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Grand Prix London Event Information


 Information  

Date: April 30-May 1, 2011

Format: Scars of Mirrodin Block Sealed Deck/ Booster Draft

Tournament Location

Old Billingsgate
1 Old Billingsgate Walk
London EC3R 6DX
UK
Map

Doors: Free
Registration: £ 30
Friday, April 29: 17.30 – 20.00
Saturday, April 30: 08.00 – 09.00


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

Travel to London not only to catch the Royal Wedding, but also to take part in a weekend of serious Magic fun with a bunch of exciting things to do!

Join the fun in Public Events including Grand Prix Trials, Super Friday Night Magic and a Magic Game Show hosted by Richard Hagon on Friday, 8-player pick-up games, casual Standard dueling, a Pro Tour Qualifier, a Legacy tournament and more. Meet Magic artists and get your cards signed. Battle against a Pro player in the ‘Spell Slinging’ (if you beat him, you win a booster!) or try out Duels of the Planeswalkers. Or take part in the main tournament and get a cool foil Maelstrom Pulse promo card and a Planeswalker deck box!

Whatever you want to do, Grand Prix London will be a weekend to remember!

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 (prizes subject to change). Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.


 

Tournament Format and Schedule

 Prizes  

All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.

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 Philadelphia.

Format: Scars of Mirrodin Block Sealed Deck / Booster Draft Day Two
Participation Fee: £ 30
Grand Prix London will feed Pro Tour Philadelphia.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, April 29: Registration 17.30 – 20.00
  • Saturday, April 30: Registration 08.00 – 09.00
  • Saturday, April 30: Tournament begins at 09.30
  • Sunday, May 1: Day Two begins at 08.00

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

Tournament Format

  • Day One: Sealed Deck
  • Day Two: Booster Draft
  • Sealed Deck Product: 3 Mirrodin Besieged and 3 Scars of Mirrodin boosters
  • Booster Draft Product:1 Mirrodin Besieged and 2 Scars of Mirrodin boosters (drafted in that order)
  • 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).
  • Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive (Day 1) and Professional (Day 2)
  • 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.)
  • 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.

Notes

  • 40K, 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).


 

Tournament Byes

 Grand Prix Trials  

Last-Chance Trials
Date: Friday, April 29
Time: 12:00 - 18:00
Cost: £15
Format: Sealed Deck
Structure: Single elimination 32-player flights. Games will begin as soon as 32 players register
Prize: The top finishing competitor of each 32-player flight will receive a 3-round bye at Grand Prix London; Prize pool 2 boosters PP

Other Grand Prix London Trials will be run at WPN locations in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 three-round bye to Grand Prix London.

  • Grand Prix London Trials Information
  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • WPN Locations in the London Area
  • Find a Trial Near You!
    Find a Trial Near You!

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 April 27, 2011.
  • Winners of Grand Prix London 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 April 27, 2011.

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 April 27, 2011.

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

Public events schedule coming soon.

The start of the last public events will be four hours prior to the estimated end of the main event but not earlier then 16.00. Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to make any changes to the schedule without prior notice.

Friday, April 29

Registration Time Cost Description
12:00 - 18:00 £15 Grand Prix London Trial (Single elimination)
Format: Sealed Deck
Structure: Single elimination 32-player flights. Games will begin as soon as 32 players register
Prize: The top finishing competitor of each 32-player flight will receive a 3-round bye at Grand Prix London; Prize pool 2 boosters PP
17:00 - 17:45 £23 Super FNM
Format: Scars of Mirrodin Block Sealed Deck
Structure: Straight Swiss tournament (4 rounds) with no single elimination rounds
Product: 3 Mirrodin Besieged boosters, 3 Scars of Mirrodin boosters
Prize: Prize pool 2 boosters PP; All players receive a FNM promo card (whilst supplies last)
12 points receives 4 FNM promo cards & 4 Mirrodin Besieged boosters.
9-11 points receives 2 FNM promo cards & 2 Mirrodin Besieged boosters.
6-8 points receives 1 FNM promo cards & 1 Mirrodin Besieged booster.
FNM card choices are limited to one choice of each type available (no duplicates).
20:00 Free A Magic Game Show with Richard Hagon
Play in the fun Magic Quiz with your friends and win some cool Magic goodies. Come to the main stage at 20.00 with a team of 1 to 4 people and enter in this fun event!

