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Magic: the Gathering Pro Tour
2003 Pro Tour–Chicago

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Come join Wizards of the Coast for our next Pro Tour stop in Chicago This information will help you to prepare now to attend in January. Pro Tour-Chicago will be held January 17-19, 2003.

 Tournament Location

Hyatt Regency Chicago
Riverside Center
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Tel: +1 312 565 1234
Fax: +1 312 565 2966
chicagoregency.hyatt.com

 Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Tel: +1 312 565 1234
Fax: +1 312 565 2966
chicagoregency.hyatt.com

Room Rate
$120.00 for Single or Double Occupancy. $145.00 for Triple Occupancy. $170.00 for Quadruple Occupancy.
In order to receive the best rates you must make your reservations by December 17th, 2002.

 Mandatory Registration

Player registration will occur at the Masters Series Gateway tournament site (Hotel, but room to be determined) 7:00–10:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 16th, 2003.

Registration for the Masters Series Gateway tournament is at 8:00 A.M. on Thursday at the tournament site.

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Pro Tour–Chicago. Forms can be downloaded at wizards.com/protour and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian's signature on these forms.

Return the registration and waiver forms to Wizards of the Coast or bring them with you to registration. We will make forms available for competitors at registration, if necessary.

Wizards of the Coast
Attn.: Pro Tour
P.O. Box 707
Renton WA 98057
Fax: (425) 687-8259

At registration, all participants must present one of the following forms of identification upon request:

  • a driver's license, or
  • a passport, or
  • a copy of their birth certificates and photo IDs (school IDs are acceptable).

If you anticipate any difficulty registering during the official registration hours, please contact Andy Heckt at
(425) 254-2941 or heckt@wizards.com.

 Format

  • Rochester Draft
  • 3 Onslaught packs will be used for drafting.
  • Check www.thedci.com for Rochester Draft rules.

Round Length

  • 60 minute rounds, 14 Swiss Rounds total + Top 8 single-elimination finals.
  • When time is called, the active player will finish the turn and five additional turns will be taken
  • Stalling and slow play rules will be strictly enforced during the tournament.

Advancement

  • All players participate in Friday's 7-round competition.
  • Players with 13 or more match points after round 7 advance to Saturday's competition.
  • The top 8 players after round 14 advance to Sunday's top 8 single-elimination finals.

Notes

  • Players are responsible for knowing all DCI rules and high-level tournament rules.
  • Players must bring pen, paper, card sleeves and appropriate counters.

Friday Schedule
8:45 AM: Seating for player meeting posted.
9:00 AM: Player meeting begins.
9:15 AM: First draft begins. 4 rounds will be played, followed by a draft and 3 more rounds.

Saturday Schedule
8:45 AM: Pairings for Round 8 posted.
9:00 AM: Round 8 begins.
9:15 AM: Second draft begins. 4 rounds will be played, followed by a draft and 3 more rounds.

Sunday Schedule
8:00 AM: All top 8 players check in at feature match area.
9:00 AM: Top 8 Rochester Draft begins followed by single-elimination matches.

 Prize Payout

Place Prize Place Prize Place Prize Place Prize Place Prize
1 $30,000 14 $3,800 27 $1,600 40 $875 53 $615
2 $20,000 15 $3,500 28 $1,500 41 $850 54 $600
3 $15,000 16 $3,250 29 $1,400 42 $825 55 $590
4 $13,000 17 $3,000 30 $1,350 43 $800 56 $580
5 $9,500 18 $2,750 31 $1,300 44 $775 57 $570
6 $8,500 19 $2,550 32 $1,250 45 $750 58 $560
7 $7,500 20 $2,400 33 $1,200 46 $730 59 $550
8 $6,500 21 $2,250 34 $1,150 47 $710 60 $540
9 $6,000 22 $2,100 35 $1,100 48 $690 61 $530
10 $5,500 23 $2,000 36 $1,050 49 $675 62 $520
11 $5,000 24 $1,900 37 $1,000 50 $660 63 $510
12 $4,500 25 $1,800 38 $950 51 $645 64 $500
13 $4,100 26 $1,700 39 $900 52 $630 Total: $200,130

 Artist Appearances

Jeff Laubenstein

Jeff Laubenstein was born in Chicago and raised in Schaumburg, Illinois. He studied Illustration and Visual Communication at Northern Illinois University and received a B.F.A. in Illustration.

