Playing in an Event

Finding Your Opponent

For Magic: The Gathering main events, pairings are posted online prior to the start of each round, as well as printed and displayed alphabetically by last name on pairings boards displayed throughout the event hall.

For Magic: The Gathering side events, pairings can be found in your Companion app.

For Flesh and Blood events, pairings can be found by logging into your GEM account on fabtcg.com.

Your pairing will include your name, table number, and the name of your opponent. When you find your table, verify that you’re playing the correct opponent.

If you do not receive a pairing for a round, or if you cannot find your name on the pairings, ask a tournament official for assistance.

Time Management

Each player is responsible to be seated at the correct table when the round begins. The time remaining in each round for main events will be displayed on a large digital tournament clock or television monitor. For side events, a round end time will be posted on the side events board. You should always assume that the next round will start as soon as the previous round ends and plan accordingly.

If you cannot determine how much time is left in a round, ask a tournament official for assistance. 

Playing a Match

You are responsible for tracking your life total, as well as additional resources, with pen and paper. We also recommend that you track your opponent’s life and resources. Should a discrepancy arise regarding any of these things, a detailed record is helpful in reconstructing what happened.

Tournament Rules and Policy Documents:
Magic Tournament Rules – Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules, Section 4.1
Flesh and Blood Rules and Policies – Comprehensive Rules, Section 3.10 & 3.11

Match Structure

In most Magic: The Gathering events, the first player to win two games out of three will win the match.

Magic: The Gathering Two-Headed Giant tournaments and all Flesh and Blood tournaments use one-game matches.

Reporting Your Result

Magic: The Gathering Main Events:

At the beginning of each round, each match receives a printed match slip on which to record the match outcome. The completed match slip must be signed by both players and returned to the scorekeeping station onstage.

Current match points, as well as pairings, are displayed on each match slip. You can also access your match points at pairings.starcitygames.com. Players receive three (3) points for a win, one (1) point for a draw, and zero (0) points for a loss. If at any point in the event you believe your match points are incorrect, please notify a tournament official immediately.

Magic: The Gathering Side Events:

At the beginning of each round, players will receive their pairing through the Magic Companion app. Your current record and previous results are available in the Companion app. If at any point in the event you believe your match points are incorrect, please notify a tournament official immediately.

Flesh and Blood Events:

At the beginning of each round, players will receive their pairing through their GEM account on fabtcg.com. Your current record and previous results are available in your GEM account. If at any point in the event you believe your record is incorrect, please notify a tournament official immediately.

Concessions

In Magic: The Gathering events, players may concede at any time as long as the concession is not in return for anything.

In Flesh and Blood events a conceding player is dropped from the current event unless the concession is approved by the Head Judge. A player asking for a concession after players have presented their decks will lose their next match.

Offering your opponent anything in exchange for a concession is considered bribery and is against Wizards of the Coast's and Flesh and Blood’s tournament rules. Any player found to have offered or accepted a bribe will be issued a Match Loss in the tournament. Players who knowingly break this rule will be disqualified from the event without prize, and further disciplinary action may be taken by the parent company of the relevant game.

Tournament Rules and Policy Documents:
Magic Tournament Rules – Section 5.2 & 5.3
Magic Infraction Procedure Guide – Section 4.4
Flesh and Blood Rules and Policies – Section 3.4, 5.2, & 5.3
Flesh and Blood Penalty Guidelines – Section 3.11, 3.12, & 3.13

Dropping From Events

To drop from a Magic: The Gathering main event simply initial the Drop box on your match slip. If you decide to drop after turning in your match slip, you may do so by adding your name to the drop list at the scorekeeping station for your event.

To drop from a Magic: The Gathering side event, simply drop from the Companion app.

To drop from a Flesh and Blood event, simply drop from your GEM account on fabtcg.com.

Tournament Styles

Tournament structure is listed in each tournament's details. If you have any questions, please reach out to Star City Games staff.

Swiss Pairings System

Most Star City Games® events are run using the Swiss pairings system, which allows each participant to play in every round of the tournament if they wish to do so. Each round, players are paired with another player with a similar record that they have not played before in the event.

The number of rounds in a Swiss tournament can be based on the total number of players participating in that event or fixed at a pre-determined number of rounds.

Larger events that determine a single winner will typically cut to the top X players, usually eight (8), at the end of Swiss rounds. Those players will then compete in a single-elimination playoff.

Most side events play a set number of rounds of Swiss pairing. Prizes are determined by players’ final records at the end of those rounds.

Single-Elimination

All on-demand booster drafts are run as single-elimination events, in which players are eliminated from the tournament upon losing a match.