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WORLD'S TOP-RANKED MAGIC PLAYERS BATTLE IT OUT IN BOSTON FOR OVER $200,000 IN CASH PRIZES AT FIRST STOP ON 2002 - 2003 $3 MILLION INTERNATIONAL MAGIC PRO TOUR
More Than 400 Magic Players, Formed Into Three-Person Teams, Compete for the 2002 Pro Tour-Boston Team Title and the $60,000 First-Place Prize
September 19, 2002 (Renton, Wash.) - More than 400 of the world's top professional Magic: The Gathering® trading card game players will gather at the Bayside Exposition Center in Boston to "deck" it out for more than $200,000 in cash prizes September 27-29. This invitation-only three-person team tournament is part of the $3 million international Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour(tm) circuit that will travel to Houston, Japan, Chicago, and Italy before culminating at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany in August 2003.
This event is the first stop on the 2002-2003 Pro Tour circuit for the world-renowned Magic® trading card game (TCG) that is played by over 7 million people in more than 52 countries worldwide. The team tournament will feature top three-person teams from over 30 countries around the world, including Japan, Brazil, Australia, Germany and the United States.
In the spirit of true competition - a last-chance qualifying round for Pro Tour-Boston will take place on Thursday, September 26 with registration beginning at 3:30 p.m. This last-chance event is for previously unqualified Magic players to qualify for spots in the main tournament on Friday.
In addition to enjoying the intense head-to-head competition of the Magic Pro Tour, spectators and amateur players are invited to participate in a wide variety of exciting side events, including a highly anticipated Onslaught(tm) Prerelease Tournament, a Pro-Tour Houston Qualifier, a Junior Super Series Challenge for younger Magic players, game demos and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and have their cards signed by well-known Magic artists Christopher Moeller and Jerry Tirtilli.
Events are open to the public and will be held at the Bayside Exposition Center, located at 200 Mt. Vernon Street in Boston, during the following hours:
Thursday, September 26 3:30 p.m. (Registration for PT Boston "Last Chance" Qualifier)
Friday, September 27 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 28 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 29 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.*
*An awards ceremony will immediately follow the final round.
For more information, the public can call (800) 324-6496.
The Magic: The Gathering® trading card game was developed by award-winning game designer and mathematician Richard Garfield. In this intense game of strategy, players battle to reduce each other's score from 20 to 0 through a series of attack and defense moves. These illustrated cards depict fantastic monsters and imaginative worlds. The Magic game is played in social and competitive settings, including the prestigious $3 million Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour circuit and is supported by the DCI(tm) players' organization, the governing authority for all officially sanctioned Magic tournaments. Helping both amateur and professional Magic players track their rankings, the DCI players' organization currently sanctions 100,000 Magic tournaments around the world each year.
Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), is the worldwide market share leader in the trading card game and tabletop role-playing game categories. A leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products, the company holds an exclusive patent on the method of playing trading card games (TCGs) and produces the world's best-selling Pokémon® and Magic: The Gathering® TCGs. Publisher of adventure games, family card and board games and electronic media products, Wizards of the Coast is also one of the world's premier book publishers of fantasy series fiction whose novels have made numerous appearances on The New York Times best-seller list and have sold millions of copies worldwide. For more information, visit the Wizards of the Coast® website at wizards.com
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