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Grand Prix Kobe Event Information

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Date: February 18-19, 2012

Format: Innistrad Block Sealed Deck

Tournament Location

Kobe International Exhibition Center
6-11-1 Minato-jima Naka-machi, Chuo-ku
Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken
Web site

Registration:Friday, February 17: 16:00-20:00, ¥3500
Saturday, February 18: 08:00-09:00, ¥4000


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

Kobe is a city rich with Magic history, having hosted the first Pro Tour to be won by a Japanese player (Masashiro Kuroda, 2004) and the largest Grand Prix in Japan to date (1350 players, 2001). This will be the fifth Grand Prix to be held in Kobe.

Kobe is the fifth-largest city in Japan, with a population of about 1.5 million. One of the first cities to open for trade with the West following the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1868, Kobe has long been known as a cosmopolitan port city. The city is the point of origin and namesake of Kobe beef as well as the home of one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts, the Arima Onsen. Other well-known locations in the city include the Ikuta Shrine, the Kobe Port Tower, and its large Chinatown.

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 4 finishers, and exclusive foil promo cards for participants, Grand Prix feature a host of other activities, including public events and artist signings. For information about Grand Prix in general and to see where other events are being held, check out the Grand Prix tournament schedule.


 

Tournament Format and Schedule

 Prizes  
Place Prize Pro Points
1 $3,500 8
2 $2,300 6
3-4 $1,500 5
5-8 $1,000 4
9-12 $600 3
13-16 $500 3
17-32 $400 2
33-64 $200 1
Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Avacyn Restored in Barcelona.
All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Registration and Schedule (scheduled start times subject to change)

  • Friday, February 17: Registration 16:00-20:00
  • Saturday, February 18: Registration 08:00-09:00
  • Saturday, February 18: Tournament begins at 09:30
  • Sunday, February 19: Day Two begins at 09:00

The main tournament at Grand Prix Kobe 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

  • Day 1: Sealed Deck (3 packs of Innistrad, 3 packs of Dark Ascension)
  • Day 2: Booster Draft (1 pack of Dark Ascension, 2 packs of Innistrad, drafted in that order)
  • Deck lists are required.
  • Deck registration and deck swap will be performed for the Swiss Sealed Deck.

Tournament Structure

  • Grand Prix Kobe 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 playoff round.
  • The Top 8 players will be seated randomly at the draft table immediately prioer to drafting. The Top 8 bracket will be determined using this random seating.
  • 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.)
  • When necessary, standings as of the final Swiss round will be used to determine final order in the standings.

Judges

The head judge for Grand Prix Kobe will be James Mackay (Level 4, Australia).

Notes

  • Grand Prix Kobe will be run with a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 8x. The Rules Enforcement Level will be Competitive on Day 1 and Professional on Day 2.
  • All 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 come from a Qualifier tournament, through performance at another tournament, or by being a top-ranked player (valid upon the date of the official rank announcement for the appropriate Pro Tour).


 

Tournament Byes

 Grand Prix Trials  

Last-chance Trials
Date: Friday, February 17
Location: Kobe International Exhibition Center
Format: Innistrad Block Sealed Deck, 32-person single-elimination flights
Entry Fee: ¥3000
Registration: 10:00 - 15:00
New tournaments will begin every time 32 players sign up. The winner of each Trial receives a three-round bye at the Grand Prix. Players eliminated from the tournament will receive Dark Ascension booster packs as prizes as follows: Round 5—12 packs; Round 4—6 packs; Round 3—3 packs.

Other Grand Prix Kobe Trial tournaments will be run at WPN locations in the the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each one offers one three-round bye to Grand Prix Kobe.

  • Grand Prix Kobe Trials Information
  • More information on Grand Prix Byes
  • WPN Locations in the Kobe 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 ranked in the top 300 in the Planeswalker Points Competitive standings for the corresponding competitive season.
  • Winners of Grand Prix Kobe Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,200 Planeswalker Points Competitive standings in the current or previous Seasonal Award season

Second-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 2 or 3
  • Players ranked in the top 2,000 in the Planeswalker Points Competitive standings for the corresponding competitive season.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 600 Planeswalker Points Competitive standings in the current or previous Seasonal Award season

First-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 1
  • Players ranked in the top 15,000 in the Planeswalker Points Competitive standings for the corresponding competitive season.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 600 Planeswalker Points Competitive standings in the current or previous Seasonal Award season

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.

For complete information about Grand Prix byes and their corresponding competitive season, please check the 2012 Magic Premier Event Invitation Policy.


 

Public Events

All Public Events at Grand Prix Kobe will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3.

Unless otherwise noted, all booster pack prizes will use packs from the Dark Ascension expansion. Booster drafts will be run using 1 Dark Ascension and 2 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.

Pick-Up Tournaments
Pick-up tournaments will be run throughout the weekend on-site. All pick-up tournaments are sanctioned events; Commander and Chaos Draft tournaments are casual events.

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

* Chaos Draft booster packs and prize packs are randomly chosen.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17 SCHEDULE

Last Chance Trials
See above.

Kobe Conundrum: Mox or Foil? Tournament
Registration: 11:00-11:30, ¥2000
Format: Swiss tournament with Top 8 playoff
The winner will have his/her choice of an Unlimited edition Mox Sapphire or a foil set of Dark Ascension as the prize for the event. The finalist will receive the unchosen prize. 3th and 4th place will each receive 36 packs of Dark Ascension.
Note: Depending on the number of players/rounds in the tournament, the Top 8 playoff may take place on Sunday.

