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At May 5th-7th's Grand Prix Richmond, thousands of Magic: The Gathering fans will be at the Greater Richmond Convention 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 Richmond before, you're definitely in for a treat, but may understandably have a few questions.

Main Event FAQ

What is Grand Prix Richmond's maximum Main Event seating capacity?

Grand Prix Richmond's maximum Main Event seating capacity is 3,500 players.


Is it true that I cannot register for Grand Prix Richmond'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, May 5th) or on-site (on Friday, May 5th from 10am-9pm ET).


How does the Show Up & Play! experience work?

Our Show Up & Play! experience incorporates the Sleep-In Special service that we've previously offered separately and now offers all Main Event participants the opportunity to construct their Sealed decks shortly before their first scheduled round of play.


Beginning at 8am on Saturday, Main Event participants simply report to the Show Up & Play! stations next to the Main Event stage to receive your preregistered Sealed pool and be seated for deck construction. Once seated, you will have five (5) minutes to verify the contents of your preregistered Sealed pool, then thirty (30) minutes to construct the Sealed deck you'll be using to compete in the Main Event.


Note: All cards not used in your main deck will be considered your sideboard. Your deck must match the registered configuration for the first game of each match.


Round One begins promptly at 10am.



What time do I need to show up for deck construction?

Byes Time you need to show up for Deck Construction
None Saturday 8am - 9am
One Saturday 8am - 10am
Two Saturday 8am - 11:15am
Three Saturday 8am - 12:30pm

All Main Event participants will be able to check in as they arrive on Saturday morning next to the Grand Prix stage. Each player will receive their preregistered Sealed pool, then be seated to construct their Sealed decks in groups of twenty-four (24).


Round One begins promptly at 10am.


How do I collect the exclusive Grand Prix Richmond playmat I'm supposed to receive as part of my Main Event registration package?

If you're eligible to receive the exclusive Grand Prix Richmond playmat by having registered for the Main Event online before 11:59pm on Sunday, April 23rd, 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 Richmond?

All prize money is paid by Wizards of the Coast/Hasbro via i-Payout.


What happens if my preregistered Main Event Sealed pool contains a Masterpiece card?

As per the Making Magic article, "Masterpiece cards can be played in any Limited format they're opened in and in any Constructed format in which the card is already legal."


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 organizedplay@starcitygames.com 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 Richmond 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 organizedplay@starcitygames.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?

No. 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 Richmond, 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:

  1. Register online for the Main Event by 11:59pm ET on Sunday, April 23rd
  2. Purchase a 3-Day Infinite Challenge package (available online until 11:59pm ET on Thursday, May 4th and on-site all weekend long)
  3. Finish any Challenge event or Sealed Grand Prix Trial with a 5-0 record (Friday only)
  4. 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 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:

  1. Do not require anything in exchange for entry into the event
  2. Do not offer or award any sort of prize
  3. 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 Richmond.

Vendor FAQ

What are the rules for trading while at Grand Prix Richmond?

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 Richmond 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 Richmond 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 vendor@starcitygames.com 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 vendor@starcitygames.com and we'll let you know.

More Questions?


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 Richmond.


What do I do if I still have questions?