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Grand Prix–Florence Event Information

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Date: November 27-28, 2010

Format: Scars of Mirrodin Sealed Deck / Booster Draft

Tournament Location
Fortezza da Basso - Spadolini Pavilion
Viale Strozzi
50123 Florence
Italy

Doors: Free
Registration: €35
Friday, November 26: Registration 17:30 – 20:00
Saturday, November 27: Registration 08:00 – 09:00


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

Take part in a weekend of serious Magic fun with a bunch of exciting things to do!

Join the fun in Public Events including Grand Prix Trials and Super Friday Night Magic on Friday, 8-player pick-up games, casual Standard dueling, a Pro Tour Qualifier, a Legacy tournament and more. Meet Magic artists Rob Alexander, Greg Staples, Raymond Swanland, and Volkan Baga and get your cards signed. Battle against a Pro in the ‘Champions Challenge’ or try out Duels of the Planeswalkers on Xbox LIVE® Arcade. Or take part in the main tournament and get a cool foil Umezawa's Jitte promo card and a Planeswalker deck box!

Whatever you want to do, Grand Prix–Florence will be a weekend to remember!

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.

Yours for participating, while supplies last.


 

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 the Pro Tour at Magic Weekend Paris 2011.

Format: Scars of Mirrodin Sealed Deck / Booster Draft Day Two
Participation Fee: €35
Grand Prix–Florence will feed the Pro Tour at Magic Weekend Paris 2011.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, November 26: Registration 17:30 – 20:00
  • Saturday, November 27: Registration 08:00 – 09:00
  • Saturday, November 27: Tournament begins at 09:30
  • Sunday, November 28: Day Two begins at 08:00

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

Tournament Format

  • Day 1: Sealed Deck
  • Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft
  • Sealed Deck Product: 6 Scars of Mirrodin booster packs
  • Booster Draft Product: 3 Scars of Mirrodin booster packs
  • 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).
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will still be used to determine final order in the standings.

Judges

Information coming soon.

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).


 
 Grand Prix Trials  

Grand Prix–Florence Trials will be run at WPN locations throughout Europe in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 Third-Round bye to Grand Prix–Florence.

  • Grand Prix–Florence Trials
  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • WPN Locations in the Florence Area
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Tournament Byes

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 November 25, 2010.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Florence 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 November 25, 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 November 25, 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

The start of the last public events will be four hours prior to the estimated end of the main event but not earlier then 16.00. Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to make any changes to the schedule without prior notice.

Friday, November 26

Registration Time Cost Description
12:00 - 18:00 €20
(Special Friday promotion)
Grand Prix–Florence Trial (Single elimination)
Format: Scars of Mirrodin Sealed Deck
Structure: Single elimination 32-player flights. Games will begin as soon as 32 players register
Product: 6 Scars of Mirrodin boosters
Prize: The top finishing competitor of each 32-player flight will receive a 3-round bye at Grand Prix-Florence; Prize pool 2 boosters PP
17:00 - 17:45 € 25 Super FNM
Format: Scars of Mirrodin Sealed Deck
Structure: Straight Swiss tournament (4 rounds) with no single elimination rounds
Product: 6 Scars of Mirrodin boosters
Prize: Prize pool 2 boosters PP; All players receive a FNM promo card (whilst supplies last)
12 points receives 4 FNM promo cards & 4 Scars of Mirrodin Boosters.
9-11 points receives 2 FNM promo cards & 2 Scars of Mirrodin Boosters.
6-8 points receives 1 FNM promo cards & 1 Scars of Mirrodin Booster.
FNM card choices are limited to one choice of each type available (no duplicates)."
20:00 Free A Magic Game Show with Richard Hagon
Play in the fun Magic Quiz with your friends and win some cool Magic goodies. Come to the main stage at 20.00 with a team of 1 to 4 people and enter in this fun event!

