Along with the main event, there are additional side-event tournaments to play in at a Grand Prix. The Side Events listed in this section are on the schedule of every Grand Prix. For a more robust listing of side events, visit the Grand Prix website. Side events at a Grand Prix have a 3x Planeswalker Points multiplier (or whichever multiplier is appropriate for the event type).
Earn a valuable Two-Round bye by winning one of the Last-Chance Trials. These are 32-person single-elimination events, starting as soon as 32 players register.
A straight Swiss tournament lasting three or four rounds. Participants get one past promo card for playing, then one additional promo card per match win. Format varies by event.
Format at organizer's discretion. Players who also played in the main Grand Prix tournament will get a discount for entry.
Pro Tour Qualifier
The winner of the Pro Tour Qualifier receives an invitation to the same Pro Tour that the Grand Prix feeds. The format depends on the format of the Grand Prix: if the Grand Prix is Limited, the Pro Tour Qualifier will be Standard; otherwise the format of the Pro Tour Qualifier will be Limited. The Pro Tour Qualifier will consist of either an eight-round Swiss tournament with a maximum of 225 players, or eight single-elimination pods of 32 players each; in either case, a Top 8 single-elimination playoff will take place.