Grand Prix Beijing Event Information


 Information  

Date: May 10-12, 2013

Format: Return to Ravnica Block Sealed Deck and Booster Draft

Tournament Location

University of Science and Technology Beijing Gymnasium
No 30, Xue Yuan Road
Hai Dian District
Beijing, China, 100083
Click here for map (English)
Click here for map (Chinese)

Registration: 240 CNY
Friday, May 10: 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 11: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.



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

Welcome to Beijing, the capital of People's Republic of China. Beijing is the political, cultural, educational center of China and is a major hub for international communication. With a long history of more than 3,000 years as a city and more than 850 years as the capital, Beijing is regarded as one of the "Four Great Ancient Capitals of China." Thousands of years of urban development and near a millennia of imperial cultural influence over the city has materialized in the form of six World Cultural Sites and other numerous representations, both architectural and cultural, that you can find spreading across the entire ancient city. Countless places of interests, such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, will certainly be your perfect complement to a grand Magic event.

Magic-wise, Beijing is also one of the most important places for China. Beijing was among the first cities Magic got introduced into China and this early adaptation in turn nurtures a number of high-level Magic players and even Chinese National Champions. Furthermore, Beijing is the hometown to all the team members who claimed China's first World Team Championship at Rome in 2009.

Eight years ago, Beijing became the first Mainland China city to host a Magic Grand Prix event. Eight years later, let's gather in Beijing once more to witness the birth of a new legend. Once again, welcome to Beijing!


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 $3,500 8
2 $2,300 6
3-4 $1,500 5
5-8 $1,000 4
9-12 $600 3
13-16 $500 3
17-32 $400 2
33-64 $200 1
Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Theros in Dublin (October 2013).
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 in U.S. dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Return to Ravnica Block Sealed Deck and Booster Draft
Participation Fee: 240 CNY

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, May 10: Registration 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11: Registration 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 11: Tournament begins at 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 12: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

While the tournament is open to all ages, minors will require parental consent and (preferably) adult/parental company throughout the event.

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.

Tournament Format

  • Day 1: Sealed Deck
  • Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft
  • Sealed Deck Product: 2 Return to Ravnica boosters, 2 Gatecrash boosters, and 2 Dragon's Maze boosters for Day 1 sealed deck
  • Booster Draft Product: 1 Return to Ravnica booster, 1 Gatecrash booster, and 1 Dragon's Maze booster for Day 2 and Top 8 Draft
  • 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).
  • 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 2 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).

Judges
Riccardo Tessitori will be the head judge for Grand Prix Beijing.

Notes

  • Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive on Day 1 and Professional on 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 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, May 10
Format: Standard and Sealed Deck 32-Player Single Elimination Flights
Cost: Sealed Deck CNY 200, Standard CNY 100
Times: 10 a.m. (last Sealed trial begins at 4 p.m., last Standard trial begins at 5 p.m.)
Planeswalker Points Multiplier: x3

Other Grand Prix Beijing 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 Beijing.

  • Grand Prix Beijing 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 Beijing, the cutoff date will be May 8.) 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

  • Winners of Grand Prix Beijing Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
  • Members of the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame

Second-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
  • 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 #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)

Trial winners
Winners of a Trial tournament are awarded 3 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 will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

Friday
Last-Chance Trials
Earn a valuable Third-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
Two Super Sunday Series tournaments will be held at each Grand Prix, one Sealed Deck and one Standard. The Top 4 players from each will proceed to play in the Super Sunday Series Final Booster Draft. The Top 4 players in Super Sunday Series Final will each be awarded a special Grand Prix messenger bag. The winner of the Super Sunday Series Final will earn an invitation and travel award for the Super Sunday Series Championship, to be held in January 2014 in Seattle with a prize purse of $20,000. The Super Sunday Series Championship experience also includes a tour of Wizards of the Coast, dinner with Wizards employees, and more. (Details about the Championship will be announced later in 2013.).


 

Artist Information

Eric D Deschamps will be in attendance at Grand Prix Beijing.

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 Magic the Gathering's Unhinged set. Eric's role as a Magic artist became much more prominent after the release of Zendikar. Since then Eric has painted over 50 cards for Magic such as Ash Zealot, Tamiyo, the Moon Sage, Venser, the Sojourner, Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Mirran Crusader, Garruk Relentless and Olivia Voldaren. 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.



 

Travel Information

Information coming soon.




 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Tony Li
Email: legendtony@263.net
Phone: +86 - 13801110286

Venue Address

University of Science and Technology Beijing Gymnasium
No 30, Xue Yuan Road
Hai Dian District
Beijing, China, 100083
Click here for map (English)
Click here for map (Chinese)

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