Grand Prix Minneapolis Event Information


 Information  

Date: May 19-20, 2012

Format: Standard

Tournament Location

Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South
Hall A (downstairs)
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Registration: $40
Friday, May 18: 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 19: 8 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.


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

Welcome to the Mini-Apple: Minneapolis, Minnesota! Join us for a weekend full of events in a brand new Standard format that includes Avacyn Restored. Check the event website for travel information—shopping and nightlife are only a few blocks from the venue, and inexpensive and easy public transportation is available from the airport to downtown Minneapolis. The first 600 players will receive a limited edition playmat featuring art by up-and-coming artist Alayna Lemmer!

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.


Playmat available to the first 600 players.
 

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: Standard
Participation Fee: $40

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, May 18: Registration 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 19: Registration 8 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 19: Tournament begins at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 20: Day Two begins at 10 a.m.

The main tournament at Grand Prix Minneapolis 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

  • Standard
  • Deck lists 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
Judge applications accepted through DCIFamily.org.


 

Tournament Byes

 Grand Prix Trials  

Last-Chance Trials: Friday, May 18
Format: Standard, 32-person single-elimination flights
Times: Noon - 7 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 Minneapolis and 18 booster packs. Second place wins 18 booster packs, thrd/fourth place each win 9 booster packs, and fifth through eighth place each win 6 booster packs.

Other Grand Prix Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis.

  • Grand Prix Minneapolis Trials Information
  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • WPN Locations in the Minneapolis 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

  • Winners of Grand Prix Minneapolis 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

Scheduled events will be run throughout the weekend. Current information can be found here.



 

Artist Information

Martina Pilcerova and Richard Kane Ferguson will be in attendance.

 

Travel Information

 Hotel Information  

Legion Events recommends you visit hotels.com for hotel recommendations. The hotels are listed in order of proximity to the Minneapolis Convention Center. There is no room block set aside for this Grand Prix.

Transit from the Minneapolis airport to the downtown area is very easy and inexpensive. Visit metrotransit.org/light-rail.aspx and enter your travel schedule leaving MSP traveling to Minneapolis Convention Center (or whatever hotel you are going to). There are a couple options: take the light rail to the Downtown/Nicollet Mall Station and walk approximately 7 blocks to the Convention Center (Highly recommended if it's a nice day!) or the transit site will give you a number of options for combining rail and bus to take you right to the Convention Center. Fares are typically around $2.



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Legion Events
Email: steve@legionevents.com
Phone: (608) 616-0841

Venue Address

Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South
Hall A (downstairs)
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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