Grand Prix Albuquerque Event Information


 Information  

Grand Prix Albuquerque is brought to you by Sunmesa Events.

Date: November 22-24, 2013

Format: Standard

Tournament Location

Albuquerque Convention Center
401 2nd Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Click here for map.

Registration: $40
Online Pre-Registration
Friday, November 22: 11 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.



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

So you're thinking about Grand Prix Albuquerque? If you made it this far you're about to learn about the $30,000 prize purse, the Pro Points, and even the invitations to the Pro Tour. That stuff is all important but want to know what makes Grand Prix Albuquerque unique? Friends.

This is a magical gathering in every sense of the word. Players you know, players you don't, Hall of Fame players and players who've never played seriously. The chance to discover or rediscover Magic: The Gathering and make friends who understand you.

This is Albuquerque's first Grand Prix and the 20-year strong Magic community is stoked to meet YOU. Poetic Sunsets, 700-year old petroglyphs, and the breathtaking Sandia Mountains are all honey on the sopapilla. The Albuquerque Magic Community, Sunmesa Events and Wizards of the Coast are going to make this Grand Prix a keeper.

Surely Yeats had Grand Prix Albuquerque in mind when he wrote "There are no strangers here only friends we haven't met yet."


 
  Follow live streaming video coverage of Grand Prix Albuquerque at DailyMTG.com and Twitch.tv with Rashad Miller, Marshall Sutcliffe, Brian David-Marshall, and Pro Tour Hall of Famer Randy Buehler. The live video stream will start at approximately 2 p.m. local time / 4 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. GMT.

The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to get out into the Magic tournament community, catch up with old friends, meet some new ones, and play some great 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, Grand Prix feature a host of other activities, including side events and artist signings (prizes subject to change). Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.



 

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: Standard
Participation Fee: $40

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, November 22: Registration 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 23: Registration 8-9:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 23: Grand Prix Albuquerque begins at 10:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, November 24: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

The main tournament at Grand Prix Albuquerque 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

  • 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).
  • 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 matches will be best 2 of 3.
  • Top 8 matches will have no time limit.
  • 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 for Grand Prix Albuquerque is Toby Elliott, the Judge Manager is Kevin Binswanger. Judge applications for certified judges are located at the Magic Judge Apps 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: Friday, November 22
Format: Standard and Theros Sealed Deck
Times: Registration for Sealed Events is 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., events start each time 32 players sign up.
Registration for Standard is 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (registration opens 1 hour before each event), maximum of 32 players in each.
Cost: $25 for Sealed, $20 for Standard
Structure: 32 player, single-elimination tournaments
Prizes: Winner receives a two-round bye for Grand Prix Albuquerque, free entry into Grand Prix Albuquerque, and VIP service! Other prizes TBD.
Planeswalker Points Multiplier: 3x

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

  • Grand Prix Albuquerque 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 Albuquerque, the cutoff date will be Wednesday, November 20.) 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 Albuquerque 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. For complete information about the Grand Prix, pre-registration, side events, artists and more, be sure to check out the Sunmesa Events Grand Prix Albuquerque 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

Prominent Magic artists Rob Alexander, rk post, daarken, Michael C. Hayes, Steve Argyle, and Franz Vohwinkel will be at the show for free signings of your favorite cards, plus you'll have the opportunity to buy prints and in some cases original artwork.



 
 Hotel Information  

The Doubletree Hotel by Hilton has a great value for Grand Prix Albuquerque guests and is reached from the Convention Center by an underground concourse.

201 Marquette Avenue Northwest
Albuquerque, New Mexico
USA 87102-2248
Tel: +1-505-247-3344

Rate: $89, with no additional charge for up to four people in the same room
Same rate for 1 king-sized or 2 double-sized (not queen) beds
GPABQ block receives Free in-room wireless.
Free airport shuttle and free shuttle to any location within two miles (with appointment)

Reservations: 800-584-5058 and ask for the GPABQ room block
Online reservations
Fax: +1-505-247-7025

Travel Information

The Event is at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Here is information about getting there and some general information about getting around the area.

Driving Directions
Directions and maps from major highways

Parking Information
Complete guide and downloadable map for parking around the ACC

Transportation
If you're staying at the Doubletree Hotel, there is a free airport shuttle.
Ground Transportation options from the airport
Car Rental options from the airport
Downtown Albuquerque Map



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Sunmesa Events
Email: sunmesaevents@aol.com
Phone: 505-720-8249

Venue Address

Albuquerque Convention Center
401 2nd Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Click here for map.

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