Grand Prix Toronto Event Information


 Information  

Grand Prix Toronto is brought to you by Alberta Premier Events.

Date: November 29 - December 1, 2013

Format: Theros Sealed Deck/Booster Draft

Tournament Location

The International Centre -- Hall 1
6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga ON
Click here for map

Registration: $45 CDN
On-site Registration:
Friday, November 29: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 30: 8 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Sleep-in Special and VIP packages will be available.



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

Toronto, Ontario—Canada's largest city—is the last of three Canadian Grand Prix in 2013. With the new Theros set on display in Sealed Deck and Booster Draft play in the main event plus a large number of side events throughout the weekend— including on Friday—Grand Prix Toronto could indeed set an attendance record for a Canadian Grand Prix.

Located at the International Center (a stone's throw from Pearson International Airport), travelers will have no difficulty getting to the venue. Numerous renovations have been done to this modern facility in recent years, and we're excited to see Magic return to this location.

In addition to a challenging Sealed Deck/Booster Draft main event, the weekend offers something to appeal to Magic players of every taste and ability. It doesn't matter if you're coming for just a couple of hours or committed to the entire weekend, Grand Prix Toronto has something for you. The schedule features such events as constructed tournaments offering major prizes and casual Two-Headed Giant and Commander formats, culminating with the increasingly popular Sunday Super Series, That tournament offers a trip to Seattle to hobnob with the folks from Wizards of the Coast next February! Visit www.westcanevents.com for a full side-event schedule, as well as a list of vendors, artists, and additional info.


The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to step up your game, 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 cash prizes, a high Planeswalker Points multiplier, and exclusive foil promo cards for participants, the Grand Prix features a host of other activities, including side events and artist signings. Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.



The first 750 registered players in Grand Prix Toronto will receive this Colossus of Akros playmat (while supplies last).


 

Tournament Format and Schedule

Place Prize Money 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 Born of the Gods in Valencia (February 2014).
If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200 or more, Top 8 finishers earn invitations and airfare, and all players with 39 or more match points who do not make Top 8 earn invitations.
All prizes displayed in U.S. dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Theros Sealed Deck/Booster Draft
Participation Fee: $45 CDN

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, November 29: Registration 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 30: Registration 8 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 30: Grand Prix Toronto begins at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 1 : Day Two begins at 9am

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

Players must have a signed publicity and consent form to be included in Wizards of the Coast's official online event coverage and be eligible to receive prizes. Forms can be downloaded here (100k PDF) and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian's signature on this form. Consent forms are usually collected during registration (contact the event organizer for details).

Tournament Format

  • Day 1: Sealed Deck
  • Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft
  • Sealed Deck Product: 6 Theros boosters for Day 1 Sealed Deck
  • Booster Draft Product: 3 Theros boosters for Day 2 and Top 8 Draft
  • Deck lists are required.
  • If product is not stamped or preregistered, deck registration and deck swap will be performed for the Swiss Sealed Deck.

Tournament Structure

  • Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
  • Day 1 will consist of a maximum of 9 Swiss rounds. Day 2 will consist of 6 Swiss rounds and the Top 8 single-elimination finals.
  • If 799 or less players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 64 players – whichever is greater – advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
  • If 800 or more players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 128 players – whichever is greater – advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
  • 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.)
  • The Top 8 players will be seated randomly at the draft table immediately prior to drafting. The Top 8 bracket will be determined using this random seating.
  • Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will still be used to determine final order in the standings.
  • For the first game of each match in the Top 8, the player that finished higher in the Swiss rounds chooses either to play first or to play second. For subsequent games in each Top 8 match, the usual Play/Draw rule applies (loser of the previous game decides whether to play first in the next game).

Judges
The head judge is Scott Marshall. Certified judges interested in working at this event should submit an application through the Magic judge website.

Notes

  • Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive on Day 1 and Professional on 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 are responsible for bringing their own method of tracking life totals, card sleeves, and appropriate counters or tokens.
  • 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 Constructed ($20), Theros Sealed Deck ($30)
Time: Start at 12 p.m. and begin as soon as 32 players are enrolled.
* Times are approximate and subject to change.
Prizes:
1st place: 2-round bye for the Grand Prix and 36 packs, plus FREE Sleep-in Special registration. Pay for your Grand Prix registration, turn in your decklist before the main event registration is closed and you don't have to show up until 1 p.m. on Saturday!
2nd place: 36 packs
3rd-4th place: 18 packs
5th-8th place: 9 packs
8-16th place: 3 packs

Other Grand Prix Toronto Trials will be run at WPN locations in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers one Two-Round bye to Grand Prix Toronto.

  • Grand Prix Toronto Trials Information
  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • Find a Trial Near You!

Byes earned through Planeswalker Points are calculated using the Planeswalker Point totals from all reported events as of the Wednesday immediately before the Grand Prix. (For Grand Prix Toronto, the cutoff date will be November 27.) Points earned in tournaments held at the Grand Prix event site do not count toward earned byes at that Grand Prix. Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria:

Third-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
  • Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame

Second-Round Byes

  • Winners of Grand Prix Toronto Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

First-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)

Trial winners
Winners of a Trial tournament are awarded 2 byes in the Grand Prix that it feeds. Trial byes are not cumulative with other byes and do not pass down. Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Players who accumulate multiple byes to a particular Grand Prix tournament receive only the bye for the greatest number of rounds. For complete information about Grand Prix byes and their corresponding competitive season, please check the Magic Premier Event Invitation Policy.



 

Side Events

Along with the main event, there are additional side-event tournaments to play in at a Grand Prix. Listed below are the side events offered at all Grand Prix on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Additional events and a full schedule can be found on the Alberta Premier Events website. All side events will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

Friday
Last-Chance Trials
Earn a valuable Two-Round bye by winning one of the Last-Chance Trials. Last-Chance Trials are 32-person single-elimination events, starting as soon as 32 players register. For more info, check out the Byes section of this page.

"Foiled Again"
A straight Swiss tournament lasting three or four rounds. Participants get 1 past promo card for playing, then one additional promo card per match win. Format varies by event.

Saturday
Value Drafts
Enjoy a special discount on pick-up drafts on Saturday. Actual times and prices vary by event.

"Rebound" Event
Format at organizer's discretion. The winner(s) earn free entry into the "Super Sunday Series" (see below). Players who also played in the main Grand Prix tournament will get a discount for entry.

Sunday
Super Sunday Series
Qualifier tournaments for the Super Sunday Series will be held at each Grand Prix. The Top 4 players in the Super Sunday Series qualifier will each be awarded a special Grand Prix messenger bag. The winner of the Super Sunday Series qualifier will earn an invitation and travel award for the Super Sunday Series Championship, to be held in February 2014 in Seattle with a prize purse of $20,000. The Super Sunday Series Championship experience also includes a tour of Wizards of the Coast, dinner with Wizards employees, and more. See the Sunday Series info page for more details.



 

Artist Information

Chris Rahn, Zack Stella, and Noah Bradley will be in attendance at Grand Prix Toronto.


Other hall attractions

Online preregistration, Sleep-in Specials, and VIP Service will be offered for this event. Visit the Alberta Premier Events website for full details.



 

Travel Information

 Hotel Information  

A room block is available at the Travelodge Hotel Toronto Airport. Visit www.westcanevents.com for more details.

Arriving by air:
Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is a 10-minute cab ride from the venue.

Check this page for detailed ground transportation information.




 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Alberta Premier Events
Email: snoman321@hotmail.com
Phone: (403)554-4388

Venue Address

The International Centre -- Hall 1
6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga ON
Click here for map

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