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GP Fact Sheet



  • GP Sacramento’s format is Core 2019 Limited
  • Day One: Sealed Deck
  • Day Two and Top 8: Booster Draft
  • Sealed Deck Product: 6 Core 2019 boosters
  • Booster Draft Proudct: 3 Core 2019 boosters
  • Decklists are required.
  • If product is not stamped or preregistered, deck registration and verification will be performed.


  • Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds)
  • Day One will consist of 8 Swiss Rounds followed by a cut and one final Swiss round. Day Two will consist of 6 Swiss Rounds and the Top 8 single-elimination playoff.
  • All players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 64 players – whichever is greater – advance to the 9th round of Day One and the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
  • The Top 8 players after the final Swiss round on Day Two will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination playoff.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will be best 2 of 3, with no time limit. (Players are still expected to play at a normal pace and complete playoff matches in a reasonable amount of time.)
  • The Top 8 players will be seated randomly at the draft table immediately prior to drafting. The Top 8 bracket will be determined using this random seating.
  • Standings after the Swiss rounds will be used to determine final order in the standings for losing players in the quarterfinal and semifinal playoff rounds.
  • For the first game of each match in the playoff, the players on the team that finished higher in the Swiss rounds chooses either to play first or to play second. For subsequent games in each Top 8 playoff match, the usual Play/Draw rule applies (loser of the previous game decides whether to play first in the next game).


  • Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive on Day One and Professional on Day Two.
  • The Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules and the Magic: The Gathering Infraction Procedure Guide are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Format Document. Rules documents can be found in the Magic Document Center.
  • Players are responsible for bringing their own method of tracking life totals, card sleeves, and appropriate counters or tokens.
  • In the event that a player who wins an invitation to a Pro Tour stop at a Grand Prix has already qualified for an invitation, the invitation does not pass down under any circumstances. Previous qualification may be through a Qualifier tournament, through performance at a professional tournament, or by being an invited DCI player (valid upon the date of the official rank announcement for the appropriate professional tournament).


Prize Money

PlacePrize Money

Pro Points

PlacePro Points

Top 8 Players receive Pro Points based on rank. All other players receive Pro Points based on their match point total at the end of the event.

Match PointsPro Points

*If Grand Prix attendance is 0-2,999 players, prize money will be paid out to 64th place. If Grand Prix attendance is at or over 3,000 players, prize money will be paid out to 180th place.

Attendance at a Grand Prix is calculated on participation, not preregistration. The Tournament Organizer will announce Grand Prix attendance as soon as this is confirmed. Tournament attendance and standing are subject to review by Wizards of the Coast before being finalized.

Prize money is awarded per team.

All prizes displayed in U.S. dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Top 8 players and all players with 39 match points or greater at the end of the event also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica in Atlanta, Georgia from November 9-11.

Pro Points earned at this event count toward the Core 19 (Jun. 16, 2018 – Sep. 16, 2018) cycle for the Pro Tour Players Club.


Grand Prix tournament byes can be earned either through a player’s yearly Planeswalker Points total or by winning a Grand Prix Trial.

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.

Winners of a Grand Prix Trial tournament are awarded two byes in the Grand Prix that it feeds. Trial byes are not cumulative with other byes and do not pass down. Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Players who accumulate multiple byes to a particular Grand Prix tournament receive only the bye for the greatest number of rounds. For complete information about Grand Prix byes and their corresponding competitive season, please check the Magic: The Gathering Premier Event Invitation Policy.

Third Round Byes

Second Round Byes

  • Winners of this event’s Grand Prix Trial tournaments
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Bronze or Silver
  • Players who have accumulated at least 2,250 Planeswalker Points in the 2018 Yearly Award Season (May 29, 2017 – May 27, 2018)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 2,250 Planeswalker Points in the 2019 Yearly Award Season (May 28, 2018 – May 26, 2019)

First Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,300 Planeswalker Points in the 2018 Yearly Award Season (May 29, 2017 – May 27, 2018)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,300 Planeswalker Points in the 2019 Yearly Award Season (May 28, 2018 – May 26, 2019)