Grand Prix

Grand Prix - Richmond

Posted in Feature on November 16, 2005

By Wizards of the Coast

The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is an international circuit of large-scale Qualifier tournaments featuring cash prizes and multiple invitations to Pro Tour events.

Grand Prix—Richmond is presented by Star City Events

Tournament Format And Schedule

The format for Grand Prix–Richmond is Ravnica Block Limited, with day 2 Booster Draft. All DCI Limited-format rules, Magic Floor Rules, and all subsequent updates will be enforced.

Friday, February 3: Registration from 6:00 P.M. -9:00 P.M.
Saturday, February 4: Registration from 7:30 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.
Tournament begins at 10:00 A.M. If less than 800 players participate in the event, the Top 64 players advance to competition on Sunday If 800 or more players participate, the top 128 advance to Sunday.
Sunday, February 5: The Top 64 (or 128) players begin play at 9:00 A.M.

Tournament Location

Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 North Third Street
Richmond, VA 23219


Holiday Inn I-64 West End/Crossroads
2000 Staples Mill Road
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 359-6061

Mention Grand Prix Richmond for a special rate of just $72.00 (plus tax)! This includes a complimentary shuttle to and from the venue! You must book your rooms by 1/20/06 to lock in this special rate.



For advance registration, visit after December 1st


The main tournament at Grand Prix–Richmond is open to Magic players of all ages.

  • Tournament Structure
    The structure for Grand Prix–Richmond will be modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds). If the event has 799 participants or less, the Top 64 players advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. If the event has 800 or more participants, the top 128 will advance to day 2. The top 16 players will receive invitations to Pro Tour-Prague.
  • Judges
    The Head Judge for Grand Prix–Richmond will be Level 5 judge Sheldon Menery.
    If you wish to volunteer as a judge at Grand Prix–Richmond, please contact Matt Villamaino at
  • Tournament Divisions and Prizes
    Grand Prix–Richmond will feature the standard “main-tournament” prize schedule as well as a special “Amateur" prize schedule. The Amateur prizes will be paid to the highest-finishing amateur players regardless of their standing in the Grand Prix. All prizes are in U.S. Dollars.

    Main Tournament Prize Schedule
    Total: $17,500
    Amateur Division Prize Schedule
    Total: $7,500
  • Amateur Status
    A player is considered to have amateur status if he or she has 0 lifetime pro points. If a player has ever been awarded ANY pro points from a Grand Prix, Pro Tour, or World Championship event, that player no longer has amateur status, may not participate in the Amateur Championship or Junior Super Series tournaments, and is not eligible for amateur awards at Grand Prix or other tournaments.
  • Tournament Byes (Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year)
    Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria:
    Third-Round Byes
    • Players with a Players Club level of 3 or higher
    • DCI players with a Limited rating of 2025 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are base on DCI Limited ratings published on November 23rd , 2005.
    Second-Round Byes
    • Players with a Players Club level of 2
    • DCI players with a Limited rating of 1950 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are base on DCI Limited ratings published on November 23rd , 2005.
    First-Round Byes
    • Players with a Players Club level of 1
    • DCI players with a Limited rating of 1850 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are base on DCI Limited ratings published on November 23rd , 2005.

Grand Prix Trial

Friday, February 3rd, 2006
6:00 P.M. (Registration starts at 5:00 P.M.)
Cost: $25.00
Format: Ravnica Block Sealed Deck
Location: Greater Richmond Convention Center
Prizes: Top 4 players each receive a Third-Round bye at the Grand Prix, Product Prizes

Other Grand Prix–Richmond Trials will be run throughout North America in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers at least 1 Third-Round bye to Grand Prix–Richmond.

Artists Information

To Be Announced. Check for the latest info.

Side Events

Side events at Grand Prix–Richmond include a Pro Tour–Prague Qualifier and a Junior Super Series Challenge.

A complete Grand Prix–Richmond side event schedule can be found at

Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering, Magic, Ravnica, DCI, and Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. 2003-2004 Wizards.

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