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Grand Prix–Lyon Event Information


 Information  

Date: May 8-9, 2010

Format: Rise of the Eldrazi Sealed Deck Day 1/Booster Draft Day Two and Top 8

Tournament Location
Cité Centre de Congrès Lyon
50, quai Charles de Gaulle
Lyon Cedex 06
69463
France

Registration: €35
Friday, May 7: 17:30 – 20:00
Saturday, May 8: 08:00 – 09:00


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

Take part in a weekend of serious Magic fun with a bunch of exciting things to do!

Join the fun in Public Events including 8-player pick-up games, Casual Standard Dueling, a Pro Tour Qualifier, a Legacy tournament, and more. Meet Magic artists Mark Tedin and Anthony S. Waters and get your cards signed. Battle against a Pro in the ‘Champions Challenge’ or try out Duels of the Planeswalkers on Xbox LIVE® Arcade. Or take part in the main tournament and get a cool foil Umezawa's Jitte promo card and a Planeswalker deck box!

Whatever you want to do, Grand Prix–Lyon 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. 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–Amsterdam.

Format: Rise of the Eldrazi Sealed Deck Day 1/Booster Draft Day Two and Top 8
Participation Fee: €35
Grand Prix–Lyon will feed Pro Tour–Amsterdam.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, May 7: Registration 17:30 – 20:00
  • Saturday, May 8: Registration 08:00 – 09:00
  • Saturday, May 8: Tournament begins at 09:00
  • Saturday, May 9: Day Two begins at 08:00

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

Tournament Format

  • Day 1: Sealed Deck; 6 Rise of the Eldrazi booster packs
  • Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft; 3 Rise of the Eldrazi booster packs
  • 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 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.)
  • 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.

Judges
The Head Judge at Grand Prix-Lyon will be Carlos Ho.

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 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  

Last-Chance Trials
Starting at 12:00 Friday at event site
Rize of the Eldrazi Sealed Deck

Entry fee €20; 32-player flights – single elimination
Games will begin as soon as 32 players register. The top finishing competitor of each 32-player flight will receive a 3-round bye at Grand Prix–Lyon.
Product: 6 Rize of the Eldrazi boosters; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Registration closes at 17:00

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

  • Grand Prix–Lyon Trial Information
  • More Information on Grand Prix Trials
  • 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 May 5, 2010.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Lyon 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 May 5, 2010.

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 May 5, 2010.

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

Friday

12:00 Grand Prix Trial– Lyon (Rize of the Eldrazi Sealed Deck – Single elimination)
(Entry fee €20; 32-player flights – single elimination; Games will begin as soon as 32 players register; The top finishing competitor of each 32-player flight will receive a 3-round bye at Grand Prix-Lyon; Product: 6 Rize of the Eldrazi boosters; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Registration closes at 17:00)

18:00 Super FNM (Rize of the Eldrazi Sealed Deck)
(Registration closes at 17.45; Entry fee €25; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Product: 6 Rize of the Eldrazi boosters; Straight Swiss tournament (4 rounds) with no single elimination rounds)
All players receive a FNM promo card (whilst supplies last)
12 points receives 4 FNM promo cards & 4 Rize of the Eldrazi Boosters.
9-11 points receives 2 FNM promo cards & 2 Rize of the Eldrazi Boosters.
6-8 points receives 1 FNM promo cards & 1 Rize of the Eldrazi Booster.
FNM card choices are limited to one choice of each type available (no duplicates).

Saturday 
Half Price Drafting
Participate in an 8-player single elimination draft tournament before 15.00 on Saturday and pay only half the normal entry fee.

11.00 8-Player Single Elimination pick up tournaments (Entry fee: Constructed €5/Booster Draft €15; Prize payout 5/3/2/2 boosters.)

11:00 Casual Standard dueling (Free. 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.)

11:00 EDH pick up tournaments (Entry fee: €5; Each player will be given an "EDH Ticket". When a player eliminates another player, he takes the other player's ticket. Each ticket can be redeemed at the Public Events registration desk for two boosters of Rize of the Eldrazi (while supplies last, during registration hours); Games will begin as soon as 4 players register. Players will play a single EDH game. Current EDH rules can be found here.

