Grand Prix

Grand Prix - Seattle 2005

Posted in Feature on October 13, 2004

By Wizards of the Coast

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT GRAND PRIX SEATTLE-TACOMA 2012, CLICK HERE


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—Seattle is presented by Cascade Games

TOURNAMENT FORMAT AND SCHEDULE
The format for Grand Prix–Seattle is Extended. All DCI Constructed-format rules, Magic Floor Rules, and all subsequent updates will be enforced.

Friday, March 4, Last Chance Qualifier: Registration starts at 2:00 P.M. Play begins at 6:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 5, Grand Prix Seattle: Registration starts at 7:30 A.M. Registration ends at 8:30 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, March 6: The Top 64 (or 128) players begin play at 9:00 A.M.

TOURNAMENT LOCATION
Seattle Center – Exhibition Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle WA 98109

HOTEL
The Inn at Queen Anne
505 First Avenue N.
Seattle WA 98109
206-282-7357
www.innatqueenanne.com
(Grand Prix rate of $89 per night is available for those who register with hotel by Jan 21, 2005).

GRAND PRIX TOURNAMENT COST

Preregistration - $25
On Site - $30

For complete Grand Prix–Seattle information, including times, hotel information, side events, etc, please visit www.cascadegames.com

TOURNAMENT
The main tournament at Grand Prix–Seattle 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–Seattle 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-Philadelphia.
  • Judges
    The Head Judge for Grand Prix–Seattle will be Level 4 judge John Carter.
    If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix–Seattle, please contact tshields123@yahoo.com.
  • Tournament Divisions and Prizes
    Grand Prix–Seattle 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 Columbus 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 Constructed ratings published on December 15, 2004.
    Second-Round Byes
    • Players with 14 or more professional points in the Columbus 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 Constructed ratings published on December 15, 2004.
    First-Round Byes
    • Players with 7 or more professional points in the Columbus 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 Constructed ratings published on December 15, 2004.

GRAND PRIX TRIAL
Friday, March 4, 2005
6:00 P.M. (Registration starts at 2:00 P.M.)
Cost: $15.00
Format: Extended
Location: Seattle Center – Alkai Room
305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109
Prizes: Top 4 players each receive a Third-Round bye at the Grand Prix, Product Prizes Other Grand Prix–Seattle 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–Seattle.

ARTISTS
To be announced soon

SIDE EVENTS
Side events at Grand Prix–Seattle include a Pro Tour–Philadelphia Qualifier, a 2005 Junior Super Series Challenge, a Standard tournament with a Prize of an Ultra Rare pack of Summer Magic, plus many others.

A complete Grand Prix– Seattle side event schedule can be found at www.cascadegames.com

Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering, Magic, Champions/Betrayers/Saviors of Kamigawa, DCI, and Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. 2004 Wizards.

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