Grand Prix are the biggest open Magic events run around the world. These exciting three-day festivals of all that is Magic feature a two-day main event with thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Plus, you’ll find artist signings and more side events than you could possibly play in your most fevered Magic-induced dreams.
Each Grand Prix’s main event features one of a number of formats, including:
Side events, which take place all weekend concurrent with the main event, are run with any of these formats, plus a plethora of serious, casual, and even some wholly unique formats.
Prizes for the main event of a Grand Prix scale with the size of the event. Each individual Grand Prix awards a prize purse of at least $50,000. A team Grand Prix will hand out at least $60,000. Players are also awarded Pro Points for top finishes. The Top 8, along with everyone who earns at least 39 match points in the Swiss rounds, automatically earn invitations and airfare to an upcoming Pro Tour.
Every player will receive a promo card just for participating in the main event (while supplies last). In addition, Grand Prix main events award a multiplier of 8x for all Planeswalker Points earned, and side events carry a multiplier of 3x.
Additional prizes and promotions may vary.
Below is the current year's Grand Prix main event promo card, along with the base payout used for Grand Prix main events.
Worldwide Prize Structure
Every Grand Prix is open to any and all participants, but there are some important rules to keep in mind.
- Day One is run at Competitive REL (Rules Enforcement Level); Day Two is run at Professional REL
- There are nine rounds on Day One and six rounds on Day Two for individual-format Grand Prix; nine rounds on Day One and five rounds on Day Two for team-format Grand Prix
- In Individual Grand prix: All players with 18 or more match points or all players tied for 64th place—whichever is greater—qualify to play on Day Two
- In Team Grand Prix: All teams with 18 or more match points or all teams tied for 40th place—whichever is greater—qualify to play on Day Two
- Swiss rounds are 50 minutes long and best two out of three matches
- The Top 8 players at the end of 15 rounds advance to the playoffs for individual-format Grand Prix; the Top 4 teams at the end of 14 rounds advance to the playoffs for team-format Grand Prix
- Playoff matches are best two out of three, single elimination, and untimed
Players can also earn up to three byes for a Grand Prix either by winning a Grand Prix Trial, having enough Planeswalker Points Seasonal Award Points, having a specific Pro Tour Players Club level, or being a member of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.
Complete information about Grand Prix Byes can be found in the Magic: The Gathering Premier Event Invitation Policy.
Grand Prix Byes Award Criteria
A player may be awarded byes for an individual-format Grand Prix based on one or more of the following criteria:
- Winning a Grand Prix Trial.
- Having a sufficiently high number of Planeswalker Points Seasonal Award Points.
- Having a specific Pro Tour Players Club level (Silver, Gold, or Platinum).
- Being a member of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.
Grand Prix Bye Restrictions
Players can be awarded one-, two-, or three-round byes for individual-format Grand Prix. Byes are not cumulative within a given Grand Prix or from one Grand Prix to another. Byes may not be passed down to other players for any reason and are not transferable. Byes may not be deferred from one Grand Prix to another and must be earned each time. Players that accumulate multiple byes to a Grand Prix are awarded only the bye for the greatest number of rounds.
If a player is awarded a bye, he or she is considered to have earned 3 points in the Grand Prix for each of those rounds. Byes are not counted toward a player’s opponent’s match win percentage. Players with byes will usually have an advantage in tiebreakers over players that do not have byes.
Byes at Individual-format Grand Prix
For each Individual-format Grand Prix, byes are awarded as listed below. All listed criteria are as of the date of the specific Grand Prix:
- Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum.
- Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.
- Winners of Grand Prix Trial tournaments designated to award byes to that Grand Prix.
- Players who have accumulated at least 2,250 Planeswalker Points in the current Planeswalker Points Yearly Award Season.
- Players who have accumulated at least 2,250 Planeswalker Points in the previous Planeswalker Points Yearly Award Season.
- Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver.
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,300 Planeswalker Points in the current Planeswalker Points Yearly Award Season.
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,300 Planeswalker Points in the previous Planeswalker Points Yearly Award Season.
Note: Teams are not awarded byes in team-format Grand Prix.
SUPER SUNDAY SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Super Sunday Series events, which take place on the Sunday of every Grand Prix weekend, offer players a chance to win a trip to Seattle, Washington to compete in the Super Sunday Series Championship. Players in this tournament not only compete against other Super Sunday Series winners for their share of a $20,000 prize pool, but they will also have the chance to dine with Magic R&D members, draft with fellow competitors and Wizards employees, and more!
READY TO PLAY?
