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2016 Organized Play Schedule and World Magic Cup Captains

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During the break between the quarterfinals and semifinals of today's Pro Tour >Magic Origins Top 8, Director of Global Organized Play Helene Bergeot unveiled the 2016 Organized Play schedule and some changes to the current system. (Edit: This information has been updated with schedule changes and prize payouts as announced in September 2015.)

The September 10th update also listed which Grand Prix qualify for which Pro Tour:

November 28, 2015–March 20, 2016

Feeds: Pro Tour Madrid 2016

GPs (12): Oakland, Vancouver, Nagoya, Mexico City, Houston, Detroit, Bologna, Melbourne, Washington, D.C., Paris

March 26, 2016–June 5, 2016

Feeds: Pro Tour Sydney 2016

GPs (10): Albuquerque, Barcelona, Beijing, Toronto, New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Manchester

June 10, 2016–August 28, 2016

Feeds: Pro Tour Honolulu 2016

GPs (13): Columbus, Prague, Pittsburgh, Taipei, Sao Paulo, Montreal, Stockholm, Sydney, Portland, Rimini, Indianapolis, Lille, Guangzhou

September 3, 2016–November 27, 2016

Feeds: The First Pro Tour of 2017

GPs (11): Louisville, Kyoto, Atlanta, London, Kuala Lumpur, Providence, Warsaw, Santiago, Dallas, Rotterdam, Chiba

December 2, 2016–December 11, 2016

Feeds: The Second Pro Tour of 2016

GPs (3): Denver, Madrid, Milwaukee

Note: The early-2017 Grand Prix will be added to this list once those events are scheduled later next year.

2016 Pro Tour Schedule

City Country Venue Date Format Organizer
Oakland USA Oakland Convention Center January 8-10, 2016 Standard ChannelFireball
Vancouver Canada Vancouver Congress Centre January 29-31, 2016 Limited GameKeeper
Nagoya Japan Port Messe January 29-31, 2016 Limited BIG MAGIC
Mexico City Mexico Expo Reforma January 29-31, 2016 Limited Necrotower
Houston USA George R Brown Convention Center February 26-28, 2016 Standard ChannelFireball
Detroit USA Cobo Hall March 4-6 2016 Modern Professional Event Services
Bologna Italy Bologna Fiere March 4-6 2016 Modern Legacy Distribution
Melbourne Australia Melbourne Olympic Park March 4-6 2016 Modern ChainLinks
Washington, D.C. USA Walter Washington Convention Center March 11-13, 2016 Team Limited StarCityGames
Paris France Paris Le Bourget March 18-20, 2016 Standard ChannelFireball
Albuquerque USA Albuquerque Convention Center April 15-17, 2016 Limited Cascade Games
Barcelona Spain Fira Barcelona April 15-17, 2016 Limited TournamentCenter.EU
Beijing China Yi Fang Sports Center April 15-17, 2016 Limited Panda Events
Toronto Canada Enercare Centre April 29-May 1, 2016 Standard Face-to-Face Games
New York USA Meadowlands Exposition Center May 6-8, 2016 Standard ChannelFireball
Tokyo Japan Big Sight May 6-8, 2016 Standard Hobby Station
Los Angeles USA Los Angeles Convention Center May 20-22, 2016 Modern ChannelFireball
Charlotte USA Greater Charlotte Convention Center May 20-22, 2016 Modern StarCityGames
Minneapolis USA Minneapolis Convention Center May 27-29, 2016 Standard Pastimes
Manchester England Manchester Event City May 27-29, 2016 Standard Mind Sports International
Columbus USA Greater Columbus Convention Center June 10-12, 2016 Legacy Professional Event Services
Prague Czech Republic Incheba June 10-12, 2016 Legacy TournamentCenter.EU
Pittsburgh USA David D. Lawrence Convention Center June 24-26, 2016 Standard TJ Collectibles
Taipei Chinese Taipei Expo Dome, Taipei Expo Foundation No. 1 June 24-26, 2016 Standard ChainLinks
Sao Paulo Brazil Pro Magno July 1-3, 2016 Team Limited Jambô Loja
Montreal Canada Palais des congrès de Montréal July 29-31, 2016 Limited GameKeeper
Stockholm Sweden Stockholmsmaessan July 29-31, 2016 Limited TournamentCenter.EU
Sydney Australia Sydney Olympic Park July 29-31, 2016 Limited ChainLinks
Portland USA Oregon Convention Center August 12-14, 2016 Standard Cascade Games
Rimini Italy Palacongressi August 12-14, 2016 Standard Legacy Distribution
Lille France Lille Grand Palais August 26-28, 2016 Modern ChannelFireball
Indianapolis USA Indiana Convention Center August 26-28, 2016 Modern Pastimes
Guangzhou China Guangzhou PWTC Expo August 26-28, 2016 Modern Panda Events
Louisville USA Kentucky Exposition Center September 9-11, 2016 Team Limited TJ Collectibles
Kyoto Japan Pulse Plaza September 9-11, 2016 Team Limited Hobby Station
Atlanta USA Georgia World Convention Center October 7-9, 2016 Limited StarCityGames
London England ExCel London October 7-9, 2016 Limited ChannelFireball
Providence USA Rhode Island Convention Center October 21-23, 2016 Standard TJ Collectibles
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia TBD October 21-23, 2016 Standard ChainLinks
Warsaw Poland Walter Washington Convention Center October 28-30, 2016 Standard Mind Sports International
Santiago Chile Gran Palace October 28-30, 2016 Standard La Forja de Stone
Dallas USA Fort Worth Convention Center November 4-6, 2016 Modern Professional Event Services
Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam November 11-13, 2016 Team Limited TournamentCenter.EU
Chiba Japan Makuhari Messe November 25-27, 2016 Legacy Hareruya Inc.
Denver USA Crowne Plaza International Airport Hotel & Convention Center December 2-4, 2016 Standard Cascade Games
Madrid Spain IFEMA Madrid December 2-4, 2016 Standard Mind Sports International
Milwaukee USA Wisconsin Center December 9-11, 2016 Limited Pastimes

