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Grand Prix–Kitakyushu Event Information

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Date: October 31-November 1, 2009

Format: Zendikar Sealed Deck / Booster Draft

Tournament Location
West Japan Industry and Trade Convention Center
3-8-1 Asano, Kokurakita-ku
Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka-ken
Web Site

Registration:
Friday, October 30: 16:00-20:00, ¥3000
Saturday, October 31: 08:00-09:00, ¥3500


Get your free promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).

The second largest city in Fukuoka and one of the largest on the island of Kyushu, Kitakyushu known both domestically and internationally as a leading city in anti-pollution and recycling measures. The city center dates back centuries to when it was a castle town known as Kokura, which guarded the Straits of Shimonoseki between Honshu and Kyushu. Although known to gourmets as the city where yakiudon was created, Kitakyushu is perhaps best known to fans of history due to its proximity to Ganryu-jima, the locale of the famous sword battle between the legendary Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro. This is the third Grand Prix to be held in Kitakyushu and the fifth in Kyushu.

The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to get out of the house, 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. In addition to $30,000 in cash prizes, Pro Tour invitations for the top 16 finishers, and exclusive foil promo cards for participants, Grand Prix feature a host of other activities, including public events and artist signings. Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.



 

Tournament Format and Schedule

 Prizes  

All prizes in U.S. Dollars.

Place Prize Pro Points
1 $3,500 10
2 $2,300 8
3-4 $1,500 6
5-8 $1,000 5
9-12 $600 4
13-16 $500 3
17-32 $400 2
33-64 $200 1
Top 16 finishers also earn invitations to Pro Tour–San Diego 2010.

Format: Sealed Deck + Booster Draft
Participation Fee: ¥3000 (Friday registration) or ¥3500 (Saturday registration)
Grand Prix–Kitakyushu will feed Pro Tour–San Diego 2010.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, October 30: Registration 16:00-20:00
  • Saturday, October 30: Registration 8:00-9:00
  • Saturday, October 30: Tournament begins at 9:30
  • Sunday, November 1: Day Two begins at 8:30

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

Tournament Format

  • Day 1: Zendikar Sealed Deck. Each player will receive six booster packs to build a deck
  • Day 2 (including Top 8): Zendikar Booster Draft. Each player will receive 3 booster packs per draft
  • Deck lists are required
  • Deck registration and deck swap will be performed during the Sealed Deck portion of the event.

Tournament Structure

  • Grand Prix–Kitakyushu 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.
  • Two drafts will be held on Day 2, each followed by 3 Swiss rounds
  • The Top 8 players after the final Swiss round on Day 2 will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination playoff round.
  • 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.

Judges
The head judge for Grand Prix–Kitakyushu will be Naoaki Umesaki (Level 3, Japan). If you are interested in volunteering for Grand Prix–Kitakyushu as a judge, please contact Ron Foster (ron.foster@wizards.com) by September 25, 2009.

Notes

  • Grand Prix–Kitakyushu will be run with a KValue of 40. The Rules Enforcement Level will be Competitive on Day 1 and Professional on Day 2.
  • All Universal Tournament Rules and Magic: The Gathering Floor Rules are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Format Document. Rules documents can be found in the DCI 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).


 

Tournament Byes

 Grand Prix Trials  

Friday, October 28
¥2500
Registration: 10:00-15:00 at West Japan Industry and Trade Convention Center
32-person single-elimination

The winner of each Trial receives a three-round bye to the Grand Prix. 2nd-8th place in each event will receive Zendikar booster packs as prizes.

Grand Prix–Kitakyushu Trials will be run in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 Third-Round bye to Grand Prix–Kitakyushu .

A player who has a bye in a round does not have to play a match in that round, but is treated as having won. A bye is normally given out to a player when there are an odd number of players in a round, but byes may also be rewarded to players for previous performance at a tournament or as a prize at a Trial tournament. 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):

Third-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 4 or higher
  • Players with a DCI Total rating of 2050 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on October 28, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 2000 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on October 28, 2009.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Kitakyushu Trial tournaments.

Second-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 2 or 3
  • Players with a DCI Total rating of 1950 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on October 28, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 1900 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on October 28, 2009.

