MLG Seattle marked the end of the first leg of Major League Gaming’s 2005 season tour, and we had a blast bringing our tournament tour to nine different cities around the U.S. and watching the world’s most talented Halo 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Tekken 5 players battle it out for cash prizes and the honor of being counted among some of pro-gaming’s elite. While we saw some amazing competition along the way, all of our events up to date were merely qualifying competitions for the heavy hitting invite-only Conference and National Championships, where the vast majority of our massive “$250,000 in 2005″ prize purse will be awarded to the world’s best gamers. Get ready for the most intense tournament action of the season, because with the stakes this high, you’d better believe the best of the best will be bringing their A-games to stake their claim on the prizes and the MLG season title!

Conference Championships Schedule

MLG Los Angeles (Western Conference) — October 14-16

MLG Atlanta (Eastern Conference) — November 25-27

Chicago (Central Conference) — December 16-18

Haven’t qualified for a Conference Championship yet? It’s not too late!!!

A “Last Chance Qualifier” will be held prior to the start of each Conference Championship. This is your last chance to receive an invitation to that specific Conference Championship (Top 4 will earn an invitation). No players invited to the Conference Championship will be allowed to play in the Last Chance Qualifier, so you will only be playing against other teams that haven’t yet qualified, which ensures that the invites won’t be hogged by all of the previously established players. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO CASH PRIZES FOR THE “LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER” TOURNAMENT. It is simply one last opportunity to earn an invite to the Conference Championship being held in that city, where major cash prizes will be awarded. The Conference Championship will begin immediately following the end of the “Last Chance Qualifier” Saturday afternoon/evening. Read on through this article for more details on the LCQ.

UP FIRST – MLG LA!!!

The venue/hotel is located in Costa Mesa, which is roughly 30-40 minutes south of downtown LA (just outside LA County) and is extremely close to the John Wayne-Orange County Airport. Players from all over SoCal hoping to come out to the Western Conference Last Chance Qualifier and/or the Conference Championship can rejoice, because Costa Mesa is a good central location for anyone in the area. This is especially nice for the people in the San Diego area who were brought to tears when MLG San Diego was cancelled earlier in the season.

If you have not already bought your plane ticket, BE SURE TO FLY INTO JOHN WAYNE-ORANGE COUNTY AIRPORT. It is a major airport and is not typically any more expensive to fly into than LAX, and your trip to the venue will be very cheap (or free!). If you fly into LAX, your transportation from the airport to the venue could be very costly as it’s a good distance away.

The Event/Hotel Information:

Hilton Costa Mesa

3050 Bristol Street Costa Mesa, California 92626

Tel: (714) 540-7000 Fax: (714) 540-9176

Hotel room booking opens Wednesday, September 21st. Be sure to tell them that you are with Major League Gaming to receive the discounted group rate of $119 per night.


HOTEL BOOKING DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 29!!!

Transportation Cost Estimates from Airports:

From John Wayne-Orange County Airport

Courtesy Bus runs every 30 minutes – FREE

Taxi – $15

From Los Angeles Intl. Airport (LAX)

Super Shuttle: $32.50

Taxi: $80

Again, if at all possible, avoid flying into LAX as it is much further from the venue than John Wayne Airport. If you have already booked your ticket for LAX, try to coordinate with other players to split the taxi fee from the airport. If you can get four people in the same cab, the ride will only be about $20 per person, which is even cheaper than the Super Shuttle.

Map to Venue

Halo 2 Schedule

Please pay careful attention to the schedule for our Conference Championships, as it is not the same as our Major events. Knowing this schedule will help you to make the most efficient travel plans possible, and will prevent you from accidentally missing parts of the event!

Friday – Two-player split screen

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Sign-in/Warm-up

7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Welcome

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Last Chance Qualifier FFA Round 1

8:30 PM – 9:00 PM Last Chance Qualifier FFA Round 2

9:00 PM – 9:30 PM Last Chance Qualifier FFA Round 3

9:30 PM – 10:00 PM Last Chance Qualifier FFA Round 4

10:00 PM – 10:30 PM Last Chance Qualifier FFA Round 5

10:30 PM – 11:00 PM Last Chance Qualifier FFA Round 6

Saturday – LCQ = 2-player Split Screen, CC = Teams may use 2-4 TVs if time allows

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Warm-up (All Stations Open for Free Play)

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Last Chance Qualifier Bracket

3:00 PM – 6:30 PM Conference Championship FFA 8-player Round Robin

6:30 PM – 11:00 PM Conference Championship 4v4 Bracket

Sunday – Teams have the option of using 2-4 TVs

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Warm-up (All Stations Open for Free Play)

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Conference Championship 4v4 Bracket

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Conference Championship FFA 1v1 Bracket

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Conference Championship 4v4 Finals

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Conference Championship FFA 1v1 Finals

SSBM Schedule

Please pay careful attention to the schedule for our Conference Championships, as it is not the same as our Major events. Knowing this schedule will help you to make the most efficient travel plans possible, and will prevent you from accidentally missing parts of the event!

Saturday

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Sign-in / Warm Up

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Last Chance Qualifier 2v2 Bracket

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Last Chance Qualifier Singles Bracket

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Dinner Break / Free Play

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Conference Championship 2v2 Bracket

Sunday

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Warm Up

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Conference Championship Singles Bracket

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Conference Championship 2v2 Finals

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Conference Championship Singles Finals

Tekken 5 Schedule

Please pay careful attention to the schedule for our Conference Championships, as it is not the same as our Major events. Knowing this schedule will help you to make the most efficient travel plans possible, and will prevent you from accidentally missing parts of the event!

