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Invitation Policy

Introduction

This Star City Games® Organized Play Event Invitation Policy (the “Invitation Policy”) covers the invitation and eligibility criteria for SCG Tour® events and other Star City Games Organized Play (“Organized Play”) events as of December 10, 2018 through 11:59 PT on June 9, 2019 and the qualifying tournaments that award invitations to them.

Current Star City Games Organized Play programs include the following: 

SCG Tour Events 

Other Organized Play Events

Star City Games reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to suspend, modify, and change this document and/or the programs it supports at any time without notice, including, but not limited to, modifying prizes and/or eligibility and invitation criteria.  

Invitations

Players qualify for the next Star City Games Invitational by earning either a point-based or slot-based Invitation.

View the list of qualified players

SCG Points

SCG Tour events and Star City Games Invitational Qualifiers award SCG Points. If a player is disqualified from one of these events, that player will not receive any SCG Points for that event. All terms, conditions, and/or benefits related to SCG Points are subject to change or cancellation at any time, with or without notice.

Learn more about how SCG Points are awarded at Star City Games Organized Play events. 

Seasonal Standings

The SCG Tour Seasonal Standings are based on the total number of SCG Points earned during that Season. The Seasonal Standings determine the number of byes a player will receive at individual format Opens and award qualifications for the Players' Championship based on final placement.   

The total of all SCG Points earned by each participant at all SCG Tour and Invitational Qualifier (IQ) events in both the current Season and the previous Season is recalculated on a weekly basis and posted to the SCG Tour Leaderboard.

Byes

During each SCG Tour Season, the Top 16 players in the current Seasonal Standings will receive two (2) byes in any individual format Open they enter. The Top 32 players will receive one (1) bye in any individual format Open they enter.

At the conclusion of each SCG Tour Season, the Top 16 players in the final Seasonal Standings will receive two (2) byes for all individual format Opens during the next season. The Top 32 players will receive one (1) bye for all individual format Opens during the next season.

The SCG Tour Player of the Year receives three (3) byes for all individual format Opens in the next year.

Byes are not cumulative. If a player would receive byes from multiple sources, that player receives the highest number of byes that would be awarded from a single source.

Tiebreakers

If two or more players have the same SCG Point total in the SCG Tour Seasonal Standings, the tie will be broken as follows: 

  • 1st Tiebreaker - Highest finish in a Star City Games Invitational during the current Season 
  • 2nd Tiebreaker - Total SCG Points earned in Star City Games Opens during the current Season 
  • 3rd Tiebreaker -  Highest finish in a Star City Games Open during the current Season 
  • 4th Tiebreaker - Second highest finish in a Star City Games Open during the current Season 
  • 5th Tiebreaker - Third highest finish in a Star City Games Open during the current Season 
  • Subsequent tiebreakers will utilize the same pattern outlined above.

Tournament Eligibility

Players that are currently suspended from participating in DCI-sanctioned events by Wizards of the Coast are not eligible to compete in SCG Tour or Star City Games Organized Play events. Players who are banned from Star City Games events are not eligible to attend events for which Star City Games is the Tournament Organizer. 

Tournaments are classified as either open or invitation-only. Any player may compete in an open tournament as long as he or she is not currently suspended or banned from participating in DCI-sanctioned events by Wizards of the Coast, suspended or banned from participating in SCG Tour events by Star City Games and meets the general tournament eligibility requirements set out in the official Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules. Only eligible players who have received an invitation from Star City Games may participate in invitation-only Star City Games events.

Invitation Regulations

Invitations described in this policy may not be transferred, assigned, or passed down from one player to another and may not be deferred to future events. A player’s ability to participate in any particular tournament is subject to the requirements stated in all SCG tournament-related policies, including, without limitation, that each player meet the eligibility requirements for participating in that tournament and submit a signed competitor waiver. General tournament policies include Acceptable Behavior, Trading, Prize Policies, and Legal Notices. Except as specifically stated and described in this policy, invitations may not be renounced by players, and in the event that a player cannot (or chooses not to) use an invitation, the invitation will not be assigned to another player. 

If you earn an invitation, you acknowledge and grant Star City Games permission to use your name and image for promotional or advertising purposes, including in the appropriate Tournament Invitation List. Tournament invitation lists are published online. Invitations, byes, and any other awards associated with those invitations or byes will not be officially awarded until complete event results are reported to, received, and verified by Star City Games. If a tournament official incorrectly or improperly issues an invitation or bye for any reason, Star City Games reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to withhold any and all invitations, byes, and other awards associated with those invitations or byes for an event. 

Invitations, byes, and any other awards associated with those invitations or byes may be rescinded by Star City Games upon investigation. Any such decisions are final and cannot be appealed. Star City Games reserves the right to issue additional invitations and/or byes to players at its sole discretion.

For specific questions about this Invitation Policy, please contact us.