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Grand Prix–Niigata Event Information


 Information  

Date: August 29-30, 2009

Format: Magic 2010 Sealed Deck / Booster Draft

Tournament Location
Toki Messe
6-1 Bandai-jima
Chuo-ku, Niigata-shi
Web Site

Registration:
Friday, August 28: 16:00-20:00, ¥3000
Saturday, August 29: 08:00-09:00, ¥3500


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

Long used as a port city, Niigata is sometimes called the "City of Water" because of the two rivers that flow through it, its position next to the Japan Sea, its many wetlands, and the canals that used to run through the city. It is also sometimes referred to as the "City of Willows" because of the willow trees that lined the old canals. In recent years, the city has been promoting itself as a "Designated City of Food and Flowers" highlighting its agricultural areas outside of the city center. Niigata is renowned for its rich variety of seafood and saké. Fans of popular Japanese culture will also recognize it as the home city of manga artists Takahashi Rumiko and Obata Takeshi.

This is the second Grand Prix to be held in Niigata. The first was held in 2005, and won by Katsuhiro Mori, who went on to win the World Championships that year, also held in Japan. Niigata is home to a number of Japanese Magic luminaries, including Masayasu Tanahashi (Pro Tour¬–Kyoto Top 8, Grand Prix–Kobe 2008 Top 8) and Yuta Takahashi (2007 Japan Nationals Top 8, 2007 Pro Tour Rookie of the Year, Grand Prix–Shizuoka 2008 Champion, 2008 Japan Nationals Top 8, Grand Prix–Kobe 2008 Champion, Grand Prix–Singapore 2009 Top 8).

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 + Booster Draft
Participation Fee: ¥3000 (Friday registration) or ¥3500 (Saturday registration)
Grand Prix–Niigata will feed Pro Tour–Austin.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, August 28: Registration 16:00-20:00
  • Saturday, August 29: Registration 8:00-9:00
  • Saturday, August 29: Tournament begins at 9:30
  • Sunday, August 30: Day Two begins at 9:00

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

Tournament Format

  • Day 1: Magic 2010 Sealed Deck. Each player will receive six booster packs to build a deck
  • Day 2 (including Top 8): Magic 2010 Booster Draft. Each player will receive 3 booster packs per draft
  • Deck lists are required

Tournament Structure

  • Grand Prix—Niigata 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.
  • Two drafts will be held on Day 2, each followed by 3 Swiss rounds
  • 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–Niigata will be David Vogin. If you are interested in volunteering for Grand Prix–Niigata as a judge, please contact Ron Foster (ron.foster@wizards.com) by July 31, 2009.

Notes

  • Grand Prix–Niigata 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, August 28
¥2500
Registration: 10:00-15:00 at Toki Messe
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 Magic 2010 booster packs as prizes.

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

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 August 26, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 2000 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on August 26, 2009.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Niigata 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 26, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 1900 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on August 26, 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 26, 2009.
  • Players with a DCI Limited rating of 1800 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on August 26, 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-Alara Reborn or Magic 2010), ¥500 for a Constructed tournament.

Be sure to visit Niigata for special promotional events featuring a not-yet-released Magic product in the casual play area both Saturday and Sunday!

Saturday


"Rice Bowl" Open Standard
Sponsored by Mint Inc.
Saturday, August 29
Registration: 12:30-13:00, ¥2000
Format: Standard, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination
The winner of the Niigata Open Standard tournament will receive 4 copies each of the Magic 2010 cards Dragonskull Summit, Drowned Catacomb, Glacial Fortress, Rootbound Crag, and Sunpetal Grove. The finalist will receive 2 copies each of the above cards, while the 3rd and 4th place finishers will both receive 1 copy each of the above cards. Additionally, the winner will be awarded a 10kg bag of "Koshihikari" rice; 2nd-8th place will each receive a 5kg bag of "Koshihikari" rice. Magic 2010 booster packs will also be awarded to top finishers beginning with 8th place.
Note: Based on attendance, the Top 8 single-elimination round of this event may be held on Sunday.

Sunday

Original Art Tournament
Sunday, August 30
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 Magic 2010 card Lightning Bolt, presented by Christopher Moeller. Other top finishers will receive Magic 2010 booster packs.

Pro Tour–Austin Qualifier
Sunday, August 30
Registration: Saturday, August 29, 17:00-until end of GP, ¥2000
Format: Standard, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination
The winner will receive an invitation and round-trip travel to Pro Tour—Austin. Other top finishers will receive Magic 2010 booster packs.


www.gamingetc.com Gamingetc.com Planeswalker Cup Tournament
Sunday, August 30
Registration: 09:00-09:30, ¥2500
Format: Magic 2010 Sealed Deck with Booster Draft Top 8 single-elimination
The winner of the Gamingetc.com Tournament will receive 4 foil copies each of the following cards: Elspeth, Knight-Errant, Tezzeret the Seeker, Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, Sarkhan Vol, Ajani Vengeant, Ajani Goldmane, Jace Beleren, Liliana Vess, Chandra Nalaar, and Garruk Wildspeaker. The finalist will receive 4 non-foil copies of the above cards. The 3rd place finisher will receive 4 non-foil copies of each planeswalker card from the Alara Block, while the 4th place finisher will receive 4 non-foil copies of each planeswalker card from the Lorwyn Block. Magic 2010 boosters will be awarded to other top finishers.

ARTIST: CHRISTOPHER MOELLER

Christopher Moeller has been writing and painting graphic novels from his studio in Pittsburgh since 1991, his most recent work being the graphic novels JLA: A League of One and JLA: Cold Steel for DC Comics. His creator-owned graphic novels The Iron Empires were released in the fall of 2007 in the form of the role-playing game Burning Empires. He is currently working on his third Iron Empires graphic novel. An avid war gamer, Moeller has provided illustrations for a variety of game publishers, including Wizards of the Coast, OSG, White Wolf, FASA, Wiz Kids and Columbia Games.



 

Travel Information

 Hotel Information  

Hotel Nikko Niigata
6-1 Bandai-jima,
Chuo-ku, Niigata-shi
TEL: 025-240-1888
FAX: 025-240-1880
Web Site

The Hotel Nikko Niigata is conveniently located within the Toki Messe complex.

Niigata is located northwest of Tokyo, and is reachable by train from Tokyo or by plane via domestic flights. The city itself has a highly developed public transportation network, making it easy to get around. The tournament venue is a short cab or bus ride from central Niigata station.


Map courtesy of Toki Messe Niigata Convention Center.

 

Contact Information

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

Venue address
Toki Messe
6-1 Bandai-jima
Chuo-ku, Niigata-shi

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