2000 Pro Tour Chicago Coverage

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By Wizards of the Coast

Pro TourTM - Chicago 2000
Fact Sheet

Congratulations on qualifying for Magic: The Gathering® Pro Tour - Chicago! This sheet will provide you with important information to prepare now to attend in December.

HOTEL INFORMATION
LOCAL INFORMATION AND TRANSPORTATION
ARTIST APPEARANCES
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
MASTERS SERIES
SIDE EVENT SCHEDULE
QUESTIONS/PLAYER CONTACT

What:
The second stop of the 2000-01 Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour will be held in Chicago, Illinois, December 1 - 3, 2000. Total prize money to be awarded is $200,000.

Where:
The Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
www.chicago.hyatt.com

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Chicago
On the Riverwalk
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 565-1234
www.hyatt.com  

Room Rates: $150 for a single or double room

  • In order to obtain this rate, please book your reservation under either Wizards of the Coast, Inc. or Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour - Chicago.
You can make your reservation by calling (800) 233-1234 (continental U.S. only) or (312) 565-1234, or by visiting the hotel's website at www.hyatt.com.
TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE BEST AVAILABLE PRO TOUR RATES, YOU MUST MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS AT THE HYATT BY NOVEMBER 1, 2000.

Local Information and Transportation

The Hyatt Regency Chicago is located downtown on the Magnificent Mile, near the shores of Lake Michigan. The hotel is within easy walking distance to Chicago's premier shopping, theaters, and cultural attractions.

The Hyatt Regency Chicago is 30 to 45 minutes from O'Hare International Airport and 20 minutes from Midway Airport.

O'Hare International Airport
Chicago O'Hare International Airport is 30 to 45 minutes from downtown. The airport features a new state-of-the-art international terminal along with the domestic terminals and long-term parking.

Midway Airport
Midway Airport is a one-building airport divided into three terminals, with the main lobby at the center entrance of the airport.

Airport Express
www.airportexpress.com
(800) 654-7871

  • Airport Express provides a shuttle service for guests of the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel. The shuttle departs regularly from both the O'Hare and Midway airports, and guests may be picked up curbside at both.
  • Guests on return shuttles to both airports may be picked up from the West Tower lobby.
  • The shuttle to O'Hare departs at 5 minutes and 35 minutes after every hour, beginning at 5:05 A.M. and ending at 10:35 P.M.
  • The shuttle to Midway departs at 15 minutes and 45 minutes after every hour, beginning at 5:15 A.M. and ending at 10:45 P.M.
  • Please note that the shuttle will stop at other hotels en route to and from the airport.

Downtown Service
(All departures from the airports include a $1 tax)

  • Serves all downtown hotels.
  • Departs from O'Hare every 5 to 10 minutes; from Midway every 15 minutes.
  • Scheduled service and reserved pickups from hotels.
  • O'Hare to downtown service costs $16 one way; $29 roundtrip (the one-way price of a cab!).
  • Midway to downtown service costs $11.50 one way; $21 roundtrip. Tickets
  • O'Hare--look for the kiosk outside the international terminal. Ticket counters are also located across from the baggage claim area in the domestic terminals.
  • Midway--ticket counter located opposite Southwest Airlines counter.

Taxi Cabs
Cab lines are available outside the baggage claim areas of each airport. A "shared cab" service is provided to the major downtown hotels.

Amtrak
Amtrak connections are located at Union Station just minutes from the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel. For AMtrak rates and schedule information, call (800) USA-RAIL.

Chicago Transit Authority: Buses and Elevated Trains
The bus system offers a quick and easy way to get around the city. There are no hassles with parking or traffic--you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the sites of Chicago.

Transfers are required when changing from bus to train services and vice versa. Transfers are not required from train to train. The exact fare is required on all buses. For information on bus and "L" train routes and schedules, contact the Chicago Transit Authority at (312) 836-7000.

Local Web Links
http://chicago.hyatt.com
http://chicago.areaguides.net
http://chicago.sidewalk.com
http://www.chiweb.com
http://chicago.digitalcity.com

Artist Appearances

Signing
Schedule
Friday 12/1 Saturday 12/2 Sunday 12/3
  10-2 2-6 10-2 1-3 2-6 10-1 1-4
Arnie Swekel   Signing Signing Signing (2-3)*   Signing  
Glen Angus Signing   Signing Signing (2-3)*     Signing
Matt Cavotta Signing     Signing (1-2)* Signing Signing  
Tony Szczudlo   Signing   Signing (1-2)* Signing   Signing

* This signing will occur in the Judges' Area

Pro Tour Chicago Masters Series

The second Masters Series will be held at Pro Tour Chicago from November 30 to December 3.

Location
Hyatt Regency Chicago
On the Riverwalk
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 565-1234
Columbus Rooms I & J for Thursday Masters and Gateway, Pro Tour Feature Match area all other days.

Invited Players

  • Top 5 Limited players based on the DCI ratings published October 23, 2000
  • Top 25 players in the PT New York 2000 Pro Standing (posted after Pro Tour New York, October 1)
  • Top 2 players from the Masters Gateway Tournament, held November 30 in Chicago.

