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Grand Prix–Gothenburg Event Information

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Date: August 28-29, 2010

Format: Magic 2011 Sealed Deck / Booster Draft

Tournament Location
Göteborg Convention Centre
Mässans Gata 20 box 5184
SE-402 26
Gothenburg
Sweden

Registration: SEK 350
Friday, August 27: Registration 17:30 – 20:00
Saturday, August 28: 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 on Friday, 8-player pick-up games, Casual Standard Dueling, a Pro Tour Qualifier, a Legacy tournament and more. Meet Magic artists Aleksi Briclot and John Avon and get your cards signed, and watch Aleksi produce an original piece of Magic art on Friday night! 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!

Whatever you want to do, Grand Prix–Gothenburg 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. Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.



 

Tournament Format and Schedule

 Prizes  

All prizes in U.S. Dollars.

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 No. 1 in 2011 (location TBA).

Format: Sealed Deck / Booster Draft Day Two
Participation Fee: SEK350
Grand Prix–Gothenburg will feed Pro Tour No. 1 in 2011 (location TBA).

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, August 27: Registration 17:30 – 20:00
  • Saturday, August 28: Registration 08:00 – 09:00
  • Saturday, August 28: Tournament begins at 09:30
  • Sunday, August 29: Day Two begins at 08:00

The main tournament at Grand Prix–Gothenburg 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 Magic 2011 booster packs
  • Booster Draft Product: 3 Magic 2011 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

The Head Judge for Grand Prix–Gothenburg is Scott Marshall.

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

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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 August 25, 2010.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Gothenburg 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 August 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 August 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

Friday August 27, 2010
12:00 Grand Prix Trial–Gothenburg (Magic 2011 Sealed Deck – Single elimination)
(Entry fee SEK200; 32-player flights – single elimination; Games will begin as soon as 32 players register; The top finishing competitor of each 32-player flight will receive a 3-round bye at Grand Prix-Gothenburg; Product: 6 Magic 2011 boosters; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Registration closes at 17:00)

18:00 Super FNM (Magic 2011 Sealed Deck)
(Registration closes at 17.45; Entry fee SEK250; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Product: 6 Magic 2011 boosters; Straight Swiss tournament (4 rounds) with no single elimination rounds)
All players receive a FNM promo card (whilst supplies last)
12 points receives 4 FNM promo cards & 4 Magic 2011 Boosters.
9-11 points receives 2 FNM promo cards & 2 Magic 2011 Boosters.
6-8 points receives 1 FNM promo cards & 1 Magic 2011 Booster.
FNM card choices are limited to one choice of each type available (no duplicates).

Saturday August 28, 2010
Half Price Drafting 
Participate in an 8-player single elimination draft tournament before 15.00 on Saturday and pay only half the normal entry fee.

11.00 8-Player Single Elimination pick up tournaments (Entry fee: Constructed SEK50/Booster Draft SEK150; Prize payout 5/3/2/2 boosters.)

11:00 Casual Standard dueling (Free. 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.)

11:00 EDH pick up tournaments (Entry fee: SEK50; Each player will be given an "EDH Ticket". When a player eliminates another player, he takes the other player's ticket. Each ticket can be redeemed at the Public Events registration desk for two boosters of Magic 2011(while supplies last, during registration hours); Games will begin as soon as 4 players register. Players will play a single EDH game. Current EDH rules can be found here.

15.00 Two-Headed GiantMagic 2011 Sealed Deck tournament (Registration closes at 14.45; Entry fee SEK300 per team; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Product: 8 Magic 2011 boosters; 4 rounds, prize payout based on point standing)

16.00 Start Registration for PTQ Pro Tour #1 2011 and Legacy

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.

Sunday August 29, 2010
08.00 Registration for PTQ Pro Tour #1 2011 and Legacy tournament

08.30 PTQ Pro Tour #1 2011 – Sealed Deck with Top 8 Booster Draft. Winner will receive an invite and a flight to Pro Tour #1 2011 (Registration closes at 08.15; Entry fee SEK300; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Top 8 can be held at a different location)

9:00 Legacy tournament – (Registration closes at 08.45; Entry fee SEK150; Prize pool 2 boosters PP;
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

09.00 8-Player Single Elimination pick up tournaments (Entry fee: Constructed SEK50/Booster Draft SEK150; Prize payout 5/3/2/2 boosters.)

09:00 Casual Standard dueling (Free. 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.)

09:00 EDH pick up tournaments (Entry fee: SEK50; Each player will be given an "EDH Ticket". When a player eliminates another player, he takes the other player's ticket. Each ticket can be redeemed at the Public Events registration desk for two boosters of Magic 2011(while supplies last, during registration hours); Games will begin as soon as 4 players register. Players will play a single EDH game. Current EDH rules can be found here.

