The Grand Prix circuit returns to Columbus, OH!

Wizards had announced the second quarter of the 2012 Grand Prix schedule and PES will be running the Grand Prix in Columbus, Ohio! We don't have all of the details just yet, but will be updating the page as we find out more, so check back often!

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The GP Columbus Playmat!

Grand Prix Columbus 2012

We have so many things going on this weekend! Make sure to check out:

Friday GPTs

Earn those elusive 3 round byes!

Public Events

Many different Pick-up events all featuring prizes from the most current set!

Hotel Block

PES has arranged a special rate at the Convention Center-attached Drury Hotel!

Artists

PES is happy to have both Steven Belledin and Steve Prescott as featured artists at GP Columbus!

Vendors

An incredible selection of different vendors on-site to sell you the cards you've gotta have and buy those you don't!
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Date:

July 20 - 22, 2012

Location:

Greater Columbus Convention Center
Hall E
400 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Format:

Modern

Cost:

$40

Registration:

Friday: 12:00PM-10:00PM.
Saturday: 8:00AM-10:00AM   Play will begin at 10:00AM.

Decklists will be required for this event. Please arrive early enough to fill out a list, or download a list and fill it out in advance.


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Directions


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Hotel Block

Attention folks still looking for a room for GP Columbus:

Our room block at the Drury has sold out!

However, if you aren't able to get a room at the Drury Inn, there are more than 2,500 hotel rooms in downtown Columbus, many of which are within walking distance of the venue.

Format

The format for Grand Prix Columbus 2012 will be Modern Constructed. Constructed decks must contain a minimum of sixty cards. There is no maximum deck size; however, you must be able to shuffle your deck with no assistance. If a player wishes to use a sideboard, it must contain exactly fifteen cards.
With the exception of basic land cards, a player’s combined deck and sideboard may not contain more than four of any individual card, counted by its English card title equivalent. All cards named Plains, Island, Swamp, Mountain, and Forest are basic.

Deck lists are required for this event. It is strongly recommended that you fill out a decklist before you arrive at the event. Decklists can be found here.

Official information about formats can be found in the Magic: The Gathering Floor Rules.

Structure

  • Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
  • If 799 or fewer players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 or better record OR the top 64 players—whichever number is greater—will advance to the second day of the event.
  • If 800 or more players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 or better record OR the top 128 players—whichever number is greater—will advance to the second day of the event.
  • The Top 8 players after the final Swiss round on Day 2 will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination playoff round.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will be best 2 of 3, and have no time limit. (Players are still expected to play at a normal pace and complete playoff matches in a reasonable amount of time.)
  • Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will still be used to determine final order in the standings.
  • 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)

Byes

Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria (Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Players that accumulate multiple byes to a particular Grand Prix tournament receive only the bye for the greatest number of rounds):

Third-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,200 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 26, 2011 – April 1, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
  • Winners of Grand Prix Columbus Trial tournaments
  • Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame

Second-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 600 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 26, 2011 – April 1, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)
  • Players with a 2012-13 Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

First-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 300 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 26, 2011 – April 1, 2012)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2012 Seasonal Award Season #2 (April 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012)

Trial winners

People who win a Trial event are awarded 3 byes in the Grand Prix that it feeds. Trial byes are not cumulative with other byes and do not pass down.

Sleep in Special

Got some byes? Want to get an extra couple hours of sleep instead of showing up at the venue early for the player meeting? Have we got a deal for you! If you have byes and register Friday night, you will be allowed to verify your byes during registration. Once confirmed, you will be eligible for the “Sleep in Special”. An additional charge of $20 buys you more sleep, how amazing is that?

You may ONLY skip the player meeting if you paid for the Sleep in Special!

Byes: reporting time
  • 1 Bye: 11am
  • 2 byes: 12pm (noon)
  • 3 Byes: 1pm


Not going to make it until Saturday morning and want to sleep in? We got that covered too!
If you have one or more byes and want to not show up until you play on Saturday, here is what you need to do before 10PM EST on Thursday, July 19, 2012:
  • Send an email to questions@professional-events.com with the following information:
    • Subject Line of “Sleep in Special for GP Columbus for <your name>”
    • Include in the email the following information: Your full name (first and last), your DCI #, the number of byes you think you have and your phone #
    • Attach the deck list you are going to play in the GP. Please note, the deck list can NOT be modified after it is sent to us. The submitted deck list is what you are playing!
  • Send your full payment of $40 for the GP entry + $20 for the sleep in special via Paypal to mguptil@ix.netcom.com. If you do not have a Paypal account, please contact PES at 1-877-913-8881 to discuss options.
  • Show up prior to the start of the round in which you are to first play Saturday morning!
Show up Saturday AM and you are ready to go! If you are one of the first 600 players to register prior to Saturday for the GP, you can collect your playmat from the registration staff when you arrive Saturday!

