Grand Prix Pittsburgh Event Information


 Information  

Grand Prix Pittsburgh is brought to you by Professional Event Services.

Date: March 22-24, 2013

Format: Gatecrash Sealed Deck and Booster Draft

Tournament Location

David L Lawrence Convention Center
Hall D&E
1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Click here for map

Registration: $40
Friday, March 22: Registration Noon – 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 23: Registration 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.



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

Pittsburgh is a destination for all ages who quickly discover what locals already know—Pittsburgh is fun, affordable, and packed with entertainment. Enjoy a host of attractions that educate and entertain in the city named one of the top five cities to visit in the Northeast. Pittsburgh's downtown is compact, safe, pedestrian-friendly, very action-packed, and home to 100 restaurants, six live theaters, and a multitude of night-life action. And, it's just minutes away from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the location of the Grand Prix Pittsburgh!

Grand Prix Pittsburgh is open to the public and all players are invited to take part in the weekend's wide range of activities. Grand Prix Pittsburgh is a two-day event featuring a Gatecrash Sealed Deck on Saturday and Gatecrash Booster Draft on Sunday. In addition to the main event, the Grand Prix Pittsburgh weekend offers one of the largest schedules of side events ever brought to a Grand Prix, including an opportunity to win a VIP trip to Seattle in January, 2014. Public Events and Last-Chance Grand Prix Trials will be held Friday, March 22, 2013 on-site starting at noon. Visit www.professional-events.com for more details about public events.

Prominent Magic artists Christopher Moeller and rk post will be on hand for free signings of your favorite cards, plus you'll have the opportunity to buy prints and even original artwork.

Check out the special hotel rate listed below. Join Professional Event Services at Grand Prix Pittsburgh for a fantastic Magic experience!

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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.




 

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 Theros in Dublin (October 2013).
If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200 or more, Top 8 finishers earn invitations and airfare.
All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Gatecrash Sealed Deck and Booster Draft
Participation Fee: $40

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, March 22: Registration Noon – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 23: Registration 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 23: Grand Prix Pittsburgh begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 24: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

The main tournament at Grand Prix Pittsburgh 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
  • Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft
  • Sealed Deck Product: 6 Gatecrash boosters for Day 1 sealed deck
  • Booster Draft Product: 3 Gatecrash 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

  • Grand Prix Pittsburgh 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.
  • Top 8 matches will be best 2 of 3.
  • 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.
  • 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 Atlantic City is Jeff Morrow. Judge applications are closed. Judge certification will be available on site. Please contact Alex Bastecki at alex.bastecki@gmail.com for details and to arrange your certification.

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, March 22
Format: Gatecrash Sealed Deck and Standard, 32-person single-elimination flights
Times: Gatecrash Sealed Deck 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., events start each time 32 players sign up
Standard 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. flights (registration opens 1 hour before each), maximum of 32 players in each

Cost: $25 Sealed Deck, $20 Standard

First place wins a three-round bye in Grand Prix Pittsburgh and a free Sleep-in Special. Additional prizes in the form of booster packs given to top finishers.

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

  • Grand Prix Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh, the cutoff date will be March 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

  • Winners of Grand Prix Pittsburgh Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
  • Players with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
  • Members of the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame

Second-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
  • Players with a 2012-2013 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 #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)

Trial winners
Winners of a Trial tournament are awarded 3 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.



Sleep-In Special

Have some byes and don't want to get up to register your deck at 9 a.m.? Here's a deal for you! If you have byes and register any time before Friday at 10 p.m., you are eligible for the "Sleep-In Special." Unfortunately, players with byes who register on Saturday are not eligible for the Sleep in Special.

You may ONLY skip the player meeting and deck registration/construction if you paid for the Sleep-In Special.

Cost: $20 USD (regardless of number of byes)

How the Sleep-In Special works Once you have paid for the Sleep-In Special, a sealed deck card pool will be registered and verified on your behalf. Instead of arriving at 9 a.m. for the player meeting, you will check in prior to your first round of play (based on your number of byes) and receive a preregistered pool. Preregistered decks are chosen at random for each Sleep-In Special from the selection of preregistered decks. From the time when you get the pool, you will have 30 minutes to construct your deck and turn in your decklist. You begin play for the proper round after your byes and continue as normal.

