Grand Prix Verona Event Information


 Information  

Grand Prix Verona is brought to you by Dazzle Events.

Date: March 8-10, 2013

Format: Standard

Tournament Location

Verona Fiere – Hall 1
(Entrance between the PalaExpo Building & the Verona Fiere tower at the right)
Viale del Lavoro 8
37135 Verona
Italy
Click here for map

Registration:
Online: €33.50 per person
Online with sleep-in: €48.50 per person
Offline: €35 per person

Visit www.tournamentcenter.eu to register online. Online registration closes Friday March 8 at 22:00.
Registration on site:
Friday, March 8: 15:00 – 22:00
Saturday, March 9: 08:00 – 09:00


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

Verona is the capital of the similar named province in the region Veneto, in the north of Italy. The inner town is protected by UNESCO as World Heritage, and is known for its charming squares and fancy shopping streets. But Verona is also the city where Romeo met Juliet, and where you find the third-biggest amphitheatre in the world!

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.


 
  Follow live streaming video coverage of Grand Prix Verona at twitch.tv/magicprotour with Rich Hagon, Matej Zatlkaj, Marijn Lybaert, and Steven Leeming. The live video stream will begin at approximately 8 a.m. ET on Saturday.

 

Tournament Format and Schedule

Format: Standard
Participation Fee: €33.50 (online), €35 (offline)

Registration and Schedule

  • Online registration at www.tournamentcenter.eu until Friday March 8, 22:00
  • Friday, March 8: Registration 15:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday, March 9: Registration 08:00 - 09:00
  • Saturday, March 9: Grand Prix Verona begins at 09:30
  • Sunday, March 10: Day Two begins at 09:00
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 Dragon's Maze in San Diego (May 2013).
If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200 or more, Top 8 finishers earn invitations and airfare.
All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.
Sleep-in Registration
  • Skip the registration lines at the venue by registering online
  • Skip the player meeting
  • Late arrival up to the number of byes earned (you should be on site one hour before the start of your round)
If you register with sleep-in, you have to send your decklist by e-mail to decklist@tournamentcenter.eu before Wednesday March 6, 20:00.
If we don't receive your decklist or if it contains errors, you will be subject to the appropriate penalties (such as a game loss). At the event, you just have to go to the Side Events Stage before the start of your round to hand in your Media Publicity Form, and to collect your participation foil.

The main tournament at Verona 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 handed out and collected during the players meeting on Saturday morning.

Tournament Format

  • Standard
  • Deck lists are required.
  • Players must use the same deck on Day 2 that they used on Day 1.

Tournament Structure

  • Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
  • 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).

Judges
The Head Judge for this event will be Carlos Ho. The Regional Judge Coordinator is Cristiana Dionisio. Judges interested in working at this event should submit an application through the Magic judge website .

Notes

  • 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 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, March 8
Format: Standard
Times: 12:00 to 18:00
Cost: €15 per player (free playmat, while supplies last)

Other Grand Prix Verona Trials will be run in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers one Third-Round bye to Grand Prix Verona.

  • Grand Prix Verona 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 Verona, the cutoff date will be March 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

  • Winners of Grand Prix Verona Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
  • Players with a 2012-2013 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 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
  • Players with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

First-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 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 2012 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 Dazzle Events website. All side events (except the Last Chance Grand Prix Trials) 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.

Magic Game Show
On Friday at 8 p.m. we start the Magic Game Show starring Richard Hagon. Registration is free and you can win some cool Magic goodies. Teams can be comprised of between 1 and 4 people.

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.).

Trading
Although trading is both allowed and encouraged, please note that there are some rules:

  1. Trading only in the trading area
  2. Only one binder per person on the table
  3. Buying or selling cards is not allowed
  4. Buying or selling can be done at the official vendor booths
  5. Money (even coins) on the table is not accepted
Failure to obey these rules may result in all involved parties being removed from the event without refund and banned from attending future Grand Prix in Europe.


 

Artist Information

Come and meet Magic: The Gathering artist Karl Kopinski during the Grand Prix.

Saturday: 10:00 - 12:00, 13:00 – 17:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 12:00, 13:00 – 17:00

Karl Kopinski
Born and raised in Nottingham, England, Karl Kopinski has been drawing basically since he was able to hold a pencil. From an early age he drew pictures of Tarzan (never with nipples though!) Spider-man, Batman, Robin Hood (of course) and Space: 1999 (shows how old he is!), among many others. He went on to study fine art at university where none of his tutors recognized nor seemed remotely interested in his ability and love of painting. He worked for Games Workshop's monthly comic, and after seven years and far, far too many pictures of space marines, he took the leap into the unknown that is the freelance world and hasn’t looked back since.


 

Travel Information

Discover Verona at Wikitravel. Check the travel information from the venue here.

Arriving by Plane
Verona has its own International Airport (Valerio Catullo Airport), and is easy to reach by train from the airport of Venice (Marco Polo Airport). Arriving by Train
Verona has a major train station (Verona Porta Nuova) that has connections from all over Italy (and beyond). From the train station, you can easily walk to the venue, or take a bus or taxi. Arriving by Train
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Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: SA (Wizards of the Coast), represented by Dazzle Events BVBA
Email: wizards@hasbro.co.uk / info@tournamentcenter.eu
Phone: 1-877-913-8881

Venue Address

Verona Fiere – Hall 1
(Entrance between the PalaExpo Building and the Verona Fiere tower at the right)
Viale del Lavoro 8
37135 Verona
Italy
www.veronafiere.it
Click here for map

Top 64 payout information: gpwinner@tournamentcenter.eu

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