I may be looking forward to the 2018 Grand Prix season more than any year before it, and not just because you can fight Dinosaurs with Pirates flying through the air like magical trapeze artists. Rather, I'm looking forward to changes being made to Grand Prix and other tournaments that will ensure these marquee events are more enjoyable than ever.
You can jump to any section below for the details:
- The Day Two cut is moving to to 6-2 after eight rounds, while also tweaking what rounds take place on what days, based on format.
- The remainder of the 2018 Grand Prix Schedule has been finalized, and we reveal the 2018 Grand Prix promo card—Mutavault!
- The formula for Pro Tour invites coming out of Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers has been tweaked to adjust for attendance.
- Finally, we have another RPTQ promo card to reveal—Noble Hierarch!
And if you plan to attend any Grand Prix next year, I suggest starting at the top of this article and reading through till the Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers section. If you don't plan to attend any Grand Prix next year, well, you're missing out—and this Mutavault promo prove it.
Changes to Swiss Rounds and the Day Two Cut
Starting with Grand Prix Santa Clara in January 2018, the number of rounds on Day One of a Grand Prix is changing, as is the cut to make Day Two.
One area of consistent feedback over the last few years has been where to make the Day Two cut. In the not-too-distant past, only players who finished Day One at 7-2 or better moved on to Day Two—essentially everyone who was live to make the Top 8. That was shifted to 6-3 as Grand Prix continued to grow in size so that players could still win out and win some prizes, or even a Pro Tour Qualification. Both cuts had their issues, but with no win-loss record between 7-2 and 6-3 (ties notwithstanding), there wasn't much wiggle room.
Working with CFB, we believe we've hit on a solution to help address the issue. Starting in 2018, all individual Constructed events will be eight rounds on Day One and seven rounds on Day Two, with the cut coming at 6-2 or better.
For Team Grand Prix, Day One will also be eight rounds with a cut at 6-2, with six rounds played on Day Two before the Top 4.
For individual Limited events, the Day Two drafts make things a touch tricky, but we're going to try a hybrid solution. Day One will continue to be nine rounds played with Sealed decks. However, there will be a cut after Round 8, and all players not at 6-2 or better will be eliminated. All remaining players will then play Round 9 with their Sealed deck, and all will be invited back for Day Two.
The result, we believe, will help make days shorter all while finding that happy medium between the 7-2 and 6-3 cuts of yesteryear.
The Full 2018 Grand Prix Schedule
The first half of the 2018 Grand Prix schedule was revealed in July. Today—right here and right now, in fact—we are revealing the rest of the schedule, as well as the Grand Prix participation promo card: Mutavault, with art by John Avon!
You can pick up your Mutavault copies starting with the first Grand Prix of 2018. We will be moving to a yearly schedule for Grand Prix promos, as seasons were a touch confusing for players. That means we will continue distributing the Progenitus Grand Prix promo through the end of December.
Below you can find the full Grand Prix schedule for 2018. Each event listed will use the new Day One cut system. Everything below Grand Prix Barcelona is new!
|January 5–7, 2018||Santa Clara||USA||Santa Clara Convention Center||Team Trios Constructed|
|January 19–21, 2018||Indianapolis||USA||Indiana Convention Center||Team Limited|
|January 26–28, 2018||Houston||USA||George R. Brown Convention Center||Limited|
|January 26–28, 2018||London||England||ExCeL London||Limited|
|February 9–11, 2018||Toronto||Canada||Enercare Centre||Modern|
|February 16–18, 2018||Lyon||France||Eurexpo Lyon||Modern|
|February 23–25, 2018||Memphis||USA||Memphis Cook Convention Center||Standard|
|March 9-11, 2018||Santiago||Chile||CentroParque Event Center||Team Limited|
|March 9–11, 2018||Madrid||Spain||IFEMA - Feria de Madrid||Team Trios Constructed|
|March 16–18, 2018||Phoenix||USA||Phoenix Convention Center||Standard|
|March 23–25, 2018||Kyoto||Japan||Pulse Plaza||Team Trios Constructed|
|March 30–April 1, 2018||Amsterdam||Netherlands||Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre||Team Limited|
|April 5–8, 2018||Seattle||USA||Washington State Convention Center||Legacy|
|April 5–8, 2018||Seattle||USA||Washington State Convention Center||Standard|
|April 13–15, 2018||Hartford||USA||Connecticut Convention Center||Modern|
|April 13–15, 2018||Sydney||Australia||International Convention Centre Sydney||Team Unified Modern|
|April 27–29, 2018||Columbus||USA||Greater Columbus Convention Center||Team Limited|
|April 27–29, 2018||Bologna||Italy||BolognaFiere||Team Limited|
|May 4–6, 2018||Dallas||USA||Fort Worth Convention Center||Limited|
