Grand Prix

Grand Prix–Sydney

Posted in Feature on September 1, 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.

SPECIAL PROMOTION

Play in a Sneak Peek Event at Stores in Australia or New Zealand the weekend of 30th Sept and get $20 off the cost of entry to Grand Prix Sydney. Vouchers will be available from your local store at the Sneak Peek event.

Tournament Format And Schedule

The format for Grand Prix - Sydney is Time Spiral Limited with Day 2 Time Spiral Booster draft. All DCI Limited rules, Magic Floor Rules will be enforced.

Friday, October 6: Registration from 3:00 P.M.–9:00 P.M.
Saturday, October 7: Late registration from 8:00 A.M.–9.30 A.M. Tournament begins at 9:30 A.M. The Top 64 players advance to competition on Sunday.
Sunday, October 8: The top 64 begin play at 9:00 A.M. Finals will immediately follow.

Tournament Location

Sydney Masonic Centre:



SMC Information
66 Goulburn St
Sydney NSW 2000
http://www.smc.au.com/index.html

Entry Fee

See Special Promotion
AU$40 Pre-registration on Friday
AU$45 Late Registration Saturday Morning

Tournament

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

If the player who wins an invitation to Pro Tour–Geneva at Grand Prix–Sydney has already qualified for an invitation, the invitation shall be NOT be passed down to the next-best finisher. Previous qualification may occur through a Qualifier tournament, through performance at a professional tournament, or by being an invited DCI player (valid on the date of the official rank announcement for the appropriate professional tournament).

Amateur Status
A player is considered to have Amateur status if he or she has never participated in a Pro Tour or World Championship event. If a player has ever participated in a Pro Tour or World Championship event, that player no longer has Amateur status, may not participate in those tournaments which are limited to those with amateur status, and is not eligible for Amateur awards at tournaments which offer such awards. The top finishing players with Amateur status at the beginning of the tournament are eligible to receive these prizes.A team is considered to have Amateur status if all of the individual members of the team have Amateur status (i.e., all members of the team have never participated in a Pro Tour or World Championship event). Note: Players who had previously lost their amateur status due to have Pro Points earned only at Grand Prix events will have their amateur status reinstated.

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 2000 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on October 4, 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 October 4, 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 October 4, 2006.

Trial winners:

People who win a Trial event are awarded 3 byes in the Grand Prix that it feeds. Trials will be run throughout Australia and New Zealand prior to the event and on the Friday before in last minute Trials. Trial byes are not cumulative with other byes and do not pass down.

Tournament Structure
The structure for Grand Prix - Sydney is modified Swiss (50-minute rounds, with the number of rounds determined by the number of participants), with the Top 64 players advancing to competition on Sunday for prizes and invitations.

Head Judge
Mark Brown L3, Melbourne Australia.

Prize Payout
Grand Prix – Sydney features the standard main tournament prize schedule as well as a special Amateur Award schedule. 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

Side Events

TBA

Magic Artist
Mark Poole
Warren Mahy
www.thebattery.co.nz

Accommodation

For Sydney hotels, please check:
http://www.travelhops.com.au/cheap-hotels-in-sydney.htm

For good deals closer to the event, please check:
http://www.wotif.com/

SOME INFORMATION ON Sydney:

A site for first-time travelers
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/destinations/pacific/australia/new-south-wales/sydney

Australia Travel Directory
www.anzac.com/aust/aust.htm

Comprehensive travel site on Australia with maps and cultural information www.finalword.com/

Tourist Guide to Australia
www.csu.edu.au/australia/tourism.html

CURRENCY EXCHANGE INFORMATION

www.xe.net/ucc

ALL OTHER ENQUIRIES

For all general enquiries please contact Dale Aitken:
Telephone: +61 2 9804 4159
Email: aitkend@hasbro.com

MAP OF Sydney:

MAP OF Australia

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