Magic: the Gathering Pro Tour2003 Pro Tour–Venice

Posted in Feature on October 29, 2002

By Wizards of the Coast

Come join Wizards of the Coast for our next Pro Tour stop in Venice This information will help you to prepare now to attend in March. Pro Tour-Venice will be held March 20-23, 2003.

Tournament Location

Palazzo dell'Ex Casino di Venezia
Lungomare Marconi 4
30126 - Venezia Lido (VE)

Hotel Information

There is no dedicated player hotel. For detailed locations of the recommended hotels please refer to the map. All the hotels are at the Lido.

Generally all the hotels are in between the Vaporetto boat stop and the ex-casino palace: only the hotels marked with "not far" are a little bit out of the direct way.

Distance "Not too far": between 15 and 10 min by walk
Distance "OK": between 10 and 5 min by walk
Distance "perfect": next to the ex-casino less than 5 min by walk

NOTE:
For images and more information please refer to the direct web site of the hotels

Transportation from the Airport to the Hotel:

The Alilaguna airport boat offers frequent, inexpensive service from Venice’s Marco Polo Airport to the Lido.

Take the Alilaguna water launch from the airport to the Lido vaporetto stop. The water launch leaves the airport at hourly and 2-hourly intervals depending on the time of day. You can check for specific timetables at (www.alilaguna.it). Tickets are available from the office close to the exit of the Arrivals hall. One-way single person fare is approximately 10 Euros. The journey from the airport to the Lido will take approximately 40 minutes.

Once you arrive on the Lido, you can take a taxi or the bus to the hotel.


On mapHOTELPRICES per day with TAXES AND Small Breakfast
DOUBLE WITH BATHROOMDOUBLE USED AS SINGLE WITH BATHROOMSINGLE WITH BATHROOM

****

1

BIASUTTI www.bestwestern.it/biasutti_ve

Distance OK
Quality good +
Price OK

N° 10

€ 160,00

€ 160,00
2

LE BOULEVARD www.leboulevard.com

Distance OK
Quality good
Price OK

N° 10

€ 160,00

€ 160,00
3

PANORAMA www.hpanorama.com

Distance OK
Quality good
Price OK

Note: Located in a street with traffic

N° 10

€ 160,00

€ 160,00

N° 2

€ 120,00

4

QUATTRO FONTANE www.quattrofontane.com

Distance perfect (20 meters)
Quality OK
Price higher than others

Note: Located next to the ex-casino, all reserved for the staff, old fashion design with 'Tirolean' style

N° 44

€ 200,00

5

RUSSO PALACE HOTEL www.russopalacehotel.com

Distance not far
Quality OK
Price still to define

***

6

BELVEDERE www.belvedere-venezia.com

Distance OK
Quality OK
Price OK

Note: Located in a street with traffic

N° 29

€ 130,00

N° 1

€ 100,00

7

BIASUTTI VILLA ADA

Distance OK
Quality OK
Price still to define

8

BYRON www.byron-hotel.com

Distance OK +
Quality good
Price good

€ 130,00

€ 130,00
9

RIGEL www.rigel.it

Distance OK
Quality OK
Price OK

€ 130,00

€ 130,00
10

RIVIERA www.rivieravenezia.it

Distance OK
Quality OK
Price OK

Note: Located in a street with traffic

N° 10

€ 130,00

€ 130,00
11

VENEZIA 2000 www.gitav.com

Distance not far
Quality OK
Price OK

Note: Located in a street with traffic

N° 10

€ 130,00

€ 130,00
12

LA MERIDIANA www.lameridiana.com

Distance good
Quality OK
Price OK

N° 15

€ 130,00

€ 130,00

**

13

CRISTALLO www.veneziahotels.com/cristallo.htm

Distance OK
Quality OK
Price OK

Note: Located in a street with traffic

N° 4

€ 110,00

€ 110,00
14

VILLA ALBERTINA www.villalbertina.com

Distance perfect
Quality OK
Price OK

Note: Located in a street with traffic

N° 6

€ 110,00

€ 110,00

Mandatory Registration

Player registration will occur at the tournament site 2:00-8:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 20, 2003.

Registration for the Masters Series Gateway tournament is at 8:00 A.M. on Thursday at the tournament site.

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Pro Tour-Venice. Forms can be downloaded at wizards.com/protour and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian's signature on these forms.

Return the registration and waiver forms to Wizards of the Coast or bring them with you to registration. We will make forms available for competitors at registration, if necessary.

Wizards of the Coast
Attn.: Pro Tour
P.O. Box 707
Renton WA 98057
Fax: (425) 687-8259

At registration, all participants must present one of the following forms of identification upon request:

  • a driver's license, or
  • a passport, or
  • a copy of their birth certificates and photo IDs (school IDs are acceptable).

