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TOURNAMENT FORMAT AND SCHEDULE
The format for Grand Prix–Helsinki is Kamigawa
Friday, November 5: Registration from 4:00 – 9:00 PM.
Saturday, November 6: Registration from 8:00 - 9:00 A.M.
Tournament begins at 9:00 A.M. The Top 64 or Top 128 players advance to competition on Sunday
Sunday, November 7: The Top 64 or Top 128 players begin play at 8:00 A.M.
The main tournament at Grand Prix–Helsinki 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–Helsinki will be modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds), with the Top 64 players (or 128 if 800 or more players registered for the main event) advancing to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. The top 8 previously uninvited Players will receive invitations to Pro Tour-Nagoya
- Tournament Divisions and Prizes
Grand Prix–Helsinki 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 in addition to any winnings those players receive from the main tournament prize schedule. 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
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:
- Third-Round Byes
- Players with 28 or more professional points in the Seattle 2004 professional standing.
- DCI players with a Constructed rating of 2000 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on August 18, 2004.
- Second-Round Byes
- Players with 14 or more professional points in the Seattle 2004 professional standing
- DCI players with a Constructed rating of 1900 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on August 18, 2004.
- First-Round Byes
- Players with 7 or more professional points in the Seattle 2004 professional standing.
- DCI players with a Constructed rating of 1800 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on August 18, 2004.
HOW TO REACH
See www.ytv.fi/english/transport for general information on public transportation.
The Journey Planner at www.reittiopas.fi is a handy tool.
From the Helsinki-Vantaa airport:
A taxi from the airport to Dipoli costs about 30 EUR.
There is no direct bus connection from the airport to the GP Venue.
Take bus number 615 from the airport (platform 1) to the main railway station in the centre of Helsinki.
The trip will take approximately 35 minutes.
A one-way ticket costs 3,4 EUR. Save your ticket! You can transfer to another bus within 80 minutes.
The blue Finnair bus (also from platform 1) is faster, but it costs 5 EUR and the ticket is not transferable.
From the centre of Helsinki, take bus number 102 or 103 to Otaniemi. Ask the driver to stop near Dipoli. The trip will take approximately 15 minutes.
Arriving by ship
From Eteläsatama (South Harbor: Silja Line, Viking Line, Linda Line Nordic Jet Line)
Trams 2 and 3T will take you to or near the main railway station.
From Länsisatama (West Harbour: Tallink, Eckerö Line):
Take bus number 15 (or walk) to Porkkalankatu, then take bus 102 or 103 to Dipoli.
Hotels in Espoo
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Hotels in Helsinki
Hotel Arthur - www.hotelarthur.fi
Hotel Helka - www.helka.fi
Scandic Hotels - www.scandic-hotels.fi