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Get Ready For Grand Prix - Manila

Dino Yu

One of the most anticipated Magic: The Gathering events in the Philippines is less than a week away: Grand Prix - Manila! Competitors from all over the world and especially from Asia will gather at the SM Megamall, Manila, Philippines, this December 4 - 5, for two whole days of intense, intellectual competition for the Magic: The Gathering trading card game.

Event organizers--Novelty Entertainment Incorporated, the Magic Philippine distributor, and Wizards of the Coast Inc., creator of the Magic game--expect more than 500 players from around the world to gear up for a chance to win a portion of the $10,000 cash prize. The top eight finishers at Grand Prix - Manila will receive invitations to Pro Tour - Los Angeles, slated for February 4 - 6, 2000.

Day One: Mercadian Masques Sealed Deck. Players will get the chance to test their deckbuilding skills in the Sealed-Deck format using the Mercadian Masques card set. At the end of day one, the field of 500+ players will be cut to 64 players.

Day Two: Booster Draft. Having learned from the bitter lessons of last year's Grand Prix - Manila, Filipino players have now mastered the art of drafting. Booster and Rochester Drafts have become a popular format in the Filipino Magic community and are played daily. Filipino players are ready for what day two will bring.

Grand Prix - Manila will be held in SM Megamall, one of the Philippines' largest modern shopping arcades. A five-story mall that stretches for one mile, SM Megamall houses hundreds of stores and boutiques. You are sure to find whatever you need, whether it is food, clothes, comics or more. And, if you plan to trade or buy cards while in Manila, look no further. Right beside Grand Prix - Manila you will find the Collecticon, an annual event sponsored by Novelty Entertainment. Attendees can display, trade and talk about the items they collect and enjoy. Whether you're interested in the Magic trading card game, anime, comics, toys or other collectibles, you'll find it all at Collecticon.

Tagalog (ta-gah-lug) is the national language of the Filipinos, but English is considered its second language. To better integrate yourself, you should know at least a little Tagalog:

  • Mabuhay (ma-boo-hai) roughly translates to "Long Live," a typical greeting.
  • Kamusta ka? (kha-mus-ta kha?) means "How are you?"
  • Mabuti (ma-boo-tee) means "I'm fine."
  • Magandang Araw (ma-gan-dhang A-rhaw) means "Good day."
  • Salamat (Sa-Lha-mat) means "Thank you."
  • And if shopping, Magkano (mhag-kha-no) means "How much?"

Will Japan's Toshiki Tsukamoto return to defend his Grand Prix - Manila '98 title, which he won last year by defeating local hero Scion Raguindin? Or will the Filipinos, led by National Champion Dino Yu and by the Philippines' number one DCI-rated player Felix Gonzales, defend their home turf against the foreign juggernauts from Australia, Japan and other parts of Asia?

Come. See. Play. Experience. Grand Prix - Manila.

Tournament information:
Grand Prix - Manila
SM Megamall
Mega Trade Hall #2
Mandaluyong City
Manila, Philippines
December 4 - 5, 1999
Tournament Registration - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Event Schedule - 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Advance registration: Php 550.00 (roughly $14.00 USD)
Onsite registration: Php 650.00 (roughly $17.00 USD)

To register in advance, please contact Novelty Entertainment at (632) 536-3911 or (632) 536 3912 and ask for Vicky, Djay, Dean or Luis. You can also send email to <novelty@globe.com>.

Players will receive a Grand Prix - Manila T-shirt, one Mercadian Masques tournament pack and two Mercadian Masques booster packs, plus other goodies.

Format:
December 4: Mercadian Masques Sealed Deck, six or seven rounds of Swiss, cut to top 64
December 5: Mercadian Masques Booster Draft, six rounds of Swiss, cut to top eight
Top eight: Mercadian Masques Booster Draft, single elimination for the title

The head judge for Grand Prix - Manila will be Level 4 Judge Mike Donais.

Cash payout:
1st place: $2,100
2nd place: $1,500
3rd place: $1,000
4th place: $1,000
5th to 8th place: $500
9th to 16th place: $300

The top eight finalists receive an invitation to Pro Tour - Los Angeles, scheduled for February 4 - 6, 2000.



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