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Grand Prix Pittsburgh 2000 Fact Sheet

Magic: The Gathering® Pro Tour–New York Qualifier

June 23-25, 2000

The Grand Prix tournament series is an international circuit of large-scale Qualifier tournaments featuring cash prizes and multiple invitations to the Pro Tour.

WHERE

David L. Lawrence Convention Center
South Meeting Rooms 2,4, and 6
1001 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412)-565-6000

WHEN

June 23-25, 2000
Side events begin Friday evening.

COST

$90 (per team) preregistration
$100 (per team) on site

For advance registration, contact Gray Matter Conventions at (800) 852-2442 (in New York state, call (212) 633-6320). Advance registration will be available until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2000. For hotel reservations, call the Westin William Penn Hotel at (412) 281-7100. Mention “Magic: the Gathering Grand Prix” for discount.

TOURNAMENT

Divisions

The main tournament at Grand Prix–Pittsburgh is open to 3-person teams consisting of Magic® players of all ages.

In the event that a team who wins an invitation to a Pro Tour stop at a Grand Prix has already qualified for an invitation, the invitation shall be extended to the next-best finishing team in that Grand Prix. Previous qualification may be through a Qualifier tournament, through performances at a professional tournament, or by being an invited DCI™ team (valid upon the date of the official rank announcement for the appropriate professional tournament).

Tournament Format

The format for Grand Prix–Pittsburgh will be Team-limited (3-person teams). All DCI Team Limited-format rules and Magic Floor Rules announced on September 1, 1999, along with all subsequent updates released on or before May 1, 2000, will be enforced.

Tournament Structure

The structure for Grand Prix–Pittsburgh will be modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds, number of rounds determined by number of teams), with the Top 20 teams advancing to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. The top 4 previously uninvited teams will receive invitations.

Day 1 Format and Structure

6 rounds of Sealed Deck play. Teams will construct decks before rounds 1 and 4. Each team will receive 2 Mercadian Masques™ tournament packs 2 Nemesis™, and 2 Prophecy™ boosters. From this pool of cards, teams must construct 3 decks (assigning all cards to a main deck or sideboard). Players may add any amount of basic lands to their decks.

Day 2 Format and Structure

The top 20 teams after day 1 will play 3 rounds of Team Rochester draft (drafting each round). The top 4 teams after 3 rounds will play a single-elimination playoff using the Team Rochester draft format. All Rochester drafts on day 2 will consist of 1 Mercadian Masques booster, 1 Nemesis booster, and 1 Prophecy booster per player.

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:

Second-Round Byes

Teams with 60 or more total professional points in the Pro Tour–Los Angeles 2000 professional standing.

DCI Teams with a 3-person Limited Teams rating of 1725 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI ratings published approximately six weeks prior to the Grand Prix.

First-Round Byes

Players with 20 or more total professional points in the Pro Tour–Los Angeles 2000 professional standing.

DCI players with a 3-person Limited Teams rating of 1675 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI ratings published approximately six weeks prior to the Grand Prix.

PAYOUT

Grand Prix–Pittsburgh will feature a standard “main tournament” prize schedule.

Main Tournament Prize Schedule (all prizes are "per team")

Finish Prize
1 $4,500
2 $3,000
3 $2,000
4 $1,500
5–8 $1,000

 

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