Grand Prix are a celebration of Magic: the Gathering! They are opportunities for our amazing community to come together and play the game we love in any way that we want to play it! In recognition of that, we’re renaming the same great experience you’ve come to love as MagicFest. Same great weekend experience, different name. The main event will still be called a Grand Prix, but the weekend as a whole will be called MagicFest. Check out Wizards of the Coast’s announcement for more.
First and foremost, our goal is to provide the Magic: The Gathering experience that all of you are looking for. We love hearing your feedback and are always making improvements to MagicFest and the Grand Prix based on your comments. While we can’t implement ALL of your requests, there are a number of exciting improvements to MagicFest and the Grand Prix moving forward into 2019 that we can share with you today.
More Prize Pools-
Grand Prix vary from weekend to weekend, so we are taking steps to make prize pools that reflect that! We are replacing the previous two tier Main Event attendance based system with a four tier system that will be locked in before registration for each Grand Prix opens. Based on your feedback we have changed the prize pools to pay a higher percentage of players and make the Main Event payouts less top heavy than the previous system. The four prize pool tiers are: ($80,000), ($65,000), ($50,000) and ($35,000). Click here for a full breakdown!
More Flexible Grand Prix Formats-
The full 2019 MagicFest schedule has been announced, but we’ve only unveiled the Grand Prix formats for the first quarter. As we move through the year we will be announcing the next quarter’s formats on the first day of the preceding quarter (Quarter 2 will be revealed on January 1, 2019 for example). This allows us to have the flexibility to bring you the formats you want, rather than locking everything in a year in advance.
More Chances to Qualify for the Pro Tour!
In addition to the eight Pro Tour seats up for grabs at each Grand Prix, we will be running Pro Tour Qualifying events EVERY DAY of the MagicFest weekend. These Pro Tour Qualifying events will also be unique as they are open to everyone with NO qualification for entry required. This means that everyone will have a chance to qualify for the Pro Tour every day of the MagicFest weekend!
A Festival of Magic!
Most of all, MagicFest is a celebration of Magic: The Gathering! It is an opportunity for our amazing community to come together and play the game we love in any way that we want to play it! Whether you are trying to qualify for the Pro Tour, complete your Commander deck, get your cards signed or booster draft for three days straight, we’ve got you covered!
We’ll see you all in 2019!