Saturday, November 27

Registration Time Cost Description
11:00 - 15:00 €7.50 Limited
€2.50 Constructed
Half Price Pick-up Tournaments
Participate in an 8-player single elimination tournament before 15.00 on Saturday and pay only half the normal entry fee.
Pick-ps have no specific start time. Registration for these events is continuously open and each event will start once the appropriate number of players / teams have registered (Subject to space and judge availability).
Format: Limited (Draft, 2HG) or Constructed (Standard, Legacy,etc.)
Structure: 8-Player single elimination pick-up tournaments
Prize: 5/3/2/2 boosters
11:00 - 16:00 €25.00 Grand Prix #1 in Europe Trial (Single elimination)
Format: Scars of Mirrodin Sealed Deck
Structure: Single elimination 32-player flights. Games will begin as soon as 32 players register. Flights will be run throughout the day until closing of registration at 16.00 Product: 6 Scars of Mirrodin boosters
Prize: The top finishing competitor of each 32-player flight will receive a 3-round bye at the first 2011 Grand Prix in Europe (location TBD); Prize pool 2 boosters PP
11:00 - 21:00 Free Casual Standard dueling
You participate = 5 points; You win = 6 points; You lose = 4 points. Prize: Gateway promo card per 30 points, or part thereof, from the selection available, no duplicates.
Format: Standard Constructed
13:00 - 13:45 €5.00 Vintage Tournament
Format: Vintage Constructed
Structure: Swiss tournament, 5 rounds, prize payout based on point
Prize: Prize pool 2 boosters PP (Scars of Mirrodin)
15:00 - 19:00 €15.00 Limited
€5.00 Constructed
8-Player Single Elimination Pick-up tournaments
Pick-ups have no specific start time. Registration for these events is continuously open and each event will start once the appropriate number of players / teams have registered (Subject to space and judge availability).
Format: Limited (Draft, 2HG) or Constructed (Standard, Extended, Legacy, Vintage, EDH, etc.)
Structure: 8-Player single elimination pick-up tournaments
Prize: 5/3/2/2 boosters
14:00 - 14:45 €30.00/team Two-Headed Giant Tournament
Format: Scars of Mirrodin Sealed Deck
Structure: 4 rounds, prize payout based on point standing
Product: 8 Scars of Mirrodin boosters
Prize: Prize pool 2 boosters PP
16:00   Start registration for Sunday's Pro Tour-Paris Qualifier and Legacy tournament

Sunday, November 28

Registration Time Cost Description
8:00 - 8:15 €30.00 Qualifier for Pro Tour-Paris 2011
Players already qualified for Pro Tour-Paris 2011 may not participate. Format: Sealed Deck, with Booster Draft Top 8.
Product: 6 x Scars of Mirrodin Boosters
3 x Scars of Mirrodin Boosters (Top 8)
Structure: Swiss tournament, with Top 8 Single Elimination playoff (can be held at a different location)
Prize: Winner will receive an invite and flight to Pro Tour-Paris; Prize pool 2 boosters PP
8:00 - 8:45 €15.00 Legacy Tournament
Format: Legacy Constructed
Structure: Swiss tournament, with Top 8 Single Elimination playoff
Prize: 1st Prize: €700 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix; 2nd Prize: €400 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix; 3rd – 4th Prize: €150 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix; 5th - 8th Prize: Draft set Invasion Block (8 boosters Invasion, 8 boosters Planeshift (JP), 8 boosters Apocalypse (JP); 9th-16th Prize: 36 Boosters Future Sight
9:00 - 17:00 €15.00 Limited
€5 Constructed
8-Player Single Elimination Pick-up Tournaments
Pick-ups have no specific start time. Registration for these events is continuously open and each event will start once the appropriate number of players / teams have registered (Subject to space and judge availability).
Format: Limited (Draft or 2HG) or Constructed (Standard, Extended, Legacy, Vintage, EDH, etc.)
Structure: 8-Player single elimination pick-up tournaments
Prize: 5/3/2/2 boosters
9:00 - 21:00 Free Casual Standard dueling
You participate = 5 points; You win = 6 points; You lose = 4 points. Prize: Gateway promo card per 30 points, or part thereof, from the selection available, no duplicates.
Format: Standard Constructed
9:00 - 9:45 Invitation only WPN Championship Florence - Standard Constructed
Swiss tournament with cut to top-8 single-elimination. For complete information on how to qualify and prizes, please visit the WPN Championship – Florence Fact Sheet (in Italian). Note: This is a 32K event.
11:00 - 16:00 €25.00 Grand Prix #1 in Europe Trial (Single elimination)
Format: Scars of Mirrodin Sealed Deck
Structure: Single elimination 32-player flights. Games will begin as soon as 32 players register. Flights will be run throughout the day until closing of registration at 16.00
Product: 6 Scars of Mirrodin boosters
Prize: The top finishing competitor of each 32-player flight will receive a 3-round bye at the first 2011 Grand Prix in Europe (location TBD); Prize pool 2 boosters PP
11:00 -12:15 €25.00 Scars of Mirrodin Sealed Deck Tournament
Format: Scars of Mirrodin Sealed Deck
Structure: Swiss tournament, 5 rounds, prize payout based on point standing
Product: 6 Scars of Mirrodin boosters
Prize: Prize pool 2 boosters PP


