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Grand Prix–Brussels Event Information


 Information  

Date: March 27-28, 2010

Format: Standard

Tournament Location
Brussels Expo (Heizel) Hall 2
Place de Belgique 1
1020 Brussels
Belgium

Registration: €18
Friday, March 26: 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 27: 8 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


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

Take part in a weekend of serious Magic fun with a bunch of exciting things to do!

Join the fun in Public Events including 8-player pick-up games, Casual Standard Dueling and more. Meet Magic artists and get your cards signed. Battle against a Pro in the ‘Champions Challenge’ or try out Duels of the Planeswalkers on Xbox LIVE® Arcade. Or take part in the main tournament and get a cool foil Umezawa's Jitte promo card!

Whatever you want to do, Grand Prix–Brussels 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–San Juan.

Format: Standard
Participation Fee: €18
Grand Prix–Brussels will feed Pro Tour–San Juan.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, March 26: Registration 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 27: Registration 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 27: Tournament begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 28: Day Two begins at 8 a.m.

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

Tournament Format

  • Day 1: Standard 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 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.)
  • Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will still be used to determine final order in the standings.

Judges
The Head Judge of this event will be Kevin Desprez.

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 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
12:00 Standard Constructed – Single elimination
Entry fee €5; 32-player flights – single elimination
Games will begin as soon as 32 players register; The top finishing competitor of each 32-player flight will receive a 3-round bye at Grand Prix–Brussels; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Registration closes at 18:00

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

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  • More Information on Grand Prix Trials
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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 March 24, 2010.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Brussels 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 March 24, 2010.

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 March 24, 2010.

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

Win cool Magic prizes in the raffle!
Enter in the free raffle and win Ryzwear Magic shoes, Path of the Planeswalker graphic anthologies, laptop bags, foil boosters, free draft vouchers or other cool Magic prizes. All you need to do is fill out the raffle form and drop it in the box before 15:00 on Saturday or 15:00 on Sunday. Winners will be announced during the next break between rounds.

Friday

12:00 Grand Prix Trial–Brussels (Standard Constructed – Single elimination)
(Entry fee €5; 32-player flights – single elimination; Games will begin as soon as 32 players register; The top finishing competitor of each 32-player flight will receive a 3-round bye at Grand Prix–Brussels; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Registration closes at 18:00)

18:00 Super FNM (Worldwake Sealed Deck)
(Registration closes at 17.45; Entry fee €25; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Product: 4 Zendikar boosters, 2 Worldwake boosters; Straight Swiss tournament (4 rounds) with no single elimination rounds)
All players receive a FNM promo card (whilst supplies last)
12 points receives 4 FNM promo cards & 4 Worldwake Boosters.
9-11 points receives 2 FNM promo cards & 2 Worldwake Boosters.
6-8 points receives 1 FNM promo cards & 1 Worldwake Booster.
FNM card choices are limited to one choice of each type available (no duplicates).

Saturday

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.

11.00 8-Player Single Elimination pick up tournaments (Entry fee: Constructed €5/Booster Draft €15; Prize payout 5/3/2/2 boosters.)

11:00 Casual Standard dueling (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.)

11:00 EDH pick up tournaments (Entry fee: €5; Each player will be given an "EDH Ticket". When a player eliminates another player, he takes the other player's ticket. Each ticket can be redeemed at the Public Events registration desk for two boosters of either Zendikar or Worldwake (while supplies last, during registration hours); Games will begin as soon as 4 players register. Players will play a single EDH game. Current EDH rules can be found here.

15.00 Two-Headed GiantWorldwake Sealed Deck tournament (Registration closes at 14.45; Entry fee €30 per team; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Product: 4 Zendikar boosters, 4 Worldwake boosters; 4 rounds, prize payout based on point standing, 2HG cap for every registered player, while supplies last)

16.00 Start Registration for PTQ San Juan 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 San Juan and Legacy tournament

08.30 PTQ San Juan – Extended – Winner will receive an invite and a flight to San Juan (Registration closes at 08.15; Entry fee €10; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Top 8 can be held at a different location)

9:00 Legacy tournament – (Registration closes at 08.45; Entry fee €15; Prize pool 2 boosters PP;
1st Prize: €700 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix;
2nd Prize: €400 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix
3rd – 4th Prize: €150 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix
4th Prize: €150 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix
5th - 8th Prize: Draft set Invasion Block (8 boosters Invasion, 8 boosters Planeshift (JP), 8 boosters Apocalyps (JP))
9th-16th Prize: 36 Boosters Future Sight

09.00 8-Player Single Elimination pick up tournaments (Entry fee: Constructed €5/Booster Draft €15; Prize payout 5/3/2/2 boosters.)

09:00 Casual Standard dueling (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.)

