At September 1st-3rd's Grand Prix Washington DC, thousands of Magic: The Gathering fans will be at the Dulles Expo Center competing in the Main Event, participating in countless side events, buying/selling/trading with our many vendors, meeting many of the game's most popular card artists, making new friends, and enjoying the game of Magic in whatever way most appeals to them.
If you've never attended a Magic: The Gathering event the size of Grand Prix Washington DC before, you're definitely in for a treat, but may understandably have a few questions.
Main Event FAQ
What is Grand Prix Washington DC's maximum Main Event seating capacity?
Grand Prix Washington DC's maximum Main Event seating capacity is 3,500 players.
Is it true that I cannot register for Grand Prix Washington DC's Main Event on Saturday morning?
Yes. Wizards of the Coast requires that you must register for the Main Event online (before 9pm ET on Friday, September 1st) or on-site (on Friday, September 1st from 10am-9pm ET).
Where can I find a decklist form?
The Grand Prix Washington DC Standard Main Event requires a decklist, and we will have plenty of forms available on-site. If you wish to print your own ahead of time, you can do so here. Please note that you will also need to submit a publicity waiver in order to participate in the Main Event.
Beginning August 25th, players may also submit their decklist online.
How does the Show Up & Play! Experience work?
Thanks to our Show Up & Play Experience, not only will players have the opportunity to pick up their Registration Rewards from our Customer Service station, but Main Event participants who have acquired byes will be able to get a little extra sleep on Saturday morning!
All players have the option to submit their decklist online. Note that all decklists must be submitted either online or on-site to Customer Service or the Grand Prix stage by 9am on Saturday.
Players with zero (0) byes will be seated for Round One at 9am where publicity waivers and any physical decklists will be collected. Players with zero (0) byes will receive their Progenitus FOIL promotional card[i] once round one has started.
Players with one (1) bye will submit a publicity waiver and receive their Grand Prix promotional card at a 10am players meeting.
Players with two (2) or three (3) byes may turn in their publicity waiver at our Customer Service station at any time throughout the weekend to receive their Grand Prix promotional card.
What time do I need to show up?
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How do I collect the exclusive Grand Prix Washington DC playmat I'm supposed to receive as part of my Main Event registration package?
If you're eligible to receive the exclusive Grand Prix Washington DC playmat by having registered for the Main Event online before 11:59pm on Sunday, August 6th, you can collect your playmat at the Customer Service station anytime the event hall is open before 8pm on Sunday. Please note that you will need to present a valid form of photo identification so that our Customer Service team can confirm both your identity and eligibility.
How will I receive any prize money won at Grand Prix Washington DC?
All prize money is paid by Wizards of the Coast/Hasbro via i-Payout.
Registration & Rewards FAQ
I filled out my name, DCI number, etc. incorrectly when I registered. What should I do?
No worries. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the corrections and we'll take care of it for you. If you received a confirmation email after registering, please forward that to us as well as it will make it easier for us to assist you.
If I want to attend Grand Prix Washington DC but not play in the Main Event, do I still need to purchase a registration package?
There is no charge to enter the hall, so come hang out with us! You may enter individual side events if you'd like but you only need to purchase a registration package if you wish to receive the advertised benefits that come with doing so.
I've already registered, but can no longer attend the event. What do I do?
We're sorry to hear that you won't be joining us. Please email email@example.com to request a refund.
Can I purchase the Registration Reward items separately?
Registration Reward items can only be obtained as advertised here.
If I purchase a 3-Day Infinite Challenge registration package, but am unable to attend on all three days, will I still receive the Registration Reward items included with that package?
Yes. All players who purchase a 3-Day Infinite Challenge registration package will receive the Registration Reward items included with that package regardless of how many days that player is actually able to attend, However, all Registration Reward items must be picked up on-site.
What happens if I register, then end up not being able to attend? Can I have my Registration Reward items shipped to me?
Registration Reward items can only be obtained via the packages appearing here, and you must be present to receive them. If you've registered for/purchased one (or more) of those packages, and later find that you're unable to attend Grand Prix Washington DC, please contact us to request a refund.
How do I obtain one of this event's exclusive playmats?
