More Grand Prix, More Prize Money Coming in 2014

Posted in Top Decks on September 5, 2013

By Helene Bergeot

Hélène Bergeot started her career with Wizards of the Coast in France in December, 1995; afterwards, she spent a few years in the European headquarters based in Belgium and eventually relocated to the Renton office. She is currently the director of organized play and trade marketing.

We are very excited to announce the 2014 Grand Prix schedule, and with it an increased prize payout structure. The growth in attendance at Grand Prix around the world demonstrates the ever-increasing appetite for players to have a competitive arena in which to test their skills. With forty-six Grand Prix across twenty-one countries and a variety of formats, this slate of events does just that.

As the number of players at Grand Prix has grown, so should the overall rewards. Therefore, the Grand Prix prize payout is increasing to $35,000 starting with Grand Prix Dallas/Fort Worth in December. This is the base payout used for Grand Prix with fewer than 1,200 participants and pays down to 64th place. For Grand Prix with 1,200–2,399 participants, that prize pool grows to $44,000 and pays down to 100th place. For Grand Prix with 2,400 or more players—our very biggest, and often most challenging events—that purse grows to $54,000 with the Top 150 players receiving prize money. The 1st-place prize for all Grand Prix will be $4,000, up from the previous $3,500. All told, that's a minimum of $1.6 million in cash prizes at the Grand Prix level. For a complete breakdown of the attendance-based prize structure, click here.

The increasing attendance at Grand Prix, along with lessons learned throughout 2013 with the success of online preregistration, has led us to remove Saturday onsite registration starting with Grand Prix Dallas/Fort Worth. Ensuring a positive player experience is one of our key priorities, and starting the tournament at the announced time is a big part of this. At this time, all Grand Prix in 2014 except those run in China will be offering online preregistration. We're working with our Chinese tournament organizers on possible preregistration solutions for those events. Players will still be able to register onsite Friday, as well as take part in last-chance Grand Prix Trials, the "Foiled Again" event, and other side events.

Another change coming to Grand Prix involves how Team Grand Prix are run. The return of Team Grand Prix has provided a different and exciting way for players to take part in premier play; however, the Booster Draft structure of Day Two required a number of rounds that made for too long a day for players, judges, and tournament staff. Starting with Grand Prix Kyoto in November, teams making Day Two will play five rounds of Sealed Deck with a new card pool before cutting to the Top 4. The Top 4 teams will Team Booster Draft against one other team for one round, and then the winning teams from the semifinals will draft again and play one round for the title.

To be able to run the correct number of rounds each day and ensure as clean a cut as possible, we are eliminating all byes from Team Grand Prix starting with Grand Prix Kyoto. As a result, there will also be no Grand Prix Trials run in conjunction with Team Grand Prix.

Because 2014 features four Pro Tours, the Grand Prix schedule will be broken down into four seasons. Here's how the 46 Grand Prix are broken out by region: North America (21), Europe (12), Asia-Pacific (6), Mexico/South America (4), and Japan (3). A complete list of Grand Prix dates and formats can be found at the end of this article. Participants at all Grand Prix in 2014 will receive an alternative-art premium Batterskull (while supplies last).

Batterskull | Art by Igor Kieryluk

The first season, which provides invitations to Pro Tour Journey Into Nyx for top finishers, runs from December 2013 to early March 2014. The cities featured in this block of the schedule are Dallas/Fort Worth, Shizuoka, Prague, Sacramento, Vancouver BC, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Mexico City, Barcelona, Melbourne, and Richmond. Grand Prix Barcelona takes place the week after Pro Tour Born of the Gods in Valencia, allowing traveling pros to extend their stay in Spain in the hunt for more Pro Points.

The second season begins in mid-March and runs until the end of May. Montreal, Buenos Aires, Cincinnati, Vienna, Beijing, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Nagoya, Minneapolis, Warsaw, Atlanta, Manchester, and Sao Paulo host Grand Prix during this season, with top finishers earning invitations to Pro Tour Magic 2015. Grand Prix Atlanta is the week after Pro Tour Journey Into Nyx in the same city, once again providing back-to-back weekends in the same area.

