Date: December 8-9, 2012
Nagoya Trade & Industry Center (Fukiage Hall)
2-6-3 Fukiage, Chigusa-ku
Website (Japanese only)
Friday, December 7: 16:00-20:00, ¥3000
Saturday, December 8: 08:00-09:00, ¥3500
Get your promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
Located in central Japan, the city of Nagoya has earned its reputation as a modern cosmopolitan city that still possesses all the unique charms of traditional Japan. Nagoya's convenient location in the heart of the country affords easy access to travel destinations throughout Japan. The Shinkansen express train links Nagoya with Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and other major cities. The Nagoya International Airport offers direct flights to many of the world's major cities; its numerous domestic flight destinations are a gateway to Japan.
With a population of about 2.15 million living within the city's 326 square kilometers, comfortable living conditions prevail. Reliable and safe public transportation, including subways and extensive bus lines, put many of the city's attractions within easy reach. The city is known for its broad avenues; tree-lined boulevards make strolling around one of the simple pleasures of this city. Popular attractions include Nagoya Castle, originally built in 1612 and housing a museum with many interactive exhibits, and Atsuta-jinja Shrine, which is home to the sword Kusunagi-no-tsurugi, one of the Three Imperial Regalia of Japan..
Although this is the first time in eight years for the city to host a Grand Prix, it is no stranger to Magic, with a Pro Tour being held there just last year. Perhaps most well-known as the city where Shu Komuro won the last-ever Rochester Draft at Pro Tour Nagoya 2005, Nagoya is called home by some of Japan’s most noted Magic luminaries, including Jin “The Last Emperor” Okamoto, Worlds 2006 Finalist Ryo Ogura, and one-time National Champion Kotaro Ootsuka. Come join us in Nagoya for the last event of the 2012 season for all the fun and excitement for which Grand Prix are famous.
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 public 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 Gatecrash in Montreal (February 2013).
All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.
Participation Fee: ¥3000 (Friday registration) or ¥3500 (Saturday registration)
Registration and Schedule
- Friday, December 7: Registration 16:00-20:00
- Saturday, December 8: Registration 08:00-09:00
- Saturday, December 8: Tournament begins at 09:30
- Sunday, December 9: Day Two begins at 09:00
The main tournament at Grand Prix Nagoya is open to Magic players of all ages.
Players must have a signed publicity release form to be included in Wizards of the Coast's official online event coverage. Forms can be downloaded here (15k PDF) and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on this form. Publicity releases will be collected during registration.
Standard Constructed. Legal sets as of the tournament date are: Magic 2013, Innistrad, Dark Ascension, Avacyn Restored, and Return to Ravnica.
- Deck lists are required (download blank deck list sheet here).
- Players must use the same deck on Day 2 that they used on Day 1.
- Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds). The number of rounds on Day One will be determined based on the number of players registered. Players will be paired randomly against players with similar win-loss records, with match points accumulating throughout the event
- If 799 or fewer players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 or better record OR the top 64 players—whichever number is greater—will advance to the second day of the event.
- If 800 or more players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 or better record OR the top 128 players—whichever number is greater—will advance to the second day of the event.
- The Top 8 players after the final Swiss round on Day 2 will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination finals.
- Top 8 playoff matches will be best 2 of 3, and have no time limit. (Players are still expected to play at a normal pace and complete playoff matches in a reasonable amount of time.)
- 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 judges for Grand Prix Nagoya will be James MacKay (Level 4, Australia) and Riccardo Tessitori (Level 5, Italy). If you are interested in volunteering for Grand Prix Nagoya as a judge, please contact Kenji Suzuki, Regional Coordinator Japan/Korea, through the Judge Center.
Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive (Day 1) and Professional (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 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).
Grand Prix Trials
Last-Chance Trials: Friday, December 7
Registration: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Fukiage Hall
Planeswalker Points Multiplier: 3x
The winner of each Trial receives a third-round bye at the Grand Prix, with the finalist being awarded 18 Return to Ravnica booster packs as prizes, 3rd-4th place 10 packs each, and 5th-8th place 4 packs each.
