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Grand Prix–Oakland Event Information


 Information  

Date: February 13-14, 2010

Format: Extended

Tournament Location
Marriott-Oakland City Center
1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 451-4000

Registration: $30
Friday, February 12: 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, February 13: 8 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.


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

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: Extended
Participation Fee: $30
Grand Prix–Oakland will feed Pro Tour–San Juan.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, February 12 : Registration 2:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 13: Registration 8:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 13: Tournament begins at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 14: Day Two begins at 10:00 a.m.

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

Tournament Format

  • Day 1: 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 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–Oakland is John Carter. If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix–Oakland, please contact Conan Blackwell at mtgnorcal@gmail.com.

Notes

  • 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  

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

  • Find a Grand Prix–Oakland Trial near you
  • 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 February 10, 2010.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Oakland 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 February 10, 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 February 10, 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

Extended Grinders on Friday
PTQ San Juan
Vintage for a Mox
Elder Dragon Highlander
Drafts and 8-player Constructed for a box
Complete Grand Prix–Oakland Public Events schedule at www.matchplay.com



 

Artist Information

Mark Hyzer and Anthony Francisco will be in attendance.

 

Travel Information

Arriving by Plane
Oakland International Airport is less than 10 miles from the Marriott-Oakland City Center. You can take a $3 AirBART shuttle from the airport to the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) Station, then take BART to the 12th St./Oakland City Center stop for $1.75. BART is a great way to get around the San Francisco Bay area, for more information check out www.bart.gov.

Grand Prix–Oakland is being held at the Oakland Convention Center which is part of the Marriot Oakland City Center. Great rooms are available at a very low price of $109 a night. Use the group code grpgrpd when making your reservation.


 

Contact Information

Matchplay Events: www.matchplay.com
Email: mtgnorcal@gmail.com

Venue Address

Marriott-Oakland City Center
1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 451-4000, mention group code: GRPO for special rates

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