Grand Prix–Los Angeles


 Information  

Date: January 17-18, 2009

Format: Extended

Tournament Location
Radisson Hotel At Los Angeles Airport
6225 West Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
800-333-3333

Registration: $30
Friday, January 16: noon - 9 p.m.
Saturday, January 17: 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Get your free promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
Bring your shades, shorts and sandals. January in Los Angeles means 68ºF (20ºC) highs and time for Magic. The stars will be out, hotter than ever looking for the first invites of the 2009 Grand Prix season. Success means even more heat with Honolulu on the horizon and fat checks to chase away wintertime blues.

The Entertainment Capital of the World opens its arms once again to host a stellar weekend of playing with the stars. With invites to Pro Tour–Honolulu on the line you can count on an outrageous weekend of fun, foils, foreign cards, excitement, and dreaming.

Jody Godard and Wizards of the Coast invite you to “California Dreaming on a Winter’s Day.”

Grand Prix–Los Angeles is presented by Sunmesa Events.

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, the Pro Tour features 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
Participation Fee: $30
Grand Prix–Los Angeles will feed Pro Tour–Honoulu.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, January 16: Registration noon - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 17: Registration 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, January 17: Tournament begins at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, January 18: Day Two begins 10 a.m.

The main tournament at Grand Prix–Los Angeles 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

  • Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
  • Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive (Day 1) and Professional (Day 2)
  • 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.

Judges

The Head Judge for Grand Prix–Los Angeles is Scott Marshall. If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix–Los Angeles, please contact Glenn Godard at sunmesaevents@aol.com.

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  

Friday, January 16: Noon – 8 p.m.
Cost: $20
Format: Extended Constructed, 32 person single-elimination flights
Location: Radisson LAX
Prizes: Top player in each flight receives a Third-Round bye at the Grand Prix, Product Prizes

Other Grand Prix–Los Angeles Trials will be run throughout North America in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 Third-Round bye to Grand Prix–Los Angeles.

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 January 14, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Constructed rating of 2000 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on January 14, 2009.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Los Angeles 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 January 14, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Constructed rating of 1900 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on January 14, 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 January 14, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Constructed rating of 1800 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on January 14, 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

PTQ Honolulu: Scrub out of the main event? Not to worry, you have one more chance to earn a winning stake.

Russian Ravnica Block Draft: Friday night sling some really “Old Country” cards with a one-of-a-kind Russian Draft.

Early Bird Grinders: Take Friday off and hit the grinders early and we’ll reward you with our first two grinders for half price.

“Gold Set” Sealed: Another one of a kind event--play in a sealed deck of the “Gold Sets.” One Shards of Alara Tournament Pack, Invasion Booster, and Ravnica Booster (all in English). Anyone care to see an Armadillo Cloaked, Exalted, Loxodon Hierarch?

Elder Dragon Highlander: This casual, judge-fueled format comes with a kicker--winner goes home with a From the Vault: Dragons to pad his legend choices.

Vintage for a Mox: For mages who disdain limitations, we offer up a sanctioned version of the format which started it all.

Shards Sealed Deck (Japanese): With Conflux right around the corner, it’s Shards of Alara’s last solo tune, only this time with a Kabuki beat. Don’t forget your Fat Pack guide for the finer points of your pool.

Grand Prix–Chicago: Close out the weekend with a look to Chi-Town. Earn yourself a trio of byes for your next stop, Grand Prix–Chicago.

Drafts, 8 Player Constructed for a Box and Learn Magic: Get the complete scoop on all the weekend’s craziness at www.sunmesaevents.com.

ARTIST: VOLKAN BAGA

Volkan Baga is one of the next generation of artists crafting amazing images for Magic: The Gathering. Currently living in Würzburg, Germany, this 31-year-old is no stranger to great Magic art. Having worked as a studio assistant to Donato Giancola, Volkan developed strong classic roots. Baga’s Stoic Angel, Elspeth, Knight-Errant and Ranger of Eos from Shards of Alara demonstrate his timeless style. Grand Prix–Los Angeles is a rare U.S. appearance for this star on the rise in the community of Magic artists.



 

Travel Information

 Hotel Information  

Radisson Hotel At Los Angeles Airport
6225 West Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
800-333-3333
www.radisson.com/grandprixla

On-site comfort in luxurious rooms for only $99 for 4 people! For this room rate you must use Grand Prix LA in your reservation. Book early, this rate increases to $129 for 4 players after December 16.

Travel by Car
Directions can easily be found at the venue website Radisson LAX, just click the “Map & Directions” link. Parking on site is $13 self park, and $20 valet.

Travel by Plane
The venue is minutes away from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) details about LAX can be found at the LAX Website. Guests staying at the Radisson LAX can get FREE 7-minute shuttle service to the site. Taxi service is a flat rate of $20 to the venue.

Travel by Train
Amtrak offers service to Los Angeles however due to the expense of ground transportation to the site it is not recommended.

Public Transport to Venue
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority offers value minded transport to the venue. Visit www.metro.net to generate a custom-made trip planner.

Things to See/Do
LA. Los Angeles. The City of Angels. This fabled metropolis famous for its celluloid history is part reality, part dream. It's also sprawling. Four thousand square miles of Los Angeles County is divided into five distinct regions: Downtown, Hollywood, The Valley, Westside, and the Beaches. This geographical diversity also extends to LA's wide-ranging ethnic mix--the richest in the country. Visitors to the city are met by a cultural mélange that's reflected in the city's art, entertainment, architecture, dining, and music. Tourist hot spots are many: Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century Fox, Rodeo Drive, Melrose Avenue, Dodger Stadium, The Getty Center, Chinatown, and Disneyland® Resort. LA offers more museums than any other American city (over 300). Along with professional basketball and baseball franchises and an abundance of outdoor opportunities at several national and state parks, this is one place where the dream lives on.


 

Contact Information

Sunmesa Events Web: www.sunmesaevents.com
email: sunmesaevents@aol.com
Phone: (505) 720-8249

Radisson Hotel At Los Angeles Airport
6225 West Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
800-333-3333, mention Grand Prix LA For Room Reservations

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