Grand Prix Portland Event Information


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Grand Prix Portland is brought to you by Cascade Games and ChannelFireball.com.

Date: August 7-10, 2014

Format: Magic 2015 Team Sealed Deck

Tournament Location

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Portland, Oregon
Click here for map.

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

Registration: $40 per player, 3-person team
Register online until 8:00 p.m. On August 8.
There will be no on-site registration on Saturday.

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).

Magic at Grand Prix Portland starts on Thursday August 7th. Grand Prix Portland features so much Magic that we had to add an extra day. The weekend kicks off Thursday and Friday with a Free Mini Master event that leads into a complete Side Events schedule. Over the four days we have 65 scheduled events, 30 of which are constructed. Pay once and play in all of the weekend's scheduled constructed events with our new "Infinite Magic" system!.

All side events will offer an option to pick your own prize from the Prize Wall. Check out www.gppdx.com for more details.

Grand Prix Portland is more than a tournament: it is a Magic-themed Convention, featuring a full slate of Magic-related activities including Panels, Seminars, Cosplay, and a huge Artist Alley. Grand Prix Portland is the event you won't want to miss!


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.


   
  Follow live streaming video coverage of Grand Prix Portland at DailyMTG.com and Twitch.tv. More details to be announced soon.


 

Tournament Format and Schedule

Place Prize Money Pro Points
1 $8,100 6
2 $5,400 5
3-4 $3,000 4
5-8 $2,025 3
9-12 $1,275 2
13-16 $1,125 1
17-20 $1,050 0
21-24 $900 0
25-36 $750* 0
37-51 $600* 0
*If Grand Prix attendance is 400-799 teams, prize money will be paid out to 36th place.
If attendance is 800 or more teams, prize money will be paid out to 51st place.
Top 2 teams also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir in Honolulu (October 2014).
If Grand Prix attendance is 400 teams or more, Top 4 finishing teams earn invitations and airfare, and all teams with 36 or more match points who do not make Top 4 earn invitations.
All prizes displayed in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Magic 2015 Team Sealed Deck
Participation Fee: $40 per player, 3-person team

Registration and Schedule

  • Register online until 8:00 p.m. On August 8.
  • Thursday, August 7: Register onsite 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 8: Register onsite 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 9: Grand Prix Portland begins at 8:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, August 10: Day Two begins at 8:00 a.m.

Registration to the Grand Prix main event closes Friday night at 8:00 p.m. There will be no Saturday registration.

The main tournament at Grand Prix Portland is open to Magic players of all ages.

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Grand Prix Portland. 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

Players should review the Magic Tournament Rules for the rules specific to Team Tournaments, paying particular attention to the following sections:

  • Section 7.7 – Booster Draft Procedure
  • Section 8.2 – Team Composition and Identification
  • Section 8.3 – Team Communication

Day 1: Team Sealed Deck (12 Magic 2015 boosters)
  • 20 minutes for sealed deck pool registration and deck swap
  • 60 minutes for deck building
  • Decklists are required
  • Deck registration and deck swap will be performed for the Swiss Sealed Deck.
Day 2: Team Sealed Deck (12 Magic 2015 boosters)
  • 60 minutes for deck building
  • Decklists are required
Top 4: Team Booster Draft (3 Magic 2015 boosters)
  • Team members draft at the same draft table with one opposing team (6 total players per draft table). Each team member will be randomly seated between two opposing team members for the draft. No communication (verbal or non-verbal) is permitted between team members during the draft.
  • After the draft, team members will be located to separate tables to record their draft pools (15 minutes for draft pool registration and verification). After draft pool registration, team members will sit together for deck building (30 minutes for deck building).
  • After the semifinals, the Top 2 teams will draft again using the procedure described above.
  • Decklists are required
Tournament Structure
  • Modified Swiss-style rounds of 50 minutes each.
  • Day One will consist of a maximum of 9 Swiss rounds. Day Two will consist of 5 Swiss rounds and the Top 4 single-elimination playoff.
  • All teams with an X-2-0 or better record OR the top 40 teams—whichever number is greater—will advance to the second day of the event.
  • Each round, the team match is won by the team with the most individual match wins.
  • The Top 4 teams after the final Swiss round on Day 2 will advance to the playoff.
  • Top 4 playoff matches will be best 2 of 3 games per individual match, with no time limit. (Players are still expected to play at a normal pace and complete playoff matches in a reasonable amount of time.)
  • Each team member will be randomly paired against an opposing team member. Only 1 round will be played in the semi-finals and finals.
  • 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 playoff, the players on the team that finished higher in the Swiss rounds chooses either to play first or to play second. For subsequent games in each Top 4 playoff match, the usual Play/Draw rule applies (loser of the previous games decide whether to play first in the next game).

Judges
If you are interested in volunteering for Grand Prix Portland, please apply using 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 at a Grand Prix has already qualified for an invitation to that Pro Tour, the invitation does not pass down under any circumstances.



 

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.gppdx.com website. All side events (except casual events) will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

Friday
"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

We are building an amazing Artists Alley, represented by artists that have contributed to over 1000 total cards.

Rob Alexander, Steve Argyle, Eric Deschamps, Chuck Lukacs, Jeff Miracola, rk post, Chris Rahn, and Mark Tedin are all scheduled to attend, with more to be announced soon.

Check www.gppdx.com for updates.


Other Hall Attractions
Grand Prix Portland features Magic-focused Panels, Seminars, and other activities. Check out www.gppdx.com for all the details.



 

Travel Information

Hotel
We’ve secured a discounted room block at the Convention Center Red Lion. Located across the street from the Oregon Convention Center, the Red Lion offers a great rate and close proximity to the event, public transit, and food. This is the preferred place to stay when the Grand Prix comes to town! Book your room today! Click Here or visit www.redlion.com and use Group Code: CASC0801.

Driving Directions
The Oregon Convention Center is located off of Interstate-5 and Interstate-84. So whether you’re coming from San Diego, Vancouver BC, Salt Lake City, or anywhere in between, it’s a straight shot to this GP Weekend

Air Transportation
Portland International Airport (PDX)
The Portland International Airport is a short $2.50 ride on the public light rail, MAX.

Public Transportation
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Portland has a great mix of busses, street cars and light rail.



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Cascade Games
Email: questions@cascadegames.com

Venue Information

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Portland, Oregon
Click here for map.

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