Grand Prix Shizuoka Event Information

Posted in Feature on November 6, 2013

By Wizards of the Coast


Grand Prix Shizuoka is brought to you by BIG MAGIC.

Date: December 20-22, 2013

Format: Standard

Tournament Location

Twin Messe Shizuoka
3-1-10 Magarikane, Suruga-ku
Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken
Click here for map.

Registration: Online registration
On-site registration: Friday, December 20 from 12:00-21:00
There will be no on-site registration on Saturday.

Many Grand Prix offer additional services to participants, such as Sleep-In Specials and VIP packages. Sleep-In Specials allow players with byes to skip the player meeting on Saturday and arrive shortly before their first round begins. VIP packages provide various perks such as complimentary bottled water, special seating, and exclusive artist signings. Details of these services vary from event to event; please check the organizer’s site for specifics.

Get your promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).

Easily accessible by land, sea, and air, Shizuoka is located in Japan's approximate geographical center and faces the Pacific Ocean. Lying halfway between Tōkyō and Ōsaka, it has prospered for long as the meeting point of east and west, both cultural and economical. It is a little over one hour from Tōkyō and about two hours from Ōsaka by Shinkansen.

The temperate climate here is said to be reflected in the people of this prefecture, who are known for their mild and open manner. The scenery of Shizuoka includes the Southern Japan Alps and about five hundred kilometers of coastline. Four distinct seasons and lack of harsh weather have been said to be major factors in the region's long-standing prosperity; today that prosperity continues as industry and advanced technologies in the region stand as pillars of Japan's industrial success and economic prominence. Traditional folk crafts produced today as they have been for hundreds of years are the pride of the prefecture. Verdant tea plantations and abundant groves of mandarin oranges give Shizuoka its name, which translates as "Tranquil Hills."

Since the Fuji volcanic belt, embracing such volcanoes as Mt. Fuji (the highest mountain in Japan, and easily Japan's most recognized landmark), Mt. Ashitaka, and Mt. Togasa, extends to the Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka has affluent hot springs at Atami, Itō, Shūzen-ji and many other places, which makes the prefecture one of major sightseeing and relaxation spots in the country.

Participants in Grand Prix Shizuoka will receive this event-exclusive playmat featuring the art from Thoughtseize on a first-come, first-served basis (while supplies last).

Tournament Format and Schedule

Place Prize Money Pro Points
1 $4,000 8
2 $2,700 6
3-4 $1,500 5
5-8 $1,000 4
9-12 $600 3
13-16 $550 3
17-23 $500 2
24-32 $400 2
33-64 $300 1
65-100 $250* 0
101-150 $200* 0
*If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200-2,399 participants, prize money will be paid out to 100th place. If Grand Prix attendance is 2,400+ participants, prize money will be paid out to 150th place.
Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Journey into Nyx in Atlanta (May 2014).
If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200 or more, Top 8 finishers earn invitations and airfare, and all players with 39 or more match points who do not make Top 8 earn invitations.
All prizes displayed in U.S. dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Standard
Participation Fee: ¥4,000
Sleep-In Special: ¥2,000

Registration and Schedule

  • Online registration until 12:00 on Wednesday, December 11 at
  • Friday, December 20: Registration 12:00 – 21:00
  • Saturday, December 21: Grand Prix Shizuoka begins at 08:30
  • Sunday, December 22: Day Two begins at 08:00

Registration to the Grand Prix main event closes Friday night. There will be no Saturday registration.

The main tournament at Grand Prix Shizuoka is open to Magic players of all ages.

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Grand Prix Shizuoka. Forms can be downloaded here and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on these forms. Minors will not be able to register or play unless we receive a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions.

Tournament Format

  • Standard Constructed
  • Deck lists are required.
  • Players must use the same deck on Day Two that they used on Day One.

