Grand Prix Utrecht Event Information

Posted in Feature on January 8, 2013

By Wizards of the Coast


Grand Prix Utrecht is brought to you by Dazzle Events.

Date: March 15-17, 2013

Format: Gatecrash Team Sealed/Draft

Tournament Location

Jaarbeurs Utrecht – Hal 3
Jaarbeursplein 6
3521 AL Utrecht
The Netherlands
Click here for map

Online: €120 per team
Online with sleep-in: €165 per team
On site: €135 per team

Visit to register online. Online registration closes Friday, March 15 at 22:00.

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

The excitement of the three-person team format comes to the European Grand Prix scene this March. Grab two friends and join in the fun at what is sure to be one of the biggest events on the 2013 Magic calendar.

Utrecht, the fourth biggest city of The Netherlands, was once the capital of Kingdom Holland. It is currently the most booming city of the country. Utrecht is known as a student city with a large population of young, single people. This results in a great nightlife with many places to dance, drink, and eat.

Don't forget to go up the Dom Tower, the highest church tower in the Netherlands, or relax in the cloister gardens next to it. Or perhaps you want to rent a canal bike and pedal your way around the canals? In the evening, be sure to check out the Oudegracht lower docks.

Best of all, there are many stores near the Oudegracht that sell board games, card games, war games, role-playing games, and fantasy and science-fiction books.



Follow live streaming video coverage of Grand Prix Utrecht at with Rich Hagon, Matej Zatlkaj, and Simon Görtzen. The live video stream will start at approximately 7 a.m. ET Saturday.


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

Place Prize Money Pro Points
1 $6,000 6
2 $4,500 5
3-4 $3,000 4
5-8 $1,500 3
9-12 $900 2
13-20 $600 1
Prize money listed is awarded by team, Pro Points awarded by player. Top 2 teams also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Dragon's Maze in San Diego (March 2013).

If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200 or more, Top 4 teams earn invitations and airfare.

All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Gatecrash Team Sealed/Draft
Participation Fee:
Online: €120 per team
Online with sleep-in: €165 per team
Offline: €135 per team

Registration and Schedule

  • Online registration at until Friday, March 15 at 22:00
  • Friday, March 15: Registration 15:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday, March 16: Registration 08:00 - 09:00
  • Saturday, March 16: Grand Prix Utrecht begins at 09:30
  • Sunday, March 17: Day Two begins at 08:00
Sleep-in Registration
  • Skip the registration lines at the venue by registering online
  • Skip the player meeting and enjoy later deck construction
  • Late arrival up to the number of byes earned (you should be on site one hour before the start of your round)
  • Event staff will preregister your card pool for you
If you register with the sleep-in special, you will receive an e-mail with instructions about how and when to register your decklist, along with additional information.

The main tournament at Utrecht 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 handed out and collected during the players meeting on Saturday morning.

Tournament Format and Structure
Players should review the Magic Tournament Rules for the rules specific to Team Tournaments, paying particular attention to the following sections:

