2006 Pro Tour–Prague

Posted in Feature on December 20, 2005

By Wizards of the Coast

SAZKA ARENA

Preview

Find out the top stories heading into the Pro Tour by reading Brian David-Marshall's musically themed Prague Playlist.

Olivier's Corner

Get to know the Pro Tour from the insights of Road Warrior and Level 6 Mage Olivier Ruel. Three times a week, he'll be sharing interviews and analysis right here. Updates: Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday

Play the Game, See the World

Impressions @ GP Lille 2005 You can’t find anyone better qualified to talk about Magic than the players themselves. What does Magic mean to them? Why do they enjoy playing the game? Check out this video and find out what Magic is all about (10MB).

Experience the most awesome competition of the year. Whether you’re a competitor or a spectator, the Pro Tour is a Magic happening you can’t afford to miss!

Largely undamaged during World War II, Prague fascinates travelers with its stunning cityscape. The capital city of the Czech Republic is stretched across the Vltava River, with the Prague Castle overlooking four different districts. Museums, theatres and churches can be found all across this beautiful city rich in artistic, musical, and scientific history.

Pro Tour-Prague is a Ravnica Booster Draft format event with a last-chance qualifier run the day before the event starts. The main event will be the first time you'll be able to see Ravnica-Guildpact-Dissension drafting in action at the Pro level. But you don't have to be a Pro to enjoy the Pro Tour -- there will be wall-to-wall Magic to play in Side Events all weekend with amazing prizes, and plenty of other extra activities to take part in even if you're not qualified.

For a complete travel guide to Prague, visit our travel recommendations page. Included are transportation options, accomodations, activities, and information on currency and tipping.

See the World!

ACCOMMODATIONS:
Here are five hotels close to the tournament venue: Hotel Arlington, Hotel Palma, Hotel Bohemika, Hotel Carol, Hotel Esprit

TRANSPORTATION:
Sazka Arena is located in the northeastern part of Prague, some 10 km from the city center, 20 km from Prague Airport. The Metro, bus terminal, tram stops and a railway station are just a few minutes walk from the arena. For a map of local transportation options, click here.

Play the Game!

HOW TO QUALIFY:
The qualifier season for Pro Tour-Prague has concluded, but you can still make the field by participating in the Last-Chance Qualifier on Thursday, May 4 in Prague. The Last Chance Qualifier will be held at Sazka Arena, with registration starting at 1500. It is a Sealed Deck format (Dissension will not be used), with a straight Swiss tournament, no single elimination, one additional Swiss round will be added to determine finalist. The Top 4 finishers will qualify for Pro Tour-Prague, with product prizes beginning at fifth place. Players already qualified for Pro Tour-Prague may not participate.

 

Pro Tour-Prague Qualifier Season information
Pro Tour-Prague Invitation List

TOURNAMENT LOCATION:
Sazka Arena
Ocelarska C. parc. 460/2 190 00 Praha 9
Czech Republic
 

TOURNAMENT HALL HOURS:
Thursday 1500-0400
Friday 0730-2400
Saturday 0800-2400
Sunday 0900-2400
(Hall may close early on Sunday.)

Sazka Arena is the most modern multipurpose venue for sports, culture, entertainment, exhibits, fairs, and other events in Europe, featuring the most advanced technology, universal usage, sophisticated marketing, comfort and all-embracing services for spectators and visitors.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT, SCHEDULE AND PRIZES:
Pro Tour-Prague is a three-day Limited format event with a prize purse of $240,245. Dissension goes on sale May 5 and will be used at the Pro Tour, meaning all 10 guilds of Ravnica will be available to draft. For more information about the format, schedule and prize payout, click here.

Pro Tour Registration

Player registration will occur from 19:00 – 22:30 on Thursday, May 4 at

U Medvídků Restaurant
Na Perstyne 7, Praha 1
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 224 211 916
www.umedvidku.cz

After and during registration, players will be treated to a traditional Czech Folk evening with music, catered food, and complementary beer, wine, and soft drinks. The restaurant will close at 23:00.
Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Pro Tour-Prague. Forms can be downloaded at www.wizards.com/protour and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on these forms.
Bring these forms with you to registration. We will make forms available for competitors at registration, if necessary.
To register, all participants must present one of the following forms of identification:

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

We encourage players to attend mandatory registration on Thursday. However we understand that delays might cause players to miss this and we have a registration on Friday morning between 7:30 and 8:30. Players at late registration do not always receive the same gifts as those at mandatory registration.
Players not registered by 8:30 on May 5 may be denied entry to the Pro Tour.
If you anticipate any difficulty registering during the official registration hours, please contact Scott Larabee at (206) 793-3534 or scott.larabee@wizards.com.

PLAYER FORUM:
If you have any ideas or anecdotes that you would like to share with us or is there something that you really want to read about, please let us know. Keep also an eye on Olivier's Corner where you’ll find some interesting stories about known and less known players.
You can e-mail us at: magiceurope@hasbro.be

Hall Attractions

SIDE EVENTS:
Play Magic all weekend long, even if you're not qualified for the Pro Tour! Click here to view the Pro Tour-Prague Side Events Schedule. Prizes include qualification to Pro Tour-Charleston and a 60 GB Video iPod.

Want to play a ! FREE ! side event at PT Prague?
Print the voucher found here to claim your free side event at PT Prague. (Limited to one voucher per person, and maximum 100 participants)

CONTESTS:
Drawings will be held at the end of each day for great prizes, including trips to upcoming Grand Prix. Go here for more information.

ARTISTS:
Meet your favorite artists and have them sign your cards. Currently scheduled to appear are:

  • Ben Thompson
  • Terese Nielsen
  • Zoltan Boros
  • Gabor Szikszai
  • Martina Pilcerova

More information about each artist can be found here.

GUNSLINGING/DECK CLINICS:
Challenge Hall of Famers, Pro Players, or Wizards of the Coast staffers in head-to-head competition.

WATCH THE TOP 8:
All of Sunday's Top 8 action can be viewed on a projection screen in the hall, with Randy Buehler and Brian David-Marshall providing the play-by-play and color commentary. Sunday's action begins at 10:45 a.m. local time, which is 4:45 a.m. ET, and is also available as a webcast from the comfort of your own home.


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