Grand Prix Mexico City Event Information


 Information  

Grand Prix Mexico City is brought to you by Grupo Necrotower.

Date: February 14-16 2014

Format: Born of the Gods/Theros Sealed Deck and Booster Draft

Tournament Location

Expo Reforma
Morelos #67,
Col Juarez 06600
Mexico City, Mexico
Click here for map.

Entry into the Grand Prix event venue is free of charge.

Registration: $50
Preregistration at www.necrotower.com
On-site registration: Friday, February 14 from 2-8 p.m.
There will be no on-site registration on Saturday.

Many Grand Prix offer additional services to participants, such as Sleep-In Specials and VIP packages. Sleep-In Specials allow players with byes to skip the player meeting on Saturday and arrive shortly before their first round begins. VIP packages provide various perks such as complimentary bottled water, special seating, and exclusive artist signings. Details of these services vary from event to event; please check the organizer's site for specifics.



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

Welcome to Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world and home to more than 21 million souls. Grupo Necrotower is responsible for this great event, and we are proud to hold our fourth Grand Prix in the country. Once more we expect players from all over Mexico and the world to join us in this great celebration.

In addition to the Grand Prix we'll have side events scheduled throughout the weekend for competitive and casual players alike. If you feel like testing your best Standard deck or just want to have a few commander multiplayer matches, you can be sure we'll have something for you.

The first 700 players to register in person for the main event will get a limited-edition commemorative playmat by Lucas Graciano, one of our guest artists. So make sure to register as early as possible!



The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to step up your game, 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 over three days. In addition to cash prizes, a high Planeswalker Points multiplier, and exclusive foil promo cards for participants, the Grand Prix features a host of other activities, including side events and artist signings. Side-event tournaments begin Friday, with the Grand Prix main event running Saturday and Sunday. Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.





 

Tournament Format and Schedule

Place Prize Money Pro Points
1 $4,000 8
2 $2,700 6
3-4 $1,500 5
5-8 $1,000 4
9-12 $600 3
13-16 $550 3
17-23 $500 2
24-32 $400 2
33-64 $300 1
65-100 $250* 0
101-150 $200* 0
*If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200-2,399 participants, prize money will be paid out to 100th place. If Grand Prix attendance is 2,400+ participants, prize money will be paid out to 150th place.
Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Journey into Nyx in Atlanta (May 2014).
If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200 or more, Top 8 finishers earn invitations and airfare, and all players with 39 or more match points who do not make Top 8 earn invitations.
All prizes displayed in U.S. dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Theros Sealed Deck / Booster Draft
Participation Fee: $600 pesos or US$50

Registration and Schedule

  • Online registration at www.necrotower.com
  • Friday, February 14: Registration 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 15 Grand Prix Mexico City begins at 8 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 16: Day Two begins at 8 a.m.

Registration to the Grand Prix main event closes Friday night. There will be no Saturday registration.

The main tournament at Grand Prix Mexico City is open to Magic players of all ages.

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Grand Prix Mexico City. Forms can be downloaded here and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on these forms. Minors will not be able to register or play unless we receive a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions.

Tournament Format

  • Theros Sealed Deck / Booster Draft
  • Day One: Sealed Deck
  • Day Two and Top 8 Playoff: Booster Draft
  • Sealed Deck Product: 3 Theros boosters and 3 Born of the Gods boosters
  • Booster Draft Product: 1 Born of the Gods booster and 2 Theros boosters
  • 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).
  • Day One will consist of a maximum of 9 Swiss rounds. Day Two will consist of 6 Swiss rounds and the Top 8 single-elimination finals.
  • 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 Two will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination playoff.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will be best 2 of 3.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will have no time limit. (Players are still expected to play at a normal pace and complete playoff matches in a reasonable amount of time.)
  • 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.
  • Standings after the Swiss rounds will be used to determine final order in the standings for losing players in the quarterfinal and semifinal playoff rounds.
  • 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).

Judges
Information coming soon.

Notes

  • Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive on Day One and Professional on Day Two.
  • 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 are responsible for bringing their own method of tracking life totals, card sleeves, and appropriate counters or tokens.
  • 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, February 14th
Format: Sealed Deck, 32-person single-elimination flights
Cost: $400 pesos or US$35
Times: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m
Prizes:
1st: Two-Round bye for the Grand Prix, free Sleep-in Special, and 18 booster packs
2nd: 18 booster packs
3rd-4th: 9 booster packs, 5th-8th: 6 Booster packs, 9th-16th: 3 Booster packs

Other Grand Prix Mexico City Trials will be run at WPN locations in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers one Two-Round bye to Grand Prix Mexico City.

  • Grand Prix Mexico City Trials Information
  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • Find a Trial Near You!

Byes earned through Planeswalker Points are calculated using the Planeswalker Point totals from all reported events as of the Wednesday immediately before the Grand Prix. (For Grand Prix Mexico City, the cutoff date will be February 12th.) Points earned in tournaments held at the Grand Prix event site do not count toward earned byes at that Grand Prix. Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria:

Third-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
  • Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame

Second-Round Byes

  • Winners of Grand Prix Mexico City Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

First-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)

Trial winners
Winners of a Trial tournament are awarded two byes in the Grand Prix that it feeds. Trial byes are not cumulative with other byes and do not pass down. Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Players who accumulate multiple byes to a particular Grand Prix tournament receive only the bye for the greatest number of rounds. For complete information about Grand Prix byes and their corresponding competitive season, please check the Magic Premier Event Invitation Policy.



 

Side Events

Along with the main event, there are additional side-event tournaments to play in at a Grand Prix. Listed below are the side events offered at all Grand Prix on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Additional events and a full schedule can be found on the Grand Prix Mexico City website. All side events will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

Friday
Last-Chance Trials
Earn a valuable Two-Round bye by winning one of the Last-Chance Trials. Last-Chance Trials are 32-person single-elimination events, starting as soon as 32 players register. For more info, check out the Byes section of this page.

"Foiled Again"
A straight Swiss tournament lasting three or four rounds. Participants get 1 past promo card for playing, then one additional promo card per match win. Format varies by event.

Saturday
Value Drafts
Enjoy a special discount on pick-up drafts on Saturday. Actual times and prices vary by event.

"Rebound" Event
Format at organizer's discretion. The winner(s) earn free entry into the "Super Sunday Series" (see below). Players who also played in the main Grand Prix tournament will get a discount for entry.

Sunday
Super Sunday Series
Qualifier tournaments for the Super Sunday Series will be held at each Grand Prix. The Top 8 players in the Super Sunday Series qualifier will each be awarded a commemorative Grand Prix water bottle. The winner of the Super Sunday Series qualifier will earn an invitation and travel award for the Super Sunday Series Championship 2015, expected to be held in February 2015 in Seattle. The Super Sunday Series Championship experience also includes a tour of Wizards of the Coast, dinner with Wizards employees, and more.



 

Artist Information

Lucas Graciano and rk post will be our special guests for this event. They will be signing cards and sketching throughout the weekend, so don’t forget to bring your favorite cards to their booth.



 
 Hotel Information  

A room block has been set up at the Hotel Imperial, one block away from the venue.
The rate for a double room is: $960 pesos per night, taxes included.

Please call or email Alejandra Cabrera for more information:
Phone: +52 (55) 57.05.49.11 ext.249
Email: banquetes1@hotelimperial.com.mx

Travel Information

Expo Reforma is located 30 minutes from "Benito Juarez" Airport and 5 minutes from Mexico City Historical Center.

From the airport, the easiest way to get there is to take a yellow cab—tickets are sold inside the airport. The official rate should be around $20-$25 USD.

If you came by car, please be aware that parking on street is forbidden at the area around the venue, so you need to find a parking lot. There are several parking lots around the venue, the entrance is at Abraham Gonzales Street.

You can check a map of the area, and venue location here.



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Grupo Necrotower / Saul Arreola
Email: saul@necrotower.com
Phone Number: +52 (55) 53.35.18.88

Venue Information

Expo Reforma
Morelos #67,
Col Juarez 06600
Mexico City, Mexico
Click here for map.

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