Grand Prix Kitakyūshū is brought to you by Cardshop Fireball.
Date: August 23-25, 2013
Friday, August 23: 16:00-21:00
Saturday, August 24: 08:00-09:30
Get your promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
The second largest city in Fukuoka and one of the largest on the southern island of Kyūshū, Kitakyūshū is known both domestically and internationally as a leading city in anti-pollution and recycling measures. The city center dates back centuries to when it was a castle town known as Kokura, which guarded the Straits of Shimonoseki between Honshū and Kyūshū. Although known to gourmets as the city where yakiudon was created, Kitakyūshū is perhaps best known to fans of history due to its proximity to Ganryū-jima, the locale of the famous sword battle between the legendary Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojirō. This is the fourth Grand Prix to be held in Kitakyūshū and the sixth in Kyūshū.
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 side events and artist signings (prizes subject to change). Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.
Participants in Grand Prix Kitakyūshū will receive this event-exclusive playmat on a first-come, first-served basis (while supplies last).
Tournament Format and Schedule
|Place||Prize Money||Pro Points|
| Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour
Born of the Gods in Valencia (February 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 in U.S. dollars. Prizes subject to change.
Participation Fee: ¥4000
Registration and Schedule (scheduled start times subject to change)
- Friday, August 23: Registration 16:00-21:00
- Saturday, August 24: Registration 08:00-09:30
- Saturday, August 24: Grand Prix Kitakyūshū begins at 10:00
- Sunday, August 25: Day Two begins at 09:00
The main tournament at Grand Prix Kitakyūshū is open to Magic players of all ages.
Players must have a signed publicity and consent form to be included in Wizards of the Coast's official online event coverage and be eligible to receive prizes. Forms can be downloaded here (100k PDF) and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian's signature on this form. Consent forms are usually collected during registration (contact the event organizer for details).
- Deck lists are required.
- Players must use the same deck on Day 2 that they used on Day 1.
- Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
- 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 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).
The Head Judge for Grand Prix Kitakyūshū will be Riccardo Tessitori (Level 5, Italy).
- Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive on Day 1 and Professional on 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 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 Kitakyūshū, the cutoff date will be August 21.) 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 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
- Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
- Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame
- Winners of Grand Prix Kitakyūshū Trial tournaments.
- Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
- Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
- Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver
- Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
- Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
Winners of a Trial tournament are awarded 2 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 Cardshop Fireball 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
Two Super Sunday Series tournaments will be held at each Grand Prix, one Sealed Deck and one Standard. The Top 4 players from each will proceed to play in the Super Sunday Series Final Booster Draft. The Top 4 players in Super Sunday Series Final will each be awarded a special Grand Prix messenger bag. The winner of the Super Sunday Series Final will earn an invitation and travel award for the Super Sunday Series Championship, to be held in January 2014 in Seattle with a prize purse of $20,000. The Super Sunday Series Championship experience also includes a tour of Wizards of the Coast, dinner with Wizards employees, and more. (Details about the Championship will be announced later in 2013.).
Winona Nelson, Yeong-hao Han, and Vincent Proce will be in attendance.
Winona Nelson was born in Wisconsin in 1983 and grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. With an abstract painter for a mother and a wildlife artist father, she was born into art and started drawing before she could walk. She found inspiration in science fiction and fantasy movies, books, comics, video games, and her older brother's Magic cards. She was trained in classical realism at the Safehouse Atelier in San Francisco, then worked as a concept artist and character designer in Bay Area game studios. After dreaming about it since her teen years, she began illustrating for Magic: the Gathering with the Innistrad set. Winona now lives and works in Philadelphia with her artist beau Anthony Palumbo and their bad cat, Diego.
Yeong Hao Han's youth involved playing video games and drawing. You could compare his life to that of a hermit. He didn't get out a whole lot, ended up going to art school, and then drew a whole lot more. After graduating, Yeong Hao ended up getting a job doing concept art and design for video games on titles like Mercenaries 2 and Project Offset.
More recently, he started up a studio with a friend making mobile games. His time now gets split evenly between painting and game design. The company has since shipped two titles, the zombie game Brainsss and a free puzzle game called Blendoku for iOS and Android.
Somewhere along the timeline, Yeong Hao was fortunate enough to get freelance work from Wizards of the Coast. He used to play 4th Edition back in his younger days, so his life has come full circle and much to the dismay of his wife, he still doesn't get out much.
Vincent works in the gaming and comics industry as an Illustrator, concept artist, and art director. He is a frequent contributor to Magic: The Gathering and Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. He has also worked on such titles as Mortal Kombat, Psi-Ops, Stranglehold, Frank Beddor's Hatter M. He is currently an art director at Wargaming.net.
Kitakyūshū is located on the southern island of Kyūshū, reachable by Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tōkyō in about 5 hours or by plane via domestic flights. The city itself has a highly developed public transportation network, making it easy to get around. The tournament venue is connected to the central Kokura station.
Map courtesy of West Japan Industry and Trade Convention Center
Tournament Organizer: Tsuyoshi Ikeda