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Grand Prix–Portland Event Information


 Information  

Date: September 11-12, 2010

Format: Magic 2011 Sealed Deck / Booster Draft

Tournament Location

Oregon Convention Center – Exhibit Hall B
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232

Registration: $40
Friday, September 10: Registration noon - 9 p.m.
Saturday, September 11: Registration 7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


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

Portland, Oregon! Green, Clean, Friendly, Hip, Urbane. Come to the City of Roses and compete at Grand Prix–Portland.

Grand Prix–Portland is a fantastic opportunity for competitive and casual Magic players alike. The Magic 2011 Sealed Deck format of this Grand Prix will allow you to build your collection and hone your card-selection and deck-construction skills as you compete against players from around the world. For Pro Tour contenders, this will be a great opportunity to qualify for 2011’s opening Pro Tour event in Paris. In addition to the main event, there will be Magic tournaments in a variety of formats running from Friday to Sunday and Magic creator Richard Garfield will be signing from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday!

The Pacific Northwest is home to many of Magic’s best-known artists. Come check out our amazing Artists Alley. Confirmed artists to date include Rob Alexander, Heather Hudson, Jaime Jones, Kekai Kotaki, Chuck Lukacs, Anson Maddocks, rk Post, Mark Tedin, Pete Venters, Franz Vohwinkel, Mike Dringenberg, and Corey Macourek.

Grand Prix–Portland is hosted by Cascade Games, LLC. Visit www.cascadegames.com for updates and more details about the weekend’s activities.

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. Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.



 

Tournament Format and Schedule

 Prizes  

All prizes in U.S. Dollars.

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 the Pro Tour at Magic Weekend Paris in 2011.

Format: Sealed Deck / Booster Draft Day Two
Participation Fee: $40
Grand Prix–Portland will feed the Pro Tour at Magic Weekend Paris in February, 2011.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, September 10: Registration noon - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 11: Registration 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 11: Tournament begins at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 12: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

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

Tournament Format

  • Day 1: Sealed Deck
  • Day 2: Booster Draft
  • Sealed Deck Product: 6 Magic 2011 booster packs
  • Booster Draft Product: 3 Magic 2011 booster packs
  • 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).
  • 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.)
  • 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.

Judges

The Head Judge for Grand Prix–Portland is Jeff Morrow. Staffing is closed for this event.

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 DCI 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).


 
 Grand Prix Trials  

Last-Chance Trials
Friday, September 10
Oregon Convention Center – Exhibit Hall B
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232
Cost: $35

Magic 2011 Sealed Deck 32-person single-elimination flights will be starting at noon Friday, with sign-ups running until 8 p.m. New tournaments begin throughout the day as soon as 32 register.

Prizes:
1st: Three-round bye at the Grand Prix and 18 booster packs of Magic 2011
2nd: 18 booster packs of Magic 2011
3rd/4th: 9 booster packs of Magic 2011

Other Grand Prix–Portland Trials will be run in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 Third-Round bye to Grand Prix–Portland.

  • Other Grand Prix–Portland Trials
  • More Information on Grand Prix Trials
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Tournament Byes

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 September 8, 2010.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Portland 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 September 8, 2010.

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 September 8, 2010.

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

Special Guest: Richard Garfield
Grand Prix Portland is proud to announce that Magic creator Richard Garfield will be in attendance on Saturday, doing a signing from 2-4 p.m.

Cascade Games Epic Infinite Events. 8-player single elimination events will be running all weekend from Friday to Sunday. Among the prizes for all Infinite Events will be a free entry into ANY public event all weekend (yes, this includes the PTQ on Sunday).

Infinite Booster Drafts Prize Payout: 1st free entry into ANY public event at GP Portland & 6 packs, 2nd 4 packs, 3rd and 4th 1 pack. $18 entry fee.

Infinite Standard 8-player Win-a-Box Prize Payout: 1st place wins a Box - Magic 2011. 2nd place wins free entry into ANY public event at GP Portland. $18 entry fee.