09:00 EDH pick up tournaments (Entry fee: €5; Each player will be given an "EDH Ticket". When a player eliminates another player, he takes the other player's ticket. Each ticket can be redeemed at the Public Events registration desk for two boosters of either Zendikar or Worldwake (while supplies last, during registration hours); Games will begin as soon as 4 players register. Players will play a single EDH game. Current EDH rules can be found here.

12.30 Worldwake Sealed deck tournament. (Registration closes at 12.15; Entry fee €25; Prize pool 2 boosters PP; Product: 4 Zendikar boosters, 2 Worldwake boosters, 5 rounds, prize payout based on point standing)
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.

Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to make any changes to the schedule without prior notice.



 

Artist Information

Véronique Meignaud and Rob Alexander will be at Grand Prix–Brussels. D. Alexander Gregory will not be able to attend as previously advertised. Wizards of the Coast apologies for the cancellation.

Véronique Meignaud

Véronique Meignaud
Véronique Meignaud aka Marmotte (b.1984) is a french freelance illustrator living in Paris. After two years of formation at the Emile Cohl Art School (Lyon / France), she spent almost five years working for the video game industry as concept artist. Marmotte is now working for several publishers and and starting slowly in the fashion Industry.

Beside this, personal art projects are on-going, such as KEROGEN, an illustration book that will be published by the fresh Venusdea label (directed by Barbara Canepa & Clotilde Vu - Soleil Editions).

Véronique started working for Wizards of the Coast only recently. She is most recognized for her full frame land artwork from the Zendikar set. For Worldwake she has drawn Lavaclaw Reaches, Mysteries of the Deep and Summit Apes.


Rob Alexander

Rob Alexander
Rob Alexander is a Canadian born artist who has spent the past 18 years working primarily in the publishing and gaming industries. He has written and illustrated two books, "Welcome to My Worlds", a collection of his work released by Paper Tiger, and "Drawing and Painting Fantasy Landscapes and Cityscapes", an art instruction book from Quarto in the UK and Barron's in the USA. A third book, also from Quarto / Barron's, which focuses on architecture for the fantasy artist is currently in production and will be released late in 2010. He has also done conceptual art and world design work for the likes of Sony, Microsoft, Hasbro, Nickelodeon and Warner Bros.

An artist for the popular trading card game Magic: The Gathering since its inception, he has been a conceptual designer and artist for several recent releases, in addition to working on 10 other card games, including 45 pieces for the Lord of the Rings card game from Iron Crown Enterprises. Recently, he has also contributed to the Dungeons & Dragons universe, doing both conceptual world design and finished art for D&D 4th Edition, plus Dragon and Dungeon magazines.

His paintings have shown up on book covers and interiors for the updated "Guide to Shannara", as well as numerous novels from TOR, Harper Collins, Del Rey, Berkley and Taschenbuch, along with several collector and small press publishers like Donald Grant, Old Earth Books, Shadowlands Publishers and Tachyon Publications. His artwork has graced the covers and interiors of Amazing Stories, F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, Dragon, Inquest, The Duelist, and MZB's Fantasy magazine, as well as the cover to the French release of the multi user computer game Dark Age of Camelot.

Rob currently lives in the wilds of Oregon, where he loves to watch the mist on the hills, creating new worlds and exploring new ideas.


 

Travel Information

Brussels is both the heart of Europe and the European Union. Brussels Expo enjoys a central location; it is easy to get there by car, train or plane.

By car
Brussels Expo is easy to get to by car, no matter where you set off from. Once you are on the Brussels ring road, take exit 7bis or 8 and follow the signs marked 'EXPO'.

By train
Brussels is easily accessed by high speed trains: Eurostar (from London) and Thalys (from Paris, Amsterdam or Cologne) both stop at the Gare du Midi. From there, take the orange Metro 2 line (direction "Simonis") to "Clemenceau". At "Clemenceau", take the 1A Metro line (direction "Roi Baudouin") to "Heysel". Starting from the Gare Centrale, take the direct yellow 1A Metro line (direction "Roi Baudouin") to "Heysel".

By air
When arriving by airplane, Brussels International Airport (Zaventem) is a mere 15 minutes away from Brussels Expo by highway. You can take a taxi directly to the Expo, or the train to the city center to check into your hotel. The "Airport City Express" leaves four times an hour (between 6 a.m. and midnight) and takes only 20 minutes.

By car
Brussels Expo is easy to get to by car, no matter where you set off from. Once you are on the Brussels ring road, take exit 7bis or 8 and follow the signs marked 'EXPO'. To attend the Grand Prix, it’s best to use parking B, M or T.


 

Contact Information

Wizards of the Coast
Email: custserv@hasbro.be
Telephone: +32.70.233.277

Venue Address

Brussels Expo (Heizel) Hall 2
Place de Belgique 1
1020 Brussels
Belgium

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