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Grand Prix–Yokohama Event Information

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Date: March 20-21, 2010

Format: Extended

Tournament Location
Pacifico Yokohama
1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku
Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Japan
Web Site

Registration:
Friday, March 19: 16:00-20:00, ¥2500
Saturday, March 20: 08:00-09:00, ¥3000


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

The largest incorporated city in Japan with a population of 3.6 million, Yokohama is famous as a port city. One of the first cities in Japan to open its streets to foreigners, Yokohama is home to the largest Chinatown in the country, and its international connections are reflected in its architecture and food. The city is centered around the Minato Mirai 21 district, a business and commerce district that features the Landmark Tower, the nation's tallest building at 70 floors and nearly 296 meters. Another notable attraction in the city is the Ramen Museum.

Few cities in the world are as synonymous with Magic's history as Yokohama. The first non-U.S. location of the World Championships in 1999 (won by Kai Budde), Yokohama has since hosted a number of premier events. In 2005, the city was again host to the World Championships, which saw the "home team" dominate with the titles of World Champion, World Team Champion, and Pro Player of the Year all being captured by Japanese players. In 2008, as the home of defending champion Masaya Kitayama, Yokohama was the site of the National Championship, which saw a resurgent Masashi Oiso take home the title. Come join us at Grand Prix–Yokohama 2010 and witness another chapter written in Magic history in this scenic city by the sea!

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–San Juan 2010.

Format: Extended
Participation Fee: ¥2500 (Friday registration) or ¥3000 (Saturday registration)
Grand Prix–Yokohama will feed Pro Tour–San Juan 2010.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, March 19: Registration 16:00-20:00
  • Saturday, March 20: Registration 08:00-09:00
  • Saturday, March 20: Tournament begins at 09:30
  • Sunday, March 21: Day Two begins at 09:00

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

Tournament Format

  • Extended Constructed. Legal sets as of the tournament date are: Core Set 9th Edition, Core Set 10th Edition, Magic 2010, Mirrodin, Darksteel, Fifth Dawn, Champions of Kamigawa, Betrayers of Kamigawa, Saviors of Kamigawa, Ravnica: City of Guilds, Guildpact, Dissension, Coldsnap, Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor, Eventide, Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn, Zendikar, and Worldwake. As of 2009-12-08, the following cards are banned in Extended: Æther Vial, Disciple of the Vault, Sensei's Divining Top, and Skullclamp.
  • Deck lists are required
  • Players must use the same deck on both Day 1 and Day 2 of the Grand Prix.

Tournament Structure

  • Grand Prix–Yokohama will be run over two days using modified Swiss-style rounds of 50 minutes each. The number of rounds on Day 1 will be determined based on the number of players registered. Players will be paired randomly against players with similar win-loss records, with match points accumulating throughout the event.
  • 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.)
  • 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–Yokohama will be announced at a later date. If you are interested in volunteering for Grand Prix–Yokohama as a judge, please contact Ron Foster (ron.foster@wizards.com) by February 12, 2010.

Notes

  • Grand Prix–Yokohama will be run with a KValue of 40. The Rules Enforcement Level will be Competitive on Day 1 and Professional on 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
Friday, March 19
¥1000
Registration: 10:00-15:00
Location: Pacifico Yokohama
32-person single-elimination

The winner of each Trial receives a three-round bye to the Grand Prix. 2nd-8th place in each event will receive Worldwake booster packs as prizes.

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

Find a Trial Near You!
Find a Trial Near You!

A player who has a bye in a round does not have to play a match in that round, but is treated as having won. A bye is normally given out to a player when there are an odd number of players in a round, but byes may also be rewarded to players for previous performance at a tournament or as a prize at a Trial tournament. 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 March 17, 2010.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Yokohama 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 March 17, 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 March 17, 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

All participants in the Grand Prix main event will receive a ¥200 coupon good for one 8-man tournament held at the Grand Prix site during the weekend.

8-man pick-up tournaments will be run throughout the weekend on-site. All 8-man tournaments are DCI sanctioned events. Entry fee is ¥1200 for a Booster Draft (Zendikarx2, Worldwakex1), ¥500 for a Constructed tournament.

Super Friday Night Magic
Friday, March 19
Registration: 15:00-16:00, ¥3000
Format: Zendikar block Sealed Deck, 4-round Swiss tournament
All players each receive 1 March 2010 FNM promo card. Other prizes are based solely on points after 4 Swiss rounds.
12 points receives 4 FNM promo cards & 4 Worldwake Boosters.
9-11 points receives 2 FNM promo cards & 2 Worldwake Boosters.
6-8 points receives 1 FNM promo cards & 1 Worldwake Booster.
FNM card choices are limited to one choice of each type available (no duplicates).

Grand Prix–Sendai 2010 Super Trial
Saturday, March 20
Registration: 10:00-13:45, ¥1500
Format: Standard, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination
The winner of the Super Trial will earn a travel award for Grand Prix–Sendai 2010 (to be held June 5-6), as well as free entry into the Grand Prix. In addition, top finishers will earn 3-round byes at the Grand Prix as follows: if the number of players in the Trial is 64 or less, the Top 4 will each receive a 3-round bye; if the number of players is 65 or greater, the Top 8 will each receive a 3-round bye. Worldwake booster packs will also be awarded to top finishers.

