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Grand Prix Hiroshima Event Information

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Date: October 29-30, 2011

Format: Standard

Tournament Location

Hiroshima Industrial Exhibition Center (East Hall)
12-18 Hijiyama Hon-machi
Minami-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Web site (Japanese only)

Registration: ¥3000 Friday / ¥3500 Saturday
Friday, October 29: Registration 16:00 - 20:00
Saturday, October 30: Registration 08:00 - 09:00


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

With a population of 1.17 million, Hiroshima is the tenth largest city in Japan and the largest in southern Chugoku region of the main island of Honshu. Hiroshima has long been an industrial center of Japan, and today is home to the headquarters of Mazda Motors. The city is also known for its okonomiyaki dishes as well as its proximity to Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and renowned from antiquity as one of the Japan's "Three Legendary Vistas."

This will be the fourth Grand Prix to be held in the city, which is also the hometown of two of Japan's most famous Magic players, Masashi Ooiso and Kenji Tsumura.

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 Dark Ascension in Honolulu.

Format: Standard
Participation Fee: ¥3000 Friday / ¥3500 Saturday
Grand Prix Hiroshima will feed Pro Tour Dark Ascension in Honolulu in 2012.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, October 28: Registration – 16:00 - 20:00
  • Saturday, October 29: Registration – 08:00 - 09:00
  • Saturday, October 29: Tournament begins at 09:30
  • Sunday, October 30: Day Two begins at 09:00

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

Players must have a signed publicity release form to be included in Wizards of the Coast's official online event coverage. Forms can be downloaded here (15k PDF) and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on this form. Publicity releases will be collected during registration.

Tournament Format

  • Standard
  • Legal sets as of the tournament date are: Magic 2012, Scars of Mirrodin, Mirrodin Beseiged, New Phyrexia, and Innistrad.
  • Deck lists are required.
  • Players must use the same deck on both Day 1 and Day 2 of the Grand Prix.

Tournament Structure

  • Grand Prix Hiroshima 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.
  • 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.

Judges

The head judge for Grand Prix Hiroshima will be Kenji Suzuki (Level 3/Regional Coordinator, Japan).

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 Magic Document Center.
  • Grand Prix Hiroshima will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 8x and be run with a KValue of 40. The Rules Enforcement Level will be Competitive on Day 1 and Professional on Day 2
  • 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
Date: Friday, October 28
Location: Hiroshima Industrial Exhibition Center
Format: Standard
Entry Fee: ¥1500
Registration: 10:00 - 15:00
32-person single-elimination tournaments. The winner of each Trial receives a three-round bye at the Grand Prix. 2nd-8th place in each event will receive Innistrad booster packs as prizes.

Other Grand Prix Hiroshima 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 Hiroshima.

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

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 October 26, 2011.
  • Winners of Grand Prix Hiroshima 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 26, 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 October 26, 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

Unless otherwise noted, all booster pack prizes will use packs from the Innistrad expansion. Booster drafts will be run using 3 Innistrad booster packs. Participants in Swiss tournaments with an X-2 or better record at the end of the tournament will receive booster packs as prizes.

All Public Events at Grand Prix Hiroshima will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 5x. (The Last Chance Trials on 10/28 will have a multiplier of 3x.)

Pick-Up Tournaments
Pick-up tournaments will be run throughout the weekend on-site. All pick-up tournaments are sanctioned events.

Format Entry Fee No. of Players Prizes
Booster Draft ¥1500 8 Booster packs awarded as follows: 1st place 6 packs, 2nd place 4 packs, 3rd/4th place 1 each
Constructed ¥1500 8 Winner will be awarded 36 booster packs
Commander ¥500 4 All participants will receive one booster pack of a random expansion; the winner will receive 2 additional boosters

FRIDAY OCTOBER 28 SCHEDULED EVENTS

Last Chance Trials
Last Chance Trials will be held on-site as per above. Players eliminated in Round 5 will receive 12 boosters each, players eliminated in Round 4 will receive 6 boosters each, while players eliminated in Round 3 will receive 3 boosters each.

