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Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour-Venice Qualifier
January 4-5, 2003

Grand Prix - New Orleans

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

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

TOURNAMENT FORMAT AND SCHEDULE
The format for Grand Prix–New Orleans is Extended. All DCI™ Extended-format rules, Magic Floor Rules, and all subsequent updates will be enforced.

Friday, January 3: Registration from 6:00-10:00 P.M.
Saturday, January 4: Registration from 8:00-9:00 A.M.
Tournament begins at 9:00 A.M. The Top 64 players advance to competition on Sunday
Sunday, January 5: The Top 64 players begin play at 10:00 A.M.

TOURNAMENT LOCATION
Radisson Hotel New Orleans 1500 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504)-522-4500
www.radissonhotelneworleans.com

HOTEL
The Radisson Hotel New Orleans is offering the following room rates:
$99 per night: single/double occupancy
$104 per night: triple occupancy
$119 per night: quadruple occupancy

COST
$30 Advance and On Site Registration

For advance registration, contact Event Horizons at (713) 569-3936. Advance registration will be available until 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 1, 2003. For complete Grand Prix–New Orleans information, including times, hotel information, side events, etc, please visit www.starcitygames.com/pages/GPNO.php

TOURNAMENT

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

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 shall be extended to the next-best finisher in that Grand Prix. 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).

  • Tournament Structure
    The structure for Grand Prix-Los Angeles will be modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds), with the Top 64 players advancing to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. The top 8 previously uninvited Players will receive invitations to Pro Tour-Venice.

  • Head Judge
    The Head Judge for Grand Prix–New Orleans will be Collin Jackson, Level 4.

  • Tournament Divisions and Prizes
    Grand Prix–New Orleans will feature the standard "main tournament" prize schedule as well as a special "Amateur" prize schedule. The Amateur prizes will be paid to the highest-finishing amateur players in addition to any winnings those players receive from the main tournament prize schedule . All prizes are in U.S. Dollars.

    Main Tournament Prize Schedule
    Finish Prize
    1 $2,400
    2 $1,700
    3 $1,200
    4 $1,000
    5-8 $800
    9-16 $500
    17-32 $250
    Total: $17,500
    Amateur Division Prize Schedule
    Finish Prize
    1 $1,500
    2 $1,000
    3-4 $700
    5-8 $400
    9-16 $250
    Total: $7,500


  • Amateur Status
    A player is considered to have amateur status if he or she has 0 lifetime pro points. If a player has ever been awarded ANY pro points from a Grand Prix, Pro Tour, or World Championship event, that player no longer has amateur status, may not participate in the Amateur Championship or Junior Super Series tournaments, and is not eligible for amateur awards at Grand Prix or other tournaments.

  • 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:

    Third-Round Byes

    • Players with 28 or more professional points in the 2002 Boston Pro Standings.
    • DCI players with a Constructed rating of 2000 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on October 23, 2002.

    Second-Round Byes

    • Players with 14 or more professional points in the 2002 Boston Pro Standings.
    • DCI players with a Constructed rating of 1900 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on October 23, 2002.

    First-Round Byes

    • Players with 7 or more professional points in the 2002 Boston Pro Standings.
    • DCI players with a Constructed rating of 1800 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on October 23, 2002.

GRAND PRIX TRIAL
Friday, January 3, 2003
7:00 P.M. (Registration starts at 5:00 P.M.)
Cost: $18.00
Format: Extended
Location: Radisson Hotel New Orleans, 1500 Canal St., New Orleans
Prizes: Top 4 players each receive a Third-Round bye at the Grand Prix, Product Prizes

Other Grand Prix–New Orleans Trials will be run throughout North America in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 Third-Round bye to Grand Prix–New Orleans. A complete schedule of Grand Prix–New Orleans Trial tournaments can be found here.

SIDE EVENTS
A complete Grand Prix–New Orleans side event schedule can be found at www.starcitygames.com/pages/GPNO.php

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