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Grand Prix Barcelona Event Information

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Date: March 26-27, 2011

Format: Standard

Tournament Location

Fira De Barcelona (Montjuic), Hall 8
Avda. Reina Maria Cristina s/n
08004 Barcelona
Spain
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Doors: Free
Registration: €25
Friday, March 25: Registration 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 26: Registration 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.


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

Take part in a weekend of serious Magic fun with a bunch of exciting things to do!

Join the fun in Public Events including 8-players pick-up games, Legacy, Casual Standard Dueling and more. Meet Magic artists John Avon and Jesper Ejsing and get your cards signed. Battle against a Pro in the ‘Spellslinging’ or try out Duels of the Planeswalkers. Or take part in the main tournament and get a cool foil Maelstrom Pulse promo card!

Whatever you want to do, Grand Prix Barcelona will be a weekend to remember!

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 (prizes subject to change). Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.


 

Tournament Format and Schedule

 Prizes  

All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.

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 Nagoya.

Format: Standard
Participation Fee: €25
Grand Prix Barcelona will feed Pro Tour Nagoya.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, March 25: Registration 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 26: Registration 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 26: Tournament begins at 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 27: Day Two begins at 8 a.m.

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

Tournament Format

  • Standard
  • 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 finals.
  • 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.

Notes

  • 40K, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive (Day 1) and Professional (Day 2)
  • 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 Magic 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  

Last-chance Trials
Format: Standard
Entry Fee: €5
Start Time: noon
Structure: Single-elimination grinders will start when 32 players register, and new grinders will continue to start until registration closes at 8 p.m.
REL: Competitive
Prizes: First place earns 3-round bye for the Grand Prix. Prize pool two boosters PP.

Other Grand Prix Barcelona Trials will be run at WPN locations in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 three-round bye to Grand Prix Barcelona.

  • Grand Prix Barcelona Trials Information
  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • WPN Locations in the Barcelona Area
  • Find a Trial Near You!
    Find a Trial Near You!

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 March 23, 2011.
  • Winners of Grand Prix Barcelona 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 March 23, 2011.

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 March 23, 2011.

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

The start of the last public events will be four hours prior to the estimated end of the main event but not earlier then 16.00. Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to make any changes to the schedule without prior notice.

Friday, March 25

Registration Time Cost Description
12:00 - 18:00 €5 Grand Prix Barcelona Trial (Single elimination)
Format: Standard
Structure: Single elimination 32-player flights. Games will begin as soon as 32 players register
Prize: The top finishing competitor of each 32-player flight will receive a 3-round bye at Grand Prix Barcelona; Prize pool 2 boosters PP
17:00 - 17:45 € 25 Super FNM
Format: Scars of Mirrodin Block Sealed Deck
Structure: Straight Swiss tournament (4 rounds) with no single elimination rounds
Product: 3 Mirrodin Besieged boosters, 3 Scars of Mirrodin boosters
Prize: Prize pool 2 boosters PP; All players receive a FNM promo card (whilst supplies last)
12 points receives 4 FNM promo cards & 4 Mirrodin Besieged boosters.
9-11 points receives 2 FNM promo cards & 2 Mirrodin Besieged boosters.
6-8 points receives 1 FNM promo cards & 1 Mirrodin Besieged booster.
FNM card choices are limited to one choice of each type available (no duplicates).
20:00 Free A Magic Game Show with Richard Hagon
Play in the fun Magic Quiz with your friends and win some cool Magic goodies. Come to the main stage at 20.00 with a team of 1 to 4 people and enter in this fun event!

Saturday, March 26

Registration Time Cost Description
11:00 - 15:00 €7.50 Limited
€2.50 Constructed
Half Price Pick-up Tournaments
Participate in an 8-player single elimination tournament before 15.00 on Saturday and pay only half the normal entry fee.
Pick-ups have no specific start time. Registration for these events is continuously open and each event will start once the appropriate number of players / teams have registered (Subject to space and judge availability).
Format: Limited (Draft, 2HG) or Constructed (Standard, Legacy, etc.)
Structure: 8-Player single elimination pick-up tournaments
Prize: 5/3/2/2 boosters
11:00 - 21:00 Free Casual Standard dueling
You participate = 5 points; You win = 6 points; You lose = 4 points. Prize: Gateway promo card per 30 points, or part thereof, from the selection available, no duplicates.
Format: Standard Constructed
13:00 - 13:45 €5 Vintage Tournament
Format: Vintage Constructed
Structure: Swiss tournament, 5 rounds, prize payout based on point
Prize: Prize pool 2 boosters PP (Scars of Mirrodin)
15:00 - 19:00 €15 Limited
€5 Constructed
8-Player Single Elimination Pick-up tournaments
Pick-ups have no specific start time. Registration for these events is continuously open and each event will start once the appropriate number of players / teams have registered (Subject to space and judge availability).
Format: Limited (Draft, 2HG) or Constructed (Standard, Extended, Legacy, Vintage, EDH, etc.)
Structure: 8-Player single elimination pick-up tournaments
Prize: 5/3/2/2 boosters
14:00 - 14:45 €30/team Two-Headed Giant Tournament
Format: Scars of Mirrodin Block Sealed Deck
Structure: 4 rounds, prize payout based on point standing
Product: 4 Mirrodin Besieged boosters and 4 Scars of Mirrodin boosters
Prize: Prize pool 2 boosters PP
16:00   Start registration for Sunday's Pro Tour Nagoya Qualifier and Legacy tournament

