New Round, New Opportunities

Posted in Competitive Gaming on February 25, 2015

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.

Last weekend featured the closing of the window for players to qualify for Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir, taking place in Brussels, Belgium, April 8–10. It also wrapped up the Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifiers that start players on their path to Pro Tour Magic Origins, which takes place July 31–August 2.

With the end of one round of events, another begins for both Preliminaries as well as GPs.

The New Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier Season

Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifiers (PPTQs) that start players on their path to the Pro Tour in Milwaukee, WI, October 16–18 begin this weekend. PPTQs are store-level events that can be run as Standard, Modern, or Sealed using the latest product and format. You can get the full information on the new PPTQ season via the event information page.

And if you're looking for something in your area, check out the schedule or use a store locator to find a PPTQ near you!

The New Grand Prix Season Commences!

The first season of Grand Prix has come to a close, with invitations to Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir locked down and in place. But with 54 GPs in total, the 2015 Grand Prix line-up is just getting started, and this next season is a big one!

Pro Tour Magic Origins

The Grand Prix main events from March 5 to May 31 all award Top 8 finishers with airfare as well as invitations to compete in Pro Tour Magic Origins, which takes place in Vancouver July 31–August 2. It's also the last Pro Tour before the end of the 2014–2015 Premier Play season, meaning that this will be the last opportunity for players to earn Pro Points toward Pro Players Club status before the new season begins!

With so much on the line at this Pro Tour, it's sure to be a thrilling weekend for Pro Tour veterans and newcomers alike! If you'd like to earn your opportunity to battle in what is always one of the most exciting Pro Tours every year, let's go through each month to see what Grand Prix opportunities are available to you!


The month of March features four different Grand Prix across the world!

March 6–8 features a double Grand Prix weekend split across two continents. While England will be playing host to a Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged Limited main event at Grand Prix Liverpool, the sandy beaches of Miami will host a Standard Constructed Grand Prix main event.

A week later, March 13–15 will feature GPs in the United States and New Zealand. Both Grand Prix Auckland and Grand Prix Cleveland will play home to a Khans of Tarkir / Fate Reforged main event.


The month of April highlights Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir and, with such a busy month of top-level Magic action, features only one double-Grand Prix weekend. Poland and Japan will be the hosts for the month's GPs on April 17–19, with Grand Prix Krakow highlighting Standard Constructed for its main event while Grand Prix Kyoto features Eternal action with a Legacy Constructed main event.


While April is a little light in Grand Prix action, the month of May boasts one very epic lineup of events.

It all starts on May 1–3, with Standard Constructed Grand Prix main events in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as well as Toronto, Canada.

A week later, another two GPs include a Dragons of Tarkir Limited main event at Grand Prix Atlantic City while Paris, France, hosts a Standard Constructed main event.

Then, May 15-17 will include a Team Limited main event in Florence, Italy, while Shanghai, China, hosts a Standard Constructed main event.

And then, to round out this season of Grand Prix that qualifies players for Pro Tour Magic Origins, we'll be bringing you a triple threat with a global celebration of Modern Masters 2015 Edition. The hosting locations for this exciting weekend filled with all kinds of Modern goodness will be Chiba, Utrecht, and Las Vegas, with festivities kicking off on Thursday, May 28, for the Grand Prix in the Netherlands and the United States.

The Modern Masters 2015 Edition Grand Prix experience is not something you will want to miss.

With fifteen Grand Prix over the course of the next season, there's plenty of Magic Premier Play to enjoy around the globe. We hope to see you at one of them!

The Flashback

Last weekend was a North American Grand Prix double-header. While Grand Prix Memphis showcased the current Standard format, Grand Prix Vancouver revisited the Modern format two weeks after Pro Tour Fate Reforged.

In Memphis, Hall of Famer Ben Stark showed what some of the new Fate Reforged cards were capable of in the Top 8 with his Red-White Aggro deck. However, it was ultimately Jack Fogle of Lexington, Kentucky, who showcased the power of Sultai Control and its plethora of powerful, versatile answers.

Full coverage of Grand Prix Memphis can be found here, but let's check out some highlights:

Is There a Best Deck in Standard?—Coverage reporter Peter Rawlings talks to a few key players to get the answer to an important question in this new world of Standard.

Grand Prix Memphis Day Two Archetype Decklists—Looking for more Standard decks to build off of? The GP Memphis coverage team compiled a list featuring the top performers for a variety of archetypes, so dig in and see what deck works best for you!

Meanwhile, former Canadian National Champion Dan Lanthier showcased the power of Splinter Twin, which has cemented its place as Modern's current top dog with a victory in Vancouver.

Full coverage of Grand Prix Vancouver can be found here, but let's look at a few highlights:

Quick Question: What's the Most Misplayed Card in Modern—Marc Calderaro talks with some of GP Vancouver's competitors to gain insight on common and incorrect ways to play some of the format's key cards.

Day Two Archetype Exemplars—The coverage team gathered up a slew of different Modern archetypes that fared well by the end of Grand Prix Vancouver. Check out some of the top-performing decks that fell a bit short of a Top 8!

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