Grand Prix Philadelphia Event Information


 Information  

Date: October 27-28, 2012

Format: Return to Ravnica Sealed Deck and Booster Draft

Tournament Location

Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Registration: $40
Friday, October 26: Noon - 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 27: 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


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

Philadelphia is centerpiece of early American history. The fifth-largest city in the United States, the city's central location in the original 13 colonies meant that it was a focal point for America's revolutionaries. The Declaration of Independence was signed here in 1776 and many national historic sites are popular tourist attractions. Home to the Liberty Bell and the cheesesteak, Philadelphia offers a wide range of activities for visitors.

Will you be the next to make history in Philadelphia? Join PES at Grand Prix Philadelphia and find out for yourself!

Grand Prix Philadelphia is open to the public and all players are invited to come and participate! Grand Prix Philadelphia is a two-day event featuring a Return to Ravnica sealed deck tournament on Saturday and Return to Ravnica Booster Draft on Day 2. Public Events and Last-Chance Grand Prix Trials will be held Friday starting at noon. Visit www.professional-events.com for more details about public events and everything else going on at the venue. Continue a strong 2012 season by building your Lifetime, Competitive, and Professional Planeswalker Points with Grand Prix Philadelphia’s PWP multiplier of 8x and side-event PWP multipliers of 3x!

Prominent Magic artist Steve Prescott will be on hand for free signings of your favorite cards, plus you’ll have the opportunity to buy prints and even original artwork. More artists will be announced as well as artist booth times.

Looking for a great deal on a hotel room? We have it for you! Check out the Travel Information section at the bottom of this page for all the information.

The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to get out into the Magic tournament community, catch up with old friends, meet some new ones, and play some great 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 cash prizes, a high Planeswalker Points multiplier, 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

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 Gatecrash in Montreal (February 2013).
All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Return to Ravnica Sealed Deck / Booster Draft
Participation Fee: $40

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, October 26: Registration Noon – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 27: Registration 7:00 am - 8:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 27: Tournament begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 28: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

The main tournament at Grand Prix Philadelphia 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 collected during registration.

Tournament Format

  • Day 1: Sealed Deck (6 packs of Return to Ravnica)
  • Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft (3 packs of Return to Ravnica)
  • 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 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.
  • 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).

Staff
The Head Judge for Grand Prix Philadelphia is Christopher Richter. If you are a judge interested in volunteering, please submit an application through Judge Apps here. If you have any questions regarding judging, please contact Alex Bastecki at alex.bastecki@gmail.com. We are accepting applicants until August 31, 2012. Send your applications early! Judge certification will be available on site.

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 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, October 26
Format: Return to Ravnica Sealed Deck, 32-person single-elimination flights
Times: Noon - 8 p.m.
Cost: $30
Planeswalker Points Multiplier: 3x

New tournaments will begin every time 32 players sign up. First place wins a three-round bye in Grand Prix Philadelphia and a free sleep-in special! Additional prizes in the form of booster packs given to top finishers.

Other Grand Prix Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia.

  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • 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

  • Winners of Grand Prix Philadelphia Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
  • Players with a 2012 Pro Tour Players Club level of 4 or higher
  • 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 #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
  • Players with a 2012 Pro Tour Players Club level of 2 or 3
  • Players with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

First-Round Byes

  • Players with a 2012 Pro Tour Players Club level of 1
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)

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.

For complete information about Grand Prix byes and their corresponding competitive season, please check the 2012 Magic Premier Event Invitation Policy.



 

Public Events

For a complete schedule of all public events please visit the Professional Event Services website. Here you will find not only the event schedule but information to help you plan every facet of your Magic weekend in Philadelphia.

All Public Events at Grand Prix Philadelphia will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.



 

Artist Information

Steve Prescott will be at Grand Prix Philadelphia, with more artists to be added.

 

Travel Information

Ground Transportation from Philadelphia International Airport
Philadelphia International Airport is located just 7.2 miles southwest of Central Philadelphia. The Ground Transportation System at the airport is an extensive network of taxicab, car rental, shuttle-bus, limousine, and van operations working to get you where you want to go in a safe, courteous and efficient manner. In addition, the Airport also offers SEPTA bus and regional rail service to Downtown Philadelphia and points in between. For more information, visit www.phl.org or www.septa.org.

