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Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour-San Diego Qualifier
March 27-28, 2004

Grand Prix - Columbus

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The Magic: The Gathering® Grand Prix tournament series is an international circuit of large-scale Qualifier tournaments featuring cash prizes and multiple invitations to Pro TourTM events.

Grand Prix—Columbus is presented by Professional Event Services.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT AND SCHEDULE The format for Grand Prix–Columbus is MirrodinTM Block Limited, with day 2 Booster Draft. All DCITM Limited-format rules, Magic® Floor Rules, and all subsequent updates will be enforced.

Doors open to the public on Friday, March 26 at 2:00 P.M.

Friday, March 26: Registration from 6:00 P.M. -11:59 P.M.
Saturday, March 27: Registration from 12:00 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.
Tournament begins at 10:00 A.M. The Top 64 players advance to competition on Sunday
Sunday, March 28: 64 players begin play at 9:00 A.M.

TOURNAMENT LOCATION
Franklin County Veterans Memorial
300 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215
(614)-221-4341
http://www.fcvm.com

HOTEL
The Doubletree Guest Suites Columbus Hotel is offering a room rate from $99.99 per night.

Contact the Doubletree Guest Suites Columbus Hotel at (614)-228-4600. Please mention “Grand Prix Columbus” to get the $99.99 rate.

COST
$30 Advanced Registration
$35 On Site Registration

For advance registration, contact Pandemonium at (734)-427-2451.
Advance registration hours are as follows:
Monday – Friday: 2:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. EST
Saturday: 2:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M. EST
Sunday: 2:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. EST

Advance registration will be available until 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 24, 2004. For complete Grand Prix–Columbus information, including times, hotel information, side events, etc, please visit http://www.professional-events.com/grand_prix_columbus_2004.htm.

TOURNAMENT
The main tournament at Grand Prix–Columbus is open to Magic players of all ages.

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 shall be extended to the next-best finisher in that Grand Prix. Previous qualification may be through a Qualifier tournament, through performance at a professional tournament, or by being an invited DCITM player (valid upon the date of the official rank announcement for the appropriate professional tournament).

  • Tournament Structure
    The structure for Grand Prix-Columbus will be modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds). If the event has 799 participants or less, the top 64 players will advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. If the event has 800 or more participants, the top 128 will advance to day 2. The top 8 previously uninvited Players will receive invitations to Pro Tour-San Diego.
  • Judges
    The Head Judge for Grand Prix-Columbus will be John Shannon, Level 3.

    If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix–Columbus, please contact Mike Guptil at mike@professional-events.com.
  • Tournament Divisions and Prizes
    Grand Prix–Columbus will feature the standard “main-tournament” prize schedule as well as a special “Amateur" prize schedule. The Amateur prizes will be paid to the highest-finishing amateur players regardless of their standing in the Grand Prix. All prizes are in U.S. Dollars.
    Main Tournament Prize Schedule
    FinishPrize
    1$2,400
    2$1,700
    3$1,200
    4$1,000
    5-8$800
    9-16$500
    17-32$250
    Total: $17,500
    Amateur Division Prize Schedule
    FinishPrize
    1$1,500
    2$1,000
    3-4$700
    5-8$400
    9-16$250
    Total: $7,500


  • Amateur Status
    A player is considered to have amateur status if he or she has 0 lifetime pro points. If a player has ever been awarded ANY pro points from a Grand Prix, Pro Tour, or World Championship event, that player no longer has amateur status, may not participate in the Amateur Championship or Junior Super Series tournaments, and is not eligible for amateur awards at Grand Prix or other tournaments.
  • Tournament Byes (Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year)
    Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria:
    Third-Round Byes
    • Players with 28 or more professional points in the New Orleans 2003 professional standing.
    • DCI players with a Limited rating of 2000 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on December 24, 2003
    Second-Round Byes
    • Players with 14 or more professional points in the New Orleans 2003 professional standing.
    • DCI players with a Limited rating of 1900 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on December 24, 2003
    First-Round Byes
    • Players with 7 or more professional points in New Orleans 2003 professional standing.
    • DCI players with a Limited rating of 1800 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on December 24, 2003

GRAND PRIX TRIAL

Friday, March 26, 2004
6:00 P.M. (Registration starts at 2:00 P.M.)
Cost: $25.00
Format: Mirrodin Block Limited, with Top 8 Booster Draft
Location: Franklin County Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH
Prizes: Top 4 players each receive a Third-Round bye at the Grand Prix, Product Prizes

Other Grand Prix–Columbus Trials will be run throughout North America in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 Third-Round bye to Grand Prix–Columbus.

ARTISTS INFORMATION
Information on Artist signings will be posted at a later date

SIDE EVENTS
Side events at Grand Prix–Columbus include a Pro Tour–San Diego Qualifier and a Junior Super Series Challenge.

A complete Grand Prix–Columbus side event schedule can be found at http://www.professional-events.com/grand_prix_columbus_2004.htm.

Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering, Magic, Mirrodin, Darksteel, DCI, and Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. ©2003-2004 Wizards.

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