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Magic: the Gathering Pro Tour
2002 Pro Tour–Houston

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Come join Wizards of the Coast for our next Pro Tour stop in Houston, Texas! This information will help you to prepare now to attend in November. Pro Tour-Houston will be held November 8-10, 2002.

location

Tournament Location

Astrodomain Arena
Reliant Arena
8400 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77054

The Map shows location of parking lots near Reliant Arena. Cost is $6 each day except Nov 9, it is $7. There is no reentry for this price.

hotelHotel Information

Holiday Inn
Reliant Arena
8111 Kirby Drive
Houston, Texas 77054
Phone: 713-790-1900
Fax: 713-799-8574

Room Rate
Single/Double/Triple/Quad occupancy $69USD

The Holiday Inn is sold out. Their sister site, The Radisson, is honoring their rate. It is located about 2-3 blocks south of the Holiday Inn, still across the parking lot from the venue.

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Address:
8686 Kirby Drive
Houston
Texas 77054
Telephone:
(713) 748-3221
Fax:
(713) 795-0657
Reservations:
(800) 333-3333 (800) 627-6461

Airport Information

www.houstonairportsystem.org/

Houston’s Hobby airport is the closest airport to Reliant Arena. From Hobby Airport a Taxi is about $25. George Bush Intercontinental is the major airport for Houston, but is on the opposite side of the city from Reliant Arena. A Taxi will run you around $45. Shuttles are available from both airports. Call 713-523-8888 for reservations and prices (generally 2/3 that of a taxi) or visit www.coachusa.com/services/shuttles/houston.html

formatFormat

Houston Masters Information

Format

  • Extended Constructed
  • 60 card minimum deck size, 15 card sideboard
  • Decklists must be submitted 9:00 AM Friday at player meeting.
  • Check www.thedci.com for format rules (Extended format rotates November 1, 2002)

Round Length

  • 60 minute rounds, 14 Swiss Rounds total
  • 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 and appropriate counters.

Friday Schedule
8:45 AM: Seating for player meeting posted.
9:00 AM: Player meeting begins. Extended decklists will be collected during player meeting.
9:15 AM: Round 1 begins.

Saturday Schedule
8:45 AM: Pairings for Round 8 posted.
9:00 AM: Round 8 begins.

Sunday Schedule
8:00 AM: All top 8 players check in at feature match area.
9:00 AM: Single-elimination final matches begin.

mprMandatory Player Registration

Mandatory Player Registration

Player registration will occur at the tournament site 7:00–10:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 7, 2002.

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–Houston. 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.

prizePrize Payout

PlacePrizePlacePrizePlacePrizePlacePrizePlacePrize
1$30,00014$3,80027$1,60040$87553$615
2$20,00015$3,50028$1,50041$85054$600
3$15,00016$3,25029$1,40042$82555$590
4$13,00017$3,00030$1,35043$80056$580
5$9,50018$2,75031$1,30044$77557$570
6$8,50019$2,55032$1,25045$75058$560
7$7,50020$2,40033$1,20046$73059$550
8$6,50021$2,25034$1,15047$71060$540
9$6,00022$2,10035$1,10048$69061$530
10$5,50023$2,00036$1,05049$67562$520
11$5,00024$1,90037$1,00050$66063$510
12$4,50025$1,80038$95051$64564$500
13$4,10026$1,70039$90052$630Total:$200,130

artistsArtist Appearances

Donato Giancola

Donato Giancola balances modern abstract concepts with realism in his paintings to bridge the worlds of fine and illustrative arts. He recognizes the significant cultural role played by visual art, and makes personal efforts to contribute to the expansion and appreciation of the science fiction and fantasy genre that extend beyond the commercial commissions of his clients. Since beginning his professional career in 1993 Donato's list of clients has continued to grow. From the major book publishers in New York to design firms on the West Coast, his commissions include companies such as LucasArts, National Geographic, DC Comics, HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin, Playboy Magazine, Sony, Tor Books, The Franklin Mint, Milton-Bradley, Hasbro, and Wizards of the Coast.

His illustrations have won numerous awards, including four nominations for the Artist Hugo Award, a 1998 and 2000 Chesley Award for Best Gaming Product Illustration, and Gold and Silver Awards from Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. In addition, his work has been exhibited in dozens of shows at New York's Society of Illustrators and various galleries around the country.

Donato appears as a guest lecturer at various colleges, institutions, Magic tournaments and science fiction conventions, where he interacts with fans and displays original paintings. A comprehensive listing of his work, technique, and in depth biographical information is available on his website at www.donatoart.com.

Donato currently resides with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn, New York.

John Matson

John Matson developed his love of fantasy and science fiction at an early age, regularly covering his school folders and homework with doodles of an alien and barbarian persuasion. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he attended Milwaukee High School of the Arts and graduated in 1994 from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design with a major in Illustration.

