Grand Prix Hong Kong Event Information


 Information  

Grand Prix Hong Kong is brought to you by Play! Events.

Date: October 18-20, 2013

Format: Theros Sealed Deck and Booster Draft

Tournament Location

Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre
Ground Floor, Rotunda 1
1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Click here for map.

Registration: HKD $280 (Friday), HKD $300 (Saturday)
Friday, October 18: 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 19: 8 a.m. - 8.45 a.m.



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

Welcome to Hong Kong! Situated on the southeast coast of China, Hong Kong's strategic location on the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea has made it one of the world's most thriving and cosmopolitan cities. The former British colony is a major tourism destination and an important hub in East Asia with global connections to many of the world's cities. It is a unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences from diverse places and proudly proclaims itself to be Asia's World City. Magic: The Gathering finally returns to Hong Kong with a Grand Prix after a nine-year hiatus.

Grand Prix Hong Kong is open to the public and all players are invited to participate. With Theros less than a month old, rise to battle with Theros Sealed Deck and make Grand Prix Hong Kong part of your heroic journey into the realms of mythology! In addition, the side event schedule will be filled with exhilarating events with multiple formats. With Planeswalker Points multipliers of 8x for the main event and 3x for all side events, there is no better way to chalk up those Planeswalker Points! A Sleep-In Special will be available (for a fee) allowing players with byes to have more snooze time on Saturday. Local and international dealers will be on hand to help with all your card-acquisition needs.

Register for the main event and receive a Grand Prix Hong Kong exclusive playmat with art by Jung Park (while supplies last). What's more, Jung Park will be in attendance as the guest artist for signatures and sketches on cards, prints, proofs, and even the exclusive playmat!

Come on down to Grand Prix Hong Kong for an amazing and unforgettable weekend of Magic!


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: Theros Sealed Deck and Booster Draft
Participation Fee: HKD $280 (Friday), HKD $300 (Saturday)

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, October 18: Registration 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 19: Registration 8 a.m. - 8.45 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 19: Grand Prix Hong Kong begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 20: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

The main tournament at Grand Prix Hong Kong 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

  • Day 1: Sealed Deck
  • Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft
  • Sealed Deck Product: 6 Theros boosters for Day 1 sealed deck
  • Booster Draft Product: 3 Theros boosters for Day 2 and Top 8 Draft
  • 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).
  • Day 1 will consist of a maximum of 9 Swiss rounds. Day 2 will consist of 6 Swiss rounds and the Top 8 single-elimination finals.
  • 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 matches will be best 2 of 3.
  • Top 8 matches will have no time limit.
  • 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.
  • 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
Riccardo Tessitori will be the head judge for Grand Prix Hong Kong.

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 18
Format: Sealed Deck and Standard, 32-player Single-Elimination flights
Cost: Sealed Deck HKD $200, Standard HKD $100
Times: 10 a.m. (last Sealed trial begins at 4 p.m., last Standard trial begins at 5 p.m.)
Prizes: 1st: Second-round bye and free Sleep-In Special
2nd: 18 Theros booster packs
3rd and 4th: 9 Theros booster packs
Planeswalker Points Multiplier: 3x

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

  • Grand Prix Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong, the cutoff date will be October 16.) 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 Hong Kong 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 Play! Events Facebook page. 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

Jung Park will be in attendance at Grand Prix Hong Kong to sign your cards and will have prints and proofs for sale.



 

Travel Information

Located in the heart of Kowloon Bay, Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre is well served by public transport. A free shuttle bus service runs non-stop during business hours to and fro nearby Kowloon Bay MTR (Hong Kong's metro system) Station.

Hong Kong International Airport is connected to the MTR system via the Airport Express.




 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Play! Events
Email: clifford@playeventsllp.com
Phone: +65 9763 9833

Venue Address

Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre
Ground Floor, Rotunda 1
1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Click here for map.

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