First-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 1
  • Players with a DCI Total rating of 1850 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on October 28, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 1800 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on October 28, 2009.

Trial winners
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.


 

Public Events

All participants in the Grand Prix main event will receive a ¥200 coupon good for one 8-man tournament held at the Grand Prix site during the weekend.

8-man pick-up tournaments will be run throughout the weekend on-site. All 8-man tournaments are DCI sanctioned events. Entry fee is ¥1200 for a Booster Draft (Zendikarx3), ¥500 for a Constructed tournament.

Original Art Tournament
Sunday, November 1
Registration: 09:00-9:30, ¥1500
Format: Standard, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination
The winner of the Original Art tournament will be receive an original piece of art drawn on-site by the guest artist Jaime Jones. 2nd-4th place will each receive a numbered print of Progenitus as well as Zendikar booster packs. Other top finishers will receive Zendikar booster packs.

Pro Tour–San Diego Qualifier
Sunday, November 1
Registration: Saturday, October 31, 17:00-until end of GP, ¥3000
Format: Sealed Deck with Booster Draft Top 8 single-elimination
The winner will receive an invitation and round-trip travel to Pro Tour–San Diego 2010. Other top finishers will receive Zendikar booster packs.


www.gamingetc.com Sponsored "Legacy For Power" Tournament
Sunday, November 1
Registration: 9:30-10:00
¥2500
Format: Legacy Constructed with Top8 single-elimination
The winner of the Legacy For Power Tournament will receive his or her choice of two "Power 9" cards provided by gamingetc.com; the Finalist will receive the other. (Cards will be revealed on-site.) 3rd and 4th place will each receive two non-English black-bordered Tropical Island cards. 5th-8th place will each receive a Revised Edition Badlands card. Zendikar booster packs will also be awarded as prizes to top finishers, beginning at 5th place.


Mint Sponsored Tournament
Saturday, October 31
Registration: 12:45-13:15
¥2000
Format: Standard Constructed with Top 8 single-elimination
The first 72 players to register for the event will each receive a pack of MTG tournament sleeves. The Top 32 players will each receive additional prizes as follows. All prizes courtesy of Mint, the official distributor of UltraPro products in Japan.

Top 32: one pack of MTG-themed card sleeves
Top 16: one MTG-themed deck box
Top 8: one MTG-themed binder
Top 4: one pack of MTG Black Lotus card sleeves

Finally, the Top 4 players will have their choice of one of the following items, beginning with the winner of the event: 1 set of Zendikar Intro Packs, 1 Zendikar Fat Pack, 1 MTG From the Vault: Exiled, or 1 display of Zendikar booster packs.

Note: Based on attendance, the Top 8 single-elimination round of this event may be held on Sunday.


Jaime Jones

ARTIST: JAIME JONES
Jaime grew up in North Carolina, drawing pictures from an early age. He studied fine art at Corcoran College of Art and Design for two years before dropping out to work as a concept artist on the Guild Wars franchise in 2006. He has produced art for movies, video games, comic books, novels and trading card games. His favorite artist is John Singer Sargent. He currently works full time for Bungie and lives in Kirkland, Washington with his wife Laura. You can view more of his work at www.artpad.org

Signing Session Hours

  • 10/31 (Sat): 10:00-16:00
  • 11/1 (Sun): 10:00-13:00, 15:00-18:00



 

Travel Information

 Hotel Information  

JR Kyushu Hotel Kokura
1-3-6 Asano, Kokurakita-ku
Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka-ken
TEL: 093-522-8800
FAX: 093-522-8801
Web Site

The JR Kyushu Hotel Kokura is conveniently located within the Kokura station complex, and connected to the convention center by a moving walkway.

Kitakyushu is located on the southern island of Kyushu, reachable by bullet train from Tokyo in about 5 hours or by plane via domestic flights. The city itself has a highly-developed public transportation network, making it easy to get around. The tournament venue is connected to the central Kokura station.


Map courtesy of West Japan Industry and Trade Convention Center.


 

Contact Information

For additional information about the event, please contact Ron Foster, Japan Organized Play Manager, at ron.foster@wizards.com

Venue address
West Japan Industry and Trade Convention Center
3-8-1 Asano, Kokurakita-ku
Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka-ken
Web Site

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