With more than 40 Grand Prix held around the world, chances are good that you'll find one nearby. Check the Grand Prix schedule for the tournaments closest to you!
|BLOCK 1 for 2016 (Qualifies for Pro Tour Shadows Over Innistrad)|
|Oakland||USA||Oakland Convention Center||January 8-10, 2016||Standard||ChannelFireball|
|Vancouver||Canada||Vancouver Congress Centre||January 29-31, 2016||Limited||GameKeeper|
|Nagoya||Japan||Port Messe||January 29-31, 2016||Limited||BIG MAGIC|
|Mexico City||Mexico||Expo Reforma||January 29-31, 2016||Limited||Necrotower|
|Houston||USA||George R Brown Convention Center||February 26-28, 2016||Standard||ChannelFireball|
|Detroit||USA||Cobo Hall||March 4-6 2016||Modern||Professional Event Services|
|Bologna||Italy||Bologna Fiere||March 4-6 2016||Modern||Legacy Distribution|
|Melbourne||Australia||Melbourne Olympic Park||March 4-6 2016||Modern||ChainLinks|
|Washington, D.C.||USA||Walter Washington Convention Center||March 11-13, 2016||Team Limited||StarCityGames|
|Paris||France||Paris Le Bourget||March 18-20, 2016||Standard||ChannelFireball|
|BLOCK 2 for 2016 (Qualifies for Pro Tour Eldritch Moon)|
|Albuquerque||USA||Albuquerque Convention Center||April 15-17, 2016||Limited||Cascade Games|
|Barcelona||Spain||Fira Barcelona||April 15-17, 2016||Limited||TournamentCenter.EU|
|Beijing||China||Yi Fang Yuan Sports Center||April 15-17, 2016||Limited||Panda Events|
|Toronto||Canada||Enercare Centre||April 29-May 1, 2016||Standard||Face-to-Face Games|
|New York||USA||Meadowlands Exposition Center||May 6-8, 2016||Standard||ChannelFireball|
|Tokyo||Japan||Big Sight||May 6-8, 2016||Standard||Hobby Station|
|Los Angeles||USA||Los Angeles Convention Center||May 20-22, 2016||Modern||ChannelFireball|
|Charlotte||USA||Greater Charlotte Convention Center||May 20-22, 2016||Modern||StarCityGames|
|Minneapolis||USA||Minneapolis Convention Center||May 27-29, 2016||Standard||Pastimes|
|Manchester||England||Manchester Event City||May 27-29, 2016||Standard||Mind Sports International|
|San Jose||Costa Rica||Barcelo San Jose Palacio||June 3-5, 2016||Standard||Playcon|
|BLOCK 3 for 2016 (Qualifies for Pro Tour Honolulu 2016)|
|Columbus||USA||Greater Columbus Convention Center||June 10-12, 2016||Legacy||Professional Event Services|
|Prague||Czech Republic||Výstaviště PVA Expo Praha||June 10-12, 2016||Legacy||TournamentCenter.EU|
|Pittsburgh||USA||David D. Lawrence Convention Center||June 24-26, 2016||Standard||TJ Collectibles|
|Taipei||Chinese Taipei||Expo Dome, Taipei Expo Foundation No. 1||June 24-26, 2016||Standard||ChainLinks|
|Sao Paulo||Brazil||Pro Magno||July 1-3, 2016||Team Limited||Jambô Loja|
|Montreal||Canada||Palais des congrès de Montréal||July 29-31, 2016||Limited||GameKeeper|
|Stockholm||Sweden||Stockholmsmässan||July 29-31, 2016||Limited||TournamentCenter.EU|
|Sydney||Australia||Sydney Olympic Park||July 29-31, 2016||Limited||ChainLinks|
|Portland||USA||Oregon Convention Center||August 12-14, 2016||Standard||Cascade Games|
|Rimini||Italy||Palacongressi||August 12-14, 2016||Standard||Legacy Distribution|
|Lille||France||Lille Grand Palais||August 26-28, 2016||Modern||Mind Sports International|
|Indianapolis||USA||Indiana Convention Center||August 26-28, 2016||Modern||Pastimes|
|Guangzhou||China||Guangzhou PWTC Expo||August 26-28, 2016||Modern||Panda Events|
|BLOCK 4 for 2016 (Qualifies for the First Pro Tour 2017)|
|Louisville||USA||Kentucky Exposition Center||September 9-11, 2016||Team Limited||TJ Collectibles|
|Kyoto||Japan||Pulse Plaza||September 9-11, 2016||Team Limited||Hobby Station|
|Atlanta||USA||Georgia World Convention Center||October 7-9, 2016||Limited||StarCityGames|
|London||England||ExCel London||October 7-9, 2016||Limited||ChannelFireball|
|Kuala Lumpur||Malaysia||Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre||October 21-23, 2016||Standard||ChainLinks|
|Providence||USA||Rhode Island Convention Center||October 21-23, 2016||Standard||TJ Collectibles|
|Warsaw||Poland||Expo XXI||October 28-30, 2016||Standard||ChannelFireball|
|Santiago||Chile||Gran Palace||October 28-30, 2016||Standard||La Forja de Stone|
|Dallas||USA||Fort Worth Convention Center||November 4-6, 2016||Modern||Professional Event Services|
|Rotterdam||Netherlands||Ahoy Rotterdam||November 11-13, 2016||Team Limited||TournamentCenter.EU|
|Chiba||Japan||Makuhari Messe||November 25-27, 2016||Legacy||Hareruya Inc.|
|BLOCK 1 for 2017 (Qualifies for the Second Pro Tour of 2017)|
|Denver||USA||Crowne Plaza International Airport Hotel & Convention Center||December 2-4, 2016||Standard||Cascade Games|
|Madrid||Spain||Pabellón Multiusos I. Recinto Ferial Casa de Campo||December 2-4, 2016||Standard||Mind Sports International|
|Milwaukee||USA||Wisconsin Center||December 9-11, 2016||Limited||Pastimes|