Grand Prix - Yokohama

Posted in Feature on September 17, 2004

By Wizards of the Coast

Trial Schedule

The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is an international circuit of large-scale Qualifier tournaments featuring cash prizes and multiple invitations to Pro Tour events.


The format for Grand Prix – Yokohama is Kamigawa Block Limited (Sealed Deck + Rochester Draft). All DCI Limited rules and Magic Floor Rules announced on October 1, 2004, along with all subsequent updates, will be enforced. .For the latest edition of the DCI and Magic Floor Rules, please refer to the DCI Rules web site.

  • Friday, November 19: Registration from 15:00-20:00. Players who cannot attend registration will be allowed to register on Saturday morning between 08:30 and 09:00 for an additional fee of ¥500.
  • Saturday, November 20: Tournament begins at 09:00. The Top 64 players from Day 1 advance to Day 2. (In the event Grand Prix—Yokohama has more than 800 players, the Top 128 players from Day 1 will advance to Day 2.)
  • Sunday, November 21: Play begins at 9:00. The Top 8 players from Day 2 will play 3 rounds of single-elimination competition to determine the Grand Prix—Yokohama champion.

Pacifico Yokohama Hall C
1-1-1 Miinato Mirai, Nishi-ku
Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken

3 minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on the Toukyuu Touyoko Line (approximately 30 minutes from Shibuya by express train)

¥ 3,500

Players may pre-register online no later than November 10 (Wednesday) at Hobby Japan's Magic home page. (Note: In order to use Hobby Japan's online registration page, your browser must be capable of displaying Japanese.)

Contact for Non-Japanese Players
Ron Foster, Japan Organized Play Manager
Phone: +81-3-5326-3102


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

Tournament Format
The format for Grand Prix—Yokohama is Kamigawa Block Sealed Deck and Rochester Draft. All DCI Constructed format rules and Magic Floor Rules announced on October 1, 2004, along with all subsequent updates, will be enforced.
For the latest information on Constructed formats, refer to the 2004 Floor Rules.

Tournament Structure
The structure for Grand Prix—Yokohama is modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds, with the number of rounds determined by the number of participants), with the Top 64 players advancing to the Sunday finals for prizes and invitations. (In the event Grand Prix—Yokohama has more than 800 participants, the Top 128 players will advance to Day 2.) On Day 2, there will be a Rochester Draft and 3 Swiss rounds of competition, followed by another draft with 3 additional Swiss rounds, to determine the Top 8 players. After performing another draft, the Top 8 players will face off in single elimination play to determine the Grand Prix—Yokohama champion.

Tournament Byes (Byes are not cumulative through the season or year.)
Byes for Grand Prix—Yokohama are based on the 2004 Pro Tour—Seattle professional standings and DCI ratings as of August 18, 2004. Please refer to the Grand Prix—Yokohama bye list for details. Byes may also be earned through a Grand Prix—Yokohama Trial tournament.

Kazuhiro Wakatsuki (Level 3/Japan)

The Top 8 previous uninvited finishers of Grand Prix—Yokohama will each receive an invitation to Pro Tour—Nagoya (January 28-30, 2004). If a player who wins an invitation to Pro Tour—Nagoya at Grand Prix—Yokohama has already qualified for an invitation, the invitation shall be extended to the next-best finisher. Previous qualification may occur through a Qualifier tournament, through performance at a professional tournament, or by being an invited DCI player (valid on the date of the official rank announcement for the appropriate professional tournament).

Grand Prix—Yokohama will also feature the standard main tournament prize schedule as well as a special Amateur prize schedule. The Amateur prizes will be paid to the highest-finishing amateur players in addition to any winnings those players receive from the main tournament prize schedule. All prizes are in U.S. Dollars.