He credits the 1970's book cover artwork of Darrell K. Sweet, the sci-fi/fantasy movie boom of the late 70's and early 80's and Richard Amsel's movie poster art for Raiders of the Lost Ark as his primary springboards for pursuing a career in art of this genre. Despite a few "suggestions" from instructors to shy away from this type of subject matter, John has done his best to make a go of it, having gotten his start by shopping his portfolio around at GEN CON 1994.

John jumped on the Magic locomotive beginning with Alliances, and has more or less stayed on the train ever since. He loves being able to tell people that he draws spacemen and such for a living, and keeps his sanity by staying in touch with all the other industry and genre artists he gets to meet at various conventions.

Artist CreditCard TitleSetArtist CreditCard TitleSet
Donato GiancolaCromatApocalypseJohn MatsonGorilla BerserkersAlliances
Donato GiancolaShattering PulseExodusJohn MatsonGorilla BerserkersAlliances
Donato GiancolaSkyshaperExodusJohn MatsonStorm ElementalAlliances
Donato GiancolaCrystal RodFifth EditionJohn MatsonMournful ZombieApocalypse
Donato GiancolaFyndhorn ElderFifth EditionJohn MatsonTemporal SpringApocalypse
Donato GiancolaIron StarFifth EditionJohn MatsonErratic PortalExodus
Donato GiancolaIvory CupFifth EditionJohn MatsonKor ChantExodus
Donato GiancolaThrone of BoneFifth EditionJohn MatsonMage il-VecExodus
Donato GiancolaTruceFifth EditionJohn MatsonRobe of MirrorsExodus
Donato GiancolaWooden SphereFifth EditionJohn MatsonForce SpikeFifth Edition
Donato GiancolaCauldron DanceInvasionJohn MatsonLiving LandsFifth Edition
Donato GiancolaDredgeInvasionJohn MatsonMerfolk of the Pearl TridentFifth Edition
Donato GiancolaSpinal EmbraceInvasionJohn MatsonSeasingerFifth Edition
Donato GiancolaTigereye CameoInvasionJohn MatsonUpdraftFifth Edition
Donato GiancolaTroll-Horn CameoInvasionJohn MatsonHorned CheetahInvasion
Donato GiancolaGloryJudgmentJohn MatsonManipulate FateInvasion
Donato GiancolaDeathgazerMercadian MasquesJohn MatsonRage WeaverInvasion
Donato GiancolaForestMercadian MasquesJohn MatsonZapInvasion
Donato GiancolaLava RunnerMercadian MasquesJohn MatsonAnurid SwarmsnapperJudgment
Donato GiancolaPanaceaMercadian MasquesJohn MatsonSoulgorger OrggJudgment
Donato GiancolaRevered ElderMercadian MasquesJohn MatsonTrained PronghornJudgment
Donato GiancolaAmber PrisonMirageJohn MatsonBifurcateMercadian Masques
Donato GiancolaGrinning TotemMirageJohn MatsonChambered NautilusMercadian Masques
Donato GiancolaMoss DiamondMirageJohn MatsonCharm PeddlerMercadian Masques
Donato GiancolaVillage ElderMirageJohn MatsonCho-Manno’s BlessingMercadian Masques
Donato GiancolaAir BladderNemesisJohn MatsonCommon CauseMercadian Masques
Donato GiancolaDivining WitchNemesisJohn MatsonRobber FlyMercadian Masques
Donato GiancolaCartographerOdysseyJohn MatsonWar CadenceMercadian Masques
Donato GiancolaMirariOdysseyJohn MatsonDisempowerMirage
Donato GiancolaPatron WizardOdysseyJohn MatsonJoltMirage
Donato GiancolaDoomsday SpecterPlaneshiftJohn MatsonNocturnal RaidMirage
Donato GiancolaMana CylixPlaneshiftJohn MatsonPhyrexian TributeMirage
Donato GiancolaStar CompassPlaneshiftJohn MatsonPurraj of UrborgMirage
Donato GiancolaEbon DragonPortalJohn MatsonSand GolemMirage
Donato GiancolaSacred KnightPortalJohn MatsonUktabi WildcatsMirage
Donato GiancolaAgent of ShaukuProphecyJohn MatsonWall of RootsMirage
Donato GiancolaSpore FrogProphecyJohn MatsonCrypt CreeperOdyssey
