Welcome to beautiful Shanghai, China’s largest city by population and also the largest city proper in the world!
Home of historical landmarks such as the City God Temple and the Yu Garden, Shanghai offers some impeccable sightseeing for visitors, but that’s not the only reason to visit in May. The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix circuit will be making a stop here, and the main event will test everyone’s skill at Standard Constructed. In addition to the main event, our side event schedule and guest artists will offer something for everyone.
Standard and Shanghai is a combination that’s hard to trump. We hope to see you in China this spring!
Entry into the Grand Prix event venue is free of charge.
Main Event Registration Fee: CNY 300 Main Event Maximum Capacity is 1,500Players Registration online until May 14
Registration will be held on-site Friday, May 15 from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 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 web site for specifics.
Players can earn tournament byes for the Grand Prix Shanghai main event on Saturday by meeting the appropriate Planeswalker Point thresholds by May 13 or by winning a Grand Prix Trial that awards byes to this event.
For more information on the number of byes you can earn for this event and how to earn them, click here.
Along with the main event, there are additional side-event tournaments to play in at a Grand Prix. Side events are offered at all Grand Prix on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For details on side events that you can find at every Grand Prix, click here.
A list of additional events and a full schedule for when side events take place can be found on the Grand Prix Shanghai website. All side events (except casual events) will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.
Last Chance Trials
Standard and Sealed Deck on-demand, 32-play single-elimination format
Standard Trial entry fee: CNY 100
Standard Trial registration: 10:00-17:00
Sealed Deck Trial entry fee: CNY 200
Sealed Deck Trial registration: 10:00-16:00
Some of the hottest and most famous artists in Magic will be joining us at Grand Prix Shanghai. All artists will be available to sign cards, playmats, and more. In addition, all will be selling prints, artist proofs, original art/sketches, and doing custom alterations of mats and cards!
Artists scheduled to appear at Grand Prix Shanghai include rk post and Johannes Voss. For more information on these artists, click here.
Most international visitors must obtain an entry VISA before entering mainland China. You may apply for the VISA at the Embassy or Consulate for the People's Republic of China in your country. You may also contact your local travel agency for more details.
Shanghai is served by two international airports: Hongqiao (SHA) and Pudong (PVG). Both of these two airports have two terminals and enjoy convenient public transporation with other parts of the city.
Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) is mainly an airport for domestic flights but you might also find flights from Japan and Korea land here. This airport is close to the tournament venue and can be accessed by Metro Lines 2 and 10.
Shanghai Mart sits next to Yan'an Elevated Road. Take the Yan'an Elevated Road and exit from the Loushanguan Road Exit then go to the side road, the building will be straight ahead.
The parking lot at Shanghai Mart is open 24 hours. The service rate is CNY 10 an hour.
Public Transportation Information
With stops at or nearby the main attractions and commercial areas, Shanghai Metro's network has connections all over the city, You may transfer between lines easily.
Metro Line 10 may take you to Shanghai Mart. Get off the train at Yili Road Station and take Exit 4.
Routes 827, 836 and 709: Get alight at Hongqiao Rd. at Gubei Rd.
Routes 57, 748, 911, 925B, 936, 938: Get alight at Hongqiao Developmental Zone
Get your promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
FORMAT AND SCHEDULE
Format: Standard Constructed Main Event Registration Fee: CNY 300 Main Event Maximum Capacity is 1,500 Players
On-site registration on May 15 from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 16: Grand Prix Shanghai begins at 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, May 17: Day Two begins at 9:00 a.m.
Registration for the Grand Prix main event closes Friday night. There will be no Saturday registration.
The main tournament at Grand Prix Shanghai is open to Magic players of all ages.
Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Grand Prix Shanghai. Forms can be downloaded here and will be available on-site. Minors must have a parent of 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.
Players must use the same deck on Day Two that they used on Day One
Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
Day One will consist of 9 Swiss rounds. Day Two will consist of 6 Swiss rounds and the Top 8 single-elimination finals.
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.
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).
Judges interested in applying for the event should do so using the Judge Center.
Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive on Day One and Professional on Day Two.
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).
*If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200-2,399 participants, prize money will be paid out to 100th place. If Grand Prix attendance is 2,400-3,599 participants, prize money will be paid out to 150th place. If Grand Prix attendance is 3,600 or more participants, prize money will be paid out to 230th place.
Attendance at a Grand Prix is calculated on participation, not preregistration. The Tournament Organizer will announce GP attendance as soon as this is confirmed. Tournament attendance and standing are subject to review by Wizards of the Coast before being finalized.
Top 8 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Magic Origins July 31 - August 2, 2015.
In addition, all players with 39 match points or greater at the end of the event will receive an invitation to Pro Tour Magic Origins July 31 - August 2, 2015.
All prizes displayed in U.S. dollars. Prizes subject to change.
Top 8 players receive Pro Points based on rank. All other players receive Pro Points based on their match point total at the end of the event.
Grand Prix tournament byes can be earned either through a player's yearly Planeswalker Points total or by winning a Grand Prix Trial.
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. Points earned in tournaments held at the Grand Prix event site do not count toward earned byes at that Grand Prix.
Winners of a Grand Prix 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: The Gathering Premier Event Invitation Policy.
Players who have accumulated at least 2,250 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Yearly Award Season (March 18, 2013 - June 1, 2014)
Players who have accumulated at least 2,250 Planeswalker Points in the 2015 Yearly Award Season (June 2, 2014 - May 31, 2015)
Players who have accumulated at least 1,300 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Yearly Award Season (March 18, 2013 - June 1, 2014)
Players who have accumulated at least 1,300 Planeswalker Points in the 2015 Yearly Award Season (June 2, 2014 - May 31, 2015)
Along with the main event, there are additional side-event tournaments to play in at a Grand Prix. The Side Events listed in this section are on the schedule of every Grand Prix.
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.
A straight Swiss tournament lasting three or four rounds. Participants get one past promo card for playing, then one additional promo card per match win. Format varies by event.
Enjoy a special discount on pick-up drafts on Saturday. Actual times and prices vary by event.
Format at organizer's discretion. The winner(s) earn free entry into the "Super Sunday Series" (see Sunday Side Events). 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 2016, expected to be held in January 2016 in Seattle. The Super Sunday Series Championship experience also includes a tour of Wizards of the Coast, dinner with Wizards employees, and more.
A farmboy from Illinois with a gift for sketching, rk post has become one of Magic's iconic artists. Some of his most beloved creations include Morphling as well as Lightning Angel.