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Magic: the Gathering Pro Tour
2004 Pro Tour–Kobe

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Come join Wizards of the Coast for our next Pro Tour stop in Kobe This information will help you to prepare now to attend in February. Pro Tour-Kobe will be held February 27th - 29th, 2004.

 Tournament Location

Kobe International Exhibition Hall

6-9-1 Minatojima-nakamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0046, Japan
TEL:078-302-5200
FAX:078-302-6485
E-mail:info@kcva.or.jp
URL:www.kcva.or.jp

  • 10 minutes by Port Liner from JR Sannomiya Station to Shimin Hiroba Station
  • 20 minutes by Subway and Port Liner from JR Shin-kobe Station
    (Change at Sannomiya Sta.)
  • 80 minutes from Kansai International Airport by Limousine bus and Port Liner
    (Change at Sannomiya Sta.)
  • 55 minutes from Osaka(Itami) International Airport by Limousine bus
    and Port Liner (Change at Sannomiya Sta.)

 Hotel Information

NOTE: The following hotels are not endorsed by or affiliated with Wizards of the Coast. The hotels on this list are taken from guidebooks and provided here for your convenience only.

The following hotels are within walking distance of the tournament site.

Port Pia Hotel
6-10-1 Minatojima-nakamachi
Chuuou-ku, Kobe-shi
Phone: 078-302-1111
Fax: 078-302-6877
Single rooms from ¥9,000

Hotel Goful
6-1 Minatojima-nakamachi
Chuuou-ku, Kobe-shi
Phone: 078-303-5555
Fax: 078-303-5560
Single rooms from ¥ 9,000

Hotel Pearl City Kobe
7-5-1 Minatojima-nakamachi
Chuuou-ku, Kobe-shi
Phone: 078-303-0100
Fax: 078-303-0211
Single rooms from ¥ 11,000

The following hotels are a short train ride from the tournament site.

Kobe Washington Hotel Plaza
2-11-5 Shimo-yamate-doori
Chuuou-ku, Kobe-shi
Phone: 078-331-6111
Fax: 078-331-6651
Single rooms from ¥7,900

Kobe Sannomiya Terminal Hotel
8-1-2 Kumoi-doori
Chuuou-ku, Kobe-shi
Phone: 078-291-0001
Fax: 078-291-0020
Single rooms from ¥8,700

Kobe Toukyuu Inn
6-1-5 Kumoi-doori
Chuuou-ku, Kobe-shi
Phone: 078-291-0109
Fax: 078-221-2917
Single rooms from ¥9,700

Sun Side Hotel
4-1-3 Kumoi-doori
Chuuou-ku, Kobe-shi
Phone: 078-232-3331
Fax: 078-232-3189
Single rooms from ¥6,400

 Mandatory Registration

Player registration will occur at the tournament site 4:00–8:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 26th, 2002.

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Pro Tour–Kobe. 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.

Return the registration and waiver forms to Wizards of the Coast or bring them with you to registration. We will make forms available for competitors at registration, if necessary.

Wizards of the Coast
Attn.: Andy Heckt
P.O. Box 707
Renton WA 98057
Fax: (425) 687-8259

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 certificate 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 heckt@wizards.com.

 Format

Format

  • Mirrodin TM Block Constructed-format (Mirrodin and DarksteelTM)
  • Check www.thedci.com for Block Constructed-format rules.

Round Length

  • 60 minute rounds, 16 Swiss Rounds total + Top 8 single-elimination finals.
  • 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 participate in Friday's 8-round 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.

Notes

  • 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
8:45 AM Seating for player meeting posted.
9:00 AM Player meeting begins. Decklists are collected from player tables by judges.
9:15 AM First round begins.

Saturday Schedule
8:45 AM Pairings for Round 9 posted.
9:00 AM Round 9 begins.

Sunday Schedule
8:00 AM All 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

Christopher Moeller, Jeremy Jarvis, D. Alexander Gregory, and Ron Spencer.

 2004 Pro Tour–Kobe Side Event Schedule

Thursday February 26

Time Event # Cost Event Title
2:00 P.M. 101 ¥2,000 Pro Tour-Kobe "Last Chance" Qualifier
Standard format. Top 4 finishers gain entry to Pro Tour-Kobe on Friday. Registration begins at 1:00 P.M., play begins at 2:00 P.M.

Friday February 27
In order for events to begin on time, please arrive fifteen minutes before the scheduled starting time.

Time Event # Cost Event Title
10:00 A.M. 201 ¥3,000 Grand Prix - Sendai Trial
Mirrodin TM Block Sealed Deck, Swiss format followed by single-elimination Top 8 booster draft. Winner receives a 3-round bye at Grand Prix-Sendai; Top 8 receive Darksteel booster packs. Registration begins at 9:00 A.M., play begins at 10:00 A.M. Limited Tournament using the Limited format rules.
12:00 P.M. 202 ¥500 Standard Tournament
Constructed tournament using the Standard format rules.
2:00 P.M. 203 ¥2,000 Mirrodin Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck tournament with one Mirrodin tournament pack and two Darksteel boosters per player.
4:00 P.M. 204 ¥500 Extended Tournament
Constructed tournament using the Extended format rules.
5:00 P.M. 205 ¥2,000 Mirrodin Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck tournament with one Mirrodin tournament pack and two Darksteel boosters per player.

Saturday February 28
In order for events to begin on time, please arrive fifteen minutes before the scheduled starting time.

