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.
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 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
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.
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:
- Winning a Last-Chance Trial.
- Having a sufficiently high number of Planeswalker Points Seasonal Award Points.
- Having a specific Pro Tour Players Club level (Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum).
- Being a member of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.
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:
- Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum.
- Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.
- 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.
- 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!
|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|