Grand Prix

Grand Prix–Phoenix

Posted in Feature on May 26, 2006

By Wizards of the Coast

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.

Grand Prix—Phoenix is presented by Monastery Productions

Tournament Format And Schedule

The format for Grand Prix–Phoenix is Ravnica Block Sealed Deck, with day 2 Coldsnap Booster Draft. All DCI Limited-format rules, Magic Floor Rules, and all subsequent updates will be enforced.

Friday, September 1: Registration from 6:00 P.M. -11:59 P.M.
Saturday, September 2: Registration from 7:00 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.
Tournament begins at 10:00 A.M. If less than 800 players participate in the event, the Top 64 players advance to competition on Sunday If 800 or more players participate, the top 128 advance to Sunday.
Sunday, September 3: The Top 64 (or 128) players begin play at 9:00 A.M.

Tournament Location

Mesa Convention Center
263 North Center
Mesa, AZ 85201

Hotel

Phoenix Marriott Mesa
200 N. Centennial Way
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: (480) 898-8300
Fax: (480) 464-5068

Cost

$35

For advance registration, contact http://www.monk.org

Tournament

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

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 shall be extended to the next-best finisher in that Grand Prix. 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 Structure
    The structure for Grand Prix–Phoenix will be modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds). 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. The top 16 Players will receive invitations to Pro Tour-Kobe.
  • Judges
    The Head Judge for Grand Prix–Phoenix will be Toby Elliot.
    If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix–Phoenix, please contact Ray Powers at raymondjpowers@yahoo.com
  • Tournament Divisions and Prizes
    Grand Prix–Phoenix 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 players regardless of their standing in the Grand Prix. All prizes are in U.S. Dollars.

    Main Tournament Prize Schedule
    FinishPrize
    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
    FinishPrize
    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 0 lifetime pro points. If a player has ever been awarded ANY pro points from a Grand Prix, 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.
  • 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
    • DCI players with a Limited rating of 2025 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on April 19, 2006.
    Second-Round Byes
    • Players with a Players Club level of 2
    • DCI players with a Limited rating of 1925 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on April 19, 2006.
    First-Round Byes
    • Players with a Players Club level of 1
    • DCI players with a Limited rating of 1850 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on April 19, 2006.

Grand Prix Trial

Friday, 3:00 P.M. (Registration starts at 2:00 P.M.)
Cost: $25.00
Format: Ravnica: City of Guilds Block Limited with Top 8 Ravnica: City of Guilds, Guildpact and Dissension.
Location: Mesa Convention Center
263 North Center
Mesa, AZ 85201

Prizes: Top 4 players each receive a Third-Round bye at the Grand Prix, Product Prizes

Other Grand Prix–Phoenix Trials will be run throughout North America in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 Third-Round bye to Grand Prix–Phoenix.

Artists Information

Liz Danforth and Mike Sutfin

Side Events

Side events at Grand Prix–Phoenix include a Pro Tour–Kobe Qualifier.

A complete Grand Prix–Phoenix side event schedule can be found at http://www.monk.org after June 1, 2006

Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering, Magic, Ravnica, Guildpact, Dissension, Coldsnap, DCI, and Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. 2003-2006 Wizards.

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