Grand Prix—Columbus is presented by Professional Event Services.
TOURNAMENT FORMAT AND SCHEDULE The format for Grand Prix–Columbus is Mirrodin
Doors open to the public on Friday, March 26 at 2:00 P.M.
Friday, March 26: Registration from 6:00 P.M. -11:59 P.M.
Saturday, March 27: Registration from 12:00 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.
Tournament begins at 10:00 A.M. The Top 64 players advance to competition on Sunday
Sunday, March 28: 64 players begin play at 9:00 A.M.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial
300 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215
The Doubletree Guest Suites Columbus Hotel is offering a room rate from $99.99 per night.
Contact the Doubletree Guest Suites Columbus Hotel at (614)-228-4600. Please mention “Grand Prix Columbus” to get the $99.99 rate.
$30 Advanced Registration
$35 On Site Registration
For advance registration, contact Pandemonium at (734)-427-2451.
Advance registration hours are as follows:
Monday – Friday: 2:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. EST
Saturday: 2:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M. EST
Sunday: 2:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. EST
Advance registration will be available until 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 24, 2004. For complete Grand Prix–Columbus information, including times, hotel information, side events, etc, please visit http://www.professional-events.com/grand_prix_columbus_2004.htm.
The main tournament at Grand Prix–Columbus is open to Magic players of all ages.
In the event that a player who wins an invitation to a Pro Tour stop at a Grand Prix has already qualified for an invitation, the invitation shall be extended to the next-best finisher in that Grand Prix. Previous qualification may be through a Qualifier tournament, through performance at a professional tournament, or by being an invited DCI
- Tournament Structure
The structure for Grand Prix-Columbus will be modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds). If the event has 799 participants or less, the top 64 players will advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. If the event has 800 or more participants, the top 128 will advance to day 2. The top 8 previously uninvited Players will receive invitations to Pro Tour-San Diego.
The Head Judge for Grand Prix-Columbus will be John Shannon, Level 3.
If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix–Columbus, please contact Mike Guptil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tournament Divisions and Prizes
Grand Prix–Columbus will feature the standard “main-tournament” prize schedule as well as a special “Amateur" prize schedule. The Amateur prizes will be paid to the highest-finishing amateur players regardless of their standing in the Grand Prix. All prizes are in U.S. Dollars.
Main Tournament Prize Schedule Finish Prize 1 $2,400 2 $1,700 3 $1,200 4 $1,000 5-8 $800 9-16 $500 17-32 $250 Total: $17,500 Amateur Division Prize Schedule Finish Prize 1 $1,500 2 $1,000 3-4 $700 5-8 $400 9-16 $250 Total: $7,500
- Amateur Status
A player is considered to have amateur status if he or she has 0 lifetime pro points. If a player has ever been awarded ANY pro points from a Grand Prix, Pro Tour, or World Championship event, that player no longer has amateur status, may not participate in the Amateur Championship or Junior Super Series tournaments, and is not eligible for amateur awards at Grand Prix or other tournaments.
- Tournament Byes (Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year)
Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria:
- Players with 28 or more professional points in the New Orleans 2003 professional standing.
- DCI players with a Limited rating of 2000 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on December 24, 2003
- Players with 14 or more professional points in the New Orleans 2003 professional standing.
- DCI players with a Limited rating of 1900 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on December 24, 2003
- Players with 7 or more professional points in New Orleans 2003 professional standing.
- DCI players with a Limited rating of 1800 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on December 24, 2003
GRAND PRIX TRIAL
Friday, March 26, 2004
6:00 P.M. (Registration starts at 2:00 P.M.)
Format: Mirrodin Block Limited, with Top 8 Booster Draft
Location: Franklin County Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH
Prizes: Top 4 players each receive a Third-Round bye at the Grand Prix, Product Prizes
Other Grand Prix–Columbus Trials will be run throughout North America in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 Third-Round bye to Grand Prix–Columbus.
Information on Artist signings will be posted at a later date
Side events at Grand Prix–Columbus include a Pro Tour–San Diego Qualifier and a Junior Super Series Challenge.
A complete Grand Prix–Columbus side event schedule can be found at http://www.professional-events.com/grand_prix_columbus_2004.htm.
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