Time Event # Cost Event Title
9:00 A.M. 301 ¥500 Standard Tournament
Constructed tournament using the Standard format rules.
11:00 A.M. 302 ¥3,500 Pro Tour-San Diego Qualifier
Mirrodin Block Sealed Deck, Swiss format followed by single-elimination Top 8 Booster Draft. Winner receives $500 and an invitation to Pro Tour-San Diego; Top 8 receive Darksteel booster packs. Registration begins at 10:00 A.M., play begins at 11:00 A.M.
12:00 P.M. 303 ¥500 Japan Junior Championship Challenge
Constructed tournament using the Standard format rules. Winner receives entry into the 2004 Japan Junior Championship; Top 8 receive Darksteel booster packs. All players receive a Premium card with entry. For players ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 11:00 A.M., play begins at 12:00 A.M.
1:00 P.M. 304 ¥2,000 Amateur-Only Mirrodin Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck tournament with one Mirrodin tournament pack and two Darksteel boosters per player. Limited to players with zero lifetime pro points.
2:00 P.M. 305 ¥1,000 "Kobe Beef Open" (Premium Standard Tournament)
Constructed tournament using the Standard format rules. Winner recieves Japanese language "4th edition" Set (10 starter decks and 36 booster packs). Top 4 players recieve "Kobe-beef" meal coupon.
3:00 P.M. 306 ¥2,000 Mirrodin Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck tournament with one Mirrodin tournament pack and two Darksteel boosters per player.
4:00 P.M. 307 ¥500 Standard Tournament
Constructed tournament using the Standard format rules.
7:00 P.M. 308 Free Question Mark Trivia Game Show
Bring a team of up to 3 players and compete in Magic trivia with your host, Mark Rosewater. Lots of prizes including boosters, card sleeves, and dice!

Sunday February 29
In order for events to begin on time, please arrive fifteen minutes before the scheduled starting time.

Time Event # Cost Event Title
9:00 A.M. 401 ¥3,500 Pro Tour-San Diego Qualifier
Mirrodin Block Sealed Deck, Swiss format followed by single-elimination Top 8 Booster Draft. Winner receives $500 and an invitation to Pro Tour-San Diego; Top 8 receive Darksteel booster packs. Registration begins at 8:30 A.M., play begins at 9:00 A.M.
10:00 A.M 402 ¥2,000/player "Kobe Beef Open" Team Mirrodin Block Limited Tournament
3-person Team Limited format (Sealed Deck with two Mirrodin tournament packs and four Darksteel boosters per team). Winning team recieves "Kobe-beef" meal coupon.
11:00 A.M. 403 ¥3,000 Grand Prix - Hong Kong Trial
Mirrodin TM Block Sealed-Deck, Swiss format followed by single-elimination Top 8 booster draft. Winner receives a 3-round bye at Grand Prix-Hong Kong; Top 8 receive Darksteel booster packs. Registration begins at 9:00 A.M., play begins at 10:00 A.M. Limited tournament using the Limited-format rules.
12:00 P.M. 404 ¥500 Amateur-Only Standard Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules. Limited to players with zero lifetime pro points.
1:00 P.M. 405 ¥500 The Femvitational
Constructed tournament open to women only using the Standard format rules. 1st place receives a display of Mirrodin plus a display of Darksteel.
2:00 P.M. 406 ¥2,500 Super Sealed Tournament
Sealed Deck tournament with one Mirrodin tournament pack and two Darksteel boosters per player. Winner recieves a complete set of Japanese-language Urza's Saga.

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

Continuous Events (9:00A.M.Open - 10:00P.M.Close)

Format Cost
Standard ¥500
Extended ¥500
Japanese-language Draft ¥1,000
English-language Draft ¥1,000
Mirrodin + Darksteel Sealed Deck ¥2,000

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

 Travel Tips

Basic Travel Advice
Make 2 copies of your passport identification page. This will facilitate replacement if your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at home with friends or relatives. Carry the other with you in a separate place from your passport.

Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

If you get into trouble, contact your nearest embassy.

Currency/Banks/ATMs
The unit of Japanese currency is the yen (indicated by ¥). Coin denominations are 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen. There are four denominations of paper money: 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen, 5,000 yen, and 10,000 yen.

Current exchange rates can be found at http://www.xe.net/ucc/. As of this writing (November 2003), the yen is hovering around 108 yen to the US dollar.

Money can be changed at major banks, exchange booths at airports and major hotels. The exchange of money is a regulated business, thus the rates are almost identical everywhere. Major banks that handle foreign currencies are located in the downtown area of Kobe. Banks are open from 9:00 to 15:00 on weekdays. They are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.

Credit cards are not widely used. Many shops accept major credit cards, although some do not. Please inquire before making your purchase. Traveler's checks are accepted only by leading banks, and major hotels, and the use of traveler's checks in Japan is not as popular as in some other countries.

Do not expect to locate an ATM or bank to exchange foreign currency in Kobe.

Electricity In Kobe, the current is 60 hertz and 100 volts. Please be careful in using electrical appliances brought from overseas which may not meet Japanese requirements.

Getting Around Kobe
Japan's public transportation system is one of the most developed and efficient in the world. Most major cities, including Kobe, are home to numerous rail companies and subways. English maps of the train system are available at any station. Tickets are available for purchase from automated vending machines found at train stations.

Taxis are also convenient for intra-city transportation. To flag down a taxi, look for a red light in the lower right corner of the windshield as you face it. Any other color means the taxi is reserved or occupied. Passengers enter the back door on the left side, which the driver opens and closes automatically. If you are visiting someone's home or company, be sure to have its location on a map, as an address is not enough, given the complicated street layouts in the big cities. Tipping is not practiced. Pay only the metered fare.

 Player Contact

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

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