Grand Prix - Porto Alegre

Posted in Feature on July 20, 2004

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.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT AND SCHEDULE
The format for Grand Prix–Porto Alegre is Kamigawa Block Limited, with day 2 Rochester Draft. All DCI Limited-format rules, Magic Floor Rules, and all subsequent updates will be enforced.

Friday, November 19: Registration from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Saturday, November 20: Registration from 7:30 A.M. – 8:45 A.M.
Tournament begins at 9:00 A.M. If less than 800 players participate in the event, the Top 64 players advance to competition on Sunday If 800 or more players participate, the top 128 advance to Sunday.
Sunday, November 21: The Top 64 (or 128) players begin play at 9:00 A.M.

TOURNAMENT LOCATION
Centro de Eventos Plaza São Rafael
Av. Alberto Bins, 509
Porto Alegre, Brazil

HOTEL
Hotel Plaza Sao Rafael
Av. Alberto Bins, 514
Porto Alegre, Brazil
(51) 3220.7000

Room Bock rate:
Single Executive R$ 140. 00+10% / day
Double Executive R$ 83. 00+10% / guest
(be sure to mention GP-Porto Alegre to receive this rate)

Hotel Plaza Porto Alegre
R. Senhor dos Passos, 154
Porto Alegre, Brazil
(51) 3220.8000

Room Bock rate:
Single Executive R$ 108. 00+10% / day
Double Executive R$ 63. 00+10% / guest

EVENT COST
R$60

Attendance at Grand Prix - Porto Alegre is limited to the first 500 players, so please be sure to pre-register by contacting Henrique Santa Rosa at henrique@devir.com.br.

TOURNAMENT
The main tournament at Grand Prix–Porto Alegre 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 player (valid upon the date of the official rank announcement for the appropriate professional tournament).

  • Tournament Structure
    The structure for Grand Prix–Porto Alegre will be modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds). If the event has 799 participants or less, the Top 64 players 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-January 05.
  • Judges
    The Head Judge for Grand Prix–Porto Alegre will be Juan Del Compare of Argentina.
    If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix–Porto Alegre, please contact Henrique Santa Rosa at henrique@devir.com.br.
  • Tournament Divisions and Prizes
    Grand Prix–Porto Alegre 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
    FinishPrize
    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
    FinishPrize
    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: Third-Round Byes
    • Players with 28 or more professional points in the Pro Tour-Seattle professional standing.
    • DCI players with a Limited rating of 1950 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 Pro Tour-Seattle professional standing.
    • DCI players with a Limited rating of 1850 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 Pro Tour-Seattle professional standing.
    • DCI players with a Limited rating of 1750 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Limited ratings published on August 18, 2004.

ARTISTS INFORMATION
Darrell Riche

SIDE EVENTS
Side events at Grand Prix–Porto Alegre will include a Pro Tour–Nagoya Qualifier.

Magic Tournament Center: http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=mtgcom/tournamentcenter
Grand Prix schedule page: http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=grandprix/schedule

Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering, Magic, Mirrodin, Darksteel, DCI, and Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. 2003-2004 Wizards.

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