In the past days, we've been asked quite a few times how a Grand Prix works. When you should come to the venue, what will happen, etc.
So we felt we could make that crystal clear to all of you.
First, a few reminders:
- To give us the maximum chances to start and finish on time, there is no registration for the Grand Prix on Saturday morning
- The Hall will nevertheless be open from Friday morning 10:00, where you can play in the Trials to win 2 byes. You may also want to check our Infinite Trials Package.
The Main event starts on Saturday at 09:30
And there will be NO REGISTRATION on Saturday morning!
The Seat All Players
First, we would like to remind you that even if you have byes, you must be present at the Seat All Players, unless you've registered with the Sleep-In Special or the VIP Experience
At 09:30 on Saturday, judges will post the Seat All Players, i.e. a list of all the players and the number of the table they should report at.
Seat All Players will be posted on "Pairing Boards" spread everywhere in the room and outside as well. You need to report to the board that matches your Last Name's initial. If you can't find your name, check the second column before anything else (it's not intuitive as this is not necessary when looking up pairings).
If your Last name is nowhere, check at your first name (in case an inversion happened somehow).
At that moment only, if you still can't find yourself, come to see us at the Main Stage
If you found your name and you have byes, check the presence of 1B, 2B or 3B next to it. This indicates the number of byes you have in the event. If you disagree with it, come to see us at the Main Event Stage.
Consent Forms, Decklists and Promos.
During the Seat All Players, several things will happen, in order:
- Judges will distribute a "Consent Form" to each of you. This is a legal document that we encourage you to read by clicking here.
- You will need to fill out and sign this document. We want to stress that signing it is mandatory, since it also contains acceptation of the way prizes are distributed. If you do not want to sign it, you will not unfortunately not be able to participate in the Grand Prix Main Event.
- Also, if you are a minor in your country, you will need to have it signed by your parent or a legal guardian. in such a case, we encourage to print it at home and bring it with you.
Judges will then collect decklists and Waivers in order. You will indeed be seated alphabetically, which saves an enormous amount of time when sorting decklists. Please check you listed at least 60 cards in your Main Deck and the exact number of cards (usually 15) in your sideboard !
The Promo card
Finally, judges will distribute the FOIL Promo Batterskull.
Then Round 1 Pairings will be posted at 10:00, so that you have time to use bathroom, smoke a cigarette or drink a coffee :)
Bring a proof of your byes
We will do our best to post on Friday a list of the registered players and the number of byes they have so that you can check this is accurate.
Issues with byes are rare but they may happen. Since we receive the list of players with byes directly from WotC, we cannot perform any additional check on site.
Procedures make it your responsibility to bring a proof of your byes in case there would be a discrepancy between the list we have received. Indeed, we cannot access your personal data and will therefore rely on Wizards' document to make a decision.
Therefore, to make sure nothing goes wrong, we encourage you to print a copy of the Planeswalker Points website that shows on the same page both your name and the data that grants you byes (either through the number of Planeswalker Points you own or because you finished first at a Grand Prix Trial).
Sleep-in Special + VIP Experience specifics
Some of you chose to register for the Sleep-In Special or the VIP Experience, you may skip the general Seat All Players and to arrive later. So as to keep things clear and easier for everybody, we will run mini-Seat All players for you.
1-round bye => Seat All players at 10:40
2-round byes => Seat All players at 11:55
3-round byes => Seat All players at 13:10
During this Seat All Players, we will ask you to sign the Consent Form, distribute the Promo card as well as the play mat.
As for your decklists, we remind you you must have given them to us, either by email or physically on site before 09:30 on Saturday. Failure to do so may result in penalties issued by judges, which would be very sad.