Grand Prix Taipei Event Information


 Information  

Date: November 24-25, 2012

Format: Return to Ravnica Sealed Deck / Booster Draft

Tournament Location

Taipei Innovation City Convention Center
B1., No.223, Sec. 3, Beixin Rd., Xindian Dist.,
New Taipei City 231, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Location Map

Registration: NTD 1000
Friday, November 23: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 24: 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


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

Welcome to the amazing city of Taipei, capital of Chinese Taipei. Visit the beautiful temples or the various exotic night market. Or visit one of the tallest buildings in the world. Play in the main tournament and get a cool foil Lotus Cobra promo card (while supplies last), plus there will be many public events to take part in, and Magic artist Steve Argyle will be here for card-signing sessions!

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 Gatecrash.
All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Return to Ravnica Sealed Deck / Booster Draft. All product used will be Chinese Traditional. Limited English product is available upon request.
Participation Fee: NTD 1000

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, November 23: Registration 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 24: Registration 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 24: Tournament begins at 8:45 a.m.
  • Sunday, November 25: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

The main tournament at Grand Prix Taipei 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 (6 packs of Return to Ravnica)
  • Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft (3 packs of Return to Ravnica)
  • 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.
  • 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).

Judges
The Head Judge for the Grand Prix Taipei is Riccardo Tessitori, Level 5.

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.
  • 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 23
Format: Return to Ravnica Sealed Deck, 32-person single-elimination flights
Start Time: 10 a.m. (last trial begins at 5 p.m.)
Cost: NTD 700
Planeswalker Points Multiplier: 3x

New tournaments will begin every time 32 players sign up, registration closes 15 minutes prior to each trial. First place wins a three-round bye in Grand Prix Taipei and 36 booster packs of Return to Ravnica. Second place wins 12 booster packs, third and fourth place each win six booster packs.

Other Grand Prix Taipei 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 Taipei.

  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • 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 Taipei Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
  • Players with a 2012 Pro Tour Players Club level of 4 or higher
  • Players with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
  • Members of the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame

Second-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
  • Players with a 2012 Pro Tour Players Club level of 2 or 3
  • Players with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

First-Round Byes

  • Players with a 2012 Pro Tour Players Club level of 1
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 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

All product used will be Chinese Traditional. Limited English product is available upon request.

Friday, November 23

  • Chase the Foils
    Registration closes at 3 p.m.; play begins at 3:30 p.m.
    Entry Fee : NT800 (Includes 6 Return to Ravnica boosters) 4 swiss rounds
    Prizes:
    Participation Prize - All players each receive 1 random promo card with registration. Prizes are based solely on points after 4 Swiss rounds, promo card choices are limited to one choice of each type available (no duplicates) plus boosters:
    12 pts receives 6 Boosters + 3 additional foils
    9-10 pts receives 4 Boosters + 2 additional foils
    6-8 pts receives 2 Boosters + 1 additional foil

Sunday, November 25

  • Uncut Sealed Deck Tournament
    Registration closes Sunday at 9:15 A.M.; play begins at 9:30 A.M. The winner wins a Return To Ravnica rare uncut sheet. The format is Sealed Deck. Cost: NTD800. Prize pool is 2 boosters per player.
  • Uncut Standard Tournament
    Registration closes Sunday at 10:15 A.M.; play begins at 10:30 A.M. The winner wins a Return To Ravnica uncommon uncut sheet. The format is Standard constructed. Cost: NTD400. Prize pool is 2 boosters per player.
  • On Demand Tournaments
    Eight-person single-elimination, on-demand tournaments will be offered throughout the weekend.


 

Artist Information

 

Travel Information

 Hotel Information  

Recommended hotels:

China-Trust Executive House Hsin Tien
Address: No. 219-2, Chung Shing Rd., Sec. 3, Hsin-Tien
Tel:(02)2910-6600
Fax:(02)2910-5522

New Taipei Convention Center Hotel
Address: 新北市新店區中正路491之1號
Tel: (02)2218-0101
Fax: (02)2218-3328

There are two airports close to Taipei. Taipei's international airport is officially called Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Another international airport is Songshan Airport, but only limited flights goes there. It is situated in downtown Taipei.



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Wizards of the Coast
Email: David Ong | Sinclair Yuen
Phone:+65-63095279 / +65-8125-5817

Venue Address

Taipei Innovation City Convention Center
B1., No.223, Sec. 3, Beixin Rd., Xindian Dist.,
New Taipei City 231, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
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