Date: January 19-20, 2013
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Level 1: Parkside Ballroom
Darling Harbour NSW 2000
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Registration: AUD $60 (AUD $50 Early bird registration on Friday)
Friday, January 18: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 19: 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Get your promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
Sydney is a world-famous city sporting a modern wonder, the Sydney Opera House, a beautiful bridge spanning a breathtaking harbor and of course famous beaches including Manly and the iconic Bondi. And that's just the stuff you read about in the tour guides! The Grand Prix takes place in the heart of it all, in the beautiful Darling Harbour—a huge entertainment precinct that includes many great diversions such as the Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World, IMAX Theatre not to mention a plethora of cafes, bars and restaurants. Our venue is Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, which overlooks the water of Darling Harbour.
While January is the winter across the northern hemisphere, it's summer in Sydney which adds that special something to the event. Darling Harbor is a backdrop for a fireworks display every Saturday night in January. While the northern hemisphere is under blizzard conditions and freezing, you can be enjoying three full days of Magic wearing shorts and a t-shirt!
Grand Prix Sydney is the last chance to test your Return to Ravnica Sealed Deck and Booster Draft skills. With a $30,000 purse and four Pro Tour invites up for grabs, you can be sure that competition will be fierce and with the best judges around keeping everything in order. Plus the first 300 players receive an awesome playmat!
Running right alongside the Grand Prix is a huge side events schedule including massive Legacy and Vintage tournaments. Throw in a $1,000 event on Sunday plus on-demand drafts and Commander, and there really is something for everyone!
Grand Prix Sydney is hosted by Top Deck Events. Visit the Top Deck Events website for updates and more details about the weekend's activities.
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 Dragon's Maze in San Diego (May 2013).
If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200 or more, Top 8 finishers earn invitations and airfare.
All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.
Format: Return to Ravnica Sealed Deck and Booster Draft
Participation Fee: AUD $60
Registration and Schedule
- Friday, January 18: Registration from 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
- Saturday, January 19: Registration from 8 a.m. - 8.45 a.m.
- Saturday, January 19: Tournament begins at 9 a.m.
- Sunday, January 20: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.
The main tournament at Grand Prix Sydney 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.
Day 1: Sealed Deck
Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft
- Sealed Deck Product: 6 Return to Ravnica boosters for Day 1 sealed deck
- Booster Draft Product: 3 Return to Ravnica boosters for Day 2 and Top 8 Draft
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Sydney is Nathan Brewer. The tournament manager is Lindsay Heming.
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 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, January 18
Format: Standard and Sealed Deck 32-Player Single Elimination Flights
Cost: Sealed Deck $40, Standard $20
Times: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m, new flights starting every 32 players. Last Sealed Deck Grinder starts at 5 p.m., last Standard trial starts at 6 p.m.
Prizes: 1st place: 3-round bye at Grand Prix Sydney. 2nd place: 36 booster packs. 3rd and 4th place: 18 booster packs.
Planeswalker Points Multiplier: x3
Other Grand Prix Sydney Trials will be run at WPN locations throughout the Asia-Pacific region in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers one three-round bye to Grand Prix Sydney.
Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria:
- Winners of Grand Prix Sydney Trial tournaments.
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
- 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 #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
- Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
- Players with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver
- Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
- Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
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. 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 2012 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 Top Deck Events website. All side events (except the Last Chance Grand Prix Trials) will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.
Earn a valuable Third-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, dinner with Wizards employees, and more. (Details about the Championship will be announced later in 2013.).
We are delighted to announce that Aleksi Briclot will be attending Grand Prix Sydney. 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. Responsible for the concept illustrations of the original Planeswalkers in Lorwyn, Aleksi is a significant artist for Magic: The Gathering. A designer and art director for video games, Aleksi co-founded the videogame development studio DONTNOD Entertainment in 2008. With so many famous cards —Jace Beleren, Garruk Wildspeaker, Gideon Jura, Liliana Vess, Primeval Titan, Thourghtseize, and Tombstalker — Aleksi has become one of the most recognizable and popular Magic artists in the world.
Other Hall Attractions
Aleksi Briclot is excited to offer an art seminar Friday afternoon. Lasting approximately one hour, it will include some drawing lessons for the aspiring artist, along with a portfolio reviews. Come by to learn how to become a professional artist and join in his world of wonder.
Although trading is both allowed and encouraged, please note that the following things are not permitted at this event:
- Buying/selling cards with anyone except for our authorized dealer(s)
- Soliciting to buy/sell cards elsewhere
- Advertising without receiving permission from Wizards of the Coast’s on-site Event Manager
- Utilizing an excessive amount of space when trading
- Using suitcases, handcarts, luggage carts, etc. for the purpose of transporting excessive amounts of trade stock
Getting to Sydney
Flying is the most convenient mode of transportation for most visitors traveling to Sydney but this majestic city is accessible by train, bus, or ferry from most anywhere. Internationally, more than 20 international airlines serve Sydney’s International Airport which is conveniently situated about 20 minutes from the center of Sydney.
Getting to the venue
The Convention Centre is located in the middle of Darling Harbour. It is a 10-minute walk to or from Central Station or Town Hall Station. The best way to get there is by foot, however if you wish to be delivered to the Convention Centre you have the following options:
- Light Rail from Central directly to the Convention Centre. The light rail costs $4.50 (single) or $6.00 (return).
- Monorail from various locations around the city. The Monorail costs $5.00 per trip.
- Taxi, Water Taxi, and Ferry: All have stops at Darling Harbor.
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre is located a 5-10-minute walk from the heart of Sydney so the accommodation options in all price ranges are plentiful.
Hotel Deals will be published on the Top Deck Events website.
Tournament Organizer: Top Deck Events
Phone: +61 423 311 178
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Level 1: Parkside Ballroom
Darling Harbour NSW 2000
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