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Grand Prix Kobe Event Information


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UPDATE MARCH 17, 2011: Grand Prix Kobe has been postponed following Friday’s magnitude 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan. Originally to be held March 19-20, the Grand Prix has been rescheduled to April 23-24, 2011.

Due to significant safety, power, and travel concerns across the eastern portion of the country as well as a national call to conserve resources, Wizards of the Coast believes it is not appropriate to continue with the event as scheduled. We extend our thoughts and sympathies to all those affected by the disaster.

For information about how you can help, visit www.redcross.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami.

Date: April 23-24, 2011

Format: Extended

Tournament Location

Kobe International Exhibition Center
6-11-1 Minato-jima Naka-machi, Chuo-ku
Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken
Web site

Registration: ¥3000 Friday / ¥3500 Saturday
Friday, April 22: Registration 16:00 - 20:00
Saturday, April 23: Registration 08:00 - 09:00


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

Kobe is a city rich with Magic history, having hosted the first Pro Tour to be won by a Japanese player (Masashiro Kuroda, 2004) and the largest Grand Prix in Japan to date (1350 players, 2001). This will be the fourth Grand Prix held in Kobe.

Kobe is the fifth-largest city in Japan, with a population of approximately 1.5 million. One of the first cities to open for trade with the West following the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1868, Kobe has long been known as a cosmopolitan port city. The city is the point of origin and namesake of Kobe beef as well as the home of one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts, the Arima Onsen. Other well-known locations in the city include the Ikuta Shrine, the Kobe Port Tower, and its large Chinatown.

The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to get out of the house, catch up with old friends, meet some new ones, and play 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 $30,000 in cash prizes, Pro Tour invitations for the top 16 finishers, 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

 Prizes  

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

Place Prize Pro Points
1 $3,500 10
2 $2,300 8
3-4 $1,500 6
5-8 $1,000 5
9-12 $600 4
13-16 $500 3
17-32 $400 2
33-64 $200 1
Top 16 finishers also earn invitations to Pro Tour Nagoya.

Format: Extended
Participation Fee: ¥3000 Friday / ¥3500 Saturday
Grand Prix Kobe will feed Pro Tour Nagoya 2011.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, April 22: Registration – 16:00 - 20:00
  • Saturday, April 23: Registration – 08:00 - 09:00
  • Saturday, April 23: Tournament begins at 09:30
  • Sunday, April 24: Day Two begins at 09:00

The main tournament at Grand Prix Kobe 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

  • Extended
  • Legal sets as of the tournament date are: Magic 2010, Magic 2011, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor, Eventide, Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn, Zendikar, Worldwake, Rise of the Eldrazi, Scars of Mirrodin, and Mirrodin Besieged. As of 2011-01-01, there are no banned cards in Extended.
  • Deck lists are required.
  • Players must use the same deck on both Day 1 and Day 2 of the Grand Prix.

Tournament Structure

  • Grand Prix Kobe will be run over two days using modified Swiss-style rounds of 50 minutes each. The number of rounds on Day 1 will be determined based on the number of players registered. Players will be paired randomly against players with similar win-loss records, with match points accumulating throughout the event.
  • Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive (Day 1) and Professional (Day 2)
  • 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.

Judges

The head judge for Grand Prix Kobe will be James Mackay (Level 4, Australia). If you are interested in volunteering for Grand Prix Kobe as a judge, please contact Kenji Suzuki (suzuken.mail@gmail.com).

Notes

  • 40K, 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
Date: Friday, April 22
Location: Kobe International Exhibition Center
Format: Extended
Entry Fee: ¥1500
Registration: 10:00 - 15:00
32-person single-elimination tournaments. The winner of each Trial receives a three-round bye at the Grand Prix. 2nd-8th place in each event will receive Mirrodin Besieged booster packs as prizes.

Other Grand Prix Kobe Trials will be run at WPN locations in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 three-round bye to Grand Prix Kobe.

  • Grand Prix Kobe Trials Information
  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • WPN Locations in the Kobe Area
  • Find a Trial Near You!
    Find a Trial Near You!

A player who has a bye in a round does not have to play a match in that round, but is treated as having won. A bye is normally given out to a player when there are an odd number of players in a round, but byes may also be rewarded to players for previous performance at a tournament or as a prize at a Trial tournament. 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

  • Players with a Players Club level of 4 or higher
  • Players with a DCI Total rating of 2050 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on April 20, 2011.
  • Winners of Grand Prix Kobe Trial tournaments.

