About the Main Event

A Grand Prix main event is the largest, open-entry Magic: The Gathering tournament offered worldwide, attracting fans of all ages to compete for Pro Tour qualifications and lots of additional prizes! Please visit the official Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix page for more information about Grand Prix in general, or continue reading for specific details on Grand Prix Louisville's main event!

Grand Prix Louisville's maximum main event seating capacity is 4,000 players. Anyone wanting to participate in Grand Prix Louisville's main event must register online or on-site by 9pm on Friday, January 6. There is no Saturday main event registration.

The Show Up & Play! Experience

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 for Grand Prix Louisville will be able to get a little extra sleep on Saturday morning!

Players with zero (0) byes will have a players meeting at 9am where a decklist and publicity waiver will be collected and the players will receive their Progenitus FOIL promotional card[i]. All players with one or more byes must submit their decklist by 9am either online or on-site to Customer Service or the Grand Prix stage. 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 will receive their Grand Prix promotional cards and turn in their publicity waiver at our Customer Service station at any time throughout the weekend.

Players can either bring a physical copy of their decklist to submit or submit their decklist online. To find out more about online decklist submissions, please click here.

Round One begins promptly at 9am.

When do I need to show up?

Byes Report Time
None Saturday at 8:45am
One Saturday at 10am
Two Saturday at 11:15am
Three Saturday at 12:30pm

Main Event Schedule

On-Site Registration Players can register at Customer Service (under the Karn banner) or online until 9pm Friday.
Main Event
Day One
Round One begins promptly at 9am. Legacy format. All players with 18 or more match points or all players tied for 64th place, whichever is greater, advance to Day 2.
Main Event
Day Two
Round Ten begins promptly at 9am. After six rounds and a cut to the Top 8, the last players face off in a single-elimination bracket to determine the Grand Prix Louisville champion!

Main Event Prizes

Grand Prix Louisville qualifies players for Pro Tour Amonkhet, which takes place on May 12th-14th, 2017 in Nashville, TN!

The Top 8 players, and all other players who accumulated at least 39 match points in the Swiss rounds, will receive a Pro Tour Amonkhet invitation and Travel Award.

Place Prizes Additional Prizes
1st $10,000 Pro Tour Amonkhet Invitation + Travel Award
2nd $5,000 Pro Tour Amonkhet Invitation + Travel Award
3rd-4th $2,500 Pro Tour Amonkhet Invitation + Travel Award
5th-8th $1,500 Pro Tour Amonkhet Invitation + Travel Award
9th-16th $1,000
17th-32nd $500
33rd-64th $250
65th-100th $250 Added if the event reaches 3,000+ players
101st-180th $200 Added if the event reaches 3,000+ players

Grand Prix Main Event have an 8x Planeswalker Points Multiplier. These points can earn you byes in future Grand Prix Main Events. For more information on Planeswalker Points, visit the Planeswalker Points information page.

Pro Points

All players finishing in the Top 8 receive Pro Points based on rank. All other players receive Pro Points based on their Match Points at the end of the event. See below for a more detailed breakdown.

Finish Pro Points
1st 8
2nd 6
3rd-4th 5
5th-8th 4
Match Points Pro Points
39+ 4
36-38 3
33-35 2
30-32 1
0-29 0

Earning Byes

Players can earn up to three byes for a Grand Prix Main Event either by winning a Grand Prix Trial, having enough Planeswalker Points Seasonal Award Points, having a specific Pro Tour Players Club level, or being a member of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.

Planeswalker Point Byes

Byes Planeswalker Points
One 1300 Points
Two 2250 Points

Byes earned through Planeswalker Points are calculated using the Planeswalker Point totals from all reported events as of the Wednesday immediately before the Grand Prix. Planeswalker Points earned in tournaments held at the Grand Prix event site do not count toward earned byes at that same Grand Prix's Main Event.

(Earned in the 2016 Yearly Award Season, 06/01/15 - 05/29/16, or the 2017 Yearly Award Season, 5/30/16 - 05/28/17)