"Standard Sealed" Challenge
Registration: 16:00-16:30, ¥2500; 128 players
Format: Sealed Deck using 1 booster pack each from Magic 2012, Scars of Mirrodin, Mirrodin Besieged, New Phyrexia, Innistrad, and Dark Ascension; 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 additional foil promo card.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18 SCHEDULE

Foil Set Modern Tournament
Registration: 13:00-13:30, ¥2500
Format: Swiss tournament with Top 8 playoff
The winner of the tournament will receive a foil set of Dark Ascension.

Invasion Block 2HG Sealed Challenge
Registration: 15:00-15:30, ¥5000/team
Format: 4-round Swiss tournament
All teams with a 4-x record at the end of the tournament will each receive 18 packs of Dark Ascension as prizes. All teams with a 3-x record will each receive 8 packs, and all teams with a 2-x record will each receive 2 packs.

Standard Challenge
Registration: 16:00-16:30, ¥1500
Format: 4-round Swiss tournament
All players with a 4-x record at the end of the tournament will each receive 10 packs of Dark Ascension as prizes. All players with a 3-x record will each receive 4 packs, and all players with a 2-x record will each receive 1 pack.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19 SCHEDULE

Draft Challenge
Registration: 08:00-08:30, ¥3000
Format: 6-round Swiss with 2 drafts
All players with a 6-x record at the end of the tournament will each receive 18 packs of Dark Ascension as prizes. All players with a 5-x record will each receive 9 packs, and all players with a 4-x record will each receive 3 packs. Players who drop before the second draft of the tournament will receive a coupon good for one free 8-man draft.

10 Land Legacy Tournament
Registration: 08:30-09:00, ¥2500
Format: Swiss tournament with Top 8 playoff
The winner of the tournament will receive a set of Revised Edition dual lands (1 each of Badlands, Bayou, Plateau, Savannah, Scrubland, Taiga, Tropical Island, Tundra, Underground Sea, and Volcanic Island). The finalist will receive a foil set of Magic 2012.

Uncut Sheet Standard Tournament
Registration: 09:30-10:00, ¥2500
Format: Swiss tournament with Top 8 playoff
The winner of the tournament will receive an uncut foil sheet of Dark Ascension rares. The finalist will receive an uncut foil sheet of Dark Ascension commons.

Foil 2HG Sealed Tournament
Registration: 10:30-11:00, ¥6000/team
Format: Innistrad Block 2HG Sealed Swiss tournament with Top 4 team playoff
The winning team will receive 2 foil sets of Dark Ascension as prizes. The second-place team will receive 72 packs of Dark Ascension.

Open Modern Tournament
Registration: 12:30-13:00, ¥2500
Format: Swiss tournament
The winner will receive 36 packs each of Scars of Mirrodin, Mirrodin Beseiged, and New Phyrexia as prizes.

Standard Challenge Tournament
Registration: 14:30-15:00, ¥1500
Format: 4-round Swiss tournament
All players with a 4-x record at the end of the tournament will receive 10 packs of Dark Ascension as prizes. All players with a 3-x record will receive 4 packs, and all players with a 2-x record will receive 1 pack.

Event schedule is subject to change without notice.



 

Artist Information

Franz Vohwinkel
Franz Vohwinkel studied graphic design in Darmstadt (Germany) and graduated in 1991. The same year he illustrated his first game "Drunter und Drüber", by Klaus Teuber. Since then he has illustrated and designed more than 200 board and card games. A long-time science fiction and fantasy fan, in 1996 he was offered the chance to illustrate cards for the Magic: The Gathering and Battletech TCGs, becoming the first German artist to work for these projects. Since then, the share of fantasy and science fiction illustrations in Franz's work has grown steadily. Over the years, he has also done illustrations for the Classic Battletech RPG, Dungeons & Dragons, L5R, A Game of Thrones, and many book covers. Some of his illustrations have also been represented in "Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art". He has won the German Science Fiction - Kurd Lasswitz Award twice. Over the years he has done illustrations for more than 80 Magic cards. Since 2006, he has lived in Seattle, USA.



Ryan Yee
Coffee is practically a necessity for any busy artist and there is no exception even for illustrator Ryan Yee. By day Ryan is a video game concept artist for Schell Games in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and by night Ryan immerses himself in his fantasy illustration work for Magic: The Gathering. Ryan’s first Magic card illustrations appeared in M11's core set. It was not until Commander and Innistrad that his works started to garner a lot of accolades. Highlight illustrations include Endless Ranks of the Dead, Moonmist, Paraselene, and Command Tower. Players can expect to see Ryan’s name on a number of cards being released in 2012 and beyond. If asked over a cup of coffee, Ryan will often mention Magic illustration legends Justin Sweet, Todd Lockwood, Jon Foster, Donato Giancola, Raymond Swanland and Jason Chan as a few of his favorite card illustrators. One of the biggest rewards for Ryan is the opportunity to meet and engage with Magic players from all over the world. He is very excited to travel to Kobe, Japan for this year's Grand Prix.


 

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Travel Information

Map courtesy of Kobe International Exhibition Center

Kobe is located southwest of Osaka, and is reachable by train, bus, and water taxi from Kansai International Airport. The city itself has a highly developed public transportation network, making it easy to get around. The tournament venue is a short monorail ride from Sannomiya, the business and entertainment center of Kobe.

Kobe Portopia Hotel
6-10-1 Minatojima Naka-machi
Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi
TEL: 078-302-1111
FAX: 078-302-6877
Web site

The Portopia Hotel is conveniently located a short walk from the Kobe International Exhibition Center.



 

Contact Information

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

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