2017 GP and RPTQ Promos

Posted in Competitive Gaming on October 27, 2016

By Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg is a writer and gamer and has been part of the Magic text coverage team since 2011. He joined Wizards as organized play’s content specialist in June 2014.

I hope everyone's been enjoying these sweet, sweet Commander (2016 Edition) card previews. Today I'm bringing you a preview of a different kind, in that it's not related to Commander at all. Instead, I'm revealing the new Regional Pro Tour Qualifier and Grand Prix promos for 2017!

But first...

Last Round's Regional Pro Tour Qualifier Attendance

Looking back to the last round of Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers, we received requests surrounding the attendance numbers of the August events. Yesterday, we posted the attendance at each of the tournaments that qualified Top 4 finishers for Pro Tour Kaladesh over on the Magic Organized Play Tumblr. You can check them out over there.

The next round of Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers will qualify Top 4 finishers for Pro Tour Aether Revolt in Dublin, Ireland, February 3–5, 2017. Participants in these RPTQs get the Snapcaster Mage promo card while supplies last (this will be the last RPTQ round that awards the Snapcaster Mage promo). More information on that round can be found on the event information page.

2017's Regional Pro Tour Qualifier Promo

Okay, with that out of the way, I now bring to you 2017's Regional Pro Tour Qualifier promo.

Starting with the Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers for Pro Tour Amonkhet, all players who compete in an RPTQ will receive an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn promo card (while supplies last). Perhaps the most famous of the Eldrazi titan's iterations, Emrakul, the Aeons Torn regularly sees play in Modern and Eternal formats as the best possible card that you can sneak into play, show to your opponents, and use to wreak vengeance on opposing boards. She's also a popular inclusion alongside Nahiri, the Harbinger in Modern Jeskai decks.

Looking to pick up a copy of the old-school Emrakul? You can qualify for the first RPTQ where she'll be the promo by playing in a Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier for Pro Tour Amonkhet, starting you on your path to the Pro Tour. Events have already begun and run all the way until January 8, 2017, so find a local store near you that's hosting one and maybe we'll see you on the Pro Tour in April!

2017's Grand Prix Promo

While we're showing off upcoming promo cards, I've also got next year's Grand Prix main event participation promo to bring you. In keeping with the giant monstrosity theme, 2017's Grand Prix promo is Progenitus!

You can get a copy of Progenitus by competing in the main event of any Grand Prix from December 2016 until the end of November 2017 (while supplies last, of course). That means your first chance to pick up this new promo is by competing in the main event for either Grand Prix Denver or Grand Prix Madrid.

This Weekend's Grand Prix

We've got two Grand Prix taking place this weekend, both featuring Standard main events. Santiago and Warsaw will continue our dive into the post-Kaladesh Standard as we see if any new metagame shifts emerge. The big decks out of last weekend were undeniably white-blue decks along with black-green delirium strategies. Will that change this weekend?

While Neale Talbot brings us the latest updates as our writer-reporter in Santiago, our coverage team will be in full force from Warsaw to bring you live video coverage every round, starting with a recording of Round 1's feature match. The full details can be found below.

  • Live Video from: Grand Prix Warsaw (twitch.tv/magic)
  • Start Times: Saturday, October 29 (1 a.m. PT/8 a.m. UTC) and Sunday, October 30 (1 a.m. PT/7 a.m. UTC)
  • Video Producer: Rich Hagon
  • Video Director: Rashad Miller
  • Camera and Graphics: Neil Rigby and Steven Leeming
  • Play-by-Play Commentators: Riley Knight and Tim Willoughby
  • Color Commentators: Matej Zatlkaj and Simon Görtzen
  • Writer-Reporters: Tobi Henke and Olle Råde (Warsaw), Neale Talbot (Santiago)

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