Grand Prix Yokohama Event Information

Posted in Feature on January 25, 2013

By Wizards of the Coast


Grand Prix Yokohama is brought to you by GoodGames/Hareru-ya.

Date: March 1-3, 2013

Format: Gatecrash Sealed Deck and Booster Draft

Tournament Location

Pacifico Yokohama Hall D
1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku
Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Click here for map

Pre-registration GoodGames/Hareru-ya: ¥4000
Friday, March 1: 16:00-21:00, ¥4000
Saturday, March 2: 08:00-09:00, ¥4000
(Pre-registration is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, February 5)

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

The largest incorporated city in Japan with a population of nearly 3.7 million, Yokohama is famous as a port city. One of the first cities in Japan to open its streets to foreigners, Yokohama is home to the largest Chinatown in the country, and its international connections are reflected in its architecture and food. The city is centered around the Minato Mirai 21 district, a business and commerce district that features the Landmark Tower, the nation's tallest building at 70 floors and nearly 296 meters. Another notable attraction in the city is the Ramen (Chinese noodle) Museum.

Few cities in the world are as synonymous with Magic's history as Yokohama. The first non-US location of the World Championships in 1999 (won by Kai Budde), Yokohama has since hosted a number of premier events. In 2005, the city was again host to the World Championships, which saw the "home team" dominate, with the titles of World Champion, World Team Champion, and Pro Tour Player of the Year all being captured by Japanese players. In 2008, as the home of defending champion Masaya Kitayama, Yokohama was the site of the Japan National Championship, which saw a resurgent Masashi Oiso take home the title. Come join us at Grand Prix Yokohama 2013 and witness another chapter written in Magic history in this scenic city by the sea!

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.

Participants in Grand Prix Yokohama will receive this event-exclusive playmat on a first-come, first-served basis (while supplies last). Priority will be given to players who pre-register online first and then to players who register on Friday, so don't delay! This playmat is 58x28cm, slightly smaller than a typical Ultra Pro playmat but sized to better fit standard Japanese tables.

Tournament Format and Schedule

Place Prize Money Pro Points
1 $3,500 8
2 $2,300 6
3-4 $1,500 5
5-8 $1,000 4
9-12 $600 3
13-16 $500 3
17-32 $400 2
33-64 $200 1
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.

Format: Gatecrash Sealed Deck and Booster Draft
Participation Fee: ¥4000

Registration and Schedule
(scheduled start times subject to change)

  • Friday, March 1: Registration 16:00-21:00
  • Saturday, March 2: Registration 08:00-09:00
  • Saturday, March 2: Grand Prix Yokohama begins at 09:30
  • Sunday, March 3: Day Two begins at 09:00

The main tournament at Grand Prix Yokohama 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.

Tournament Format

  • Day 1: Sealed Deck
  • Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft
  • Sealed Deck Product: 6 Japanese-edition Gatecrash boosters for Day 1 sealed deck (a limited amount of English-edition boosters will be available for players who cannot read Japanese)
  • Booster Draft Product: 3 Japanese-edition Gatecrash boosters for Day 2 and Top 8 Draft
  • 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

  • Grand Prix Yokohama will be run over two days using modified Swiss-style rounds of 50 minutes each. The number of rounds on Day 1 will be determined based on the number of players registered, Players will be paired randomly against players with similar win-loss records, with match points accumulating throughout the event.
  • If 799 or fewer players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 or better record OR the top 64 players—whichever number is greater—will advance to the second day of the event.
  • If 800 or more players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 or better record OR the top 128 players—whichever number is greater—will advance to the second day of the event.
  • The top 8 players after the final Swiss round on Day 2 will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination playoff round.
  • Top 8 matches will be best 2 of 3.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will be best 2 of 3, and have no time limit. (Players are still expected to play at a normal pace and complete playoff matches in a reasonable amount of time.)
  • When necessary, standings as of the final Swiss round will 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 judges for Grand Prix Yokohama will be Riccardo Tessitori (Level 5, Italy) and Jason Lemahieu (Level 5, USA). Applications for judges are accepted at the Magic JudgeApps page .


