Grand Prix–Massachusetts

Posted in Feature on February 14, 2007

By Wizards of the Coast

Important Update:
Life totals for Grand Prix-Massachusetts will start at 30 life. You can read the DCI announcement about this change here.

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–Massachusetts is presented by presented by Your Move Games and TJ Collectables.

Tournament Location

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center
150 Royal Plaza Drive
Fitchburg, MA 01420

FREE bus from Boston airport to Grand Prix-Massachusetts site in Fitchburg.

Pickup times at Logan Airport
2:00 PM Friday March 30th
5:00 PM Friday March 30th
9:00 PM Friday March 30th
Midnight Friday March 30th

Return from Fitchburg
5:00 PM Sunday April 1st
8:00 PM Sunday April 1st

5:00 AM Monday April 2nd
8:30 AM Monday April 2nd

For more information see

Free shuttle service from Fitchburg commuter rail stop to tournament site.
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM every hour on the hour Friday March 30th

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM every hour on the hour Sunday April 1st

For more information see

Tournament Schedule

Friday, March 30: Registration from 7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 31: Registration from 8:00 A.M – 10:00 A.M.
Tournament begins at 10:00 A.M.
Sunday, April 1: The Top 64 teams begin play at 9:00 A.M.


Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center
150 Royal Plaza Drive
Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 342-7100
Ask for “Your Move Games” room rate of $79 per night.

Entry Fee

$30 per player

Day 1 Format

  • 2HG Sealed Deck (60 minute deck construction)
  • 1 Time Spiral tournament pack, 1 Time Spiral booster, and 3 Planar Chaos boosters with which to build two, 40-card minimum decks
  • If product is not stamped or preregistered, deck registration and deck swap will be performed for the day 1 Team Sealed Deck build.
  • If the tournament will consist of more than 400 Registered Teams, the day 1 Sealed Deck may consist of 2 separate groups. As closely as possible, each group will consist of an equal number of teams, an equal number of teams from each bye level, and an equal number of Amateur-status teams. Each group will only play against other teams in their group.
  • The number of day 1 Swiss rounds is not affected if the tournament is run in this manner -- each group plays a number of rounds based on the total effective attendance of both groups.

Day 2 Format

  • 2HG Booster draft (40 minute deck construction)
  • 4 Time Spiral and 2 Planar Chaos booster packs will be used by each team for drafting.
  • All teams use the same A/B player designations from Day 1.
  • Day 2 competition will consist of 3 Booster drafts, each followed by 2 rounds of competition.

Rounds (Number and Length)

Effective Attendance
Number of Day 1
Swiss rounds
256 or less
257 - 512 8
513 - 1024 9
1025 or higher 10
  • The number of Swiss rounds on day 1 is determined by the following formula applied to the chart below: EFFECTIVE ATTENDANCE = REGISTRERED TEAMS +(1-round byes x .56) + (2-round byes x 2.38)
  • Day 2 will have 6 Swiss rounds, followed by the single-elimination finals
  • All Swiss rounds are 50 minutes in length; Top 4 single-elimination finals have no time limit
  • When time is called, the active team will finish the turn and three (3) additional turns will be taken


  • All teams may participate in the Day 1 Sealed Deck
  • The top 64 teams 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.
  • The top 4 teams after the final Swiss round will advance to the top 4 single-elimination finals.

Top 4

  • Top 4 matches will be single game matches
  • The Top 4 teams will be seated randomly at the draft table immediately prior to drafting.
  • The Top 4 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.
  • While there are no time limits in the Top 4, teams are expected to play at a reasonable pace and finish their matches within 60 minutes.


  • 40K, REL 4
  • 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–Massachusetts 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 8 teams will receive invitations to Pro Tour-San Diego.
  • Grand Prix–Massachussetts 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 $5,000 6
2 $3,400 5
3 $1,900 4
4 $1,800 4
5–8 $1,000 3
9–12 $600 2
13–16 $500 2
17-20 $400 1
21-25 $300 1
26-32 $200 1
Total: $25,000  
Amateur Division Prize Schedule  
Finish Prize
1 $1,500
2 $1,250
3 $1,050
4 $750
5 $500
Total: $5,000

A team is considered to have amateur status if no team member has participated in a Pro Tour or World Championship. If any member has participated in one of these events, that team no longer has amateur status, may not participate in the Amateur Championship or Scholarship 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:

Second-Round Byes

  • 2HG teams with 6 or more combined Players Club levels
  • 2HG teams with an average 2HG Limited rating of 1700 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 – Massachussetts Trial Tournaments

First-Round Byes

  • 2HG teams with 3 or more combined Players Club levels
  • 2HG teams with an average 2HG Limited rating of 1650 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.

Grand Prix Trial

Friday, Date March 30th
6:45 P.M. (Registration starts at 4:00 P.M.- 6:30)
Cost: $20.00 per player / $40 per team
Format: Sealed Deck
Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center
150 Royal Plaza Drive
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Prizes: Top 4 players each receive a Second-Round bye at the Grand Prix, Product Prizes

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


Lars Grant-West

Side Events

Side events at Grand Prix–Massachussetts include a Pro Tour–San Diego Qualifier, plus many others.

A complete Grand Prix–Massachussetts 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, Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, DCI, and Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. 2006 Wizards.

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