Donato GiancolaSunken FieldProphecyJohn MatsonFledgling ImpOdyssey
Donato GiancolaArchivistSeventh EditionJohn MatsonNantuko MentorOdyssey
Donato GiancolaFeroz’s BanSeventh EditionJohn MatsonPlaneswalker’s MirthPlaneshift
Donato GiancolaGerrard’s WisdomSeventh EditionJohn MatsonAssassin’s BladePortal
Donato GiancolaJayemdae TomeSeventh EditionJohn MatsonGiant OctopusPortal
Donato GiancolaReflexesSeventh EditionJohn MatsonGorilla WarriorPortal
Donato GiancolaShivan DragonSeventh EditionJohn MatsonPyroclasmPortal
Donato GiancolaTeferi’s Puzzle BoxSeventh EditionJohn MatsonSkeletal SnakePortal
Donato GiancolaYawgmoth’s EdictSeventh EditionJohn MatsonStone RainPortal
Donato GiancolaPackagingSixth EditionJohn MatsonOverburdenProphecy
Donato GiancolaFlame WaveStrongholdJohn MatsonSearing WindProphecy
Donato GiancolaIntruder AlarmStrongholdJohn MatsonGiant CockroachSeventh Edition
Donato GiancolaMegrimStrongholdJohn MatsonLevitationSeventh Edition
Donato GiancolaDismissTempestJohn MatsonStorm CrowSeventh Edition
Donato GiancolaEcho ChamberTempestJohn MatsonTrained ArmodonSeventh Edition
Donato GiancolaEssence BottleTempestJohn MatsonTranquilitySeventh Edition
Donato GiancolaHavocTempestJohn MatsonHeartstoneStronghold
Donato GiancolaKindleTempestJohn MatsonRolling StonesStronghold
Donato GiancolaNature’s RevoltTempestJohn MatsonSpirit en-KorStronghold
Donato GiancolaOrim’s PrayerTempestJohn MatsonWall of SoulsStronghold
Donato GiancolaCabal SurgeonTormentJohn MatsonCinder MarshTempest
Donato GiancolaFlaming GambitTormentJohn MatsonCoiled TinviperTempest
Donato GiancolaBrine SeerUrza’s DestinyJohn MatsonDark BanishingTempest
Donato GiancolaCinder SeerUrza’s DestinyJohn MatsonFurnace Of RathTempest
Donato GiancolaIvy SeerUrza’s DestinyJohn MatsonJinxed IdolTempest
Donato GiancolaJasmine SeerUrza’s DestinyJohn MatsonMawcorTempest
Donato GiancolaNightshade SeerUrza’s DestinyJohn MatsonRats of RathTempest
Donato GiancolaBrink of MadnessUrza’s LegacyJohn MatsonTradewind RiderTempest
Donato GiancolaMemory JarUrza’s LegacyJohn MatsonWorthy CauseTempest
Donato GiancolaRack and RuinUrza’s LegacyJohn MatsonPlaneshift Spirit TokenToken Creatures
Donato GiancolaRank and FileUrza’s LegacyJohn MatsonLast LaughTorment
Donato GiancolaAntagonismUrza’s SagaJohn MatsonRestless DreamsTorment
Donato GiancolaBrandUrza’s SagaJohn MatsonCloak of MistsUrza’s Saga
Donato GiancolaCrystal ChimesUrza’s SagaJohn MatsonEnergy FieldUrza’s Saga
Donato GiancolaDisenchantUrza’s SagaJohn MatsonFluctuatorUrza’s Saga
Donato GiancolaIslandUrza’s SagaJohn MatsonHidden PredatorsUrza’s Saga
Donato GiancolaIslandUrza’s SagaJohn MatsonShivan GorgeUrza’s Saga
Donato GiancolaIslandUrza’s SagaJohn MatsonTreefolk SeedlingsUrza’s Saga
Donato GiancolaIslandUrza’s SagaJohn MatsonWhirlwindUrza’s Saga
Donato GiancolaMeltdownUrza’s SagaJohn MatsonElven CacheVisions
Donato GiancolaSanctum GuardianUrza’s SagaJohn MatsonLightning CloudVisions
Donato GiancolaScrapUrza’s SagaJohn MatsonQuirion DruidVisions
Donato GiancolaStarkeVanguardJohn MatsonVanishingVisions
Donato GiancolaJuju BubbleVisionsJohn MatsonWind ShearVisions
Donato GiancolaSisay’s RingVisionsJohn MatsonDowndraftWeatherlight
Donato GiancolaPeacekeeperWeatherlightJohn MatsonFestering EvilWeatherlight
Donato GiancolaSteel GolemWeatherlightJohn MatsonPhantom WarriorWeatherlight
Donato GiancolaThran TomeWeatherlightJohn MatsonVodalian IllusionistWeatherlight

sidesSide Event Schedule

Side events are open to everyone.