Infinite Legacy 8-player Win-a-Box Prize Payout: 1st place wins a Box - Magic 2011. 2nd place wins free entry into ANY public event at GP Portland. $18 entry fee.

Infinite Extended 8-player Win-a-Box Prize Payout: 1st place wins a Box - Magic 2011. 2nd place wins free entry into ANY public event at GP Portland. $18 entry fee.

Infinite Vintage 8-player Win-a-Box Prize Payout: 1st place wins a Box - Magic 2011. 2nd place wins free entry into ANY public event at GP Portland. $18 entry fee.

Infinite MiniMaster 8-player Win-a-Box Prize Payout: 1st free entry into ANY public event at GP Portland & 6 packs, 2nd 4 packs, 3rd and 4th 1 pack. $15 entry fee. Eight players receive 2 Magic 2011 boosters and basic lands, building a minimum 30 card deck. Single game matches, single elimination - add a pack when you win!

Friday Featured Public Event:
Grand Prix Trials (Grinders) – Magic 2011 Sealed Deck.
Magic 2011 Sealed 32-person single-elimination flights will be starting at noon Friday, with registration running until 8pm. A new tournament will begin each time 32 players are registered. 1st place wins a 3-round bye to Grand Prix-Portland and 1/2 Box of Magic 2011. 2nd place wins 1/2 Box of Magic 2011. 3rd/4th win 1/4 Box each of Magic 2011.

Sunday Featured Public Event:
PTQ for Magic Weekend Paris - Win a trip to the first Pro Tour of 2011 and your spot on the Pro Tour! Registration 9:00-10:00am; Start 10am.

Format to be announced soon, Swiss rounds with a cut to Top 8 single elimination finals. Prizes: Pro Tour Invite, Magic 2011 boosters, Pro Tour Qualifier Top 8 Pins and Travel Award. Top 8 win PT Top 8 pins, additional booster packs based on participation.

Other Public Events include: Super Friday Night Magic, Standard for an iPad, a Grand Prix Trial and many more. For a complete list of Public Events visit www.cascadegames.com.



 

Artist Information

Cascade Games is proud to have the following artists confirmed to attend Grand Prix–Portland. As additional artists confirm, they will be announced here.

Rob Alexander

Mike Dringenberg

Heather Hudson

Jaime Jones

Kekai Kotaki

Chuck Lukacs

Corey Macourek

Anson Maddocks

rk Post

Mark Tedin

Pete Venters

Franz Vohwinkel

 

Travel Information

Portland, Oregon is easy to get around. It is laid out in quadrants, with the Willamette River forming the boundary between east and west, and Burnside Street/Burnside Bridge forming the boundary between north and south. The Grand Prix-Portland venue is the Oregon Convention Center, located in close-in NE Portland, within sight of the Willamette River and SW Portland’s downtown skyline. The Oregon Convention Center can be located at a distance by its distinct pair of glass spires.

The main north-south highway through Portland is I-5, which runs from Canada to Mexico, passing through Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego on the way. Through Portland, I-5 runs approximately parallel to the Willamette River, crossing the river just south of downtown. I-405 is a half-circle that wraps around the west side of downtown Portland with terminus points at I-5 (I-405 meets I-5 at the north end of downtown at the Fremont Bridge and at the south end of downtown at the Marquam Bridge). A dozen other bridges connect the east and west sides of Portland via surface streets. I-84 connects downtown to the airport and continues to Eastern Oregon and Idaho.

Public transportation in Portland is extremely accessible, with light rail (MAX), street cars and buses connecting most points of interest in the city. There is a direct MAX line from the airport to the Grand Prix-Portland venue and there is free MAX access from the venue to downtown Portland hotels and restaurants.

Directions by Car
From I-5 Northbound: Take Exit 302A (Rose Quarter, Broadway/Weidler Street Exit), go right on Weidler, and right on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

From I-5 Southbound: Take Exit 302A (Rose Quarter/City Center Exit) go across Broadway, then left on Weidler, and right on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

From I-84 Westbound: Take Exit 1 (Lloyd Blvd.) stay on Lloyd Blvd. all the way to the Convention Center.

