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Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour–Valencia Qualifier
May 19 – 20, 2007
Side Events and a GP Columbus Trial begin May 18, 2007

Grand Prix–Columbus

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The Magic: The Gathering® Grand Prix tournament series is an international circuit of large-scale Qualifier tournaments featuring $30,000 in cash prizes, invitations to the Pro Tour™ for the top 16 finishers, and exclusive foil promo cards for participants.

Grand Prix—Columbus is presented by Professional Event Services

Tournament Location
The Greater Columbus Convention Center
Hall F
400 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Tournament Schedule
Friday, Date: Registration from 4:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Saturday, Date: Registration from 8:00 A.M – 10:00 A.M.
Tournament begins at 10:00 A.M. If less 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, Date: The Top 64 (or 128) players begin play at 9:00 A.M.

Hotel
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Columbus-Downtown
33 East Nationwide Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43215

The Grand Prix room block has expired. You can use the Experience Columbus website to search for hotel availability.

Entry Fee
Advanced Registration: $25
On-Site: $30

To Advance Register, please call 1-877-913-8881.
Visa, Master Card and American Express will be accepted for Advanced Registration.
Advanced Registration ends on May 16, 2007 at 5:00 PM EST.

Format

  • Legacy Constructed
  • Deck lists are required
  • Players must use the same deck on Day 2 that they used on Day 1
  • As per rule 53 of the Universal Tournament Rules, Future Sight is not legal in Legacy for Grand Prix-Columbus

Tournament Length

  • Swiss rounds - 50 minutes per round
  • Number of Swiss rounds on Day 1 based on attendance and the number of byes in the tournament, and will be announced at the beginning of Day 1
  • Day 2 will have 6 Swiss rounds followed by a cut to a top 8

Advancement

  • All players may participate in all Swiss rounds of Day 1
  • If the event has 799 participants or less, 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 8 players after the final Swiss round on Day 2 will advance to the top 8 single-elimination finals.

Top 8

  • Top 8 matches will be best 2 of 3
  • Top 8 matches will have no time limit
  • Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will still be used to determine final order in the standings.

Judges
The Head Judge for Grand Prix–Columbus will be Adam Cetnerowski.
If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix–Columbus, please contact PES at questions@professional-events.com. Please include a brief summary of your judging experience as well as your judge level. At this time, there are no more room or travel sponsorships available for GP Columbus. However, you can still volunteer at GP Columbus but you would need to provide your own hotel and transportation.

Notes

  • 40K, REL 4
  • All Universal Tournament Rules and Magic: the Gathering Floor Rules are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Format Document
  • Players must bring pen, paper, card sleeves and appropriate counters.

Invitations, Eligibility, and Prize Money
The main tournament at Grand Prix–Columbus 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 DCI™ player (valid upon the date of the official rank announcement for the appropriate professional tournament).

Prizes

  • All participants in the Grand Prix will receive a Spiritmonger exclusive Grand Prix foil card, while supplies last
  • The top 16 Players will receive invitations to Pro Tour- Valencia.
  • Grand Prix–Columbus 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.

Prizes

  • All participants in the Grand Prix will receive a Spiritmonger exclusive Grand Prix foil card, while supplies last
  • The top 16 Players will receive invitations to Pro Tour- Valencia.
  • Grand Prix–Columbus 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

Finish Prize Pro Points
1 $3,000 8
2 $2,000 6
3 $1,400 5
4 $1,300 5
5–8 $900 4
9–16 $500 3
17–20 $400 2
21-32 $300 2
33-40 $200 1
41-50 $150 1
51-64 $100 1
Total: $25,000

Amateur Division Prize Schedule

Finish Prize
1 $1,500
2 $1,000
3 $750
4 $400
5 $350
6 $300
7 $250
8 $200
9 $150
10 $100
Total: $5,000

A player is considered to have amateur status if he or she has never participated in a Pro Tour or the World Championship. If a player has ever participated in one of these events, 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 2000 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on the player's DCI Constructed rating on the Wednesday before the Grand Prix.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Columbus Trials

Second-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 2
  • DCI players with a Constructed or Eternal rating of 1900 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on the player's DCI Constructed rating on the Wednesday before the Grand Prix.

First-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 1
  • DCI players with a Constructed or Eternal rating of 1800 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on the player's DCI Constructed rating on the Wednesday before the Grand Prix.

GRAND PRIX TRIAL
Friday, May 18th
4:00 – 8:00 PM
Cost: $20.00
Format: Legacy Constructed, 32-person single-elimination flights
Location:
The Greater Columbus Convention Center
Hall F
400 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Prizes: Top player in each flight receives a Third-Round bye at the Grand Prix, Product Prizes

Other Grand Prix–Columbus 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–Columbus.

ARTISTS
We are very pleased to announce that Matt Cavotta and Steve Prescott will be the artists for GP Columbus 07!
Check back early May for a complete schedule for the artists.

SIDE EVENTS
Side events at Grand Prix–Columbus include a Pro Tour– San Diego Qualifier, plus many others.

A complete Grand Prix– Columbus side event schedule can be found at http://www.professional-events.com/MTG-GPs/GrandPrixColumbus07.htm

Registration Information

  • Players who want more specific local tournament or registration information should call their local contact phone number.
  • Players who have general questions about the Magic: The Gathering trading card game, Wizards of the Coast, Inc., the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour, Arena–The League for Magic: The Gathering, DCI players' organization, Qualifier tournaments, the Magic World Championships, National Championships, State/Provincial Championships, or Regionals should call Wizards of the Coast at (800) 324-6496, or send email to us via the form at http://wizards.custhelp.com.
Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering, Magic, Ravnica: Columbus of Guilds, Guildpact, Dissension, DCI, and Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. ©2006 Wizards.

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