Grand Prix Sydney 2014 Event Information

Posted in Feature on June 4, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast


Grand Prix Sydney is brought to you by Top Deck Events.

Date: August 22-24, 2014

Format: Magic 2015 Sealed Deck

Tournament Location

Howie Complex
1 Showground Rd.
Sydney Olympic Park
Click here for map.

Registration: AU$60.00
Online registration is available at until Friday, August 22.

There will be no Saturday registration for this event.

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).

Sydney is a world-famous city due to the beautiful harbor. Come and check out the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and of course famous beaches including Manly and the iconic Bondi beach. And that's just the stuff you read about in the tour guides!

The Grand Prix will be taking place in the heart of Sydney Olympic Park, which is a 25-minute train ride from the Central Business District. Grand Prix Sydney 2014 is being held at the Howie Complex, 1 Showground Rd. Sydney Olympic Park is where the 2000 Olympics were held and is surrounded by hotels and restaurants. You can check out the Olympic Rings and the flame that was lit by Cathy Freeman. Who will get the Gold at Grand Prix Sydney 2014?

Grand Prix Sydney is the first time Australia has a Core Set sealed deck Grand Prix. With a US$35,000 purse and a minimum of four Pro Tour invites up for grabs, you can be sure that competition will be fierce—but don't worry, we will have the best judges around keeping everything in order.

Running right alongside the Grand Prix is a huge side events schedule including Foiled Again, Bounce Back and the Super Sunday Series, plus events on-demand, two artists, and a whole lot more. There really is something for everyone at Grand Prix Sydney!

Grand Prix Sydney is hosted by Top Deck Events. Visit the Top Deck Events website for updates and more details about the weekend's activities.

Are you going to Grand Prix Sydney? Tell your friends by joining the Facebook Event!

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.

This special commemorative playmat with art by rk post will be available for select players at the Grand Prix!
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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 or more participants, prize money will be paid out to 150th place.
Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir in Honolulu (October 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: Magic 2015 Sealed Deck
Participation Fee: AU$60.00

Registration and Schedule

  • Online Registration until August 22 at
  • Friday, August 22: Registration 11:00 am – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 22: Grand Prix Sydney begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, August 24: Day Two begins at 9:00 a.m.

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

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

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Grand Prix Sydney. 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

  • Magic 2015 Sealed Deck/Draft
  • Day One: Sealed Deck
  • Day Two and Top 8: Booster Draft
  • Sealed Deck Product: 6 Magic 2015 boosters for per player
  • Booster Draft Product: 3 Magic 2015 boosters per player
  • Deck lists are required.
  • If product is not stamped or preregistered, deck registration and deck swap will be performed for the Swiss Sealed Deck.

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 playoff.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will be best 2 of 3.
  • Top 8 playoff 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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 this event will be Jason Lemahieu (Level 5, USA). If you wish to judge the event, please apply using the Judge Center.


  • 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 Sydney, the cutoff date will be Wednesday, August 20.) 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 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #3 (June 2, 2014 – August 24, 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 Sydney Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
  • who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #3 (June 2, 2014 – August 24, 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 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #3 (June 2, 2014 – August 24, 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 Top Deck Events website. All side events (except casual events) will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

"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.

"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

Steven Belledin

Steven Belledin was raised in Pennsylvania and started his career completing high school art assignments for his older sisters in exchange for enough money to buy more candy than he probably should have eaten. After high school he fled small town life to hide among the drones of New York City and become an oil painter and the worst Magic player even known to man. Four years later, he stumbled out of the gates of Brooklyn's Pratt Institute into the harsh light of the "real world" and immediately dove head first into the brick wall of illustration. Though it took him a couple years to recover, he finally began plying his trade in 2000. After several years of slogging through many assignments, he somehow managed to get his foot in the door at Wizards of the Coast when he was asked to contribute work to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5. This eventually got him noticed by the fine folks working on Magic: the Gathering, a game he has been regularly working on since Coldsnap in 2006. Today, he continues to plod ahead; tickled that he gets paid to do something he loves. Steven currently resides in Seattle, Washington, USA, peering out at the world between the curtains in his studio windows. One wife; no pets.

rk post

rk is a huge fan favorite, as his work ethic is second to none. rk loves altering cards and having a chat. What will you get rk to do?

Other Hall Attractions


Although trading is both allowed and encouraged, please note that the following things are not permitted at this event:

  • Buying/selling cards with anyone except for our authorized dealer(s)
  • Soliciting to buy/sell cards elsewhere
  • Advertising without receiving permission from Wizards of the Coast’s on-site Event Manager
  • Utilizing an excessive amount of space when trading
  • Using suitcases, handcarts, luggage carts, etc. for the purpose of transporting excessive amounts of trade stock

Travel Information

Getting to Sydney
Flying is the most convenient mode of transportation for most visitors traveling to Sydney but this majestic city is accessible by train, bus, or ferry from most anywhere. Internationally, more than 20 international airlines serve Sydney’s International Airport which is conveniently situated about 20 minutes from the centre of Sydney.

Getting to the Venue
The Howie Complex is located in Sydney Olympic Park. It is a 5-minute walk from Olympic Park train station. The easiest way to get to the venue is from Train. However, there is a car park if you wish to drive, available for $20.00 a day.

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Top Deck Events
Email: (Lindsay Heming)
Phone: +61.423.311.178

Venue Address

Howie Complex
1 Showground Rd.
Sydney Olympic Park
Click here for map.

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