Grand Prix Utrecht 2014 Event Information


 Information  

Grand Prix Utrecht is brought to you by tournamentcenter BVBA.

Date: August 8-10, 2014

Format: Standard

Tournament Location

Jaarbeurs Utrecht
Jaarbeursplein 6
3521 Utrecht
Click here for map.

Registration: €35 (€55 sleep-in)
Online registration is open until Friday, August 8, 22:00
Onsite registration is open on Friday, August 8, 14:00-22:00

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).

Utrecht, the 4th biggest city of The Netherlands, was once the capital of Kingdom Holland. It's currently the most booming city of the country. Utrecht is known as a student city with a large population of single young people. This results in a great nightlife with many places to dance, drink or eat.

Don't miss the Dom Tower, the highest church tower in the Netherlands, or relax in the cloister gardens next to it. Or perhaps you want to rent a canal bike and pedal your way around the canals? In the evening, you'd better go to the Oudegracht lower docks, to get a drink on one of the terraces.

Best of all, there are a large amount of stores (near the Oudegracht) that sell board games, card games, wargames, roleplaying games, fantasy and science-fiction books, etc.

Discover Utrecht at Wikitravel.


 
  Follow live streaming video coverage of Grand Prix Utrecht at DailyMTG.com and Twitch.tv with Matej Zatlkaj, Pro Tour Hall of Famer Frank Karsten, Simon Görtzen, Rich Hagon, and Steven Leeming. The live video stream will start at approximately 13:00 CEST, 11am GMT, and 7am EST on Saturday.

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 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: Standard
Participation Fee: €35 (€55 sleep-in)

Registration and Schedule

  • Online Registration until Friday, August 8, 22:00 at www.tournamentcenter.eu
  • Onsite registration on Friday, August 8, 14:00-22:00
  • Saturday, August 9: Grand Prix Utrecht begins at 09:00
  • Sunday, August 10: 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 Utrecht is open to Magic players of all ages.

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

  • Standard Constructed
  • Deck lists are required.
  • Players must use the same deck on Day Two that they used on Day One.

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.)
  • 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

The head judge for this event will be Kim Warren (Level 4, UK). Judges interested in working at this event should submit an application 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, August 8 (12:00-18:00)
Format: Standard, 32-person single-elimination flights
Cost: €15 per player
Times: Details coming soon.

  • Grand Prix Utrecht 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 Utrecht, the cutoff date will be Wednesday, August 6.) 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 Utrecht Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
  • 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. All side events (except casual events) will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x. Detailed side event information can be found on tournamentcenter.eu.

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 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

Filip Burburan

The main feature of his style is a fairy-tale world filled with various characters, often grotesque in appearance, but which are painted in a realistic manner. The base of this whole approach is illustrated realistic painting, and various model, from the old masters of painting to the big stunning names of contemporary artwork and comics.

Schedule

Saturday/Sunday: 10:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00 (subject to change based on wait times and artist convenience)



 

Travel Information

Check the travel information from the venue here.

Arriving by Plane
Utrecht is located 25 minutes from Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport (www.schiphol.nl), and is connected to the airport by a rail line with trains running every 15 minutes.

Arriving by Train
Utrecht's major train station Utrecht Centraal (www.ns.nl), which has connections all over The Netherlands and beyond, is located right in front of the venue.

Taxi
UTC +31.30.2.300.400 or www.utc.nl




 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: tournamentcenter BVBA
Email: info@tournamentcenter.eu
Phone: +32 53 39 88 83
Oudenaardsesteenweg 283 B1
9420 Erpe-Mere
Belgium

Venue Address

Jaarbeurs Utrecht
Jaarbeursplein 6
3521 Utrecht
Click here for map.

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