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Grand Prix–Bangkok Event Information


 Information  

Date: August 22-23, 2009

Format: Sealed Deck / Booster Draft Day 2

Tournament Location
The Mall Bangkapi
4th Floor, MCC Hall
3522 Ladprao Rd, Klongchan
Bangkapi, Bangkok 10240
Thailand

Registration: 1000Baht
Friday, August 21: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 22: 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.


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

Take part in a weekend of fun-filled Magic with a bunch of exciting events to do: Magic artist Izzy card-signing sessions, join the public events or take part in the main tournament and get a cool foil Chrome Mox promo card!

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 Pro Tour–Austin.

Format: Sealed Deck / Booster Draft Day 2
Participation Fee: 1000Baht
Grand Prix–Bangkok will feed Pro Tour–Austin.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, August 21: Registration from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 22: Registration from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 22: Tournament begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, August 23: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

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

Tournament Format

  • Day 1: Sealed Deck (Product: 6 Magic 2010 boosters)
  • Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft (3 Magic 2010 boosters)
  • Deck lists are required
  • If product is not stamped or preregistered, deck registration and deck swap will be performed for 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 playoff round.
  • 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 the 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–Bangkok is David Vogin. If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix–Bangkok, please contact David Ong at david.ong@wizards.com.

Notes

  • Grand Prix–Bangkok will be run with a KValue of 40. The Rules Enforcement Level will be Competitive on Day 1 and Professional on Day 2.
  • All Universal Tournament Rules and Magic: The Gathering Floor Rules 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).


 

Tournament Byes

 Grand Prix Trials  

Last Chance Trials
Trials start at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Registration closes 15 minutes prior to each Trial. Maximum 32 players per Trial, single-elimination.
The top finisher receives a third-round bye at Grand Prix–Bangkok and one display of Magic 2010 boosters.
Format: Sealed Deck
Cost: 600Baht

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

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 August 19, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 2000 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on August 19, 2009.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Bangkok 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 August 19, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 1900 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on August 19, 2009.

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 August 19, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 1800 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on August 19, 2009.


 

Public Events

Friday, August 21
Last Chance Trials - Grand Prix Bangkok
Trials start at 1:00 P.M., 2:00 P.M., 3:00 P.M., and 4:00 P.M. Registration closes 15 minutes prior to each Trial. Maximum 32 players per Trial, single-elimination. The top finisher receives a third-round bye at Grand Prix–Bangkok and one display of Magic 2010 boosters. The format is Sealed Deck. Cost: 600Baht

“Super” Friday Night Magic Tournament (Limited Sealed Magic 2010 Core set)
Event starts at 3:00 P.M. Registration closes 2:45 P.M. 5 Rounds Swiss tournament, results will be based on final standings. 6 Magic 2010 Core set Boosters per player
Participation Prize – All players each receive 1 Aug 2009 FNM promo card
1st place wins 1 Free Entry into any Side Event at Grand Prix–Bangkok 2009
1st place wins 8 FNM promo cards (Choose from 2008-2009 card pool on site)
2nd place wins 4 FNM promo cards (Choose from 2008-2009 card pool on site)
3rd / 4th place wins 3 FNM promo cards (Choose from 2008-2009 card pool on site)
Maximum players – 64 Cost: 600Baht

“Super” Friday Night Magic Tournament ( Booster Draft)
Events start from 5 P.M. Eight-person single-elimination booster draft tournament
3 Booster per player
1st place wins 4 FNM promo cards (Choose from 2008-2009 card pool on site)
2nd place wins 2 FNM promo cards (Choose from 2008-2009 card pool on site)
Cost: 300Baht

On Demand Tournaments
Eight-person single-elimination, on-demand tournaments will be offered throughout the weekend. Costs: Constructed 100Baht, Draft 300Baht, Sealed 600Baht

Sunday, August 23

Pro Tour–Austin Qualifier
Registration closes at 9:15 A.M.; play begins at 9:30 A.M. The winner qualifies for Pro Tour–Austin and wins Airfare to Pro Tour–Austin. The format is Standard Constructed. Cost: 300Baht

Standard Constructed Tournament
Registration closes at 11:45 A.M.; play begins at 12:00 P.M. Swiss tournament with cut to top-8 single-elimination.
The top-8 wins Magic 2010 Core set Boosters
Maximum players – 128. Cost: 100Baht

On Demand Tournaments
Eight-person single-elimination, on-demand tournaments will be offered throughout the weekend. Costs: Constructed 100Baht, Draft 300Baht, Sealed 600Baht

ARTIST: IZZY



 

Travel Information

Flying is the most convenient mode of transportation for most visitors traveling to Thailand. Domestic flights are also easy and convenient, cutting down on journey time.

