Grand Prix Bochum Event Information

Posted in Feature on October 1, 2012

By Wizards of the Coast

Information

Date: November 17-18, 2012

Format: Standard

Tournament Location

RuhrCongress Bochum
Stadionring 20
D44791
Bochum, Germany
Map

Registration: €15
Friday, November 16: 14:00 to 22:00
Saturday, November 17: 08:00 to 09:00


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

The city of Bochum is a lively university metropolis, rich in educational, cultural and leisure opportunities. Almost 400,000 people live in Bochum, with means that it is bustling but not crowded. Bochum can boast that it has many theatres, universities and museums but is most notably the home of the 'Bermuda Triangle' (over 60 cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants) as well as the Bundesliga Football Club, VfL Bochum.

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

PlacePrizesPro Points
1Factory-sealed Revised Booster Box
Alienware MX17 laptop
1 Flight to a European Grand Prix*
Hotel Room for 2*
108 Return to Ravnica Booster Packs
8
2Alienware MX17 laptop
1 Flight to a European Grand Prix*
Hotel Room for 2*
108 Return to Ravnica Booster Packs
6
3-4Playstation Vita
Google Nexus 7 Tablet
Hotel Room for 2*
108 Return to Ravnica Booster Packs
5
5-8Playstation Vita
Google Nexus 7 Tablet
108 Return to Ravnica Booster Packs
4
9-16Playstation Vita
108 Return to Ravnica Booster Packs
3
17-32Kindle Touch
108 Return to Ravnica Booster Packs
2
33-64108 Return to Ravnica Booster Packs1
*Flights and hotels are for any 2013 European Grand Prix.
Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Gatecrash in Montreal (February 2013).
Prizes subject to change.

Format: Standard
Participation Fee: €15

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, November 16: Registration 14:00 to 22:00
  • Saturday, November 17: Registration 08:00 to 09:00
  • Saturday, November 17: Tournament begins at 09:30
  • Sunday, November 18: Day Two begins at 09:00

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

Players must have a signed consent form to participate in Grand Prix Bochum. Forms can be found here and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on this form. Consent forms will be collected during the player meeting on Saturday morning.

Tournament Format

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).

Staff
The Head Judges for Grand Prix Bochum are Frank Wareman and Kevin Desprez. Judges interested in working at this event should submit an application through the Magic judge website.

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).

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 Bochum 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
Winners of a Trial tournament 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

A variety of tournaments in all different formats, including draft, chaos draft, Two-Headed Giant, Legacy, Standard, and many more will be available all weekend. More information on the complete public events schedule can be seen at Gordian Knot Games's website.


Artist Information

Eric Deschamps and Slawomir Maniak will be in attendance at Grand Prix Bochum.

Other Hall Attractions

Magic Game Show
On Friday at 8 p.m. 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.


Travel Information

Arriving by Train
Once you arrive at Bochum Central Station you can get to the venue by:

  • Tram – Take the 308 or 318 to Rewirpower Stadion. The Ruhrcongress is a few minutes walk from that station
  • Bus – The no. 388 bus stops right outside the main entrance

Travel by Air
Although Bochum itself does not have an airport, you can fly to either Düsseldorf or Dortmund.

Travel by Car
Coming from the A40 take the motorway exit “RuhrCongress”. Caution: please do not follow the signposting to the multi-storey car park, but:

  • At the traffic lights, drive straight ahead past the Musical Starlight Express (Stadionring) to the roundabout
  • At the roundabout take the third exit into Küpperstraße.
  • Now drive past the Kongresshotel and towards the Rewirpower stadium.

Contact Information

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

Venue Address

RuhrCongress
Stadionring 20
44791 Bochum, Germany

Top 64 payout information: PPrizes@GordianKnotGames.co.uk

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