  • Section 7.7 – Booster Draft Procedure
  • Section 8.2 – Team Composition and Identification
  • Section 8.3 – Team Communication
Day 1: Team Sealed Deck (12 Gatecrash boosters)
  • 20 minutes for sealed deck pool registration and deck swap
  • 60 minutes for deck building
  • Decklists are required
  • Deck registration and deck swap will be performed for the Swiss Sealed Deck.
Day 2 and Playoff: Team Booster Draft (3 Gatecrash boosters)
  • Team members draft at the same draft table with one opposing team (6 total players per draft table). Each team members will be randomly seated between 2 opposing team members for the draft. No communication (verbal or non-verbal) is permitted between team members during the draft.
  • After the draft, team members will be located to separate tables to record their draft pools (15 minutes for draft pool registration and verification). After draft pool registration, team members will sit together for deck building (30 minutes for deck building).
  • Decklists are required
Tournament Structure
  • Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
  • Each round, the team match is won by the team with the most individual match wins.
  • All teams with an X-2-0 or better record OR the top 40 teams—whichever number is greater—will advance to the second day of the event.
  • Day 2 will consist of 3 booster drafts. Teams will be paired for each draft based on standings.
  • After each booster draft, the teams in each draft will play 2 rounds.
  • Each team member will be randomly paired against a opposing team member in the first round.
  • Each team member will be randomly paired against a different opposing team member in the second round.
  • The Top 4 teams after the final Swiss round on Day 2 will advance to the playoff.
  • Playoff matches will be best 2 of 3 games per individual match, with 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 playoff, the players on the team that finished higher in the Swiss rounds choose either to play first or to play second.
Semfinal Round
  • Each team member will be randomly paired against a opposing team member. Only 1 round will be played in the semifinals.
Final Round
  • Each team member will be randomly paired against a opposing team member in the first round.
  • Each team member will be randomly paired against a different opposing team member in the second round.
  • If necessary, each team member will be paired against the remaining opposing team member in the third round.

The Head Judges for this event will be Jurgen Baert and Kevin Desprez. The Regional Judge Coordinator is Richard Drijvers. Judges interested in working at this event should submit an application through the Magic judge website .


  • Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive (Day 1) and Professional (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 Utrecht, 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:

Second-Round Byes

  • Teams with at least one member who has won a Grand Prix Utrecht Trial tournament.
  • Teams with at least one member who has accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
  • Teams with at least one member who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
  • Teams with at least one member with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
  • Teams with at least one member that is a member of the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame

First-Round Byes

  • Teams with at least one member who has accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 20, 2012 – December 16, 2012)
  • Teams with at least one member who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 17, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
  • Teams with at least one member with a 2012-2013 Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

Trial winners
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.

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 Dazzle Events website. All side events will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

Last-Chance Trials
Earn a valuable Second-Round bye by winning one of the Last-Chance Trials. 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
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.).

Other Hall Attractions

Magic Game Show
On Friday at 8 p.m. we start the Magic Game Show starring Richard Hagon. Registration is free and you can win some cool Magic goodies. Teams can be comprised of between 1 and 4 people.

Although trading is both allowed and encouraged, please note that there are some rules:

  1. Trading only in the trading area
  2. Only one binder per person on the table
  3. Buying or selling cards is not allowed
  4. Buying or selling can be done at the official vendor booths
  5. Money (even coins) on the table is not accepted
Failure to obey these rules may result in all involved parties being removed from the event without refund and banned from attending future Grand Prix in Europe.

Artist Information

Come and meet Magic: The Gathering artists Mark Tedin and Slawomir Maniak during the Grand Prix.

Saturday: 10:00 - 12:00, 13:00 – 17:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 12:00, 13:00 – 17:00

Mark Tedin
Born in Alaska, Mark received a master's degree in fine arts at Washington University, and started freelancing for Wizards of the Coast as one of the 25 original artists for Magic: The Gathering. In addition to his card art, he has also worked as a conceptual artist. He has also taught illustration, visual composition, and figure drawing.

Slawomir Maniak
Slawomir Maniak was born in 1979. Originally from Gdansk, Poland, he started drawing ten years ago and specializes in figures designed for the gaming industry.

Travel Information

For more information on Utrecht, visit Wikitravel. Check the travel information from the venue here.

Arriving by Plane
Utrecht is located at 25 minutes from Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport. From there, you have a good connection by train every 15 minutes. Arriving by Train
Utrecht has a major train station (Utrecht Centraal) that has connections all over The Netherlands (and beyond), and is located right in front of the venue. Taxi Service
UTC (Utrechtse Taxi Centrale)

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Hasbro SA (Wizards of the Coast), represented by Dazzle Events BVBA
Email: /

Venue Address

Online: €120 per team
Online with sleep-in: €165 per team
On site: €135 per team
Click here for map

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