Grand Prix Taipei 2014 Event Information


 Information  

Grand Prix Taipei is brought to you by Play! Events.

Date: July 25-27, 2014

Format: Limited - Magic 2015

Tournament Location

Taipei Expo Park
Expo Dome
No. 1, Yumen St.,
Zhongshan District, Taipei City 104,
Taiwan (R.O.C.) Click here for map.

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

Tournament Registration: TWD NT$1200.00
Friday, July 25: 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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).

The letter W!elcome to Taipei! Situated at the northern tip of Taiwan, Taipei is the political, economic, and cultural center of Taiwan. Besides being known for its various thriving shopping and entertainment areas and many night markets featuring gastronomic varieties of local eats, Taipei is rich in beautiful ornate temples and maintains an extensive system of parks, green spaces, and nature preserves. Taipei is also home to Taipei 101, a 101-floor landmark skyscraper that claimed the title of world's tallest building when it opened in 2004, a title it held for six years.

Grand Prix Taipei is open to the public and all players are invited to participate. Taking place only a week after the release of Magic 2015, there is no better way to 'Hunt Bigger Game' than Grand Prix Taipei! In addition, the side event schedule will be jam-packed with exhilarating events with multiple formats. With Planeswalker Points multipliers of 8x for the main event and 3x for all side events, there is no better way to chalk up those Planeswalker Points! A Sleep-In Special will be available (for a fee) allowing players with byes to have more snooze time on Saturday. Local and international dealers will be on hand, whether you are searching for that elusive card for your Commander deck or looking to barter or offload your cards.

Register for the main event and receive a Grand Prix Taipei exclusive playmat by Winona Nelson (while supplies last).

Come on down to Grand Prix Taipei for a fun-filled, amazing and unforgettable weekend of Magic!

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.



 

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 Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir in Honolulu (October 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: Magic 2015 Sealed Deck/Draft
Participation Fee: TWD NT$1200.00

Registration and Schedule

  • Online Registration until Wednesday, July 23, 11:59 p.m. at www.playeventsasia.com
  • Friday, July 25: Registration 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26: Grand Prix Taipei begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, July 27: 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 Taipei is open to Magic players of all ages.

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

  • Magic 2015 Sealed Deck/Draft Sealed Deck/Draft
  • Day One: Sealed Deck
  • Day Two and Top 8: Booster draft
  • Sealed Deck Product: 6 Magic 2015 boosters
  • Booster Draft Product: 3 Magic 2015 boosters
  • Deck lists are required.
  • If product is not stamped or preregistered, deck registration and deck swap will be performed for the Swiss Sealed Deck.

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.)
  • 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).

Judges
Edwin Zhang will be the head judge for Grand Prix Taipei. Judges wishing to apply 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, July 25
Time: From 10:00 a.m. (last Sealed Deck trial begins at 4:00 p.m., last Standard trial begins at 5:00 p.m.)*
Format: Sealed Deck or Standard, 32-person Single-Elimination flights (separate queues)
Cost: Sealed Deck TWD NT$800.00, Standard TWD NT$400.00
Prizes:
1st: Two-Round bye, Sleep-In Special and 12 Magic 2015 booster packs
2nd: 24 Magic 2015 booster packs
3rd and 4th: 12 Magic 2015 booster packs
5th to 8th: 6 Magic 2015 booster packs
9th to 16th: 3 Magic 2015 booster packs

* Times are approximate and subject to change.

Other Grand Prix Taipei 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 Taipei.

  • Grand Prix Taipei 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 Taipei, the cutoff date will be July 23.) 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 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #3 (June 2, 2014 – August 24, 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 Taipei Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #3 (June 2, 2014 – August 24, 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 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #3 (June 2, 2014 – August 24, 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.playeventsasia.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 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.



 

Artist Information

Winona Nelson and Anthony Palumbo are scheduled to attend Grand Prix Taipei.

Winona Nelson
Winona Nelson is a freelance illustrator, working in science fiction and fantasy, video games, trading card games, and comics. Find out more about her works at www.winonanelsonart.com.

Anthony Palumbo
Anthony Palumbo is an illustrator and gallery artist. His art has appeared on book covers, trading card games, and video games. Find out more about her works at www.anthonypalumboillustration.com.




 

Travel Information

Most scheduled international flights are served by Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in nearby Taoyuan County. Songshan Airport at the heart of the city in the Songshan District serves domestic flights and scheduled flights to Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Gimpo International Airport in Seoul, and about 15 destinations in the People's Republic of China. Songshan Airport is accessible by the Taipei Metro Wenhu Line (brown). Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is not accessible by metro but there are many express airport buses to various destinations in the city centre.

Taipei Expo Park is located right next to Yuanshan Metro Station on the Tamsui-Xinyi Line (red).

Travel information to the venue for both domestic and international travelers:
www.taipei-expopark.tw/english/archive.aspx?uid=155

Taipei Metro map:
english.trtc.com.tw/ct.asp?xItem=1056373&CtNode=49780&mp=122032



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Play! Events
Email: clifford@playeventsllp.com
Phone Number: +65 9763 9833

Tournament Location

Taipei Expo Park
Expo Dome
No. 1, Yumen St.,
Zhongshan District, Taipei City 104,
Taiwan (R.O.C.) Click here for map.

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