12.30 Magic 2011 Sealed deck tournament. (Registration closes at 12.15; Entry fee SEK250; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Product: 6 Magic 2011 boosters, 5 rounds, prize payout based on point standing)
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.



 

Artist Information

John Avon

John Avon is an Illustrator living in the United Kingdom and has been working professionally since 1983. He has illustrated many hundreds of book covers for well-known authors in many areas from Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror to History and Psychology. He has also worked on National Advertising Campaigns, CD covers, Game, Toy and TV Development.

Magic: The Gathering has been a key element in his career and since Mirage, his artwork has been featured in almost every expansion of the game. Primarily, John works on environments, some very strange settings and the odd bizarre creature! He loves working for Magic as it gives him the freedom to constantly re-invent exciting worlds and stretch imagination to the limit.

For over a decade all his work has been digital, and John is a keen fan of using technology to its fullest potential. This summer his work will appear in the UK’s “Advanced Photoshop Magazine.” However his original roots are in traditional oil painting. He's currently accepting commissions on canvas as he returns to a classical approach. His intention is to move into the gallery fine art world and is working on an extensive personal project involving his musical and spiritual interests.

Aleksi Briclot

A concept artist and art director in the video game industry for nine years, Aleksi was lead artist on ColdFear, the horror-action game developed by DarkWorks for Ubisoft, then on Splinter Cell Double Agent, from the hit series and more recently on Haze (still Ubisoft) and Dungeon Runners (NCsoft). He also contributed on the Heroes of Might & Magic 4's trailer and the Prince of Persia 3 2005 E3's booth banner.

Also an illustrator, he is one of the main card and packaging artists for Wizards of the Coast (Magic: The Gathering, Dreamblade) and has drawn pieces for RPG books (hundreds of interior illustrations), magazines, and comics. He did covers for Mage, Vampire , C.O.P.S Rpgs, Tolkien, J.V.Jones, Bradley books, Horrorclix (Wizkids) packaging, Privateer Press, World of Warcraft gaming cards.

His most famous work for Magic: The Gathering include 6 Planeswalkers: Gideon Jura, Ajani Goldmane, Liliana Vess, Garruk Wildspeaker, Jace Beleren and Chandra Nalaar.

See below for how you can get an exclusive look at Aleksi creating a piece of Magic art live and in person on Friday night.


Other Hall Attractions

Live Digital Painting Session by Aleksi Briclot

Come to Grand Prix–Gothenburg and watch one of Magic's biggest artists paint a Magic 2012 card live on his computer.

We invited Aleksi to show you how a Magic card is created. Join us in Gothenburg on Friday August 27 from 18.00 to 19.30 and from 20.30 to 22.00 to get an exclusive glimpse of this art show.

This is the art description of the card:
Color: Red creature
Location: Mountain area
Action: Show a fiery phoenix that's been summoned by the fire mage planeswalker Chandra Nalaar. Perhaps the phoenix spreads its fire-wings, dominating the frame, but in the background we can see Chandra conjuring/summoning the creature as if she was throwing a blast of fire at the viewer. The whip-smart mage Chandra has her trademark goggles up on her forehead, and her hair is literally made of flame.
Focus: The phoenix should be the main focus of the piece.
Mood: A legendary bird that's as fiery as its master.

Don’t miss it!

Join the Wizards Community Web Site

Register online or at the Grand Prix and join your local Magic group.

  • get in contact with new friends to play Magic
  • blog about your FNM adventures, Legacy deck or anything else you want to share
  • post pictures of events, tournaments, trips, etc.

In advance of the Grand Prix, we will post competitions and other fun stuff for you to win cool Magic prizes or a free draft at the Grand Prix! Check it out on community.wizards.com and search for the Magic Sweden group, Magic Denmark group, Magic Finland group, Magic Norway group, etc.

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 Magic 2011 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

 Hotel Information  

NOTE: The following hotel offers an interesting rate for Magic players. This hotel is however not endorsed by or affiliated with Wizards of the Coast. Hotels will accept reservations subject to availability of rooms and rates.

Hotel Lorensberg
Berzeliigatan 15
412 53 GÖTEBORG

Tel: +46 (0)31 - 81 06 00
Fax: +46 (0)31 - 20 50 73
Web site

If you book 2 nights directly with the hotel, they can offer the price 650 SEK/room and night (1300 SEK in total) for a single standard room. The price includes taxes and breakfast buffet. Hotel Lorensberg is located within 5 minutes walk from the convention centre.

Please use the following e-mail address to book your stay: info@hotel-lorensberg.se. Promotion code: M2011BAFTW

The Goteborg Convention Centre is located in the same complex as Hotel Gothia Towers, the tallest building in Gothenburg. The popular Liseberg Amusement Park is right across the street.

You can find a map and directions to the Goteborg Convention Centre here.


 

Contact Information

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

Venue Address

Göteborg Convention Centre
Mässans Gata 20 box 5184
SE-402 26
Gothenburg

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

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