Grand Prix Beijing Event Information

Posted in NEWS on January 15, 2014

    Date: March 28 - 30, 2014

Tournament Location

University Science and Technology Beijing Gymnasium
30 Xueyuan Rd.
Haidian District 100083
Beijing, China
Click here for map.

Entry into the Grand Prix event venue is free of charge.

Registration: CNY 270
Online registration:
On-site registration: Friday March 28, 2014: 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Online Pre-registration: CNY 270
Online Pre-registration closes at 12:00 a.m. March 26, 2014

There will be no Saturday registration for this event.

Many Grand Prix offer additional services to participants, such as Sleep-In Specials and VIP packages. Sleep-In Specials allow players with byes to skip the player meeting on Saturday and arrive shortly before their first round begins. VIP packages provide various perks such as complimentary bottled water, special seating, and exclusive artist signings. Details of these services vary from event to event; please check the organizer's site for specifics.

Regarded as one of the "Four Great Ancient Capitals of China," the Chinese capital city of Beijing has enjoyed a prosperous history of more than 3,000 years as a city and more than 860 years as a capital, its urban area dotted with places of historic and cultural interest.

In March 2014, the Grand Prix circut returns to Beijing as the first Standard format Grand Prix in Mainland China's Magic Grand Prix history. Besides the fierce competition for glory at the main event, you can also find pure fun of playing Magic at our various side-event offerings and enjoy the weekend-long perfect Magic experience. Get ready to bring your friends together to this Magic festival and have fun!

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
PlacePrize MoneyPro Points
1$4,000 8
2$2,700 6
3-4$1,500 5
5-8$1,000 4
9-12$600 3
13-16$550 3
17-23$500 2
24-32$400 2
33-64$300 1
65-100$250* 0
101-150$200* 0
*If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200-2,399 participants, prize money will be paid out to 100th place. If Grand Prix attendance is 2,400 or more participants, prize money will be paid out to 150th place.
Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Magic 2015 in Portland (August 2014).
If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200 or more, Top 8 finishers earn invitations and airfare, and all players with 39 or more match points who do not make Top 8 earn invitations.
All prizes displayed in U.S. dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Standard
Participation Fee: CNY 240 on site, CNY 270 online

Registration and Schedule

  • Online registration until 12 a.m. on March 26 at
  • Friday, March 28: Registration 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 29: Grand Prix Beijing begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 30: Main Event Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

Registration to the Grand Prix main event closes Friday night. There will be no Saturday registration.

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

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Grand Prix Beijing. Forms can be downloaded here and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on these forms. Minors will not be able to register or play unless we receive a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions.

Tournament Format

  • Standard Constructed
  • Deck lists are required.
  • Players must use the same deck on Day Two that they used on Day One.

Tournament Structure

  • Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
  • Day One will consist of a maximum of 9 Swiss rounds. Day Two will consist of 6 Swiss rounds and the Top 8 single-elimination finals.
  • If 799 or less players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 64 players – whichever is greater – advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
  • If 800 or more players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 128 players – whichever is greater – advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
  • The Top 8 players after the final Swiss round on Day Two will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination playoff.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will be best 2 of 3.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will have no time limit. (Players are still expected to play at a normal pace and complete playoff matches in a reasonable amount of time.)
  • Standings after the Swiss rounds will be used to determine final order in the standings for losing players in the quarterfinal and semifinal playoff rounds.
  • 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 Judge for Grand Prix Beijing is TBD.


  • Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive on Day One and Professional on Day Two.
  • 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).

    Tournament Byes
Grand Prix Trials

Last-Chance Trials: Friday, March 28
Format: Standard and Sealed Deck, 32-person single-elimination flights
Time: Starting from 10 a.m. (The last Sealed Deck trial will begin at 4 p.m., the last Standard trial will begin at 5 p.m.)
Theros block Sealed Deck, 2:00 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. flights (registration opens 1 hour before each), maximum of 32 players in each
Cost: CNY 200 Sealed Deck, CNY 100 Standard
1st: Second-round bye in Grand Prix Beijing, Sleep-in Special and 12 booster packs. (In order to take the Sleep-in Special, players will have to submit their Deck Registration Sheet on Friday.)
2nd: 24 booster packs
3rd/4th: 12 booster packs each
5th - 8th: 6 booster packs each
9th - 16th: 3 booster packs each
* Times are approximate and subject to change.
Planeswalker Points Multiplier: 3x

Players who won second-round bye at Last Chance Trials will be automatically entitled to Sleep-In Service, but will have to submit their Deck Registration Sheet on Friday. Players will be considered to forfeit this award if they failed to comply with this submission.