Schedule

Friday, July 20

Saturday, July 21

  • Grand Prix Registration 7:30AM-9:30AM
  • Grand Prix Tournament begins at 10:00AM
  • Side Events All Day

Sunday, July 22

  • Grand Prix Day Two begins at 9:00AM
  • Side Events All Day

Last Chance Trials

Date:

July 20, 2012

Location:

Greater Columbus Convention Center
Hall E
400 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Cost:

$20

Hours:

Registration is from 12:00PM-9:00 PM.

Format:

Modern

Structure:

32 player, single-elimination flights will be run as soon as they are filled

Prizes:

  • 1st: 3 round bye for GP Columbus and 18 Packs
  • 2nd: 18 Packs
  • 3rd-4th: 9 Packs

Side Events

All Prizes in M13! Come get the new hot set!

All Weekend

These events, with the exception of the Twisted Drafts, begin as soon as the doors open each morning. Twisted Drafts start later in the day. Check on-site for more details.

Go Infinite Booster Drafts

Format: M13 Booster Draft
Entry Fee: $15
Structure: 8 Man, Single Elimination

Prizes

  • 1st: 6 boosters & free entry into another booster draft at GP Columbus
  • 2nd: 4 boosters
  • 3rd-4th: 1 booster

8-Player Constructed Loot Events

Format: Standard, Extended, Legacy, Vintage
Entry Fee: $15
Structure: 8 Man, Single Elimination

Prizes

  • 1st: Pick your prize! This event will give the winner one Loot Ticket. Loot Tickets can be traded in for items from the Loot Showcase! Items in the Loot Showcase will include boxes (including M13) and single cards. The more Loot Tickets you win the more valuable the Loot will be!
  • 2nd: Free entry into another 8-Player Constructed Loot Event

8-Player Mini-Master (unsanctioned format)

Entry Fee: $10
Description: Each player will receive 2 M13 boosters plus basic land to build a 40-card deck. After each round, surviving players will receive an additional booster pack to add to their card pool and improve their deck. Last player standing wins!

Prizes

  • 1st: 6 boosters
  • 2nd: 4 boosters
  • 3rd-4th: 2 boosters

4-Player Commander (EDH) Events (unsanctioned format)

Format: Commander
Entry Fee: $8

Prizes

  • 2 booster packs per opponent eliminated

4 team (8 player) 2HG Booster Drafts

Format: Draft from 6 boosters of Innistrad Block Product
Entry Fee: $34/team
Structure: Single Elimination

Prizes

  • 1st: 6 boosters
  • 2nd: 4 boosters
  • 3rd-4th: 2 boosters

Twisted Draft

Format: Players will randomly choose 3 booster packs from the Mystery Box and draft at 8 man tables. Who knows what will come out? You'll have an excellent chance of pulling some out-of-print product from the Twisted Mystery Box! Have some twisted fun drafting and see what happens when you combine sets from all across Magic's history in the same draft!
Entry Fee: $22
Structure: 8 Man, Single Elimination

Prizes

  • 1st: 6 boosters
  • 2nd: 4 boosters
  • 3rd-4th: 1 booster

Friday, July 20

Last Chance Grand Prix Trials

Format: Modern
Entry Fee: $20
Structure: 32 person, single elimination
Start Time: 12:00pm (noon) - 9:00pm

Prizes

  • 1st: 3 round bye + 18 boosters
  • 2nd: 18 boosters
  • 3rd-4th: 9 boosters
  • 5th-8th: 6 boosters

"I Already Got My Byes" so I’m going to test instead!

