Grand Prix Bilbao Event Information

Posted in Feature on November 2, 2012

By Wizards of the Coast

Information

Date: January 19-20, 2013

Format: Modern

Tournament Location

Euskalduna,
Avenida de Abandoibarra 4,
48011 Bilbao,
Spain

Registration: €25
Friday, January 18: 14:00 to 22:00*
Saturday, January 19: 08:00 to 09:00*

* Times are approximate and subject to change.


Get your promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last). Bilbao is a city full of character—vibrant, vital and culturally dynamic with a rich and varied history. The Basque country's biggest and busiest city, Bilbao lies on Ría Nervión and is neatly wedged into the green hills of Vizcaya province. At its heart it is sliced in two by the murky waters of Ría de Bilbao, the Nervión's channel to the sea.

Today, Bilbao throngs with sophisticated locals and energetic tourists alike. Its cuisine is second to none and there's non-stop partying if you want to burn out in style. If culture is more your thing, you can't do better than the internationally renowned Guggenheim.

Join us for a weekend of Magic: The Gathering in one of Spain's greatest cities!

The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to get out into the Magic tournament community, catch up with old friends, meet some new ones, and play some great 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 cash prizes, a high Planeswalker Points multiplier, and exclusive foil promo cards for participants, Grand Prix feature a host of other activities, including public events and artist signings (prizes subject to change). Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.


Tournament Format and Schedule

Place Prize Money Pro Points
1 $3,500 8
2 $2,300 6
3-4 $1,500 5
5-8 $1,000 4
9-12 $600 3
13-16 $500 3
17-32 $400 2
33-64 $200 1
Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Gatecrash in Montreal (February 2013).
All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Modern
Participation Fee: €25

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, January 18: Registration from 14:00 to 22:00*
  • Saturday, January 19: Registration from 08:00 to 09:00*
  • Saturday, January 19: Tournament begins at 09:30*
  • Sunday, January 20: Day Two begins at 09:00*

* Times are approximate and subject to change.

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

Players must have a signed publicity release form to be included in Wizards of the Coast's official online event coverage. Forms can be downloaded here (15k PDF) and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on this form. Publicity releases will be collected during registration.

Tournament Format

  • The Head Judges for Grand Prix Bilbao are Frank Wareman and Jurgen Baert. Judges interested in working at this event should submit an application through the Magic judge website (apps.magicjudges.org).
  • Deck lists are required.
  • Players must use the same deck on Day 2 that they used on Day 1.

Tournament Structure

  • Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
  • 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 finals.
  • 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.
  • For the first game of each match in the Top 8, the player that finished higher in the Swiss rounds chooses either to play first or to play second. For subsequent games in each Top 8 match, the usual Play/Draw rule applies (loser of the previous game decides whether to play first in the next game).

Judges
The Head Judges for Grand Prix Bilbao are Frank Wareman and Jurgen Baert. Judges interested in working at this event should submit an application through the Magic judge website (apps.magicjudges.org).

Notes

  • Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive (Day 1) and Professional (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 Magic 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).

Tournament Byes

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

  • Winners of Grand Prix Bilbao Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
  • Players with a 2012 Pro Tour Players Club level of 4 or higher
  • Players with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
  • Members of the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame

Second-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
  • Players with a 2012 Pro Tour Players Club level of 2 or 3
  • Players with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

First-Round Byes

  • Players with a 2012 Pro Tour Players Club level of 1
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)

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.

For complete information about Grand Prix byes and their corresponding competitive season, please check the 2012 Magic Premier Event Invitation Policy.


Public Events

Magic Game Show

On Friday at 8 pm we start the Magic Game Show starring Richard Hagon. Registration is free and you can win some cool Magic goodies. Teams can be comprised of between 1 and 4 people.

Side Events

All Side Events at the Grand Prix will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

More information about side events and artists will appear on the Gordian Knot Games website.


Artist Information

Artists will be confirmed at a later date.


Travel Information

Arriving by Plane


Bilbao has direct flights from most major European cities. When you arrive, buses connect the airport to the city. They depart every 30 minutes.

Arriving by Public Transport
The closest tram station to the venue is Euskalduna.
The closest Metro Station is San Mames.
If you are coming by bus you can use city lines 26, 56 and 62.

Arriving by Car
The venue is situation just off the E-70. There are parking spaces available near the venue. Check local information for costs.


Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Wizards of the Coast and Glen White (Gordian Knot Games)
Email: wizards@hasbro.co.uk | Glen@GordianKnotGames.co.uk
Phone: +44207 193 6603

Venue Address

Euskalduna,
Avenida de Abandoibarra 4,
48011 Bilbao,
Spain

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