If you anticipate any difficulty registering during the official registration hours, please contact Andy Heckt at (425) 254-2941 or heckt@wizards.com.

Pro Tour Venice
Tournament Format Document

Format

  • Onslaught Block Constructed
  • 60 card minimum deck size, 15 card sideboards
  • Decklists must be submitted at 9:00 AM Friday at player meeting.
  • Check www.thedci.com for possible banned cards. At the time this document was created, there were no banned cards in the Onslaught Block Constructed format.
  • Note: Onslaught and Legions are legal for this tournament.

Round Length

  • 60 minute rounds, 14 Swiss Rounds total
  • When time is called, the active player will finish the turn and five additional total turns will be taken
  • Stalling or slow play will be strictly enforced and will result in serious penalties

Friday Schedule

8:45 AM: Seating for player meeting posted.
9:00 AM: Player meeting begins. Decklists submitted.
9:15 AM: Round 1 begins.

All players with 13 or more match points at the end of round 7 will advance to Saturday's competition.

Saturday Schedule

8:45 AM: Pairings for Round 8 posted.
9:00 AM: Round 8 begins.

Sunday Schedule

8:00 AM: All top 8 players check in at feature match area.
9:00 AM: Final matches begin. (best 3 out of 5 - untimed)

Prize Payout

PlacePrizePlacePrizePlacePrizePlacePrizePlacePrize
1$30,00014$3,80027$1,60040$87553$615
2$20,00015$3,50028$1,50041$85054$600
3$15,00016$3,25029$1,40042$82555$590
4$13,00017$3,00030$1,35043$80056$580
5$9,50018$2,75031$1,30044$77557$570
6$8,50019$2,55032$1,25045$75058$560
7$7,50020$2,40033$1,20046$73059$550
8$6,50021$2,25034$1,15047$71060$540
9$6,00022$2,10035$1,10048$69061$530
10$5,50023$2,00036$1,05049$67562$520
11$5,00024$1,90037$1,00050$66063$510
12$4,50025$1,80038$95051$64564$500
13$4,10026$1,70039$90052$630Total:$200,130

Artist Appearances

Randy Gallegos and Greg Staples

Randy Gallegos

Randy was born on Halloween, 1974. His earliest memory was of seeing Star Wars at the theater at the age of three, so in a way he was programmed early for imaginative art. He's been a steady name in the field since he began illustrating professionally nearly ten years ago. His work first began appearing on various collectible card games, including Magic: The Gathering and others, and he quickly found himself among an immensely talented group of artists. Randy's art has since graced many other Wizards' games, and he's lent his talents to role-playing games, video games, children's books, and running websites while playing with his rock band, Plumage.

He was born and still lives in San Jose, CA with his wife and long-time sweetheart Monica and a rabid dog reincarnated as a cat named Kirby.

Randy Gallegos's cards

False DemiseAlliances
False DemiseAlliances
Floodwater DamAlliances
Mishra’s GroundbreakerAlliances
Tidal ControlAlliances
FugueExodus
Soul WardenExodus
Dingus EggFifth Edition
Karplusan ForestFifth Edition
Primordial OozeFifth Edition
Call to ArmsIce Age
Cold SnapIce Age
ConquerIce Age
Dance of the DeadIce Age
Ghostly FlameIce Age
InfuseIce Age
MeltingIce Age
Vexing ArcanixIce Age
Wall of ShieldsIce Age
Benalish EmissaryInvasion
Fight or FlightInvasion
Hypnotic CloudInvasion
Plague SporesInvasion
Slimy KavuInvasion
Thornscape ApprenticeInvasion
Anurid BarkripperJudgment
Battle ScreechJudgment
Alabaster WallMercadian Masques
Crumbling SanctuaryMercadian Masques
Deadly InsectMercadian Masques
Flaming SwordMercadian Masques
Nightwind GliderMercadian Masques
Specter’s WailMercadian Masques
Giant MantisMirage
Mire ShadeMirage
Quirion ElvesMirage
Rashida ScalebaneMirage
Accumulated KnowledgeNemesis
Murderous BetrayalNemesis
Skyshroud SentinelNemesis
Chain of SilenceOnslaught
Dive BomberOnslaught
Haunted CadaverOnslaught
Mistform StalkerOnslaught
Sage AvenOnslaught
FlashfiresPortal
Giant SpiderPortal
Hill GiantPortal
Primeval ForcePortal
Chorus of WoePortal Second Age
Dakmor ScorpionPortal Second Age
Return of the NightstalkersPortal Second Age
Theft of DreamsPortal Second Age
Keldon FirebombersProphecy
Spur GrapplerProphecy
Cloud SpiritStronghold
Lowland BasiliskStronghold
ShockStronghold
Tempting LicidStronghold
EarthcraftTempest
IslandTempest
IslandTempest
IslandTempest
IslandTempest
Mnemonic SliverTempest
Reality AnchorTempest
Rootwater MatriarchTempest
Scalding TongsTempest
Soltari CrusaderTempest
Giant FanUnglued
Hungry Hungry HeiferUnglued
AttunementUrza’s Saga
Brilliant HaloUrza’s Saga
CurfewUrza’s Saga
Disruptive StudentUrza’s Saga
Faith HealerUrza’s Saga
Lotus BlossomUrza’s Saga
PacifismUrza’s Saga
Sleeper AgentUrza’s Saga
Stern ProctorUrza’s Saga
ErtaiVanguard
SimoonVisions
Stampeding WildebeestsVisions
Cinder WallWeatherlight