Jeff began his career as a staff artist for FASA Corporation, where he spent 12 years creating illustration and design for over one hundred role-playing games, sourcebooks and adventures. He worked on FASA's Star Trek and Doctor Who games and was instrumental in developing the appearance of BattleTech, Shadowrun, Earthdawn and Renegade Legion. He also created artwork for the BattleTech and Shadowrun collectible card games.

As an Art Director and graphic designer at FASA , Jeff shared 3 Origins awards, one for Best Graphic Presentation of a Board game and two for Best Graphic Presentation of a Roleplaying Game, Adventure or Supplement. Jeff's illustrations have appeared in several editions of SPECTRUM, an annual publication honoring the best in contemporary fantastic art.

After departing FASA, Jeff spent 2 years at Terraglyph, where he worked as an art director and conceptual artist on Nintendo and Playstation games.

Jeff's work has appeared in Dragon magazine and he has painted numerous cards for Magic the Gathering and the Harry Potter card game. He has also created packaging and concept art for Wiz Kids' popular Mage Knight game. One of his concept designs, The Fist of Tesla, was recently honored with the 2002 Origins Award for Best Fantasy Vehicle.

A full time freelancer and dad, Jeff currently lives in Algonquin Illinois with his wife Jill and their three children Timothy, Lucy and Max.

Thomas M. Baxa

Thomas M. Baxa was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. He got his Bachelors degree in illustration from Northern Illinois University where he was scarred for life under the tutelage of Mark Nelson. Tom began freelancing in the RPG industry, working for such notables as TSR, FASA, and Dragon Magazine. In 1994 he became a staff artist for FASA, contributing covers, color interiors and b+w ink drawings to the Shadowrun, Battletech, and Earthdawn universes. He continued to freelance in the industry for White Wolf, TSR, and Wizards of the Coast among others. His work in a printed collection of fantasy art, Spectrum 5 & 6. Tom currently lives in Southern California and is working for a video game company called Westwood Studios. He continues to freelance and is currently pursuing personal projects.

Artist Credit Card Title Set Artist Credit Card Title Set
Jeff Laubenstein Cartographer Exodus Thomas M. Baxa Dizzying Gaze Exodus
Jeff Laubenstein Recurring Nightmare Exodus Thomas M. Baxa Pit Spawn Exodus
Jeff Laubenstein Molting Harpy Mercadian Masques Thomas M. Baxa Spellshock Exodus
Jeff Laubenstein Vine Dryad Mercadian Masques Thomas M. Baxa Tsabo’s Decree Invasion
Jeff Laubenstein Apes of Rath Tempest Thomas M. Baxa Dwarven Scorcher Judgment
Jeff Laubenstein Clot Sliver Tempest Thomas M. Baxa Filth Judgment
Jeff Laubenstein Dauthi Horror Tempest Thomas M. Baxa Wormfang Drake Judgment
Jeff Laubenstein Interdict Tempest Thomas M. Baxa Face of Fear Odyssey
Jeff Laubenstein Mogg Hollows Tempest Thomas M. Baxa Metamorphic Wurm Odyssey
Jeff Laubenstein Scragnoth Tempest Thomas M. Baxa Zombie Infestation Odyssey
Jeff Laubenstein Invasion Saproling Token Token Creatures Thomas M. Baxa Volcano Imp Planeshift
Jeff Laubenstein Planeshift Hippo Token Token Creatures Thomas M. Baxa Corrupting Licid Stronghold
Jeff Laubenstein Double Cross Unglued Thomas M. Baxa Dauthi Trapper Stronghold
Jeff Laubenstein Growth Spurt Unglued Thomas M. Baxa Lobotomy Tempest
Jeff Laubenstein Handcuffs Unglued Thomas M. Baxa Safeguard Tempest
Jeff Laubenstein Caltrops Urza’s Destiny Thomas M. Baxa Shocker Tempest
Jeff Laubenstein Goblin Festival Urza’s Destiny Thomas M. Baxa Time Ebb Tempest
Jeff Laubenstein Incendiary Urza’s Destiny Thomas M. Baxa Churning Eddy Torment
Jeff Laubenstein Landslide Urza’s Destiny Thomas M. Baxa Blizzard Elemental Urza’s Destiny
Jeff Laubenstein Delusions of Mediocrity Urza’s Legacy Thomas M. Baxa Mark of Fury Urza’s Destiny
Jeff Laubenstein Goblin Medics Urza’s Legacy Thomas M. Baxa Reliquary Monk Urza’s Destiny
Jeff Laubenstein Martyr’s Cause Urza’s Legacy Thomas M. Baxa Telepathic Spies Urza’s Destiny
Jeff Laubenstein Miscalculation Urza’s Legacy Thomas M. Baxa Electryte Urza’s Saga
Jeff Laubenstein Copper Gnomes Urza’s Saga Thomas M. Baxa Hidden Spider Urza’s Saga
Jeff Laubenstein Metrognome Urza’s Saga Thomas M. Baxa Tainted Æther Urza’s Saga
Jeff Laubenstein Show and Tell Urza’s Saga Thomas M. Baxa Torch Song Urza’s Saga
      Thomas M. Baxa Vampiric Embrace Urza’s Saga
      Terese Nielsen and Thomas M. Baxa Suppress Apocalypse

