Grand Prix–Yamagata

Posted in Feature on October 23, 2006

By Wizards of the Coast

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The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is an international circuit of large-scale Qualifier tournaments featuring cash prizes and multiple invitations to Pro Tour events.

Tournament Format And Schedule

The format for Grand Prix—Yamagata is Time Spiral Block Sealed Deck (1 Time Spiral tournament pack and 2 Time Spiral booster packs), with Day 2 Time Spiral Booster Draft (3 Time Spiral booster packs). All DCI Limited rules and Magic Floor Rules and all subsequent updates will be enforced. For the latest edition of the DCI and Magic Floor Rules, please refer to the DCI Rules web site.

  • Friday, November 17: Registration from 16:00-20:00. Players who cannot attend registration will be allowed to register on Saturday morning between 08:30 and 09:00 for an additional fee of ¥500.
  • Saturday, November 18: Tournament begins at 09:00. The Top 64 players from Day 1 advance to Day 2. (In the event Grand Prix—Yamagata has more than 800 players, the Top 128 players from Day 1 will advance to Day 2.)
  • Sunday, November 19: Play begins at 9:00. The Top 8 players from Day 2 will play 3 rounds of single-elimination competition to determine the Grand Prix—Yamagata champion.

Tournament Location

Yamagata Big Wing (Yamagata International Exchange Plaza)
100 Heikubo
Yamagata-shi, Yamagata-ken
http://www.convention.or.jp/bigwing/
(Japanese only)

Access To Yamagata Big Wing

  • 15 minutes by car from Yamagata Station.
  • 20 minutes by bus from Yamagata Station.

Entry Fee

¥ 3,500 (¥ 4,000 on Saturday)

Tournament Registration And Player Contact

Registration will be held on site on Friday and Saturday morning.

Contact for Non-Japanese Players
Ron Foster, Japan Organized Play Manager
Phone: +81-3-5326-3102
Email: ron.foster@wizards.com

Tournament

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

Tournament Structure

The structure for Grand Prix—Yamagata will be modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds), with the number of rounds determined by the number of participating players. If the event has 799 participants or less, the Top 64 players advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. If the event has 800 or more participants, the Top 128 will advance to Day 2.

Judges

The Head Judge for Grand Prix—Yamagata will be Yoshiya Shindo (Level 3, Japan). If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix—Yamagata, please contact Ron Foster at ron.foster@wizards.com by November 3.

Tournament Divisions and Prizes

All participants of Grand Prix—Yamagata will receive a ¥200 discount coupon valid for any on-demand tournament.

The Top 16 players will receive invitations to Pro Tour—Geneva, scheduled for February 9-11, 2007. 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).

Grand Prix—Yamagata will feature the standard "main tournament" prize schedule as well as a special "Amateur" prize schedule. The Amateur prized will be paid to the highest-finishing amateur players regardless of their standing in the Grand Prix. All prizes are in U.S. dollars.

Main Tournament Prize Schedule
Finish Prize
1 $2,400
2 $1,700
3 $1,200
4 $1,000
5-8 $800
9-16 $500
17-32 $250
Total: $17,500
Amateur Division Prize Schedule
Finish Prize
1 $1,500
2 $1,000
3-4 $700
5-8 $400
9-16 $250
Total: $7,500
 

Amateur Status

A player is considered to have amateur status if he or she has never participated in a Pro Tour, regardless of whether or not that player has any Pro Points. If a player has ever attended ANY Pro Tour or World Championship event, that player no longer has amateur status, may not participate in the Amateur Championship or Junior Super Series tournaments, and is not eligible for amateur awards at Grand Prix or other tournaments.

Pro Points

Grand Prix—Yamagata will award Pro Points based on the following schedule.

Finish Pro Points
1st 8
2nd 6
3rd - 4th 4
5th - 8th 4
9th - 16th 3
17th – 32nd 2
33rd – 64th 1

Tournament Byes (Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year)

Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria:

Third-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 3 or higher.
  • Winners of a Grand Prix—Yamagata Trial tournament.
  • DCI players with a Limited rating of 2000 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on November 15, 2006.

Second-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 2.
  • DCI players with a Limited rating of 1900 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on November 15, 2006.

First-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 1.
  • DCI players with a Limited rating of 1800 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on November 15, 2006.

Side Events

  • Grand Prix—Yamagata Trial tournaments
  • Pro Tour—Geneva Qualifier tournament
  • Grand Prix—Nagoya Trial tournament
  • The Finals 2006 Grand Prix Yamagata Qualifier
  • U-18 Tournament
  • Eight-person on-demand tournaments
  • Artist signings

GRAND PRIX—YAMAGATA TRIAL TOURNAMENTS
When: Friday, November 17
Registration: November 17, 12:00-14:30
Entry Fee: ¥3,000
Format: Time Spiral Block Sealed Deck
Trials will be run in flights of 32 players throughout the day during the registration time given above. The winner of each 5-round single-elimination Trial will receive a Third-Round bye at the Grand Prix.

PRO TOUR—GENEVA QUALIFIER TOURNAMENT
When: Sunday, November 19
Registration: November 18, 17:00 – end of last round
Entry Fee: ¥3,500
Format: Time Spiral Block Sealed Deck + Time Spiral Booster Draft Finals
The winner of the Qualifier tournament will receive an invitation and airfare to Pro Tour—Geneva, scheduled for February 9-11, 2007. Booster packs will also be awarded to top finishers.

GRAND PRIX—NAGOYA TRIAL TOURNAMENT
When: Sunday, November 19
Registration: November 19, 10:00-10:30
Entry Fee: ¥2,000
Format: Extended
The winner of the Trial tournament will receive a Third-Round bye at Grand Prix—Nagoya, to be held Spring 2007. Booster packs will also be awarded to top finishers.

THE FINALS 2006 GRAND PRIX YAMAGATA QUALIFIER
When: Sunday, November 19
Registration: November 19, 10:30-11:00
Entry Fee: ¥2,000
Format: Standard Constructed
The Top 4 finishers will qualify for The Finals 2006, to be held December 23-24 in Tokyo. Booster packs will also be awarded to top finishers.

U-18 TOURNAMENT
When: Sunday, November 19
Registration: November 19, 11:30-12:00
Entry Fee: ¥200
Format: Standard Constructed
Participation in the U-18 Tournament is limited to high school students and younger players. All participants will receive a special promotional version of Sakura-Tribe Elder. The winner will receive a special promotional version of Shard Phoenix. Booster packs will also be awarded to top finishers.

EIGHT-PERSON ON-DEMAND TOURNAMENTS

  • Standard, Extended: ¥ 500
  • Booster Draft: ¥ 1,000
  • Sealed Deck: ¥ 2,000

SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST

Martina Pilcerova

Travel Information

Player Accommodations

NOTE: The following hotels are not endorsed by or affiliated with Wizards of the Coast. The hotels on this list are taken from guidebooks and provided here for your convenience only.

Hotel Yamagata
1-1 Saiwai-machi
Yamagata-shi, Yamagata-ken
Phone: 023-642-2111
Fax: 023-642-2119
Single rooms from ¥5800

Green Hotel
1-3-12 Kasumi-chou
Yamagata-shi, Yamagata-ken
Phone: 023-622-2636
Fax: 023-642-8005
Single rooms from ¥5600

Hotel Marble
3-1-28 Kasumi-chou
Yamagata-shi, Yamagata-ken
Phone: 023-624-9521
Fax: 023-624-9527
Single rooms from ¥6352

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