Known as "The City of Trees," Sendai City, situated in the center of Miyagi Prefecture, is the largest city in the Tohoku region and has been the center of the region since Date Masamune reigned over the area and built Aoba Castle at the beginning of the 17th century.
The ruins of Aoba Castle are now the centerpiece of a large public park. Sendai is also renowned for its proximity to Matsushima.
Some islands, large and small, are scattered in picturesque Matsushima Bay. The view of Matsushima changes from place to place and from season to season, and is so beautiful that it is considered one of Japan's "Three Legendary Vistas" the other two being Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima and the Ama-no-Hashidate in Kyoto. Dotted with small islands covered by black and red pines and grayish white rocks, the views of Matsushima Bay from the four islands of Ogi-ga-tani, Tomi-yama, Otaka-mori, and Tamon-zan are truly spectacular and regarded as the four grandest views in Matsushima.
With its stunning island scenery, the bay is frequented by visitors year round. The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to get out of the house, catch up with old friends, meet some new ones, and play Magic.
Grand Prix tournaments are world-wide open events that allow all Magic players to participate and experience the thrill of a large-scale competition.
Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here. Registration and Schedule Friday, June 4: Tournament begins at Day Two begins at Tournament Format Standard Constructed. Legal sets as of the tournament date are: As of , there are no banned cards in Standard. Tournament Structure Grand Prix—Sendai will be run over two days using modified Swiss-style rounds of 50 minutes each. The number of rounds on Day 1 will be determined based on the number of players registered.
Players will be paired randomly against players with similar win-loss records, with match points accumulating throughout the event. If or fewer players register for the event, all players with an X or better record OR the top 64 players—whichever number is greater—will advance to the second day of the event. If or more players register for the event, all players with an X or better record OR the top 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. Judges The head judge for Grand Prix—Sendai will be announced at a later date.
If you are interested in volunteering for Grand Prix—Sendai as a judge, please contact Ron Foster ron. 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. Players must bring pen, paper, card sleeves and appropriate counters. 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.
A player who has a bye in a round does not have to play a match in that round, but is treated as having won. A bye is normally given out to a player when there are an odd number of players in a round, but byes may also be rewarded to players for previous performance at a tournament or as a prize at a Trial tournament.
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: Winners of Grand Prix—Sendai Trial tournaments.
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. All 8-man tournaments are DCI sanctioned events. Super Friday Night Magic Registration: Other prizes are based solely on points after 4 Swiss rounds. FNM card choices are limited to one choice of each type available no duplicates.
Saturday, June 5 Registration: Legacy Constructed, Swiss rounds with Top 8 single-elimination The winner of the tournament will receive an artist-signed Unlimited edition Mox Jet. The Finalist will receive a foil set of Japanese edition Rise of the Eldrazi. The Top 30 players will each receive a set of orihalcon guards, while the Top 40 players will also receive deck cases.
The first registrants will each receive a storage box and pack of sleeves. Rise of the Eldrazi booster packs will be given out to top finishers as additional prizes. Depending on the number of rounds, the single-elimination for this tournament may take place on Sunday. Also, the registration time is subject to change based on the progress of the Grand Prix.