Format

  • Single-Elimination Invasion Booster Draft
  • All players will draft, play 2 rounds in their pod (cutting to 8 players) then draft again for the final 3 rounds of play.
Prize Payout
1st $25,000
2nd $15,000
3rd-4th $10,000
5-8th $6,500
9th-16th $4,000
17th-32nd $2,000
Total Payout $150,000

Schedule

Thursday, November 30, 2000
8:00 AM   Registration for Gateway tournament (only open to players with 6 or more Pro Points in the PT New York 2000 Pro Standing)
9:00 AM   Gateway Tournament Begins (Invasion sealed deck or booster draft - to be determined)
5:00 PM   Registration for Masters Series (only open to 32 invited players)
6:00 PM   Draft #1 of Masters for 32 players (Invasion booster draft)
7:00 PM   Round 1 of Masters begins (no time limit) - 32 players
9:00 PM   Round 2 of Masters begins (no time limit) - 16 players
Friday, December 1, 2000
9:00 AM   Pro Tour Chicago Player Meeting (Pro Tour Chicago is Standard format)
5:00 PM   Draft #2 of Masters for 8 players (Invasion booster draft)
6:00 PM   Round 3 of Masters begins (no time limit) - 8 players
Saturday, December 2, 2000
9:00 AM   Day Two of Pro Tour Chicago
5:00 PM   Round 4 of Masters begins (no time limit) - 4 players
Sunday, December 3, 2000
9:00 AM   Finals of Pro Tour Chicago and Round 5 of Masters begins (no time limit) - top 2 players

Side Events Schedule

Thursday
Time Evt# Cost Event Title
9:00 A.M. 001 Free Masters Series Gateway
  InvasionTM Limited format, single-elimination tournament, top 16 Booster draft. Top 2 finishers qualify for the Masters Series Invitational Thursday evening. Open to those competitors with 6 or more Pro Points as of the Pro Tour-New York 00-01 Professional standing.
Friday
  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. 101 $18 InvasionTM Limited Tournament
  Sealed Deck tournament with one Invasion tournament pack, and two Invasion boosters per player.
12:00 P.M. 102 $5 Standard Tournament
  Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format (Type II) rules.
2:00 P.M. 103 $18 InvasionTM Limited Tournament
  Sealed Deck tournament with one Invasion tournament pack, and two Invasion boosters per player.
4:00 P.M. 104 $5 Standard Tournament
  Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format (Type II) rules.
6:00 P.M. 105 $20 Grand Prix-New Orleans Trial
  InvasionTM Limited (Sealed deck) Format with Booster Draft final 8. Top 2 finishers receive a three-round bye at Grand Prix-New Orleans.
Saturday
  In order for events to begin on time, please arrive fifteen minutes before the scheduled starting time
Time Evt# Cost Event Title
8:00 A.M. 201 $20 Pro Tour-Tokyo Qualifier
  Top 2 finishers gain entry to Pro Tour-Tokyo. Top finisher receives $500 prize. Extended format. Registration begins at 8:00 A.M., play begins at 9:00 A.M.
9:00 A.M. 202 $15 Junior Super Series Challenge
  Standard format (Type II) rules apply. Top player receives a $1000 scholarship. All players receive a Premium card with entry. For players 15 and under. Registration begins at 9:00 A.M., Play begins at 10:00 A.M.
11:00 A.M. 203 $18 InvasionTM Limited Tournament
  Sealed Deck tournament with one Invasion tournament pack, and two Invasion boosters per player.
1:00 P.M. 204 $5 Standard Tournament
  Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format (Type II) rules.
3:00 P.M. 205 $18 InvasionTM Limited Tournament
  Sealed Deck tournament with one Invasion tournament pack, and two Invasion boosters per player.
5:00 P.M. 206 $5 Standard Tournament
  Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format (Type II) rules.
6:00 P.M. 207 $20 Grand Prix-Boston Trial
  InvasionTM Limited (Sealed deck) Format with Booster Draft final 8. Top 2 finishers receive a three-round bye at Grand Prix-Boston.
9:00 P.M. 208 Free "Question Mark" Game Show
  It's time for Magic Trivia! Bring a team of three to compete. Your host for the festivities will be Mark Rosewater.
Sunday
  In order for events to begin on time, please arrive fifteen minutes before the scheduled starting time
Time Evt# Cost Event Title
8:00 A.M. 301 $15 Junior Super Series Challenge
  Standard format (Type II) rules apply. Top player receives a $1000 scholarship. All players receive a Premium card with entry. For players 15 and under. Registration begins at 8:00 A.M., play begins at 9:00 A.M.
9:00 A.M. 302 $10 $1000 Standard Tournament
  Standard format (Type II) rules with a $1000 Pay out to the top 4 finishers. Registration begins at 9:00 A.M., play begins at 10:00 A.M.
10:00 A.M. 303 $18 InvasionTM Limited Tournament
  Sealed Deck tournament with one Invasion tournament pack, and two Invasion boosters per player.
12:00 P.M. 304 $5 Extended Tournament
  Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules.
2:00 P.M. 305 $5 Standard Tournament
  Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format (Type II) rules.

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

Overnight Events

Wizards of the Coast, Inc. will again offer tournaments twenty-four hours a day at Pro Tour-Chicago! The following Magic: the Gathering tournaments will be added as requested (subject to space and judge availability):

   
Standard (Type II) $5
Extended $5
Invasion Sealed Deck $18
English Invasion Draft $12
Non-English Invasion Draft $15

Questions

If you have not received your player packet by October 30, 2000, please call Pamela Wilson at (425) 204-7628.  

Player Contact

Pamela Wilson
If calling in North America: (425) 204-7628
If calling from overseas: ++1-425-204-7628
Email: pamelaw@wizards.com

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