Grand Prix Chicago 2014 Event Information

Posted in Feature on March 27, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

Information

Grand Prix Chicago is brought to you by Pastimes.

Date: June 20-22, 2014

Format: Standard

Tournament Location

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Click here for map.

Entry into the Grand Prix event venue is free of charge.

Registration: $50
- All entrants will receive one FREE $15 voucher to be used on any side event!
- Playmat not guaranteed at this level. Playmats will be distributed for specific events as well as prizes for some events. Please check the event schedule at www.pastimes.net for more detail.

Registration with Sleep-In Special: $70
- This option will cover your entry into Grand Prix Chicago as well as your sleep-in-special (you must be eligible for sleep in special by earning byes).
- In addition - all entrants who will receive one FREE $15 voucher to be used on any side event!
- Playmat not guaranteed at this level. Playmats will be distributed for specific events as well as prizes for some events. Please check the event schedule at www.pastimes.net for more detail.

VIP Registration: $100
- There will be a maximum of 250 VIP Registrations
- VIP service includes:

  • Limited Edition VIP Grand Prix Chicago Playmat (or regular GP Chicago Playmat - your choice)
  • Special registration line for all events
  • Entry into Grand Prix Chicago (In addition - all entrants who will receive one FREE $15 voucher to be used on any side event! )
  • Sleep in Special - if applicable
  • Special VIP lounge, including power for charging phones etc...
  • Water service
  • VIP booster draft on Sunday (4 p.m.)
  • Special time to meet with artists
  • **It is currently undetermined whether there will be fixed seating for players. This bonus will be dependent on changes to the current tournament software. We will make note of this in future announcements.

There will be no Saturday registration for this event.

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

There is something for everyone during this amazing weekend of Magic: The Gathering. Casual and Competitive players will find many events - and of course, the weekend features Grand Prix Chicago! Join us for a weekend of fun with all types of events, artists, international Magic Vendors and more!

Truly a Magic-al Weekend, the fun begins on Friday with amazing events and great opportunities for exclusive promotional items. In addition, there will be non-tournament events starting on Friday with our new Magic Stage featuring seminars, Magic Artist and Pro Player meet and greets, Magic Deck Doctor and more. Make sure to join us Friday night for the MegaTrial - and win foils and Grand Prix byes while having fun with your friends! Want a playmat as a souvenir from this fantastic weekend? (obviously....) - check the event schedule as only certain events offer the exclusive playmat from Grand Prix Chicago!

Alongside the entertainment and competition of the main event are plenty of casual, fun events like Commander, Grand Melee, Sealed Draft, booster drafts, win-a-boxes and more! To keep the entertainment level high, there will be artist appearances by Steve Argyle, Peter Morbacher, RK Post and Raymond Swanland.

The weekend concludes with one of the hottest events in Magicdom - the Super Sunday Series. Grab a spot at the most exclusive, high-stakes Magic event around - and a all expenses paid trip to Seattle and Wizards of the Coast to play for a prize pool of $20,000 (under 50 players will be invited!)

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The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to step up your game, 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 over three days. In addition to cash prizes, a high Planeswalker Points multiplier, and exclusive foil promo cards for participants, the Grand Prix features a host of other activities, including side events and artist signings. Side-event tournaments begin Friday, with the Grand Prix main event running Saturday and Sunday. Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.


Playmat available with VIP registration, prize/entry to select events, and special promotion. See http://www.pastimes.net/gpchicago for details."

Tournament Format and Schedule

Place Prize Money Pro Points
1 $4,000 8
2 $2,700 6
3-4 $1,500 5
5-8 $1,000 4
9-12 $600 3
13-16 $550 3
17-23 $500 2
24-32 $400 2
33-64 $300 1
65-100 $250* 0
101-150 $200* 0
*If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200-2,399 participants, prize money will be paid out to 100th place. If Grand Prix attendance is 2,400 or more participants, prize money will be paid out to 150th place.
Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir in Honolulu (October 2014).
If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200 or more, Top 8 finishers earn invitations and airfare, and all players with 39 or more match points who do not make Top 8 earn invitations.
All prizes displayed in U.S. dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Standard
Participation Fee: $50 (each player receives entry into the Grand Prix and receives a FREE $15 side event voucher)

Registration and Schedule

  • Online Registration until June 20 at www.pastimes.net/gpchicago
  • Friday, June 20: Registration 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 21: Grand Prix Chicago begins at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, June 22: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

Registration to the Grand Prix main event closes Friday night. There will be no Saturday registration.

