Magic: the Gathering Pro Tour
2005 Pro Tour–Nagoya

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Come join Wizards of the Coast for our next Pro Tour stop in Nagoya, Japan. This information will help you to prepare now to attend in January. Pro Tour Nagoya will be held January 28-30, 2005.

What to See and Do in Nagoya
The 2005 season's second stop features Rochester Draft, considered by many to be the most skill-tested of all the formats. Brian David-Marshall breaks down the expected field, offering some names to watch. And if you find yourself in Nagoya with some extra time, Eli Kaplan lays out three must-see sights, along with a little more of the local flavor.

Important Notice: Some changes have been made to the side event schedule. If you are planning on participating in side events, please make note of the new schedule.

 Tournament Location

Port Messe Nagoya International Exhibition Hall- Second Hall

 Hall Hours

Thursday 4pm-11pm
Friday 7:30am-11pm
Saturday 8am-11pm
Sunday 8am-11pm

 Player Hotel Information

NOTE: The following hotels are not endorsed by or affiliated with Wizards of the Coast. The hotels on this list are taken from guidebooks and provided here for your convenience only.

Meitetsu Grand Hotel
1-2-4 Meieki
Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi
Phone: 052-582-2211
Fax: 052-582-2230
Single rooms from ¥9,500

Hotel Asoshia Nagoya Terminal
1-1-2 Meieki
Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi
Phone: 052-561-3751
Fax: 052-581-3236
Single rooms from ¥9,500

Hotel Sun Route Nagoya
2-35-24 Meieki
Nakamura-ku, Aichi-ken
Phone: 052-571-2221
Fax: 052-571-2235
Single rooms from ¥7,600

 Mandatory Registration

Player registration will occur at the tournament site 4pm-8pm on Thursday, January 27th.

Players must have a signed Consent and Release form to compete at Pro Tour Nagoya. Forms will be available onsite or can be downloaded here. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on these forms.

Bring these forms with you to registration.

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

 Format and Schedule


  • Rochester Draft
  • 3 Champions of KamigawaTM booster packs will be used for drafting.
  • Competition will consist of 5 Rochester Drafts, each followed by 3 rounds of competition.
  • Check for Rochester Draft rules.

Round Length

  • 15 Swiss Rounds total, 55 minutes per round
  • Top 8 single-elimination finals have no time limit
  • 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.


  • All players may participate in the first 2 drafts and Swiss rounds of Friday’s competition.
  • Players with 12 or more match points after round 6 will advance to draft 3. Draft 3 will take place on Friday immediately following round 6 (See schedule below).
  • The top 8 players after round 15 will advance to Sunday’s top 8 single-elimination finals.

Top 8

  • Top 8 matches will be best 3 of 5
  • The Top 8 players will be seated randomly at the draft table immediately prior to drafting
  • The Top 8 bracket will be determined using this random seating.
  • Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will still be used to determine final order in the standings.


  • 48K, REL 5
  • 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 Mandatory Player meeting begins.
9:15 AM First draft begins, followed by rounds 1-3.
Second draft, followed by rounds 4-6.
Third draft, followed by round 7

Saturday Schedule

8:45 AM Seating for player meeting posted.
9:00 AM Round 8 begins, followed by round 9.
Fourth draft, followed by rounds 10-12.
Fifth draft, followed by rounds 13-15.

