Pro Tour Eldritch Moon Organized Play Announcement

Posted in News on August 2, 2016

By Helene Bergeot

Hélène Bergeot started her career with Wizards of the Coast in France in December, 1995; afterwards, she spent a few years in the European headquarters based in Belgium and eventually relocated to the Renton office. She is currently the director of organized play and trade marketing.

The following article is part of the Pro Tour Eldritch Moon Organized Play Announcement, which is comprised of three parts.

2017 Grand Prix Schedule

Editor’s Note: Some updates were made to the 2017 Grand Prix schedule pertaining to Grand Prix Hong Kong, Metz, Las Vegas, and Cleveland. The information displayed here is current, but for official reference for all things related to this program, please refer to the Grand Prix page.

Our team has been hard at work on the 2017 Grand Prix schedule, and we're excited to announce what you will have to look forward to next year! You can find the whole schedule below.

City Country Venue Date Format TO
Louisville USA Kentucky Expo Center January 6–8, 2017 Legacy StarCityGames
San Jose USA San Jose Convention Center January 27–29, 2017 Limited ChannelFireball
Prague Czech Republic PVA Expo January 27–29, 2017 Limited TournamentCenter
Pittsburgh USA David Lawrence Convention Center February 10–12, 2017 Standard Pastimes
Vancouver Canada Vancouver Convention Centre February 17–19, 2017 Modern GameKeeper
Brisbane Australia Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre February 17–19, 2017 Modern Chain Links
Utrecht The Netherlands Jaarbeurs February 24–26, 2017 Standard Cascade Games
New Jersey USA Meadowlands Exposition Center March 10–12, 2017 Standard ChannelFireball
Barcelona Spain Fira Barcelona March 10–12, 2017 Standard TournamentCenter
Shizuoka Japan Twin Messe March 17–19, 2017 Standard Big Magic
Porto Alegre Brazil Centro de Eventos Fiergs March 17–19, 2017 Standard Nerdz
Orlando USA Orange County Convention Center March 24–26, 2017 Limited StarCityGames
San Antonio USA Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center March 31–April 2, 2017 Team Modern Cascade Games
México City Mexico Hilton Mexico City Reforma April 7–9, 2017 Team Limited ChannelFireball
Richmond USA Greater Richmond Convention Center May 5–7, 2017 Limited StarCityGames
Bologna Italy Bologna Fiere May 5–7, 2017 Limited Legacy
Beijing China University of Science and Technology Beijing Gymnasium May 5–7, 2017 Limited Panda Events
Montréal Canada Montréal Place Bonaventure May 19–21, 2017 Standard GameKeeper
Santiago Chile Hotel Gran Palace May 19–21, 2017 Standard La Forja de Stone
Copenhagen Denmark Bella Center May 26–28, 2017 Modern ChannelFireball
Kōbe Japan Kōbe International Exhibition Center May 26–28, 2017 Modern Hobby Station
Omaha USA CenturyLink Center Omaha June 2–4, 2017 Standard Cascade Games
Amsterdam The Netherlands RAI June 2–4, 2017 Standard TournamentCenter
Manila Philippines SMX Convention Center June 2–4, 2017 Standard Chain Links
Las Vegas USA Las Vegas Convention Center June 15–16, 2017 Legacy ChannelFireball
Las Vegas USA Las Vegas Convention Center June 16–17, 2017 Limited ChannelFireball
Las Vegas USA Las Vegas Convention Center June 17–18, 2017 Modern ChannelFireball
Cleveland USA Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland June 23–25, 2017 Team Limited Pastimes
Sydney Australia International Convention Centre Sydney June 23–25, 2017 Team Limited Chain Links
Toronto Canada Enercare Centre July 21–23, 2017 Limited Face to Face Games
Kyōto Japan Pulse Plaza July 21–23, 2017 Limited Big Magic
Minneapolis USA Minneapolis Convention Center August 4–6, 2017 Standard Pastimes
Birmingham England NEC August 11–13, 2017 Modern ChannelFireball
São Paulo Brazil Pro Magno August 11–13, 2017 Modern Bazar de Bagdá
Denver USA Colorado Convention Center August 18–20, 2017 Standard Cascade Games
Indianapolis USA Indiana Convention Center August 25–27, 2017 Limited Pastimes
Metz France Metz-Expo  August 25–27, 2017 Limited ChannelFireball
Washington, D.C. USA Dulles Expo Center September 1–3, 2017 Standard StarCityGames
Turin Italy Lingotto Fiere September 1–3, 2017 Standard Legacy
Providence USA Rhode Island Convention Center September 29–October 1, 2017 Team Limited Pastimes
Shizuoka Japan Twin Messe September 29–October 1, 2017 Team Limited Hareruya
Phoenix USA Phoenix Convention Center October 27–29, 2017 Limited ChannelFireball
Liverpool England Exhibition Centre Liverpool October 27–29, 2017 Limited Cascade Games
Hong Kong Hong Kong Kowloon International Trade And Exhibition Centre October 27–29, 2017 Limited Chain Links
Atlanta USA Georgia World Congress Center November 10–12, 2017 Standard StarCityGames
Warsaw Poland Expo XXI November 10–12, 2017 Standard TournamentCenter
Shanghai China Shanghai Mart November 10–12, 2017 Standard Panda Events
Portland USA Oregon Convention Center November 17–19, 2017 Standard Cascade Games
Lyon France Lyon EurExpo November 24–26, 2017 Team Limited ChannelFireball
Oklahoma City USA Cox Convention Center December 8–10, 2017 Modern Cascade Games
Madrid Spain Pabillon de Cristal December 8–10, 2017 Team Modern TournamentCenter
New Jersey USA Meadowlands Exposition Center December 15–17, 2017 Limited ChannelFireball
Singapore Singapore Singapore EXPO December 15–17, 2017 Limited Chain Links

