Grand Prix Vancouver Event Information


Grand Prix Vancouver is brought to you by Professional Event Services.

Date: January 24-26, 2014

Format: Standard

Tournament Location

Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC, V6C 0C3
Click here for map.

Registration: $40
Online registration: Closes Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
On-site registration: Friday, January 24 from 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
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).

Professional Event Services is proud to present Grand Prix Vancouver 2014!

Vancouver is the perfect host for a world-class event like Grand Prix Vancouver. Vancouver is one of North America's most underrated tourist destinations. It is a modern, travel-friendly city with a unique mix of cultures. The relatively mild Pacific Northwest climate and an amazing restaurant and nightlife scene are other features that make Vancouver a great destination stop. Getting here is a breeze, as the Vancouver International Airport has consistently been rated as a top North American airport providing easy access from all over the world. Come for the city; stay for the Grand Prix!

Grand Prix Vancouver is open to the public and all players are invited to come and participate. Grand Prix Vancouver is a two-day event featuring the Standard format. In addition to the main event, the Grand Prix Vancouver weekend offers one of the largest schedules of public events ever brought to a Grand Prix —including an opportunity to win a VIP trip to Seattle in 2015! Side events and Last-Chance Grand Prix Trials will be held Friday, January 24 on-site starting at noon. Visit for more details about side events.

Prominent Magic artist rk post will be designing a playmat to commemorate the event. The first 500 players who register for Grand Prix Vancouver on-site Friday will receive the playmat (while supplies last). The playmat will also be offered to any player who purchases the Grand Prix Vancouver VIP registration package.

  Follow live streaming video coverage of Grand Prix Vancouver at,, and with Marshall Sutcliffe, Hall of Famer Randy Buehler, Brian David-Marshall, Rashad Miller, and Garth Avery. The live video stream will start at approximately 1 p.m. local time / 4 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. GMT 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+ participants, prize money will be paid out to 150th place.
Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Journey into Nyx in Atlanta (May 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: $40

Registration and Schedule

  • Online registration until 11:59 p.m. Friday, January 24, 2014 at
  • Friday, January 24: Registration 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 25 Grand Prix Vancouver begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, January 26: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

Registration to the Grand Prix main event closes Friday night. There will be no Saturday registration.

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

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Grand Prix Vancouver. 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 finals.
  • Top 8 matches will be best 2 of 3.
  • Top 8 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).

The Head Judge for Grand Prix Vancouver is Toby Elliott. Applications for stage staff and judge staff are closed. Judge certification will be available on site. Please contact John Alderfer at for details and to arrange your certification.


  • 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, January 24
Format: Standard and Theros Sealed Deck, 32-person single-elimination flights
Cost: $25 Sealed Deck, $20 Standard
Times: Standard, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. events start each time 32 players sign up
Theros Sealed Deck, 2:00 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. flights (registration opens 1 hour before each), maximum of 32 players in each
* Times are approximate and subject to change.
Planeswalker Points Multiplier: 3x

First place wins a Two-Round bye in Grand Prix Vancouver. Additional prizes in the form of booster packs given to top finishers.

Other Grand Prix Vancouver 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 Vancouver.

  • Grand Prix Vancouver 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 Vancouver, the cutoff date will be December 4th.) 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 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 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 Vancouver Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 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 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 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 Professional Event Services website. All side events will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

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.

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.

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

Fan-favorite artist rk post will be in attendance at Grand Prix Vancouver. Additional artists to be announced.

Other Hall Attractions

Online preregistration, Sleep-in Specials, and VIP Service will be offered for this event. Visit the Professional Event Services website for full details.


Travel Information

 Hotel Information  

PES has arranged a great room block for Grand Prix Vancouver at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel for $129 per night.The special room rate will be available until January 7, 2014 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel is situated right near the water, a stone's throw from beautiful Stanley Park as well as the bustling Gastown district. The hotel is steps away from the Vancouver Convention Centre and within easy access to an incredible array of arts and entertainment.

A direct link to book the hotel online will be available at Professional Event Services.

  • Coast Coal Harbour Hotel
  • 1180 West Hastings Street
  • Vancouver BC, V6E 4R5
  • Ph: 604.697.0202
  • Fax: 604.697.0123

By Air

Located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is ranked one of the top airports in the world and is served by a wide variety of local, national and international air carriers with direct routes to most major destinations.

By Bus

There's plenty of bus service to, from, and around Vancouver along with scheduled service throughout BC, including Whistler, Seattle's SeaTac Airport, Bellingham Airport and Vancouver Island - which are all 2-3 hours out of Vancouver by car.

By Train

TransLink provides city transit for tourists and residents seven days a week via buses through its rapid transit system, SkyTrain. With the opening of the Canada Line, the Skytrain's newest line, travel between the Waterfront Station and Vancouver International Airport has been significantly reduced to 26 minutes per one-way trip. This allows for a more convenient trip for international travellers to and from downtown Vancouver.

In addition, Via Rail's western transcontinental train follows Highway 1 from Vancouver to Kamloops. Amtrak's Pacific Northwest route travels daily between Seattle and Vancouver.


Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Professional Event Services
Web site:
Phone Number: 1-877-913-8881

Venue Address

Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC, V6C 0C3
Click here for map.

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