 Hotel Information  

The Emerald Hotel
99/1 Rachadapisek Road Din Daeng Bangkok 10400
Tel: +66(0)22764567
Fax: +66(0)22764555
Email: em@emeraldhotel.com
Web site
Note: Mention “Wizards of the Coast” to enjoy a special rate

A number of domestic carriers service a majority of large provincial cities dotting generously across the country. Travel to neighboring countries is cheaper when booked within Thailand. Train services connect Bangkok to all regions of the country at reasonable prices. A regular rail service also runs between Bangkok and Singapore via Malaysia. Long distance coaches, both air-conditioned and open-aired, connect all major cities.

At the local level, diverse forms of transportation are provided: provincial buses, city buses, songthaews, tuk-tuks, rickshaws, boats, and even rental cars.

International Travel
Air: With Bangkok serving as the international travel hub of southeast Asia, the capital serves as the landing port for numerous international airlines, most with direct flights from their destinations. Some chartered and regional flights may land at one of the other international airports within Thailand, consisting of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Phuket, and Ubon Ratchatani. The country’s national airline is Thai Airways. Airport departure taxes for international departures costs 700 baht/person. The check-in counters open 2 hours and close half an hour prior departure time.

(662) 535-1254 (departures) (662) 535-1301 (arrivals)
Those traveling from neighboring countries may enter Thailand via road, rail, ships, or ferries.

Domestic Travel
Domestic travel during public holidays and on weekends, particularly to popular destinations, should be booked well in advance for all modes of transportation. Booking is particularly difficult during the Songkran Holiday and New Year’s Holiday.

Air: Local carriers Thai Airways(TG) and Bangkok Airways (PG) fly to most major provincial airports beyond 250 km distance from Bangkok. Thai Airways’ 2 most popular routes are Chiang Mai and Phuket. Services to Koh Samui and Sukhothai are only provided by Bangkok Airways. Other smaller local carriers include Angel Air (mainly servicing Phuket) and PB Air which flies to fewer destinations. Air Andaman services is limited to the Southern cities only.

Another carrier is SGA scenic airline of Thailand which flies to Hua Hin everyday, and also provides air charter service in the region.

The domestic terminal is located at the southern end of the Bangkok International Airport. Normally, check-ins for domestic flight is one hour prior to departure time and closes half an hour before flight time. Departure tax has already been added to your ticket fare.

Domestic flights Information:
(662) 535-1192 (departures)
(662) 535-1253 (arrivals)

Reservation / Ticket
Bangkok Airways Tel. (662) 265-5555 , Nok Air Tel. (662) 900-9955 PB Air Tel. (662) 261-0220-5 , SGA Tel. (662) 664-6099 , Thai Airways Tel. (662) 628-2000

Tickets can be purchased through travel agencies (cheaper for international flights, same for domestic flights) or by booking with the airlines themselves, either via phone, internet, or e-ticketing kiosks (Thai Airways only).

Buses: Inter-city bus services offer a fast means of transport to all corners of the country. Air-conditioned buses service many provincial areas and bookings for both regular and tour coaches (private companies) can be made through major hotels and travel agents, or at the following bus terminals:

  • Northern Bus Terminal : Kampaengphet 2 Rd, Bangkok Tel: 0-2936-2852-66 ext. 614
    0-2936-3670
  • Eastern Bus Terminal :
    Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok.
    Tel: 0-2391-6846, 0-2391-2504
  • Northeastern Bus Terminal :
    Kampaengphet 2 Rd, Bangkok
    Tel: 0-2936-2841-48 ext.605 , 448
    0-2936-0657
  • Southern Bus Terminal :
    Boromratchchonnani Rd, Bangkok
    Tel: 0-2435-1200, 0-2435-1199
  • Central Bus Terminal :
    Kampaengphet 2 Rd, Bangkok
    Tel: 0-2936-1972

The government bus company, called Bor Kor Sor (BKS), provides the cheapest mode for getting around Thailand. Being frequent and reliable, no advance booking is necessary. Both air-conditioned ones and open-aired ones stop almost everywhere along their route, with the latter being the cheapest and slowest.

Trains: The State Railway of Thailand runs an efficient rail service linking Bangkok (Hua Lam Phong is the central train station) to the rest of the country at very reasonable prices for express, fast and ordinary trains. Limited western and southern routes out of Bangkok also operate from the Thon Buri Station, traveling to destinations as far as Kanchanaburi province in the west and Chumporn province in southern Thailand.

On express trains, sleepers are available in three classes: first and second class (air-conditioned), and second class (non air-conditioned, but with fans).

Advance tickets are available at all principal stations or the Bangkok Railway Advance Booking Office at Tel : 0-2220-4444


 

Contact Information

Wizards of the Coast
Web: www.wizards.com
Email: david.ong@wizards.com
Telefone: +65-63095279

Venue Address

The Mall Bangkapi
4th Floor, MCC Hall
3522 Ladprao Rd, Klongchan
Bangkapi, Bangkok 10240
Thailand
Location map (PDF)
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