There are four ways for fans to obtain one of this event's exclusive playmats:
- Register online for the Main Event by 11:59pm ET on Sunday, August 6th
- Purchase a 3-Day Infinite Challenge package (available online until 11:59pm ET on Thursday, August 31st and on-site all weekend long)
- Finish any Challenge side event with a 5-0 record (Friday only)
- Redeem enough Prize Wall tickets to get one at the Prize Wall[i]
Will you be accepting credit cards on-site for event entries, registration packages, etc?
Yes, and for purchases made at the StarCityGames.com sales booth, as well.
Event Schedule FAQ
If I drop from a Challenge side event, will I still receive Prize Wall tickets based on whatever my current record was at the time?
Yes. All Challenge side event participants receive prizes based on their match point total, regardless of whether or not they complete all four (4) rounds of the event.
- 12 points: 360 Prize Wall tickets
- 10 points: 240 Prize Wall tickets
- 9 points: 120 Prize Wall tickets
- 8 points: 80 Prize Wall tickets
- 7 points: 80 Prize Wall tickets
- 6 points: 40 Prize Wall tickets
However, please note that prizes for Challenge side events cannot be claimed until approximately five (5) minutes after the start of that event's fourth round.
Can SCG offer a [insert format here] side event at the Grand Prix?
As Grand Prix organizers, SCG is responsible for managing the side event schedule, which is approved and sanctioned by Wizards of the Coast at its discretion. Grand Prix attendees are welcome to gather with friends to organize a Magic: The Gathering event featuring any format, as long as they:
- Do not require anything in exchange for entry into the event
- Do not offer or award any sort of prize
- Do so in a way that does not disrupt any aspect of the Grand Prix.
If you can find eight players who wish to play in an event featuring a format not supported by the Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules, we will be happy to offer such as a casual, 8-player On-Demand Event. Please note that the use of playtest cards is still not permitted in such events.
Will there be a Pro Tour Qualifier on Sunday?
Yes. You can find more information here.
Can I enter more than one Pro Tour Qualifier flight?
No. Players may only participate in one Pro Tour Qualifier flight during Grand Prix Washington DC.
What are the rules for trading while at Grand Prix Washington DC?
While trading with your fellow fans is both allowed and encouraged, please note that the following things are not permitted:
- Buying/selling cards for cash with anyone except for the event's authorized vendors.
- Soliciting to buy and/or sell with anyone except for the event's authorized vendors.
- Advertising without receiving permission from StarCityGames.com's on-site Event Manager.
- Offering to "alter" cards in exchange for some form of compensation.
- Utilizing an excessive amount of space when trading.
- Using suitcases, handcarts, luggage carts, etc. for the purpose of transporting excessive amounts of trade stock.
- Use of playmats that display prices (more commonly known as "buy mats"), electronic card scanners, and/or price tags/stickers.
- Using StarCityGames.com's or the event's official hashtags in order to facilitate breaking any of the rules listed above.
Please note that failure to obey these rules may result in all involved parties being both removed from the event without refund and banned from attending future events.
Which Grand Prix Washington DC vendors will be accepting credit cards on-site?
StarCityGames.com will be accepting all major credit cards for on-site purchases, but other Grand Prix Washington DC vendors may or may not do so. If you have questions regarding a specific vendor's credit card acceptance policy, please contact them to ask.
What do I need to do to become an authorized vendor at this event?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to assist you.
Are authorized vendors able to offer products/services other than Magic: The Gathering at this event?
In many cases, yes. Please email a brief description of what you have in mind to email@example.com and we'll let you know.
I've never played in a Grand Prix before. What can I expect?
Please watch this video prepared by our friends at Wizards of the Coast. If you still have questions, please contact us, and we'll be happy to help!
Will there be live streaming video coverage of this event?
Yes. Wizards of the Coast will be providing live streaming video coverage of Grand Prix Washington DC.
What do I do if I still have questions?
- REGISTRATION (Main Event or side events)
- REGISTRATION REWARDS
- SPECIAL GUEST/ARTIST APPEARANCES
- PROMOTIONAL/MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES
- STARCITYGAMES.COM (picking up SCG website orders on-site)
- STARCITYGAMES.COM (selling/trading to SCG on-site)
- STARCITYGAMES.COM (SCG's on-site sales booth or Prize Wall)
- OTHER VENDORS (besides StarCityGames.com)
- GRAND PRIX MINISITE
- GENERAL FEEDBACK and MISCELLANEOUS