Grand Prix

Grand Prix - Washington, D.C.

Posted in Feature on January 9, 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.

Grand Prix—Washington, D.C. is presented by Dream Wizards and

The format for Grand Prix–Washington, D.C. is Mirrodin 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, there will be two deckbuilds, with the day 1 Swiss rounds divided between the two. For each build, each Team will receive 2 Mirrodin tournament packs and 4 Darksteel boosters to construct 3 individual 40-card minimum decks.

On day 2, each Team will Rochester draft with 2 Mirrodin boosters and 1 Darksteel booster per player.

Friday, April 16: Registration starts at 3:00 P.M.
Saturday, April 17: Registration ends at 8:45 A.M.
Tournament begins at 9:00 A.M. The Top 20 teams advance to competition on Sunday. If more than 225 Teams are entered in the tournament, the Top 30 teams will advance to competition on Sunday.
Sunday, April 18: The Top 20 teams begin play at 9:00 A.M. If 30 teams advance to Sunday (see above), play will be begin at 8:00 A.M.

Dulles Expo Center
4368 Chantilly Shopping Center
Chantilly, VA 20153

$30 per player - Advance or On-Site Registration

For advance registration, contact Dream Wizards at (301)-881-3530 or Star City Games at (540)-767-4263.

Advance registration will be available until 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 14, 2004. For complete Grand Prix–Washington, D.C. information, including times, hotel information, side events, etc, please visit

The main tournament at Grand Prix–Washington, D.C. 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-Washington, D.C. will be modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds), with the Top 20 teams advancing to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. If more than 225 teams are entered in the tournament, 30 teams will advance to the second day. The top 4 previously uninvited Teams will receive invitations to Pro Tour-Seattle.
  • Judges
    The Head Judge for Grand Prix-Washington, D.C. will be John Carter, Level 3.
    If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix–Washington, D.C., please contact Pete Hoefling at or Laurel Chiat at
  • Tournament Divisions and Prizes
    Grand Prix–Washington, D.C. 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 Teams regardless of their standing in the Grand Prix. All prizes are in U.S. Dollars.
    Main Tournament Prize Schedule
    Total: $20,000
    Amateur Division Prize Schedule
    Total: $5,000
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  • 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.
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  • 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 Amsterdam 2004 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 February 18, 2004.
    • Winners of Grand Prix–Washington, D.C. Trial Tournaments
    First-Round Byes
    • Teams with 20 or more professional points in the Amsterdam 2004 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 February 18, 2004.


Friday, April 16, 2004
5:00 P.M. (Registration starts at 3:00 P.M.)
Cost: T.B.A.
Format: Team Limited
Location: Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Prizes: Top 2 Teams each receive a Second-Round bye at the Grand Prix, Product Prizes

Other Grand Prix–Washington, D.C. 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–Washington, D.C.

Information on Artists at Grand Prix–Washington, D.C. can be found at

Side events at Grand Prix–Washington, D.C. include a Pro Tour–Seattle Qualifier and a Junior Super Series Challenge.

A complete Grand Prix–Washington, D.C. side event schedule can be found at

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