column

Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour-Atlanta Qualifier
December 18-19, 2004

Grand Prix - Chicago

  • Print

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—Chicago is presented by Pastimes & Moy Events

TOURNAMENT FORMAT AND SCHEDULE
The format for Grand Prix–Chicago is KamigawaTM Block Team Limited (Sealed Deck) with day 2 Team Rochester Draft. All DCITM Standard-format rules, Magic® Floor Rules, and all subsequent updates will be enforced.

On day 1, there will be two deckbuilds, with the day 1 Swiss rounds divided between the two. For each build, each Team will receive 2 Champions of KamigawaTM tournament packs and 4 Champions of Kamigawa boosters to construct 3 individual 40-card minimum decks.

On day 2, each Team will Rochester draft with 3 Champions of Kamigawa boosters per player.

Friday, December 17: Registration starts at 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, December 18: Registration begins at 8:00 A.M. and ends at 10:00 A.M.
Tournament begins shortly after 10:00 A.M. If the Grand Prix has less than 225 teams competing, the Top 20 teams advance to competition on Sunday; if there are 225 teams or more competing, the Top 30 teams advance.
Sunday, December 19: The Top 20 (or 30) teams begin play at 8:30 A.M, with 4 drafts and 4 rounds of play before the cut to the top 4.

TOURNAMENT LOCATION
Crowne Plaza
Chicago O’Hare International
5440 North River Road
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
1-847-671-6350

COST
$30 per player

For advance registration, contact www.pastimes.net.

Advance registration will be available until Tuesday, December 14th.

TOURNAMENT
The main tournament at Grand Prix–Chicago is open to 3-person teams consisting of Magic players of all ages.

In the event that a team, which 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 finishing team in that Grand Prix. Previous qualification may be through a Qualifier tournament, through performance at professional tournaments, or by being an invited DCITM team (valid upon the date of the official rank announcement for the appropriate professional tournament).

  • Tournament Structure
    The structure for Grand Prix–Chicago will be modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds), with the Top 20 (or 30) teams advancing to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. The top 4 previously uninvited Teams will receive invitations to Pro Tour-Atlanta.
  • Judges
    The Head Judge for Grand Prix–Chicago will be Level 3 judge John Shannon.
    If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix–Chicago, please contact DCIJudges@pastimes.net
  • Tournament Divisions and Prizes
    Grand Prix–Chicago 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 Teams regardless of their standing in the Grand Prix. All prizes are in U.S. Dollars.
    Main Tournament Prize Schedule
    FinishPrize
    1$4,500
    2$3,000
    3$2,100
    4$2,000
    5-6$1,500
    7-8$1,200
    9-10$900
    11-12$600
    Total: $20,000
    Amateur Division Prize Schedule
    FinishPrize
    1$1,500
    2$1,250
    3$1000
    4$750
    5$500
    Total: $5,000


  • Amateur Status
    A team is considered to have amateur status if all the members of that team have 0 lifetime pro points. If any player on a team has ever been awarded pro points from a Grand Prix, Pro Tour, or World Championship event, that team no longer has amateur status, and the player may not participate in the Amateur Championship or Junior Super Series tournaments, and the player and team are 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:
    Second-Round Byes
    • Teams with 60 or more professional points in the Worlds 2004 professional standing.
    • Teams with a Team Limited Rating of 1700 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Team Limited ratings published on October 20, 2004.
    • Winners of Grand Prix–Chicago Trial Tournaments.
    First-Round Byes
    • Teams with 20 or more professional points in the Worlds 2004 professional standing.
    • Teams with a Team Limited Rating of 1650 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Team Limited ratings published on October 20, 2004.

GRAND PRIX TRIAL
Friday, December 17, 2004
7:00 P.M. (Registration starts at 2:00 P.M.)
Cost: $20.00 per player
Format: Team Limited
Location:
Holiday Inn
Chicago O’Hare International
5440 North River Road
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
1-847-671-6350
Prizes: Top 2 Teams each receive a Second-Round bye at the Grand Prix, Product Prizes

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

ARTISTS
To be announced: Check www.pastimes.net for details

SIDE EVENTS
Side events at Grand Prix–Chicago include a Pro Tour–Atlanta Qualifier.

A complete Grand Prix–Chicago side event schedule can be found at www.pastimes.net.

Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering, Magic, Champions of Kamigawa, DCI, and Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. ©2003 Wizards.

  • Planeswalker Points
  • Facebook Twitter
  • Gatherer: The Magic Card Database
  • Forums: Connect with the Magic Community
  • Magic Locator