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Grand Prix–Melbourne Event Information


 Information  

Date: October 10-11, 2009

Format: Sealed Deck / Booster Draft Day 2

Tournament Location
Melbourne Park Function Centre
Park and Skyline Rooms, Rod Laver Arena
cnr Batman Avenue and Olympic Blvd
Melbourne
Australia
Location Map

Registration: AUD $45 (AUD $40 Early-bird Registration on Friday)
Friday, October 9: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 10: 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m


Get your free promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
Australia welcomes players to the nation’s great sporting capital of Melbourne. Home to Australian Tennis Open, Formula 1 motor racing Grand Prix, the Melbourne Arts festival, the world-renowned Melbourne Cup and the most parochial footie fans in the country, Melbourne now opens its doors to the biggest thing in Australasian Magic—the Melbourne Grand Prix.

Take part in a weekend of fun-filled Magic weekend with bunch of exciting events. Renowned Magic Artist rk Post will be in attendance for card-signing sessions. There is a great program of public events with something for everyone. And of course players in the main tournament 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 2010 #1.

Format: Sealed Deck / Booster Draft Day 2
Participation Fee: AUD 40
Grand Prix–Melbourne will feed Pro Tour 2010 #1.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, October 9 Registration 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 10 Registration 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 10: Tournament begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 11 : Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

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

Tournament Format

  • Day 1: Sealed Deck (Product: 6 Zendikar boosters)
  • Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft (3 Zendikar 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
  • 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-Melbourne is L4 Mark Brown. If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix-Melbourne, please contact Robert Teirney at teirner@hasbro.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  

Grand Prix–Melbourne Trials will be run throughout Australia and New Zealand in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 Third-Round bye to Grand Prix–Melbourne.

Additional Last Chance Trials will be running at the Grand Prix venue Friday, October 9 (see Public Events section for details).

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 October 7, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 2000 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on October 7, 2009.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Melbourne 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 October 7, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 1900 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on October 7, 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 October 7, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 1800 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on October 7, 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

In addition to the main event GP Melbourne will feature a great program of public events sure to excite players new and old. Remember, each day of the event (Fri-Sun) every player playing in ANY event goes into the draw to win a Return of the Exiled boxed set. That three sets up for grabs!

On demand

Zendikar Single elimination 8 player booster drafts. Entry $20. Prizes 5/3/2/2 boosters
Standard Constructed 8 player single elimination. Entry $10. Prizes 5/3/2/2 boosters

Friday

11am - 6pm : Last chance GP qualifiers. Format Zendikar Sealed, 32 player single elimination. First place gets 3 byes at the GP, second gets a display of Zendikar, 3rd & 4th get a half display of Zendikar each. Entry $40

5pm : 'Dungeon of Magic 'Super FNM. Format Zendikar draft. Every player gets an entry into the draw to win a Blue Ray Disk Player sponsored by the Dungeon of Magic! Each player also gets An October FNM card just for participating. Prizes FNM Cards from Magic past and boosters. Entry $20

6pm: Ladies Invitational. Standard Constructed. All players receive a rare participation foil. Zendikar Booster prizes., (all players will win at least 1 booster). If 8+players enter this will be a sanctioned event, if not it will be casual non rated. $10 entry

Saturday

Noon onwards: Learn to play Magic Intro Pack challenge. Entry gets you a Core Set Intro Pack and you fight it out in an open duelling format. Never played? Just learnt? Now's your chance to give it a go. Entry $20 and everyone wins a prize!

2pm : Under 16 Standard Championship. Special JSS foil prizes, plus first will win at least a half display of Zendikar, and all players will win at least 1 booster. $10

3pm : 2HG Metagame Sealed (Sealed deck goodness featuring all sets currently in Standard). Bring a bud and smash some face! Booster prizes with every player wins at least 1 booster. An Ion Deck Box plus more boosters for each player in the winning team,. Entry $50 per team.

6pm: Planechase Multiplayer. Do you have the negotiation skills and Magic chops to come out on top? Winners receive choice of signed RK Post prints or Ion Deck Box plus boosters. Every player wins at least one booster. Entry $40.

