Grand Prix Melbourne Event Information


 Information  

Date: March 31 - April 1, 2012

Format: Innistrad Block Sealed Deck / Booster Draft

Tournament Location

Melbourne Park Function Centre
Park and Skyline Rooms, Rod Laver Arena
cnr Batman Avenue and Olympic Blvd
Melbourne
Australia

Registration: AUD $50 (AUD $40 Early bird registration on Friday)
Friday, March 30: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.


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

Grand Prix Melbourne is the second of the 2012 APAC Grand Prix and Australia’s ‘Sporting Capital’ is set to put on a show. The 2010 Grand Prix in Sydney stole the crown for biggest Australian Grand Prix and you just know the Melbournians will have something to say about that! After last year’s visit to the Constructed Realm, Limited roars back Down Under with Innistrad Sealed and Booster Draft. With a $30,000 purse and four Pro Tour invites up for grabs you can be sure that competition will be fierce and with the best judges around keeping it fair, it’s going to be a fun time to be playing Magic. Running right alongside the Grand Prix is a huge public events schedule—there really is something for everyone at Grand Prix Melbourne! Be part of history—we’ll see you there.

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 Avacyn Restored in Barcelona.
All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Innistrad/Dark Ascension Sealed Deck / Booster Draft
Participation Fee: AUD $40 (Friday) or $50 (Saturday)

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, March 30: Registration 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 31: Registration 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 31: Tournament begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, April 1: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

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

Players must have a signed Indemnity and publicity waiver to participate in this event. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on this form. Waivers will be collected during registration.

Tournament Format

  • Day 1: Sealed Deck (3 packs of Innistrad, 3 packs of Dark Ascension)
  • Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft (1 pack of Dark Ascension, 2 packs of Innistrad drafted in that order)
  • 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).

Tournament Officials
The head judge for Grand Prix Melbourne is Nathan Brewer, the scorekeeper is Mark Brown, and the tournament manager is Robert Teirney.

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, March 30
Format: Innistrad Sealed Deck and Standard, 32-person single-elimination flights
Times: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (first Sealed Deck flight starts at 11 a.m.)
Cost: Sealed Deck $40, Standard $15
Planeswalker Points Multiplier: 3x

New tournaments will begin every time 32 players sign up. The last Sealed Deck flight starts at 5 p.m., and the last Standard flight starts at 6 p.m. First place wins a three-round bye in Grand Prix Melbourne and 18 booster packs, second place wins 18 booster packs, third place 9 booster packs, fourth place 9 booster packs.

Other Grand Prix Melbourne 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 Melbourne.

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

  • Players with a Players Club level of 4 or higher
  • Players ranked in the top 300 in the Planeswalker Points 2011 Competitive Points Season #3 (August 29, 2011 – December 25, 2011).
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,200 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 26, 2011 – April 1, 2012).
  • Winners of Grand Prix Melbourne Trial tournaments.
  • Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame

Second-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 2 or 3
  • Players ranked in the top 2,000 in the Planeswalker Points 2011 Competitive Points Season #3 (August 29, 2011 – December 25, 2011).
  • Players who have accumulated at least 600 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 26, 2011 – April 1, 2012).

First-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 1
  • Players ranked in the top 15,000 in the Planeswalker Points 2011 Competitive Points Season #3 (August 29, 2011 – December 25, 2011).
  • Players who have accumulated at least 300 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 26, 2011 – April 1, 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 at Grand Prix Melbourne, the weekend offers an exciting program of other events that will appeal to players of all levels. Whether you are a Level 1 Prodigy or a Level 50 Archmage, you are sure to find an event to test your skills and fire your imagination. And if you have a friend who doesn’t play—bring them along, grab a sample deck and teach them the basics of the game. A full schedule of public events is available at www.mtgmelb.com.

All Public Events at Grand Prix Melbourne except casual non-rated events will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.



 

Artist Information

We are delighted to announce that Daarken will be attending Grand Prix Melbourne. Daarken came into being in a dark, dank basement under the stairs of an abandoned barber college located in the heart of the tenderloin of San Francisco. Occasionally he emerged from his cave to attend classes at the Academy of Art University. His bright, white skin glistened in the sun as he moved from building to building with sketchbook in hand. After graduating in 2004 he spent three long years honing his skill (a.k.a. playing video games) as a freelance artist before moving to Virginia to work for EA Mythic as a concept artist for the video game Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. To this day Daarken still plays video games, and stuff.

 

Travel Information

 Hotel Information  

Melbourne Olympic Park Convention Centre is located a 15-minute walk from the heart of Melbourne so the accommodation options in all price ranges are plentiful. A special rate for players has been negotiated at a city hotel, Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens. To make the reservation either email h2086-re02@accor.com or telephone 03 9205 9999 and quote HASBRO to receive this preferred rate.

Getting to Melbourne
Flying is the most convenient mode of transportation for most visitors traveling to Melbourne but this majestic city is accessible by train bus or ferry from most anywhere. Internationally, more than 20 international airlines serve Melbourne’s International Airport which is conveniently situated about 30 minutes from the heart of Melbourne.

Getting to the venue
Melbourne Olympic Park Function Centre is located 15 minutes from the heart of Melbourne, and is part of the complex that hosts the Australian Tennis Open each year. In the shadows of our Cathedral to sport—the world-renowned MCG—the Function Centre has its own tram stop. Other transport options include driving, walking, cycling, city buses and taxis. More information about parking and getting to the venue and surrounding area can be found here.



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Wizards of the Coast
Email: robert.teirney@ap.hasbro.com
Phone: +612 9804 4122
Public events manager: Russell Alphey | Ralphey@MtGMelb.com
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Venue Address

Melbourne Park Function Centre
Park and Skyline Rooms, Rod Laver Arena
cnr Batman Avenue and Olympic Blvd
Melbourne
Australia

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