ChannelFireball Events (CFB Events) has been working hard on next year's Grand Prix schedule, and today we're excited to share with you a first look at what's to come in 2018. Let's take a peek at the first six months of Grand Prix, as well as the spread on which GPs are coming to your neighborhood in 2018 and some of the other exciting updates that will kick in with next year's events.
Let's dive in to the first half of 2018's Grand Prix!
|Santa Clara||USA||Santa Clara Convention Center||January 5–7, 2018||Team Trios Constructed|
|Indianapolis||USA||Indiana Convention Center||January 19–21, 2018||Team Limited|
|Houston||USA||George R. Brown Convention Center||January 26–28, 2018||Limited|
|London||England||ExCeL London||January 26–28, 2018||Limited|
|Toronto||Canada||Enercare Centre||February 9–11, 2018||Modern|
|Lyon||France||Eurexpo Lyon||February 16–18, 2018||Modern|
|Memphis||USA||Memphis Cook Convention Center||February 23–25, 2018||Standard|
|Santiago||Chile||CentroParque Event Center||March 9-11, 2018||Team Limited|
|Madrid||Spain||IFEMA - Feria de Madrid||March 9–11, 2018||Team Trios Constructed|
|Phoenix||USA||Phoenix Convention Center||March 16–18, 2018||Standard|
|Kyoto||Japan||Pulse Plaza||March 23–25, 2018||Team Trios Constructed|
|Amsterdam||Netherlands||Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre||March 30–April 1, 2018||Team Limited|
|Seattle||USA||Washington State Convention Center||April 5–8, 2018||Legacy|
|Seattle||USA||Washington State Convention Center||April 5–8, 2018||Standard|
|Hartford||USA||Connecticut Convention Center||April 13–15, 2018||Modern|
|Sydney||Australia||International Convention Centre Sydney||April 13–15, 2018||Team Unified Modern|
|Columbus||USA||Greater Columbus Convention Center||April 27–29, 2018||Team Limited|
|Bologna||Italy||BolognaFiere||April 27–29, 2018||Team Limited|
|Dallas||USA||Fort Worth Convention Center||May 4–6, 2018||Limited|
|Beijing||China||University of Science and Technology Beijing Gymnasium||May 4–6, 2018||Limited|
|Birmingham||England||National Exhibition Centre||May 10–13, 2018||Legacy|
|Birmingham||England||National Exhibition Centre||May 10–13, 2018||Standard|
|Toronto||Canada||Enercare Centre||May 18–20, 2018||Team Trios Constructed|
|Washington, D.C.||USA||Dulles Expo Center||May 25–27, 2018||Team Limited|
|Copenhagen||Denmark||Bella Center||June 8–10, 2018||Standard|
|Singapore||Singapore||Singapore EXPO||June 8–10, 2018||Standard|
|Las Vegas||USA||Las Vegas Convention Center||June 14-17, 2018||Modern|
|Las Vegas||USA||Las Vegas Convention Center||June 14-17, 2018||Limited|
|Pittsburgh||USA||David L. Lawrence Convention Center||June 22-24, 2018||Standard|
|Barcelona||Spain||Fira Barcelona||June 29–July 1, 2018||Modern|
The first six months of Grand Prix feature a heavy dose of team events, with some notable standouts.
Teams are a big part of the first half of 2018. Pro Tour 25th Anniversary will be seeded heavily by team-format Grand Prix running from January 8 through May 27. This means that any team-format Grand Prix during that time will qualify the Top 4 teams for Pro Tour 25th Anniversary, while the individual-format Grand Prix run during those windows will qualify for other Pro Tours. The exact Pro Tour that each individual-format Grand Prix feeds is being finalized, but note that every team-format event listed on this schedule qualifies the Top 4 for Pro Tour 25th Anniversary.
To help support our team focus in 2018, CFB Events has ensured that there is at least one team event in every region during this time, with a mixture of Team Limited, Team Constructed, and Team Unified Modern across these events.
Seattle, Birmingham, and Las Vegas
There are three standout cities on this schedule, and it's because they have two main events on the same weekend. Grand Prix weekend in Las Vegas proved to be a huge success, and a great test run for CFB Events to see what they could do with multiple main events in one weekend. The idea worked so well that they're bringing these weekends back in 2018, with five double Grand Prix stops throughout the year in key cities in North America, Europe, and Japan!
For the first half of 2018, the double Grand Prix will make a stop in Seattle, Birmingham, and Las Vegas. Seattle's Grand Prix main events will take place at the Washington State Convention Center April 5–8, 2018, featuring Legacy and Standard main events for players to enjoy. Birmingham's double GP weekend is May 10-13, 2018, hosted at teh National Exhibition Centre (The NEC) also featuring Legacy and Standard main events.
Finally, for the first half of 2018, Las Vegas will be a double-header with Modern and Limited main events, taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center June 14-17, 2018. It's going to be a weekend you won't want to miss!
There are still two more double-main-event Grand Prix weekends for 2018, one in North America and one in Japan, which will be announced later in the year.
The Rest of 2018
Revealing only the first half of next year's Grand Prix schedule is a change. However, to give you some perspective on what 2018 is ultimately going to look like, here is the proposed format spread.
- Standard (individual): 15
- Limited (individual): 13
- Modern (individual): 12
- Legacy (individual): 4
- Team Limited: 9
- Team Trios Constructed: 4
- Team Unified Modern: 3
Here is the breakdown of Grand Prix by country. If you don't see all of your country's GPs for 2018 in the schedule above, it means your Grand Prix is taking place in the second half of next year, so stay tuned for more in the coming months!
- USA: 28
- Canada: 3
- England: 4
- France: 2
- Spain: 2
- Italy: 2
- Sweden: 1
- Poland: 1
- Netherlands: 1
- Belgium: 1
- Czech Republic: 1
- Denmark: 1
- Japan: 5
- Australia: 2
- China: 1
- Singapore: 1
- Hong Kong: 1
- Mexico: 1
- Chile: 1
- Brazil: 1
There is an exciting year of top-level Magic ahead, including 60 Grand Prix, and we look forward to Magic players all over the world enjoying these opportunities in 2018.