Date: June 23-24, 2012
Pacifico Yokohama Hall A
1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku
Registration: ¥3000 on Friday, ¥3500 on Saturday
Friday, June 22: 16.00 – 20.00
Saturday, June 23: 08.00 – 09.00
Get your promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
The largest incorporated city in Japan with a population of nearly 3.7 million, Yokohama is famous as a port city. One of the first cities in Japan to open its streets to foreigners, Yokohama is home to the largest Chinatown in the country, and its international connections are reflected in its architecture and food. The city is centered around the Minato Mirai 21 district, a business and commerce district that features the Landmark Tower, the nation's tallest building at 70 floors and nearly 296 meters. Another notable attraction in the city is the Ramen (Chinese noodle) Museum.
Few cities in the world are as synonymous with Magic's history as Yokohama. The first non-US location of the World Championships in 1999 (won by Kai Budde), Yokohama has since hosted a number of premier events. In 2005, the city was again host to the World Championships, which saw the "home team" dominate, with the titles of World Champion, World Team Champion, and Pro Player of the Year all being captured by Japanese players. In 2008, as the home of defending champion Masaya Kitayama, Yokohama was the site of the National Championship, which saw a resurgent Masashi Oiso take home the title. Come join us at Grand Prix Yokohama 2012 and witness another chapter written in Magic history in this scenic city by the sea!
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 public 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 Return to Ravnica in Seattle.
All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.
Participation Fee: ¥3000 on Friday, ¥3500 on Saturday
Registration and Schedule
- Friday, June 22: Registration 16.00 – 20.00
- Saturday, June 23: Registration 08.00 – 09.00
- Saturday, June 23: Tournament begins at 09.30
- Sunday, June 24: Day Two begins at 09.00
The main tournament at Grand Prix Yokohama 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.
Modern Constructed. Legal sets as of the tournament date are: Core Set 8th Edition, Core Set 9th Edition, Core Set 10th Edition, Magic 2010, Magic 2011, Magic 2012, Mirrodin, Darksteel, Fifth Dawn, Champions of Kamigawa, Betrayers of Kamigawa, Saviors of Kamigawa, Ravnica: City of Guilds, Guildpact, Dissension, Coldsnap, Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor, Eventide, Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn, Zendikar, Worldwake, Rize of the Eldrazi, Scars of Mirrodin, Mirrodin Besieged, New Phyrexia, Innistrad, Dark Ascension, and Avacyn Restored. As of 2012-03-20, the following cards are banned in Modern: Ancestral Vision, Ancient Den, Bitterblossom, Blazing Shoal, Chrome Mox, Cloudpost, Dark Depths, Dread Return, Glimpse of Nature, Golgari Grave-Troll, Great Furnace, Green Sun’s Zenith, Hypergenesis, Jace, the Mind Sculptor, Mental Misstep, Ponder, Preordain, Punishing Fire, Rite of Flame, Seat of the Synod, Sensei’s Divining Top, Stoneforge Mystic, Skullclamp, Sword of the MeekTree of Tales, Umezawa’s Jitte, Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle, Vault of Whispers, Wild Nacatl.
- Deck lists are required.
- Each player must use the same deck on Day 2 that he or she used on Day 1.
- Grand Prix Yokohama will be run over two days using modified Swiss-style rounds of 50 minutes each. The number of rounds on Day 1 will be determined based on the number of players registered, Players will be paired randomly against players with similar win-loss records, with match points accumulating throughout the event.
- If 799 or fewer players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 or better record OR the top 64 players—whichever number is greater—will advance to the second day of the event.
- If 800 or more players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 or better record OR the top 128 players—whichever number is greater—will advance to the second day of the event.
- The Top 8 players after the final Swiss round on Day 2 will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination finals.
- Top 8 playoff matches will be best 2 of 3, and have no time limit. (Players are still expected to play at a normal pace and complete playoff matches in a reasonable amount of time.)
- 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 Yokohama will be Jeff Morrow (Level 4, USA). If you are interested in volunteering for Grand Prix Yokohama as a judge, please contact Kenji Suzuki, Regional Coordinator Japan/Korea, through the Judge Center.
Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive (Day 1) and Professional (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, June 22
Format: Modern, 32-person single-elimination flights
Location: Pacifico Yokohama
Planeswalker Points Multiplier: 3x
New tournaments will begin every time 32 players sign up. First place wins a three-round bye in Grand Prix Yokohama. In addition, 1st-8th place in each event will receive Avacyn Restored booster packs as prizes.
Other Grand Prix Yokohama Trials will be run at WPN locations in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers one three-round bye to Grand Prix Yokohama.
Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria (Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Players that accumulate multiple byes to a particular Grand Prix tournament receive only the bye for the greatest number of rounds):
- Players with a 2012 Players Club level of 4 or higher
- Players with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,200 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 26, 2011 – April 1, 2012).
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012).
- Winners of Grand Prix Yokohama Trial tournaments.
- Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame
- Players with a 2012 Players Club level of 2 or 3
- Players with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver.
- Players who have accumulated at least 600 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 26, 2011 – April 1, 2012).
- Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012).
- Players with a Players Club level of 1
- Players who have accumulated at least 300 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 26, 2011 – April 1, 2012).
- Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012).
People who win a Trial event are awarded 3 byes in the Grand Prix that it feeds. Trial byes are not cumulative with other byes and do not pass down.
For complete information about Grand Prix byes and their corresponding competitive season, please check the 2012 Magic Premier Event Invitation Policy.
Visit http://www.happymtg.com/ for a complete listing of all public events.
Eric Deschamps is both a sci-fi/fantasy illustrator and a video game concept artist. Eric has worked on projects with Magic: The Gathering for almost 10 years. His first commissioned assignment was Goblin S.W.A.T. Team for the Unhinged set. After painting Act of Treason in Magic 2010, Eric's role as a Magic artist gained much more prominence and really escalated with the release of Zendikar. Since then Eric has painted over 50 cards for Magic such as Vampire Hexmage, Venser, the Sojourner, Jin Gitaxias, Core Augur, Mirran Crusader, Garruk Relentless and Venser vs. Koth. Aside from Magic he has contributed artwork for games including Marvel Ultimate Alliance II, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, End of Nations, Dungeons & Dragons, World of Warcraft, and Privateer Press. Eric lives with his wife and daughter in a suburb of New York City, USA.
Peter Mohrbacher works as concept artist and illustrator in San Francisco, CA. He started drawing at the late age of 16 but has been dedicated and passionate about drawing and painting ever since. Outside of just making art, he’s also been known for co-creating and hosting a notable art podcast (WiPpodcast) as well as designing his own social networking site (WiPnation.com).
Aside from the several cards and brand new planeswalker that Peter illustrated for the Innistrad block, he also did created concept art for the upcoming Return to Ravnica and "Friends" blocks as well.
During the day Peter works for Kabam as the senior artist on Dragons of Atlantis, a popular web based fantasy game, where he designs and illustrates the many of the places and creatures within that world. He’s also in the process of raising a little family with his wife and artistic collaborator, Ania Mohrbacher.
Yokohama is located approximately 30 minutes south of Tokyo, and is connected by direct express train to Narita Airport. The city itself has a highly developed public transportation network, making it easy to get around. The tournament venue is near the Minato Mirai 21 business district, reachable on foot from either Sakuragi-cho Station on JR East or the Minato Mirai station on the Toyoko Express. There are numerous hotels located in and around Minato Mirai.
Map courtesy of Pacifico Yokohama.
Grand Prix Yokohama is sponsored by GoodGames Inc., owners of CARDSHOP HARERUYA
Pacifico Yokohama Hall A
1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku