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Grand Prix Denver Event Information

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Date: February 19-20, 2011

Format: Sealed Deck/Booster Draft

Tournament Location

Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport
15500 E. 40th Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80239
Convention Center Rooms

Registration: $40
Friday, February 18: Registration Noon - 9 p.m.
Saturday, February 19: Registration 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.


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

Star City Games and Wizards of the Coast proudly present Grand Prix Denver.

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 Nagoya.

Format: Sealed Deck (3 packs of Scars of Mirrodin and 3 packs of Mirrodin Besieged) / Day 2 Booster Draft
Participation Fee: $40
Grand Prix Denver will feed Pro Tour Nagoya.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, February 18: Registration – Noon to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 19: Registration – 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 19: Tournament begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 20: Player meeting begins at 8:45 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 20: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

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

Tournament Format

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Primary Head Judge for Grand Prix Denver is Jeff Morrow, Level 4 from Oakland California, and the second Head Judge will be Chris Richter, Level 3 from Madison, Wisconsin.

Notes

  • 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 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
Format: Sealed
Entry Fee: $30
Start Time: noon
Structure: Single-elimination grinders will start when 32 players register, and new grinders will continue to start until registration closes at 8 p.m.
REL: Competitive
Prizes: First place earns 3-round bye for the Grand Prix and 18 packs of Mirrodin Besieged; second place 18 packs of Mirrodin Besieged; third/fourth place 9 packs of Mirrodin Besieged

Other Grand Prix Denver Trials will be run at WPN locations in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 three-round bye to Grand Prix Denver.

  • Grand Prix Denver Trials Information
  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • WPN Locations in the Denver 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 February 16, 2011.
  • Winners of Grand Prix Denver 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 16, 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 February 16, 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

Friday

Grand Prix Trial Grinders
Format: Sealed
Entry Fee: $30
Start Time: noon
Structure: each single elimination grinder will start when 32 players register, and new grinders will continue to start until registration closes at 8 p.m.
REL: Competitive
Prizes:
First place: 3-round bye for the Grand Prix and 18 packs of Mirrodin Besieged
Second place: 18 packs of Mirrodin Besieged
Third/Fourth place: 9 packs of Mirrodin Besieged

Super Friday Night Magic
Format: Sealed
Entry Fee: $25
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Structure: Four (4) Rounds of Swiss
REL: Regular
Prizes:
4-0: Seven (7) packs of Mirrodin Besieged and Four (4) FNM Foils
3-0-1: Five (5) packs of Mirrodin Besieged and Three (3) FNM Foils
3-1: Three (3) packs of Mirrodin Besieged and Two (2) FNM Foils
2 wins: One (1) pack of Mirrodin Besieged and One (1) FNM Foil

Saturday

Starcitygames.com Draft Open
Entry Fee: $30
Start Time: 3:00 PM
Format: Booster Draft using Mirrodin Besieged/Scars of Mirrodin/Scars of Mirrodin
Structure: 64 players per Draft Open. Draft followed by 3 rounds of Swiss, cut to a Top 8 single-elimination Draft
REL: Competitive
Prizes
1st: 10 Open Points, plus $500
2nd: 5 Open Points, plus $200
3rd-4th: 3 Open Points, plus $100
5th-8th: 1 Open Point, plus $50
For more information on Draft Opens, Open Points, and the Starcitygames.com Open Series check out Starcitygames.com.

Old School Sealed
Entry Fee: $30
Start Time: 4:00 PM
Format: A surprise Sealed deck format from the past!
Structure: 32 players, 5 rounds of Swiss
REL: Regular
Prizes: (1st and 2nd replace any prizes for that player's record)
1st: Choice of Old School Sealed Booster Box
2nd: Old School Booster Box
4-1: 7 Packs of Mirrodin Besieged
3-1-1: 5 Packs of Mirrodin Besieged
3-2: 3 Packs of Mirrodin Besieged

Two-Headed Giant Sealed
Entry Fee: $30 per team
Start Time: 5:00 PM
Format: Mirrodin Besieged Sealed (each team receives 4 packs of Scars of Mirrodin and 4 packs of Mirrodin Besieged and constructs two minimum 40-card decks)
Structure: 4 rounds of Swiss
REL: Regular
Prizes:
4-0: 16 Booster Packs per Team
3-0-1: 12 Booster Packs per Team
3-1: 8 Booster Packs per Team