Sunday, March 27

Registration Time Cost Description
8:00 - 8:15 €10 Qualifier for Pro Tour Nagoya 2011
Players already qualified for Pro Tour Nagoya 2011 may not participate. Format: Extended.
Structure: Swiss tournament, with Top 8 Single Elimination playoff (can be held at a different location)
Prize: Winner will receive an invite and flight to Pro Tour Nagoya; Prize pool 2 boosters PP
8:00 - 8:45 €15 Legacy Tournament
Format: Legacy Constructed
Structure: Swiss tournament, with Top 8 Single Elimination playoff
Prize: 1st Prize: €700 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix; 2nd Prize: €400 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix; 3rd – 4th Prize: €150 store credit from one of the single card dealers at the Grand Prix; 5th - 16th Prize: 36 Mirrodin Besieged boosters
9:00 - 17:00 €15 Limited
€5 Constructed
8-Player Single Elimination Pick-up Tournaments
Pick-ups have no specific start time. Registration for these events is continuously open and each event will start once the appropriate number of players / teams have registered (Subject to space and judge availability).
Format: Limited (Draft or 2HG) or Constructed (Standard, Extended, Legacy, Vintage, EDH, etc.)
Structure: 8-Player single elimination pick-up tournaments
Prize: 5/3/2/2 boosters
9:00 - 21:00 Free Casual Standard dueling
You participate = 5 points; You win = 6 points; You lose = 4 points. Prize: Gateway promo card per 30 points, or part thereof, from the selection available, no duplicates.
Format: Standard Constructed
11:00 -12:15 €25 Scars of Mirrodin Block Sealed Deck Tournament
Format: Scars of Mirrodin Block Sealed Deck
Structure: Swiss tournament, 5 rounds, prize payout based on point standing
Product: 3 Mirrodin Besieged boosters and Scars of Mirrodin boosters
Prize: Prize pool 2 boosters PP


 

Artist Information

John Avon
John Avon is an Illustrator living in the United Kingdom and has been working professionally since 1983. He has illustrated many hundreds of book covers for well-known authors in many areas from Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror to History and Psychology. He has also worked on National Advertising Campaigns, CD covers, Game, Toy and TV Development.

Magic: The Gathering has been a key element in his career and since Mirage, his artwork has been featured in almost every expansion of the game. Primarily, John works on environments, some very strange settings and the odd bizarre creature! He loves working for Magic as it gives him the freedom to constantly re-invent exciting worlds and stretch imagination to the limit.

For over a decade all his work has been digital, and John is a keen fan of using technology to its fullest potential. This summer his work will appear in the UK’s “Advanced Photoshop Magazine.” However his original roots are in traditional oil painting. He's currently accepting commissions on canvas as he returns to a classical approach. His intention is to move into the gallery fine art world and is working on an extensive personal project involving his musical and spiritual interests.

Jesper Ejsing
Jesper Ejsing will be appearing at Grand Prix Barcelona. Greg Staples, who was originally scheduled to appear, will be unable to attend the event. Wizards of the Coast apologizes for this late change.

Other Hall Attractions

Win Cool Magic Prizes in the Raffle!
Enter in the free raffle and win Path of the Planeswalker graphic anthologies, laptop bags, foil boosters, free draft vouchers or other cool Magic prizes. All you need to do is fill out the raffle form and drop it in the box before 15:00 on Saturday or 15:00 on Sunday. Winners will be announced during the next break between rounds. Only one entry per person. When you have entered the raffle on Saturday, you are automatically included in the raffle on Sunday.

Spell Slinging: Play Against Magic Champions
Want to see how you fare against the Magic champions? Come to the Spell Slinging area and test your skills against top pro players.

Duels of the Planeswalkers
Get a sneak peek at the new downloadable content for Duels of the Planeswalkers.

Trading
Although trading is both allowed and encouraged, please note that the following things are not permitted at this event:

  • Buying/selling cards with anyone except for our authorized dealer(s)
  • Soliciting to buy/sell cards elsewhere
  • Advertising without receiving permission from Wizards of the Coast’s on-site Event Manager
  • Utilizing an excessive amount of space when trading
  • Using suitcases, handcarts, luggage carts, etc. for the purpose of transporting excessive amounts of trade stock.

Please note that failure to obey these rules may result in all involved parties being both removed from the event without refund, and banned from attending future events.

 

Travel Information

Arriving by Plane
Barcelona El Prat de Llobregat international airport connects to almost every big city in Europe. Other airports close to Barcelona are Reus and Gerona, which mainly host low-cost airlines. Both airports are situated about 100 kilometers from Barcelona.

Arriving by Car
You can follow these directions driving to the Fira de Barcelona venue:
From Girona: AP-7, C-33, Ronda Litoral exit "Paral.lel"
From Mataró: C-32, Ronda Litoral exit "Paral.lel"
From Manresa: C-58, Ronda Litoral exit "Paral.lel"
From Aeroport del Prat: C-31, Gran Via - Plaça Espanya
From Tarragona AP-7, A-2, Ronda Litoral exit 15 "Pg Zona Franca - Fira"
From Igualada: A-2, Ronda Litoral exit 15 "Pg Zona Franca - Fira"
From Lleida AP-2, A-2, Ronda Litoral exit 15 "Pg Zona Franca - Fira M1"


 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Wizards of the Coast
Email: custserv@hasbro.be
Phone: +32.70.233.277

Venue Address

Fira De Barcelona (Montjuic), Hall 8
Avda. Reina Maria Cristina s/n
08004 Barcelona
Spain

Scars of Mirrodin, Mirrodin Besieged, Magic, Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering, and their respective logos are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast LLC in the U.S.A. and other countries. Other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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