 

Artist Information

Rob Alexander

Rob Alexander is a Canadian-born artist who has spent the past 18 years working primarily in the publishing and gaming industries. He has written and illustrated two books: "Welcome to My Worlds", a collection of his work released by Paper Tiger, and "Drawing and Painting Fantasy Landscapes and Cityscapes", an art instruction book from Quarto in the UK and Barron's in the USA. A third book, also from Quarto / Barron's, which focuses on architecture for the fantasy artist is currently in production and will be released late in 2010. He has also done conceptual art and world design work for the likes of Sony, Microsoft, Hasbro, Nickelodeon and Warner Bros.

An artist for the popular trading card game Magic: The Gathering since its inception, he has been a conceptual designer and artist for several recent releases, in addition to working on 10 other card games, including 45 pieces for the Lord of the Rings card game from Iron Crown Enterprises. Recently, he has also contributed to the Dungeons & Dragons universe, doing both conceptual world design and finished art for D&D 4th Edition, plus Dragon and Dungeon magazines.

His paintings have shown up on book covers and interiors for the updated "Guide to Shannara", as well as numerous novels from TOR, Harper Collins, Del Rey, Berkley and Taschenbuch, along with several collector and small press publishers like Donald Grant, Old Earth Books, Shadowlands Publishers and Tachyon Publications. His artwork has graced the covers and interiors of Amazing Stories, F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, Dragon, Inquest, The Duelist, and MZB's Fantasy magazine, as well as the cover to the French release of the multi user computer game Dark Age of Camelot.

Rob currently lives in the wilds of Oregon, where he loves to watch the mist on the hills, creating new worlds and exploring new ideas. Rob provided the artwork for 140 Magic cards, including Armageddon, Badlands, Savannah, Taiga , and many other basic and non-basic land cards.

Greg Staples

Greg Staples is an award-winning artist and illustrator, voted best artist 2005 by ‘Fantasy Magazine’. He is best known for his work as an artist for Magic: The Gathering, book illustration including the acclaimed 'The Horror Stories of Robert E Howard' and for comic art, illustrating Judge Dredd and Batman amongst many. He has worked on movie poster design and has been concept artist and designer on many movies including Neil Marshall's Doomsday, Solomon Kane as well as designing many music videos for such bands as Muse and the Scissor Sisters. He is currently illustrating 'Bad Planet' for Thomas Jane and Tim Bradstreet and continues to contribute to Magic: The Gathering.

He created the artwork for famous Magic cards such as Baneslayer Angel, Serra Angel, Honor of the Pure, Captain of the Watch, Isperia The Inscrutable and many more.


Raymond Swanland

Ever since his formative years in the sprawling cities of Southern California, Raymond Swanland has been exploring worlds of the imagination through his art. Inspired by artists ranging from Caravaggio to H. R. Giger, he has been drawn to create work both dark in subject and visceral in style.

Shortly out of high school, Raymond had the great fortune to start his professional art career with the video game company Oddworld Inhabitants. That job, which ranged from conceptual and character design to cinematic art direction, turned into a career that spanned all four Oddworld video games over eight years, from 1997 to 2005.

In addition to his career with Oddworld, Raymond gradually launched a freelance illustration career starting in 2001 with the covers for the Korean manhwa Priest (soon to be a feature film). From there, he’s gone on to work primarily in books (WotC, TOR, Nightshade, Pyr) as well as comics (Dark Horse), advertising, and album covers. This strong foundation in fantasy and sci-fi illustration ultimately led him to be invited to join the many creative talents of the Magic: The Gathering card game, for which he has created nearly 40 pieces to help flesh out the rich and expansive universe, including Arid Mesa, Bituminous Blast, Vampire Nocturnus, Violent Ultimatum, Obsidian Fireheart, Vengevine and Wurncoil Engine.

Raymond currently lives in the Hawaiian Islands, where he occasionally allows the primordial natural beauty pull him away from his artistic endeavors.