There are fewer Grand Prix on the schedule for 2016 than there were in 2015. Bergeot called 2016 a "year of stabilization" with a projected return to growth in 2017.

Additionally, the following changes have been made to Grand Prix:

  • Prize payouts will have a baseline of $50,000. If an event has 3,000 or more players, the payout increases to $75,000.
  • All players who earn a Pro Tour invite from Grand Prix will also receive a travel award.
  • The cut off for Day Two will now be a 6-3 record instead of 7-2.

Individual Grand Prix Prize Payouts (per player)

Place 0–2,999 3,000+
1 $10,000 $10,000
2 $5,000 $5,000
3–4 $2,500 $2,500
5–8 $1,500 $1,500
9–16 $1,000 $1,000
17–32 $500 $500
33–64 $250 $250
65–100 n/a $250
101–180 n/a $200

Team Grand Prix Prize Payout (per team)

Place 0–999 1,000+
1 $15,000 $15,000
2 $7,500 $7,500
3–4 $3,750 $3,750
5–8 $2,100 $2,100
9–12 $1,800 $1,800
13–16 $1,500 $1,500
17–20 $1,200 $1,200
21–24 $900 $900
25–30 n/a $900
31–42 n/a $750
43–58 n/a $600

 

Preliminary and Regional Pro Tour Qualifier 2016 Schedule

Pro Tour PPTQs RPTQs
2nd Pro Tour of 2016 August 22, 2016–November 22, 2016 (Standard/Sealed) February 20 & 27, 2016 (Standard)
3rd Pro Tour of 2016 January 23, 2016–April 17, 2016 (Standard/Sealed) May 28 & June 4, 2016 (Sealed)
4th Pro Tour of 2016 April 23, 2016–July 10, 2016 (Standard/Sealed) August 20 & 27, 2016 (Standard)
1st Pro Tour of 2017 July 16, 2016–October 9, 2016 (Modern/Sealed) December 3 & 10, 2016 (Modern)
2nd Pro Tour of 2017 October 15, 2016–January 16, 2017 (Standard/Sealed) Q1 2017 TBD (Standard)

The goal of this schedule is to shrink the amount of time between the start of the PPTQ season and the associated Pro Tour. Bergeot also announced that Regional PTQs will now feature Last Chance PPTQs and that Regional PTQs will be coming to Magic Online to help players located in remote areas.

