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Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour—Berlin Qualifier
August 2-3, 2008


Grand Prix–Kobe

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The Magic: The Gathering® Grand Prix tournament series is an international circuit of large-scale Qualifier tournaments featuring cash prizes and multiple invitations to Pro Tour™ events.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT AND SCHEDULE

The format for Grand Prix—Kobe is Lorwyn-Shadowmoor Block Constructed. All DCI™ Constructed rules and Magic® Floor Rules and all subsequent updates will be enforced. For the latest edition of the DCI and Magic Floor Rules, please refer to the DCI Rules web site.

  • Friday, August 1: Registration from 16:00-20:00. Players who cannot attend registration will be allowed to register on Saturday morning between 08:30 and 09:00 for an additional fee of ¥500.
  • Saturday, August 2: Tournament begins at 09:30. The Top 64 players from Day 1 advance to Day 2. (In the event Grand Prix—Kobe has more than 800 players, the Top 128 players from Day 1 will advance to Day 2.)
  • Sunday, August 3: Play begins at 09:00. The Top 8 players from Day 2 will play 3 rounds of single-elimination competition to determine the Grand Prix—Kobe champion.

TOURNAMENT LOCATION
Kobe Convention Center
6-11-1 Minato-jima Naka-machi
Chuuou-ku, Kobe-shi
kobe-cc.jp/english/index.html

ACCESS TO KOBE CONVENTON CENTER
5 minutes on foot from Port Liner Shi-min Hiroba station (approximately 10 minutes from Sannomiya Staion)

ENTRY FEE
¥ 2,500 (¥ 3,000 on Saturday)

TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION AND PLAYER CONTACT
Registration will be held on site on Friday and Saturday morning.

Contact for Non-Japanese Players
Ron Foster, Japan Organized Play Manager
Fax: +1-425-687-8287
Email: ron.foster@wizards.com

TOURNAMENT

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

  • Tournament Structure
    The structure for Grand Prix—Kobe will be modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds), with the number of rounds determined by the number of participating players. If the event has 799 participants or less, the Top 64 players advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. If the event has 800 or more participants, the Top 128 will advance to Day 2.

  • Judges
    The Head Judge for Grand Prix—Kobe will be Yoshiya Shindo (Level 3, Japan).

  • Tournament Divisions and Prizes
    All participants of Grand Prix—Kobe will receive a ¥200 discount coupon valid for any on-demand tournament and a special Call of the Herd premium card. All players who participate in a side event (including Last Chance Trials and 8-man drafts) will receive a special, never-before released Crystalline Sliver premium card (while supplies last). (Note: The Crystalline Sliver card was mistakenly announced as a main event participation prize.)

    The Top 16 players will receive invitations to Pro Tour—Berlin, scheduled for October 31-November 2, 2008. 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—Kobe will feature a special Grand Prix prize schedule. All prizes are in U.S. dollars.

    Main Tournament Prize Schedule

    Finish Prize Pro Points
    1st $4,000 10
    2nd $3,000 8
    3rd – 4th $2,000 6
    5th – 8th $1,500 5
    9th – 12th $1,000 4
    13th – 16th $750 3
    17th – 32nd $500 2
    33rd – 64th $250 1
    Total: $40,000

  • Tournament Byes (Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year)
    Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria:
    Third-Round Byes

    • Players with a Players Club level of 4 or higher.
    • Winners of a Grand Prix—Kobe Trial tournament.
    • DCI players with a Constructed rating of 2000 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on the Wednesday before the Grand Prix (July 30, 2008).
    Second-Round Byes
    • Players with a Players Club level of 2 or 3.
    • DCI players with a Constructed rating of 1900 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on the Wednesday before the Grand Prix (July 30, 2008).
    First-Round Byes
    • Players with a Players Club level of 1.
    • DCI players with a Constructed rating of 1800 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on the Wednesday before the Grand Prix (July 30, 2008).