2017's Grand Prix schedule features:

  • An increased number of events compared to last year, with 53 Grand Prix events in total
  • More Limited events spread out through each season, a popular piece of feedback we received in 2016
  • More team event weekends, as this was also something the community has been asking for that we wanted to assure was part of the schedule

The spread of events by format is as follows:

  • 20 Standard events
  • 15 Limited events
  • 8 Modern events
  • 6 Team Limited events
  • 2 Team Unified Modern events
  • 2 Legacy events

You also may have noticed a couple of interesting weekends in that schedule. Here's a quick overview.

San Antonio and Madrid

Grand Prix in San Antonio, Texas, and Madrid, Spain, will feature a fresh addition to the Grand Prix schedule: Team Unified Modern. The feedback we have received is a general love for team events, and there was a strong interest in bringing Team Constructed Grand Prix to the public. Team Unified Modern is the format we're using to explore the possibility of more team events in the future, as it is the format for the World Magic Cup and we expect there to be interest in exploring the same format that tournament's competitors play.

North America's Team Constructed Grand Prix will take place earlier in 2017, while Europe's Team Constructed Grand Prix is situated one week after the 2017 World Magic Cup. Madrid's event combines with the Team Limited Grand Prix in Lyon, France, the weekend before the World Magic Cup for competing teams that want to make the most of their trip to Nice, France, for the big event next year.

Las Vegas

The other major outlier in the schedule is Las Vegas, which features three Grand Prix all taking place in the same span of time at the same location.

Grand Prix Las Vegas in 2017 will comprise three Grand Prix main events featuring Legacy, Modern, and Limited on June 15–18, 2017. The main events start on Thursday and carry through the entire weekend as follows:

  • The Legacy main event takes place June 15–16
  • The Limited main event takes place June 16–17
  • The Modern main event takes place June 17–18

With three main events in a single four-day span, players who travel to Grand Prix Las Vegas will have the opportunity to play in multiple large-scale events in a single trip, making this one unforgettable Magic Grand Prix experience.

Preliminary and Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers in 2017

The 2017 rounds, dates, and formats for the Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifiers (PPTQs) and Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers (RPTQs) have also been finalized. Below you'll find the date ranges and formats for each round separated by Pro Tours.

For Pro Tour Nashville (May 12–14, 2017)

  • PPTQ Round (Standard/Sealed): October 15, 2016–January 8, 2017
  • RPTQ Weekends (Standard): February 25–26 and March 4–5, 2017
  • Magic Online RPTQs: March 4 and March 11, 2017

For Pro Tour Kyōto (July 28–30, 2017)

  • PPTQ Round (Standard/Sealed): January 21–April 16, 2017
  • RPTQ Weekends (Sealed with Top 8 Booster Draft): June 3–4 and June 10–11, 2017
  • Magic Online RPTQs: June 10 and June 17, 2017

For Pro Tour Albuquerque (November 3–5, 2017)

  • PPTQ Round (Standard/Sealed): April 29–July 2, 2017
  • RPTQ Weekends (Standard): August 12–13 and August 19–20, 2017
  • Magic Online RPTQs: August 19 and August 26, 2017

For the first Pro Tour of 2018 (TBD)

  • PPTQ Round (Modern/Sealed): July 15–October 8, 2017
  • RPTQ Weekends (Modern): November 11–12 and November 18–19, 2017
  • Magic Online RPTQs: November 18 and November 25, 2017

For the second Pro Tour of 2018 (TBD)

  • PPTQ Round (Standard/Sealed): October 21, 2017–January 7, 2018
  • RPTQ Weekends: TBD
  • Magic Online RPTQs: TBD

For more information on Preliminary and Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers, visit the PPTQ and RPTQ pages. For the latest info on your local store's PPTQs, talk to your store's manager for more details.

2017 World Magic Cup Qualifiers

The formats and dates for next year's World Magic Cup Qualifiers have been finalized. You can find that info below:

July 1–2, 2017 (Modern)

September 9–10, 2017 (Standard)

September 23–24, 2017 (Modern)

These events will qualify winners to participate on their country's team for the 2017 World Magic Cup in Nice, France, December 1–3, 2017. More info on next year's World Magic Cup will be available at a later date.

Other Events in 2017

And finally, here are the dates for other large events taking place in 2017.

Super Sunday Series Championship: January 7–8, 2017 (taking place at Wizards of the Coast Headquarters in Renton, Washington)

Magic Online Championship: March 3–5, 2017 (location TBD)

Eternal Weekend in North America: September 23–24, 2017 (taking place in Columbus, Ohio)

Eternal Weekend in Europe: March 31–April 2, 2017 (taking place in Paris, France)

As you can see, 2017 is packed with plenty of opportunities to experience Magic at every level across a variety of formats.

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