Friday Sealed Deck Challenge
Registration: 16:00-16:30
Entry Fee: ¥2500
Format: Innistrad Sealed Deck, 4-round Swiss tournament
All players will receive a random foil promo card for playing; in addition all players with 12 points at the end of the tournament will each receive an Innistrad Fat Pack.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 29 SCHEDULED EVENTS

Sealed Deck Open Tournament
Registration: 14:00-14:30
Entry Fee: ¥3000
Format: Innistrad Sealed Deck, Swiss tournament
The Top 4 players will each receive one From the Vault: Legends.

Modern Challenge Tournament
Registration: 16:00-16:30
Entry Fee: ¥1500
Format: Modern Constructed, 4-round Swiss tournament
All players with 12 points at the end of the tournament will each receive Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 30 SCHEDULED EVENTS

Legacy Open Tournament
Registration: 9:00-9:30
Entry Fee: ¥2000
Format: Legacy Constructed, Swiss tournament with Top 8 single elimination
The winner will receive an uncut sheet of Urza's Saga rare cards. The finalist will receive a set of Japanese Magic: The Gathering—Commander.

Foil Standard Tournament
Registration: 10:00-10:30
Entry Fee: ¥2000
Format: Standard Constructed, Swiss tournament with Top 8 single elimination
The winner and finalist of the tournament will each receive a complete foil set of Innistrad.

NicoNico Cup
Registration: 11:00-11:30
Entry Fee: ¥3000
Format: Innistrad Sealed Deck, Swiss tournament
The winner will receive an iPad2.

Modern Challenge
Registration: 13:30-14:00
Entry Fee: ¥1500
Format: Modern Constructed, 4-round Swiss tournament
All players with 12 points at the end of the tournament will each receive Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas.

Chaos Draft
Registration: 15:00-17:00
Entry Fee: ¥1500
Format: Draft using randomly chosen out-of-print packs, 8-player single elimination
The winner of each tournament will receive a randomly selected Duel Deck, Premium Deck, or Fat Pack as a prize.

Event schedule is subject to change without notice.



 

Artist Information

Igor Kieryluk
Originally planning to become a career diplomat, Igor Kieryluk majored in Foreign Affairs. Naturally, he ended up as a full-time freelancer artist. Although he came to the game late, after getting a gig with Wizards of the Coast his career blossomed and he now works for a host of different employers, including DC Comics and WHV, as well as participating in several graphic novel projects. His work has also been featured in the industry standard Spectrum. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, he can avoid leaving his dark lair and exposing himself to the burning rays of the sun, instead toiling endless in the musty darkness of his mansion, lit only by the dim glow of the monitor, endlessly spewing into existence new twisted beings that would make Dr. Frankenstein proud (while also paying the bills).


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Travel Information

The closest international airport to Hiroshima is Kansai International Airport. Travelers arriving at Kansai International can continue on to Hiroshima either by transferring to a domestic flight or taking the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Hiroshima. The city itself has a highly developed public transportation network, making it easy to get around. The tournament venue is a short tram ride from central Hiroshima Station.

A popular domestic and international tourist destination, Hiroshima is full of hotels with a variety of price options. Players traveling to Hiroshima for the Grand Prix will find the Hotel Grand Via convenient, as it is located directly above Hiroshima station.
Hotel Grand Via Hiroshima
1-5 Matsubara-cho
Minami-ku, Hiroshima-shi,
TEL: 082-262-1111
FAX: 082-262-4050
Web site
Single rooms available from ¥11,319/night.


Map courtesy of Hiroshima Industrial Exhibition Center

 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Ron Foster, Japan Premier Event Manager
Email: ron.foster@wizards.com

Venue Address

Hiroshima Industrial Exhibition Center (East Hall)
12-18 Hijiyama Hon-machi
Minami-ku, Hiroshima-shi

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