Grand Prix

Grand Prix - Madison

Posted in Feature on January 18, 2006

By Wizards of the Coast

The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is an international circuit of large-scale Qualifier tournaments featuring cash prizes and multiple invitations to Pro Tour events.

Grand Prix—Madison is presented by Legion Events


  • Team Standard-constructed format
  • Unified deck construction rules are in effect. With the exception of basic land cards, a team’s combined decks and sideboards may not contain more than four of any individual card.
  • Deck lists are required


  • The number of Swiss rounds on day 1 is determined by the following formula applied to the chart below:
    REGISTRERED TEAMS +(1-round byes x .56) + (2-round byes x 2.38)
    Number of
    Day 1 Swiss Rounds
    256 or less8
    257 or more9
  • Day 2 will have 5 Swiss rounds, followed by the single-elimination finals
  • All Swiss rounds are 50 minutes in length; Top 4 single-elimination finals have no time limit
  • When time is called, the active player will finish the turn and five additional turns will be taken


  • All Teams may participate in the Day 1 Swiss rounds
  • If the number of Registered Teams is less then 225, the Top 20 teams will advance from day 1 to day 2. If the number of Registered Teams is 225 or greater, the Top 30 teams will advance from day 1 to day 2.
  • The top 4 teams after the final Swiss round will advance to the top 4 single-elimination finals.


  • All verbal communication among team members is permitted. Written communication is not permitted.
  • Though players on a team may verbally communicate and gesture freely they must still complete game actions at a reasonable pace or they are engaging in slow play. The burden of reasonable pace is on the active player.
  • Debate or discussion between players on the same team other than extremely brief consultation will be considered slow play.

Top 4

  • Team Standard
  • Top 4 matches will be best 2 of 3
  • In the semi-finals, the first seeded Team will play the fourth seeded Team and the second seeded Team will play the third seeded Team


  • 40K, REL 4
  • Players are responsible for knowing all DCI and high-level tournament rules.
  • Players must bring pen, paper, card sleeves and appropriate counters.


Friday, March 24: Registration starts at 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 25: Registration ends at 10:00 A.M.
Tournament begins at 10:00 A.M. If the Grand Prix has less than 225 teams competing, the Top 20 teams advance to competition on Sunday; if there are 225 teams or more competing, the Top 30 teams advance.
Sunday, March 26: The Top 20 (or 30) teams begin play at 8:30 A.M, with 4 drafts and 4 rounds of play before the cut to the top 4.

Tournament Location

Madison Marriott West
Atrium Hotel and Conference Center
1313 John Q Hammons Drive
Middleton, WI 53562


$25 per player/$75 per team for advance registration
$30 per player/$90 per team on site

For advance registration, contact
Advance registration hours are as follows:
Online only!

Advance registration will be available until Through March 23rd at midnight


The main tournament at Grand Prix–Madison is open to 3-person teams consisting of Magic players of all ages.

In the event that a team, which wins an invitation to a Pro Tour stop at a Grand Prix, has already qualified for an invitation, the invitation shall be extended to the next-best finishing team in that Grand Prix. Previous qualification May be through a Qualifier tournament, through performance at professional tournaments, or by being an invited DCI team (valid upon the date of the official rank announcement for the appropriate professional tournament).

  • Judges
    The Head Judge for Grand Prix–Madison is level 3 judge Jason Ness. If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix–Madison, please contact Chris Richter:
  • Tournament Divisions and Prizes
    Grand Prix–Madison will feature the standard “main-tournament” prize schedule as well as a special “Amateur" prize schedule. The Amateur prizes will be paid to the highest-finishing amateur Teams regardless of their standing in the Grand Prix. All prizes are in U.S. Dollars.

    Main Tournament Prize Schedule
    Total: $20,000
    Amateur Division Prize Schedule
    Total: $5,000
  • Amateur Status
    A team is considered to have amateur status if all the members of that team have 0 lifetime pro points. If any player on a team has ever been awarded pro points from a Grand Prix, Pro Tour, or World Championship event, that team no longer has amateur status, and the player May not participate in the Amateur Championship or Junior Super Series tournaments, and the player and team are not eligible for amateur awards at Grand Prix or other tournaments.
  • Tournament Byes (Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year)
    Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria:
    Second-Round Byes
    • Teams with 8 or more combined Pro Club levels.
    • Teams with an average Constructed rating between all 3 team members of 2000 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on February 8, 2006.
    • Winners of Grand Prix–Madison Trial Tournaments
    First-Round Byes
    • Teams with 4 or more combined Pro Club levels.
    • Teams with an average Constructed rating between all 3 team members of 1900 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on February 8, 2006.

Grand Prix Trial

Friday, March 24, 2006
6:00 P.M. (Registration starts at 2:00 P.M.)
Cost: $20.00 per player
Format: Team Constructed
Location: Madison Marriott West

Atrium Hotel and Conference Center 1313 John Q Hammons Drive
Middleton, WI 53562

Prizes: Top 2 Teams each receive a Second-Round bye at the Grand Prix, Product Prizes

Other Grand Prix–Madison Trials will be run throughout North America in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 Second-Round bye to Grand Prix–Madison.



Side Events

Side events at Grand Prix–Madison include a Pro Tour–Charleston Qualifier and a Junior Super Series Challenge.

A complete Grand Prix–Madison side event schedule can be found at

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