Greg Staples

Born in 1970 and raised in the north of England, Greg knew from a very early age that he wanted to be an artist. After completing his school degrees he left to train in architecture, feeling he wouldn't be able to make a living as a full time artist. However, three years later, redundancy forced him to build a portfolio and give it a go.

In 1990, Simon Bisley saw some of his work at a comic convention and introduced Greg to the editor of the British comic 2000AD where he was given his first professional job, right there on the spot.

Greg drew Judge Dredd as his first strip and continues to do that to this day. Other credits include a collective book of his best work, a Slaine the Barbarian graphic novel,a new collection of Judge Dredd stories called Innocents Abroad, written by Garth 'Preacher' Ennis and too many covers for various magazines to mention. Film production work and computer game design have also featured heavily in his career such as the game Loaded for the playstation which he also produced.

His current work includes a series of illustrations for Salomon Snowboards, book covers, as well as illustrations for Magic: the Gathering.

He is currently living in Sheffield, England.

Greg Staples's cards

Bloodfire ColossusApocalypse
Bloodfire KavuApocalypse
Dead RingersApocalypse
Emblazoned GolemApocalypse
Zombie BoaApocalypse
Alloy GolemInvasion
Artifact MutationInvasion
Global RuinInvasion
Metathran AerostatInvasion
ShacklesInvasion
Yavimaya KavuInvasion
Erhnam DjinnJudgment
Fledgling DragonJudgment
Nantuko TracerJudgment
Cinder ElementalMercadian Masques
Furious AssaultMercadian Masques
Saber AntsMercadian Masques
Beatdown Comic strip for boxMTG Packaging
Beatdown Main Box ArtMTG Packaging
Fyndhorn ElderMTG Seventh Edition
Lord of AtlantisMTG Seventh Edition
Mana ShortMTG Seventh Edition
Might of OaksMTG Seventh Edition
Phantom WarriorMTG Seventh Edition
Seismic AssaultMTG Seventh Edition
Southern PaladinMTG Seventh Edition
SquallMTG Seventh Edition
SunwebMTG Seventh Edition
Parallax InhibitorNemesis
Parallax NexusNemesis
Parallax WaveNemesis
Rusting GolemNemesis
Buried AliveOdyssey
Howling GaleOdyssey
Liquid FireOdyssey
Seize the DayOdyssey
Seton, Krosan ProtectorOdyssey
Shifty DoppelgangerOdyssey
Stalking BloodsuckerOdyssey
TraumatizeOdyssey
VivifyOdyssey
Aggravated AssaultOnslaught
Aphetto GrifterOnslaught
Artificial EvolutionOnslaught
AvaraxOnslaught
Aven BrigadierOnslaught
Chain of SmogOnslaught
Cruel RevivalOnslaught
Goblin SharpshooterOnslaught
Shepherd of RotOnslaught
Solar BlastOnslaught
Steely ResolveOnslaught
Ancient SpiderPlaneshift
Pygmy KavuPlaneshift
Sunken HopePlaneshift
DevastateProphecy
Mungha WurmProphecy
Spiketail HatchlingProphecy
Aven TrooperTorment
HypnoxTorment
Laquatus's ChampionTorment
Retraced ImageTorment
Keldon VandalsUrza's Destiny
Lurking JackalsUrza's Destiny
RescueUrza's Destiny
Scent of BrineUrza's Destiny
Angelic CuratorUrza's Legacy
Molten HydraUrza's Legacy
Radiant's JudgmentUrza's Legacy
Sustainer of the RealmUrza's Legacy
Vigilant DrakeUrza's Legacy
BreachUrza's Saga
Defensive FormationUrza's Saga
Elite ArchersUrza's Saga
Goblin PatrolUrza's Saga
Goblin RaiderUrza's Saga
Ill-Gotten GainsUrza's Saga
OutmaneuverUrza's Saga
WaylayUrza's Saga

2003 Pro Tour-Venice Side Event Schedule

All event costs are in euros (€).

