Date: November 3-4, 2012
50 Mayoral Drive
Auckland, New Zealand
Registration: NZD $50 (NZD $40 Early bird registration on Friday)
Friday, November 2: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 3; 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Get your free promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
All roads lead to Auckland this November as the Grand Prix pulls in to New Zealand’s beautiful harbor city. With players travelling from "across the pond" and further afield looking to grab all the lollies the Kiwis are steeling themselves for a battle. With 30,000 greenbacks, four flights and invites to the big show (Pro Tour Gatecrash in 2013) and a shiny trophy up for grabs it’s going to be one heck of a weekend. And should your main -event plans not quite pan out? Don’t despair—there a great program of public events with something for everyone. But the very best thing? When you leave the venue after a long day of spell-slinging—you’ll be in New Zealand!
For up-to-the-minute information on this event, ‘friend’ us on the Wizards of the Coast Australia/New Zealand Organized Play Facebook page.
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
|Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Gatecrash in February, 2013.
All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.
Participation Fee: NZD $50 (NZD $40 Early bird registration on Friday)
Registration and Schedule
- Friday, November 2: Registration 2 p.m.- 8 p.m.
- Saturday, November 3: Registration 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
- Saturday, Nomveber 3: Tournament begins at 9 a.m.
- Sunday, November 4: Day Two begins at 10 a.m.
The main tournament at Grand Prix Auckland is open to Magic players of all ages.
Players must have a signed Indemnity and publicity waiver to participate in this event. Forms can be downloaded here (15k PDF) and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on this form.
- Decklists are required
- Each player must use the same deck on Day 2 that he or she used on Day 1.
- 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.
- 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).
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.
Judges and Admin Staff
The head judge for this event is Fabian Peck, and the tournament manager is Rob Teirney.
Grand Prix Trials
Last-Chance Trials: Friday, November 2
Format: Standard and Sealed Deck 32-person single-elimination flights
Times: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (first Sealed event starts at 11 a.m.)
Cost: $20 for Standard, $40 for Sealed
Planeswalker Points Multiplier: 3x
New tournaments will begin every time 32 players sign up (as resources allow), with the last trial starting at 6 p.m. First place wins a three-round bye in Grand Prix Auckland and 18 booster packs. Second place wins 18 booster packs, and third/fourth place each win 9 booster packs.
Other Grand Prix Auckland Trials will be run at WPN locations throughout APAC in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers one three-round bye to Grand Prix Auckland.
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):
- Winners of Grand Prix Auckland 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
- 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
- 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)
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.
In addition to the Grand Prix Auckland main tournament, the weekend offers an exciting program of other Magic: The Gathering events that will appeal to players of all skill levels. Whether you are a Level 1 Prodigy or a Level 50 Archmage, you are sure to find an event to test your skills and fire your imagination. And if you have a friend who doesn’t play—bring them along, grab a sample deck from the public events table and teach them what it’s like to bestride the Multiverse. A full schedule of public events will be available at www.cantripgames.co.nz.
We are delighted to announce that rk post will be making the big trip down to Auckland for the Grand Prix and will be at the venue both Saturday and Sunday. In addition to signing cards, rk will have prints of his artwork for sale.
Auckland is a visitors' paradise for accommodation options ranging from cheap and cheerful backpackers to world-class hotels. A selection of options can be found here.
More than 20 international airlines serve Auckland International Airport, which is conveniently situated less than 30 minutes from the downtown Auckland. Together they provide scheduled flights from destinations all over the globe.
Getting to the Venue
All roads lead to the Grand Prix! The iconic Aotea Centre is right at the very heart of the city close to all public transport options. Parking and other transport options can be found here.
Tournament Organizer: Wizards of the Coast
Phone: +612 9804 4122
50 Mayoral Drive
Auckland, New Zealand