The Tekken 5 Last Chance Qualifier and Conference Championship events will take place entirely on Saturday of a Conference Championship weekend.

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Sign-in/Warm-up

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Last Chance Qualifier Bracket

4:00 PM – 10:00 PM Conference Championship Bracket

Invites

1. The top 4 players/teams from each Last Chance Qualifier event, except for the LCQ Halo 2 FFA will be invited to the corresponding Conference Championship event.

2. Top 4-11 players (depending on invitee attendance) invited to Conference Championship FFA. If 9 are invited, the player taking 5th place in Round 5 with the highest score will be invited. If 10 are invited, both players taking 5th place in Round 5 will be invited. If 11 are invited, both players taking 5th and the player taking 6th in Round 5 with the highest score will be invited. Kills, Deaths, and Assists will be used to break any ties.

3. The exact # of players invited will be announced before the start of the Last Chance Qualifier FFA.

4. The top 8 players/teams from each Conference Championship event will be invited to the corresponding National Championship event.

5. The winner of the Halo 2 Conference Championship FFA will automatically be placed into the National Championship 1v1 Bracket.

Halo 2 4v4 & SSBM 2v2 Team Creation

1. Players are not required to play with the teammates they earned their invitation with.

2. Invited players can play with anyone (players with and/or players without an invitation).

3. If a team has at least one player with an invitation to the Conference Championship team event, they will be placed in the Conference Championship team bracket.

4. If a team does not have a player with an invitation to the Conference Championship team event, they will have to play in the Last Chance Qualifier.

5. The Top 4 teams after Last Chance Qualifier bracket play will earn invitations to the Conference Championship team event for that city.

Halo 2, SSBM, & Tekken 5 Registration

1. All players with an invitation have free entry for that specific event.

2. Invitations will be sent to all players that earned one and gave us their mailing information, one month prior to the Conference Championship event.

3. If you plan on using an invitation, you must RSVP to Anakin@mlgpro.com no later than the Wednesday before the event

4. All players without an invitation must pay the entry fee for the event(s) they wish to participate in.

5. Those earning invitations via a Last Chance Qualifier event will also earn free entry for the Conference Championship event they are invited to.

6. Entry fees will be as follows: (Halo 2 4v4 = $40, Halo 2 FFA = $10, SSBM 2v2 = $5, SSBM Singles = $20, Tekken 5 = $20).

7. No more than 64 Halo 2 teams will be allowed to register and participate in the Last Chance Qualifier 4v4 and absolutely no registrations will be taken at the door.

8. No more than 64 SSBM Singles players or 32 SSBM 2v2 teams will be allowed to register and participate in the Last Chance Qualifier events. Registration will be taken at the door, but online registration will guarantee your spot.

9. No more than 64 Tekken 5 players will be allowed to register and participate in the Last Chance Qualifier event. Registration will be taken at the door, but online registration will guarantee your spot.

10. Players with an invitation to a Conference Championship event may not participate in the corresponding Last Chance Qualifier event.

11. Participation in the individual, but not the team event is allowed. However, participating in the Halo 2 Last Chance Qualifier 4v4 and not the Halo 2 Last Chance Qualifier FFA will hurt your team’s ranking unless you are already invited to the Conference Championship FFA.

Conference Championship Guidelines for All Games

1. Conference Championship team rosters must be set before the start of the Last Chance Qualifier.

2. Conference Championship teams will be ranked for the bracket based on their cumulative, team, season rank points. Ties will be broken by the team’s cumulative, individual, season rank points.

3. No one failing to earn an invitation as part of a Last Chance Qualifier team will be allowed to participate in the corresponding Conference Championship team event.

4. No cash prizes or season rank points are awarded in the Last Chance Qualifiers. The object of the Last Chance Qualifiers is to earn an invitation to play for the big points and prizes in the Conference Championship.

Conference Championships Prize Money

Halo 2 4v4

1st $6000

2nd $3600

3rd $2400

4th $1800

5/6 $1200

5/6 $1200

7/8 $800

7/8 $800

Total Halo 2 4v4: $17,800

Halo 2 FFA

1st $1200

2nd $500

3rd $300

4th $200

Total Halo 2 FFA: $2200

Smash Singles

1st $2000

2nd $1000

3rd $600

4th $400

Total Smash Singles: $4000

Smash 2v2

1st $500

2nd $300

3rd $200

Total Smash 2v2: $1000

Tekken 5

1st $2000

2nd $1000

3rd $600

4th $400

Total Tekken 5: $4000

Do well enough at a Conference Championship event (or take first place in one of our Majors), and earn an invite to our 2005 MLG National Championships in New York City! The stakes don’t get any higher, and neither does the prize money. Check it out below!

National Championships

Halo 2 4v4

1st $20,000

2nd $12,000

3rd $8000

4th $5000

5/6 $2500

5/6 $2500

Total Halo 2 4v4: $50,000

Halo 2 FFA

1st $5000

2nd $3000

3rd $1200

4th $800

Total Halo 2 FFA: $10,000

Smash Singles

1st $5000

2nd $3000

3rd $2000

4th $1000

Total Smash Singles: $11,000

Smash 2v2

1st $1500

2nd $750

3rd $450

4th $300

Total Smash 2v2: $3,000

Tekken 5

1st $5000

2nd $3000

3rd $2000

4th $1000

Total Tekken 5: $11,000