Sunday Schedule

8:30 AM 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

Itokku, Paolo Parente, Seishirou Ookubo

 Side Event Schedule

Date Event Format Entry Fee Start Time
01.27 (Thu) Last Chance Qualifier Sealed/Rochester Draft ¥3500 10:00
01.28 (Fri) Standard Tournament Standard ¥1000 10:00
Sealed Tournament Champions of Kamigawa Sealed Deck ¥2000 12:00
Grand Prix Singapore Trial Extended ¥1000 14:00
Sealed Tournament Champions of Kamigawa Sealed Deck ¥2000 16:00
IT Media PSP Tournament Standard ¥1000 18:00
Vintage Tournament Vintage ¥1000 19:00
01.29 (Sat) Betrayers of Kamigawa Prerelease Sealed Deck ¥3000 10:00
Pro Tour—Philadelphia Qualifier Extended ¥2000 11:00
IT Media Nintendo DS Amateur Tournament Standard ¥2000 13:00
Femvitational Standard ¥1000 14:00
Betrayers of Kamigawa Prerelease Sealed Deck ¥3000 15:00
Betrayers of Kamigawa Prerelease Sealed Deck ¥3000 17:00
Vintage Tournament Vintage ¥1000 18:00
01.30 (Sun) Pro Tour—Atlanta Qualifier Team Sealed/Rochester Draft ¥7500 10:00
Junior Tournament Standard ¥500 12:00
Betrayers of Kamigawa Prerelease Sealed Deck ¥3000 13:00
Grand Prix—Singapore Trial Extended ¥1000 14:00
His-Her Sealed 2-person Team Sealed ¥5000 15:00
IT Media iPod Tournament Vintage ¥1000 17:00

Registration for all events begins 30 minutes before the listed start time.

8-person events will be run throughout the weekend.

8-person Constructed Tournament Entry Fee: ¥500
8-person Draft Tournament Entry Fee: ¥1000
8-person Sealed Deck Tournament Entry Fee: ¥2000

In addition to the above schedule, other side events with special prizes will be held throughout the weekend—listen for the announcements on site!


  • The Last Chance Qualifier will be run at the Nagoya Waterfront Center (2-1-7 Irifune, Minato-ku, Nagoya-shi). The Top 4 finishers will qualify for the Pro Tour.
  • Prizes for each event will be determined by the number of participants, and will take the form of Champions of Kamigawa booster packs, with exceptions as noted below.
    • Betrayers of Kamigawa prerelease events will award Betrayers of Kamigawa booster packs as prizes.
    • Each Grand Prix Trial event will award 20 booster packs to 1st place, 16 packs to 2nd place, 8 packs each to 3-4th place, and 5 packs each to 5-8th place.
    • The Pro Tour—Philadelphia Qualifier will award $500 and an invitation to the Pro Tour to the winner, as well as 32 booster packs to 1st place, 20 packs to 2nd place, 15 packs each to 3-4th place, 8 packs each to 5-6th place, and 5 packs each to 7-8th place.
    • The Pro Tour—Atlanta Qualifier will award $1500 ($500 each) and an invitation to the Pro Tour to the winning team, as well as 96 booster packs to 1st place, 48 packs to 2nd place, and 18 booster packs each to 3-4th place.
    • The winner of the IT Media PSP Tournament will receive as an extra prize a Playstation Portable (Japanese OS model), courtesy of IT Media.
    • The winner of the IT Media Nintendo DS Tournament will receive as an extra prize a Nintendo DS (Japanese OS model), courtesy of IT Media.
    • The winner of the IT Media iPod Tournament will receive as an extra prize an Apple iPod, courtesy of IT Media.
  • Participation in Saturday's Amateur Tournament is limited to players who do not have a lifetime Pro Point.
  • Participation in Saturday's Japan Junior Tournament is limited to junior high school students and younger. Each participant will receive a special Japan Junior Tournament Slith Firewalker premium card, and the winner will receive a special Japan Junior Tournament Royal Assassin premium card. Furthermore, 12 booster packs will be awarded to the winner, 8 booster packs to 2nd place, 4 booster packs each to 3-4th place, and 2 booster packs each to 5-8th place.
  • Participation in Sunday's Femvitational Tournament is limited to female players.
  • Participation in Sunday's His-Her Sealed Tournament is limited to 2-person teams made up of one male and one female player. A special prize for the winning team will be announced on-site.

 Player Contact

Andy Heckt
Wizards of the Coast
Player Coordinator
Fax 425-687-8259

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