Grand Prix Prague Event Information


 Information  

Grand Prix Prague is brought to you by Gordian Knot Games.

Date: January 10-12, 2014

Format: Modern

Tournament Location

Fair Ground Holesovice
Palace of Industry, Right Wing
Areal Vystaviste 67
Czech Republic
Click here for map.

Registration:
Online Registration at grandprix.gordianknotgames.co.uk
Online: : €35 - £32 - 1000 Kč
Online with Sleep-in Special: €50 - £45 - 1400 Kč
Online with VIP Program: €60 - £54 - 1700 Kč

On-site registration: Friday, January 10 from 15:00 - 22:00
On-site: 1000 Kč
On-site with Sleep-In: 1400 Kč
On-site with VIP Program: 1700 Kč

All registration closes at 22:00 on Friday, January 10th. 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).

Travel to beautiful Prague and take part in a weekend of serious Magic fun with a bunch of exciting things to do!

Discover Prague at Wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Prague

 
  Follow live streaming video coverage of Grand Prix Prague with Marijn Lybaert, Hall of Famer Frank Karsten, Simon Görtzen, Rich Hagon, and Steven Leeming at DailyMTG.com and Twitch.tv. The live video stream will start at approximately 1 p.m. local time / Noon. GMT / 7 a.m. ET.

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 $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 Journey into Nyx in Atlanta (May 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: Modern
Participation Fee: €35 or 1.000 CZK

Registration and Schedule

  • Online registration until 22:00 on Friday, January 10 at grandprix.gordianknotgames.co.uk
  • Friday, January 10: Registration 15:00 – 22:00
  • Saturday, January 11: Grand Prix Prague begins at 09:00
  • Sunday, January 12: Main Event Day Two begins at 09:00

Players registering by 5 p.m. on Friday for the main event (or those showing their pre-registration email before 5 p.m.) will receive the promotional playmat (while supplies last).

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

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

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Grand Prix Prague. 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

  • Modern Constructed
  • Visit this page to see a list of cards banned in Modern tournaments.
  • Deck lists are required.
  • Players must use the same deck on Day Two that they used on Day One.

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.)
  • 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 this event will be Cristiana Dionisio. The Regional Judge Coordinator is Sebastian Pekala. 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 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, January 10
Time: 12:00 – 18:00
Format: Modern or Sealed Deck, 32-person single-elimination flights
Cost: €12 (Modern) or €32 (Sealed Deck)
Prizes: Winner receives a two-round bye. Last-Chance Trial participants will receive a playmat (while supplies last).
* Times are approximate and subject to change.

Grand Prix Prague 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 Prague.

  • Grand Prix Prague 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 Prague, the cutoff date will be January 8th.) 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 #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 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 Prague Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 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 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 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 Gordian Knot Games 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 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

Come and meet top Magic: The Gathering artists during the Grand Prix. Jesper Ejsing will be attending Grand Prix Prague and will also be drawing the promotional playmat for the event! One additional artist will be announced soon.

Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 16:00

Exclusive VIP time with the artists will occur from 16:00 to 17:00 on Sunday. Note that the artists will take a lunch break of one hour at noon. So make sure you plan your visit in time!


Other Hall Attractions

Magic Game Show
On Friday at 8 p.m. we start the Magic Game Show starring Richard Hagon. Registration is free and you can win some cool Magic goodies. Teams can be comprised of between 1 and 4 people.



 

Travel Information

Arriving by Plane

Prague has its own International Airport (Vaclav Havel Airport Prague) 20 km away from the city centre. You can travel from the airport to the city centre by bus, airport express, shuttle or taxi.

www.prg.aero/cs/

Arriving by Train

There are train connections to Prague from Berlin (4.5 hours), Munich (6 hours) and Vienna (4.5 hours). All international trains arrive at Praha hlavni nadrazi (central station), which has a connection with metro line C.

Arriving by Public Transport

Google map

Taxi

+420 222 333 222
www.aaataxi.cz



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Gordian Knot Games
Email: info@gordianknotgames.co.uk

Top 64 payout information: gpprizes@gordianknotgames.co.uk

Tournament Location

Fair Ground Holesovice
Palace of Industry, Right Wing
Areal Vystaviste 67
Czech Republic
Click here for map.

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