration 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 10th: Grand Prix Minneapolis begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 11th: 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 Minneapolis is open to Magic players of all ages.

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Grand Prix Minneapolis. 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 judge for Grand Prix Minneapolis will be Toby Elliott (Level 5, UK). Judges interested in applying 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, May 9
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Format: Modern, 32-person single-elimination flights
Cost: $20
Prizes:
1st: 2-round bye for the Grand Prix and 36 packs, plus FREE Sleep-in Special registration
2nd: 36 booster packs
3rd-4th: 18 booster packs
5th-8th: 9 booster packs
9th-16th: 3 booster packs
* Times are approximate and subject to change.

Other Grand Prix Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis.

  • Grand Prix Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis, the cutoff date will be May 7th.) 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 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 1014 – June 1, 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 Minneapolis Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 1014 – June 1, 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 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 1014 – June 1, 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.legionevents.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

Tom Baxa and rk post, and Marco Nelor are scheduled to attend Grand Prix Minneapolis.


Other Hall Attractions

VIP service is available and will feature a separate, quiet lounge with device charging stations, special pairings boards for VIP only, and bag storage.



 

Travel Information

If you are flying into Minneapolis, the airport code is MSP. The least expensive transportation from MSP to downtown is light rail, which has a stop right outside the player block hotel at the Nicollet mall station. If cabbing downtown, expect a cab to run between $30 and $40. The player room block is set at the Westin Minneapolis at a rate of $110 and the block is held and rate guaranteed through April 14th, while rooms are still available.

Players driving in daily can choose multiple parking facilities right around the convention center. The most convenient parking ramp for our hall location is located next to the Central Lutheran Church across the street from the convention center on 3rd avenue. Free parking is available on the street between 6:00 p.m. Friday and 8:00 a.m. Monday; if you get there early enough you could park for free!

Once inside the Convention center, Exhibit Hall A is located on the lowest floor near the east end of the center.



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Legion Events
Email: steve@legionevents.com
Phone Number: (612) 567-0698

Tournament Location

Minneapolis Convention Center
Exhibit Hall A
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Grand Prix Minneapolis Event page

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