Grand Prix Kyōto Event Information

Posted in Feature on September 15, 2013

By Wizards of the Coast


Grand Prix Kyōto is brought to you by Dandelion Inc.

Date: November 22 - 24, 2013

Format: Theros Team Sealed Deck

Tournament Location

Pulse Plaza
5 Takeda Tobadono-chō,
Fushimi-ku Kyōto-shi
Click here for map

Registration: ¥15,000 per team (¥18,000 on Saturday)
Friday, November 22: Registration 14:30 – 20:30
Saturday, November 23: Registration 8:00 - 8:30
*Registration on Saturday morning is only available to teams who have preregistered online

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

Kyōto is truly the heart of Japan, having been the center for politics, economy, and culture as the capital of the nation from 794 to 1868. Some of the still-functioning shrines and temples in the city actually date back to this period, all of them among the seventeen World Heritage sites located here.

Kyōto also has a long history associated with Magic. It was here that Tsuyoshi Fujita launched his career with a win using Necro-Donate at Grand Prix Kyōto 2000, Yūya Watanabe splashed onto the scene as an amateur with his win at Grand Prix Kyōto 2007, and Gabriel Nassif's epic draw of Cruel Ultimatum for the win at Pro Tour Kyōto 2009 will forever be part of the annals of the game.

Come join us in Kyōto this November to write a new page in history with the first team event in Japan in more than seven years. This ancient city, renowned for its hospitality and gorgeous sights, awaits you.

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.

Participants in Grand Prix Kyōto 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
1 $8,100 6
2 $5,400 5
3-4 $3,000 4
5-8 $2,025 3
9-12 $1,275 2
13-16 $1,125 1
17-20 $1,050 0
21-24 $900 0
25-36 $750* 0
37-51 $600* 0
Prize money listed is awarded by team, Pro Points awarded by player.
*If Grand Prix attendance is 400-799 teams, prize money will be paid out to 36th place.
If attendance is 800 or more teams, prize money will be paid out to 51st place.
Top 2 teams also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Born of the Gods in Valencia (February 2014).
If Grand Prix attendance is 400 teams or more, Top 4 finishing teams earn invitations and airfare, and all teams with 36 or more match points who do not make Top 4 earn invitations. All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Team Sealed
Participation Fee: $¥15,000/team (¥18,000 on Saturday)

Registration and Schedule (scheduled start times subject to change)

  • Friday, November 22: Registration 14:30 – 20:30
  • Saturday, November 23: Registration 8 – 8:30
  • Saturday, November 23: Grand Prix Kyōto begins at 9:00
  • Sunday, November 24: Day Two begins at 9:00

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

Players must have a signed publicity release form to be included in Wizards of the Coast's official online event coverage. Forms can be downloaded here (15k PDF) and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on this form. Publicity releases will be collected during registration.

Tournament Format and Structure
Players should review the Magic Tournament Rules for the rules specific to Team Tournaments, paying particular attention to the following sections:

  • Section 7.7 – Booster Draft Procedure
  • Section 8.2 – Team Composition and Identification
  • Section 8.3 – Team Communication
Day 1: Team Sealed Deck (12 Theros boosters)
  • 20 minutes for sealed deck pool registration and deck swap
  • 60 minutes for deck building
  • Decklists are required
  • Deck registration and deck swap will be performed for the Swiss Sealed Deck.
Day 2: Team Sealed Deck (12 Theros boosters)
  • Team Sealed Deck pools will be security stamped on Day 2.
  • 60 minutes for deck building
  • Decklists are required
Top 4: Team Booster Draft (3 Theros booster)
  • Team members draft at the same draft table with one opposing team (6 total players per draft table). Each team member will be randomly seated between two opposing team members for the draft. No communication (verbal or non-verbal) is permitted between team members during the draft.
  • After the draft, team members will be located to separate tables to record their draft pools (15 minutes for draft pool registration and verification). After draft pool registration, team members will sit together for deck building (30 minutes for deck building).
  • After the semifinals, the Top 2 teams will draft again using the procedure described above.
  • Decklists are required
Tournament Structure
  • Grand Prix Kyōto will be run over two days using modified Swiss-style rounds of 50 minutes each. The number of rounds on Day 1 will be determined based on the number of teams registered, with a maximum of 9 rounds. Teams will be paired randomly against teams with similar win-loss records, with match points accumulating throughout the event.
  • Each round, the team match is won by the team with the most individual match wins.
  • All teams with an X-2-0 or better record OR the top 40 teams—whichever number is greater—will advance to the second day of the event.
  • Day 2 will consist of 5 rounds of Team Sealed Deck, with a new deck build.
  • The Top 4 teams after the final Swiss round on Day 2 will advance to the playoff.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will be best 2 of 3 games per individual match, with no time limit. (Players are still expected to play at a normal pace and complete playoff matches in a reasonable amount of time.) Each team member will be randomly paired against an opposing team member. Only 1 round will be played in the semi-finals and finals.
  • 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 playoff, the players on the team that finished higher in the Swiss rounds chooses either to play first or to play second.