15.00 Two-Headed GiantRize of the Eldrazi Sealed Deck tournament (Registration closes at 14.45; Entry fee €30 per team; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Product: 8 Rize of the Eldrazi boosters; 4 rounds, prize payout based on point standing, 2HG cap for every registered player, while supplies last)
16.00 Start Registration for PTQ Amsterdam and Legacy
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.

Sunday 
08.00 Registration for PTQ Amsterdam and Legacy tournament
08.30 PTQ Amsterdam – Standard – Winner will receive an invite and a flight to Amsterdam (Registration closes at 08.15; Entry fee €10; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Top 8 can be held at a different location)

9:00 Legacy tournament – (Registration closes at 08.45; Entry fee €15; Prize pool 2 boosters PP;
1st Prize: €700 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix;
2nd Prize: €400 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix
3rd – 4th Prize: €150 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix
5th - 8th Prize: Draft set Invasion Block (8 boosters Invasion, 8 boosters Planeshift (JP), 8 boosters Apocalyps (JP))
9th-16th Prize: 36 Boosters Future sight
09.00 8-Player Single Elimination pick up tournaments (Entry fee: Constructed €5/Booster Draft €15; Prize payout 5/3/2/2 boosters.)
Draft promotion: if you enter in 2 drafts on Sunday, you receive a long card storage box for free!

09:00 Casual Standard dueling (Free. 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.)

09:00 EDH pick up tournaments (Entry fee: €5; Each player will be given an "EDH Ticket". When a player eliminates another player, he takes the other player's ticket. Each ticket can be redeemed at the Public Events registration desk for two boosters of Rize of the Eldrazi (while supplies last, during registration hours); Games will begin as soon as 4 players register. Players will play a single EDH game. Current EDH rules can be found here.

12.30 Rize of the Eldrazi Sealed deck tournament. (Registration closes at 12.15; Entry fee €25; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Product: 6 Rize of the Eldrazi boosters, 5 rounds, prize payout based on point standing)
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.



 

Artist Information

Anthony S. Waters
Anthony Scott Waters is a concept artist and illustrator based in Southern California. His career has taken him from the early days of interactive software all the way to Hollywood, with many stops in between. He’s known as a monster maker and environment designer for Magic as well as companies like Microsoft, Hasbro and Electronic Arts. His work has also been featured in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, issues 9 through 14, and toured the country in the MacExpo Digital Art Show. His professional portfolio can be viewed at www.thinktankstudios.com. His Deviant Art contains a wide sampling of his work, possibly including things that could be considered deviant. bloated-nose.blogspot.com is where Anthony blogs, mostly about things much less disgusting than the blog's title might suggest.


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.

 

Other Hall Attractions

The Champions Challenge: Play Against Magic Champions
Want to see how you fare against the Magic champions? Come to the Champions Challenge area and test your skills against top pro players for free. If you beat the Champion, you get a booster pack!

Duels of the Planeswalkers
Get a sneak peek at the new downloadable content for Duels of the Planeswalkers on Xbox LIVE® Arcade.

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.

 

Travel Information

You can easily find all travel information on the venue website, clicking here.

Accommodations
There are a few hotels at walking distance from the CCC Lyon. These hotels are however not endorsed by or affiliated with Wizards of the Coast. Hotels will accept reservations subject to availability of rooms and rates.

Hilton Lyon 4*: 201 rooms
Address: 70 Quai Charles De Gaulle, 69463 Lyon, France
Phone: +33 4 78 17 50 50

Hôtel Concorde Cité 4*: 164 rooms
Address: 22 Quai Charles de Gaulle, 69006 Lyon, France
Phone: +33 4 78 17 86 86

Temporim Cité Internationale 3* apartment hotel: 104 apartments
Address: 35 Quai Charles de Gaulle - 69006 Lyon
Phone: +33 4 37 47 57 67


 

Contact Information

Wizards of the Coast
Email: custserv@hasbro.be
Telephone: +32.70.233.277

Venue Address

Cité Centre de Congrès Lyon
50, quai Charles de Gaulle
Lyon Cedex 06
69463
France

Prize payout information for top 64 finishing players: dieter.schoeters@hasbro.be

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