Grand Prix Columbus Event Information


 Information  

Date: July 21 - 22, 2012

Format: Modern

Tournament Location

Greater Columbus Convention Center
Hall E
400 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Registration: $40
Friday, July 20: Noon – 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 21: 7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


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

Grand Prix Columbus offers you a fantastic opportunity. Not only is Columbus centrally located, but Columbus is an affordable city -- just what you need in today's economy. Plus, you'll get friendly Midwestern hospitality. Thousands of hotel rooms and hundreds of restaurants are just a short walk from the venue. Play in a multitude of events offered Friday through Sunday, meet Magic artists Steven Belledin and Steve Prescott and get some of your favorite Magic cards autographed, and hang out with fellow Magic players from the surrounding area and around the world! Entry to the event hall is free and all are welcome. Visit www.professional-events.com for more details about public events and everything else going on at the venue.

To make your trip even easier, PES has arranged a fantastic room rate of $119 at the attached Drury Inn! The Drury Inn includes free HOT! QUIKSTART ® Breakfast, free long distance, free KICKBACK® - from 5:30 – 7:00 pm (includes hot food and drinks!), free high-speed internet access and an indoor/outdoor pool & whirlpool! Complete reservation information can be found in the Travel Information section below.

Continue a strong 2012 season by building your Planeswalker Points totals with Grand Prix Columbus’ PWP multiplier of 8x and side-event PWP multipliers of 3x!

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.


 

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: Modern
Participation Fee: $40

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, July 20: Registration Noon - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 21: Registration 7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 21: Tournament begins at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, July 22: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

The main tournament at Grand Prix Columbus 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
  • Decklists are required
  • Each player must use the same deck on Day 2 that he or she 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).

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 Columbus is Chris Richter. If you are a judge interested in volunteering, please submit an application through DCI Family at www.dcifamily.org/event/461. If you have any questions regarding judging, please contact Steven Briggs at judgebriggs@gmail.com. We are accepting applicants until May 21, 2012. Send your applications early; we will consider all applications as they are received. Judge certification will be available on site.


 

Tournament Byes

 Grand Prix Trials  

Last-Chance Trials: Friday, July 20
Format: Modern 32-person single-elimination flights
Times: Noon - 8 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 Columbus. Additional prizes in the form of booster packs given to top finishers.

Other Grand Prix Columbus 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 Columbus.

  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • WPN Locations in the Columbus Area
  • 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 Columbus 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

For a complete schedule of all public events please visit the Professional Event Services website at www.professional-events.com. Here you will find not only the event schedule but information to help you plan every facet of your Magic weekend in Columbus.

All Public Events at Grand Prix Columbus will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.



 

Artist Information

We have two amazing artists for Grand Prix Columbus in Steven Belledin and Steve Prescott. They will be making appearances Saturday and Sunday.

 

Travel Information

 Hotel Information  

PES has arranged a fantastic room rate of $119 at the attached Drury Inn! The Drury Inn includes free HOT! QUIKSTART ® Breakfast, free long distance, free KICKBACK® -- from 5:30 – 7:00 pm (includes hot food and drinks!), free high-speed internet access and an indoor/outdoor pool & whirlpool!

To receive this special rate, you may call 1-800-325-0720 to reserve rooms from the block by referring to the group number 2135596 or you may use this online booking link.

If you aren't able to get a room at the Drury Inn, there are more than 2,500 hotel rooms in downtown Columbus, many of which are within walking distance of the venue.

Columbus is easy to get around. The main east-west highway is I-70. There are two primary north-south freeways, I-71 and St. Rte. 315. The outerbelt, I-270, circles the city. I-670 connects the airport to downtown and continues to the west side.

Cars, vans and limos can be rented from a variety of points in the city. Taxi service is provided by many vendors and airport shuttles are available, as well. View all transportation companies here.

Parking and driving is very easy in downtown Columbus. A great map with detailed parking information can be found here.

Driving Directions to the Convention Center

From I‐70 on the East (Wheeling)
Take I‐70 West to the Fourth Street Exit
Travel North on Fourth Street to Nationwide Boulevard
Turn Left onto Nationwide Boulevard

From I‐71 on the North (Cleveland)
Take I‐71 South
Travel West on I‐670 "109‐A"
Take Exit "4‐B" to the Greater Columbus Convention Center Or
Take I‐71 South to the Spring Street Exit
Travel West on Spring Street to Fourth Street
Head North on Fourth Street to Nationwide Boulevard
Turn Left onto Nationwide Boulevard

From I‐71 on the South (Cincinnati)
Take I‐71 North to I‐70 East
Travel on I‐70 East to the Fourth Street Exit
Head North on Fourth Street to Nationwide Boulevard
Turn Left onto Nationwide Boulevard

From I‐70 on the West (Indianapolis)
Take I‐70 East to the Fourth Street Exit
Head North on Fourth Street to Nationwide Boulevard
Turn Left onto Nationwide Boulevard

From the Port Columbus Airport
Take I‐670 West
Exit at "4‐B" to the Greater Columbus Convention Center

Airports

Port Columbus International Airport is located just 10 minutes east of downtown. State-of-the-art facilities feature the latest in airport safety and security, passenger comfort and convenience, plus high value air service by all the major air carriers, including Air Canada Jazz, AirTran, American, Continental, Delta, Midwest/Connect, Northwest, Southwest, United, US Airways and USA3000. Taxi service is provided by many vendors. The average fare from Port Columbus International Airport to downtown is $18-$20. Airport shuttles also are available. Airport parking is available from Thrifty and others.

Things to See and Do in Columbus

Columbus is fortunate to have a dynamic downtown, a wonderfully bohemian arts district, a lively theater and music scene, and top-notch museums. It's also the home of The Ohio State University (never leave off that "The"), which on football weekends is a Mecca for red-jersey-clad fans and an upper-echelon academic institution the rest of the year.

In downtown Columbus alone, you'll find more than 100 restaurants offering most every kind of cuisine.

You can touch a real, massive iceberg and see 20-plus artifacts on exhibit for the first time anywhere at "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" thru Sept. 6, 2010 at COSI.

Visit the world renowned Columbus Museum of Art.

Watch polar bears as they frolic underwater and swim overhead as you walk through an acrylic tunnel under their huge pool. Polar Frontier opens this spring at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Climb aboard the Santa Maria, the world’s most authentic replica of Christopher Columbus’ ship. Learn about the teamwork it took to survive while crossing the Atlantic.

Go birding at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, which opened in 2009 as one of the first Audubon centers close to the core of a major American city.



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Professional Event Services
Email: questions@professional-events.com
Phone: 1-877-913-8881 (toll free US and Canada)

Venue Address

Greater Columbus Convention Center
Hall E
400 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

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