Grand Prix London is brought to you by Gordian Knot Games.
Date: February 8-10, 2013
Friday, February 8: 14:00 to 22:00
Register by 5 p.m. on Friday and receive a playmat with original art by Jesper Ejsing (while supplies last)!
Saturday, February 9: 08:00 to 09:00
Get your promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
London is one of the major capitals of Europe and as such offers delights for pretty much every taste. The venue for Grand Prix London is situated in the heart of vibrant East London, where you will find numerous bars, restaurants, and hotels at your doorstep.
But for those wishing to explore the city, central London and its famous West End are a short tube ride away. Also within easy reach are the Olympic Park and the O2 Arena which is accessible from ExCel London via England's only Cable Car.
Please visit ExCel London's Visitor Guide for more information on other activities in the area.
SEE LIVE COVERAGE
Follow live streaming video coverage of Grand Prix London at DailyMTG.com and Twitch.tv with Tim Willoughby, Simon Görtzen, Rich Hagon, and Steven Leeming. The live video stream will start at approximately 9 a.m. ET time Saturday.
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 London get this Jesper Ejsing original-art playmat (while supplies last).
Tournament Format and Schedule
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| Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Dragon's Maze in San Diego (May 2013).
If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200 or more, Top 8 finishers earn invitations and airfare.
All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.
Format: Gatecrash Sealed Deck and Booster Draft
Participation Fee: £40
Registration and Schedule
- Friday, February 8: Registration from 14:00 to 22:00. Players who register by 5 p.m. on Friday will receive a playmat with original art by Jesper Ejsing (while supplies last).
- Saturday, February 9: Registration from 08:00 to 09:00
- Saturday, February 9: Grand Prix London begins at 09:30
- Sunday, February 10: Day Two begins at 08:00
The main tournament at Grand Prix London 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.
- Day 1: Sealed Deck
- Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft
- Sealed Deck Product: 6 Gatecrash boosters for Day 1 sealed deck
- Booster Draft Product: 3 Gatecrash boosters for Day 2 and Top 8 Draft
- Deck lists are required.
- If product is not stamped or preregistered, deck registration and deck swap will be performed for the Swiss Sealed Deck.
- 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 matches will be best 2 of 3.
- Top 8 matches will have no time limit.
- The Top 8 players will be seated randomly at the draft table immediately prior to drafting. The Top 8 bracket will be determined using this random seating.
- 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 London is Cristiana Dionisio. Judges interested in working at this event should submit an application through the ( Magic judge website ).
- 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 London, the cutoff date will be February 6.) 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::
- Winners of Grand Prix London Trial tournaments.
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
- Players with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
- Members of the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame
- Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
- Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
- Players with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver
- Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
- Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
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. 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 Gordian Knot Games website. All side events will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.
Earn a valuable Third-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.
Magic Game Show
On Friday at 8 pm 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.
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.).
Cool Player Awards
Enter into one of our casual events such as the "Foiled Again" on Friday evening or the "Super Sunday Series" on Sunday and you could be awarded some Magic: The Gathering goodies. How do you win these prizes? They will be awarded by the judges and organisers for things like good sportsmanship, friendliness, and promoting fun in the events.
Svetlin Velinov will be in attendance. Additional artists to be confirmed later.
Please see the travel planner on the ExCel London website for more information regarding getting to the event.Arriving by Plane
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London has six international airports. ExCeL London recommends using London City Airport, whenever possible although transport from all of London's major airports is easy and reliable. London City Airport is located five minutes from ExCeL London by taxi or 10 minutes by DLR (Docklands Light Railway). The airport offers 350 flights per day, from more than 40 international destinations.
Arriving by Train/Tube
As the capital of the United Kingdom, London is connected by rail to all major cities in Great Britain. In addition Eurostar operates regular train services to Brussels and Paris leaving from St Pancras International.
London's main rail terminus are Charing Cross, Euston, Kings Cross/ St Pancras International, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Marylebone, Moorgate, Paddington, Victoria and Waterloo.
From these, use the Tube Network or Docklands Light Railway to reach your destination. There are route planning services available using the link above.
Arriving by Car
When driving to ExCeL London follow signs for Royal Docks, City Airport and ExCeL. There is easy access from the M25, M11, A406 and A13.
For Sat Nav purposes, we recommend using postcode - E16 1DR.
ExCeL London offers on-site car parking for 3,700 cars. Please bear in mind however that parking is not free. For more information and a map of the car parks see the London ExCel travel planner link above.
Top 64 payout information: GPPrizes@GordianKnotGames.co.uk