Date: September 17-18, 2011
Format: Magic 2012 Sealed Deck / Booster Draft
Friday, September 16: Registration 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, September 17: Registration 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Get your free promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
The Grand Prix circuit returns to one of Canada’s most beautiful and historic cities: Montréal, Quebec. In addition to a spectacular main event, a host of exciting competitive and casual tournaments will be offered at this event. The venue is located in the heart of the city, just a short walk from the some of the most vibrant and lively streets in Montréal, including historic “Old Montréal.” Whether it’s an entire weekend of Magic, or some card playing coupled with great food, night life, or anything else you might find in this beautiful city, Grand Prix Montréal has something to offer everyone.
All participants will be given a foil Maelstrom Pulse with entry (while supplies last). In addition, Grand Prix Montréal will be offering a collector’s edition deck box with entry (while supplies last). This deck box is the seventh in a series of eight boxes given out at this year’s North American Grand Prix. Each of them features a segment of artwork by Steve Argyle. When all eight boxes are placed side-by-side, the entire piece can be seen as a mural.
The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to get out of the house, 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. In addition to $30,000 in cash prizes, Pro Tour invitations for the top 16 finishers, and exclusive foil promo cards for participants, Grand Prix feature a host of other activities, including public events and artist signings (prizes subject to change). Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.
Format: Magic 2012 Sealed Deck / Booster Draft
Participation Fee: $40
Grand Prix Montreal will feed Pro Tour Dark Ascension in Honolulu in 2012.
Registration and Schedule
- Friday, September 16: Registration 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Saturday, September 17: Registration 7:00 am.
- Saturday, September 17: Tournament begins at 9 a.m.
- Sunday, September 18: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.
The main tournament at Grand Prix Montréal 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.
- Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
- Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive (Day 1) and Professional (Day 2)
- If 799 or fewer players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 or better record OR the top 64 players—whichever number is greater—will advance to the second day of the event.
- If 800 or more players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 or better record OR the top 128 players—whichever number is greater—will advance to the second day of the event.
- The Top 8 players after the final Swiss round on Day 2 will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination finals.
- 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.
- 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.
The Head Judge for Grand Prix Montréal is Jeff Morrow. If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix Montréal, please apply on the DCI Family website. If you encounter difficulties with your application, please contact Kyle Ryc at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, 40K, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive (Day 1) and Professional (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 must bring pen, paper, card sleeves and appropriate counters.
- 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 will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria (Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Players that accumulate multiple byes to a particular Grand Prix tournament receive only the bye for the greatest number of rounds):
- Players with a Players Club level of 4 or higher
- Players with a DCI Total rating of 2050 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on September 14, 2011.
- Winners of Grand Prix Montréal Trial tournaments.
- Players with a Players Club level of 2 or 3
- Players with a DCI Total rating of 1950 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on September 14, 2011.
- Players with a Players Club level of 1
- Players with a DCI Total rating of 1850 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on September 14, 2011.
People who win a Trial event are awarded 3 byes in the Grand Prix that it feeds. Trial byes are not cumulative with other byes and do not pass down.
Friday: Grand Prix Trial Grinders
Format: Magic 2012 Sealed Deck
Entry Fee: $25
Structure: Each single elimination grinder will start when 32 players register, and new grinders will continue to start until registration closes at 7 p.m.
Prizes: 1st place: 3-round bye for the Grand Prix; product prizes to Top 8.
For a complete schedule of Public Events, visit Grand Prix Montréal website.
Steve Argyle, Chippy, rk post, and Drew Baker will be at Grand Prix Montreal.
- Magic card art by Steve Argyle
- Magic card art by Chippy
- Magic card art by rk post
- Magic card art by Drew Baker
Air travelers should fly into Trudeau International Airport in Dorval, which is about 20 minutes by car from downtown Montréal. A taxi from the airport into downtown is approx. $40.00. To reach the venue by public transit, the STM Express 747 bus can be taken to the Berri-Uqam metro station. A southbound metro train can then be taken to the Place D’Armes station which is connected directly to the venue.
Attendees travelling by car are encouraged to visit the venue’s travel site for driving directions.
Palais de Congrès de Montréal
1001 Place Jean-Paul Riopelle