|May 4–6, 2018||Beijing||China||University of Science and Technology Beijing Gymnasium||Limited|
|May 10–13, 2018||Birmingham||England||National Exhibition Centre||Legacy|
|May 10–13, 2018||Birmingham||England||National Exhibition Centre||Standard|
|May 18–20, 2018||Toronto||Canada||Enercare Centre||Team Trios Constructed|
|May 25–27, 2018||Washington, DC||USA||Dulles Expo Center||Team Limited|
|June 8–10, 2018||Copenhagen||Denmark||Bella Center||Standard|
|June 14-17, 2018||Las Vegas||USA||Las Vegas Convention Center||Modern|
|June 14-17, 2018||Las Vegas||USA||Las Vegas Convention Center||Limited|
|June 22-24, 2018||Singapore||Singapore||Singapore EXPO||Standard|
|June 22-24, 2018||Pittsburgh||USA||David L. Lawrence Convention Center||Standard|
|June 29–July 1, 2018||Barcelona||Spain||Fira Barcelona||Modern|
|July 6–8, 2018||Providence||USA||Rhode Island Convention Center||Modern|
|July 6–8, 2018||Sao Paulo||Brazil||Expo Center Norte||Modern|
|July 20–22, 2018||Sacramento||USA||Sacramento Convention Center||Limited|
|July 20–22, 2018||Chiba||Japan||Makuhari Messe||Limited|
|July 27–29, 2018||Minneapolis||USA||Minneapolis Convention Center||Limited|
|July 27–29, 2018||Turin||Italy||Lingotto Fiere||Limited|
|August 10–12, 2018||Orlando||USA||Orange County Convention Center||Standard|
|August 10–12, 2018||Brussels||Belgium||Brussels Expo||Standard|
|August 17–19, 2018||Los Angeles||USA||Los Angeles Convention Center||Standard|
|August 24–26, 2018||Prague||Czech Republic||PVA Expro Praha||Modern|
|August 30–September 2, 2018||Richmond||USA||Greater Richmond Convention Center||Legacy|
|August 30–September 2, 2019||Richmond||USA||Greater Richmond Convention Center||Standard|
|September 7–9, 2018||Detroit||USA||Cobo Center||Team Unified Modern|
|September 14–16, 2018||Stockholm||Sweden||Stockholm International Fairs||Modern|
|September 14–16, 2018||Hong Kong||Hong Kong||Kowloon Bay International Trade &
|October 5–7, 2018||Montreal||Canada||Place Bonaventure||Limited|
|October 5–7, 2018||Mexico City||Mexico||Hilton Mexico City Reforma||Limited|
|October 12–14, 2018||Denver||USA||Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center||Team Limited|
|October 12–14, 2018||Nagoya||Japan||Fukiage Hall||Team Limited|
|October 19–21, 2018||Melbourne||Australia||Olympic Park Stadium||Limited|
|October 26–28, 2018||New Jersey||USA||Meadowlands Exposition Center||Standard|
|October 26–28, 2018||Lille||France||Lille Grand Palais||Standard|
|November 2–4, 2018||Atlanta||USA||Cobb Galleria Centre||Modern|
|November 16–18, 2018||Milwaukee||USA||Wisconsin Center||Standard|
|November 23–25, 2018||Warsaw||Poland||Warsaw Expo XXI||Limited|
|November 29–December 2, 2018||Shizuoka||Japan||Twin Messe Shizuoka||Legacy|
|November 29–December 2, 2018||Shizuoka||Japan||Twin Messe Shizuoka||Standard|
|December 7–9, 2018||Portland||USA||Oregon Convention Center||Modern|
|December 7–9, 2018||Liverpool||England||ACC Liverpool||Team Unified Modern|
|December 28–30, 2018||Vancouver||Canada||Vancouver Convention Centre||Team Limited|
Sunday Pro Tour Qualifier Updates
Tweaks are also being made to the Sunday Pro Tour Qualifiers run at Grand Prix in 2018, mostly to provide a smoother experience for players transitioning from the main event to the PTQ.
All Sunday PTQs will use the format that was featured as the individual main event's format (more on team events in a moment). Yes, this includes Legacy Grand Prix, which will now feature Legacy PTQs on Sundays. Double-Grand Prix weekends will feature two PTQs, one for each format.
As a reminder, all Sunday PTQs will always qualify a person for the Pro Tour that the main event feeds. So the winner of the Grand Prix and the winner of the Sunday PTQ will be invited to the same Pro Tour.
This also means that there will be some differences in PTQ formats for Grand Prix with team main events. From January until May 2018, all team-format main events will feature Team Limited PTQs. After May, Grand Prix with team-format main events will feature individual Limited PTQs. This is due to the Pro Tours they feed—Pro Tour 25th Anniversary and the fall Pro Tour, respectively.
RPTQs Scaled Invites Changes
As Grand Prix grow, so do Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers, leading to a need to adjust their invite scales. Therefore, starting with the RPTQs that feed Pro Tour Dominaria (taking place in early 2018), Pro Tour invites will be given out based on the following attendance:
|Attendance at Regional Pro Tour Qualifier||Number of Invitations Awarded to Designated Pro Tour|
This also applies to invitations to the next round of RPTQs. So invitations to the next round of RPTQs will be given out based on the following attendance:
|Attendance at Regional Pro Tour Qualifier||Number of Invitations Awarded to Following Round's Regional Pro Tour Qualifier|
Last, but certainly not least, merely attending one of the RPTQs feeding Pro Tour Dominaria will get you one of these beauties—Noble Hierarch with new art by Matt Stewart!