Grand Prix–Brighton Event Information


 Information  

Date: August 8-9, 2009

Format: Sealed Deck/Booster Draft

Tournament Location
Brighton Centre
Kings Road
Brighton, U.K. BN1 2GR
Phone: 44 01273 292671

Registration: £30
Thursday, August 6: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday, August 7: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, August 8: 8 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


Get your free promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
Take part in an extra-long weekend of serious Magic fun with a bunch of exciting things to do!

We start on Wednesday afternoon with Last Chance qualifiers for Great Britain Nationals and Public Events including 8-players pick-up games for non-U.K. players.

While Great Britain Nationals kicks off at Thursday morning, you can keep on playing in Public Events.

Meet Magic artists Mark Tedin and Jim Murray and get your cards signed. Battle against a Pro in the ‘Champions Challenge’.

On Saturday morning, you can take part in the Grand Prix–Brighton main tournament and get a cool foil Chrome Mox promo card!

Whatever you want to do, Grand Prix–Brighton will be a weekend to remember!

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
Participation Fee: £30
Grand Prix–Brighton will feed Pro Tour–Austin.

Registration and Schedule

  • Thursday, August 6: Registration 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, August 7: Registration 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 8: Registration 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 8: Tournament begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, August 9: Day Two begins at 8 a.m.

The main tournament at Grand Prix–Brighton 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 the Swiss Sealed Deck.

Tournament Structure

  • Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
  • If 799 or less players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 64 players - whichever is greater - advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
  • If 800 or more players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 128 players - whichever is greater - advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. .
  • The top 8 players after the final Swiss round on Day 2 will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination finals.
  • Top 8 matches will be best 2 of 3
  • Top 8 matches will have no time limit
  • Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will still be used to determine final order in the standings.

Notes

  • 40K, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive (Day 1) and Professional (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  

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

A Grand Prix Trail is held on Friday August 7, 2009 in the Brighton Centre. For more information, see the Public Events Schedule below.

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 5, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 2000 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on August 5, 2009.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Brighton 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 5, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 1900 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on August 5, 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 5, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 1800 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on August 5, 2009.

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 are open to all players from Wednesday August 5, 2009 at 2 p.m. Come and join in the fun!

Wednesday

15:00 Last Chance Qualifier – 2009 Great British Nationals (Alara Block Sealed)
£25
(Format 2 ALA boosters, 2 CON boosters, 2 ARB boosters)
Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds.1 player for every 8 players will receive an invitation to 2009 Great Britain Nationals (Minimum Top 8).
Players already qualified for 2009 Great Britain Nationals may not participate.

16.00 8-Player Single Elimination pick up tournaments.
Drafts £12 (12 booster prizes per event 5, 3, 2, 2)
Constructed £6 (12 booster prizes per event 5, 3, 2, 2)

16:00 Last Chance Qualifier – 2009 Great British Nationals (Standard)
£10
(Format Standard Constructed)
Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds 1 player for every 8 players will receive an invitation to 2009 Great Britain Nationals (Minimum Top 8).
Players already qualified for 2009 Great Britain Nationals may not participate.

17:00 Historic Theme Deck Challenge (Block Constructed)
£10
Urza block Theme Deck - Historic
Each player will receive 1 random Theme Deck from Magic's past. No changes are made to the deck, players play a straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds
Limited to 32 players

Thursday

10.00 8-Player Single Elimination pick up tournaments.
Drafts £12 (12 booster prizes per event 5, 3, 2, 2)
Constructed £6 (12 booster prizes per event 5, 3, 2, 2)

10:00 Intro Deck Open Duelling
£10
Each player will receive 1 random Magic 2010 Intro Deck.
Prize - The top 4 players with the most wins + losses at the end of open duelling each win a deck box
11:00 Casual Standard duelling
Free
You participate = 5 points
You win = 6 points
You lose = 4 points
Prize - Gateway promo card per 30 points, or part thereof, from the selection available, no duplicates.

