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Grand Prix–Kobe Event Information


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Date: April 18-19, 2009

Format: Extended

Tournament Location
Kobe International Exhibition Center
6-9-1 MInatojima Naka-machi
Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi
Web Site

Registration:
Friday, April 17: 16:00-20:00, ¥2500
Saturday, April18: 08:00-09:00, ¥3000


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

Kobe is a city rich with Magic history, having hosted the first Pro Tour to be won by a Japanese player (Masashiro Kuroda, 2004) and the largest Grand Prix in Japan to date (1,350 players, 2001). This will be the third Grand Prix to be held in Kobe, and the first Extended Grand Prix in Japan in nearly four years.

Kobe is the fifth-largest city in Japan, with a population of about 1.5 million. One of the first cities to open for trade with the West following the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1868, Kobe has long been known as a cosmopolitan port city. The city is the point of origin and namesake of Kobe beef as well as the home of one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts, the Arima Onsen. Other well-known locations in the city include the Ikuta Shrine, the Kobe Port Tower, and its large Chinatown.

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–Honolulu.

Format: Extended Constructed
Participation Fee: ¥2500 (Friday registration) or ¥3000 (Saturday registration)
Grand Prix–Kobe will feed Pro Tour–Honolulu.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, April 17: Registration 16:00-20:00
  • Saturday, April 18: Registration 08:00-09:00
  • Saturday, April 18: Tournament begins at 10:00
  • Sunday, April 19: Day Two begins at 09:00

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

Tournament Format

  • Extended Constructed
  • Deck lists are required
  • Players must use the same deck on Day 2 that they used on Day 1.

Tournament Structure

  • Grand Prix–Kobe will be run over two days using modified Swiss-style rounds of 50 minutes each. The number of rounds on Day 1 will be determined based on the number of players registered, Players will be paired randomly against players with similar win-loss records, with match points accumulating throughout the event.
  • 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 for Grand Prix–Kobe will be Takeshi Miyasaka (Level 3, Japan). If you are interested in volunteering for Grand Prix–Kobe as a judge, please contact Ron Foster (ron.foster@wizards.com) by March 20, 2009.

Notes

  • Grand Prix–Kobe 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  

Friday, April 17
¥2000
Registration: 10:00-15:00
32-person single-elimination

The winner of each Trial receives a three-round bye to the Grand Prix. 2nd-8th place in each event will receive Conflux booster packs as prizes.

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

A player who has a bye in a round does not have to play a match in that round, but is treated as having won. A bye is normally given out to a player when there are an odd number of players in a round, but byes may also be rewarded to players for previous performance at a tournament or as a prize at a Trial tournament. 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 April 15, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Constructed rating of 2000 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on April 15, 2009.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Kobe 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 April 15, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Constructed rating of 1900 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on April 15, 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 April 15, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Constructed rating of 1800 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on April 15, 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

All participants in the Grand Prix main event will receive a ¥200 coupon good for one 8-man tournament held at the Grand Prix site during the weekend.

8-man pick-up tournaments will be run throughout the weekend on-site. All 8-man tournaments are DCI sanctioned events. Entry fee is ¥1200 for a Booster Draft (Shards of Alara-Shards of Alara-Conflux), ¥500 for a Constructed tournament.

Sunday

Original Art Tournament
Sunday, April 19
Registration: 09:30-10:00, ¥1500
Format: Standard, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination
The winner of the Original Art tournament will be receive the original art for Saviors of Kamigawa card Miren, the Moaning Well, presented by Rob Alexander. Other top finishers will receive Conflux booster packs.

Pro Tour—Honolulu Qualifier
Sunday, April 19
Registration: Saturday, April 18, 17:00-until end of GP, ¥2000
Format: Extended, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination
The winner will receive an invitation and round-trip travel to Pro Tour–Honolulu. Other top finishers will receive Conflux booster packs.

www.gamingetc.com OOP Land Tournament
Sunday, April 19
Registration: 09:00-09:30, ¥3000
Format: Shards of Alara-Conflux Sealed Deck, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination
The winner of the OOP Land tournament will receive a playset (4 cards each) of the Ravnica Block multicolor lands (Blood Crypt, Breeding Pool, Godless Shrine, Hallowed Fountain, Overgrown Tomb, Sacred Foundry, Steam Vents, Stomping Ground, Temple Garden, Watery Grave). The runner-up will receive a playset (4 cards each) of the Onslaught "fetchlands" (Bloodstained Mire, Flooded Strand, Polluted Delta, Windswept Heath, Wooded Foothills). The 3rd place finisher will receive his/her choice of a playset (4 cards each) of either the allied- or enemy-colored "painlands" (Allied-color: Adarkar Wastes, Brushland, Karplusan Forest, Sulfurous Springs, Underground River; enemy-color: Battlefield Forge, Caves of Koilos, Llanowar Wastes, Shivan Reef, Yavimaya Coast), with the 4th place finisher receiving the remaining "painland" set. Other top finishers will receive Conflux booster packs.

ARTIST: ROB ALEXANDER

Rob Alexander is a watercolor artist who works in the publishing, magazine, gaming and collectable card game markets. He paints fine art, fantasy and science fiction, children's illustrations and contemporary landscapes.

With over 100 cards to his credit, any fan of Magic is likely to have one of Rob Alexander's cards in his or her collection. Bring them to the Grand Prix, meet the artist, and get your cards signed! Prints and artist proofs will also be on sale.



 

Travel Information

 Hotel Information  

Kobe Portopia Hotel
6-10-1 Minatojima Naka-machi,
Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi
TEL: 078-302-1111
FAX: 078-302-6877
Web Site

The Portopia Hotel is conveniently located a short walk from the Kobe International Exhibition Center.

Kobe is located southwest of Osaka, and is reachable by train, bus, and water taxi from Kansai International Airport. The city itself has a highly developed public transportation network, making it easy to get around. The tournament venue is a short monorail ride from Sannomiya, the business and entertainment center of Kobe.


 

Contact Information

For additional information about the event, please contact Ron Foster, Japan Organized Play Manager, at ron.foster@wizards.com

Venue address
Kobe International Exhibition Center
6-9-1 MInatojima Naka-machi
Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi

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