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Grand Prix–Columbus Event Information


 Information  

Date: July 30-August 1, 2010

Format: Legacy

Tournament Location

Greater Columbus Convention Center
Battelle Hall
400 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Registration: $35
Friday, July 30: Registration noon - 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 31: Registration 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.


Get your free promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).

Ohio, the heart of it all! Professional Event Services invites you to Columbus, Ohio for Grand Prix–Columbus! Will you be the one to master Legacy and join the list of champions from Columbus? Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain; if you don’t attend you are going to miss an experience of a lifetime!

Grand Prix–Columbus offers you a fantastic opportunity. Not only is Columbus centrally located, but Columbus is an affordable city— just what you need in today's economy. Plus, you'll get friendly Midwestern hospitality. Thousands of hotel rooms and hundreds of restaurants are just a short walk from the venue. Play in a multitude of events offered Friday through Sunday, meet Magic artists Matt Cavotta, Christopher Moeller, and Steve Prescott and get some of your favorite cards autographed, and hang out with fellow Magic players from the surrounding area and around the world! Entry to the event hall is free and all are welcome. Visit www.professional-events.com for more details about public events and everything else going on at the venue.

The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to get out of the house, catch up with old friends, meet some new ones, and play Magic. Grand Prix tournaments are world-wide open events that allow all Magic players to participate and experience the thrill of a large-scale competition. In addition to $30,000 in cash prizes, Pro Tour invitations for the top 16 finishers, and exclusive foil promo cards for participants, Grand Prix feature a host of other activities, including public events and artist signings. Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.



 

Tournament Format and Schedule

 Prizes  

All prizes in U.S. Dollars.

Place Prize Pro Points
1 $3,500 10
2 $2,300 8
3-4 $1,500 6
5-8 $1,000 5
9-12 $600 4
13-16 $500 3
17-32 $400 2
33-64 $200 1
Top 16 finishers also earn invitations to Pro Tour–Amsterdam.

Format: Legacy
Participation Fee: $35
Grand Prix–Columbus will feed Pro Tour–Amsterdam.

Registration and Schedule

  • Friday, July 30: Registration noon - 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 31: Registration 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 31: Tournament begins at 10:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, August 1: Day Two begins at 9 a.m.

The main tournament at Grand Prix–Columbus is open to Magic players of all ages.

Tournament Format

  • Legacy Constructed
  • Deck lists are required
  • Players must use the same deck on Day 2 that they used on Day 1

Tournament Structure

  • Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
  • Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive (Day 1) and Professional (Day 2)
  • If 799 or fewer players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 or better record OR the top 64 players—whichever number is greater—will advance to the second day of the event.
  • If 800 or more players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 or better record OR the top 128 players—whichever number is greater—will advance to the second day of the event.
  • The Top 8 players after the final Swiss round on Day 2 will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination playoff round.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will be best 2 of 3, and have no time limit. (Players are still expected to play at a normal pace and complete playoff matches in a reasonable amount of time.)
  • 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 is Ingrid Lind-Jahn. We are looking for judges for Friday through Sunday. We will need judges for events starting at noon on Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. We expect Sunday to end around 10 p.m. Potential Volunteers can apply via DCI Family here. The link also has information regarding compensation.

Please make sure you include the following information in the body of the cover letter:

    Name:
    DCI Number:
    DCI Level:
    Days you wish to volunteer:
    Primary Phone Number:
    Previous Judging Experience:
    Nights for which you'd require hotel accommodations
    (Friday/Saturday/Sunday):
    Any special requirements or concerns you have:

If you have any questions related to the event, please send them to mguptil@ix.netcom.com. Questions related to judging at the Grand Prix should be directed to the Grand Prix–Columbus Judge Manager John Alderfer at rodetryp@gmail.com.

Notes

  • 40K, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive (Day 1) and Professional (Day 2)
  • The Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules and the Magic: The Gathering Infraction Procedure Guide are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Format Document. Rules documents can be found in the DCI Document Center.
  • Players must bring pen, paper, card sleeves and appropriate counters.
  • 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).


 
 Grand Prix Trials  

Last-Chance Trials
Friday, July 30
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Battelle Hall
400 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Cost: $20

32-person Legacy Constructed single-elimination flights starting at noon, with sign-ups running until 8 p.m. New tournaments begin throughout the day as soon as 32 players sign up.

Prizes:
1st: Three-round bye at the Grand Prix and 18 booster packs
2nd: 18 booster packs
3rd/4th: 9 booster packs

Other Grand Prix–Columbus Trials will be run in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 Third-Round bye to Grand Prix–Columbus.