Second-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 2 or 3
  • Players with a DCI Total rating of 1950 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on April 20, 2011.

First-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 1
  • Players with a DCI Total rating of 1850 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on April 20, 2011.

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.


 

Public Events

8-person pick-up tournaments will be run throughout the weekend on-site. All 8-person tournaments are DCI sanctioned events. Entry fee is ¥1500 for a Booster Draft tournament (Mrrodin Besieged x1, Scars of Mirrodin x2), ¥500 for a Constructed tournament.

Super Friday Night Magic
Friday, April 22
Registration: 16:00-17:00, ¥2500
Format: Scars of Mirrodin block Sealed Deck, 4-round Swiss tournament
All players each receive one April 2011 FNM Artisan of Kozilek promo card. Other prizes are based solely on points after 4 Swiss rounds.
12 points receives 4 FNM promo cards & 4 Mirrodin Besieged boosters.
9-11 points receives 2 FNM promo cards & 2 Mirrodin Besieged boosters.
6-8 points receives 1 FNM promo cards & 1 Mirrodin Besieged booster.
FNM card choices are limited to one choice of each type available (no duplicates).

Sealed Deck Tournament
Saturday, April 23
Registration: Saturday, 14:00-14:45. Registration is limited to the first 256 players.
Format: Scars of Mirrodin block Sealed Deck, straight Swiss
Mirrodin Beseiged booster packs will be awarded to top finishers.

Pro Tour Nagoya 2011 Qualifier 1
Sunday, April 24
Registration: Saturday, 17:00-end of Grand Prix Day 1; ¥2500
Format: Extended, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination
The winner will receive an invitation and round-trip travel to Pro Tour Nagoya 2011. Other top finishers will receive Mirrodin Besieged booster packs.

Pro Tour Nagoya 2011 Qualifier 2
Sunday, April 24
Registration: Sunday, 9:30-10:30; ¥2500
Format: Extended, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination
The winner will receive an invitation and round-trip travel to Pro Tour Nagoya 2011. Other top finishers will receive Mirrodin Besieged booster packs.

Grand Prix Trial: Singapore 2011
Sunday, April 24
Registration: Sunday, 10:00-10:30; ¥1500
Format: Standard, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination
Top finishers will receive a 3-round bye for Grand Prix Singapore (to be held on June 4-5, 2011; number of byes determined by number of players) as well as Mirrodin Besieged booster packs.

Open Legacy Event
Sunday, April 24
Registration: Sunday, 12:00-12:45; ¥1500; registration limited to the first 256 players
Format: Legacy, Swiss rounds
The winner of the Open Legacy event will receive a sealed display of Japanese-language edition Future Sight booster packs. The Top 4 finishers will each receive a foil set of Magic 2011.Other top finishes will receive Mirrodin Besieged booster packs.

Information on other scheduled events coming soon!



 

Artist Information

Steve Argyle
Amid a labyrinth of empty soda cans and books, Steve Argyle can often be found scribbling away by the glow of a computer monitor. Steve Argyle has been creating powerful imagery for Magic for four years. New, but working hard to establish himself among the pantheon of Magic artists. Iconic cards such as Chandra Ablaze, Admonition Angel, Slave of Bolas, and Everflowing Chalice are his handiwork. Additionally, Steve adds flair to old favorites with promo art, such as the FNM Bloodbraid Elf, the Pre-Release Glissa, the Traitor, Promotional Emeria Angel, and his very first Magic card, Player Rewards Textless Ponder. And Steve is just getting started. He couldn't be more excited about coming to the Kobe Grand Prix, and meeting with the players, who are the reason he works so hard on his art. You can check out most of it on his website, www.steveargyle.com.


 

Travel Information

Kobe is located southwest of Osaka, and is reachable by train, bus, and water taxi from Kansai International Airport. The city itself has a highly developed public transportation network, making it easy to get around. The tournament venue is a short monorail ride from Sannomiya, the business and entertainment center of Kobe.

Kobe Portopia Hotel
6-10-1 Minatojima Naka-machi
Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi
TEL: 078-302-1111
FAX: 078-302-6877
Web site

The Portopia Hotel is conveniently located a short walk from the Kobe International Exhibition Center.



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Ron Foster, Japan Premier Event Manager
Email: ron.foster@wizards.com

Venue Address

Kobe International Exhibition Center
6-11-1 Minato-jima Naka-machi, Chuo-ku
Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken

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