Grand Prix - Niigata

Posted in Feature on June 27, 2005

By Wizards of the Coast

Trial Schedule


Due to unavoidable circumstances, Christopher Rush will be unable to attend Grand Prix—Niigata. In his place, rk post will be coming to Niigata. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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.


The format for Grand Prix—Niigata is Kamigawa Block Constructed. All DCI Constructed rules and Magic Floor Rules announced on October 1, 2004, along with all subsequent updates, will be enforced. .For the latest edition of the DCI and Magic Floor Rules, please refer to the DCI Rules web site.

  • Friday, July 22: Registration from 17:00-21:00. Players who cannot attend registration will be allowed to register on Saturday morning between 08:30 and 09:00 for an additional fee of ¥1000.
  • Saturday, July 23: Tournament begins at 09:00. The Top 64 players from Day 1 advance to Day 2. (In the event Grand Prix—Niigata has more than 800 players, the Top 128 players from Day 1 will advance to Day 2.)
  • Sunday, July 24: Play begins at 09:00. The Top 8 players from Day 2 will play 3 rounds of single-elimination competition to determine the Grand Prix—Niigata champion.


Toki Messe
6-1 Bandai-jima, Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken


  • 20 minutes on foot from Niigata Station
  • 5 minutes by taxi from Niigata Station


¥ 2,000


The main tournament at Grand Prix—Niigata is open to Magic players of all ages. Registration will be held on site on Friday and Saturday morning.

Contact for Non-Japanese Players
Ron Foster, Japan Organized Play Manager
Phone: +81-3-5326-3102


Tournament Structure
The structure for Grand Prix—Niigata is modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds, with the number of rounds determined by the number of participating players), with the Top 64 players advancing to the Sunday finals for prizes and invitations. (In the event Grand Prix—Niigata has more than 800 participating players, the Top 128 players will advance to Day 2.) On Day 2, there will be an additional 6 Swiss rounds (or 7 in the event 128 players advance) to determine the Top 8 players. Afterward, the Top 8 players will face off in single elimination play to determine the Grand Prix—Niigata champion

Tournament Byes (Byes are not cumulative through the season or year.)
Byes for Grand Prix—Niigata are determined using Pro Player Club level, as well as DCI ratings as of May 11, 2005. Please refer to the Grand Prix—Niigata bye list for details. Byes may also be earned through a Grand Prix—Niigata Trial tournament.


Kazuhiro Wakatsuki (Level 3/Japan)


The Top 8 previously uninvited finishing players at Grand Prix—Niigata will each receive an invitation to Pro Tour Los Angeles (October 7-9, 2005). If a player who wins an invitation to Pro Tour Los Angeles at Grand Prix—Niigata has already qualified for an invitation, the invitation shall be extended to the next-best finisher. Previous qualification may occur through a Qualifier tournament, through performance at a professional tournament, or by being an invited DCI player (valid on the date of the official rank announcement for the appropriate professional tournament).

Grand Prix—Niigata will also 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 in addition to any winnings those teams receive from the main tournament prize schedule . All prizes are in U.S. Dollars.

Main Tournament Prize Schedule
Finish Prize
1 $2,400
2 $1,700
3 $1,200
4 $1,000
5-8 $800
9-16 $500
17-32 $250
Total: $17,500
Amateur Division Prize Schedule
Finish Prize
1 $1,500
2 $1,000
3-4 $700
5-8 $400
9-16 $250
Total: $7,500

Amateur Status
A player is considered to have amateur status as long as he or she has 0 lifetime pro points. If a player has ever been awarded ANY pro points from a Grand Prix, Pro Tour, or World Championship event, that player no longer has amateur status, may not participate in the Amateur Championship or Junior Super Series tournaments, and is not eligible for amateur awards at Grand Prix or other tournaments.


  • Grand Prix—Niigata Trials
  • Pro Tour Los Angeles Qualifier
  • Grand Prix—Taipei Trial
  • Niigata Junior Tournament
  • Eight-person on-demand tournaments
  • Artist signings
  • Other events as to be announced

When: July 22 (Friday)
Entry Fee: ¥1,000
Format: Kamigawa Block Constructed
Registration: July 22, 12:00-15:30
Prizes: Trials will be run using the flight system; each flight will be run as a 32-person single-elimination tournament. The winner of each tournament will receive 3 byes for Grand Prix—Niigata.

When: July 24 (Sunday)
Entry Fee: ¥2,000
Format: Kamigawa Block Constructed
Registration: Saturday, July 23, from 17:00.
Prizes: The two top finishers in the Qualifier tournament will each receive an invitation to Pro Tour Los Angeles. In addition, the winner will be award $500 in travel money. Saviors of Kamigawa booster packs will also be awarded to top finishers.

When: July 24 (Sunday)
Entry Fee: ¥1,000
Format: Kamigawa Block Constructed
Registration: July 24, 10:00-10:30.
Prizes: The winner of the Trial tournament will receive 3 bys for Grand Prix—Taipei (to be help August 6-7). Saviors of Kamigawa booster packs will also be awarded to top finishers.

When: July 24 (Sunday)
Entry Fee: ¥200
Format: Standard
Registration: July 24, 12:00-12:30. NOTE: Participation in the Niigata Junior Tournament is restricted to players aged 14 or younger.
Prizes: All participants will receive a special commemorative Slith Firewalker card. The winner of the tournament will receive a special commemorative Royal Assassin card. Other prizes, including Saviors of Kamigawa booster packs, will be awarded to top finishers.

Constructed: ¥ 500
Booster Draft: ¥ 1,000
Sealed Deck: ¥ 2,000

rk post


NOTE: The following hotels are not endorsed by or affiliated with Wizards of the Coast. The hotels on this list are taken from guidebooks and provided here for your convenience only.

Niigata Washington Hotel
1-1 Sasaguchi
Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken
Phone: 025-243-7311
Fax: 025-243-0685
Single rooms from ¥7,700

Bandai Silver Hotel
1-3-30 Bandai
Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken
Phone: 025-243-3711
Fax: 025-243-3720
Single rooms from ¥ 7,000

Niigata Park Hotel
1-8-10 Minami-sasaguchi
Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken
Phone: 025-245-5571
Fax: 025-247-0061
Single rooms from ¥ 6,100

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