In order to continue improving the event experience for our attendees and providing live coverage of every Star City Games® Open Weekend for Magic: The Gathering fans throughout the world, the SCG Tour® has continually had to evolve in order to appeal to the largest number of players possible, and maximize the chances of each event being successful.
With these things in mind, Wizards of the Coast's recent introduction of a new non-rotating constructed format made it clear that it was time for our tournament series to evolve once again.
Starting in 2020, the Legacy format will no longer be utilized as part of the SCG Tour®, and we will instead spotlight the format at select special events such as one or both of our SCG CON Magic: The Gathering Conventions.
Meanwhile, the Pioneer format will be incorporated into the 2020 SCG Tour® in a variety of ways.
- Individual Opens
- Team Constructed Opens (along with Modern and Standard)
- Invitational Qualifiers
- Open Trials
We may also potentially utilize the Pioneer format for future Regional Championships, Invitationals, and Players' Championship, but the formats of those 2020 events will be announced as they are confirmed.
Here is our 2020 SCG Tour® Season One calendar, updated to include all Q1 Open and Classic formats.
|Date||Event||Main Event Format||Classic Formats|
|Jan 4-5||SCG Columbus||Team Modern||Modern/Pioneer/Standard|
|Jan 11-12||SCG Knoxville||Modern||Modern/Pioneer|
|Feb 1-2||SCG Richmond||Team Constructed||Modern/Pioneer/Standard|
|Feb 8-9||SCG Philadelphia||Team Constructed||Modern/Pioneer/Standard|
|Feb 22-23||SCG Indianapolis||Pioneer||Modern/Pioneer|
|Mar 7||Regional Championships||Modern||N/A|
|Mar 14-15||SCG Baltimore||Pioneer||Modern/Pioneer|
|Mar 21-22||SCG Syracuse||Modern||Modern/Pioneer|
|Apr 4-5||SCG Atlanta||TBA||TBA|
|Apr 25-26||SCG Worcester||TBA||TBA|
|May 2-3||SCG Cincinnati||TBA||TBA|
|May 23-24||SCG Louisville||TBA||TBA|
|May 30-31||SCG Philadelphia||TBA||TBA|
|Jun 11-14||SCG CON Summer |
2020 Season One Invitational (Roanoke, VA)
As always, we welcome all constructive feedback, and will respond as much as possible on Twitter.
Thank you for your continued support of both Star City Games® and the SCG Tour®, and we look forward to seeing everyone on November 14-17 at the SCG CON Winter Magic: The Gathering Convention and at a 2020 SCG Tour® location near you!
Why isn't the SCG Tour® coming to (insert city here)?
We take a lot of factors into account when scheduling SCG Tour® events, including but not limited to venue availability, the potential for severe weather, other major events happening in a city at the time, the dates and locations of other major Magic: The Gathering events, and more. When combined, all of these factors can limit our options and prevent us from visiting certain cities within a particular season.
When is the SCG Tour® coming back to the West Coast?
Unfortunately, significantly increased costs and logistical complexities currently make it infeasible for us to offer SCG Tour® events in the western half of the United States. However, as new opportunities present themselves, we will revisit the possibility.
Why aren't there more (insert format here) Opens? Why are you running so many (insert format here) Opens?
In order to continue improving the event experience for our attendees and providing live coverage of every Star City Games® Open Weekend for Magic: The Gathering fans throughout the world, we must strategically select Open and Classic formats that we believe will appeal to the largest number of players at the time and maximize the chances of each event being successful.
Why are some Open and Classic formats listed as TBA? When are they going to be announced?
We usually try to avoid confirming Open or Classic formats until the main event formats for MagicFests happening around that time have been officially announced. If an Open or Classic format is currently advertised as "TBA," that is most likely the reason why.
Please note that some SCG Tour® and Star City Games® In-Store Programs web pages and policy documents may have not yet been updated to reflect the changes contained within this announcement.