StarCityGames.com Tournament Policies
Star City Comics & Games, Inc. ("StarCityGames.com®") events adhere strictly to all DCI rules and policies (which can be found here). In addition, we have the following policies regarding StarCityGames.com® events:
Notice of Photography;
Audio and Video Recording
Upon the earlier to occur of (i) registering for a StarCityGames.com® event or (ii) entering the premises of a StarCityGames.com® event, you represent and agree that you are of the age of majority and consent to the use of your name, image, voice or likeness and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction which may be used in whole or in part without restriction or limitation in any medium, including by photograph, video audio taping, or the Internet, by StarCityGames.com® and/or its affiliates, for any purpose including, but not limited to, webcasting, for public relations, in news articles or telecasts, in advertising, commercial purposes, or by inclusion on StarCityGames.com®. You release and hold harmless StarCityGames.com®, its officers, agents, and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the use of your name, image, voice or likeness, including the taking, recording, or publication of such interviews, photographs, slides, computer images, video recordings, or sound recordings.
You further agree that upon the earlier to occur of (i) registering for a StarCityGames.com® event or (ii) entering the premises of a StarCityGames.com® event, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any exhibition, televising, or other publication, in any medium and whether online or otherwise, of the above materials. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photograph, sound or video recording, or film taken by StarCityGames.com®, or the person or entity designated by it.
Good sportsmanship and conduct is required at all times from both players and spectators. Acts of poor sportsmanship, inappropriate conduct, and offensive language may result in disciplinary action up to and including banning from StarCityGames.com® events and removal from the venue. Players wearing clothing which features inappropriate or offensive language or imagery, as determined by StarCityGames.com® in its sole discretion, may be asked to find other attire or face the same penalties.
StarCityGames.com® further reserves the right to refuse service or access to the StarCityGames.com® Event, or to remove anyone from the StarCityGames.com® Event, at any time for any reason or no reason, to the extent permitted by law.
Aggressive behavior will, at no time, be tolerated at StarCityGames.com® events. Anyone exhibiting such behavior will be removed from the event immediately.
StarCityGames.com Open Points
StarCityGames.com Open Points are broken into Seasons:
- 2010 Season - StarCityGames.com Open Series: St. Louis on December 9th-10th, 2009 through StarCityGames.com Open Series: Boston on November 6th and 7th, 2010.
- 2011 Season - StarCityGames.com Open Series: Richmond on December 3rd and 4th, 2010 through StarCityGames.com Invitational: Charlotte on December 9th-10th, 2011.
- 2012 Season - StarCityGames.com Open Series: Charlotte on December 9th-10th, 2011 through StarCityGames.com Invitational: Los Angeles on December 14th-17th, 2012.
- 2013 Season - StarCityGames.com Open Series: Los Angeles on December 15th-16th, 2012 through StarCityGames.com Invitational: Las Vegas on December 13th-15th, 2013.
- 2014 Season - StarCityGames.com Open Series: Las Vegas on December 14th-15th, 2013 through StarCityGames.com Invitational: Seattle on December 12th-14th, 2014.
- 2015 Season - StarCityGames.com Open Series: Seattle on December 13th-14th, 2014 through StarCityGames.com Invitational: Las Vegas on December 11th-13th, 2015.
The following events award StarCityGames.com Open Points:
- StarCityGames.com Invitational Events
- StarCityGames.com Open Series Events
- StarCityGames.com Premier Invitational Qualifiers
- StarCityGames.com Elite Invitational Qualifiers
- StarCityGames.com Super Invitational Qualifiers
- StarCityGames.com Invitational Qualifiers
- StarCityGames.com State Championships
- StarCityGames.com Regional Championships
- Big Magic Open sponsored by StarCityGames.com®
StarCityGames.com Open Series Point Terms and/or Benefits are subject to change or cancellation at any time, with or without notice.
More information on StarCityGames.com Open Points can be found here.
