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Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour–Honolulu Qualifier
November 12-13, 2005

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 $25,000 in cash prizes and invitations to the Pro TourTM for the top 16 finishers.

Grand Prix—Philadelphia is presented by Gray Matter Conventions.

Tournament Format And Schedule

The format for Grand Prix–Philadelphia is Legacy. All DCITM Constructed-format rules, Magic® Floor Rules, and all subsequent updates will be enforced.

Friday, November 11: Registration from 7:00-10:00 P.M.
Saturday, November 12: Registration from 7:30-9:00 A.M.
Tournament begins at 9:30 A.M. If fewer than 800 players participate in the event, the Top 64 players advance to competition on Sunday If 800 or more players participate, the top 128 advance to Sunday.
Sunday, November 13: The Top 64 (or 128) players begin play at 9:00 A.M.

Tournament Location

Valley Forge Convention Center
Pennsylvania Room
1200 First Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 337-2000 for site information ONLY

Hotel

Scanticon Valley Forge
1160 First Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 337-2000

If you wish to stay overnight, the room rate is $129. per night. You must mention “Magic Grand Prix” to receive this rate.

Cost

$30 Advance registration (no lines)
$30 On-site registration (yes lines)

For advance registration, contact Gray Matter Conventions at (800) 852-2442 (in New York, please call (212) 633-6320 and visit www.graymatterconventions.com. Advance registration is available online ONLY.

Advance registration will be available until 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 9th. For complete Grand Prix–Philadelphia information, including times, hotel information, side events, etc, please visit www.graymatterconventions.com.

Tournament

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 does not pass down under any circumstances. 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–Philadelphia will be modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds). If the event has 799 participants or fewer, the Top 64 players advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. If the event has 800 or more participants, the top 128 will advance to day 2. The top 16 Players will receive invitations to Pro Tour - Honolulu.
  • Judges
    The Head Judge for Grand Prix–Philadelphia will be Level 4 DCI Judge John Shannon.
    If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix–Philadelphia, , please contact Michael Errante, Tournament Manager, at mike@graymatterconventions.com.
  • 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 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


  • 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 a Players Club level of 3 or higher
    • DCI players with a Constructed or Eternal rating of 2025 or higher. Players receive the bye amount for the higher of the two ratings. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Constructed and Eternal ratings published on September 7, 2005.
    Second-Round Byes
    • Players with a Players Club level of 2
    • DCI players with a Constructed or Eternal rating of 1925 or higher. Players receive the bye amount for the higher of the two ratings. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Constructed and Eternal ratings published on September 7, 2005.
    First-Round Byes
    • Players with a Players Club level of 1
    • DCI players with a Constructed or Eternal rating of 1850 or higher. Players receive the bye amount for the higher of the two ratings. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Constructed and Eternal ratings published on September 7, 2005.

Grand Prix Trial

Friday, November 11, 2005
7:00 P.M. (Registration starts at 6:00 P.M.)
Cost: $20.00
Format: Legacy

Location:
Valley Forge Convention Center
Pennsylvania Room
1200 First Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406

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.

Artists

The following Magic artists will be appearing at Grand Prix: Philadelphia:
Doug Chaffee
Ben Thompson

For more information about their appearance, please visit www.graymatterconventions.com.

Side Events

Side events at Grand Prix–Philadelphia include a Pro Tour–Honolulu Qualifier, plus many others.

Pro Tour Honolulu Qualifier
Sunday, November 13, 2005
10:00 A.M. (Registration starts at 9:00 A.M.)
Cost: $25.00
Format: Extended

Location:
Valley Forge Convention Center
Pennsylvania Room
1200 First Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Prizes:

1st Place:
- Invitation to compete at Pro Tour - Honolulu
- FREE airfare to Honolulu, Hawaii provided by Wizards
- 1 Box of Ravnica
- Top 8 Pin

2nd - 8th Place:
- 1 Box of Ravnica
- Top 8 Pin

9th - 16th Place:
- 1/2 Box of Ravnica

A complete Grand Prix–Philadelphia side event schedule can be found after October 15th at www.graymatterconventions.com.

Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering, Magic, Ravnica: City of Guilds, DCI, and Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. ©2005 Wizards.

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