Grand Prix–Sendai Event Information

Posted in Feature on April 2, 2010

By Wizards of the Coast


Date: June 5-6, 2010

Format: Standard

Tournament Location
Yume Messe Miyagi
3-1-7 Minato, Miyagino-ku
Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken
Web Site

Friday, June 4: 16:00-20:00, ¥2500
Saturday, June 5: 08:00-09:00, ¥3000

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

Known as "The City of Trees," Sendai City, situated in the center of Miyagi Prefecture, is the largest city in the Tohoku region and has been the center of the region since Date Masamune reigned over the area and built Aoba Castle at the beginning of the 17th century. The ruins of Aoba Castle are now the centerpiece of a large public park.

Sendai is also renowned for its proximity to Matsushima. Some 260 islands, large and small, are scattered in picturesque Matsushima Bay. The view of Matsushima changes from place to place and from season to season, and is so beautiful that it is considered one of Japan's "Three Legendary Vistas" (the other two being Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima and the Ama-no-Hashidate in Kyoto). Dotted with small islands covered by black and red pines and grayish white rocks, the views of Matsushima Bay from the four islands of Ogi-ga-tani, Tomi-yama, Otaka-mori, and Tamon-zan are truly spectacular and regarded as the four grandest views in Matsushima. With its stunning island scenery, the bay is frequented by visitors year round.

The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to get out of the house, 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. In addition to $30,000 in cash prizes, Pro Tour invitations for the top 16 finishers, and exclusive foil promo cards for participants, Grand Prix feature a host of other activities, including public events and artist signings. Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.

Format: Standard
Participation Fee: ¥2500 (Friday registration) or ¥3000 (Saturday registration)

Grand Prix–Sendai will feed Pro Tour–Amsterdam 2010.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, June 4: Registration 16:00-20:00
  • Saturday, June 5: Registration 08:00-09:00
  • Saturday, June 5: Tournament begins at 09:30
  • Sunday, June 7: Day Two begins at 09:00

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

Tournament Format

  • Standard Constructed. Legal sets as of the tournament date are: Magic 2010, Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn, Zendikar, Worldwake, and Rise of the Eldrazi. As of 2010-04-01, there are no banned cards in Standard.
  • Deck lists are required
  • Players must use the same deck on both Day 1 and Day 2 of the Grand Prix.

Tournament Structure

  • Grand Prix–Sendai 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 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.)
  • Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will still be used to determine final order in the standings.

The head judge for Grand Prix–Sendai will be announced at a later date. If you are interested in volunteering for Grand Prix–Sendai as a judge, please contact Ron Foster ( by April 24, 2010.


  • Grand Prix–Sendai will be run with a KValue of 40. The Rules Enforcement Level will be 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 DCI Document Center.
  • Players must bring pen, paper, card sleeves and appropriate counters.
  • 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).

A player who has a bye in a round does not have to play a match in that round, but is treated as having won. A bye is normally given out to a player when there are an odd number of players in a round, but byes may also be rewarded to players for previous performance at a tournament or as a prize at a Trial tournament. Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria (Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Players that accumulate multiple byes to a particular Grand Prix tournament receive only the bye for the greatest number of rounds):

Third-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 4 or higher
  • Players with a DCI Total rating of 2050 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on June 2, 2010.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Sendai Trial tournaments.

Second-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 2 or 3
  • Players with a DCI Total rating of 1950 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on June 2, 2010.

First-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 1
  • Players with a DCI Total rating of 1850 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on June 2, 2010.

Trial winners
People who win a Trial event are awarded 3 byes in the Grand Prix that it feeds. Trial byes are not cumulative with other byes and do not pass down.

Public Events

All participants in the Grand Prix main event will receive a ¥200 coupon good for one 8-man tournament held at the Grand Prix site during the weekend.

8-man pick-up tournaments will be run throughout the weekend on-site. All 8-man tournaments are DCI sanctioned events. Entry fee is ¥1200 for a Booster Draft (Rise of the Eldrazix3), ¥500 for a Constructed tournament.

