Grand Prix Philadelphia Event Information


 Information  

Grand Prix Philadelphia is brought to you by www.professional-events.com.

Date: April 11 – 13, 2014

Format: Theros/Born of the Gods Sealed Deck/Booster Draft

Tournament Location

Pennsylvania Convention Center
Hall F
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Click here for map and driving directions.

Entry into the Grand Prix event venue is free of charge.

Registration: $40
Online registration: Closes Friday, April 11, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
On-site registration: Friday, April 11 from 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

There will be no Saturday registration for this event.

Many Grand Prix offer additional services to participants, such as Sleep-In Specials and VIP packages. Sleep-In Specials allow players with byes to skip the player meeting on Saturday and arrive shortly before their first round begins. VIP packages provide various perks such as complimentary bottled water, special seating, and exclusive artist signings. Details of these services vary from event to event; please check the organizer's site for specifics.



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

Professional Event Services is proud to present Grand Prix Philadelphia 2014!

Philadelphia is centerpiece of early American history. The fifth-largest city in the United States, Philadelphia's central location in the original 13 colonies meant that it was a focal point for America's revolutionaries. The Declaration of Independence was signed here in 1776 and many national historic sites are popular tourist attractions. Home to the Liberty Bell and the cheesesteak, Philadelphia offers a wide range of activities for visitors.

Will you be the next to make history in Philadelphia? Join PES at GP Philadelphia and find out for yourself!

Grand Prix Philadelphia is open to the public and all players are invited to come and participate. Grand Prix Philadelphia is a two-day event featuring the Theros/Born of the Gods Sealed Deck/Booster Draft format. In addition to the main event, the Grand Prix Philadelphia weekend offers one of the largest schedules of public events ever brought to a Grand Prix—including an opportunity to win a VIP trip to Seattle in 2015! Side events and Last-Chance Grand Prix Trials will be held Friday, April 11 on-site starting at noon. Visit www.professional-events.com for more details about side events.

Prominent Magic artists Anthony Palumbo, David Palumbo, and Winona Nelson will be in attendance.

Are you going to Grand Prix Philadelphia? Let your friends know and get up to date information by joining the Facebook event!

 
  Follow live streaming video coverage of Grand Prix Philadelphia at DailyMTG.com, ggslive.com, and Twitch.tv with Marshall Sutcliffe, Pro Tour Hall of Famer Ben Stark, Brian David-Marshall, Rusty Kubis, and Rashad Miller. The live video stream will start at approximately 2 p.m. local time / 7 p.m. GMT Saturday.

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 over three days. 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. Side-event tournaments begin Friday, with the Grand Prix main event running Saturday and Sunday. Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.



The first 600 players to register on-site for the Grand Prix and all VIP registrants will receive an event-exclusive playmat featuring the art from Fated Infatuation by Winona Nelson!


 

Tournament Format and Schedule

Place Prize Money Pro Points
1 $4,000 8
2 $2,700 6
3-4 $1,500 5
5-8 $1,000 4
9-12 $600 3
13-16 $550 3
17-23 $500 2
24-32 $400 2
33-64 $300 1
65-100 $250* 0
101-150 $200* 0
*If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200-2,399 participants, prize money will be paid out to 100th place. If Grand Prix attendance is 2,400 or more participants, prize money will be paid out to 150th place.
Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Magic 2015 in Portland (August 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/Born of the Gods Sealed Deck/Booster Draft
Participation Fee: $40

Registration and Schedule

  • Online registration: Closes Friday, April 11, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Friday, April 11: On-site registration 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 12: Grand Prix Philadelphia begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, April 13: Main Event Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

Registration to the Grand Prix main event closes Friday night. There will be no Saturday registration.

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

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Grand Prix Philadelphia. Forms can be downloaded here and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on these forms. Minors will not be able to register or play unless we receive a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions.

Tournament Format

  • Theros/Born of the Gods Sealed Deck/Booster Draft
  • Day One: Sealed Deck
  • Day Two and Top 8: Booster draft
  • Sealed Deck Product: 3 packs Born of the Gods, 3 packs Theros
  • Booster Draft Product: 1 Born of the Gods booster and 2 Theros boosters (drafted in that order)
  • 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 One will consist of a maximum of 9 Swiss rounds. Day Two 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 Two will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination playoff.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will be best 2 of 3.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will 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.
  • Standings after the Swiss rounds will be used to determine final order in the standings for losing players in the quarterfinal and semifinal playoff rounds.
  • 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 Philadelphia is TBD. Applications for stage staff are now closed. Applications for judge staff are available until February 14, 2014 and you can apply here. Judge certification will be available on site. Please contact John Alderfer at rodetryp@gmail.com for details and to arrange your certification.

Notes

  • Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive on Day One and Professional on Day Two.
  • 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, April 11
Format: Theros block Sealed Deck and Standard, 32-person single-elimination flights
Cost: $30 Sealed Deck, $20 Sandard
Time: Standard, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.; events start each time 32 players sign up. Sealed Deck, 2:00 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. flights (registration opens 1 hour before each), maximum of 32 players in each
* Times are approximate and subject to change.
Prizes:
1st: Two-Round bye, 36 booster packs
2nd: 36 booster packs
3rd-4th: 18 booster packs
5th-8th: 10 booster packs
9th-16th: 4 booster packs

Planeswalker Points Multiplier: 3x

Other Grand Prix Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia.