Thursday

TimeEvt#CostEvent Title
9:00A.M.101FreeMasters Series-Houston 2002 Gateway (Invitation ONLY)
Single Elimination. Onslaught Limited format, final 3 rounds are Onslaught Booster Draft. Top 4 finishers advance to the Masters Series-Houston 2002 starting later in the evening. Open to invited players only. Players must have 7 Pro Points in the Boston 2002 Professional Standing or have a 1900 or higher rating in the September 25, 2002 Limited Rating.
5:00P.M.102$20Pro Tour-Houston "Last Chance" Qualifier
Top 4 Players gain entry to Pro Tour-Houston. Standard Format. Registration begins at 4:00 P.M., play begins at 5:00 P.M.

Friday

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

TimeEvt#CostEvent Title
10:00A.M.201$18Onslaught Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck Tournament with one Onslaught tournament pack and two Onslaught boosters per player.
12:00P.M.202$5Extended Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules.
2:00P.M.203$18Onslaught Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck Tournament with one Onslaught tournament pack and two Onslaught boosters per player.
4:00P.M.204$5Standard Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules.
6:00P.M.205$15/FreeGrand Prix-New Orleans Trial-"Texans Play FREE"
(Sponsored by The Game Closet)
Show Texas driver's license or Texas school ID and you play FREE!!!
Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules. Top 8 Single-elimination. Top 2 players receive a 3-round bye at Grand Prix-New Orleans.
9:00P.M.206Free5 Color Magic Tournament
Non-Sanctioned, Constructed Tournament. All decks must contain of a minimum of 250 cards. Decks must also contain at least 18 cards of each color (red, green, blue, black, white). All matches are played for ante. Visit www.5-color.com for complete rules and banned and restricted list.

Saturday

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

TimeEvt#CostEvent Title
9:00A.M.301$25Pro Tour-Chicago Qualifier
Sealed Deck Tournament with 1 Onslaught Tournament Pack and 2 Onslaught boosters per player. Top 8 Rochester draft. Winner receives $250 and an invitation to Pro Tour-Chicago. Registration begins at 8:00 A.M., play begins at 9:00 A.M.
10:00A.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 Amatuer players (no lifetime pro points) ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 9:00 A.M., play begins at 10:00 A.M.
10:00A.M.303$5Extended Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules.
12:00P.M.304$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.
1:00P.M.305$5Standard Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules.
2:00P.M.306$18Onslaught Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck Tournament with one Onslaught tournament pack and two Onslaught boosters per player.
3:00P.M.307$15/playerOnslaught 3-Person Team Limited
3-person Team Limited format (Sealed Deck with two Onslaught tournament packs and four Onslaught boosters per team.)
4:00P.M.308$5Amateur Only Standard Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules. Entry is limited to players with zero (0) lifetime Pro Points.
6:00P.M.309$5Vintage (Type 1) Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Vintage (Type 1)-format rules.
9:00P.M.310FreeQuestion Mark Game Show
Bring a team of three and compete in Magic trivia with your host, Mark Rosewater. Lots of prizes including boosters, card sleeves, and dice!

Sunday

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

TimeEvt#CostEvent Title
9:00A.M.401$25Pro Tour-Chicago Qualifier
Sealed Deck Tournament with 1 Onslaught Tournament Pack and 2 Onslaught boosters per player. Top 8 Rochester draft. Winner receives $250 and an invitation to Pro Tour-Chicago. Registration begins at 8:00 A.M., play begins at 9:00 A.M.
10:00A.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 Amateur players (no lifetime pro points) ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 9:00 A.M., play begins at 10:00 A.M.
11:00A.M.403$5Standard Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules.
1:00P.M.404$18Onslaught Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck Tournament with one Onslaught tournament pack and two Onslaught boosters per player.
2:00P.M.405$5Amateur Only Standard Tournament (Sponsored by Troll and Toad)
Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules. Open to players with Zero (0) lifetime Pro Points. Winner receives a full set of Legends. Second place receives 2 Antiquities booster packs. Third place receives 3 The Dark booster packs.
3:00P.M.406$5Extended Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules.
4:00P.M.407$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.
5:00P.M.408Special5 Mox Draft Tournament (Sponsored by Strike Zone)
Single-elimination, Onslaught Booster Draft format. Winner receives 1 of each Mox (Jet, Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby, Pearl). Participants will consist of 8 players randomly chosen from the winners of all side event 8-person "pickup" drafts held throughout the weekend.

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

Overnight Events
Wizards of the Coast, Inc. will offer tournaments twenty-four hours a day at Pro Tour-Houston! The following Magic: the Gathering tournaments will be added as requested (subject to space and judge availability):

Standard$5
Extended$5
Onslaught Sealed Deck$18
English Onslaught Draft$12*
Non-English Onslaught Draft$15*
* Every draft winner entered into drawing for 5 Mox draft Sunday at 5:00 P.M.

All overnight events will be DCI sanctioned and follow the single-elimination format. Enjoy the competition all night long!

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

contactPlayer Contact

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

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