Prize Distribution Policy
Players winning prizes at StarCityGames.com® events must submit a complete and appropriate tax form with the following information in order to receive their prize:
- Full Legal Name
- E-Mail Address
- Full Mailing Address
- Social Security Number
- Dated Signature
There are three ways that players can receive prizes from StarCityGames.com®:
- All Open and Invitational prizes, as well as Premier IQ Top 8 prizes are sent as a check to the address on the player's submitted tax form within fourteen (14) days of the event where the prize was earned.
- Prizes for 9th - 32nd in a Premier IQ are available to be collected at the conclusion of the event in cash. To do this, the player must submit tax information or confirm that the information on file with StarCityGames.com® is accurate and up-to-date.
- Any player may elect to take 125% of the cash value of their prize as StarCityGames.com® store credit. The store credit will be applied to the player's online StarCityGames.com® account.
If a player fails to collect their prize at the event, or fails to submit appropriate tax paperwork to have their prize sent to them, then StarCityGames.com® will attempt to contact the player to obtain this information. However, it is ultimately the player's responsibility to provide this information in a timely manner to StarCityGames.com®.
All prizes from StarCityGames.com® events must be collected or requested in writing within 120 days of the event. Prizes not collected, or requested, before that time will be considered forfeit.
All non-monetary prizes (trophies, etc.) must be collected on-site. If they are not, shipping costs for items other than monetary prize payouts are the sole responsibility of the winner.
Prize Hold Policy
In accordance with DCI Policy, players under DCI Investigation will be eligible to play in StarCityGames.com® events. However, any player who is the subject of an open DCI Investigation will have his or her StarCityGames.com® prizes and all other benefits held until the conclusion of the investigation. In the event that a player is suspended, all prizes and other benefits earned during that period will be donated to charity. In the event the investigation is resolved without a suspension, all StarCityGames.com® prizes and Open Series Point Level benefits earned during that period will be issued to the player within ten (10) business days of the resolution of the investigation.
StarCityGames.com® will attempt to contact any player with at least one (1) Open Series Point in the current or previous Open Series Season by e-mail or through the DCI website in the event that he or she becomes the subject of an open DCI Investigation. Failure to receive this message does not exempt a player from the withholding of prizes and other benefits.
Prize Splits and Open Points
No prize splits, other than even cash splits offered by StarCityGames.com®, are allowed until the finals. A finals prize split negotiation that determines a winner requires one player to drop from the event prior to the finals.
Although monetary prizes may be shifted as desired in the finals, StarCityGames.com Open Points, Invitational qualifications, and Player's Championship qualifications are attached to finishes and the results of played matches will be conclusive. Any match played must be done so in good faith.
Splitting or negotiating to attain or relinquish Open Points is strictly prohibited. Such actions may lead to disqualification from the event and revocation of Players' Championship eligibility.
StarCityGames.com® recognizes that many members of the military enjoy Magic: the Gathering and participate in our events. We also recognize that their service to their country can interfere with their ability to participate in Invitationals. With that in mind, we allow any member of the military whose deployment would interfere with their ability to attend a StarCityGames.com Invitational to defer their qualifications until the end of their deployment.
To request a military deferment, simply submit a copy of your deployment orders either in person at any StarCityGames.com® event or by scanning the orders and sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org. From the date of deployment, the player will then have 15 months to e-mail email@example.com to request reinstatement or a further deferment by submitting additional deployment orders.
Upon reinstatement, all deferred qualifications will immediately be restored and those qualifications will be treated as if they were awarded on the date of reinstatement.
Check Reissue Policy
In the event that a player does not receive a check for prizes earned at a StarCityGames.com® event:
If the player provided the correct mailing information and the check not being received resulted from an error by StarCityGames.com® Staff, the check will be reissued for the original amount. The reissued check will be sent as soon as the corrected address can be confirmed.
