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Grand Prix San Diego Event Information


 Information  

Date: November 11-13, 2011

Format: Innistrad Sealed Deck / Booster Draft

Tournament Location

San Diego Convention Center
111 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
619-525-5000

Registration: $40
Friday November 11, 2011: Noon – 9 p.m.
Saturday November 12, 2011: 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


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

Come to beautiful San Diego for the final Grand Prix of the 2011 season. While the sun shines outside, come inside and delve into the world of Innistrad Sealed Deck. With a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 8x, Grand Prix San Diego is a great opportunity to build up your Lifetime, Competitive, and Professional Planeswalker Points. Along with the main event, check out the busy schedule of side events and meet top Magic artists Rob Alexander, Steve Argyle, Jason Felix, Anthony Francisco, D. Alexander Gregory, Alex Horley-Orlandelli, Anson Maddocks, rk post, Mark Tedin, Pete Venters, and Franz Vohwinkel.

Make it a full California vacation by heading up the coast to Magic Weekend San Francisco and the 2011 World Championships the following weekend for a Magic experience you'll never forget!

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 Dark Ascension in Honolulu.

Format: Innistrad Sealed Deck / Booster Draft
Participation Fee: $40
Grand Prix San Diego will feed Pro Tour Dark Ascension in Honolulu in 2012.

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.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, November 11: Registration Noon - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 12: Registration 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 12: Tournament begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, November 13: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

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

Tournament Format

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.
  • 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
The Head Judge for Grand Prix San Diego is Scott Marshall. Staffing for the Grand Prix is closed.

Notes

  • Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, 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, November 11
Format: Innistrad Sealed Deck, 32-person single-elimination flights
Times: Noon - 9 p.m.
Cost: $30

New tournaments will begin every time 32 players sign up. First place wins a three-round bye in Grand Prix San Diego and 18 Innistrad booster packs, second place wins 18 Innistrad booster packs, third and fourth place each win 9 Innistrad booster packs.

Other Grand Prix San Diego 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 San Diego.

  • Grand Prix San Diego Trials Information
  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • WPN Locations in the San Diego 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 November 9, 2011.
  • Winners of Grand Prix San Diego 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 November 9, 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 November 9, 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

Public Events at Grand Prix San Diego include a Infinite Drafts, Last Chance Grand Prix Trials, a Pro Tour Qualifier on Sunday and a very full list of amazing events. You can see complete details at www.cascadegames.com.

All Public Events at Grand Prix San Diego will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 5x. (The Last Chance Trials on 11/11 will have a multiplier of 3x.)

Friday Public Events
Last Chance Grand Prix Trials (Grinders) —Innistrad Sealed Deck. 32-Player Single Elimination. Registration starts at noon and remains open until 9 pm. A new tournament will begin every time we get 32 players! First place wins a three-round bye in Grand Prix San Diego and 18 Innistrad booster packs, second place wins 18 Innistrad booster packs, third and fourth place each win 9 Innistrad booster packs. $30 Entry Fee.

Sunday Public Events
PTQ for Pro Tour Dark Ascension in Honolulu—Innistrad Sealed Deck. Win your spot on the Pro Tour! Players build decks with six packs of Innistrad, with a Top 8 Booster Draft. First place wins a Pro Tour invitation and Travel Award to Honolulu. Additional booster pack prizes based on attendance. Register from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Play begins at 10 a.m. $30 Entry Fee.



 

Artist Information

Grand Prix San Diego features a packed slate of eight artists, including some of the most popular artists in the history of Magic.

 

Travel Information

  Hotel Information  

Omni San Diego Hotel
675 L Street
San Diego, California 92101
Phone: (619) 231-6664
Online reservations

Discounted rates for Grand Prix San Diego attendees: $139 for single or double occupancy.
$20 for each additional person(s).

To make a reservation, call 1-800-THE-OMNI (843-6664) or use the online reservations link above before October 28, 2011. Ask for the Magic Grand Prix group rate to get the discount.

Hard Rock Hotel - San Diego
207 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-702-3000
Online reservations

Discounted rates for Grand Prix San Diego attendees: $169 for single or double occupancy in Studio Rooms; $189 for single or double occupancy in Hard Rock Suites. To make a reservation, call 1-866-751-ROCK (-7625) or use the online reservations link above before October 28, 2011. Ask for the Magic Grand Prix group rate to get the discount.

Grand Prix San Diego will be held at the San Diego Convention Center. The convention center is conveniently located three miles from San Diego International Airport and less than one mile from the Amtrak Station. City bus and taxi service is available from the airport to the convention center. City trolley and taxi service is available from the train station to the convention center.

The San Diego Trolley has two stops directly in front of the convention center at Harbor Drive/First Avenue and Harbor Drive/Fifth Avenue. If you are driving to the convention center, visit www.visitsandiego.com for driving and parking directions.



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Cascade Games
Email: questions@cascadegames.com

Venue Address

San Diego Convention Center
111 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
619-525-5000

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