 Side Event Schedule

Side events are open to everyone.

Win a trip to Grand Prix–Boston!
Kings Games is sponsoring a promotion where one random player will win airfare (up to $300 value) to Grand Prix–Boston! To enter the drawing, participate in any scheduled Feature Side Event at Pro Tour Chicago - - you will receive one entry ticket for each scheduled side event played. Fill out your name and contact info, enter your tickets into the drawing at the Kings Games dealer table, and you could be the lucky winner! (Drawing will be held at 5:00 P.M. on Sunday January 19, 2003. You do not need to be present to win. Prize cannot be redeemed for cash. For full details see a Kings Games representative at Pro Tour–Chicago.)

The more you play, the more you play–for free!
Pastimes will be sponsoring a giveaway for entry into upcoming Premier events held by Pastimes throughout the Chicago area! To enter, participate in any scheduled Feature Side Event at Pro Tour Chicago - - you will receive one entry ticket for each scheduled side event played. Fill out your name and contact info, enter your tickets into the drawing at the Pastimes dealer table, and you could be playing for free at some great upcoming Premier events! (Drawing will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Sunday January 19, 2003. You do not need to be present to win. Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash. For full details see a Pastimes representative at Pro Tour–Chicago.)

Special Events at Pro Tour–Chicago!
Make sure you check out some of the great side events scheduled at Pro Tour–Chicago. The Chicago Open (sponsored by Troll and Toad), the Females Only Standard Tournament (sponsored by M’s Collectibles), and the ever-popular Question Mark Trivia Show (sponsored by Kings Games) are just some of the events offering a great play experience and fabulous prizes as well! See the Featured Side Events Schedule for details.

Featured Side Events

Thursday 1/16

Time Evt# Cost Event Title
9:00 A.M. 101 Free Masters Series – Chicago 2003 Gateway (Invitation ONLY)
Single Elimination. Standard (Type II) format. Top 4 finishers advance to the Masters Series–Chicago 2003 starting later in the evening. Open to invited players only. Players must have 7 Pro Points in the Houston 2002 Professional Standing or have a 1900 or higher rating in the December 4, 2002 Constructed Rating.
5:00 P.M. 102 $25 Pro Tour–Chicago "Last Chance" Qualifier
Top 4 Players gain entry to Pro Tour–Chicago. Sealed Deck Tournament with 1 Onslaught™ Tournament Pack and 2 Onslaught boosters per player. Top 8 Rochester draft. Registration begins at 4:00 P.M., play begins at 5:00 P.M.

Friday 1/17
In order for events to begin on time, please arrive fifteen minutes before the scheduled starting time

TimeEvt#CostEvent Title
12:00 P.M.201$5Standard (Type II) Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules.
2:00 P.M.202$18Onslaught™ Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck Tournament with one Onslaught tournament pack and two Onslaught boosters per player.
4:00 P.M.203$5Extended Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules.
6:00 P.M.204$20Grand Prix–Boston Trial
Sealed Deck Tournament with 1 Onslaught Tournament Pack and 2 Onslaught boosters per player. Top 8 Booster draft. Top 2 players receive a 3-round bye at Grand Prix–Boston.

