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Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour-Chicago Qualifier
October 26-27, 2002


Grand Prix - Philadelphia

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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.

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

Friday, October 25: Registration from 6:00-10:00 P.M.
Saturday, October 26: Registration from 7:00-8:30 A.M.
Tournament begins at 9:00 A.M. The Top 64 players advance to competition on Sunday
Sunday, October 27: The Top 64 players begin play at 9:00 A.M.

TOURNAMENT LOCATION
Radisson Valley Forge Hotel & Convention Center
Montgomery & Lancaster Rooms
1160 First Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610)-337-2000
www.vfconventioncenter.com/

HOTEL
The Radisson Valley Forge Hotel is offering a room rate of $129 per night, double occupancy. The hotel is attached to the Convention Center and is the closest hotel to the Grand prix site. Contact the Radisson Valley forge hotel at (610)-337-2000. Check out the hotel at www.radisson.com/kingofprussiapa

COST
$25 Advance Registration
$30 On Site Registration

For advance registration, contact Gray Matter Conventions at (800)-852-2442 (in New York, please call (212)-633-6320). Advance registration will be available until 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 22, 2002. For complete Grand Prix–Philadelphia information, including times, hotel information, side events, etc, please visit www.GrayMatterConventions.com

TOURNAMENT

Divisions
The main tournament at Grand Prix-Philadelphia 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 DCI player (valid upon the date of the official rank announcement for the appropriate professional tournament).

  • Tournament Structure
    The structure for Grand Prix-Philadelphia 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-Chicago.

  • Head Judge
    Nat Fairbanks, Level 4

  • Tournament Divisions and Prizes
    Grand Prix-Philadelphia 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 in addition to any winnings those players receive from the main tournament prize schedule . All prizes are in U.S. Dollars.

    Main Tournament Prize Schedule
    Finish Prize
    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
    Finish Prize
    1 $1,500
    2 $1,000
    3-4 $700
    5-8 $400
    9-16 $250
    Total: $7,500


  • 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 2002 Worlds Pro Standings.
    • 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 August 21, 2002.

    Second-Round Byes

    • Players with 14 or more professional points in the 2002 Worlds Pro Standings.
    • 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 August 21, 2002.

    First-Round Byes

    • Players with 7 or more professional points in the 2002 Worlds Pro Standings.
    • 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 August 21, 2002.

GRAND PRIX TRIAL
Friday, October 25, 2002
6:00 P.M. (Registration starts at 5:00 P.M.)
Cost: $15.00
Format: Onslaught Limited, with Top 8 Rochester Draft
Location: Radisson Valley Forge Hotel & Convention Center, Montgomery & Lancaster Rooms, 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia
Prizes: Top 4 players each receive a Third-Round bye at the Grand Prix, Product Prizes

Other Grand Prix–Philadelphia 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–Philadelphia. A complete schedule of Grand Prix-Philadelphia Trials can be found here

PRO TOUR-CHICAGO QUALIFIER
Sunday, October 27, 2002
10:00 A.M. (Registration starts at 9:00 A.M.)
Cost: $20.00
Format: Onslaught Limited, with Top 8 Rochester Draft
Location: Radisson Valley Forge Hotel & Convention Center, Montgomery & Lancaster Rooms, 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia Prizes: Winner get invitation to Pro Tour-Chicago, $250.00. Product Prizes for top finishers

ARTISTS
There will be artists on site for free Magic card signings. Announcements of artists and signing schedules will be made on October 15, 2002 at www.GrayMatterConventions.com

SIDE EVENTS
A complete Grand Prix-Philadelphia side event schedule can be found at http://www.GrayMatterConventions.com

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