As the calendar turns to summer, the third season opens in mid-June and runs until the end of August. Grand Prix will be played in Moscow, Chicago, Washington DC, Milan, Worcester (Massachusetts), Taipei, Portland, Utrecht, Sydney, and Kobe, and feed Pro Tour "Huey." Grand Prix Portland comes one week after Pro Tour Magic 2015 in Portland.

The fourth season rounds out 2014 with stops in Salt Lake City, Orlando, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Stockholm, Nashville, Santiago, New Jersey, Madrid, Ottawa, San Antonio, and Strasbourg. Top finishers at these events will earn invitations to Pro Tour "Dewey" in early 2015. Grand Prix Los Angeles is the week after Pro Tour "Huey" in Honolulu, offering a convenient travel route for many coming back from Hawaii to stop off and enjoy a Grand Prix.

With forty-six Grand Prix and the addition of a fourth Pro Tour opening up another Pro Tour Qualifier round, the 2014 season will offer many opportunities to experience competitive Magic. I hope to see you many of you enjoying the challenge of playing Magic at that level. We'll continue to closely monitor your feedback to make this play experience as pleasant as possible!

* Editor's note: This schedule has been modified since the initial publication. Grand Prix Milan moved from August to June, and Grand Prix Utrecht moved from June to August.

Date City Country Format
December 6-8, 2013 Dallas/Fort Worth USA Standard
December 20-22, 2013 Shizuoka Japan Standard
January 10-12, 2014 Prague Czech Republic Modern
January 17-19, 2014 Sacramento USA Theros Sealed/Draft
January 24-26, 2014 Vancouver BC Canada Standard
January 24-26, 2014 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Theros Sealed/Draft
February 14-16, 2014 Paris France Legacy
February 14-16, 2014 México City Mexico Theros/Born of the Gods Sealed/Draft
February 28-March 2, 2014 Barcelona Spain Theros/Born of the Gods Team Sealed
February 28-March 2, 2014 Melbourne Australia Standard
March 7-9, 2014 Richmond USA Modern
March 14-16, 2014 Montréal Canada Theros/Born of the Gods Sealed/Draft
March 14-16, 2014 Buenos Aires Argentina Standard
March 21-23, 2014 Cincinnati USA Standard
March 21-23, 2014 Vienna Austria Theros/Born of the Gods Sealed/Draft
March 28-30, 2014 Beijing China Standard
April 4-6, 2014 Phoenix USA Standard
April 11-13, 2014 Philadelphia USA Theros/Born of the Gods Sealed/Draft
April 11-13, 2014 Nagoya Japan Theros/Born of the Gods Sealed/Draft
May 9-11, 2014 Minneapolis USA Modern
May 9-11, 2014 Warsaw Poland Theros Block Sealed/Draft
May 23-25, 2014 Atlanta USA Theros Block Sealed/Draft
May 30-June 1, 2014 Manchester England Theros Block Constructed
May 30-June 1, 2014 São Paulo Brazil Theros Block Team Sealed
June 13-15, 2014 Moscow Russian Federation Standard
June 20-22, 2014 Chicago USA Standard
June 27-29, 2014 Washington DC USA Theros Block Sealed/Draft
June 27-29, 2014 Milan* Italy Theros Block Sealed Deck/Booster Draft
July 25-27, 2014 Boston-Worcester USA Modern
July 25-27, 2014 Taipei Chinese Taipei Core Set Sealed/Draft
August 8-10, 2014 Portland USA Core Set Team Sealed
June 27-29, 2014 Utrecht* Netherlands Standard
August 22-24, 2014 Sydney Australia Core Set Sealed/Draft
August 22-24, 2014 Kōbe Japan Modern
September 5-7, 2014 Salt Lake City USA Core Set Sealed/Draft
October 3-5, 2014 Orlando USA "Huey" Sealed/Draft
October 3-5, 2014 Shanghai China "Huey" Sealed/Draft
October 17-19, 2014 Los Angeles USA Standard
October 24-26, 2014 Stockholm Sweden Standard
October 31-November 2, 2014 Nashville USA "Huey" Team Sealed
October 31-November 2, 2014 Santiago Chile Standard
November 14-16, 2014 New Jersey USA Legacy
November 14-16, 2014 Madrid Spain Modern
November 21-23, 2014 Ottawa Canada "Huey" Sealed/Draft
November 28-30, 2014 Strasbourg France "Huey" Sealed/Draft
November 28-30, 2014 San Antonio USA Standard

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