Date: April 11-13, 2014
Nagoya Trade & Industry Center (Fukiage Hall)
2-6-3 Fukiage, Chigusa-ku
Click here for map (Japanese) and here for English.
Entry into the Grand Prix event venue is free of charge.
Registration: Online registration will begin on February 14, ¥4,500 at www.arclight.co.jp/mtg/gpnagoya2014/
Online registration for Grand Prix Nagoya will close on 4/7 for players paying with credit cards, and on 3/31 for players paying with bank transfers
On-site registration: Friday, April 11, 11:00-21:00, ¥5,000.
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).
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.
Nagoya has a long Magic history, having hosted multiple Grand Prix and Pro Tour events. 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 Ryō Ogura, and one-time National Champion Kotaro Ōtsuka. Come join us in Nagoya once more for all the fun and excitement Grand Prix are famous for.
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 1000 players to pre-register for Grand Prix Nagoya will each receive this event-exclusive playmat featuring the art from Temple of Plenty
by Noah Bradley.
Tournament Format and Schedule
| *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: Theros/Born of the Gods Sealed/Draft
Participation Fee: online preregistration ¥4,500; on-site ¥5,000
Registration and Schedule
- Online registration is scheduled to begin February 14.
NOTE: Online registration for Grand Prix Nagoya will close on 4/7 for players paying with credit cards, and on 3/31 for players paying with bank transfers.
- Friday, April 11: Registration 11:00-21:00
- Saturday, April 12: Tournament begins at 09:00
- Sunday, April 13: Day Two begins at 09:00
Registration to the Grand Prix main event closes Friday night. There will be no Saturday registration.
The main tournament at Grand Prix Nagoya is open to Magic players of all ages.
Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Grand Prix Nagoya. 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.
Theros/Born of the Gods Sealed/Draft
Day One: Sealed Deck
Day Two and Top 8: Booster draft
Sealed Deck Product: 3 packs Born of the Gods, 3 packs Theros
Booster Draft Product: 1 Born of the Gods booster and 2 Theros boosters (drafted in that order)
- Deck lists are required.
- If product is not stamped or preregistered, deck registration and deck swap will be performed for the Swiss Sealed Deck.
- 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.)
- The Top 8 players will be seated randomly at the draft table immediately prior to drafting. The Top 8 bracket will be determined using this random seating.
- 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).
The head judge for Grand Prix Nagoya will be Riccardo Tessitori (Level 5, Italy). Judges interested in working the event should apply using the Judge Center.
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).
Grand Prix Trials
Last-Chance Trials: Friday, April 11
Time: Trials start at 10 a.m. and begin as soon as 32 players are enrolled. Sign-ups for Trials will end at 3 p.m.
Format: Theros/Born of the Gods Sealed Deck, Standard, 32-person single-elimination flights
Cost: Sealed Deck ¥3,000; Standard ¥2,000
The winner of each Trial will receive a 2-round bye for Grand Prix Nagoya; top finishers will receive Born of the Gods booster packs as additional prizes.
* Times are approximate and subject to change.
Other Grand Prix Nagoya 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 Nagoya.
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 Nagoya, the cutoff date will be April 9th.) 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 2014 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, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
- Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
- Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame
- Winners of Grand Prix Nagoya Trial tournaments.
- Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 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, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
- Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver
- Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 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, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
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.
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 Hobby Station website. All side events (except casual 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
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 January 23-24 2015 in Seattle. The Super Sunday Series Championship experience also includes a tour of Wizards of the Coast, dinner with Wizards employees, and more.
Eric Deschamps and Igor Kieryluk are scheduled to attend Grand Prix Nagoya.
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: Hobby Station
Nagoya Trade & Industry Center (Fukiage Hall)
2-6-3 Fukiage, Chigusa-ku
Click here for map (Japanese) and here for English.