  • Other Grand Prix–Columbus Trials
  • More Information on Grand Prix Trials
  • Find a Trial Near You!
    Find a Trial Near You!

Tournament Byes

Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria (Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Players that accumulate multiple byes to a particular Grand Prix tournament receive only the bye for the greatest number of rounds):

Third-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 4 or higher
  • Players with a DCI Total rating of 2050 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on July 28, 2010.
  • Winners of Grand Prix–Columbus Trial tournaments.

Second-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 2 or 3
  • Players with a DCI Total rating of 1950 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on July 28, 2010.

First-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 1
  • Players with a DCI Total rating of 1850 or higher. Byes are based on DCI Total ratings published on July 28, 2010.

Trial winners
People who win a Trial event are awarded 3 byes in the Grand Prix that it feeds. Trial byes are not cumulative with other byes and do not pass down.


 

Public Events

8-Player Single Elimination Events - Available All Weekend

Go Infinite Booster Drafts
Drafts of either Zendikar block or Magic 2011 available.
Prize Payout: 1st Prize - 9 boosters & free entry into another booster draft at GP Columbus (or get 3 extra packs)
2nd Prize - 9 boosters

8-Player Standard Win-A-Box
Prize Payout: 1st place wins a Box - Magic 2011
2nd place wins free entry into another Win-A-Box tournament!

8-Player Legacy Win-A-Box
Prize Payout: 1st place wins a Box - Magic 2011
2nd place wins free entry into another Win-A-Box tournament!

8-Player Extended Win-A-Box
Prize Payout: 1st place wins a Box - Magic 2011
2nd place wins free entry into another Win-A-Box tournament!

8-Player Vintage Win-A-Box
Prize Payout: 1st place wins a Box - Magic 2011
2nd place wins free entry into another Win-A-Box tournament!

8-Player Mini-Master (unsanctioned format)
Players each receive a single Magic 2011 booster and three each of basic land. Players shuffle all cards together. Next, players are randomly paired up against their first opponents. After the first round ends, the losers are out. The four winners each receive one new booster to shuffle in with their first booster and land. Players are randomly paired up again for Round Two. After the second round ends, the losers are out and it is time for the finals! Each player gets one more booster to shuffle into their deck.
1st place wins 4 boosters, 2nd place wins 2 boosters.

4-Person EDH Chaos Events (unsanctioned format)
Prize Payout: Winner receives 10 packs of Magic 2011

Friday Featured Public Events
Grand Prix Grinders - Legacy Constructed
32-Player Single Elimination - Starting at noon - open entry until 8 p.m.
New event start every time we get 32 players!
1st place wins a 3-round bye to Grand Prix and 1/2 Box!
2nd place wins 1/2 Box of Magic 2011!
3rd/4th win 1/4 Box each of Magic 2011!

Sunday Featured Side Events
PTQ Amsterdam - Win a trip to Amsterdam - and your spot on the Pro Tour!
9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. registration - 10 A.M. start

Standard Format, Swiss rounds with a cut to Top 8 single elimination Finals.
Prizes: Pro Tour Invite! Magic 2011 boosters, Pro Tour Qualifier Top 8 Pins and Travel Award! 1st place wins Pro Tour Invite and Travel Award to Amsterdam
Top 8 win PT Top 8 pins, additional booster packs to top 32 TBD by participation.

Grand Prix Trial - Portland! (The next Grand Prix in the USA - September 11-12)
Noon registration - 1 p.m. start
Legacy Format, Swiss rounds with a cut to Top 8 single elimination finals.
1st place wins 3 Round Bye at GP Portland, 18 boosters Magic 2011.
2nd place wins 18 boosters Magic 2011.
3rd/4th place win 9 boosters Magic 2011.
5th/6th place win 6 boosters Magic 2011.
If more than 32 players participate, additional prizes will be awarded to top 8.
For a complete, updated list of events, artists, and vendors, visit www.professional-events.com.



 

Artist Information

Professional Events Services is proud to have the following artists in attendance at Grand Prix–Columbus. Due to circumstances beyond our control, Matt Cavotta will not be in attendance at the GP. Please accept our apology on this change.

Christopher Moeller

Steve Prescott

 

Travel Information

Columbus is easy to get around. The main east-west highway is I-70. There are two primary north-south freeways, I-71 and St. Rte. 315. The outerbelt, I-270, circles the city. I-670 connects the airport to downtown and continues to the west side.

Cars, vans and limos can be rented from a variety of points in the city. Taxi service is provided by many vendors and airport shuttles are available, as well.

