Grand Prix Rio de Janeiro is brought to you by Let's Collect Brasil.
Date: March 8-10, 2013
Registration: R$ 100,00
Friday, March 8: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
(Check our Rarity Program, which includes Sleep-In Special)
Saturday, March 9: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Get your promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
Who would miss the opportunity to visit the most beautiful city in Brazil and participate in one of the best Magic: The Gathering events of the year? The Grand Prix circuit visits Rio de Janeiro for the third time. The previous two Grand Prix were won by World Champions Jon Finkel (1998) and Carlos Romao (2001) — will you add your name to this illustrious list of winners?
A fabulous tourist destination and host of the 2016 Olympic Games, the city of Rio de Janeiro is being completely remodeled and modernized, including the venue for the Grand Prix. This historic city has some new places to show!
In addition to the main event, the side events of Grand Prix Rio de Janeiro will indeed become a landmark for its participants. With side event prizes including a wide range of Magic products, airplane tickets to other Grand Prix, Vintage cards and complete sets, the side event schedule will suit all tastes and players. If you're looking for some special treatment during the weekend, be sure to check out the Rarity Program. Let's Collect Brasil invites you to have a magical weekend at Grand Prix Rio de Janeiro!
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.
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.
Participation Fee: R$ 100,00
Registration and Schedule
- Friday, March 8: Registration 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Saturday, March 9: Registration 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
- Saturday, March 9: Grand Prix Rio de Janeiro begins at 10:00 a.m.
- Sunday, March 10: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.
The main tournament at Grand Prix Rio de Janeiro 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.
- Deck lists are required.
- Players must use the same deck on Day 2 that they used on Day 1.
- Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
Information coming soon.
- 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 Rio de Janeiro, the cutoff date will be March 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 Rio de Janeiro 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 Let's Collect Brasil website. All side events (except the Last Chance Grand Prix Trials) 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.
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 $20,000. The Super Sunday Series Championship experience also includes a tour of Wizards of the Coast, dinner with Wizards employees, and more. (Details about the Championship will be announced later in 2013.).
William Murai, Jason Felix and rk post will be in attendance at Grand Prix Rio de Janeiro during the weekend. Full artist schedule will be posted on site.
The Rarity Program offers players the option of making the weekend experience that much more special. Players can choose either the Uncommon level (for R$ 30,00) or the Rare level (for R$ 100.00). All costs are in addition to the main event registration fee.
Uncommon: Players will have access to the Sleep-in Special, a process which allows the player, if he or she has byes, to sign up on Friday, March 8 and not need to be on site until after their byes end. You must provide your decklist before the players meeting on Saturday morning. You may give your decklist to the event staff when you register or at any time on Friday, but once given it cannot be returned or changed.
Rare: In addition to the Sleep-in Special, players receive these benefits:
- Fixed Seating: The participant will play all matches on the first day of the main event at the same table (to maintain the integrity of the tournament, the program that runs the Magic events may pair two "Rare" players with certain seats, temporarily moving one player out of his or her assigned seat. )
- Rare Lounge Access: Unique space, with many free benefits such as bottles of water, fresh fruit, masseuse, electronic games, etc.
- Exclusive Access to Artists: Get your cards signed by the artists without having to wait in line, plus meet and greet the artists at a special time exclusive to "Rare" players.
- Signup for special side events: Earn free entry into one side event of your choice, and skip waiting in lines for all side events.
Information coming soon.