Grand Prix São Paulo Fact Sheet

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FORMAT & STRUCTURE

Constructed: 

Staged Tournament Structure (1A/1B/2): 

  • MagicFest São Paulo will hold a double Day 1 Grand Prix event on Friday and Saturday (called Stage 1A and Stage 1B), with the Day 2 (only for qualified players) on Sunday (called Stage 2).

  • Stage 1A will start on Friday, November the 15th at 9AM and will only have online registration (no onsite registration - so please register in time!)

  • 8 rounds of Swiss, players with 18 points or more qualify for Stage 2 (Sunday).

    • Players with a record after 8 rounds of 21 points will start Stage 2 with 3 points.

    • Players with a record after 8 rounds of 24 points will start Stage 2 with 6 points.

  • ​Stage 1B will start on Saturday, November the 16th at 9AM.

  • There will be Last Chance Trial events on Friday that will grant 2 byes in Stage 1B for players who finish with a record if 4-0.

  • 8 rounds of Swiss, players with 18 points or more qualify for Stage 2 (Sunday).

    • Players with a record after 8 rounds of 21 points will start Stage 2 with 3 points.

    • Players with a record after 8 rounds of 24 points will start Stage 2 with 6 points.

  • ​Stage​ 2 will start on Sunday at 9AM 

  • 7 rounds of Swiss, only for qualified players from Stages 1A and 1B, followed by a cut to Top 8.

  • There are no bye calculations.

  • Players must use the same deck as was used in Stage 1. In the event a player qualifies for Stage 2 in both Stages 1A and 1B, they play with the deck from the stage that produced the better record. In the event that the records are identical, the player must report which of the two decks they will play in Stage 2 before it begins.

  • Tiebreakers are reset for Stage 2.

  • Top 8 playoff matches will be best 2 of 3, with 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 Stage 2 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 Stage 2 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).​

Notes

  • Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive for Stages 1A & 1B and Professional for Stage 2.

  • 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 Mythic Championship or Players Tour 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)

 

Prizes

 

TOURNAMENT BYES

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 midnight 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

  • 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 this event’s Grand Prix Trial tournaments

  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Bronze or Silver

  • Players who have accumulated at least 2,250 Planeswalker Points in the 2019 Yearly Award Season (May 28, 2018 – May 26, 2019)

  • Players who have accumulated at least 2,250 Planeswalker Points in the 2020 Yearly Award Season (May 27, 2019 - May 31, 2020)

First Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,300 Planeswalker Points in the 2019 Yearly Award Season (May 28, 2018 – May 26, 2019)

  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,300 Planeswalker Points in the 2020 Yearly Award Season (May 27, 2019 - May 31, 2020)

When to show up?

If you have byes, the recommended times to show up are:

  • 1 Bye - 10AM 

  • 2 Byes - 11AM

  • 3 Byes - 12 Midday
     

You are still responsible to get to the venue in time for your round and decklists must still be submitted prior to the start of Round 1.

PLayers Tour Feeds

 

Wondering what happens now that the competition is behind you? Well, if you go x-2 or better, or make top 8 of a Individual Grand Prix or are on a top 4 team of a Team Grand Prix, you'll be invited to one of the Players Tour events below!  Players qualified to a Players Tour many attend any of the three for that season, but only one each season

Additonally the Winner of each Grand Prix also qualify for the Player Tour Final for the season in which the Grand Prix is held (does not apply to Grand Prix that qualify for Mythic Championship Richmond)

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