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Magic: the Gathering Pro Tour
2005 Pro Tour–Columbus

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Brian David-Marshall's preview of
Pro Tour–Columbus

Come join Wizards of the Coast for our next Pro Tour stop in Columbus. This information will help you to prepare now to attend in October. Pro Tour Columbus will be held October 29-31, 2004.

 Tournament Location

Greater Columbus Convention Center
http://www.columbusconventions.com
Hall E

 Parking

Columbus Convention Center
West Garage and Surface Lot
1,100 spaces
614.827.2526
* 1100 available Monday - Friday prior to 6 p.m.
*1100 available after 6 p.m. and on Saturday & Sunday

Columbus Convention Center
North Surface Lot
198 spaces
614.827.2526
* 198 available Monday - Friday prior to 6 p.m.
* 198 available after 6 p.m. and on Saturday & Sunday

 Hall Hours

Thursday 4pm-3am
Friday 7:30am-3am
Saturday 8am-3am
Sunday 8am-3am (Hall may close early on Sunday.)

 Player Hotel Information

Hotels within walking distance of the convention center:

Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Capitol Square
Adam’s Mark
Red Roof Inn
The Hampton Inn
Holiday Inn
Crowne Plaza
Lofts Hotel
Courtyard by Marriot
Doubletree Guest Suites
Westin
Drury Inn

 Mandatory Registration

Player registration will occur at the tournament site 4pm-8pm on Thursday, October 28th.

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Pro Tour Columbus. Forms can be downloaded at wizards.com/protour and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on these forms.

Bring these forms with you to registration. We will make forms available for competitors at registration, if necessary.

At registration, all participants must present one of the following forms of identification upon request:

  • a driver’s license, or
  • a passport, or
  • a copy of their birth certificates and photo IDs (school IDs are acceptable).

If you anticipate any difficulty registering during the official registration hours, please contact Andy Heckt at (425) 254-2941 or andy.heckt@wizards.com.

 Format and Schedule

Format

  • Extended Constructed format
  • Check www.thedci.com for Extended format rules.

Round Length

  • 16 Swiss Rounds total plus Top 8 Single-elimination finals, 60 minutes per round
  • Top 8 single-elimination finals have no time limit
  • When time is called, the active player will finish the turn and five additional turns will be taken
  • Stalling and slow play rules will be strictly enforced during the tournament.

Advancement

  • All players may participate in all 8 Swiss rounds of Friday’s competition.
  • Players with 15 or more match points after round 8 will advance to Saturday's competition.
  • The top 8 players after round 16 will advance to Sunday’s top 8 single-elimination finals.

Top 8

  • Top 8 matches will be best 3 of 5
  • Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will still be used to determine final order in the standings.

Notes

  • 48K, REL 5
  • Players are responsible for knowing all DCI rules and high-level tournament rules.
  • Players must bring pen, paper, card sleeves and appropriate counters.

Friday Schedule
8:55 AM Seating for player meeting posted.
9:00 AM Mandatory Player meeting begins. Deck lists are collected from player tables by judges.
9:15 AM Round 1 begins

Saturday Schedule
8:55 AM Pairings for Round 9 posted.
9:00 AM Round 9 begins.

Sunday Schedule
8:30 AM Top 8 players check in at feature match area.
9:00 AM Single-elimination matches begin.

 Prize Payout

Place Prize Place Prize Place Prize Place Prize Place Prize
1 $30,000 14 $3,800 27 $1,600 40 $875 53 $615
2 $20,000 15 $3,500 28 $1,500 41 $850 54 $600
3 $15,000 16 $3,250 29 $1,400 42 $825 55 $590
4 $13,000 17 $3,000 30 $1,350 43 $800 56 $580
5 $9,500 18 $2,750 31 $1,300 44 $775 57 $570
6 $8,500 19 $2,550 32 $1,250 45 $750 58 $560
7 $7,500 20 $2,400 33 $1,200 46 $730 59 $550
8 $6,500 21 $2,250 34 $1,150 47 $710 60 $540
9 $6,000 22 $2,100 35 $1,100 48 $690 61 $530
10 $5,500 23 $2,000 36 $1,050 49 $675 62 $520
11 $5,000 24 $1,900 37 $1,000 50 $660 63 $510
12 $4,500 25 $1,800 38 $950 51 $645 64 $500
13 $4,100 26 $1,700 39 $900 52 $630 Total: $200,130

 Artist Appearances

 Side Event Schedule

Thursday October 28

Time Event # Cost Event Title
6:00 P.M. 101 $20 Pro Tour–Columbus “Last Chance” Qualifier
Standard format with top 8 single elimination. Top 4 finishers gain entry to Pro Tour-Columbus on Friday. Registration begins at 5:00 P.M., play begins at 6:00 P.M.