13:00 "Win an Uncut Sheet" Tournament - (Alara Block Sealed)
£25
(Format 2 ALA boosters, 2 CON boosters, 2 ARB boosters)
Swiss tournament with a top-8 draft single-elimination playoff.
First Place : 1 Foil Rare Uncut Sheet
Second Place: 1 Foil Uncommon Uncut Sheet
Third Place: 1 Foil Common Uncut Sheet
Fourth Place: 1 Foil Common Uncut Sheet

13:00 Grand Prix Trial–Prague (Magic 2010 Sealed Deck)
£25
(Format 6 Magic 2010 boosters)
32 Player Flights
The top-finishing competitor will receive a 3-round bye at Grand Prix Prague.

16:00 Historic Sealed Deck (Onslaught Block)
£20
Sealed Deck - Historic (1 Onslaught Tournament Pack, 1 Legions booster and 1 Scourge booster)
Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds
Limited to 64 players

Friday

10:00 8-Player Single Elimination pick up tournaments.
Drafts £12 (12 booster prizes per event 5, 3, 2, 2)
Constructed £6 (12 booster prizes per event 5, 3, 2, 2)

10:00 Intro Deck Open Duelling 
£10
Each player will receive 1 random Magic 2010 intro Deck.
Prize - The top 4 players with the most wins + losses at the end of open duelling each win a deck box

11:00 Casual Standard duelling
Free
You participate = 5 points
You win = 6 points
You lose = 4 points
Prize - Gateway promo card per 30 points, or part thereof, from the selection available, no duplicates.

12:00 Grand Prix Trial–Brighton (Magic 2010 Sealed Deck)
£25
(Format 6 Magic 2010 boosters)
32 Player flights
Prize - The top finishing competitor will receive a 3-round bye at Grand Prix Brighton.

14:00 2009 Vintage Open Championship (Vintage)
£10
Legal Sets - all Magic card sets, any extension of the core set, and all promotional cards released by Wizards of the Coast.
1st Prize 1 International Collectors Edition (Beta set)
2nd Prize 1 Uncut sheet set
3rd Prize From the Vault: Dragons
4th Prize From the Vault: Dragons

18:00 Super FNM (Magic 2010 Sealed Deck)
£25
(Format 6 Magic 2010 boosters)
Straight Swiss tournament (4 rounds) with no single elimination rounds
All players receive an August 2009 FNM promo card (whilst supplies last)
Prize - 12pts receives 8 FNM promo cards & 4 Boosters, 9-10pts receives 4 FNM promo cards & 2 Boosters and 6-8pts receives 2 FNM promo cards & 1 Booster
FNM card choices from the selection available, no duplicates.

Saturday

11:00 8-Player Single Elimination pick up tournaments.
Drafts £12 (12 booster prizes per event 5, 3, 2, 2)
Constructed £6 (12 booster prizes per event 5, 3, 2, 2)
Half Price Drafting: Participate in an 8-player single elimination draft tournament before 15.00 on Saturday and pay only half the normal entry fee.

15:00 2 Headed Giant - Limited (Magic 2010)
£30
(Price pool 2 boosters PP; 4 rounds, prize payout based on point standing; 2HG goodie for every registered player, while supplies last)

16:00 Start Registration for PTQ Austin and Legacy
The start of the last public events will be four hours prior to the estimated end of the main event but not earlier then 16.00.

Sunday

08:00 Registration for PTQ Austin and Legacy

08:30 PTQ Austin–Winner will receive an invite and a flight to Austin
£10
(Format Standard, Price pool 2 boosters PP; Top 8 can be held at a different location)

9:00 'Play The Game, See The World' Qualifier Brighton, £10, Format Legacy– iPod tournament
(The Play The Game, See The World Qualifier tournaments are a series of qualifiers run throughout Europe. The top two finishers at each qualifier earn invitations to the Play The Game, See The World Championship tournament, to be held at the 2009 Magic: The Gathering World Championships in Rome, Italy on November 22, 2009. Additional qualifiers will be held at the World Championship for the PLAY THE GAME, SEE THE WORLD Championship tournament, where the winner will receive paid airfare and hotel at the 3 2010 Pro Tour Events and the 2010 World Championships).