Main Tournament Prize Schedule
Finish Prize
1 $2,400
2 $1,700
3 $1,200
4 $1,000
5-8 $800
9-16 $500
17-32 $250
Total: $17,500
Amateur Division Prize Schedule
Finish Prize
1 $1,500
2 $1,000
3-4 $700
5-8 $400
9-16 $250
Total: $7,500

Amateur Status
A player is considered to have amateur status if he or she has 0 lifetime pro points. If a player has ever been awarded ANY pro points from a Grand Prix, Pro Tour, or World Championship event, that player no longer has amateur status, may not participate in the Amateur Championship or Junior Super Series tournaments, and is not eligible for amateur awards at Grand Prix or other tournaments.


  • Pro Tour—Nagoya Qualifier
  • Grand Prix—Osaka Trial
  • Yokohama Junior Open
  • Eight-person, on-demand tournaments
  • Artist signings
  • Champions of Kamigawa Arena League
  • Original Card Contest
  • Charity Auction
  • Champions of Kamigawa Behind-The-Scenes Talk Show


  • When: November 21 (Sunday)
  • Entry Fee: ¥ 3,500
  • Format: Kamigawa Block Limited (Sealed Deck + Rochester Draft)
  • Registration: Saturday, November 20 from 17:00.
  • Prizes: The top two players will each win an invitation to Pro Tour—Nagoya. Additionally, the first place player will earn $250 in travel money. Japanese-edition Champions of Kamigawa booster packs will be awarded as additional prizes to the Top 8 as follows: 1st place: 32 packs, 2nd place: 20 packs, 3rd-4th: 15 packs, 5-6th: 8 packs, 7-8th: 5 packs.


  • When: November 21 (Sunday)
  • Entry Fee: ¥ 6,000/team
  • Format: Team Trios Limited
  • Registration: Sunday, November 21 from 9:00-9:30.
  • Prizes: The winning team will earn a 2-round bye for Grand Prix—Osaka (to be held January 8-9). In addition, the first place team will receive 36 Japanese-edition Champions of Kamigawa booster packs. The 2nd place team will be awarded 18 booster packs, and the 3rd and 4th place teams will each receive 9 packs.


  • When: November 21 (Sunday)
  • Entry Fee: ¥500
  • Format: Standard Constructed
  • Registration: Sunday, November 21 from 09:00-09:30. NOTE: Participation in the Yokohama Junior Open is restricted to players aged 14 or younger.
  • Prizes: The first place player will receive 36 Japanese-edition Champions of Kamigawa booster packs in addition to a special Royal Assassin premium card. The runner-up will receive 18 Champions of Kamigawa booster packs. The 3rd-8th place players will each receive 6 booster packs. All participants will receive a special Slith Firewalker premium card.


  • Standard, Extended: ¥ 500
  • Booster Draft: ¥ 1,000
  • Sealed Deck: ¥ 2,000


Submit an original card of your design to the judges—it may be selected to be published in Game Gather magazine with an original illustration by Ittoku or another Japanese artist!
Submissions will be accepted from 9:00 Saturday until 16:00 Sunday. The winners will be announced at 18:00 on Sunday.

The auction will feature Magic-related items. Anyone is free to participate and put an item up for auction. A fee of ¥500 will be charged for submissions; all entry fees will be donated to charity.
When: November 21 (Sunday), 14:00 (Submissions will be accepted until 13:00.)

Find out how the latest Magic set was created by talking with members of the design and translation staff. Answer their questions to win Champions of Kamigawa booster packs!
When: November 20 (Saturday), 18:00.


NOTE: The following hotels are not endorsed by or affiliated with Wizards of the Coast. The hotels on this list are taken from guidebooks and provided here for your convenience only.

Breezbay Hotel
1-22-2 Hanasaki-chou
Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi
Phone: 045-253-5555
Fax: 045-253-5511
Single rooms from ¥12,500

Sakuragi-chou Washington Hotel
1-1-67 Sakuragi-chou
Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi
Phone: 045-683-3111
Fax: 045-683-311
Single rooms from ¥ 9,500

Hotel Cosmo
2-9-1 Kita-saiwai
Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi
Phone: 045-314-4111
Fax: 045-316-1600
Single rooms from ¥ 8,500

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