Grand Prix

Grand Prix - Pittsburgh

Posted in Feature on March 13, 2003

By Wizards of the Coast

The Magic: The Gathering® Grand Prix tournament series is an international circuit of large-scale Qualifier tournaments featuring cash prizes and multiple invitations to Pro Tour™ events.

Grand Prix—Pittsburgh is presented by Professional Event Services

The format for Grand Prix–Pittsburgh is Onslaught™ Block Team Limited (Sealed Deck) with day 2 Team Rochester Draft. All DCI™ Standard-format rules, Magic® Floor Rules, and all subsequent updates will be enforced.

On day 1, each Team will receive 2 Onslaught tournament packs, 2 Legions™ boosters, and 2 Scourge™ boosters to construct 3 individual 40-card minimum decks.

On day 2, each Team will Rochester draft with 1 Onslaught booster, 1 Legions booster, and 1 Scourge booster per player.

Friday, May 30: Registration starts at 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, May 31: Registration ends at 10:00 A.M.
Tournament begins at 10:00 A.M. The Top 20 teams advance to competition on Sunday
Sunday, June 1: The Top 20 teams begin play at 8:30 A.M.

The Pittsburgh ExpoMart
105 Mall Blvd.
Monroeville, PA 15146

$25 per player - Advance Registration
$30 per player - On Site

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, May 28, 2003. For complete Grand Prix–Pittsburgh information, including times, hotel information, side events, etc, please visit

The main tournament at Grand Prix–Pittsburgh is open to 3-person teams consisting of Magic players of all ages.
In the event that a team, which 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 finishing team in that Grand Prix. Previous qualification may be through a Qualifier tournament, through performance at professional tournaments, or by being an invited DCI™ team (valid upon the date of the official rank announcement for the appropriate professional tournament).

  • Tournament Structure
    The structure for Grand Prix–Pittsburgh will be modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds), with the Top 20 teams advancing to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. The top 4 previously uninvited Teams will receive invitations to Pro Tour-Boston.

  • Head Judge
    The Head Judge for Grand Prix–Pittsburgh will be Nat Fairbanks, Level 4.

    If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix–Pittsburgh, please contact Mike Guptil at

  • Tournament Divisions and Prizes
    Grand Prix–Pittsburgh 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
    Total: $20,000
    Amateur Division Prize Schedule
    Total: $5,000
  • Amateur Status
    A team is considered to have amateur status if all the members of that team have 0 lifetime pro points. If any player on a team has ever been awarded pro points from a Grand Prix, Pro Tour, or World Championship event, that team no longer has amateur status, and the player may not participate in the Amateur Championship or Junior Super Series tournaments, and the player and team are 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:

    Second-Round Byes

    • Teams with 60 or more professional points in the Chicago 2003 professional standing.
    • Teams with a Team Limited Rating of 1700 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Team Limited ratings published on March 19, 2003.
    • Winners of Grand Prix–Pittsburgh Trial Tournaments

    First-Round Byes

    • Teams with 20 or more professional points in the Chicago 2003 professional standing.
    • Teams with a Team Limited Rating of 1650 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Team Limited ratings published on March 19, 2003.


Friday, May 30, 2003
6:00 P.M. (Registration starts at 2:00 P.M.)
Cost: $20.00 per player
Format: Team Limited
Location: The Pittsburgh ExpoMart, 105 Mall Blvd., Monroeville, PA
Prizes: Top 2 Teams each receive a Second-Round bye at the Grand Prix, Product Prizes

Other Grand Prix–Pittsburgh Trials will be run throughout North America in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 Second-Round bye to Grand Prix–Pittsburgh.

Information on Artists at Grand Prix–Pittsburgh can be found at

Side events at Grand Prix–Pittsburgh include a Pro Tour–Boston Qualifier.

A complete Grand Prix–Pittsburgh side event schedule can be found at

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