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

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Grand Prix Chicago. Forms can be downloaded here and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on these forms. Minors will not be able to register or play unless we receive a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions.

Tournament Format

  • Standard Constructed
  • Deck lists are required.
  • Players must use the same deck on Day Two that they used on Day One.

Tournament Structure

  • Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
  • Day One will consist of a maximum of 9 Swiss rounds. Day Two will consist of 6 Swiss rounds and the Top 8 single-elimination finals.
  • If 799 or less players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 64 players – whichever is greater – advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
  • If 800 or more players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 128 players – whichever is greater – advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
  • The Top 8 players after the final Swiss round on Day Two will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination playoff.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will be best 2 of 3.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will have no time limit. (Players are still expected to play at a normal pace and complete playoff matches in a reasonable amount of time.)
  • Standings after the Swiss rounds will be used to determine final order in the standings for losing players in the quarterfinal and semifinal playoff rounds.
  • 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
Information coming soon.

Notes

  • Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive on Day One and Professional on Day Two.
  • 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 are responsible for bringing their own method of tracking life totals, card sleeves, and appropriate counters or tokens.
  • 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 earned through Planeswalker Points are calculated using the Planeswalker Point totals from all reported events as of the Wednesday immediately before the Grand Prix. (For Grand Prix Chicago, the cutoff date will be June 18th.) Points earned in tournaments held at the Grand Prix event site do not count toward earned byes at that Grand Prix. Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria:

Third-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #3 (June 2, 2014 – August 24, 2014)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
  • Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame

Second-Round Byes

  • Winners of Grand Prix Chicago Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #3 (June 2, 2014 – August 24, 2014)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

First-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #3 (June 2, 2014 – August 24, 2014)

Trial winners
Winners of a Trial tournament are awarded two byes in the Grand Prix that it feeds. Trial byes are not cumulative with other byes and do not pass down. Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Players who accumulate multiple byes to a particular Grand Prix tournament receive only the bye for the greatest number of rounds. For complete information about Grand Prix byes and their corresponding competitive season, please check the Magic Premier Event Invitation Policy.


Side Events

Along with the main event, there are additional side-event tournaments to play in at a Grand Prix. Listed below are the side events offered at all Grand Prix on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Additional events and a full schedule can be found on the www.pastimes.net website. All side events (except casual events) will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

Friday
Last-Chance Trials
Earn a valuable Two-Round bye by winning one of the Last-Chance Trials. Last-Chance Trials are 32-person single-elimination events, starting as soon as 32 players register. For more info, check out the Byes section of this page.

"Foiled Again"
A straight Swiss tournament lasting three or four rounds. Participants get 1 past promo card for playing, then one additional promo card per match win. Format varies by event.

Saturday
Value Drafts
Enjoy a special discount on pick-up drafts on Saturday. Actual times and prices vary by event.

"Rebound" Event
Format at organizer's discretion. The winner(s) earn free entry into the "Super Sunday Series" (see below). Players who also played in the main Grand Prix tournament will get a discount for entry.

Sunday
Super Sunday Series
Qualifier tournaments for the Super Sunday Series will be held at each Grand Prix. The Top 8 players in the Super Sunday Series qualifier will each be awarded a commemorative Grand Prix water bottle. The winner of the Super Sunday Series qualifier will earn an invitation and travel award for the Super Sunday Series Championship 2015, expected to be held in February 2015 in Seattle. The Super Sunday Series Championship experience also includes a tour of Wizards of the Coast, dinner with Wizards employees, and more.


Artist Information

Four of the hottest and most famous artists in Magic will be joining us at Grand Prix Chicago - Steve Argyle, Peter Morbacher, rk post, and Raymond Swanland. All four artists will be available to sign cards, playmats and more. In addition all will be selling prints, artist proofs, original art/sketches and doing custom alterations of mats and cards!



Travel Information

Directions & Parking:
The Donald E Stephens Convention Center is located minutes away from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Most hotels adjacent to the Convention Center have shuttles to the airport.
To get directions to the Convention Center, click here
For information about the great area near the convention center, including where to eat etc.. click here.

Group Hotel
A room block has been arranged at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare, located directly across the street from the GP site. The rate is $119 per night for up to 4 guests per roon.

Crowne Plaza Chicago O'hare
5440 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
1-877-337-5793

Provide the group name "Pastimes" (Block Code — PFD) to reserve using this special rate. If you prefer, you can register online.


Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Pastimes
Email: gpchicago@pastimes.net
Phone Number: 847-470-9636

Tournament Location

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Click here for map.

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