Grand Prix–Daytona Beach

Posted in Feature on September 13, 2007

By Wizards of the Coast

The Magic: The Gathering® Grand Prix tournament series is an international circuit of large-scale Qualifier tournaments featuring $30,000 in cash prizes, invitations to the Pro Tour™ for the top 16 finishers, and exclusive foil promo cards for participants.

Grand Prix—Daytona Beach is presented by Unity Entertainment

Tournament Location

Daytona Beach Ocean Center
Conference Center
101 N. Atlantic Ave.
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118

Tournament Schedule

Friday, Date: Registration from 7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Saturday, Date: Registration from 8:00 A.M – 10:00 A.M.
Tournament begins at 10:00 A.M. If less than 800 players participate in the event, the Top 64 players advance to competition on Sunday If 800 or more players participate, the top 128 advance to Sunday.
Sunday, Date: The Top 64 (or 128) players begin play at 9:00 A.M.


Unity Entertainment has partnered with Ocean Waters Management to host our players at one of the three following hotels:

The Boardwalk Inn & Suites
301 S Atlantic Ave
Daytona Beach, FL 32118
(386) 253-8300
Our room rate for this hotel is $74 a night.

Best Western Mayan Inn
103 S. Ocean Ave.
Daytona Beach, FL 32118
(386) 252-2378
Our room rate for this hotel is $74 a night

Super 8 Oceanfront Hotel
133 S. Ocean Ave
Daytona Beach, FL 32118
(386) 253-0666
Our room rate for this hotel is $69 a night

For any of these room rates, you must specify that you are with the Magic the Gathering Grand Prix. These rooms rate are based on availability so you the earlier you call, the more likely it is that you will receive this rate. The cutoff date for this room block is November 2nd. All hotels are within a 5-10 minute walk of the Ocean Center.

Entry Fee



  • Day 1: Sealed Deck
  • Day 2 and Top 8: Booster Draft
  • Sealed Deck Product: 1 Lorwyn tournament pack and 2 Lorwyn boosters
  • Booster Draft Product: 3 Lorwyn boosters
  • 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 Length

  • Swiss rounds - 50 minutes per round
  • Number of Swiss rounds on Day 1 based on attendance and the number of byes in the tournament, and will be announced at the beginning of Day 1
  • Day 2 will have 6 Swiss rounds followed by a cut to a top 8


  • All players may participate in all Swiss rounds of Day 1
  • If the event has 799 participants or less, the Top 64 players advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. If the event has 800 or more participants, the top 128 will advance to day 2.
  • The top 8 players after the final Swiss round on Day 2 will advance to the top 8 single-elimination finals.

Top 8

  • Top 8 matches will be best 2 of 3
  • Top 8 matches will have no time limit
  • 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.
  • Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will still be used to determine final order in the standings.


The Head Judge for Grand Prix–Daytona Beach will be David Vogin.

If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix– Daytona Beach, please contact Erik Mock at with the subject line Grand Prix – Daytona Beach Judge Volunteer.


  • 40K
  • Competitive REL Day 1, Professional REL Day 2
  • All Universal Tournament Rules and Magic: the Gathering Floor Rules are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Format Document
  • Players must bring pen, paper, card sleeves and appropriate counters.

Invitations, Eligibility, and Prize Money

The main tournament at Grand Prix–Daytona Beach is open to Magic players of all ages.

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).


  • All participants in the Grand Prix will receive a Spiritmonger exclusive Grand Prix foil card, while supplies last
  • The top 16 Players will receive invitations to Pro Tour-Kuala Lumpur 2008.
  • Grand Prix–Daytona Beach will 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 regardless of their standing in the Grand Prix. All prizes are in U.S. Dollars.
Finish Prize Pro Points
1 $3,000 8
2 $2,000 6
3 $1,400 5
4 $1,300 5
5–8 $900 4
9–16 $500 3
17–20 $400 2
21-32 $300 2
33-40 $200 1
41-50 $150 1
51-64 $100 1
Total: $25,000
Finish Prize
1 $1,500
2 $1,000
3 $750
4 $400
5 $350
6 $300
7 $250
8 $200
9 $150
10 $100
Total: $5,000

A player is considered to have amateur status if he or she has never participated in a Pro Tour or the World Championship. If a player has ever participated in one of these events, 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.

Tournament Byes (Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year)

Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria:

Third-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 3 or higher
  • DCI players with a Limited rating of 2000 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on the player's DCI Limited rating on the Wednesday before the Grand Prix.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Daytona Beach Trials

Second-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 2
  • DCI players with a Limited rating of 1900 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on the player's DCI Limited rating on the Wednesday before the Grand Prix.

First-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 1
  • DCI players with a Limited rating of 1800 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on the player's DCI Limited rating on the Wednesday before the Grand Prix.

Friday, November 16th
4:00 – 8:00 PM
Cost: $15.00
Format: Sealed deck, 32 person single-elimination flights
Location: Daytona Beach Ocean Center
Conference Center
101 N. Atlantic Ave.
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118
Prizes: Top player in each flight receives a Third-Round bye at the Grand Prix, Product Prizes

Other Grand Prix–Daytona Beach Trials will be run throughout North America in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 Third-Round bye to Grand Prix–Daytona Beach.

Tom Baxa


Side events at Grand Prix– Daytona Beach include a Pro Tour–Kuala Lumpur Qualifier, plus many others.

A complete Grand Prix– Daytona Beach side event schedule can be found at

Registration Information

  • Players who want more specific local tournament or registration information should call their local contact phone number.
  • Players who have general questions about the Magic: The Gathering trading card game, Wizards of the Coast, Inc., the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour, Arena–The League for Magic: The Gathering, DCI players' organization, Qualifier tournaments, the Magic World Championships, National Championships, State/Provincial Championships, or Regionals should call Wizards of the Coast at (800) 324-6496, or send email to us via the form at

WIZARDS OF THE COAST, Magic: The Gathering, Magic, Lorwyn, DCI, and MAGIC: THE GATHERING PRO TOUR are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. ©2007 Wizards.

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