Parking and driving is very easy in downtown Columbus. A great map with detailed parking information can be found here.

Driving Directions to the Convention Center

From I‐70 on the East (Wheeling)
Take I‐70 West to the Fourth Street Exit
Travel North on Fourth Street to Nationwide Boulevard
Turn Left onto Nationwide Boulevard

From I‐71 on the North (Cleveland)
Take I‐71 South
Travel West on I‐670 "109‐A"
Take Exit "4‐B" to the Greater Columbus Convention Center Or
Take I‐71 South to the Spring Street Exit
Travel West on Spring Street to Fourth Street
Head North on Fourth Street to Nationwide Boulevard
Turn Left onto Nationwide Boulevard

From I‐71 on the South (Cincinnati)
Take I‐71 North to I‐70 East
Travel on I‐70 East to the Fourth Street Exit
Head North on Fourth Street to Nationwide Boulevard
Turn Left onto Nationwide Boulevard

From I‐70 on the West (Indianapolis)
Take I‐70 East to the Fourth Street Exit
Head North on Fourth Street to Nationwide Boulevard
Turn Left onto Nationwide Boulevard

From the Port Columbus Airport
Take I‐670 West
Exit at "4‐B" to the Greater Columbus Convention Center

Travel by Plane
Port Columbus International Airport is located just 10 minutes east of downtown. State-of-the-art facilities feature the latest in airport safety and security, passenger comfort and convenience, plus high value air service by all the major air carriers, including Air Canada Jazz, AirTran, American, Continental, Delta, Midwest/Connect, Northwest, Southwest, United, US Airways and USA3000.

Taxi service is provided by many vendors. The average fare from Port Columbus International Airport to downtown is $18-$20. Airport shuttles also are available. Airport parking is available from Thrifty and others.

Hotel Information

There are over 2,500 hotel rooms in downtown Columbus, OH. The following is a list of hotels in walking distance from the venue:

Arena District Hyatt Regency Courtyard by Marriott Columbus-Downtown Crowne Plaza Hotel Columbus Downtown
350 North High St. 35 W. Spring St. 33 E. Nationwide Blvd.
Arena District Downtown Area Downtown Area
614-463-1234 614-228-3200 ext. 185 614-461-4100
Website Website Website
     
DoubleTree Guest Suites-Columbus Drury Inn & Suites Convention Center Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Columbus
50 S. Front St. 88 E. Nationwide Blvd. 501 N. High St.
Downtown Area Downtown Area Arena District
614-228-4600 ext. 195 614-221-7008 614-559-2000
Website Website Website
     
Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capitol Square Hyatt Capitol Square The Lofts Hotel
175 E. Town St. 75 E. State St. 55 E. Nationwide Blvd.
Downtown Area Downtown Area Downtown Area
614-221-3281 ext. 7295 614-228-1234 614-461-2663
Website Website Website
     
Red Roof Inn Columbus Downtown Residence Inn by Marriott Columbus Downtown The Columbus, A Renaissance Hotel
111 E. Nationwide Blvd. 36 E. Gay St. 50 N. Third St.
Downtown Area Downtown Area Downtown Area
614-224-6539 614-222-2610 614-228-5050
Website Website Website
     
The Westin Great Southern    
310 S. High St.    
Downtown Area    
614-228-3800    
Website    

Things to See and Do

Columbus is fortunate to have a dynamic downtown, a wonderfully bohemian arts district, a lively theater and music scene, and top-notch museums. It's also the home of The Ohio State University (never leave off that "The"), which on football weekends is a Mecca for red-jersey-clad fans and an upper-echelon academic institution the rest of the year.

In downtown Columbus alone, you'll find more than 100 restaurants offering most every kind of cuisine.

You can touch a real, massive iceberg and see 20-plus artifacts on exhibit for the first time anywhere at "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" thru Sept. 6, 2010 at COSI.

Visit the world renowned Columbus Museum of Art.

Watch polar bears as they frolic underwater and swim overhead as you walk through an acrylic tunnel under their huge pool. Polar Frontier opens this spring at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Climb aboard the Santa Maria, the world’s most authentic replica of Christopher Columbus’ ship. Learn about the teamwork it took to survive while crossing the Atlantic.

Go birding at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, which opened in 2009 as one of the first Audubon centers close to the core of a major American city.


 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Mike Guptil
Web site: www.professional-events.com
Email: questions@professional-events.com
Phone: 1-877-913-8881 (toll free US and Canada)

Venue Address

Greater Columbus Convention Center
Battelle Hall
400 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

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