From the Portland International Airport (PDX)
Take I-205 South to I-84 West
Exit I-84 at Lloyd Blvd (Exit 1)
Stay on Lloyd Blvd. all the way to the Convention Center

Parking at the Convention Center
If you are coming by car, you can park at the onsite parking garage for less than $10 a day (rates vary by day). There is additional paid parking on street and at other lots within walking distance of the venue.

 Hotel Information  

There are a number of hotels within walking distance of the venue and more hotel options a short FREE light-rail ride away in downtown Portland.

Group Rate Hotel:
Courtyard Marriott. 435 NE Wasco, Portland, OR.
As of August 25, the group-rate hotel is fully booked. We are investigating other options and if they become available, information will be posted here.

Travel by Plane
Portland International Airport (PDX) is located 20 minutes east of downtown Portland. For what it's worth, Conde Nast has named PDX America's best airport three times running. The food is good and the wi-fi is free. More importantly, it can be reached by major airlines including: Air Canada, Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, Horizon, Jet Blue, Seaport, Southwest, United and US Airways. Rental cars are available at PDX from Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise and Hertz.

Portland's light rail (MAX) provides a direct line from the airport to the Grand Prix-Portland venue (Oregon Convention Center) with service every 15 minutes from 5am to midnight. The MAX line continues across the river into downtown Portland with stops at or a short walk from many area hotels. MAX fare from the airport to downtown is $2.30. Taxi and shuttle service is also available from PDX; depending on traffic, expect to spend 20-40 minutes and $25-45.

Travel by Train or Bus
Amtrak and Greyhound serve Portland from most major US cities. Both stations are located in NW Portland, with light rail (MAX) and bus service available from the stations to hotels, restaurants and the Convention Center.

Travel by Bicycle
Hey, it's Portland. Yes, there are bike racks at the Convention Center. Yes, you can take your bike on public buses and light rail (MAX). Yes, designated bike lanes are available on most bridges and major roads. For more details, click here.

Things to Do in and Around Portland
Eat: Portland has more restaurants per capita than any other US city. Google whatever style of food you are in the mood for and you will find a well-loved restaurant dishing it up. We can't cover everything here, but check out the following sites for recommendations:

Drink: Portland is a mother city for US microbrews. Portland's oldest microbrewery, BridgePort, is located in the Pearl District. If you want to develop your own pub crawl, add in stops at Portland Brewing Company's Taproom, Widmer Brothers Gasthaus and/or any of the pubs operated by the McMenamin Brothers.

Portland also boasts a great coffee tradition – coffee lovers should particularly look for locally-roasted Stumptown Coffee which is carried at many local establishments. Wine lovers can sample Oregon wines at local restaurants.

Browse: Rose City ComicCon will be running alongside Grand Prix-Portland at the Oregon Convention Center September 10-11. Portland, home to Dark Horse and numerous indies, is second only to New York City as a center of US comic book publishing.

Portland is also home to the world's largest bookstore – Powell's City of Books at NW 10th and Burnside. With more than 1.5 million new and used books on the shelves, they hand you a map when you walk in so that you can find your way out again. Techies will also enjoy Powell's Technical Books annex three blocks east of the main store.

Bike/Kayak/Hike/Windsurf/Ski/Camp: Oregon is home to the great outdoors. Bike and kayak rentals are available a short distance from the Grand Prix venue. Hiking is possible within city limits (Portland's Forest Park alone boasts 75 miles of wooded hiking trails). Excellent windsurfing is an hour's drive away at Hood River, skiing is less than an hour's drive away at Mt Hood, and camping is available throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington at state and national parks. If you plan to extend your trip to Oregon beyond the three days of the Grand Prix, you may want to take in some of these outdoor adventures.


 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Cascade Games LLC, Tim Shields
Web site: www.cascadegames.com
Email: questions@cascadegames.com

Venue Address

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232
www.oregoncc.org

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