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Magic: the Gathering Pro Tour
2003 Pro Tour–New Orleans

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This information will help you to prepare now to attend October 31st – November 2nd, 2003.

 Tournament Location

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.,
New Orleans, LA 70130
504-582-3023 - Fax : 582-3088 www.mccno.com/facts.cfm

The Hall will open 4p.m. Thursday October 30th, 2003 and will be open so long as sanctioned pick-ups continue each evening.

 Hotel Website Information

New Orleans Convention Center Hotels Guide
neworleans.conventioncenterhotelsguide.com
Hotel Distribution Network
neworleans.hdn.com/new_orleans_convention_center_arts_district.html
New Orleans Conventions and Visitor Bureau
www.neworleanscvb.com

Airport Transportation
Taxis: $21.00 from the airport to the central business district for one person and $8.00 per person for three or more passengers from the airport to the central business district. Pickup is on the lower level outside of the baggage claim.
Airport Shuttle Service: $10.00 per person for a one-way ticket from the airport to the central business district, and $10.00 for a return trip. Three bags per person. Call (504) 465-9780. Pickup and ticket purchases can be made on the lower level outside of baggage claim. The airport shuttle also provides a limousine service by reservation (limited availability). A stretch limo is $90.00 and can accommodate six people.
Jefferson Transit: $1.10 includes regular fare and one transfer good on any Jefferson Transit bus. Fares for the Airline Highway bus are $.80 from the airport to Tulane Avenue or $1.10 from the airport to Elk Place in the central business district. The Airline Highway bus stops outside of entrance #5 on the upper level and runs approximately every 15–20 minutes on weekdays, and every 30 minutes on weekends.

 Mandatory Registration

Player registration will occur at the tournament site from 4:00–8:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 30th, 2003.

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Pro Tour–New Orleans. 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. Participants of Pro Tours – Boston 03 do not need to fill this form out again this season. Please keep the DCI updated with your current contact information at webapp.wizards.com/dcimember

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:

  • a driver's license, or
  • a passport, or
  • a copy of your birth certificate and a photo ID (school ID is 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

  • Extended Constructed format
  • Check www.thedci.com for Extended 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 advance to Saturday's competition.
  • The top 8 players after round 16 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: Final matches begin. (best 3 out of 5 - untimed)

 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

Randy Gallegos and Justin Sweet

 2003 Pro Tour–New Orleans Side Event Schedule

Thursday October 30

Time Evt# Cost Event Title
5:00 P.M 101 $20 Pro Tour–New Orleans “Last Chance” Qualifier
Standard format. Top 4 finishers gain entry to Pro Tour-New Orleans on Friday. Registration begins at 4:00 P.M., play begins at 5:00 P.M.

Friday October 31
In order for events to begin on time, please arrive fifteen minutes before the scheduled starting time.

Time Evt# Cost Event Title
12:00 P.M. 201 $5 Standard Tournament
  Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules.
1:00 P.M. 202 $18 Mirrodin™ BlockLimited Tournament
  Sealed Deck Tournament with one Mirrodin tournament pack and two Mirrodin boosters per player.
3:00 P.M. 203 $5 Extended Tournament
  Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules.
4:00 P.M. 204 $18 Mirrodin BlockLimited Tournament
  Sealed Deck Tournament with one Mirrodin tournament pack and two Mirrodin boosters per player.
6:00 P.M. 205 $5 Vintage (Type 1) Tournament
  Constructed Tournament using the Vintage (Type 1)-format rules.
7:00 P.M. 206 $20 Pro Tour–Amsterdam Qualifier
  Mirrodin Block Sealed Deck, Swiss format followed by single-elimination Top 8 Rochester Draft. Winner receives $250 and an invitation to Pro Tour–Amsterdam. Registration begins at 6:00 P.M., play begins at 7:00 P.M.

Saturday November 1
In order for events to begin on time, please arrive fifteen minutes before the scheduled starting time.

Time Evt# Cost Event Title
11:00 A.M. 301 $5 Standard Tournament
  Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules.
11:00 A.M. 302 $15 Junior Super Series Challenge
  Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules. Top player receives a $1000 scholarship and entry into the 2004 Junior Super Series Championship. All players receive a Premium card with entry. For players ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 10:00 A.M., play begins at 11:00 A.M.
12:00 P.M. 303 $20 Pro Tour–Amsterdam Qualifier
  Mirrodin Block Sealed Deck, Swiss format followed by single-elimination Top 8 Rochester Draft. Winner receives $250 and an invitation to Pro Tour–Amsterdam. Registration begins at 12:00 P.M., play begins at 1:00 P.M.
2:00 P.M. 304 $5 Arabians & Antiquities Extended Tournament
  Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules. Free entry for residents of Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana (verifiable by driver’s license or school ID with city and state listed). Winner receives a complete set of Arabian Nights™, 2nd place receives a complete set of Antiquities™.
3:00 P.M. 305 $18 Amateur-Only Mirrodin Block Limited Tournament
  Sealed Deck Tournament with one Mirrodin tournament pack and two Mirrodin boosters per player. Limited to players with zero lifetime pro points.
5:00 P.M. 306 $5 Vintage “Battle in the Bayou” Tournament (Sponsored by Shuffle & Cut Games)
  Constructed Tournament using the Vintage (Type 1)-format rules. First place receives a commemorative plaque and a display of Mirrodin.
6:00 P.M. 307 $15/player Team Mirrodin Block Limited Tournament
  3-person Team Limited format (Sealed Deck with two Mirrodin tournament packs and four Mirrodin boosters per team).
9:00 P.M. 308 Free Question Mark Trivia Game Show (Sponsored by Troll & Toad)
  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 November 2
In order for events to begin on time, please arrive fifteen minutes before the scheduled starting time.

Time Evt# Cost Event Title
10:00 A.M. 401 $18 Mirrodin Block Limited Tournament
  Sealed Deck Tournament with one Mirrodin tournament pack and two Mirrodin boosters per player.
11:00 A.M. 402 $15 Junior Super Series Challenge
  Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules. Top player receives a $1000 scholarship and entry into the 2004 Junior Super Series Championship. All players receive a Premium card with entry. For players ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 10:00 A.M., play begins at 11:00 A.M.
12:00 P.M. 403 $15 Grand Prix–So Cal Trial
  Extended format. Winner receives a three-round bye at Grand Prix–So Cal. Registration begins at 11:00 A.M., play begins at 12:00 P.M.
2:00 P.M. 404 $5 Bourbon Street Open (Sponsored by Troll & Toad)
  Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules. Winner recieves “Urza’s Draft Set” (8 boosters apiece of Urza’s Saga™, Urza’s Legacy™, Urza’s Destiny™) and collector deck boxes. 2nd place receives an Arabian Nights Juzam Djinn. 3rd place receives a display of Prophecy™.
3:00 P.M. 405 $5 The Femvitational (Sponsored by Academy Games)
  Constructed Tournament open to females only using the Standard-format rules. 1st place receives a display of Mirrodin plus possible sponsorship at a Pro Tour.
3:00 P.M. 406 $18 Mirrodin Block Limited Tournament
  Sealed Deck Tournament with one Mirrodin tournament pack and two Mirrodin boosters per player.

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

Pick-up Events

Format Cost
Standard $5
Extended $5
English-language Draft $12
Non-English Draft $15
Mirrodin Sealed Deck $18

All pick-up events will be single elimination and DCI™ sanctioned. Enjoy the competition all night long! Start times and formats of all tournaments are subject to change.

 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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