Grand Prix Melbourne Event Information

Posted in NEWS on December 10, 2013

    Date: February 28-March 2, 2014

Tournament Location

Melbourne Park Function Center
Batman Avenue
Melbourne VIC 3000
Click here for map.

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

Registration: $40
Preregistration at
On-site registration: Friday, February 28 from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
There will be no on-site registration on Saturday.

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.

The first 350 players registered or checked in (if preregistered) will receive an exclusive Grand Prix Melbourne playmat featuring art from Fated Conflagration by Adam Paquette.

Australia's sporting capital Melbourne is excited to host the first Australian Grand Prix in the 2014 season. Grand Prix Brisbane has the crown for largest constructed event in Australia, what will Melbourne be able to deliver?

The event takes place on February 28-March 2, just after the Australian Tennis Open and just before the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Both of these events share the same location as Grand Prix Melbourne, Melbourne Park. When the lights go out, who will be crowned Grand Prix Melbourne Champion?

The format of the main event is Standard, and with an enormous side event program, this will be a GP weekend not to be missed. The main event features $35,000 USD in prize money and Pro Tour invites, while the side events schedule is packed with something for everyone. Grand Prix Melbourne also features the launch of the Australian Super Star! This is a special series of event for Eternal players—there is one Eternal event each day, and the person who amasses the most points at the end of the weekend takes out the title and the trophy.

Artists Adam Paquette and Chris Rahn will be gracing us with their presence signing cards. Five amazing vendors from all over Australia will be on site to buy, sell and trade cards with you. There really is something for everyone at Grand Prix Melbourne! Be part of history—we'll see you there.

The first 350 players registered or checked in (if preregistered) on the Friday will receive a Grand Prix Melbourne playmat.

Follow live streaming video coverage of Grand Prix Melbourne at,, and with Rashad Miller, Marshall Sutcliffe, Hall of Famer Randy Buehler, Ray Walkinshaw, and Riley Knight. The live video stream will start on Saturday at approximately 1 p.m. local time / 2 a.m. GMT / 9 p.m. ET (Friday).

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+ participants, prize money will be paid out to 150th place.
Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Journey into Nyx in Atlanta (May 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: $40 AUD

Registration and Schedule

  • Online Registration until 6 p.m. on February 21 at
  • Friday, February 28: Registration 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 1: Grand Prix Melbourne begins at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 2: 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 Melbourne is open to Magic players of all ages.

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Grand Prix Melbourne. 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 finals.
  • Top 8 matches will be best 2 of 3.
  • Top 8 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 of this event is Chris Richter (Level 4), and he will be flanked by an all-star cast of great judges. For more information about judging, please click here.


  • 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, February 28
Format: Sealed and Standard, 32-person single-elimination flights
Cost: $40 Sealed Deck, $20 Standard
Times: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.*
* Times are approximate and subject to change.

1st: Two-Round bye for the Grand Prix, Sleep-in Special, 24 booster packs
2nd: 24 booster packs
3rd-4th: 12 booster packs

Grand Prix Melbourne 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 Melbourne.

  • Grand Prix Melbourne 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 Melbourne, the cutoff date will be February 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 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 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 Melbourne Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 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 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 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. 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 the website. All side 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

Chris Rahn is coming over from the United States to sign cards and meet fans. Whether you play Vintage, Modern, or Standard, you can be sure there will be at least one card by Chris in your collection begging for a signature.

Adam Paquette, a local Australian artist, has many cards already in Magic and stay tuned to see a few more in Born of the Gods!

    Other Hall Attractions

Grand Prix Melbourne will have five super vendors that will love to trade, sell, and buy cards all weekend long.

Grand Prix Melbourne will also have its own player café set up out front of the venue, open from early in the day for all of your needs.

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  • Reservations
    Travel Information

Getting to Melbourne
Flying is the most convenient mode of transportation for most visitors traveling to Melbourne but this majestic city is accessible by train, bus, or ferry from most anywhere. Internationally, more than 20 international airlines serve Melbourne's International Airport which is conveniently situated about 30 minutes from the heart of Melbourne.

Getting to the venue
Melbourne Olympic Park Function Centre is located 10 minutes from the heart of Melbourne, and is part of the complex that hosts the Australian Tennis Open each year. In the shadows of our Cathedral to sport—the world-renowned MCG—the Function Centre has its own tram stop. Other transport options include driving, walking, cycling, city buses and taxis. More information about parking and getting to the venue and surrounding area can be found here.

    Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Lindsay Heming
Email: Website:

Venue Address

Melbourne Park Function Center
Batman Avenue
Melbourne VIC 3000
Click here for map.