Saturday, May 30

Registration Time Cost Description
11:00 - 15:00 £7 Limited
£3 Constructed
Half Price Pick-up Tournaments
Participate in an 8-player single elimination tournament before 15.00 on Saturday and pay only half the normal entry fee.
Pick-ups have no specific start time. Registration for these events is continuously open and each event will start once the appropriate number of players / teams have registered (Subject to space and judge availability).
Format: Limited (Draft, 2HG) or Constructed (Standard, Legacy, etc.)
Structure: 8-Player single elimination pick-up tournaments
Prize: 5/3/2/2 boosters
11:00 - 21:00 Free Casual Standard dueling
You participate = 5 points; You win = 6 points; You lose = 4 points. Prize: Gateway promo card per 30 points, or part thereof, from the selection available, no duplicates.
Format: Standard Constructed
13:00 - 13:45 £5 Vintage Tournament
Format: Vintage Constructed
Structure: Swiss tournament, 5 rounds, prize payout based on point
Prize: Prize pool 2 boosters PP (Scars of Mirrodin)
15:00 - 19:00 £14 Limited
£6 Constructed
8-Player Single Elimination Pick-up tournaments
Pick-ups have no specific start time. Registration for these events is continuously open and each event will start once the appropriate number of players / teams have registered (Subject to space and judge availability).
Format: Limited (Draft, 2HG) or Constructed (Standard, Extended, Legacy, Vintage, EDH, etc.)
Structure: 8-Player single elimination pick-up tournaments
Prize: 5/3/2/2 boosters
14:00 - 14:45 £27/team Two-Headed Giant Tournament
Format: Scars of Mirrodin Block Sealed Deck
Structure: 4 rounds, prize payout based on point standing
Product: 4 Mirrodin Besieged boosters and 4 Scars of Mirrodin boosters
Prize: Prize pool 2 boosters PP
16:00   Start registration for Sunday's Pro Tour Philadelphia Qualifier, Legacy, and Standard tournaments

Sunday, May 1

Registration Time Cost Description
8:00 - 8:45 £10 Qualifier for Pro Tour Philadelphia 2011
Players already qualified for Pro Tour Philadelphia 2011 may not participate. Format: Standard.
Structure: Swiss tournament, with Top 8 Single Elimination playoff (can be held at a different location)
Prize: Winner will receive an invite and flight to Pro Tour Philadelphia; Prize pool 2 boosters PP
9:00 - 9:45 £12 Legacy Tournament
Format: Legacy Constructed
Structure: Swiss tournament, with Top 8 Single Elimination playoff
Prize: 1st Prize: €400 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix; 2nd Prize: €200 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix; 3rd – 4th Prize: €100 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix; 5th - 8th Prize: €50 Store Credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix plus 12 Mirrodin Besieged Boosters, 9th - 16th Prize: 18 Mirrodin Besieged boosters
9:00 - 9:45 £12 Standard Tournament
Format: Standard Constructed
Structure: Swiss tournament, with Top 8 Single Elimination playoff
Prize: 1st Prize: €400 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix; 2nd Prize: €200 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix; 3rd – 4th Prize: €100 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix; 5th - 8th Prize: €50 Store Credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix plus 12 Mirrodin Besieged Boosters, 9th - 16th Prize: 18 Mirrodin Besieged boosters
9:00 - 17:00 £14 Limited
£6 Constructed
8-Player Single Elimination Pick-up Tournaments
Pick-ups have no specific start time. Registration for these events is continuously open and each event will start once the appropriate number of players / teams have registered (Subject to space and judge availability).
Format: Limited (Draft or 2HG) or Constructed (Standard, Extended, Legacy, Vintage, EDH, etc.)
Structure: 8-Player single elimination pick-up tournaments
Prize: 5/3/2/2 boosters
9:00 - 21:00 Free Casual Standard dueling
You participate = 5 points; You win = 6 points; You lose = 4 points. Prize: Gateway promo card per 30 points, or part thereof, from the selection available, no duplicates.
Format: Standard Constructed
11:00 -12:15 €25 Scars of Mirrodin Block Sealed Deck Tournament
Format: Scars of Mirrodin Block Sealed Deck
Structure: Swiss tournament, 5 rounds, prize payout based on point standing
Product: 3 Mirrodin Besieged boosters and 3 Scars of Mirrodin boosters
Prize: Prize pool 2 boosters PP


 

Artist Information

Magic artists Mark Tedin and Daren Bader will be in attendance.