Legacy Challenge
Entry Fee: $10
Start Time: 6:00 PM
Format: Legacy Constructed
Structure: 4 rounds of Swiss
REL: Regular
Prizes:
4-0: $50 SCG Dealer Credit
3-0-1: $25 SCG Dealer Credit and 3 Booster Packs
3-1: 6 Booster Packs
2 wins: 1 Booster Pack

Sunday

Pro Tour Nagoya Qualifier
Entry Fee: $25
Start Time: 9:00 AM (registration begins at 8:00 AM)
Format: Extended Constructed
Structure: Modified Swiss with a cut to a single-elimination top 8.
K-Value: 32
REL: Competitive
Prizes:
1st: Qualification and travel award for Pro Tour Nagoya
Booster pack prizes will be awarded based on attendance and will be announced after the tournament begins.

Starcitygames.com Draft Open
Entry Fee: $30
Start Time: 11:00 AM
Format: Booster Draft using Mirrodin Besieged/Scars of Mirrodin/Scars of Mirrodin
Structure: 64 players per Draft Open. Draft followed by 3 rounds of Swiss, cut to a Top 8 single-elimination Draft
REL: Competitive
Prizes
1st: 10 Open Points, plus $500
2nd: 5 Open Points, plus $200
3rd-4th: 3 Open Points, plus $100
5th-8th: 1 Open Point, plus $50
For more information on Draft Opens, Open Points, and the Starcitygames.com Open Series check out Starcitygames.com.

Two-Headed Giant Sealed
Entry Fee: $30 per team
Start Time: 5:00 PM
Format: Mirrodin Besieged Sealed (each team receives 4 packs of Scars of Mirrodin and 4 packs of Mirrodin Besieged and constructs two minimum 40-card decks)
Structure: 4 rounds of Swiss
REL: Regular
Prizes:
4-0: 16 Booster Packs per Team
3-0-1: 12 Booster Packs per Team
3-1: 8 Booster Packs per Team



 

Artist Information

rk post
Since his arrival in Exodus, rk post has been a favorite artist of Magic players. His macabre illustrations have brought some of Magic’s most iconic demons and horrors to life. If you have ever admired Avatar of Woe or Knight of Dusk, stop by to have some cards signed or buy a print!

Steve Argyle
Steve Argyle burst onto the Magic cart art scene during Alara Block and crafted some of the seminal images of Zendikar with his art gracing Chandra Ablaze, Vampire Lacerator and Admonition Angel. Steve shows no signs of slowing down and has already made his mark by re-imagining the classic Nevinyrral’s Disk for From the Vaults: Relics.

Douglas Shuler
One of the classic Magic artists, Doug has had art featured in sets since the days of Alpha. Iconic pieces such as Benalish Hero, Hypnotic Specter, and Icy Manipulator have made Doug a fan favorite!

Dan Frazier
Dan’s work adorns some of the most powerful cards in Magic history. Berserk, Enlightened Tutor , and Jester’s Cap are just the tip of the iceberg in his extensive collection that spans from Alpha to present day.

 

Travel Information

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Hotel Information
Crowne Plaza – Denver International Airport
15500 E. 40th Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80239
Phone: (303) 371-9494

Grand Prix Denver is being held at the Crowne Plaza – Denver International Airport. Great rooms are available at a very low price of $85.00 a night. Group code: Star City Games.

The Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport is conveniently located just 12 miles from the airport and just minutes from downtown Denver. A complimentary airport shuttle is available by calling the front desk.

From the North
Take Interstate 25 to Interstate 270 East. Follow I-270 onto Interstate 70 east to Chambers Road and turn north (left) to 40th Avenue. Make a right on 40th Avenue, the hotel will be on your right.

From the South
Take Interstate 25 to Interstate 70 east. Follow I-70 east to Chambers Road and turn north (left). Make a right on 40th Avenue, the hotel will be on your right.

From Denver International Airport
Head towards Denver on Pena Boulevard. Take 40th Avenue exit west (right), hotel will be on left just before Chambers Road.


 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Star City Games
Web site: www.starcitygames.com
Email: events@starcitygames.com

Venue Address

Crowne Plaza – Denver International Airport
15500 E. 40th Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80239
Phone: (303) 371-9494

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