Grand Prix Anaheim Event Information


 Information  

Date: May 26-27, 2012

Format: Innistrad-Avacyn Restored Block Constructed

Tournament Location

Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802

Registration: $40
Friday, May 25: Noon – 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 26: 7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Players may preregister for Grand Prix Anaheim at www.sunmesaevents.com from April 20-May 20.


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

Southern California has long held the ability to transform relative unknowns into household names. In Los Angeles stars are discovered, while in Anaheim fantasy becomes reality. So it’s apt that this crossroads should host the only Block Constructed Grand Prix of 2012.

Sunmesa Events invites you to a weekend filled with excitement, innovation, and surprise endings. There will be foils, friends, and lots of fun. This production is bound to involve a cast of hundreds and is missing only one element—the headliner, the lead—yes the Star. You are our star, everything else is in a supporting role. Join us on May 25-27 because as Tom Hanks almost once said, “If you have to have a job in this world, a high-priced magic star is a pretty good gig.”

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.


Playmat available to the first 600 players.

 

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 Return to Ravnica in Seattle.
All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Innistrad-Avacyn Restored Block Constructed
Participation Fee: $40
Players may preregister for Grand Prix Anaheim at www.sunmesaevents.com/ from April 20-May 20.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, May 25: Registration Noon - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 26: Registration 7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 26: Tournament begins at 10:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 27: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

The main tournament at Grand Prix Anaheim 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

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).

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.

Judges and Admin Staff
The Head Judge for Grand Prix Anaheim is Toby Elliott. Judge applications have closed for this event. Judge Certification is available at this event and should be arranged beforehand. Please contact Judge Manager Sean Catanese via email with questions and/or to make arrangements for certification.


 

Tournament Byes

 Grand Prix Trials  

Last-Chance Trials: Friday, May 25
Format: Innistrad-Avacyn Restored Block Constructed, 32-person single-elimination flights
Times: Noon - 7 p.m.
Cost: $20
Planeswalker Points Multiplier: 3x

New tournaments will begin every time 32 players sign up. First place wins a three-round bye in Grand Prix Anaheim and 18 Avacyn Restored booster packs. Second place wins 18 Avacyn Restored booster packs, thrd/fourth place each win 9 Avacyn Restored booster packs, and fifth through eighth place each win 6 Avacyn Restored booster packs.

Other Grand Prix Anaheim 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 Anaheim.

  • Grand Prix Anaheim Trials Information
  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • WPN Locations in the Anaheim 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

  • Winners of Grand Prix Anaheim Trial tournaments
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,200 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 26, 2011 – April 1, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
  • Players with a Players Club level of 4 or higher
  • Players with a 2012-13 Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
  • Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame

Second-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 600 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 26, 2011 – April 1, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
  • Players with a Players Club level of 2 or 3
  • Players with a 2012-13 Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

First-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 300 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 26, 2011 – April 1, 2012).
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
  • Players with a Players Club level of 1

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.

For complete information about Grand Prix byes and their corresponding competitive season, please check the 2012 Magic Premier Event Invitation Policy.



 

Public Events

Public events are available Friday noon - 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Public events include Booster Drafts, Sealed Deck, Standard, Legacy, Modern, Commander, 2HG, Casual Formats, Swiss and single-elimination structures, and other special events. For a complete schedule and further details of all public events, artists, and vendors please visit www.sunmesaevents.com.



 

Artist Information

Martina Pilcerova
Martina Pilcerova finished the Master Degree at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. She has won various awards including the "Jack Gaughan Award" for the Best Emerging Artist in 2003 (Boston, USA). Her paintings are published on more than 70 covers of books, magazines and games and on many collectible cards all around the world. As creator of a limited but significant work of Magic illustrations, we welcome Martina for a rare North American visit.


Terese Nielsen
Terese Nielsen’s very first card was, perhaps, her most famous: Force of Will. With that data point you might conclude that timing and luck played a pivotal role in her Magic: The Gathering illustration career. That would dismiss her tremendous talent and hard work. In a world of amazing artists, Terese’s work is singular. Terese created an entire genre of extreme alterations. Her genuine social media presence creates intimacy among thousands of fans. Most importantly, Terese’s art speaks to us in ways often hard to describe.Terese tells us this will be her only show for 2012, so you won't want to miss it! Born and raised in Nebraska, Terese now lives in Southern California.


Daarken
To condense Daarken into a single paragraph feels like explaining a diamond to a blind person. He’s shy, yet driven. He’s talented but self-depreciating. He seems innocent and crafts the stuff of nightmares. His work is moody, frightening, and powerful. Like Terese Nielsen, his first card was a player favorite: Korlash, Heir to Blackblade. He nailed that image and never looked back.Today demand for his work across many different games is huge. Even with the demand he always makes time for the players. He usually seems most happy when he’s making a player’s image come true on a card or playmat. daarken lives in Southern California while surfing the tides of freelance illustration.


