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Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour-San Diego Qualifier
February 7-8, 2004

Grand Prix - Oakland

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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 Tour™ events.

Grand Prix—Oakland is presented by Matchplay

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

Doors open to the public…5:00 P.M.

Friday, February 6: Registration from 6:00 P.M. -11:59 P.M.
Saturday, February 7: 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, February 8: 64 players begin play at 9:00 A.M.

TOURNAMENT LOCATION
Marriott Oakland City Center
Oakland Convention Center – West Hall
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(510)-451-4000
http://www.marriotthotels.com/oakdt

HOTEL
The Marriott Oakland City Center Hotel is offering a room rate from $99 per night (Single or Double) to $119 per night (Triple or Quad).

Contact the Marriott Renaissance Center Hotel at (800) 991-7249 between 6:00 AM-11:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. Please mention “Grand Prix-Oakland” to get the $99/$119 rate.

COST
$30 Advanced and On Site Registration

For advance registration, contact Matchplay at (650)-947-0398, open Monday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM (PST). Advance registration will be available until 11:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 4, 2004. For complete Grand Prix–Oakland information, including times, hotel information, side events, etc, please visit http://www.matchplay.com

TOURNAMENT
The main tournament at Grand Prix–Oakland 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–Oakland will be modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds), with the Top 64 players advancing to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. The top 8 previously uninvited Players will receive invitations to Pro Tour-San Diego.
  • Judges
    The Head Judge for Grand Prix-Oakland will be Sheldon Menery, Level 3.

    If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix–Oakland, please email Conan Blackwell at conan@matchplay.com.

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  • Tournament Divisions and Prizes
    Grand Prix–Oakland 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


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  • 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, February 6, 2004
6:00 P.M. (Registration starts at 5:00 P.M.)
Cost: $25.00
Format: Mirrodin Block Limited, with Top 8 Booster Draft
Location: Marriott Oakland City Center, Oakland Convention Center – West Hall, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA.
Prizes: Top 4 players each receive a Third-Round bye at the Grand Prix, Product Prizes

Other Grand Prix–Oakland 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–Oakland.

ARTISTS INFORMATION
The guest artist for Grand Prix - Oakland is Randy Gallegos. For a link to his card list and bio, click here: http://daydream-graphics.com/artists/gallegos/main.asp

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

A complete Grand Prix–Oakland side event schedule can be found at http://www.matchplay.com

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