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Grand Prix Providence Event Information


 Information  

Date: May 28-29, 2011

Format: Legacy

Tournament Location

Rhode Island Convention Center
1 Sabin Street
Providence, RI 02903

Registration: $40
Friday, May 27: Registration 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 28: Registration 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


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

The only Legacy Grand Prix in the United States this season happens in warm and sunny New England: Providence, Rhode Island. Just because it's the beginning of the summer season in New England doesn't mean this event won't be hotter than the sun! With invitations to Pro Tour Philadelphia going to the top 16 finishers, everyone has their eyes on the prize.

TJ Collectibles and Wizards of the Coast proudly present Grand Prix Providence.

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 Philadelphia.

Format: Legacy
Participation Fee: $40
Grand Prix Providence will feed Pro Tour Philadelphia.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, May 27: Registration – 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 28: Registration – 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 28: Tournament begins at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 29: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

The main tournament at Grand Prix Providence 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

  • Legacy Constructed
  • Deck lists are required
  • Players must use the same deck on Day 2 that they used on Day 1.

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.)
  • Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will still be used to determine final order in the standings.

Staff

If you wish to volunteer as a judge or supporting staff member for Grand Prix Providence, please contact Shawn Doherty at shawn.patrick.doherty@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: Friday, May 27
Format: Legacy, 32-person single-elimination flights
Times: Noon - 8 p.m., with new flights starting every 32 players. Last trial starts at 8 p.m.
Prizes: 1st place: 3-round bye at Grand Prix Providence and 18 booster packs. 2nd place: 18 booster packs. 3rd/4th place: 9 booster packs.
Cost: Noon - 5 p.m.: $20; 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.: $25.

Other Grand Prix Providence 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 Providence.

  • Grand Prix Providence Trials Information
  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • WPN Locations in the Providence 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 with a DCI Total rating of 2050 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on May 25, 2011.
  • Winners of Grand Prix Providence 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 May 25, 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 May 25, 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

Friday: Grand Prix Trial Grinders
Format: Legacy
Entry Fee: $20
Start: Noon
Structure: Each single elimination grinder will start when 32 players register, and new grinders will continue to start until registration closes at 8 p.m.
REL: Competitive
Prizes:
1st place: 3-round bye for the Grand Prix and 18 packs of Mirrodin Besieged
2nd place: 18 packs of Mirrodin Besieged
3rd/4th place: 9 packs of Mirrodin Besieged

Friday: Super Friday Night Magic
Format: Sealed Deck, 4 rounds of Swiss
REL: Regular
Cost:$25
Start Time: Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m.
Prizes:
4-0: Seven (7) packs of New Phyrexia and Four (4) FNM Foils
3-0-1: Five (5) packs of New Phyrexia and Three (3) FNM Foils
3-1: Three (3) packs of New Phyrexia and Two (2) FNM Foils
2 wins: One (1) pack of New Phyrexia and One (1) FNM Foil

Sunday: Pro Tour Philadelphia Qualifier
Format: Standard Constructed
Registration: Sunday, May 29, 9 a.m.
Cost: $25
Start Time: Sunday May 29 at 10 a.m.
Prizes: 1st place – Pro Tour Invite and Travel Award, Top 8 win PTQ Top 8 pins, additional prizes TBD by participation.

For a complete schedule of Public Events, visit www.tjcollect.com.



 

Artist Information

rk post, Steve Belledin, Lars Grant-West, and Ryan Pancoast will be at Grand Prix Providence.

Other Hall Attractions

There will be an awesome array of vendors at Grand Prix Providence all ready to get you those last-minute cards, sleeves, play-mats and who knows what else? The following vendors are scheduled to be at the event to buy, sell and trade with all weekend long:

Pastimes Star City Games Next Level Games
Gaming Etc. Face To Face Level Up Games
Strike Zone Troll and Toad Hot Sauce Games

The Rhode Island Civic Center will also have areas set aside for Magic: The Gathering demonstrations, gunslingers and casual play. For limited periods over the weekend you will also be able to view a number of Magic: The Gathering original works of art from various artists.

 

Travel Information

  Hotel Information  

A block of rooms has been reserved in three area hotels at a special price.

Crowne Plaza
At The Crossing, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick, RI, 02886, 1-401-732-6000
Room Rate: $129.00 per room, per night plus tax, only 11 miles from downtown Providence. Parking is included in the room rate. We are providing a free shuttle service from this hotel to the Convention Center on May 27-29.

Holiday Inn Express
901 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick, RI, 02886, 1-401-736-5000
Room Rate: $129.00 per room, per night plus tax, only 9 miles away from downtown Providence. Parking is included in the room rate. We are providing a free shuttle service from this hotel to the Convention Center on May 27-29.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott
14 J.P. Murphy Highway West Warwick, RI 02893 Phone 401-822-1244.
Rooms are $149.95 a night plus tax. These rooms have two queen beds and a pull-out sofa. Free parking.

Be sure to reference the Group Name GRAND PRIX PROVIDENCE when booking rooms. There are a limited number of these rooms available so to obtain one while supplies last. There is a college graduation in the area that weekend as well, so book early to ensure room availability.

Grand Prix Providence takes place in the Rhode Island Convention Center, located just 11 miles away from TF Green International Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island. The Convention Center is connected to the Providence Place Mall via the Westin Hotel. There are many available restaurants, as well as a great food court in the mall.

The best part of getting to Grand Prix Providence is how accessible it is via public transportation!

Air Travel
TF Green International Airport in Warwick, RI is just a few miles away!
Logan Airport in Boston is less than 1 hour away.
Both Logan and TF Green have rail service to downtown Providence, two blocks from the Convention Center.

Train Travel
Both major airports offers connecting train service to Providence, and the station is two blocks from the Convention Center. You can also take the Amtrak train directly from downtown Boston to Providence. From New York you can take the Amtrak train directly to Providence.

Bus Travel
The Kennedy Plaza, Providence's historic transportation center, offers regional bus service as well as Amtrak train service for the Peter Pan and Greyhound bus lines.

Driving by Car
The Rhode Island Convention Center is conveniently located just of Interstate 95 in Providence. Parking is available for $10.00 a day at the Convention Center parking garage, no overnight parking.

Public Transportation
Providence LINK Trolley is your link to the city's most popular destinations. Enjoy Providence the environmentally sensitive way, avoid the parking hassles and reach the city's key attractions. LINK trolleys run on CNG (compressed natural gas), a clean fuel, and offer two routes to take you to Providence's restaurants, hotels, theaters, universities, historic sites, shopping and more. Cost: $2 per person per Ride (See the Link webpage for schedule and information.)

About Providence
Since many players combine a Grand Prix weekend with vacation time both before and after the event, we've assembled a small collection of links about the city and some of its points of interest.

With more restaurants per capita than any other major city in America, Providence—home to the Johnson and Wales University Culinary Institute—legitimately lays claim to being one of the nation's best places to eat.

These are all recommended for excellent places to get some delicious food and chill out after a competitive day of slinging spells.


 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: TJ Collectibles
Web site: www.tjcollect.com
Email: tjcollect@aol.com
Phone: 508-473-5874

Venue Address

Rhode Island Convention Center
1 Sabin Street
Providence, RI 02903

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