SIDE EVENTS

  • Grand Prix—Kobe Trial Tournaments
  • Pro Tour—Berlin Qualifier Tournament
  • Tribal War Standard Tournament
  • Super Grand Prix Trial—Okayama
  • Legacy Tournament
  • Eight-person on-demand tournaments
  • Artist signings

GRAND PRIX—KOBE TRIAL TOURNAMENTS
When: Friday, August 1
Registration: August 1, 12:00-15:00
Entry Fee: ¥1,000
Format: Lorwyn-Shadowmoor Block Constructed

Trials will be run in flights of 32 players throughout the day during the registration time given above. The winner of each 5-round single-elimination Trial will receive a Three-Round bye at the Grand Prix.

Additional trials will be held across Japan in the months before the Grand Prix, each awarding at least a Three-Round bye. For details, please see the Grand Prix—Kobe Trial page.

PRO TOUR—BERLIN QUALIFIER TOURNAMENT
When: Sunday, August 3
Registration: March 8, 17:00 – end of last round
Entry Fee: ¥2,000
Format: Lorwyn-Shadowmoor Block Constructed

The winner of the Qualifier tournament will receive an invitation and airfare to Pro Tour—Berlin, scheduled for October 31-November 2, 2008. Booster packs will also be awarded to top finishers.

TRIBAL WARS BLOCK CONSTRUCTED TOURNAMENT
When: Sunday, August 3
Registration: August 3, 9:00-10:00
Entry Fee: ¥1000
Format: Tribal Block Constructed (see below)

At least one-third of the cards in decks for this non-sanctioned tournament must have one of the following types: Elf, Elemental, Faerie, Giant, Goblin, Kithkin, Merfolk, or Treefolk. Tribal instant/sorcery/enchantment cards and cards with changeling count toward the total. All cards in decks must be from one of the following sets: Lorwyn, Morningide, Shadowmoor, Eventide.

The winner of the Tribal Wars tournament will receive a special uncut sheet of Japanese Eventide rare cards, straight from the factory. Other top finishers will receive Eventide boosters.

SUPER GRAND PRIX TRIAL—OKAYAMA
When: Sunday, August 3
Registration: August 3, 10:30-11:30
Entry Fee: ¥3000
Format: Shadowmoor-Eventide Sealed Deck

The Top 4 players of the Super Grand Prix Trial will each earn a 3-round bye for Grand Prix—Okayama (scheduled for November 22-23, 2008). In addition, the winner will earn a travel award and lodging for the Grand Prix, as well as free entry into the Grand Prix. (Travel award is subject to attendance; the amount of the travel award will be determined by Wizards of the Coast based on round-trip travel from the winner's nearest rail station or airport to Okayama Station and is non-transferable. Lodging shall be at a hotel of Wizards' choice; booking will include paid room and room tax only for three nights beginning the day before the Grand Prix. All expenses not listed above are the responsibility of the player.)

LEGACY TOURNAMENT
When: Sunday, August 3
Registration: August 3, 11:00-12:00
Entry Fee: ¥1500
Format: Legacy

The winner of the Legacy tournament will receive an unopened display of Italian-edition Legends booster packs. Other top finishers will receive booster packs from various past expansions.

EIGHT-PERSON ON-DEMAND TOURNAMENTS

  • Constructed: ¥ 500
  • Booster Draft: ¥ 1,200
  • Sealed Deck: ¥ 2,000

SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS

TRAVEL INFORMATION

PLAYER ACCOMODATION

NOTE: The following hotels are not endorsed by or affiliated with Wizards of the Coast. The hotels on this list are taken from guidebooks and provided here for your convenience only.

  • Port Pia Hotel
    6-10-1 Minato-jima Naka-machi
    Chuuou-ku, Kobe-shi
    Phone: 078-302-1111
    Fax: 078-302-6877
    Single rooms from ¥ 9,000

  • Hotel Goful
    6-1 Minato-jima Naka-machi
    Chuuou-ku, Kobe-shi
    Phone: 078-303-555
    Fax: 078-303-5560
    Single rooms from ¥ 9,000

  • Hotel Pearl City Kobe
    7-5-1 Minato-jima Naka-machi
    Chuuou-ku, Kobe-shi
    Phone: 078-303-0100
    Fax: 078-303-0211
    Single rooms from ¥ 11,000

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