Other Grand Prix Beijing Trials will be run at WPN locations in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers one Two-Round bye to Grand Prix Beijing.

  • Grand Prix Beijing Trials Information
  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • Find a Trial Near You!

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 Beijing, the cutoff date will be March 26th.) 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

  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
  • Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame

Second-Round Byes

  • Winners of Grand Prix Beijing Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

First-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)

Trial winners
Winners of a Trial tournament are awarded two 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. Additional events and a full schedule can be found on Play! Events China’s website and Facebook page. Players living in Mainland China can also view Play! Events China’s Weibo or follow WeChat account PlayEventsChina to receive push notification of side event schedule at Grand Prix Beijing.

All side events (except casual events) will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

Last-Chance Trials
Earn a valuable Two-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
Qualifier tournaments for the Super Sunday Series will be held at each Grand Prix. The Top 8 players in the Super Sunday Series qualifier will each be awarded a commemorative Grand Prix water bottle. The winner of the Super Sunday Series qualifier will earn an invitation and travel award for the Super Sunday Series Championship 2015, expected to be held in February 2015 in Seattle. The Super Sunday Series Championship experience also includes a tour of Wizards of the Coast, dinner with Wizards employees, and more.

    Artist Information

Svetlin Velinov is well-known illustrator and concept artist who lives in Varna, Bulgaria on the beautiful Black Sea coast. He graduated in with a fine arts degree from the National School of Arts "Dobri Hristov" and animation directing in "New Bulgarian University" in Sofia, but found his early inspiration and motives to start drawing in comics from his childhood. During his education in animation he has worked in advertising industry as graphic designer but shortly after his graduation in 2003 he started to build his professional career working as a freelance artist. With his experience over the years he developed his own well-recognizable style which is a mixture of his fine art approach to the digital illustration and the comics stylization of his characters, binding those two components into something which uniquely personalizes his own style.

Hotel Information

Convention Center, University of Science and Technology Beijing
No.30 Xue Yuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing

Close to North 4th Ring Road and located inside the USTB campus, this newly decorated hotel is only a five-minute walk away from the tournament, being your most convenient choice for this event.

Click here for a map.
Telephone: +86-10-62334022

Bookings can be made through e-mail, mentioning “万智牌大奖赛” (Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix) in your e-mail for discounted rates.

    Travel Information

Foreign visitors have to obtain an Entry VISA before entering China. You may apply for the VISA in Consulate of People’s Republic of China in your country. You may also contact your local travel agency for more details.

Travel to Beijing
Beijing is the capital of People’s Republic of China. The frequent flights, trains and buses make tourists’ travel to Beijing a breeze. The convenient taxis, buses, subway trains etc. can take you to any corner of the city.

By Air
Beijing is served by two airports: the major Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and a smaller Beijing Nanyuan Airport (NAY). Most of international flights are handled by Beijing Capital International Airport, which enjoys convenient transportation links with the center of Beijing.

You may take the Beijing Subway Airport Express Line, any of the airport buses or taxi to downtown from Beijing Capital International Airport.

More information on traveling between the downtown and the airport can be found at

By Train
Beijing has four railway stations, namely (as they would appear on railway tickets) Beijing, Beijingxi, Beijingnan, and Beijingbei. Please pay close attention to the name of your departure or arrival station printed on your ticket. All railway stations are not far away from Beijing downtown and are connected with at least one subway lines.

Beijing Railway Station: Subway Line 2
Beijingxi (Beijing West) Station: Subway Line 1
Beijingnan (Beijing South) Station: Subway Line 4
Beijingbei (Beijing North) Station: Subway Lines 2, 4, and 13

Transportaion to the Venue

By Subway
Beijing’s subway lines have connections all over the city, with stops at or nearby the main attractions and commercial areas. You may transfer between lines easily. The subway will provide you with fast and comfortable service except during rush hours.

Subway Line 10 may take you straight to University Science and Technology Beijing. Get off the train at XITUCHENG Station. Exit the station from Exit B and walk north for about 10 minutes. The University is on your right-hand side after crossing the North 4th Ring Road.

By Bus
Take bus Nos. 86, 307, 484, 617, 630, 690 or 928 and get off at University Science and Technology Beijing stop.

By Taxi/Car
The Gymnasium is located in the University’s Campus on North 4th Ring Road near ZHIXING Bridge. You may either drive northward from ZHIXING Bridge and enter the campus at the University’s east gate or drive westward from the Bridge and enter the campus at the University’s south gate.

For more information on traveling in Beijing, please visit the following site:

    Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Play! Events China
Phone Number: +86-13801110286

Tournament Location

University Science and Technology Beijing Gymnasium
30 Xueyuan Rd.
Haidian District 100083
Beijing, China
Click here for map.