 Hotel Information 

Looking for a great deal on a hotel room? We have it for you! PES has managed to arrange a fantastic room rate of $109 at the nearby Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. You will enjoy the hotel's close proximity to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and can take in the sights of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell located within 8 blocks.

A collection of fine restaurants are located on-site or within walking distance of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel, in addition to the city's best shopping and entertainment venues. Easy to reach by any mode of transportation, the hotel is just one mile from the 30th Street Train Station and ten miles from Philadelphia International Airport.

To make reservations by phone, call 1-800-228-9290 in the USA and Canada (or any of their worldwide reservation telephone numbers). Mention “MAGIC THE GATHERING GRAND PRIX PHILADELPHIA” to receive the discounted rate.

You can find a list of local hotels at here. Hotels listed on this site are not endorsed by or affiliated with Professional Event Services.

Driving Directions
The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia at 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. For more information about driving directions and parking options, visit www.paconvention.com.

From Route 76 (Schuylkill Expressway)
Take Route 76 to Exit 344/I-676 East. Take I-676 East and exit at Broad Street/Route 611 (second exit). This will place you on Vine Street. Follow signs for Vine Street/PA Convention Center to 12th Street (four traffic lights). Make a right onto 12th Street. The entrances to the Convention Center are located two blocks ahead at the NE and NW corners of 12th & Arch Streets.

From Interstate 95 North 
Take I-95 North to Exit 22 Central Philadelphia/I-676. Stay in the left lane of this exit. Follow signs for I-676 West to the first exit (Broad Street/Route 611). This exit brings you up to 15th Street. Get into the left lane and follow the sign for 611/Broad Street and make a left turn on to Vine Street. Follow signs for Vine Street/PA Convention Center. Make a right on to 12th Street. The entrances to the Convention Center are located two blocks ahead at the NE and NW corners of 12th & Arch Streets.

From Interstate 95 South 
Take I-95 South to Exit 22 Central Philadelphia/I-676. Stay in the left lane of this exit. Follow signs for 676 West to the first exit (Broad Street/Route 611). This exit brings you up to 15th Street. Get into the left lane, follow the sign for Broad Street/Route 611 and make a left turn onto Vine Street. Follow signs for Vine Street/PA Convention Center. Make a right on to 12th Street. The entrances to the Convention Center are located two blocks ahead at the NE and NW corners of 12th & Arch Streets.

From the Pennsylvania Turnpike 
Follow the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 20/I-476. Take I-476 South to Exit 57/I-76 Philadelphia. Stay on I-76 East for approximately 12 miles to Exit 344/I-676 East. Take I-676 East and exit at Broad Street/Route 611 (second exit). This will place you on Vine Street. Follow signs for Vine Street/PA Convention Center to 12th Street (four traffic lights). Make a right onto 12th Street. The entrances to the Convention Center are located two blocks ahead at the NE and NW corners of 12th & Arch Streets.

From the New Jersey Turnpike
Take NJ Turnpike to exit 4 (Philadelphia/Camden Exit). Take Route 73 North and follow it to Route 38 West. Take 38 West to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, crossing into Philadelphia. Follow local traffic and the signs for Vine Street/PA Convention Center. Go approximately six blocks and make a left turn onto 12th Street. The entrances to the Convention Center are located two blocks ahead at the NE and NW corners of 12th & Arch Streets.

Arriving via Philadelphia International Airport
Take I-95 North to Exit 22 Central Philadelphia/I-676. Stay in the left lane of this exit. Follow signs for I-676 West to the first exit (Broad Street). This exit brings you up to 15th Street. Get into the left lane and follow the sign for Broad Street/Route 611 and make a left turn onto Vine Street. Follow signs for Vine Street/PA Convention Center. Make a right onto 12th Street. The entrances to the Convention Center are located two blocks ahead at the NE and NW corners of 12th & Arch Streets.

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Professional Event Services
Web site: www.professional-events.com
Email: questions@professional-events.com
Phone: 1-877-913-8881 (toll free US and Canada)

Venue Address

Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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