Global Prix 2006 Fact Sheet

Posted in Event Coverage on March 31, 2006

By Wizards of the Coast

The Magic: The Gathering Global Prix tournament is an international event featuring cash prizes and multiple invitations to various events.


  • Deck lists are required


  • The number of Swiss rounds on day 1 is determined by the following formula applied to the chart below:
    REGISTERED PLAYERS +(1-round byes x .56) + (2-round byes x 2.38)
    Number of
    Day 1 Swiss Rounds
    1028 or less 8
    1029 or more 9
  • Day 2 will cut to a global Top 8, followed by the single-elimination finals to be played on Magic Online
  • All Swiss rounds are 50 minutes in length; Top 8 single-elimination finals have no time limit
  • When time is called, the active player will finish the turn and five additional turns will be taken


  • All players may participate in the Day 1 Swiss rounds
  • If the number of Registered Playersis less then 1028, the Top 250 players will advance from day 1 to day 2. If the number of Registered Players is 1029 or greater, the Top 500 players will advance from day 1 to day 2.
  • The top 8 players after the final Swiss round will advance to the top 8 single-elimination finals.


  • All verbal communication among team members is permitted. Written communication is not permitted.
  • If necessary, one team member may draw a picture of a kitty, which the head judge will then show to the other team members, although this may only happen in Game 3 of odd-numbered rounds.
  • Though players on a team may verbally communicate and gesture freely they must still complete game actions at a reasonable pace or they are engaging in slow play. The burden of reasonable pace is on the active player.
  • Debate or discussion between players on the same team other than extremely brief consultation will be considered slow play.
  • It is considered poor sportsmanship for a player to throw his or her voice in an attempt to fool the other team into thinking their cards are talking to them.

Top 8

  • Time Travel Standard
  • Upon making the Top 8, each player will be given a two-year stretch of cards from which to build their Standard deck.
  • Top 8 matches will be best 2 of 3
  • Players will be randomly assigned in the bracket.
  • Paradoxes are strictly forbidden, per Time Corps Directive 56.0/J


  • 40K, REL 4
  • Players are responsible for knowing all DCI and high-level tournament rules. There will be a quiz after round 3.
  • Players must bring pen, paper, card sleeves, snacks for the judges, and appropriate counters.


Friday: Registration starts at 11:30 P.M.
Saturday: Registration ends at 12:00 A.M.
Tournament begins at 12:01 A.M.
Sunday: Cut to Top 8, with play scheduled to begin at 3 P.M.

Tournament Location

Wherever you happen to be when you're playing


$25 per player/$75 per team for advance registration
$30 per player/$90 per team on site

Advance registration will be available until March 30 at midnight


The Global Prix is open to Magic players of all ages.

Tournament Divisions and Prizes
The Global Prix will feature the standard “main-tournament” prize schedule as well as a special “Amateur" prize schedule. The Amateur prizes will be paid to the highest-finishing amateur regardless of their standing in the Grand Prix. All prizes are in U.S. Dollars. If you are offered a prize that consists of those giant stone wheels from the Yap islands, consult a judge.
Main Tournament Prize Schedule
Finish Prize
1 $40,000
2 $3,000
3 $2,100
4 $2,000
5-6 $1,500
7-8 $1,200
9-10 $900
11-12 $600
Total: $55,200
Amateur Division Prize Schedule
Finish Prize
1 $1,500
2 $1,250
3 $1,000
4 $750
5 $500
Total: $5,000

Amateur Status
A player is considered to have amateur status if he or she has 0 lifetime pro points or if a member of the WotC tournament team doesn't recognize his or her name. If any player on a team has ever been awarded pro points from a Grand Prix, Pro Tour, or World Championship event, that team no longer has amateur status, and the player may not participate in the Amateur Championship or Junior Super Series tournaments, and the player and team are not eligible for amateur awards at Grand Prix or other tournaments.

Tournament Byes (Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year)
Byes will be given to players in the Global Prix based on the following criteria:
Second-Round Byes

  • Players with 2 or more combined Pro Club levels.
  • Teams with an average Constructed rating between all 3 team members of 2000 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on February 8, 2006.
First-Round Byes
  • Players with 1 Pro Club level.

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