Friday October 29

In order for events to begin on time, please arrive fifteen minutes before the scheduled starting time. Unless otherwise noted, scheduled events offer a prize pool of 2 boosters per player. Events with 29 players or less pay to top 4, and 30 or more pay to top 8. Qualifier Tournaments offer a prize pool of 3 boosters per player, paying to at least the top 8.

Time Event # Cost Event Title
12:00 P.M. 201 $20 Kamigawa TM Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck Tournament with one Champions of Kamigawa tournament pack and two Champions of Kamigawa boosters per player.
1:00 P.M. 202 $5 Standard Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules.
2:00 P.M. 203 $20 Kamigawa Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck Tournament with one Champions of Kamigawa tournament pack and two Champions of Kamigawa boosters per player.
4:00 P.M. 204 $5 Extended Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules.
5:00 P.M. 205 $20 Kamigawa Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck Tournament with one Champions of Kamigawa tournament pack and two Champions of Kamigawa boosters per player.

Saturday October 30

Time Event # Cost Event Title
11:00 A.M. 301 $5 Extended Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules.
12:00 P.M. 302 $25 Pro Tour–Nagoya Qualifier
Kamigawa Block Sealed Deck with Rochester-draft Top 8. Winner receives $500 and an invitation to Pro Tour–Nagoya. Registration begins at 11:00 A.M., play begins at 12:00 P.M.
2:00 P.M. 303 $5 $2,000 Amateur Challenge (sponsored by Strike Zone/Queen’s Domain)
Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules. Top 8 receive cash payouts in the following structure: $800/$400/$200/$200/$100/$100/$100/$100. Limited to players with zero lifetime pro points.
3:00 P.M. 304 $20 Kamigawa Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck Tournament with one Champions of Kamigawa tournament pack and two Champions of Kamigawa boosters per player.
4:00 P.M. 305 $5 Vintage (Type 1) Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Vintage (Type 1)-format rules.
5:00 P.M. 306 $60/team Grand Prix–Chicago Trial
3-person Team Limited format (Sealed Deck with two Champions of Kamigawa tournament packs and four Champions of Kamigawa boosters per team). Winning team receives a two-round bye at Grand Prix–Chicago December 18-19. Registration begins at 4:00 P.M., play begins at 5:00 P.M.

Sunday October 31

Time Event # Cost Event Title
11:00 A.M. 401 $5 Standard Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules.
12:00 P.M 402 $25 Pro Tour–Nagoya Qualifier
Kamigawa Block Sealed Deck with Rochester-draft Top 8. Winner receives $500 and an invitation to Pro Tour–Nagoya. Registration begins at 11:00 A.M., play begins at 12:00 P.M.
1:00 P.M. 403 $5 Extended Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules.
2:00 P.M. 404 $5 The Femvitational (sponsored by Academy Games)
Females only. Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules. Winner recieves a display of Champions as well as possible sponsorship to a future Pro Tour.
2:00 P.M. 405 $15 Unzipped Tournament (sponsored by Troll & Toad)
Sealed Deck Tournament with two Unglued and two Portal boosters per player. First place receives a full set of Unhinged, a Premium set of Unhinged, and a display of Unhinged. Second receives a display of Unhinged. Limited to 100 players.

Note: All events follow the Swiss pairings structure unless otherwise indicated.

8-person Single-Elimination Events

The following Magic: The Gathering® tournaments will be added as requested (subject to space and judge availability). Winners receive 8 boosters for first place, and 4 for second.

Format Cost
Standard $5
Extended $5
English-language Draft $15
Non-English Draft $18
Kamigawa Sealed Deck $20

All events will be single elimination and DCITM sanctioned. Start times and formats of tournaments are subject to change.

All trademarks are property of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. ©2004 Wizards.

 Player Contact

Andy Heckt
Wizards of the Coast
Player Coordinator
425-254-2941
Fax 425-687-8259
Email: andy.heckt@wizards.com

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