Format: Modern
Entry Fee: $20
Structure: 32 person, single elimination
Start Time: 12:00pm (noon) - 9:00pm

Prizes

  • 1st: Free Sleep In Special + 18 boosters
  • 2nd: 18 boosters
  • 3rd-4th: 9 boosters
  • 5th-8th: 6 boosters

TCG Player Max point series Silver Qualifier

Format: Standard
Entry Fee: $20
Structure: Swiss, No Cut
Start Time: 7:00pm

Prizes

  • 1st: 40 M13 booster packs or $100, TCG Player Playmat + 20 Points
  • 2nd: 20 M13 booster packs or $50, TCG Player Playmat + 10 Points
  • 3rd-4th: 10 M13 booster packs or $25, TCG Player Playmat + 5 Points
  • 5th-8th: TCG Player Playmat + 3 Points
  • 9th-16th: 2 Points

"Chase the Foils" Event 8:00pm

Format: M13 Sealed Deck (6 packs per player)
Entry Fee: $25
Structure: 4 Swiss Rounds
Start Time: 8:00pm

Prizes

  • Participation: All players each receive 1 promo card
  • 12 Points: 4 promo cards & 4 Boosters
  • 9-11 Points: 2 promo cards & 2 Boosters
  • 6-8 Points: 1 promo card & 1 Booster

Saturday, July 21

TCG Player Max point series Silver Qualifier

Format: Sealed Deck
Entry Fee: $25
Structure: Swiss, No Cut
Start Time: 3:00pm

Prizes

  • 1st: 40 M13 booster packs or $100, TCG Player Playmat + 20 Points
  • 2nd: 20 M13 booster packs or $50,, TCG Player Playmat + 10 Points
  • 3rd-4th: 10 M13 booster packs or $25, TCG Player Playmat + 5 Points
  • 5th-8th: TCG Player Playmat + 3 Points
  • 9th-16th: 2 Points

2HG for Playmats!

Format: 2HG Sealed Deck
Entry Fee: $40
Structure: Swiss, No Cut
Start Time: 5:00pm

Prizes

  • 1st: GP Lincoln playmats, 2 booster boxes!
  • 2nd: 2 booster boxes!
  • 3rd-8th: boosters based on attendance

SCG SUPER Invitation Qualifier

Format: Standard
Entry Fee: $25
Structure: Swiss, Cut to Top 8
Start Time: 6:00pm

Prizes

  • 1st: $400, Qualification for a StarCityGames.com Invitational, 4 Open Points, Exclusive StarCityGames.com Playmat, T8 pin
  • 2nd: $200, Qualification for a StarCityGames.com Invitational, 2 Open Points, Exclusive StarCityGames.com Playmat, T8 pin
  • 3rd-4th: $100, 1 Open Point, Exclusive StarCityGames.com Playmat, T8 pin
  • 5th-8th: $50, Exclusive StarCityGames.com Playmat, T8 pin

My deck's not that bad, right?

Format: Modern
Entry Fee: $20
Structure: Swiss, No Cut
Start Time: 7:00pm

Prizes

  • 1st-2nd: 1 booster box!
  • 3rd-4th: 0.5 booster box!
  • 5th-8th: 0.25 booster box!

Sunday, July 22

TCG Player Max point series Platinum Qualifier

Format: Sealed Deck
Entry Fee: $25
Structure: Swiss, Cut to Top 8
Start Time: 9:00am

Prizes

  • 1st: 160(!) M13 booster packs or $400, TCG Player Playmat + 60 Points
  • 2nd: 80 M13 booster packs or $200, TCG Player Playmat + 40 Points
  • 3rd-4th: 40 M13 booster packs or $100,, TCG Player Playmat + 30 Points
  • 5th-8th: 20 M13 booster packs or $50, TCG Player Playmat + 20 Points
  • 9th-16th: TCG Player Playmat + 20 Points
  • 17th-32nd: TCG Player Playmat + 10 Points
  • 33rd+: 2 Points

SCG SUPER Invitation Qualifier

Format: Standard
Entry Fee: $25
Structure: Swiss, Cut to Top 8
Start Time: 11:00am

Prizes

  • 1st: $500, Qualification for a StarCityGames.com Invitational, 8 Open Points, Exclusive StarCityGames.com Playmat, T8 pin
  • 2nd: $300, Qualification for a StarCityGames.com Invitational, 4 Open Points, Exclusive StarCityGames.com Playmat, T8 pin
  • 3rd-4th: $200, Qualification for a StarCityGames.com Invitational, 2 Open Point, Exclusive StarCityGames.com Playmat, T8 pin
  • 5th-8th: $100, Exclusive StarCityGames.com Playmat, T8 pin
  • 9th-16th: $50

2HG for Playmats!