If the player provided correct mailing information and there was no error made by StarCityGames.com®, the check will be reissued for the original amount 60 days after the original check was issued. If the player would like to have the payment sent within 60-day waiting period, the player may elect to have the fee to stop payment ($30) on the original check deducted from the reissued check. In this case, the reissued check will be sent as soon as the corrected address can be confirmed.
If the player provided incorrect mailing information that resulted in the check not being received, the fee to stop payment ($30) on the original check will be deducted from the reissued check. The reissued check will be sent as soon as the corrected address can be confirmed.
All replacement checks will be sent via trackable method to ensure delivery.
In addition to various compensation options, judges working StarCityGames.com® events will earn Judge Reward Points that can be redeemed for rewards, as described here.
Judge Reward Points are earned as follows:
- Head judging a StarCityGames.com Open: 25 points
- Head judging a StarCityGames.com 5K Premier IQ, 2K Elite IQ, or Regionals: 15 points
- Administrative duties, such as scorekeeping: 15 points per day worked
- Head judging a StarCityGames.com 1K Super IQ: 10 points
- Judging an Invitational Qualifier: 5 points
- Floor judging a StarCityGames.com® event: 5 points per day worked
The Judge Rewards Program terms and/or benefits are subject to change or cancellation at any time, with or without notice. Current reward information is available on the Judge Reward Points web page.
StarCityGames.com® Dealer Booth Policies
At most StarCityGames.com® events, the StarCityGames.com® dealer booth is the only authorized dealer. The dealer booth accepts both cash and credit ($10 minimum applies to credit transactions) for purchases.
StarCityGames.com® buyers will be available at all StarCityGames.com® events if you wish to sell cards; they offer cash or store credit.
While trading is fine, please note that buying/selling cards with anyone other than the authorized, on-site dealer, or soliciting on-site or through any StarCityGames.com® advertising or social outlet to buy or sell elsewhere, is prohibited. Additionally, the use of a price list and/or prices on individual cards is not permitted on the floor of StarCityGames.com® events. Doing so may result in both the buyer and seller being removed from the event and being banned from future StarCityGames.com® events.
StarCityGames.com® reserves the right to limit the amount of space being occupied by any one individual while trading, and does not allow the use of suitcases, handcarts, luggage carts, etc. to be used for the purpose of transporting excessive amounts of trade stock.
Only those authorized by StarCityGames.com® may alter cards for any form of compensation. All such alterists are independent contractors and not agents of StarCityGames.com®. StarCityGames.com® shall have no role in, shall not be bound by, and shall not be liable for, any transaction between you and an alterist and you agree that you enter such agreements at your own risk.
Event Entry Fees
StarCityGames.com® event entry fees can only be paid in cash.
Limitation of Liability
Upon the earlier of (i) registering for the StarCityGames.com® event or (ii) entering the premises of the StarCityGames.com® event, you agree to be bound by the rules and policies set forth herein. To the extent allowed by law, you further release and hold harmless StarCityGames.com® from and against any and all actions, suits, liabilities, damages, claims and demands, including legal fees and expenses, which you or your heirs, successors or assigns might have which arise out of or relate, directly or indirectly, your participation in or attendance at the StarCityGames.com® event.
Upon the earlier of (i) registering for the StarCityGames.com® event or (ii) entering the premises of the StarCityGames.com® event, you hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless StarCityGames.com® from and against any and all claims, actions or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs and expenses relating to or arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of your warranties, representations or agreements made in connection with the StarCityGames.com® event or which relate to or arise out of your acts or omissions which occur as a result of your attendance or participation at the StarCityGames.com® event.
Upon the earlier of (i) registering for the StarCityGames.com® event or (ii) entering the premises of the StarCityGames.com® event, you agree that the terms set forth herein shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, irrespective of its conflicts of laws principles, and that any legal action arising out of or related to any matters set forth herein shall be brought only in the state or federal courts located in the City of Roanoke, Virginia and you further unconditionally consent to the jurisdiction and venue of such courts.