Independent Circuits

Independent tournament circuits are getting some attention in 2016. Qualifiers will have a 2x Planeswalker Points modifier while Finals will have a 4x modifier. Select series will also award a Pro Tour Invitation at the discretion of Wizards of the Coast. Full implementation of this system is expected to take place in 2016.

World Championship and World Magic Cup

Coinciding with the PAX Prime convention, the dates for the World Championship have yet to be finalized.

The World Magic Cup is slated to take place the week after the Team Limited Grand Prix in Rotterdam, Netherlands - November 18-20, 2016. Expect quite a few National Teams to make the trip early.

2016 World Magic Cup Qualifier Schedule

  • June 18th, 2016 - Standard
  • July 9th, 2016 - Modern
  • September 17th, 2016 - Standard

2015 World Magic Cup Captains

Also unveiled during the break, the National Champions and team captains for the 2015 World Magic Cup. One spot is still up for grabs: if Mike Sigrist makes the finals of Pro Tour Magic Origins he will overtake Hall of Famer Elect Eric Froehlich at the helm of the squad from the United States.

Update: Mike Sigrist has made the finals of Pro Tour Magic Origins and is now the National Champion for the United States, as well as the 2015 Player of the Year.

2015 World Magic Cup Captains

Country Captain Country Captain
Argentina Nicolas De Nicola Luxembourg Steve Hatto
Australia Paul Jackson Macedonia Vladimir Trajcevski
Austria Valentin Mackl Malaysia Raymond Tan
Belarus Aliaksei Auramionak Malta Luke Vassallo
Belgium Branco Neirynck Mexico Marcelino Freeman
Bolivia David Sologuren Netherlands Jelger Wiegersma
Brazil Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa New Zealand Jason Chung
Bulgaria Hristiyan Ivanov Northern Ireland Stephen Madden
Canada Shaun McLaren Norway Kenneth Ellingsen
Chile Felipe Tapia Becerra Panama Claro Renderos
China Sun Bo Paraguay Oscar Mathias Bachmann
Colombia Jairo Eduardo Giraldo Castaneda Peru Jose Velarde
Costa Rica Miguel Gatica Phillippines Taghoy Arnulfo
Croatia Stjepan Sucic Poland Maciej Janik
Cyprus Daniel Antoniou Portugal Marcio Carvalho
Czech Republic Ondrej Strasky Puerto Rico Gabriel Nieves
Denmark Martin Dang Romania Ciprian Catana
Dominican Republic Pedro Pappaterra Russian Federation Denis Ulanov
Ecuador Javier Castro Scotland Stephen Murray
El Salvador Salvador Diaz Serbia Miodrag Kitanovic
England Fabrizio Anteri Singapore Chapman Sim
Estonia Hannes Kerem Slovakia Ivan Floch
Finland Sami Tuomi Slovenia Robin Dolar
France Pierre Dagen South Africa Sinan Effendi
Germany Christian Seibold South Korea Nam Sung Wook
Greece Bill Chronopoulos Spain Antonino Del Moral Leon
Guatemala Christopher Virula Sweden Joel Larsson
Hong Kong Lee Shi Tian Switzerland Julian Felix Flury
Hungary Tamas Nagy Chinese Taipei Huang Hao-Shan
Iceland Einar Agust Baldvinsson Thailand Lars Dam
Indonesia Albert Budisanjaya Turkey Osman Ozguney
Ireland Susann Heidemueller Ukraine Oleg Plisov
Israel Shahar Shenhar United States Mike Sigrist
Italy Marco Cammilluzzi Uruguay Matias Roubaud
Japan Yuuya Watanabe Venezuela Daniel Fior
Latvia Andrejs Prost Wales Philip Griffiths
Lithuania Gaudenis Vidugiris

A full write up of the Organized Play Announcement can be found in this article.

Video of the announcement can be found below.


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