Format: 2HG Sealed Deck
Entry Fee: $40
Structure: Swiss, No Cut
Start Time: 1:00pm

Prizes

  • 1st: GP Lincoln playmats, 2 booster boxes!
  • 2nd: 2 booster boxes!
  • 3rd-8th: boosters based on attendance

My deck's not that bad, right?

Format: Modern
Entry Fee: $20
Structure: Swiss, No Cut
Start Time: 2:00pm

Prizes

  • 1st-2nd: 1 booster box!
  • 5th-8th: 0.5 booster box!

Artists

Steven Belledin

PES is happy to have Steven Belledin! Check out Gatherer to find all of the cards he has illustrated up to this point. Bring some by for him to autograph and while you're at it, pick up a print or artist's proof.

           
Just some of Steven Belledin's many hits!
Signing Hours for Steven Belledin will be announced later:

Steve Prescott

PES is happy to have Steve Prescott! Check out Gatherer to find all of the cards he has illustrated up to this point. Bring some by for him to autograph and while you're at it, pick up a print or artist's proof.

           
Just some of Steve Prescott's many hits!
Signing Hours for Steve Prescott will be announced later:

Vendors

Professional Event Services is pleased to announce that the following vendors will be in attendance:
If you are interested in becoming a dealer a Grand Prix Columbus 2012, please contact Sean Mangin at zargoon47@hotmail.com.
RIW Hobbies
RIW Hobbies

Strike Zone Online
Strike Zone Online

Star City Games
Star City Games

Alter Reality Games
Alter Reality Games

Hot Sauce Games
Hot Sauce Games

Empire Cards
Empire Cards

Damien Miller
Damien Miller

Cool Stuff
Cool Stuff

Face to Face Games
Face to Face Games

Gaming Etc.
Gaming Etc.

Ron's Comic World
Ron's Comic World

MTG Deals
MTG Deals

Jupiter Games
Jupiter Games

Blackbelt Bazaar MTG
Blackbelt Bazaar MTG

Troll and Toad
Troll and Toad

Nathan Taylor


Note: This is a partial list of vendors and more will be added as they confirm.

Prizes

Place Prize Pro Points
1 $3,500 8
2 $2,300 6
3-4 $1,500 5
5-8 $1,000 4
9-12 $600 3
13-16 $500 3
17-32 $400 2
33-64 $200 1

Judging GP Columbus

Application Window is now Closed!

The application window closed on May 21, 2012. Staffing results should be posted shortly to DCI Family. Thanks to everyone who applied!

Notes

  • Please watch your possessions.
    Do not leave your items unattended. Professional Event Services, LLC, its partners and venues are not responsible for lost or stolen materials. You bring materials at your own risk.
  • Trading is fine.
    However, anyone attending the event that buys, sells or solicits other players to do either will be asked to leave the event without refund. Note that offering items such as iPods or PSPs is the same as a cash transaction. This applies to both the buyer and the seller. Professional Event Services, LLC, its partners and venues are not responsible for any "bad" trades nor will we offer any trade advice. Your trades are your own risk.
  • Sportsmanship is very important.
    Professional Event Services, LLC greatly values sportsmanship. Poor sportsmanship can lead to warnings, game losses, match losses and disqualification from the tournament. Poor sportsmanship includes trying to trick another player, lying, arguing with an official as well as most other forms of bad behavior. Poor sportsmanship impacts all attendees to the event and reflects poorly on you. At all time, treat other players like you would want to be treated.
  • You do not lose your cards when you play in tournaments.
    You always keep your own cards at the conclusion of a tournament. You do not lose them to other players for any reason.
  • We accept cash (only) for payment for events. We only accept cash of the country the event is held in.
  • Be on time for the start of your tournaments and for the start of each round.
    In order to get everyone out on time, we need to start as soon as possible. If you are late for a tournament or a round, you may be dropped from the tournament.
  • 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
  • Swiss Format? What's that?
    There are two main formats for tournaments - single elimination and Swiss. In single elimination when a player loses a match, they are eliminated from the tournament. Booster Drafts are an example of single elimination tournaments. In a Swiss format event, players are not eliminated from the tournament and will be paired for the next round regardless of whether they won or lost their last match. You can play every round of a Swiss format tournament no matter what your record is.
  • Questions? Ask them!
    We love questions! If you have a question, please ask an event official (in either the brightly colored staff shirt or the black judge shirt) and we will do our best to answer your question.
  • Players must bring pen, paper, card sleeves and appropriate counters.