Grand Prix are the biggest open Magic events run around the world. These exciting three-day festivals of all that is Magic feature a two-day main event with thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Plus, you’ll find artist signings and more side events than you could possibly play in your most fevered Magic-induced dreams.

GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE

FORMATS

Each Grand Prix’s main event features one of a number of formats, including:

Side events, which take place all weekend concurrent with the main event, are run with any of these formats, plus a plethora of serious, casual, and even some wholly unique formats.

PRIZES

Prizes for the main event of a Grand Prix scale with the size of the event. Each individual Grand Prix awards a prize purse of at least $50,000. A team Grand Prix will hand out at least $60,000. Players are also awarded Pro Points for top finishes. The Top 8, along with everyone who earns at least 39 match points in the Swiss rounds, automatically earn invitations and airfare to an upcoming Pro Tour.

Every player will receive a promo card just for participating in the main event (while supplies last). In addition, Grand Prix main events award a multiplier of 8x for all Planeswalker Points earned, and side events carry a multiplier of 3x (or whichever multiplier is appropriate for the event type).

Additional prizes and promotions may vary.

Below is the current year's Grand Prix main event promo card, along with the base payout used for Grand Prix main events.

Worldwide Prize Structure

RULES

Every Grand Prix is open to any and all participants, but there are some important rules to keep in mind.

  • Day One is run at Competitive REL (Rules Enforcement Level); Day Two is run at Professional REL
  • There are eight rounds on Day One and seven rounds on Day Two for individual-format Constructed Grand Prix; nine rounds on Day One and six rounds on Day Two for individual-format Limited Grand Prix
  • There are eight rounds on Day One and five rounds on Day Two for team-format Grand Prix
  • In Individual Grand Prix: All players with 18 or more match points or all players tied for 64th place—whichever is greater—qualify to play on Day Two
  • In Team Grand Prix: All teams with 18 or more match points or all teams tied for 40th place—whichever is greater—qualify to play on Day Two
  • Swiss rounds are 50 minutes long and best two out of three matches
  • The Top 8 players at the end of 15 rounds advance to the playoffs for individual-format Grand Prix; the Top 4 teams at the end of 14 rounds advance to the playoffs for team-format Grand Prix
  • Playoff matches are best two out of three, single elimination, and untimed

Players can also earn up to three byes for a Grand Prix either by winning a Last-Chance Trial, having enough Planeswalker Points Seasonal Award Points, having a specific Pro Tour Players Club level, or being a member of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.

BYES

Complete information about Grand Prix Byes can be found in the Magic: The Gathering Premier Event Invitation Policy.

Grand Prix Byes Award Criteria

A player may be awarded byes for an individual-format Grand Prix based on one or more of the following criteria:

Grand Prix Bye Restrictions

Players can be awarded one-, two-, or three-round byes for individual-format Grand Prix. Byes are not cumulative within a given Grand Prix or from one Grand Prix to another. Byes may not be passed down to other players for any reason and are not transferable. Byes may not be deferred from one Grand Prix to another and must be earned each time. Players that accumulate multiple byes to a Grand Prix are awarded only the bye for the greatest number of rounds.

Byes earned through Planeswalker Points are calculated using the Planeswalker Point totals from all reported events as of the Tuesday immediately before the Grand Prix. Points earned in tournaments held at the Grand Prix event site do not count toward earned byes at that Grand Prix.

If a player is awarded a bye, he or she is considered to have earned 3 points in the Grand Prix for each of those rounds. Byes are not counted toward a player’s opponent’s match win percentage. Players with byes will usually have an advantage in tiebreakers over players that do not have byes.

Byes at Individual-format Grand Prix

For each Individual-format Grand Prix, byes are awarded as listed below. All listed criteria are as of the date of the specific Grand Prix:

Third-Round Byes

Second-Round Byes

  • Winners of Last-Chance Trial tournaments designated to award byes to that Grand Prix.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 2,250 Planeswalker Points in the current Planeswalker Points Yearly Award Season.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 2,250 Planeswalker Points in the previous Planeswalker Points Yearly Award Season.
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Bronze or Silver.

First-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,300 Planeswalker Points in the current Planeswalker Points Yearly Award Season.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,300 Planeswalker Points in the previous Planeswalker Points Yearly Award Season.

Note: Teams are not awarded byes in team-format Grand Prix.

READY TO PLAY?

With more than 50 Grand Prix held around the world, chances are good that you'll find one nearby. Check the Grand Prix schedule for the tournaments closest to you!

GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE

2018

City Country Venue Date Format
Santa Clara USA Santa Clara Convention Center January 5–7, 2018 Team Trios Constructed
Indianapolis USA Indiana Convention Center January 19–21, 2018 Team Limited
Houston USA George R. Brown Convention Center January 26–28, 2018 Limited
London England ExCeL London January 26–28, 2018 Limited
Toronto Canada Enercare Centre February 9–11, 2018 Modern
Lyon France Eurexpo Lyon February 16–18, 2018 Modern
Memphis USA Memphis Cook Convention Center February 23–25, 2018 Standard
Santiago Chile Hotel Gran Palace March 9-11, 2018 Team Limited
Madrid Spain IFEMA - Feria de Madrid March 9–11, 2018 Team Trios Constructed
Phoenix USA Phoenix Convention Center March 16–18, 2018 Modern
Kyoto Japan Pulse Plaza March 23–25, 2018 Team Trios Constructed
Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre March 30–April 1, 2018 Team Limited
Seattle USA Washington State Convention Center April 5–8, 2018 Legacy
Seattle USA Washington State Convention Center April 5–8, 2018 Standard
Hartford USA Connecticut Convention Center April 13–15, 2018 Modern
Sydney Australia International Convention Centre Sydney April 13–15, 2018 Team Unified Modern
Columbus USA Greater Columbus Convention Center April 27–29, 2018 Team Limited
Bologna Italy BolognaFiere April 27–29, 2018 Team Limited
Dallas USA Fort Worth Convention Center May 4–6, 2018 Limited
Beijing China University of Science and Technology Beijing Gymnasium May 4–6, 2018 Limited
Birmingham England National Exhibition Centre May 10–13, 2018 Legacy
Birmingham England National Exhibition Centre May 10–13, 2018 Standard
Toronto Canada Enercare Centre May 18–20, 2018 Team Trios Constructed
Washington, D.C. USA Dulles Expo Center May 25–27, 2018 Team Limited
Copenhagen Denmark Bella Center June 8–10, 2018 Standard
Las Vegas USA Las Vegas Convention Center June 14-17, 2018 Modern
Las Vegas USA Las Vegas Convention Center June 14-17, 2018 Limited
Singapore Singapore Singapore EXPO June 22-24, 2018 Standard
Pittsburgh USA David L. Lawrence Convention Center June 22-24, 2018 Standard
Barcelona Spain Fira Barcelona June 29–July 1, 2018 Modern
São Paulo Brazil Expo Center Norte July 6–8, 2018 Modern
Sacramento USA Sacramento Convention Center July 20–22, 2018 Limited
Chiba Japan Makuhari Messe July 20–22, 2018 Limited
Minneapolis USA Minneapolis Convention Center July 27–29, 2018 Limited
Turin Italy Lingotto Fiere July 27–29, 2018 Limited
Orlando USA Orange County Convention Center August 10–12, 2018 Standard
Brussels Belgium Brussels Expo August 10–12, 2018 Standard
Providence USA Rhode Island Convention Center August 17–19, 2018 Standard
Los Angeles USA Los Angeles Convention Center August 17–19, 2018 Standard
Prague Czech Republic PVA Expro Praha August 24–26, 2018 Modern
Richmond USA Greater Richmond Convention Center August 30–September 2, 2018 Legacy
Richmond USA Greater Richmond Convention Center August 30–September 2, 2019 Standard
Detroit USA Cobo Center September 7–9, 2018 Team Unified Modern
Stockholm Sweden Stockholm International Fairs September 14–16, 2018 Modern
Hong Kong Hong Kong Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre September 14–16, 2018 Modern
Montreal Canada Place Bonaventure October 5–7, 2018 Limited
Mexico City Mexico Hilton Mexico City Reforma October 5–7, 2018 Limited
Denver USA Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center October 12–14, 2018 Team Limited
Nagoya Japan Port Messe Nagoya October 12–14, 2018 Team Limited
New Jersey USA Meadowlands Exposition Center October 26–28, 2018 Standard
Lille France Lille Grand Palais October 26–28, 2018 Standard
Atlanta USA Cobb Galleria Centre November 2–4, 2018 Modern
Melbourne Australia Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre November 16–18, 2018 Limited
Milwaukee USA Wisconsin Center November 16–18, 2018 Standard
Warsaw Poland Warsaw Expo XXI November 23–25, 2018 Limited
Shizuoka Japan Twin Messe Shizuoka November 29–December 2, 2018 Legacy
Shizuoka Japan Twin Messe Shizuoka November 29–December 2, 2018 Standard
Portland USA Oregon Convention Center December 7–9, 2018 Modern
Liverpool England ACC Liverpool December 7–9, 2018 Team Unified Modern
Vancouver Canada Vancouver Convention Centre December 28–30, 2018 Team Limited

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