  • Grand Prix Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia, the cutoff date will be April 9th.) 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 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
  • 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 Philadelphia Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

First-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)

Trial winners
Winners of a Trial tournament are awarded two 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 www.professional-events.com website. All side events (except casual 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 8 players in the Super Sunday Series qualifier will each be awarded a commemorative Grand Prix water bottle. The winner of the Super Sunday Series qualifier will earn an invitation and travel award for the Super Sunday Series Championship 2015, expected to be held in February 2015 in Seattle. The Super Sunday Series Championship experience also includes a tour of Wizards of the Coast, dinner with Wizards employees, and more.



 

Artist Information

One of the best parts of attending a Grand Prix is meeting the artists in person! They are happy to sign or alter your cards, and have artist proofs, prints and even original art available for sale. Make sure to drop by the artist booths while you're at GP Philadelphia.

Professional Event Services is pleased to announce the following artists will be attending Grand Prix Philadelphia:




 Hotel Information  

Looking for a hotel room? PES is pleased to offer a room block at the attached Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District.

Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
400 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Click this link to make a reservation.

Double rooms are available as low as $149.00 (plus tax and fees) per night. Our room block includes complimentary standard wireless internet and offers $20 a day discounted parking.

Don’t delay! The room block will expire on March 24, 2014.

 

Travel Information

Ground Transportation from Philadelphia International Airport
Philadelphia International Airport is located just 7.2 miles southwest of Central Philadelphia. The Ground Transportation System at the airport is an extensive network of taxicab, car rental, shuttle-bus, limousine, and van operations working to get you where you want to go in a safe, courteous and efficient manner. In addition, the Airport also offers SEPTA bus and regional rail service to Downtown Philadelphia and points in between. For more information, visit www.phl.org or www.septa.org.

Driving Directions
The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia at 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. For more information about driving directions and parking options, visit www.paconvention.com.

From Route 76 (Schuylkill Expressway)
Take Route 76 to Exit 344/I-676 East. Take I-676 East and exit at Broad Street/Route 611 (second exit). This will place you on Vine Street. Follow signs for Vine Street/PA Convention Center to 12th Street (four traffic lights). Make a right onto 12th Street. The entrances to the Convention Center are located two blocks ahead at the NE and NW corners of 12th & Arch Streets.

From Interstate 95 North
Take I-95 North to Exit 22 Central Philadelphia/I-676. Stay in the left lane of this exit. Follow signs for I-676 West to the first exit (Broad Street/Route 611). This exit brings you up to 15th Street. Get into the left lane and follow the sign for 611/Broad Street and make a left turn on to Vine Street. Follow signs for Vine Street/PA Convention Center. Make a right on to 12th Street. The entrances to the Convention Center are located two blocks ahead at the NE and NW corners of 12th & Arch Streets.

From Interstate 95 South
Take I-95 South to Exit 22 Central Philadelphia/I-676. Stay in the left lane of this exit. Follow signs for 676 West to the first exit (Broad Street/Route 611). This exit brings you up to 15th Street. Get into the left lane, follow the sign for Broad Street/Route 611 and make a left turn onto Vine Street. Follow signs for Vine Street/PA Convention Center. Make a right on to 12th Street. The entrances to the Convention Center are located two blocks ahead at the NE and NW corners of 12th & Arch Streets.

From the Pennsylvania Turnpike
Follow the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 20/I-476. Take I-476 South to Exit 57/I-76 Philadelphia. Stay on I-76 East for approximately 12 miles to Exit 344/I-676 East. Take I-676 East and exit at Broad Street/Route 611 (second exit). This will place you on Vine Street. Follow signs for Vine Street/PA Convention Center to 12th Street (four traffic lights). Make a right onto 12th Street. The entrances to the Convention Center are located two blocks ahead at the NE and NW corners of 12th & Arch Streets.

From the New Jersey Turnpike
Take NJ Turnpike to exit 4 (Philadelphia/Camden Exit). Take Route 73 North and follow it to Route 38 West. Take 38 West to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, crossing into Philadelphia. Follow local traffic and the signs for Vine Street/PA Convention Center. Go approximately six blocks and make a left turn onto 12th Street. The entrances to the Convention Center are located two blocks ahead at the NE and NW corners of 12th & Arch Streets.

Arriving via Philadelphia International Airport
Take I-95 North to Exit 22 Central Philadelphia/I-676. Stay in the left lane of this exit. Follow signs for I-676 West to the first exit (Broad Street). This exit brings you up to 15th Street. Get into the left lane and follow the sign for Broad Street/Route 611 and make a left turn onto Vine Street. Follow signs for Vine Street/PA Convention Center. Make a right onto 12th Street. The entrances to the Convention Center are located two blocks ahead at the NE and NW corners of 12th & Arch Streets.



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Professional Event Services
Email: questions@professional-events.com
Phone Number: 1-877-913-8881

Tournament Location

Pennsylvania Convention Center
Hall F
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Click here for map and driving directions.

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