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Grand Prix Nashville Event Information


 Information  

Date: March 17-18, 2012

Format: Innistrad/Dark Ascension Sealed Deck / Booster Draft

Tournament Location

Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN. 37214

Registration: $40
Friday, March 16: Noon – 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 17: 7 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.


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

The first Grand Prix in Nashville, Tennessee saw over 1500 players doing battle with Sealed Decks from Scars of Mirrodin. Now the Grand Prix circuit returns to Nashville again with a Sealed Deck format, this time facing the rivals from Innistrad.

Grand Prix Nashville will not only immerse you while playing Magic, but it will totally invigorate you in one of the most unique and historic cities in the South. Nashville is well known worldwide as Music City U.S.A., but the city also offers a taste of southern hospitality as well as some great historic landmarks. The location site is the sprawling Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center. With every possible convenience you could ask for in a hotel from fast food to fine dining, convenience store items to luxury shopping, and peaceful quiet places to an electric nightclub; Gaylord Opryland has it all under one roof.

Don’t take our word for it, come experience Magic: The Gathering at its finest at Grand Prix Nashville. The doors open at noon Friday. Plan to stay all weekend as there are many events scheduled and plenty of side events for any player. Come get cards signed by Magic artists Steve Argyle and rk post, play against spellslinger and Magic R&D developer Zac Hill, and enjoy all of the events. Visit www.tnlg.net for more information about the public events schedule as well as the latest announcements about the event. Don’t miss the Grand Prix event of the year!

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: $40

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, March 16: Registration Noon - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 17: Registration 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 17: Tournament begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 18: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

The main tournament at Grand Prix Nashville 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 (3 packs of Innistrad and 3 packs of Dark Ascension)
  • Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft (1 pack of Dark Ascension and 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.

Judges
For information on how to volunteer as a judge, contact James Elliott.

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.


 

Tournament Byes

 Grand Prix Trials  

Grand Prix Nashville 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 Nashville.

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

Visit www.tnlg.net for more information and a full Public Events schedule as well as the latest information on artists, spellslingers and more!

All Public Events at Grand Prix Nashville will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.



 

Artist Information

We have two amazing artists for Grand Prix Nashville: Steve Argyle and rk post. They will be making appearances Saturday and Sunday.

 

Travel Information

Nashville International Airport is less than 10 minutes from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. You can take a cab or shuttle. Hertz is the preferred car rental for Gaylord Hotels and offers discounts to guests.

Grand Prix Nashville is being held at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center. The hotel is a grand experience and has offered a discounted rate at $169 (normally $249) you can visit the link here or call the sales office at (615) 458-2800 and mention the code X-MTG12.

If you are driving in from out of town you can take any of the interstates that lead into Nashville and look for Briley Parkway. This is an parkway that loops around Nashville. You want to go towards the airport unless you are coming in from I-40 east, then you want to go west. Get off at the Opryland Hotel exit and follow directions to the hotel.



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: The Next Level Games
Email: Donnie_noland@tnlg.net

Venue Address

Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN. 37214

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