The head judges for Grand Prix Kyōto will be Jeff Morrow (Level 4, USA) and Kevin Desprez (Level 4, France). Judge applications for this event are closed.


  • 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).

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 Dandelion Inc. website. All side events (except casual events) have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

Trio Sealed Challenge
Get some practice in the team format in one of the two Trio Sealed Challenges.

"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.

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.

Super Sunday Series
Qualifier tournaments for the Super Sunday Series will be held at each Grand Prix. The Top 4 players in the Super Sunday Series qualifier will each be awarded a special Grand Prix messenger bag. The winner of the Super Sunday Series qualifier will earn an invitation and travel award for the Super Sunday Series Championship, to be held in February 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. See the Super Sunday Series info page for more details.

Artist Information

Scheduled artists for Grand Prix Kyōto are Tyler Jacobson, Ryan Pancoast, and Matt Stewart.

Tyler Jacobson

During his youth, Tyler Jacobson was heavily inspired by the science fiction and fantasy films of the late 1970s through mid 1990s. This led him down the road to creating imaginative imagery and eventually he ended up at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco California. After receiving an MFA in Illustration he soon began working for Wizards of the Coast, creating illustrations for Dungeons & Dragons. A few years later he managed to get noticed by the art directors at Magic: The Gathering, a game whose imagery also provided inspiration for his early art education and ultimately helped him decide to become an illustrator.

Currently he works as a freelance illustrator in Olympia, Washington, creating fantasy illustration as well as non-fantasy for a variety of clients. He still holds a deep love for film and the magic of the cinema when he isn't busy painting and drawing heroes and monsters.

You can see Tyler's work at his website, as well as on his blog, Follow his Facebook page for updates:

Ryan Pancoast

Ryan Pancoast was born and raised in Connecticut where his favorite childhood toy was a pad of sketch paper. After earning a BFA in Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, New York), he tried a career in the editorial field before landing unexpectedly in the fantasy genre. Ryan started painting exclusively in oils in 2008 and soon thereafter started working for Magic: The Gathering, starting with Magic 2010 . He still considers himself a student, learning through trial-and-error and inspired by the talent of other Magic artists. Ryan lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife Shelly and their two cats.

Matt Stewart

A freelance illustrator and painter, Matt's love for fantasy started with reading J.R.R. Tolkien and playing a lot of Dungeons & Dragons. After graduating from Parsons School of Design in 1999, Matt has worked in the gaming and publishing fields, including such clients as Wizards of the Coast, Blizzard Entertainment, Night Shade Books, and Tor Books. Matt's first cards were for the Future Sight set, and he has illustrated over 70 Magic: The Gathering cards since. Matt lives in Runnemede, N.J. along with his wife Gina, who is also an artist.

Travel Information

Like most major Japanese cities, Kyōto has a highly developed public transportation network of trains, subways, and busses. Pulse Plaza, the site of the Grand Prix, is located near Takeda Station, serviced by both the Kintetsu Kyōto rail line and the Karasuma municipal subway line.

Map courtesy of Pulse Plaza

Pre-registration for Grand Prix Kyōto is managed through Nankai Travel International, who are also offering a hotel package deal. See the Grand Prix Kyōto page for details.

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Dandelion Inc.

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