Volkan Baga

Volkan Baga is a contemporary painter with a preference for the traditional techniques of oil painting. His style leans towards academic realism, which in turn is orientated on the art of the antique. This influence is reflected in the historical character of Volkan's paintings. Although the content of his works borders on the fantastic, Volkan wants to be seen as a classical painter.

In works like in Magic: The Gathering, Volkan succeeds in visualizing actual topics of fantasy with masterly charm. His motifs carry off into foreign worlds and allow the viewers to immerse themselves in the mystical atmosphere.

Volkan's stylistic approach is based on old historical paintings, combined with his penchant for the fantastic. In his work, the content moves to the centre of the painting and becomes a narrative representation.

Volkan lives in Würzburg, Germany. He created the artwork for Elspeth, Knight Errant, Ranger of Eos, Mox Diamond from From The Vault: Relics and Mindslaver and Mox Opal from Scars of Mirrodin.



Other Hall Attractions

Join the Fun in the Magic Game Show!
On Friday at 20.00h we start the Magic Game Show with Richard Hagon. It’s a Magic quiz you can participate with a team of 1 to 4 people. All you need to do is bring your friends! Registration is free and you can win some cool Magic goodies.

Win Cool Magic Prizes in the Raffle!

Enter in the free raffle and win Path of the Planeswalker graphic anthologies, laptop bags, foil boosters, free draft vouchers or other cool Magic prizes. All you need to do is fill out the raffle form and drop it in the box before 15:00 on Saturday or 15:00 on Sunday. Winners will be announced during the next break between rounds. Only one entry per person. When you have entered the raffle on Saturday, you are automatically included in the raffle on Sunday.

The Champions Challenge: Play Against Magic Champions

Want to see how you fare against the Magic champions? Come to the Champions Challenge area and test your skills against top pro players for free. If you beat the Champion, you get a Scars of Mirrodin booster!

Duels of the Planeswalkers

Get a sneak peek at the new downloadable content for Duels of the Planeswalkers on Xbox LIVE® Arcade.

 

Travel Information

BY PLANE

Florence International Airport
"Amerigo Vespucci" (connected to the main European cities)
IATA CODE: FLR
Web site

It is located 4 km (2.5 miles) from Florence and it can be reached by taxi (20 minutes) or by the shuttle bus Vola in bus, a special connection service from/to the Vespucci Airport and Santa Maria Novella train station, jointly run by ATAF and SITA. For further information call "Pronto Ataf" toll free no. from Italy 800 424500.

Pisa International Airport
"Galileo Galilei" (connected to the main European cities)
IATA CODE: PSA
Web site

It is located in Pisa, 60 km (38 miles) from Florence and it can be reached in 1 hour by train from Santa Maria Novella train station, in Florence: three train every hour for Pisa C.le and Pisa Airport from 06.00 a.m. to 22.00 p.m.

BY CAR
An efficient motorway network connects Florence to the rest of Italy and Europe. Firenze Fiera is just 4 km (2.5 miles) from the main Italian motorway (the A1: Autostrada delsole - Exit Firenze Nord).

Two large parking areas, for 600and 800 cars, respectively, are just 100 metres away; another parking area for 400 cars can be reached by bus.

BY TRAIN
There are 4 train stations in Florence:

  • Santa Maria Novella Central Station: 50 metres from the Fortezza da Basso
  • Rifredi: approximately 2 km (1.2 miles) away
  • Campo di Marte: 1,5 km ca.
  • Statuto

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

All town buses stop at Piazza della Stazione (Santa Maria Novella train station). Since they are just 50 metres from the Santa Maria Novella train station, Fortezza da Basso is within walking distance of any bus stop.

In addition, a large number of bus services connect the centre of Florence to its surroundings (Fiesole: ataf bus no. 7 - Settignano: Ataf bus no. 10). The regional coach lines (Cap, Lazzi, Sita) connect Florence to the other wonderful Tuscan cities such as San Gimignano, Pienza, Arezzo, Volterra, Forte dei Marmi, etc .

Now also by train "Memorario" service to the lines: Firenze-Pisa-Livorno/Tirrenica Nord, Firenze-Prato-Pistoia-Lucca-Viareggio/Pisa, Firenze-Empoli-Siena.


 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Wizards of the Coast
Phone: +32.70.233.277
Email: custserv@hasbro.be

Venue Address

Fortezza da Basso - Spadolini Pavilion
Viale Strozzi
50123 Florence
Italy

Prize payout information for top 64 finishing players: Contact Dieter Schoeters at dieter.schoeters@hasbro.be.

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