Other Grand Prix Nagoya Trials will be run at WPN locations in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers one three-round bye to Grand Prix Nagoya.
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):
- Winners of Grand Prix Nagoya Trial tournaments.
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
- Players with a 2012 Pro Tour Players Club level of 4 or higher
- Players with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
- Members of the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame
- Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
- Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
- Players with a 2012 Pro Tour Players Club level of 2 or 3
- Players with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver
- Players with a 2012 Pro Tour Players Club level of 1
- Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
- Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
Winners of a Trial tournament are awarded 3 byes in the Grand Prix that it feeds. Trial byes are not cumulative with other byes and do not pass down.
For complete information about Grand Prix byes and their corresponding competitive season, please check the 2012 Magic Premier Event Invitation Policy.
All Public Events at Grand Prix Yokohama will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x. Visit event sponsor BIG MAGIC’s Grand Prix Nagoya page for a complete listing of all public events.
Aleksi Briclot and Rebecca Guay will be in attendance at Grand Prix Nagoya.
Working on different fields, Aleksi has been producing images, illustrations, comic book pages and concept art for more than fourteen years. He has made hundreds of covers and interiors for role-playing books, books, packaging, games and magazines. Some of his more notable works include covers for the Hellgate: London mini-series and Conan for Dark Horse, the covers of Annihilation: Conquest, The Thanos Imperative, and War of Kings as well as covers for “The New Avengers” and “The Incredible Hulk”-related illustrations for Marvel. Responsible for the concept illustrations of the original planeswalkers in Lorwyn, Aleksi has become one of the most recognizable artists for Magic: The Gathering. He also painted the first illustrations of the miniature game Dreamblade for Wizards.
A designer and art director for video games, Aleksi co-founded the video game development studio DONTNOD Entertainment in 2008. His most recent work was as the art director on the upcoming Capcom title “Remember Me”. Also an instructor at international workshops, his work has appeared in numerous magazines, illustrator’s books, and art anthologies. He is the co-author of "Merlin", an ambitious 120-page artbook about the legendary wizard, and at the end of 2010 released his own illustration anthology "Worlds and Wonders", published by CFSL Ink, which compiles his best artwork to date. 34 years old, Aleksi lives and works in Paris.
Rebecca Guay’s (pronounced “GAY”) illustrations have been called romantic, vivid, rich and elegant in color, and powerful in design and line. She has a strikingly classical, feminine style that favors the use of acryla-gouche and oil. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rebecca began her art career in 1992 after graduating from Pratt Institute in New York City with a degree in illustration. Since then Rebecca has established a broad career in art/illustration. Her clients include DC, Vertigo, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics, Wizards of the Coast/Hasbro, MTV Animation, Lucas Film, Simon&Schuster, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin, Barefoot Books and more. Additionally her Illustration and personal paintings are in museums and private collections around the world including the American Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in NYC. Recent projects include two graphic novels, A Flight of Angels with Holly Black (Vertigo Comics) and The Last Dragon with Jane Yolen (Dark Horse Comics).
Currently Rebecca divides her time between illustration, gallery work and running her professional art/illustration intensive mentorship programs The Illustration Master Class, and SmArt School. She currently resides in Amherst, Massachusetts with her artist-husband, Matthew Mitchell, and daughter, Vivian.
Rebecca can be contacted through her web sites: email@example.com, smarterartschool.com, and illustrationmasterclass.com.
Located in central Japan, Nagoya is serviced by the Chubu Centrair Airport. The city itself has a highly-developed public transportation network, making it easy to get around. The tournament venue is approximately a 10-minute walk from Fukiage station on the Sakura-doori metro line, approximately 12 minutes riding time from Nagoya station.
Tournament Organizer: BIG MAGIC
Nagoya Trade & Industry Center (Fukiage Hall)
2-6-3 Fukiage, Chigusa-ku
Website (Japanese only)