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Grand Prix Milan Event Information


 Information  

Date: October 8-9, 2011

Format: Innistrad Sealed Deck / Booster Draft

Tournament Location

Superstudio Più
Via Tortona 27
20188 Milano
Italy

Doors: Free
Registration: €35
Friday, October 7: Registration 17:30 - 20:00
Saturday, October 8: Registration 08:00 - 09:00


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

Travel to beautiful Milan and take part in a weekend of serious Magic fun with a bunch of exciting things to do!

Join the fun in Public Events on Friday with Grand Prix Trials from 12.00h onward. On Saturday and Sunday morning, 8-player pick-up games are half price. We will also feature free casual Standard dueling, a Pro Tour Qualifier, Legacy and Vintage tournaments and much more. Meet Magic artists Todd Lockwood and Eric Deschamps and get your cards signed. Battle against a pro player in the Spell Slinging area (if you beat the pro, 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 Milan 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 Dark Ascension in Honolulu.

Format: Innistrad Sealed Deck / Booster Draft
Participation Fee: €35
Grand Prix Milan will feed Pro Tour Dark Ascension in Honolulu in 2012.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, October 7: Registration 17.30 – 20.00
  • Saturday, October 8: Registration 08.00 – 09.00
  • Saturday, October 8: Tournament begins at 09.30
  • Sunday, October 9: Day Two begins at 08.00

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

Tournament Format

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Staff
To be announced.

Notes

  • Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, 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: Friday, Ocober 7
Format: Innistrad Sealed Deck, 32-person single-elimination flights
Times: From 12:00 onward
Prizes: 1st place: 3-round bye at Grand Prix Milan. Prize pool 2 boosters PP.
Cost: €20

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

  • Grand Prix Milan Trials Information
  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • WPN Locations in the Milan 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 October 5, 2011.
  • Winners of Grand Prix Milan 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 5, 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 October 5, 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

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.

All Public Events at Grand Prix Milan will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 5x. (The Last Chance Trials on 10/7 will have a multiplier of 3x.)

Friday, October 7

Registration Time Cost Description
12:00 - 17:00 €20
Grand Prix–Milan Trial (Single elimination)
Format: Innistrad Sealed Deck
Structure: Single elimination 32-player flights. Games will begin as soon as 32 players register
Product: 6 Innistrad boosters
Prize: The top finishing competitor of each 32-player flight will receive a 3-round bye at Grand Prix-Milan; Prize pool 2 boosters PP
17:00 - 17:45 € 25 Chase the Promo's Sealed Deck tournament 
Format: Innistrad Sealed Deck
Structure: Straight Swiss tournament (4 rounds) with no single elimination rounds
Product: 6 Innistrad boosters
Prize: Prize pool 2 boosters PP; All players receive a promo card for participating (whilst supplies last)
12 points receives 4 promo cards & 4 Innistrad Boosters.
9-11 points receives 2 promo cards & 2 Innistrad Boosters.
6-8 points receives 1 promo cards & 1 Innistrad Booster.
Promo card choices are limited to one choice of each type available (no duplicates)."

Saturday, October 8

Registration Time Cost Description
11:00 - 15:00 €7.50 Limited
€2.50 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 in English or Italian) or Constructed (Standard, Extended, Legacy, Vintage, Commander, 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 €10.00 Vintage Tournament
Format: Vintage Constructed
Structure: Swiss tournament, 5 rounds, prize payout based on points
Prize: 1th prize: 1 Alliances booster box, Prize pool 2 boosters PP (Innistrad)
14:00 - 14:45 €30.00/team Two-Headed Giant Tournament 
Format: Innistrad Sealed Deck
Structure: 5 rounds, prize payout based on point standing
Product: 6 Innistrad boosters
Prize: Prize pool 2 boosters PP
15:00 - 19:00 €15.00 Limited
€5.00 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 in English and Italian) or Constructed (Standard, Extended, Legacy, Vintage, Commander, etc.)
Structure: 8-Player single elimination pick-up tournaments
Prize: 5/3/2/2 boosters
16:00 Start registration for Sunday's Super Standard tournament and Legacy tournament

Sunday, October 9

Registration Time Cost Description
11:00 – 12:00 €25.00 Historic Sealed Deck Tournament: Mirrodin Block
This tournament is limited to 32 players
Format: Sealed Deck
Structure: Swiss tournament, 5 rounds, prize payout based on point standing
Product: 2 Mirrodin Boosters, 2 Darksteel Boosters, 2 Fifth Dawn Boosters
Prize: Prize pool 2 boosters PP (Innistrad)
11:00 -12:15 €25.00 Innistrad Sealed Deck Tournament 
Structure: Swiss tournament, 5 rounds, prize payout based on point standing
Product: 6 Innistrad boosters
Prize: Prize pool 2 boosters PP
8:00 - 8:45 €15.00 Legacy Tournament 
Format: Legacy Constructed
Structure: Swiss tournament, with Top 8 Single Elimination playoff
Prize Payout when more than 100 players register:
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 - 16th Prize: 36 Boosters Innistrad
Prize payout when 100 or less players register:
1st Prize: €350 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: €75 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix;
5th - 16th Prize: 18 Boosters Innistrad
8:45 - 9:15 €15.00 Super Standard Tournament
Format: Standard Constructed
Structure: Swiss tournament, with Top 8 Single Elimination playoff
Prize payout when more than 100 players register:
1th prize: 1 Innistrad booster box, 1 Magic 2012 booster box, 1 New Phyrexia booster box, 1 Mirrodin Besieged booster box, 1 Scars of Mirrodin booster box, 1 Magic 2011 booster box, 1 Rize of the Eldrazi booster box, 1 Worldwake booster box and 1 Zendikar booster box;
2nd prize: 1 Innistrad booster box, 1 Magic 2012 booster box, 1 New Phyrexia booster box, 1 Mirrodin Besieged booster box, 1 Scars of Mirrodin booster box;
3-8th prize: 1 Innistrad booster box and 1 Magic 2012 booster box;
9-16th Prize: 1 Innistrad booster box
Prize payout when 100 or less players register:
1th prize: 1 Innistrad booster box, 1 Magic 2012 booster box, 1 New Phyrexia booster box, 1 Mirrodin Besieged booster box, 1 Scars of Mirrodin booster box,
2nd prize: 1 Innistrad booster box, 1 Magic 2012 booster box, 1 New Phyrexia booster box;
3-8th prize: 1 Innistrad booster box;
9-16th Prize: 18 Innistrad boosters
9:00 - 17:00 €15.00 Limited
€5 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 in English or Italian) or Constructed (Standard, Extended, Legacy, Vintage, Commander, 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


 

Artist Information

Todd Lockwood and Eric Deschamps will be at Grand Prix Milan.

Other Hall Attractions

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 booster pack!

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.



 

Contact Information

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

Venue Address

Superstudio Più
Via Tortona 27
20188 Milano
Italy

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