Tournament Structure

  • Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
  • Day One will consist of a maximum of 9 Swiss rounds. Day Two will consist of 6 Swiss rounds and the Top 8 single-elimination finals.
  • 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 Two 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. (Players are still expected to play at a normal pace and complete playoff matches in a reasonable amount of time.)
  • Standings after the Swiss rounds will be used to determine final order in the standings for losing players in the quarterfinal and semifinal playoff rounds.
  • 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 Shizuoka will be Kevin Desprez (Level 4, France). Judge applications for this event are closed.


  • Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive on Day One and Professional on Day Two.
  • 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 Shizuoka, the cutoff date will be December 4th.) 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:

Third-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
  • Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame

Second-Round Byes

  • Winners of Grand Prix Shizuoka Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

First-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)

Trial winners
Winners of a Trial tournament are awarded two 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.

Side Events

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 BIG MAGIC website. All side events (except casual events) will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

Last-Chance Trials
Earn a valuable Two-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.

"Foiled Again"
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.

Value Drafts
Enjoy a special discount on pick-up drafts on Saturday. Actual times and prices vary by event.

"Rebound" 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
Qualifier tournaments for the Super Sunday Series will be held at each Grand Prix. The Top 8 players in the Super Sunday Series qualifier will each be awarded a commemorative Grand Prix water bottle. The winner of the Super Sunday Series qualifier will earn an invitation and travel award for the Super Sunday Series Championship 2015, expected to be held in February 2015 in Seattle. The Super Sunday Series Championship experience also includes a tour of Wizards of the Coast, dinner with Wizards employees, and more.

Artist Information

Lucas Graciano

Lucas Graciano is an award-winning artist who began his education at the Watts Atelier in 2001. During this time, he began working in the video game industry as a visual development artist. In 2005, Lucas was approached by the Watts Atelier founder to teach. This gave him the opportunity to develop his skills further while he continued to explore different art paths in his career. Lucas now works as a freelance artist focusing primarily on fantasy illustration doing book covers, card art, and other promotional works. Some of his clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Dark Horse, Paizo, Pyr Publications, Sony Online Entertainment, Upper Deck, and Wizards of the Coast. Lucas has worked on a number of licenses, including Dungeons and Dragons, Everquest, Magic: The Gathering, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars.

Lucas has been working on Magic since Magic 2011. Some of Lucas' more popular Magic cards include the promo Grave Titan, Vexing Devil, Advent of the Wurm, Shadowborn Apostle, Shadowborn Demon, and the newly released Thoughtseize.

Lucas lives in San Diego, California with his very supportive wife and beautiful little daughter.

Willian Murai

Willian Murai, a.k.a Will Murai, was born in a small town in southeastern Brazil. The son of Japanese immigrants, has been a fan of anime, manga, and comic books since he was little kid. Inspired by the classic and contemporary artists in the industry, early on he knew that drawing is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

While studying graphic design in college, he had the opportunity to work as a comic book colorist for American publishers, which earned him experience both in a professional and artistic aspect. After that, he decided to become an illustrator and, since then, he has been working in fields such as publishing, advertising, and internet, having recently dedicated special attention to game development and fantasy art.

His debut on Magic: The Gathering was in the Return to Ravnica block which he considers a great milestone in his career. Being a fan of Magic in the 1990s, he feels privileged to be able to reconnect to it not only as a fan, but also as an artist contributing to the history of the game. He proudly uses Frontline Medic in his Boros deck.

Travel Information

The Twin Messe convention center is located approximately a 12-minute walk from the Kasuga station on the Shizutetsu railway line, or 7 minutes by car from Shizoka station. Shizuoka itself is roughly a one-hour trip on the Shinkansen (bullet train) from both Tōkyō and Nagoya. There are numerous hotels in the city, mostly located around the central Shizuoka station area.

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: BIG MAGIC

Venue Information:

Twin Messe Shizuoka
3-1-10 Magarikane, Suruga-ku
Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken
Click here for map.

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