Mark Tedin
Mark came on board as a freelance artist at Wizards of the Coast in the summer of 1992. Since then, he's contributed artistically to nearly all the fantasy/adventure games the company produces, including most sets of Magic: The Gathering. When Mark's not working on Wizards of the Coast projects, he enjoys hanging out and drawing in Seattle cafes, designing sets for theatrical productions, or going to science fiction movies. In fact, it's Mark's fondness for the worlds of science fiction and fantasy that helped shape him into the artist he is today.

From 1997-2000, Mark also worked on site at Wizards of the Coast as a staff conceptual artist. Since then, he's also been teaching illustration, visual composition, and figure drawing part-time at the Northwest College of Art near Seattle.

Daren Bader
For the past 17 years, Daren has been an art director for the video game and entertainment industry, working with a large variety of companies, including Disney, Nintendo, and Capcom. Currently he is the Senior Art Director for Rockstar San Diego where he recently finished art direction for the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption. On the weekends, Daren is a freelance illustrator for various trading card games such as Magic: The Gathering, amassing well over 200 cards in the field. He has also done the occasional book cover, including a series of covers for fan-favorite R.A. Salvatore. Daren lives in northern San Diego with his wife and son.

Other Hall Attractions

Join the Fun in the Magic Game Show!
On Friday at 20.00h we start the Magic Game Show with our host Richard Hagon. It’s a Magic quiz you can participate with a team of 1 to 4 people. All you need to do is bring your friends! Registration is free and you can win some cool Magic goodies.

Win Cool Magic Prizes in the Raffle!
Enter in the free raffle and win Path of the Planeswalker graphic anthologies, laptop bags, foil boosters, free draft vouchers or other cool Magic prizes. All you need to do is fill out the raffle form and drop it in the box before 15:00 on Saturday or 15:00 on Sunday. Winners will be announced during the next break between rounds. Only one entry per person. When you have entered the raffle on Saturday, you are automatically included in the raffle on Sunday.

Spell Slinging: Play Against Magic Champions
Want to see how you fare against the Magic champions? Come to the Spell Slinging area and test your skills against top pro players for free. If you beat the champion, you get a Mirrodin Besieged booster!

Duels of the Planeswalkers
Get a sneak peek at the new downloadable content for Duels of the Planeswalkers.

Trading
Although trading is both allowed and encouraged, please note that the following things are not permitted at this event:

  • Buying/selling cards with anyone except for our authorized dealer(s)
  • Soliciting to buy/sell cards elsewhere
  • Advertising without receiving permission from Wizards of the Coast’s on-site Event Manager
  • Utilizing an excessive amount of space when trading
  • Using suitcases, handcarts, luggage carts, etc. for the purpose of transporting excessive amounts of trade stock.

Please note that failure to obey these rules may result in all involved parties being both removed from the event without refund, and banned from attending future events.

 

Travel Information

On Friday April 29, Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry at Westminster Abbey. This day has been declared a bank holiday in celebration. Public transportation might be crowded and flights to London and hotels in the area will quickly fill up. So book early to avoid disappointment, and check travel routes to the venue in advance.

The tournament location Old Billingsgate is easily accessible from anywhere in the city. For more information on how to get there, please see www.oldbillingsgate.co.uk/.

If people want advice about travelling into London to source their own hotels, they should visit here.

There are two tubes lines that are operating with no expected problems on the weekend of the Grand Prix. The Northern line runs from South Wimbledon Station to Monument Station with a total journey time of around 40 minutes including a short walk to the venue.

In South Wimbledon there are several hotels:

The Central line runs through North East London. From Woodford Station to Bank Station the total journey time is around 35 minutes including a short walk to the venue.

These hotels are not endorsed by or affiliated with Wizards of the Coast. Hotels will accept reservations subject to availability of rooms and rates.


 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Wizards of the Coast
Email: custserv@hasbro.be
Phone: +32.70.233.277

Venue Address

Old Billingsgate
1 Old Billingsgate Walk
London EC3R 6DX
UK

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