Grand Prix Brisbane Event Information


 Information  

Grand Prix Brisbane is brought to you by Top Deck Events.

Date: October 4-6, 2013

Format: Modern

Tournament Location

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Mezzanine Level, Meeting Rooms M3 and M4
Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets
South Bank, Brisbane
Queensland Australia
Click here for map.

Registration: AUD $40
Friday, October 4: 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 5: 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.



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

Grand Prix Brisbane is the second Grand Prix Down Under in 2013, and Australia's north likes to put on a show. Brisbane in summer is not to be missed, and what better reason to visit tropical Queensland than a weekend of Magic?

Earlier in 2013, Grand Prix Sydney set the record for the biggest Australian event, so Brisbane has a lot to live up to! This year's Brisbane event features the popular Modern format, so browse through your collection and brew up a powerful list: with a US$30,000 purse and Pro Tour invites up for grabs, you can be sure that competition will be fierce!

With an exciting format, tons of room for innovation and deckbuilding, and the best judges on staff keeping it fair, it's going to be a great weekend for playing Magic. Running right alongside the Grand Prix is a huge side events schedule—there's something for everyone at Grand Prix Brisbane! Stay up to date by following Top Deck Events on Facebook.


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 side events and artist signings (prizes subject to change). Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.



 

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 Born of the Gods in Valencia (February 2014).
If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200 or more, Top 8 finishers earn invitations and airfare, and all players with 39 or more match points who do not make Top 8 earn invitations.
All prizes displayed in U.S. dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Modern
Participation Fee: AUD $40

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, October 4: Registration 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 5: Registration 8 a.m. - 8.45 a.m.
  • Saturday October 5: Grand Prix Brisbane begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 6: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

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

Players must have a signed publicity and consent form to be included in Wizards of the Coast's official online event coverage and be eligible to receive prizes. Forms can be downloaded here (100k PDF) and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian's signature on this form. Consent forms are usually collected during registration (contact the event organizer for details).

Tournament Format

  • Modern
  • Visit this page to see a list of cards banned in Modern tournaments.
  • 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 less players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 64 players – whichever is greater – advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
  • If 800 or more players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 128 players – whichever is greater – advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
  • 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 Judge for Grand Prix Brisbane is James Mackay.

Notes

  • Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive on Day 1 and Professional on 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 are responsible for bringing their own method of tracking life totals, card sleeves, and appropriate counters or tokens.
  • 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, October 4th
Format: Modern, Standard and Sealed Deck, 32-person single-elimination flights
Times: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (first sealed starts at 10 a.m.), with new flights starting every 32 players. Last trial starts at 6 p.m. (Last Sealed Deck Grinder starts at 5 p.m.)
Cost: Sealed Deck $40, Standard $20, Modern $20
Prizes: 1st place: Two-round bye at Grand Prix Brisbane, Sleep-in Special, 24 booster packs
2nd place: 24 booster packs
3rd/4th place: 12 booster packs

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

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

Byes earned through Planeswalker Points are calculated using the Planeswalker Point totals from all reported events as of the Wednesday immediately before the Grand Prix. (For Grand Prix Brisbane, the cutoff date will be October 2.) Points earned in tournaments held at the Grand Prix event site do not count toward earned byes at that Grand Prix. Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria:

Third-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
  • Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame

Second-Round Byes

  • Winners of Grand Prix Brisbane Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

First-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)

Trial winners
Winners of a Trial tournament are awarded 2 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 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 Top Deck Events website. All side events will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

Friday
Last-Chance Trials
Earn a valuable Two-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.

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
Qualifier tournaments for the Super Sunday Series will be held at each Grand Prix. The Top 4 players in the Super Sunday Series qualifier will each be awarded a special Grand Prix messenger bag. The winner of the Super Sunday Series qualifier will earn an invitation and travel award for the Super Sunday Series Championship, to be held in February 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. See the Sunday Series info page for more details.



 

Artist Information

Raymond Swanland

We are delighted to announce that Raymond Swanland will be attending Grand prix Brisbane. Raymond has been producing images, illustrations, comic book pages, and concept art for more than fourteen years. He has made hundreds of pictures and interiors for miniatures codexs, books, packaging, games, and magazines.

Other Hall Attractions
Although trading is both allowed and encouraged, please note that the following things are not permitted at this event:

  • Buying/selling cards with anyone except for our authorized dealer(s)
  • Soliciting to buy/sell cards elsewhere
  • Advertising without receiving permission from Top Deck Event's on-site Event Manager
  • Utilizing an excessive amount of space when trading
  • Using suitcases, handcarts, luggage carts, etc. for the purpose of transporting excessive amounts of trade stock



 

Travel Information

 Hotel Information  

Brisbane Olympic Park Convention Centre is located a 15-minute walk from the heart of Brisbane so the accommodation options in all price ranges are plentiful.

Getting to Brisbane
Flying is the most convenient mode of transportation for most visitors traveling to Brisbane. Internationally, many international airlines serve Brisbane International Airport which is conveniently situated about 30 minutes from the heart of the CBD. Catch the Train from the airport all the way to South Bank.

Getting to the venue
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is located 10 minutes from CBD. In the heart of the tourist area of South Bank – the Function Centre has its own train stop. Other Transport options include driving, walking, cycling, city buses, and taxis.




 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Top Deck Events
Email: lindsay@topdeckevents.com
Phone: +61 423 311 178

Venue Address

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Mezzanine Level, Meeting Rooms M3 and M4
Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets
South Bank, Brisbane
Queensland Australia
Click here for map.

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