You will need to report a minimum of 30 minutes PRIOR to the start of your first round of play. The estimated round start times for Saturday are:

  • Round 1: 10 a.m.
  • Round 2: 11 a.m.
  • Round 3: 12 p.m.
Check the Professional Event Services Grand Prix Pittsburgh website for more details about the Sleep in Special and how to register for the Sleep in Special if you can't make it on-site until Saturday.



 

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 Professional Event Services website. All side events will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

Friday
Last-Chance Trials
Earn a valuable Third-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
Two Super Sunday Series tournaments will be held at each Grand Prix, one Sealed Deck and one Standard. The Top 4 players from each will proceed to play in the Super Sunday Series Final Booster Draft. The Top 4 players in Super Sunday Series Final will each be awarded a special Grand Prix messenger bag. The winner of the Super Sunday Series Final will earn an invitation and travel award for the Super Sunday Series Championship, to be held in January 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. (Details about the Championship will be announced later in 2013.).


 

Artist Information

Prominent Magic artists Christopher Moeller and rk post will be on hand for free signings of your favorite cards, plus you'll have the opportunity to buy prints and even original artwork.



 

Travel Information

Pittsburgh is a well-connected city. Its location in Western Pennsylvania makes it convenient to get to by air and ground transportation, and once you're here, getting around is easy. More than half the U.S. population is within a 500-mile drive or 90-minute flight from Pittsburgh. It's less than 6 hours by car or train from nine states, Washington, D.C., and Canada.

Want to fly in? Fly into Pittsburgh International. Getting from the airport to Downtown Pittsburgh is a cinch, with convenient shuttle service as well as affordable, regular bus service.

Public Transportation

Driving Directions

From the Airport
Take I-376 E (towards Pittsburgh) through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and across the Fort Pitt Bridge. Take Ft. Duquesne Blvd Exit 6C. Follow sign to Convention/Strip District on 10th Street Bypass. Convention Center located on the right.

From the East | PA Turnpike
I-76 W (PA Turnpike) to Exit 57 Pittsburgh. Take I-376 W to Exit 2B Blvd. of the Allies. Take I-579 N to Seventh Ave /Convention Center Exit. Take Seventh Ave. Turn right onto William Penn Way. William Penn Way becomes 10th St. Convention Center straight ahead.

From the West | PA Turnpike
I-76 E (PA Turnpike) to Exit 28 Cranberry. Follow signs to I-79 S to I-279 S across Ft. Duquesne Bridge to 10th Street Bypass. Convention Center located on the right.

From the North
I-79 S to I-279 S across Ft. Duquesne Bridge to 10th Street Bypass. Convention Center located on the right.

From the South
I-79 N to Exit 59 A Pittsburgh to I-279 N through Ft. Pitt Tunnels and across the Ft. Pitt Bridge. Take Ft. Duquesne Blvd Exit 6C. Follow sign to Convention/Strip District on 10th Street Bypass. Convention Center located on the right.

Parking

Click here to download a parking map.

For more information on available parking within a 15-minute walk of the Convention Center, click here.

For more information on the Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages, including the new Grant Street Transportation Center Garage, click here.



 Hotel Information  

Looking for a great deal on a hotel room? PES has arranged a room block for Grand Prix Pittsburgh. The Westin Convention Center Hotel is attached to the venue and offers a room rate of $129.00 per night. The room block is sure to fill up and will expire on February 26, 2013. Don't delay, make your reservation today!

The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh
1000 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222
United States
Phone: (412) 281-3700
Fax: (412) 227-4500

To make reservations visit the Magic: the Gathering Grand Prix Pittsburgh hotel website.
Group rate available until February 26, 2013 and is subject to availability.

 

Contact Information

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

Venue Address

David L Lawrence Convention Center
Hall D&E
1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Click here for map

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