12:30 2010 Sealed deck tournament. (Product: 6 Magic 2010 boosters, 5 rounds, prize payout based on point standing)
£25

ARTISTS: MARK TEDIN and JIM MURRAY

Mark came on board as a freelance artist at Wizards of the Coast in the summer of 1992. Since then, he's contributed artistically to nearly all the fantasy/adventure games the company produces-including most sets of the trading card phenomenon Magic: The Gathering. When Mark's not working on Wizards of the Coast projects, he enjoys hanging out and drawing in Seattle cafes, designing sets for theatrical productions, or going to science fiction movies. In fact, it's Mark's fondness for the worlds of science fiction and fantasy that helped shape him into the artist he is today.

Born in 1968, Mark grew up in the small town of Sitka, Alaska. When younger, Mark wanted to be an astronaut. As a result, he started drawing pictures of outer space and flying saucers-soon including monsters and creatures in the illustrations. His appetite to draw grew as the years went by, sometimes getting him in trouble. In the 5th grade, Mark says he was often reprimanded for racing through math quizzes so he had time to draw pictures on the paper's backside.

It wasn't until Mark was in Junior High School that he decided to pursue a career in art. He drew whenever he could and was fortunate to have a regular drawing partner. Mark's best friend, fellow Wizards of the Coast artist Anson Maddocks, had the same passion for drawing and a similar imagination.

After high school, Mark went to college at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, to expand and hone his artistic talents. While there he took many classes outside of art because they provided information about a variety of subjects and helped Mark come up with ideas. In particular, he liked science courses. Following Gonzaga, Mark went on to receive his master's degree in fine arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He then packed his bags and joined his friend Anson to work in Seattle.

Mark's freelance work for Wizards of the Coast began shortly after he arrived in the Emerald City. For him it was, and still is, a dream come true: drawing strange creatures and environments and making a living at it!

From 1997 - 2000, Mark also worked on site at Wizards of the Coast as a staff conceptual artist. Since then, he's also been teaching illustration, visual composition, and figure drawing part-time at the Northwest College of Art near Seattle.

Mark has been freelancing illustrative and conceptual design work for sixteen years and is loving it.

Jim Murray was born in England in 1972 and enjoyed drawing and painting from an early age. He studied visual media at Bournemouth College of Art and Design and went on to illustrate comics, primarily 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine, but also producing 2 Batman graphic novels, a 'Judge Dredd Batman' crossover called 'Die Laughing’, and an Elseworlds book, 'Batman Demon’ published in 1999.

His first cards for Magic were for the Mirrodin set. Since then he has tried to be involved with every new release, averaging about 3 cards per expansion. Jim can honestly say that working on MTG is one of his most rewarding jobs!

Jim also works in video games as a concept artist, currently he’s employed at Eidos Montreal on Deus Ex III. You can also check out his stuff on his site, www.jimmurrayart.com (sorry for the lack of recent updates!) and most recently in Spectrum 14, and the upcoming Spectrum 15.


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Travel Information

Travel by Eurostar
The Eurostar service arrives at St Pancras station, where there are services from St Pancras rail domestic station to Brighton in around 1 hour and a half.

Travel by Car
Directions can easily be found at the venue website www.brightoncentre.co.uk

Travel by Plane
From Heathrow Airport:
By Coach:
There is a direct coach link from London Heathrow to Brighton which takes about 2 hours provided by National Express. It leaves from the Central bus station at Heathrow and goes to right beside the Pier in Brighton. Check out www.nationalexpress.com

By train:
From Heathrow Airport get the London underground (PDF) to Victoria it requires a change from the Piccadilly line (blue line) to the District line (green line) at Hammersmith station, this journey takes about 50 minutes. Then from London Victoria station to Brighton is just under an hour with 2 services every hour.

From London Gatwick:
Brighton is just 30 minutes by train from London Gatwick International Airport

Things to See/Do
If you want to explore Brighton, you can take a look at the websites www.visitbrighton.com and www.brighton.co.uk.


 

Contact Information

Wizards of the Coast
Web: www.wizards.com
email: custserv@hasbro.be
Phone: +32.70.233.277

Venue address
Brighton Centre
Kings Road
BN1 2GR
Brighton
United Kingdom

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