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Grand Prix–Rotterdam Event Information


 Information  

Date: February 21-22, 2009

Format: Sealed Deck/Booster Draft Day 2

Tournament Location
Ahoy Rotterdam
Ahoy-weg 10
3084 BA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Registration: 35€
Friday, February 20: 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 21: 8 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


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-players pick-up games, Intro Pack Open Dueling and more. Meet Magic artist Alan Pollack and get your cards signed. Get a sneak peek at the upcoming game ‘Duels of the Planeswalkers’ on Xbox Live Arcade. Battle against a champion in the ‘Champions Challenge’. Achieve three Planeswalkers challenges and enter a draw to win Magic prizes! Or take part in the main tournament and get a cool foil ‘Chrome Mox’ promo card!

Whatever you want to do, GP Rotterdam 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–Honolulu.

Format: Sealed Deck/Booster Draft Day 2
Participation Fee: 35€
Grand Prix–Rotterdam will feed Pro Tour–Honolulu.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, February 20: Registration 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 21: Registration 8 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 21: Tournament begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 22: Day Two begins at 8 a.m.

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

Tournament Format

  • Day 1: Sealed Deck (Product: 3 Shards of Alara boosters, 3 Conflux boosters)
  • Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft (2 Shards of Alara boosters, 1 Conflux booster)
  • 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 less players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 64 players - whichever is greater - advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
  • If 800 or more players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 128 players - whichever is greater - advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. .
  • The top 8 players after the final Swiss round on Day 2 will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination finals.
  • Top 8 matches will be best 2 of 3
  • Top 8 matches will have no time limit
  • 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 for Grand Prix–Rotterdam is Kevin Desprez.

Notes

  • 40K, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive (Day 1) and Professional (Day 2)
  • All Universal Tournament Rules and Magic: The Gathering Floor Rules 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  

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

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 February 18, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 2000 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on February 18, 2009.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Rotterdam 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 February 18, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 1900 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on February 18, 2009.

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 February 18, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 1800 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on February 18, 2009.

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

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.

Open Dueling
In the open dueling area you can play quick games with other players who have also registered. You can earn cool promo’s and if you don’t have a deck, there are intro decks available.

Registration
Registration for scheduled events opens an hour before the event and closes 15 minutes before the event with the exception of the PTQ.

Saturday
11.00 8-Player Single Elimination pick up tournaments.
15.00 2 Headed Giant - Limited (4 rounds, prize payout based on point standing)
16.00 Start Registration for PTQ Honolulu

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 Honolulu
08.30 PTQ Honolulu – Extended – Winner will receive an invite and a flight to Honolulu
09.00 Legacy – iPod tournament
12.30 Shards of Alara Sealed deck tournament. (Product: 3 Shards of Alara boosters, 3 Conflux boosters, 5 rounds, prize payout based on point standing)

ARTISTS: ALAN POLLACK and RANDY GALLEGOS

Alan Pollack began drawing at an early age. Influenced by artists such as Frazetta, Boris, the Hildebrandts and Michael Whelan, Alan knew that fantasy illustration was to be his career of choice.

After graduating from high school, he studied at several colleges. At the School of Visual Arts in NYC, the illustration team of Martucci and Greisbach convinced Alan to dabble in oils. In his early 20's, he worked part time as a silk screener and a photo retoucher while building his portfolio. In 1991, after much rejection from New York publishers, Alan was assigned his first cover illustration for Dungeon magazine. As the work became steady, he left his part time job and found an agent in NYC, but shortly thereafter was offered a staff position at T.S.R. Inc., the home of Dungeons and Dragons. He spent the next couple of years surrounded by great artists and continued to hone his skills.

In 1997, Alan went out on his own once again -- but this time with some experience and much needed skills under his belt. In order to keep up with the times, Alan has learned to paint digitally as well with the assistance of friend and fellow illustrator Todd Lockwood. Alan has worked for most of the RPG companies in the industry as well as Del-Rey, ROC, Avon Books, Tor Books, Baen Books, The Science Fiction Book Club, Upper Deck and Wizards of the Coast, to name a few.


Randy Gallegos began illustrating in 1994, at the tender age of 19 -- a fact that surprises many people who meet him and consider him young for having illustrated for Magic so many years. His first Magic set was 1995's Ice Age, and since then he has been a fairly regular contributor for the game, having illustrated more than 125 Magic cards up through Shards of Alara at present. Some of the more notable cards he has illustrated include Accumulated Knowledge, Soul Warden, Bant Charm, and Grimoire Thief. As well as his work on Magic, Randy has produced illustrations for many of Wizards of the Coasts' games over the years, including as a regular contributor to Dungeons & Dragons.

He currently lives in New York City, and over the past years has spent time living in Spain, Italy and England. He speaks Spanish well, and greatly enjoys traveling and meeting Magic players the world over.


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.

Planeswalkers’ Challenges
Join us for this fun activity! In order to participate, pick up your Planeswalkers card at registration or in the Public Events area. The card has 6 Planeswalkers challenges for you to try and accomplish during your weekend. Achievements include playing in a Public Event, getting an artist signature, demoing Duels of the Planeswalkers and much more. Achieve 3 of them and enter in a draw for your chance to win Magic prizes. For a complete list of achievements and prizes, click here.

Duels of the Planeswalkers
Get a sneak peek at the upcoming game ‘Duels of the Planeswalkers’ on Xbox Live Arcade.


 

Travel Information

Travel by Car
Directions can easily be found at the venue website www.ahoy.nl.

Travel by Plane
Best way to enter The Netherlands is Amsterdam International Airport (Schiphol Airport). From Schiphol Airport there is a direct train that will take you to Rotterdam Central station in less then an hour. Another possibility is Rotterdam Airport. Once arrived here, the airport shuttle will take you to the city centre in 20 minutes.

Public Transport to Venue
From the city centre, take the Erasmus subway line direction Spijkenisse or direction Slinge. Get off at the stop Zuidplein. From here, it will take you approximately 5 minutes to walk to Ahoy. Ticket vending machines only accept Visa or coins, a one way ticket will cost you 3.5€.

Things to See/Do
If you want to explore Rotterdam, you can take a look at the website www.rotterdam.info.


 

Contact Information

Wizards of the Coast
Web: www.wizards.com
email: custserv@hasbro.be
Phone: +32.70.233.277

Venue address
Ahoy Rotterdam
Ahoy-weg 10
3084 BA ROTTERDAM
The Netherlands

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