The Grand Prix Salt Lake City Gold Rush
The main attraction of this weekend’s Grand Prix—aside from the Grand Prix itself, I suppose—is the Gold Rush promotion StarCityGames.com put on to give back to the Magic players and the community that make the game as awesome as it is.
Kyle Falbo, the lucky Gold Rush winner of a Black Lotus!
What is the Gold Rush, you ask? Great question. Where some event hosts give out a playmat or sleeves to participants on a limited basis, StarCityGames.com wanted to give players the chance to win something huge, like a Black Lotus. The breakdown on our website went like so:
StarCityGames.com, the world's largest Magic: The Gathering™ secondary market retailer, announced today an unprecedented and innovative promotion for Grand Prix Salt Lake City, happening March 31st through April 1st, 2012. Entitled “Gold Rush,” it takes five classic Magic sets: Unlimited, Arabian Nights, Antiquities, Legends, and The Dark, packages each card individually in specially branded envelopes, and then randomly distributes one envelope to each Grand Prix participant. The retail value of these sets combined is over $12,000.00. If more than 923 players play in the Grand Prix, an Arabian Nights set will be added to the Gold Rush prize pool. If more than 1,015 play in the event, a set of Antiquities will be added, followed by Legends, then The Dark as attendance dictates. This cycle would then repeat, adding an additional Arabian Nights set, if more than 1,846 players play in the event.
With the 1,015 player barrier destroyed by the horde of 1,137 players who made their way to Salt Lake City’s Salt Palace Convention Center for the weekend, we’ve added extra copies of Arabian Nights, Antiquities and Legends to the Gold Rush pool. That means the sea of players who turned in their decklists this morning got extra shots at big money cards like Mishra’s Workshop, The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, Bazaar of Baghdad, Diamond Valley, Candelabra of Tawnos, and Moat in addition to Unlimited power, dual lands and the other beautiful cards available just for participating in the event, and you’ve got a deal players just could not pass up. Tales of players traveling anywhere from eight to 20 hours have trickled through the hall as proof of the awesomeness of the Gold Rush.
We witnessed some amazing pulls this morning, from Julian Ontiveros’ Ancestral Recall, to Matthew Viviani’s Mishra’s Workshop and Daniel Vigil’s The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale. We’ve also seen a second Mishra’s Workshop, a Mox Pearl and some dual lands floating around, but there are many more Gold Rush surprises to be found. Maybe they’ll be waiting for the winners of our great side events that have been firing nonstop since they opened yesterday. Wherever the prizes are hiding in beautiful Salt Lake City, we’ll be on the lookout with cameras ready!