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.
Byes earned through Planeswalker Points are calculated using the Planeswalker Point totals from all reported events as of the Tuesday immediately before the Grand Prix. Points earned in tournaments held at the Grand Prix event site do not count toward earned byes at that Grand Prix.
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.
READY TO PLAY?
With more than 50 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 2017 (Qualifies for Pro Tour Amonkhet)|
|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.eu|
|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|
|BLOCK 2 for 2017 (Qualifies for Pro Tour Hour of Devastation)|
|New Jersey||USA||Meadowlands Exposition Center||March 10–12, 2017||Standard||ChannelFireball|
|Barcelona||Spain||Fira Barcelona||March 10–12, 2017||Standard||tournamentcenter.eu|
|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 Unified 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|
|BLOCK 3 for 2017 (Qualifies for Pro Tour Albuquerque)|
|Omaha||USA||CenturyLink Center Omaha||June 2–4, 2017||Standard||Cascade Games|
|Amsterdam||The Netherlands||RAI||June 2–4, 2017||Standard||tournamentcenter.eu|
|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|
|BLOCK 4 for 2017 (Qualifies for 2018 Pro Tour #1)|
|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.eu|
|Shanghai||China||Shanghai Mart||November 10–12, 2017||Standard||Panda Events|
|Portland||USA||Oregon Convention Center||November 17–19, 2017||Standard||Cascade Games|
|BLOCK 1 for 2018 (Qualifies for 2018 Pro Tour #2)|
|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 Unified Modern||tournamentcenter.eu|
|New Jersey||USA||Meadowlands Exposition Center||December 15–17, 2017||Limited||ChannelFireball|
|Singapore||Singapore||Singapore EXPO||December 15–17, 2017||Limited||Chain Links|