Posted in Event Coverage on June 12, 2002

By Alex Shvartsman

A brainchild of TJ Collectibles owner Tom Shea, the second annual New England Challenge is a series of tournaments modeled on the Pro Tour, or the NG/YMG Grudge Match. A total of ten stores from across New England participate, each holding a number of qualifier tournaments. Each tournament is played in Standard format, and costs $7 to enter.

The winner of each of the qualifier events, as well as the most active player from each store are invited to compete at the New England Challenge Finals – the coverage of which you are now reading. Although there are no prizes for individual qualifiers, each of the 64 invited players get to compete for a prize pool of well over $2500 in cash, with prizes extending down to 40th place and the winner walking away with $1000.

Participating Stores

Lenox Sports Cards 1-413-637-3243
Game Zone 1-603-749-2242
Collector’s Guild 1-508-339-3830
TJ Collectibles 1-508-473-5874
Crossroad Games 1-207-642-2612
Dragons Lair 1-860-231-1915
Savage Games 1-978-744-1176
Gamers Haven 1-401-334-6788
Jam’s Comic Connection 1-978-486-1099
Looney Toonz 1-508-992-9399

Prize Structure

1st Place: $1000.00
2nd Place: $350.00
3rd Place: $250.00
4th Place: $150.00
5th – 8th Place: $100.00
9th-16th Place: $50.00
17th-24th Place: $25.00
33rd-40th Place: 1 draft set each

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