GRAND PRIX BIRMINGHAM 2017
Grand Prix Birmingham's website: gpbirmingham.com
The Grand Prix will be held at:
The NEC, Birmingham
North Ave, Marston Green
Birmingham B40 1NT
Tournament Organizer: ChannelFireball
Main Event Registration Fee: £60 Main Event registration only, £80 Main Event Package
Maximum Main Event Capacity: 2,000 Players
Online Registration: Until Friday, August 11, at 21:00 BST
On-site Registration: Friday, August 11, from 10:00-21:00 BST (subject to availability)
Registration for the Grand Prix main event closes Friday night. There will be no Saturday registration.
The main tournament at Grand Prix Birmingham is open to Magic players of all ages.
Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Grand Prix Birmingham. 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.
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 website for specifics.
Live Streaming Video
Follow live streaming video coverage of the Grand Prix on twitch.tv/magic!
Players who participate in the Grand Prix main event will receive a promo card (while supplies last). Each Grand Prix also offers additional promotional items. Check the Grand Prix website for further details on other awesome bonuses you may be able to get at the Grand Prix!
FORMAT AND STRUCTURE
*If Grand Prix attendance is 0-2,999 players, prize money will be paid out to 64th place. If Grand Prix attendance is at or over 3,000 participants, prize money will be paid out to 180th place.
Attendance at a Grand Prix is calculated on participation, not preregistration. The Tournament Organizer will announce Grand Prix attendance as soon as this is confirmed. Tournament attendance and standing are subject to review by Wizards of the Coast before being finalized.
All prizes displayed in U.S. dollars. Prizes subject to change.
Top 8 finishers and all players with 39 match points or greater at the end of the event also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Ixalan, which takes place November 3-5.
Pro Points earned at this event count toward the Ixalan cycle for the Pro Tour Players Club.
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 Tuesday 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.
Third Round Byes
Second Round Byes
- Winners of this event's Grand Prix Trial tournaments
- Players with a Pro Players Club level of Bronze or Silver
- Players who have accumulated at least 2,250 Planeswalker Points in the 2017 Yearly Award Season (May 30, 2016 - May 28, 2017)
- Players who have accumulated at least 2,250 Planeswalker Points in the 2018 Yearly Award Season (May 29, 2017 - May 27, 2018)
First Round Byes
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,300 Planeswalker Points in the 2017 Yearly Award Season (May 30, 2016 - May 28, 2017)
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,300 Planeswalker Points in the 2018 Yearly Award Season (May 29, 2017 - May 27, 2018)
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. For a more robust listing of side events, visit the Grand Prix website. Side events at a Grand Prix have a 3x Planeswalker Points multiplier (or whichever multiplier is appropriate for the event type).
Earn a valuable Two-Round bye by winning one of the Last-Chance Trials. These 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.
Format at organizer's discretion. Players who also played in the main Grand Prix tournament will get a discount for entry.
Pro Tour Qualifier
The winner of the Pro Tour Qualifier receives an invitation to the same Pro Tour that the Grand Prix feeds. The format depends on the format of the Grand Prix: if the Grand Prix is Limited, the Pro Tour Qualifier will be Standard; otherwise the format of the Pro Tour Qualifier will be Limited. The Pro Tour Qualifier will consist of either an eight-round Swiss tournament with a maximum of 225 players, or eight single-elimination pods of 32 players each; in either case, a Top 8 single-elimination playoff will take place.
Some of the hottest and most famous artists in Magic will be joining us at the Grand Prix. 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! See the Grand Prix website for more information about the artists that will be attending.