Sunday

10 am : PTQ San Diego. Win a flight and an invite to Pro Tour Austin in the USA. Second gets at least 1 display of Zendikar. Format Zendikar Sealed. Entry $40

12.00: 'Good Games' Standard. First prize will be a Wii, sponsored by Good Games. Second will receive at least a half display of Zendikar, with every player guaranteed at least 1 booster. Entry $20

2pm : Legacy Championship of Victoria. First wins a trophy and major bragging rights as State Champ! There will be great prizes appropriate to the event. Entry $20

6pm: EDH. Reckon you've got what it takes to be the best EDH player around? Come along and prove it! Winner gets a mounted print and everyone wins at least 1 booster. $10

Please note schedule and prize structure may be subject to change.

ARTIST: rk POST

Just prior to graduation from Northern Illinois University in 1994, rk post started freelancing the fantasy gaming industry doing interior illustration for several major game companies, gradually teaching himself how to paint with acrylics and eventually oils.

rk garnered a staff illustration position at TSR (a company purchased by Wizards of the Coast soon after) in the fall of 1996 painting cover illustrations for games and novels. WotC and rk parted company in the winter of 2000 and now he doubles as a full-time freelance illustrator still contracting assignments. He currently works full time as a senior environmental artist for Sony Online Entertainment on an MMO, The Agency.

rk has contracted and work through White Wolf, WizKids, Fanpro, Microsoft (Mythica, X Box), LucasFilm, 20th Century Fox (both Aliens VS Predator), Sega (Dreamcast), Nintendo, Ballantine Books, Science Fiction Book Club, Hasbro (televsion and animation), Marvel Entertainment, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, the History Channel, and Blizzard Ent (Daiblo 2, Worlds of Warcraft).

rk post has his collected works available in a hard cover art book, Postmortem: the Art of rk post.



 

Travel Information

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

A number of domestic carriers service a majority of large provincial cities dotting generously across the country. Train services connect Melbourne to all regions of the country. At the local level, diverse forms of transportation are provided: city buses, Melbourne’s famous trams and taxis and rental cars are all readily available.

International Travel

Air: More than 20 international airlines serve Melbourne International Airport, which is conveniently situated about 30 minutes from the heart of Melbourne. Together they provide scheduled flights from destinations all over the globe.

Accomodations close to Melbourne & Olympic Parks

The Mercure Hotel
13 Spring Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Reservations: 1300 65 65 65
Email: reservations@mecuremelbourne.com.au
www.mecure.com.au
15 minute walk

Hilton on the Park – Melbourne
192 Wellington Parade
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Reservations: Olivia Horsell
Ph: 03 9419 2000
Email:info_melbourne@hilton.com.au
www.hilton.com
10 minute walk

Mantra Hotel Group
133, Jolimont Road
Melbourne VIC 3002
Reservations: John Holland
Ph: 03 9940 2100
Email: jolimont.res@mantra.com.auf
10 minute walk

Medina Executive Flinders Street
Serviced Apartments
88 Flinders Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Reservations: 03 9536 0096
Email: mefs@medina.com.au
10 minute walk

Grand Hyatt Melbourne
123 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Reservations: 9657 1234
www.melbourne.grand.hyatt.com
20 minute walk

Rydges Melbourne
186 Exhibition Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Reservations: 03 9635 1251
www.rydges.com/melbourne
15 minute walk

Quest Apartments – Jolimont
153 Wellington Parade
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Reservations: Natasha McNamara
03 9668 1200
Email: nmcnamara@questapartments.com.au
10 minute walk

Sofitel Melbourne
25 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Reservations: 03 9653 0000
www.sofitelmelbourn


 

Contact Information

Wizards of the Coast
Web: www.wizards.com
email: teirner@hasbro.com
Phone: +612 9804 4122

Venue address
Melbourne Park Function Centre
Park and Skyline Rooms, Rod Laver Arena
cnr Batman Avenue and Olympic Blvd
Melbourne
Australia

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