Grand Prix Costa Rica Event Information


 Information  

Date: September 15-16, 2012

Format: Magic 2013 Sealed Deck / Booster Draft

Tournament Location
Costa Rica Tennis Club
Sabana sur, costado este de la Contraloría General de la República, Apdo. 4964-1000 San José, Costa Rica

Registration: $40 or ₡21.000 Colones
Friday, September 14: 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, September 15: 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.


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

Come to Grand Prix Costa Rica and you will find not only a great time playing Magic with your friends, but also the full experience Costa Rica has to offer. Visit fantastic beaches and resorts, explore amazing experiences in nature, and enjoy the best local sports, shopping, restaurants, and everything you want to do while visiting Costa Rica. We fully expect that you will love the culture and all that Costa Rica has to offer.

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.


The first 400 registered players will receive an exclusive playmat with art by Steve Argyle.

 

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 Gatecrash.
All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Magic 2013 Sealed Deck / Booster Draft
Participation Fee: 40 or ₡21.000 Colones

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, September 14: Registration 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 15: Registration 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 15: Tournament begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 16: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

The main tournament at Grand Prix Costa Rica 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

  • Day 1: Sealed Deck (6 packs of Magic 2013 in Spanish. A limited amount of English-language product will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for non-Spanish speakers.)
  • Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft (3 packs of Magic 2013, in Spanish)
  • Deck lists are required.
  • If product is not stamped or preregistered, deck registration and deck swap will be performed for the Swiss Sealed Deck.

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.
  • The Top 8 players will be seated randomly at the draft table immediately prior to drafting. The Top 8 bracket will be determined using this random seating.
  • 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 Costa Rica is Carlos Ho, Level 4. If you want to volunteer as a judge, please contact Damián Hiller at dhiller@gmail.com.

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, September 14
Format: Magic 2013 Sealed Deck, 32-person single-elimination flights
Times: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost: $30 USD or 16.000 ₡ Colones
Planeswalker Points Multiplier: 3x

New tournaments will begin every time 32 players sign up. First place wins a three-round bye in Grand Prix Costa Rica and 12 Magic 2013 booster packs, second place wins 10 booster packs, 3rd/4th place each win 8 booster packs, and 5th-8th place will each receive 6 packs.

Other Grand Prix Costa Rica 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 Costa Rica.

  • Grand Prix Costa Rica Trials Information
  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • WPN Locations in the San Jose, Costa Rica 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 Costa Rica Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
  • Players with a 2012 Pro Tour Players Club level of 4 or higher
  • 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 #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
  • Players with a 2012 Pro Tour Players Club level of 2 or 3
  • Players with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

First-Round Byes

  • Players with a 2012 Pro Tour Players Club level of 1
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)

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

In addition to the main event, there will be Magic tournaments in a variety of formats running from Friday to Sunday. More information on public events can be found at www.grandprixcostarica.com.



 

Artist Information

Want to meet Steve Argyle and enjoy a day with him? Avalon Arena Games will be offering a special prize at each Friday Night Magic event in August: FNM Meet & Greet!

Winners of each FNM tournament in Costa Rica in August will get an invitation and a space for an entire day tour with Steve Argyle. For more information of this promotion, visit the events section of Avalon Game Arena’s Facebook page.

 

Travel Information

Visit www.grandprixcostarica.com for travel information.



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Avalon Game Arena
Contact: Saul Arreola: saul@necrotower.com | Jaime Herrera: jaimeh@avaloncr.com

Venue Address

Costa Rica Tennis Club
Sabana sur, costado este de la Contraloría General de la República, Apdo. 4964-1000 San José, Costa Rica

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