Super Friday Night Magic

Friday, March 19
Registration: 15:00-16:00, ¥3000
Format: Rise of the Eldrazi Sealed Deck, 4-round Swiss tournament
All players each receive 1 June 2010 FNM promo card. Other prizes are based solely on points after 4 Swiss rounds.
12 points receives 4 FNM promo cards & 4 Rise of the Eldrazi Boosters.
9-11 points receives 2 FNM promo cards & 2 Rise of the Eldrazi Boosters.
6-8 points receives 1 FNM promo card & 1 Rise of the Eldrazi Booster.
FNM card choices are limited to one choice of each type available (no duplicates).

Hobby Station Sponsored Legacy Tournament
Saturday, June 5 Registration: 12:30-13:30, ¥1500
Format: Legacy Constructed, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination
The winner of the tournament will receive an artist-signed Unlimited edition Mox Jet. The Finalist will receive a foil set of Japanese edition Rise of the Eldrazi. The Top 30 players will each receive a set of orihalcon guards, while the Top 40 players will also receive deck cases. The first 128 registrants will each receive a storage box and pack of sleeves. Rise of the Eldrazi booster packs will be given out to top finishers as additional prizes.
Note: Depending on the number of rounds, the single-elimination for this tournament may take place on Sunday. Also, the registration time is subject to change based on the progress of the Grand Prix. Sponsored Legacy Tournament
Sunday, June 6
Registration: 9:00-9:45, ¥1500
Format: Legacy Constructed, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination
The winner of the tournament will receive his or her choice of two "Mox" cards provided by; the Finalist will receive the other. (Cards will be revealed on-site.) 3rd and 4th place will each receive a Revised edition Underground Sea card. Rise of the Eldrazi booster packs will also be awarded as prizes to top finishers beginning at 5th place.

National Championship Qualifier Tournament
Sunday, June 6
Registration: 9:00-9:45, ¥2000
Format: Standard Constructed.
Top finishers will each receive an invitation to the 2010 Japan National Championship, to be held at the beginning of July. The top two finishers will also be eligible for a travel award. The number of invitations generated will be determined by the number of players in the Qualifier. For details on National Qualifiers, please see the official fact sheet. Top finishers will also be awarded Rise of the Eldrazi booster packs as prizes.

Mint Sponsored Sealed Deck Tournament
Sunday, June 6
Registration: 11:00-11:45, ¥3000
Format: Sealed Deck (Zendikar x3, Worldwake x3), straight Swiss
The first 72 players will each receive a package of official MTG-brand tournament sleeves.
Additional prizes will be awarded based on final standing as follows.
Top 32: MTG-brand art sleeves
Top 16: MTG-brand deck case
Top 8: MTG-brand card binder
Top 4: MTG Black Lotus sleeves
1st-4th: 1 of each Rise of the Eldrazi Intro Packs
1st-4th: 1 Duel Decks: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition + 1 display of Rise of the Eldrazi
Compact Boosters
1st-4th: 1 display of Japanese edition Rise of the Eldrazi boosters
1st-4th: 1 year's worth of MTG official sleeves
(The winner of the event will receive the prize of his or her choice from among the 1st-4th prizes; the remaining players will continue to pick from the remaining prizes in order.)

Pro Tour—Amsterdam Qualifier
Sunday, June 6
Registration: Saturday, June 5, 17:00~end of GP (tournament starts at 9:00 6/6), ¥2500
Format: Standard, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination
The winner will receive an invitation and round-trip travel to Pro Tour—Amsterdam 2010. Other top finishers will receive Rise of the Eldrazi booster packs.

Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to make any changes to event schedules without prior notice.

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Travel Information

Sendai is located approximately 120 minutes northeast of Tokyo by Shinkansen (bullet train). The city itself has a highly developed public transportation network, making it easy to get around. Yume Messe Miyagi is roughly 15 minutes by foot from Nakano-sakae Station on the Sengoku train line, which is itself an 18-minute ride from Sendai station.

Contact Information

For additional information about the event, please contact Ron Foster, Japan Organized Play Manager, at

Venue address
Yume Messe Miyagi
3-1-7 Minato, Miyagino-ku
Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken
Web Site

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