  • 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 Yokohama, the cutoff date will be February 27.) 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

  • Winners of Grand Prix Yokohama 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

Second-Round Byes

  • 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

First-Round Byes

  • 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)

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 All side events (except the Last Chance Grand Prix Trials) will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

Last-Chance Trials
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.

"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.).

Artist Information

Due to a family emergency, Todd Lockwood will be unable to attend Grand Prix Yokohama as previously announced.

Daarken, Raymond Swanland, and Min Yum will be in attendance at Grand Prix Yokohama.


In the early years of his youth, Daarken attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Most of his days were spent huddled over a sketchbook at a figure-drawing workshop or in a café, where he was affectionately known as "the guy that likes to draw deltoids". After three long years of drawing deltoids and video game playing, Daarken graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in traditional illustration.

Daarken began his career in 2004 when his incessant video game playing was interrupted by a phone call. The mysterious voice on the other end identified himself as someone from Wizards of the Coast. Daarken immediately blurted out that he would like to work for them. His overzealous nature was counters with the statement "but you haven't even heard what the project is yet".

And so began the lifestyle of creating monsters and zombies, with the occasional video game playing on the side. Daarken's true video game playing powers were put to the test when he was hired by Mythic Entertainment in 2007 as a concept artist for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. His two loves combined into a gigantic ball of awesomeness, which he happily rolls around all day. He now spends his days freelancing full-time, creating monsters and zombies, and, of course, playing more video games.

Raymond SwanlandRaymond Swanland

Ever since his formative years in the sprawling cities of Southern California, Raymond Swanland has been exploring worlds of the imagination through his art. Inspired by artists ranging from Caravaggio to H. R. Giger, he has been drawn to create work both dark in subject and visceral in style.

Shortly out of high school, Raymond had the great fortune to start his professional art career with the video game company Oddworld Inhabitants. That job, which ranged from conceptual and character design to cinematic art direction, turned into a career that spanned all four Oddworld video games over eight years, from 1997 to 2005.

In addition to his career with Oddworld, Raymond gradually launched a freelance illustration career starting in 2001 with the covers for the Korean manhwa Priest (soon to be a feature film). From there, he's gone on to work primarily in books (Wizards of the Coast, TOR, Nightshade, Pyr) as well as comics (Dark Horse), advertising, and album covers. This strong foundation in fantasy and sci-fi illustration ultimately led him to be invited to join the many creative talents of the Magic: The Gathering card game, for which he has created nearly 70 pieces to help flesh out the rich and expansive universe.

Fans can follow Raymond's work on his personal web site or on Facebook at

Min YumMin Yum

Min was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Sydney, Australia. He was always fascinated with drawing but never quite chased after it. After a series of boring careers in office jobs and graphic design, he turned to drawing in his mid-twenties. Shortly after he started working at a game studio in Melbourne as a concept artist. Min has since worked on films such as "Wolverine" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader", and for clients like Animal Logic and Wizards of the Coast. He currently lives in Seoul and works as freelancer.

Signing Session Hours
Artists will be available during the following hours:
Session 1: 09:30 – 11:30
Session 2: 12:30 – 14:30
Session 3: 15:00 – 18:00
Only signatures will be available during Sessions 1 and 2. Signatures are limited to 8 cards per person per time in the queue.

Travel Information

Yokohama is located approximately 30 minutes south of Tokyo, and is connected by direct express train to Narita Airport. The city itself has a highly developed public transportation network, making it easy to get around. The tournament venue is near the Minato Mirai 21 business district, reachable on foot from either Sakuragi-cho Station on JR East or the Minato Mirai station on the Toyoko Express. There are numerous hotels located in and around Minato Mirai.

Contact Information

Grand Prix Yokohama is sponsored by GoodGames Inc., owners of CARDSHOP HARERUYA.
Phone: 03-6233-9444

Venue Address

Pacifico Yokohama Hall D
1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku
Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Click here for map

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