Grand Prix Cincinnati is brought to you by Professional Event Services.
Date: March 21-23, 2014
Entry into the Grand Prix event venue is free of charge.
Online registration: Closes Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
On-site registration: Friday, March 21st from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
There will be no Saturday registration for this event.
Many Grand Prix offer additional services to participants, such as Sleep-In Specials and VIP packages. Sleep-In Specials allow players with byes to skip the player meeting on Saturday and arrive shortly before their first round begins. VIP packages provide various perks such as complimentary bottled water, special seating, and exclusive artist signings. Details of these services vary from event to event; please check the organizer's site for specifics.Get your promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
Professional Event Services is proud to present Grand Prix Cincinnati 2014!
For the first time, the Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix train stops in Cincinnati! The city will prove to be a perfect host for the Grand Prix. There's a lot to love about Cincinnati. From your first glimpse of the magnificent Cincinnati skyline to the last time you cross the river, you'll be blown away by the sweeping views and unique experiences. Get in early and explore one of the nationally recognized museums. Or taste a dish you won't soon forget—Cincinnati-style chili. Whatever your taste, you'll find it in Cincinnati.
Grand Prix Cincinnati is open to the public and all players are invited to come and participate. The main tournament at Grand Prix Cincinnati is a two-day event featuring the Standard format. In addition to the main tournament, the Grand Prix Cincinnati weekend offers one of the largest schedules of public events ever brought to a Grand Prix—including an opportunity to win a VIP trip to Seattle in 2015! Side events and Last Chance Grand Prix Trials will be held Friday, March 21 on-site starting at noon. Visit www.professional-events.com for more details about side events.
Prominent Magic artists Steve Prescott and Christopher Moeller will both be in attendance.
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.
Tournament Format and Schedule
|Place||Prize Money||Pro Points|
| *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 Magic 2015 in Portland (August 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.
Participation Fee: $40
Registration and Schedule
- Online registration until 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014 at Professional-Events.com
- Friday, March 21: Registration 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- Saturday, March 22: Grand Prix Cincinnati begins at 9 a.m.
- Sunday, March 23: Main Event 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 Cincinnati is open to Magic players of all ages.
Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Grand Prix Cincinnati. 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.
- Standard Constructed
- Deck lists are required.
- Players must use the same deck on Day Two that they used on Day One.
- 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).
The Head Judge for Grand Prix Cincinnati is TBD. Applications for stage staff are now closed. Applications for judge staff are available until January 24, 2014 and you can apply here. Judge certification will be available on site. Please contact John Alderfer at email@example.com for details and to arrange your certification.
- 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).
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 Cincinnati, the cutoff date will be March 19th.) 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:
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
- Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
- Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame
- Winners of Grand Prix Cincinnati Trial tournaments.
- Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
- Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
- Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver
- Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
- Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
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.
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.professional-events.com website. All side events will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.
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.
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.
Enjoy a special discount on pick-up drafts on Saturday. Actual times and prices vary by 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.
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.
One of the best parts of attending a Grand Prix is meeting the artists in person! They are happy to sign or alter your cards, and have artist proofs, prints and even original art available for sale. Make sure to drop by the artist booths while you're at GP Cincinnati.
Professional Event Services is pleased to announce that Steve Prescott and Christopher Moeller will be attending GP Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) offers 175 daily departures with nonstop connections to 47 cities. CVG's seven airline partners offer passengers more non-stop flights than any other airport in the region, including direct international service to Paris, Toronto and Cancun, and it is consistently recognized for its high level of customer satisfaction. CVG is located 15 minutes from downtown.
Taxicab Service from CVG:
For cab service, visit the taxi desk in baggage claim.
- $30 fares from CVG to downtown Cincinnati
- Service is available 24 hours a day
- Call 859-767-3260 for more information
The Duke Energy Convention Center's main entrance is located at the intersection of Fifth Street and Elm Street in downtown Cincinnati. Over 2,500 parking spaces are located immediately surrounding the Center in metered street spaces, private flat lots and privately managed garages. The garages offer direct entry to the convention center via Cincinnati's Skywalk System.
From the North via I-75 South (Dayton, Indianapolis):
From Southbound I-75, take Exit 1C for Fifth Street (this is a left-hand exit). Proceed east (straight) on Fifth Street and the convention center will be immediately on your left.
From the North via I-71 South (Columbus, Cleveland) :
From Southbound I-71, take the exit for Downtown/Riverfront/Third Street (a left-hand exit). Merge onto Third Street and drive six blocks. Turn right onto Elm Street and the convention center will be on your left in two blocks.
From the South via I-71/I-75 North (CVG Airport, Lexington, Louisville, Nashville):
From Northbound I-75/I-71, follow the signs for Cincinnati and cross the Ohio River. Take Exit 1C for Fifth Street and proceed east on Fifth Street. The convention center will be immediately on your left.
From the South via I-471 North (Northern Kentucky, Newport) :
Follow I-471 North over the yellow bridge and take Exit 6A for Sixth Street. Stay straight on Sixth Street and drive six blocks. At Elm Street the convention center will be on your left.
From the East or West via U.S. 50 (Columbia Parkway):
Eastbound: Take the Fifth Street exit. Continue straight on Fifth Street and the convention center will be immediately on your left.
Westbound: Take the exit for Third Street/Downtown/Riverfront. Merge onto Third Street and drive six blocks. Turn right onto Elm Street and the convention center will be on your left in two blocks.
Cincinnati is serviced by Amtrak.