Thursday March 20

TimeEvt#CostEvent Title
9:00 A.M.101FreeMasters Series - Venice 2003 Gateway (Invitation ONLY)
Format Information
Top 2 teams advance to the Masters Series-Venice 2003 starting later in the evening. Open to invited players only. [Any team with a DCI team-format Limited rating of 1700 or higher as of the February 4th ratings publish. Any team that placed in the Top 8 at a team-format Grand Prix tournament in the current season. Any team that played on Day 2 at a team-format Pro Tour event in the current season. Any team that played in the previous year's team-format Masters Series event.] See www.wizards.com/protour for the invitation list.
5:00 P.M.102€15Pro Tour-Venice "Last Chance" Qualifier
Top 4 Players gain entry to Pro Tour-Venice. Standard Format Registration begins at 4:00 P.M., play begins at 5:00 P.M.

Friday March 21

In order for events to begin on time, please arrive fifteen minutes before the scheduled starting time

TimeEvt#CostEvent Title
12:00 P.M.201€5Standard (Type II) Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules.
2:00 P.M.202€18Onslaught™ Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck event with one Onslaught tournament pack and two Legions™ boosters per player.
4:00 P.M.203€5Extended Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules.
6:00 P.M.204€20Pro Tour-Yokohama Qualifier
Onslaught Block Sealed, with Booster Draft Top 8.
Winner receives travel award and an invitation to Pro Tour-Yokohama. Registration begins at 5:00 P.M., play begins at 6:00 P.M.

Saturday March 22

In order for events to begin on time, please arrive fifteen minutes before the scheduled starting time

TimeEvt#CostEvent Title
10:00 A.M.301€5Extended Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules.
12:00 P.M.302€20Pro Tour-Yokohama Qualifier
Onslaught Block Sealed, with Booster Draft Top 8.
Winner receives travel award and an invitation to Pro Tour-Yokohama. Registration begins at 11:00 A.M., play begins at 12:00 P.M.
2:00 P.M.303€5Amateur-Only Standard Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules. Entry is limited to players with zero (0) lifetime Pro Points.
3:00 P.M.304€18Serene Sunset Tournament (Sponsored by Cutting Edge)
Sealed Deck event with one Onslaught tournament pack and two Legions boosters per player. Winner receives a framed original “Serene Sunset” by David Martin.
5:00 P.M.305€5Vintage (Type 1) Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Vintage (Type 1)-format rules.
6:00 P.M.306€18Grand Prix-Prague Trial
Onslaught Block Sealed tournament with a single-elimination Top 8. The Top 2 players each receive a three-round bye at Grand Prix-Prague.
9:00 P.M.307FreeQuestion Mark Game Show
Bring a team of three and compete in Magic trivia with your host, Mark Rosewater. Lots of prizes including boosters, card sleeves, and dice!

Sunday March 23

In order for events to begin on time, please arrive fifteen minutes before the scheduled starting time

TimeEvt#CostEvent Title
9:00 A.M.401€15/playerGrand Prix-Amsterdam Trial
3-person Team Limited format (Sealed Deck with two Onslaught tournament packs and four Legions boosters per team). The Top 2 teams receive two-round byes at Grand Prix-Amsterdam. Registration begins at 8:00 A.M., play begins at 9:00 A.M.
11:00 A.M.402€18Amateur Only Onslaught Block Limited Tournament
Sealed Deck Tournament with one Onslaught tournament pack and two Legions booster per player. Entry is limited to players with zero (0) lifetime Pro Points.
12:00 P.M.403€5Roman Open (Sponsored by Troll & Toad)
Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules. Winner receives a display of Alliances™ boosters, a booster of Arabian Nights™, and a booster of Invasion™.
1:00 P.M.404€5 Female-Only Standard Tournament (Sponsored by M's Collectibles)
Constructed Tournament using the Standard-format rules. Entry is limited to female players. Winner receives a display of Legions boosters.
2:00 P.M.405€5Extended Tournament
Constructed Tournament using the Extended-format rules.

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

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

Standard€5
Extended€5
English-language Draft€18
Non-English Draft€12
Onslaught Sealed Deck€15

All overnight events will be single elimination and DCI™ sanctioned. Enjoy the competition all night long! Start times and formats of all tournaments are subject to change.

Player Contact

Andy Heckt
Wizards of the Coast
Player Coordinator
425-254-2941
Fax 425-687-8259
Email: heckt@wizards.com

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