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Grand Prix Brisbane Event Information


 Information  

Date: October 15-16, 2011

Format: Standard

Tournament Location

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Corner of Merivale and Glenelg Streets
South Bank, Brisbane
Queensland
+61 7 3308 3000

Doors: Free
Registration: $30 on Friday, October 14
$40 on Saturday, October 15
Friday, October 14: Registration 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 15: Registration 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.


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

Sun, surf and Standard??

Yes indeed, after a long absence, Constructed Magic makes its triumphant return to an Australasian Grand Prix. Just up the road from the World Famous Surfers Paradise, the Queensland capital of Brisbane will play host to players from around the country and the world, deck builders and card slingers alike, all fighting it out for the crown of Grand Prix champion and a slice of the $30,000 prize pool.

But of course it’s a Grand Prix weekend so that’s not all! The weekend will also feature an action-packed public event program that will appeal to all players, from those new to the game to those not so new. With events like Multiplayer Madness, Learn to Play Intro Challenge, a Pro Tour Qualifier, and a few surprises thrown in there really will be something for everyone. In addition, local stores will set up shop in ’Vendor Alley’ where they will have just the thing to complete your deck of doom, and world-renowned artist Izzy will be there to sign cards and chat. Add to that the chance to hang out with players from around the globe and its going to be one heck of a great weekend.

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: Standard
Participation Fee: $30 (Friday registration) / $40 (Saturday registration)
Grand Prix Brisbane will feed Pro Tour Dark Ascension in Honolulu in 2012.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, October 14: Registration – 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 15: Registration – 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 15: Tournament begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 16: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

The main tournament at Grand Prix Brisbane 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 will be available on site. Minors must have a parent or guardian's signature, and the release form for minors can be downloaded here (12k PDF) and will be available onsite. Publicity releases will be collected during registration.

Tournament Format

  • Standard
  • Deck lists are required.
  • Players must use the same deck on Day 2 that they used on Day 1.

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.
  • 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
The Head Judge for Grand Prix Brisbane is James Mackay. If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix Brisbane, please contact Robert Teirney at teirner@hasbro.com.

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, October 13
Format: Standard, 32-person single-elimination flights
Times: Starting at 11 a.m., with new flights starting every 32 players. Registration closes at 6 p.m.
Prizes: 1st place: 3-round bye at Grand Prix Brisbane, second place wins 36 Innistrad booster packs. Third and fourth place win 18 boosters.
Cost: $20

Grand Prix Brisbane Trials will be run throughout Australia and New Zealand in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 three-round bye to Grand Prix Brisbane. Additional last-chance Trials will be run at the Grand Prix venue on Friday, October 14 (details to be announced).

  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • WPN Locations in the Brisbane 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 12, 2011.
  • Winners of Grand Prix Brisbane 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 12, 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 12, 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

All Public Events at Grand Prix Brisbane will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 5x. (The Last Chance Trials on 10/13 will have a multiplier of 3x.)

The public events will be managed by Michael Puccini (michael@qldpe.com).

FEATURED PUBLIC EVENTS

Friday, October 13
Grand Prix Trial Grinders
Format: Standard Constructed
Entry Fee: $20
Start: From Friday 11 a.m.
Structure: Each single elimination grinder will start when 32 players register, and new grinders will continue to start until registration closes at 6 p.m.
Prizes: First place gets 3 byes at the Grand Prix, second wins 36 booster packs of Innistrad. 3rd & 4th win half a box each. Entry $20

Sunday, October 15 Pro Tour Qualifier: Sealed
Format: Innistrad Sealed
Entry Fee: $40
Start: Sunday 9.30 p.m.
Structure: First place wins an invite to the first Pro Tour in Honolulu and an air ticket to get you there. On top of that, we have heaps of boosters to give away. And in news just in...One randomly selected player, 15 years or under will win a Nintendo DS courtesy of Card House in Maroochydore.

For a complete schedule of public events, visit this page.



 

Artist Information

We are pleased to announce that Izzy will be the guest artist at Grand Prix Brisbane.

 

Travel Information

  Hotel Information  

The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is located a 15-minute drive from the heart of Brisbane so the accommodation options are plentiful.

Getting to Brisbane
Flying is the most convenient mode of transportation for most visitors traveling to Brisbane. Domestic flights are also easy and convenient, cutting down on journey time. Internationally, more than 20 international airlines serve Brisbane International Airport, which is conveniently situated about 30 minutes from the heart of Brisbane. Train services and long-distance bus services also connect Brisbane to all regions of the country.

Getting to the venue
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is located 15 minutes from the heart of Brisbane. Transport options include driving, cycling, city buses and taxis. More information about getting to the venue and surrounding area can be found here.



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Wizards of the Coast
Email: teirner@hasbro.com
Phone: +612 9804 4122

Venue Address

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Corner of Merivale and Glenelg Streets
South Bank, Brisbane
Queensland
+61 7 3308 3000

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