Grand Prix Bilbao Event Information


 Information  

Grand Prix Bilbao is brought to you by Gordian Knot Games.

Date: January 19-20, 2013

Format: Modern

Tournament Location

Euskalduna,
Avenida de Abandoibarra 4,
48011 Bilbao,
Spain
Click here for map

Registration: €35
Friday, January 18: 14:00 to 22:00*
Register by 5 p.m. on Friday and receive a playmat with original art by Jesper Ejsing (while supplies last)!
Saturday, January 19: 08:00 to 09:00*

* Times are approximate and subject to change.



Get your promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
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Today, Bilbao throngs with sophisticated locals and energetic tourists alike. Its cuisine is second to none and there's non-stop partying if you want to burn out in style. If culture is more your thing, you can't do better than the internationally renowned Guggenheim.

Join us for a weekend of Magic: The Gathering in one of Spain's greatest cities! Players who register by 5 p.m. on Friday will receive a playmat with original art by Jesper Ejsing (while supplies last).


 
  Follow live streaming video coverage of Grand Prix Bilbao at DailyMTG.com and Twitch.tv with Matej Zatlkaj, Simon Görtzen, Rich Hagon, and Steven Leeming. The live video stream will start at approximately 8 a.m. ET time Saturday.

The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to get out into the Magic tournament community, catch up with old friends, meet some new ones, and play some great 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 cash prizes, a high Planeswalker Points multiplier, 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.




Participants in Grand Prix Bilbao get this Jesper Ejsing original-art playmat (while supplies last).


 

Tournament Format and Schedule

Place Prize Money Pro Points
1 $3,500 8
2 $2,300 6
3-4 $1,500 5
5-8 $1,000 4
9-12 $600 3
13-16 $500 3
17-32 $400 2
33-64 $200 1
Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Dragon's Maze in San Diego (May 2013).
If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200 or more, Top 8 finishers earn invitations and airfare.
All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Modern
Participation Fee: €35

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, January 18: Registration from 14:00 to 22:00*. Players who register by 5 p.m. on Friday will receive a playmat with original art by Jesper Ejsing (while supplies last).
  • Saturday, January 19: Registration from 08:00 to 09:00*
  • Saturday, January 19: Tournament begins at 09:30*
  • Sunday, January 20: Day Two begins at 09:00*

* Times are approximate and subject to change.

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

Players must have a signed publicity release form to be included in Wizards of the Coast's official online event coverage. Forms can be downloaded here (15k PDF) and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on this form. Publicity releases will be collected during registration.

Tournament Format

  • Modern
  • Deck lists are required.
  • Players must use the same deck on Day 2 that they used on Day 1.

Tournament Structure

  • Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
  • 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.)
  • Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will still be used to determine final order in the standings.
  • 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
The Head Judges for Grand Prix Bilbao are Frank Wareman and Jurgen Baert. Judges interested in working at this event should submit an application through the Magic judge website (apps.magicjudges.org).

Notes

  • Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, 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 Magic 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: Friday, January 18
Format: Modern & Sealed Deck 32-Player Single Elimination Flights
Times: Registration starts at midday and ends at 4pm for Sealed Deck and 6pm for Modern*
* Times are approximate and subject to change.
Cost: €10 for Modern and €25 for Sealed Deck
Planeswalker Points Multiplier: x3

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

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

Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria:

Third-Round Byes

  • Winners of Grand Prix Bilbao Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
  • Players with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
  • Members of the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame

Second-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
  • Players with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

First-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)

Trial winners
Winners of a Trial tournament are awarded 3 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 2012 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 Gordian Knot Games website. All side events (except the Last Chance Grand Prix Trials) will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

Friday
Last-Chance Trials
Earn a valuable Third-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.

Magic Game Show
On Friday at 8 pm we start the Magic Game Show starring Richard Hagon. Registration is free and you can win some cool Magic goodies. Teams can be comprised of between 1 and 4 people.

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
Two Super Sunday Series tournaments will be held at each Grand Prix, one Sealed Deck and one Standard. The Top 4 players from each will proceed to play in the Super Sunday Series Final Booster Draft. The Top 4 players in Super Sunday Series Final will each be awarded a special Grand Prix messenger bag. The winner of the Super Sunday Series Final will earn an invitation and travel award for the Super Sunday Series Championship, to be held in January 2014 in Seattle with a prize purse of $20,000. The Super Sunday Series Championship experience also includes a tour of Wizards of the Coast, dinner with Wizards employees, and more. (Details about the Championship will be announced later in 2013.).



 

Artist Information

Steve Argyle and Jesper Ejsing will be in attendance at Grand Prix Bilbao.



 

Travel Information

Arriving by Plane


Bilbao has direct flights from most major European cities. When you arrive, buses connect the airport to the city. They depart every 30 minutes.

Arriving by Public Transport
The closest tram station to the venue is Euskalduna.
The closest Metro Station is San Mames.
If you are coming by bus you can use city lines 26, 56 and 62.

Arriving by Car
The venue is situation just off the E-70. There are parking spaces available near the venue. Check local information for costs.



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Wizards of the Coast and Glen White (Gordian Knot Games)
Email: wizards@hasbro.co.uk | Glen@GordianKnotGames.co.uk
Phone: +44207 193 6603

Venue Address

Euskalduna,
Avenida de Abandoibarra 4,
48011 Bilbao,
Spain
Click here for map

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