Special Guests

Matt Tabak
Matt Tabak is the current rules manager for Magic: The Gathering. That makes him the archenemy of Mark Rosewater (head designer). Matt must not be doing a very good job because Mark never complains about him. We suspect Mark has bribed Matt with such juicy projects like design work on Duel Decks: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition and Dark Ascension. Or maybe it was developing Planechase. We can’t say. Matt is funny, smart, plays a scary good game of Magic. Best of all, whenever a judge rules against him, he just goes home and rewrites the rules. If you watched Matt play competitively before he worked for Wizards, you’d understand how appealing that situation is to Matt.


Adam Styborski
Ever notice that most of Adam Styborski ‘s profile photos are in black and white? This strikes us as a guy who understands that “Less is More”. By removing color from his profile he immediately becomes distinctive without doing a thing! Very. Smart. That tidbit helps illuminate Adam, the player, writer, and editor. Adam has written for numerous MTG sources including DailyMTG.com and gatheringmagic.com. Adam’s best moments come by removing tournament rules and creating a different style of fun. Ask him about new ways to play your favorite game and he’ll have answers. Cube, Multiplayer, Commander -- he does them all with the cheerfulness which comes from love of the game. Adam lives in Maryland and edits GatheringMagic.com while tackling his day job.

Adam's collected articles on DailyMTG.com can be found here.


 

Travel Information

 Hotel Information  

Anaheim Hilton
777 Convention Way
Anaheim, California 92802
Room Rate: $99 with code MTG
Occupancy: 2 beds 4 players
Reservations: 1-877-776-4932

Sunmesa Events has a convenient room block at the closest hotel to the Grand Prix. The Hilton is offering refreshing luxury at an affordable price. Double occupancy for up to four players at only $99. Call 1-877-776-4932 and ask for the MTG room block for the rate, or book online here. The rate is good for up to three days before or after the Grand Prix.

Arriving by Air

There are three airports in Southern California.

  • John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA) is 13 miles from the venue—allow 25 minutes to drive from there to Anaheim
  • Long Beach Airport (LGB) is 20 miles for the venue—allow 30 minutes to drive from there to Anaheim
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 33 miles from the venue—allow 45 minutes to drive from there to Anaheim

Shuttle Service

SuperShuttle: 1-800-BLUE-VAN; 1-800-258-3826
SuperShuttle of Orange County operates a fleet of comfortable vans. Major credit cards accepted on board. Advance reservations recommended.
LAX - Airport Shuttle To/From LAX - $16 per person
SNA - Airport Shuttle To/From SNA – $10 per person
ONT - Airport Shuttle To/From ONT - $35 1st person, $9.00 additional, same reservation

Arriving by Car

FROM POINTS NORTH
Take I-5 South.
Take the HARBOR BLVD. exit.
Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp.
Merge onto S. HARBOR BLVD.
Cross W. Katella Ave.
Turn RIGHT onto CONVENTION WAY.

FROM POINTS SOUTH
Take I-5 North.
Take the KATELLA AVE. exit toward DISNEY WAY.
Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto ANAHEIM WAY.
Turn LEFT (west) onto E. KATELLA AVE. (becomes W. Katella Ave.)
Turn LEFT onto S. HARBOR BLVD.
Turn RIGHT onto CONVENTION WAY.

FROM POINTS EAST
Take CA-91 West.
Merge onto CA-57 South toward SANTA ANA.
Take the KATELLA AVE. exit.
Turn RIGHT (west) onto E. KATELLA AVE. (becomes W. Katella Ave.)
Turn LEFT onto S. HARBOR BLVD.
Turn RIGHT onto CONVENTION WAY.

Arriving by Bus or Rail
Local bus service is provided by Orange County Transportation Authority. OCTA can be reached at (714) 636-RIDE (7433) or www.octa.net/busrail. The following bus routes have stops near the Anaheim Convention Center (ACC):

Route 50 Long Beach – Anaheim via Katella Ave.: stops on W. Katella Ave. between S. Harbor Blvd. & West St., short walk South to Anaheim Convention Center entrance.
Route 205 Laguna Hills – Anaheim: stops on W. Katella Ave. between S. Harbor Blvd. & West St., short walk South to Anaheim Convention Center entrance.
Route 430 Anaheim Metrolink/Amtrak Station – Anaheim Resort: stops at S. Harbor & W. Katella Ave., and also stops at West St. & W. Katella Ave., short walk South to ACC.

Miles to venue from surrounding cities:

Riverside, CA 40 miles
San Diego, CA: 94 miles
Ensenada, Mexico 202 miles
Las Vegas, NV 266 miles
Phoenix, AZ: 357 miles
Oakland, CA: 398 miles
Tucson, AZ: 470 miles
Salt Lake City, UT: 658 miles
Albuquerque, NM: 785 miles
Los Angeles, CA: 33 Miles



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Sunmesa Events
Email: sunmesaevents@aol.com

Venue Address

Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802

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