(Travel awards for a Super Grand Prix Trial are subject to attendance; the amount of the travel award will be determined by Wizards of the Coast based on round-trip travel from the winner's nearest rail station or airport of arrival to the main station of the city the Grand Prix will be held in. Travel awards are non-transferable. Lodging shall be at a hotel of Wizards' choice and is non-negotiable; booking will include paid room and room tax only for three nights beginning the day before the Grand Prix. All expenses not listed above are the responsibility of the player.)
Note: Depending on the number of rounds in the tournament, the Top 8 playoff for this event may be held on Sunday.

Hobby Station Sponsored Legacy Tournament
Saturday, March 20
Registration: Saturday, March 20, 10:00-13:45, ¥1500
Format: Legacy, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination
The first 128 players will each receive a white storage box and a package of Hobby Station-brand sleeves. The winner of the tournament will receive an Unlimited-edition Mox Sapphire. The finalist will receive a foil set of Japanese Worldwake cards. Worldwake booster packs will be awarded to other top finishers.
Note: Depending on the number of rounds in the tournament, the Top 8 playoff for this event may be held on Sunday.

Pro Tour–San Juan Qualifier
Sunday, March 21
Registration: Saturday, March 20, 17:00-until end of GP (tournament starts at 9:00 3/21), ¥2500
Format: Extended, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination
The winner will receive an invitation and round-trip travel to Pro Tour–San Juan 2010. Other top finishers will receive Worldwake booster packs.

Grand Prix–Sendai 2010 Super Trial
Sunday, March 21
Registration: 9:00-9:45, ¥1500
Format: Standard, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination
The winner of the Super Trial will earn a travel award for Grand Prix–Sendai 2010 (to be held June 5-6), as well as free entry into the Grand Prix. In addition, top finishers will earn 3-round byes at the Grand Prix as follows: if the number of players in the Trial is 64 or less, the Top 4 will each receive a 3-round bye; if the number of players is 65 or greater, the Top 8 will each receive a 3-round bye. Worldwake booster packs will also be awarded to top finishers.

(Travel awards for a Super Grand Prix Trial are subject to attendance; the amount of the travel award will be determined by Wizards of the Coast based on round-trip travel from the winner's nearest rail station or airport of arrival to the main station of the city the Grand Prix will be held in. Travel awards are non-transferable. Lodging shall be at a hotel of Wizards' choice and is non-negotiable; booking will include paid room and room tax only for three nights beginning the day before the Grand Prix. All expenses not listed above are the responsibility of the player.)


Mint Sponsored Sealed Deck Tournament
Sunday, March 21
Registration: 10:00-10:45, ¥3000
Note: The registration time has been changed as of 3/1.
Format: Sealed Deck (Zendikar x3, Worldwake x3), straight Swiss
The first 72 players will each receive a package of official MTG-brand tournament sleeves. Additional prizes will be awarded based on final standing as follows.
Top 32: MTG-brand art sleeves
Top 16: MTG-brand deck case
Top 8: MTG-brand card binder
Top 4: MTG Black Lotus sleeves
1st-4th: 1 of each Worldwake Intro Packs
1st-4th: 1 display of Shards of Alara Premium Boosters
1st-4th: 1 display of Japanese edition Worldwake boosters
1st-4th: 1 year's worth of MTG official sleeves
(The winner of the event will receive the prize of his or her choice from among the 1st-4th prizes; the remaining players will continue to pick from the remaining prizes in order.)


www.gamingetc.com Sponsored Legacy Tournament
Sunday, March 21
Registration: 9:00-9:45, ¥1500
Note: The registration time has been changed as of 3/1.
Format: Legacy, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination
The winner of the Legacy For Power Tournament will receive his or her choice of two "Mox" cards provided by gamingetc.com; the Finalist will receive the other. (Cards will be revealed on-site.) 3rd and 4th place will each receive a Bazaar of Baghdad card. Worldwake booster packs will also be awarded as prizes to top finishers beginning at 5th place.


ARTIST: JASON CHAN

As a child growing up in California, Jason was a huge fan of movies, video games, books, comics, anime, and anything else he could find to entertain himself. In school, he and his friends began playing Magic: The Gathering and continued to play throughout high school. Throughout his childhood, Jason would spend hours drawing and creating imaginary worlds full of heroes, villains, and creatures—and not much has changed since then. Jason now works full time as a concept artist with Massive Black Inc. working for clients in the video game and entertainment industries. When not working for MB, Jason also does freelance illustration for book covers, trading cards, and other projects.



 

Travel Information

Yokohama is located approximately 30 minutes south of Tokyo, and is connected by direct express train to Narita Airport. The city itself has a highly developed public transportation network, making it easy to get around. The tournament venue is near the Minato Mirai 21 business district, reachable on foot from either Sakuragi-cho Station on JR East or the Minato Mirai station on the Toyoko Express. There are numerous hotels located in and around Minato Mirai.


Map courtesy of Pacifico Yokohama.


 

Contact Information

For additional information about the event, please contact Ron Foster, Japan Organized Play Manager, at ron.foster@wizards.com

Venue address
Pacifico Yokohama
1-1-2 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku
Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Japan
Web Site

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