Grand Prix San Diego is brought to you by Cascade Games, LLC.
Date: March 15-17, 2013
Friday March 15, 2013, Noon – 8 p.m.
Saturday March 16, 2013, 7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Get your promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
Become a master of Modern of the edge of San Diego Bay! Magic: The Gathering returns to San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter with the first Modern Grand Prix of 2013 in North America. This event is open to the public and allows casual and competitive players to participate in a large event celebrating Magic's newest constructed format. Planeswalker Point multipliers of 8x for the main event and 3x for all other events will pump your point totals like no other weekend.
Cascade Games, LLC, has special events planned all weekend to cater to every type of Magic enthusiast. National dealers will be on hand to sell you the sought-after cards you need to finish out your favorite decks. Acclaimed artists will also set up shop to meet their fans, sign cards, offer sketches and other exclusives. Whether you want to challenge hordes of other players for Grand Prix supremacy or just spend a relaxing weekend playing casually with other gamers, Grand Prix San Diego has something for you.
Pre-registration will be available for this event. A sleep-in special which allows players with byes sleep in and arrive late (for a fee) to the Grand Prix will also be available. Details on both options will be shared on the Cascade Games event page. Preregister for the main event in person on Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and get an exclusive Grand Prix San Diego playmat by Steve Argyle (while supplies last)!
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: $40
Registration and Schedule
- Friday, March 15: Registration Noon – 8 p.m.
- Saturday, March 16: Registration 7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
- Saturday, March 16: Grand Prix San Diego begins at 10 a.m.
- Sunday, March 17: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.
The main tournament at Grand Prix San Diego 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.
- Visit this page to see a list of cards banned in Modern tournaments.
- 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 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 San Diego is R. Jared Sylva from Roanoke, Virginia. Judges may apply for this event via Judge Apps at apps.magicjudges.org/. Level 1 judge certification testing will be available all weekend. Level 2 judge certification testing will be available by appointment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- 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 San Diego, the cutoff date will be March 13.) 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 San Diego 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 2012 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 Cascade 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.
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.).
Steve Argyle, Michael C. Hayes, and Lucas Graciano will be in attendance at Grand Prix San Diego. Preregister for the main event in person on Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and get an exclusive Grand Prix San Diego playmat by Steve Argyle (while supplies last)!
Steve Argyle: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Michael C. Hayes: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Lucas Graciano: Hours will be posted at Cascade Games.com and at the Grand Prix once they are available.
- Magic card art by Steve Argyle | steveargyle.com
- Magic card art by Michael C. Hayes | artofmike.com
- Magic card art by Lucas Graciano | lucasgraciano.com
Grand Prix San Diego will be held at the San Diego Convention Center. The Convention Center is conveniently located three miles from San Diego International Airport and less than one mile from the Amtrak Station. City bus and taxi service is available from the airport to the Convention Center. City trolley and taxi service is available from the train station to the Convention Center. The San Diego Trolley has two stops directly in front of the convention center at Harbor Drive / First Avenue and Harbor Drive / Fifth Avenue. If you are driving to the Convention Center, visit www.visitsandiego.com for driving and parking directions. The tournament hall is Hall H on the southern end of the Convention Center building.