Grand Prix

Grand Prix - Birmingham

Posted in Feature on January 16, 2004

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.

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Win a trip to the Grand Prix in Germany
...and many other Magic prizes!

At Grand Prix Birmingham fill out the voucher* and deposit it in the designated box before Saturday, March 27th - 5pm. A draw will be held on Saturday, March 27th at 6pm.

  • 1st prize: Trip to the Grand Prix in Germany:
    • Plane ticket to and from the GP
    • 3 hotel nights (breakfast included)
    • 1 free side event per day (2 in total)
  • 2nd prize: A Magic snowboard.
  • 3rd – 10th prize: Free side event voucher (to be used at any European GP in 2004)

* Only 1 entry per person.


You can now pre-register online for this exciting event!
Note that pre-registration closes 7 days before the event.

For UK Tel: +44 (0) 8457 125599
All other European countries: +32 70 233 277

For more information on what to do in Birmingham click here

The format for Grand Prix–Birmingham is Mirrodin-Darksteel™ Limited; Sealed deck with day 2 Booster Draft. All DCI™ Constructed-format rules, Magic® Floor Rules, and all subsequent updates will be enforced.

Friday, March 26: Registration from 4:00-9:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 27: Registration from 8:00-9:00 A.M.
Tournament begins at 9:00 A.M. The Top 64 players advance to competition on Sunday
Sunday, March 28: The Top 64 players begin play at 8:00 A.M.

NEC Birmingham
The Pavillion

Including all product for Sealed Deck and drafts: 25 €. / 17 £


The main tournament at Grand Prix–Birmingham 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–Birmingham will be modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds), with the Top 64 players advancing to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. The top 8 previously uninvited Players will receive invitations to Pro Tour-Amsterdam.
  • Tournament Divisions and Prizes
    Grand Prix–Birmingham 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 in addition to any winnings those players receive from the main tournament prize schedule . All prizes are in U.S. Dollars.

    Main Tournament Prize Schedule
    Total: $17,500
    Amateur Division Prize Schedule
    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.


John Avon (Website)
Wayne England

Side Event Schedule Saturday:

14.00u Team Sealed
Format: Team Sealed Deck (2 T-packs Mirrodin and 4 boosters Darksteel)
Entry fee: 15€/per person
Prizes: Boosters Darksteel

16.00u Asian 4th Edition Sealed Deck

Max 64 players to not get in trouble with venue closing time.
Format: Sealed Deck (1 T-pack Japanese 4th Edition and 2 boosters Chinese 4th Edition)
Entry Fee: 25€/per person
Prizes: Boosters Darksteel

18.00u - 19.00u Registration PTQ San Diego

Side Event Schedule Sunday:

9.00u Registration PTQ San Diego
10.00u PTQ San Diego

Format: Sealed deck Mirrodin/Darksteel with Boosterdraft finals
Entry Fee: 25€/per person
Prizes: 2 slots for PTQ San Diego + Boosters Darksteel

14.00u Junior Series Event

Format: Standard
Entry Fee: 5€/per person
Prizes: Snowboard + Boosters Darksteel + Special Foil Card


UK Hotel accomodation

Hotels in Birmingham

The NEC hotels

or Contact Town and Country Conferences

Tel: +44 (0)1494 883773
Fax: +44 (0) 1494 883993


By air:
More than 20 international airlines serve Birmingham International Airport, which is conveniently situated a few minutes from The NEC and The NEC Arena. Together they provide scheduled flights from 34 destinations in the UK, Europe and North America. The group’s venues are also easily accessible from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and other regional airports.
Just seconds from The NEC and The NEC Arena. The new Skyrail provides a direct rail link from the Airport to The NEC.

Public transportations:
The NEC and The NEC Arena are served by Birmingham International station, connected by a covered bridgelink.
Wherever you're coming from, the easy way to get to The NEC and The NEC Arena is by rail. Whatever you're coming to see, the train drops you right at our door - because The NEC has its own station, Birmingham International is linked directly to The NEC by a covered walkway - you don't even have to go outside

Arriving by road:
Birmingham is at the hub of the UK motorway network, enabling visitors to travel directly from the M42, M5, M6, M1 and M40. Car parking is available within the vicinity of each of our venues. Our selection of maps show the roads and routes that you can take, to come and visit The NEC Group and Birmingham

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