Saturday 1/18
In order for events to begin on time, please arrive fifteen minutes before the scheduled starting time

TimeEvt#CostEvent Title
9:00 A.M.301$20Pro Tour–Venice Qualifier
Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules.
Winner receives $500 and an invitation to Pro Tour–Venice. Registration begins at 8:00 A.M., play begins at 9:00 A.M.
10:00 A.M.302$15Junior Super Series Challenge
Standard-format rules apply. Top player receives a $1000 scholarship and entry into the 2003 Junior Super Series Championship. All players receive a Premium card with entry. For players ages 15 and under, with zero (0) lifetime Pro Points. Registration begins at 9:00 A.M., play begins at 10:00 A.M.
10:00 A.M.303$18Amateur Only Onslaught™ Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck Tournament with one Onslaught tournament pack and two Onslaught boosters per player. Entry is limited to players with zero (0) lifetime Pro Points.
12:00 P.M.304$5Chicago Open Standard (Type II) Tournament (Sponsored by Troll and Toad)
Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules. Entry is open to all players. Special prizes include: 1st place Unlimited Mox, 2nd place Sealed Box of Alliances, 3rd place Rabbit Plush with big Pointy Teeth and a Box of Invasion. Turn in a special coupon from your favorite Chicago area store during registration, and that store will have a chance to win a Juzam Djinn!
2:00 P.M.305$15/playerOnslaught 3-Person Team Limited
3-person Team Limited format (Sealed Deck with two Onslaught tournament packs and four Onslaught boosters per team.)
4:00 P.M.306$5Amateur Only Extended Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules. Entry is limited to players with zero (0) lifetime Pro Points.
6:00 P.M.307$5Vintage (Type 1) Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Vintage (Type 1)-format rules.
9:00 P.M.308FreeQuestion Mark Trivia Game Show (Sponsored by Kings Games)
Bring a team of up to 3 players and compete in Magic trivia with your host, Mark Rosewater. Lots of prizes including boosters, card sleeves, and dice!

Sunday 1/19
In order for events to begin on time, please arrive fifteen minutes before the scheduled starting time

TimeEvt#CostEvent Title
9:00 A.M.401$20Pro Tour–Venice Qualifier
Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules.
Winner receives $500 and an invitation to Pro Tour–Venice. Registration begins at 8:00 A.M., play begins at 9:00 A.M.
10:00 A.M.402$15Junior Super Series Challenge
Standard-format rules apply. Top player receives a $1000 scholarship and entry into the 2003 Junior Super Series Championship. All players receive a Premium card with entry. For players ages 15 and under, with zero (0) lifetime Pro Points. Registration begins at 9:00 A.M., play begins at 10:00 A.M.
10:00 A.M.403$5Standard (Type II) Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules.
12:00 P.M.404$18Amateur Only Onslaught™ Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck Tournament with one Onslaught tournament pack and two Onslaught boosters per player. Entry is limited to players with zero (0) lifetime Pro Points.
2:00 P.M.405$5Extended Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules.
4:00 P.M.406$18Onslaught Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck Tournament with one Onslaught tournament pack and two Onslaught boosters per player.
4:00 P.M.407$5Females Only Standard (Type II) Tournament (Sponsored by M’s Collectibles)
Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules. Entry is limited to females only! In addition to the standard prize payout, 1st place will also receive a full display of Onslaught boosters.

Note: All events follow the Swiss-style pairings structure unless otherwise indicated.

Overnight Events
Wizards of the Coast, Inc. will offer late night tournaments at Pro Tour–Chicago! The following Magic: the Gathering tournaments will be added as requested (subject to space and judge availability):

Standard: $5
Extended: $5
Classic: $5
Onslaught Sealed Deck: $18
English Onslaught Draft: $12
Non-English Onslaught Draft: $15

Play as late as you want! Side events will start at 9:00 A.M. and will stay open as long as sanctioned play continues (after 2:00 A.M.).… As long as you play, we stay!!!

All overnight events will be DCI sanctioned and follow the single-elimination format.

Start time, format, and prizes of all tournaments subject to change.

 Player Contact

Andy Heckt
Wizards of the Coast
Player Coordinator
425-254-2941
Email: heckt@wizards.com

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