Share Your Events on Social Media!

Use #SCGIQ or #SCGGameNight on Facebook or Twitter and include @starcitygames, and we’ll be sure to like, share, or retweet appropriate posts for more exposure!

Below are two examples along with templates you’re welcome to use. Don’t forget that you can also use our art assets on the Digital Media Kits!

 

 

 

IQ Template Example

Come to our #SCGIQ on DATE @ TIME for an awesome day of competitive #MTG! @starcitygames

LINK TO FACEBOOK EVENT

Game Night Template Example

Enjoy a fun night of #MTG at #SCGGAMENIGHT with us on DAY @ TIME. @starcitygames

LINK TO EVENT INFORMATION

March Scheduling Now Available!

We have many new and exciting changes for Invitational Qualifiers in 2017. Please read about them here!

Events between January and June will feature our new Invitational Qualifier playmat with art by Kristen Plescow.

Here are some dates to be aware of in March:
  • March 10th – 12th: GP New Jersey, SCG Dallas Open
  • March 17th – Saint Patrick’s Day
  • March 24th – 26th – GP Orlando

Schedule your March SCG In-Store Programs events NOW!

Best Wishes,

StarCityGames.com® In-Store Programs Team

New Organizer Points Redemption Offer!

We are thrilled to let you know that we have a new Organizer Points redemption option that will be available until December 31st. We are offering a bundle of attractive sleeves that you are welcome to resell or use for prizes at your store.

Each bundle includes 15 packs of 80 ct. Double-Matte Sleeves and 10 packs of 80 ct. Creature Collection Sleeves.

To use your Organizer Points to redeem this offer, simply go to the Point Store in Organizer Tools and select the Organizer Points Sleeve Bundle. We will then create an event in your account that will be payable with the coupon code you receive.

Exclusive Opportunity for your Prerelease!

We are excited to once again offer our incredibly popular Prerelease Exclusive Creature Collection Playmats to our StarCityGames.com In-Store Programs Organizers! These playmats can be offered as participation items, early registration incentives, prizes, or however you wish to bring in more fans and enhance the Prerelease experience in your store! You can also have your […]

2017 IQ Scheduling Is Available!

We have many new and exciting changes for Invitational Qualifiers in 2017. Please read about them here!

Events between January and June will feature our new Invitational Qualifier playmat with art by Kristen Plescow.

Here are some dates to be aware of:
  • January 7th – 8th – GP Louisville
  • January 14th – 15th – Aether Revolt Prerelease
  • January 21st – 22nd – Aether Revolt Launch Weekend & Columbus Open Weekend
  • January 28th – 29th – GP San Jose & Richmond Open Weekend
  • February 4th – 5th – PT Aether Revolt & SCG Regional Championships
  • February 11th – 12th – GP Pittsburgh & Aether Revolt Game Day
  • February 18th – 19th – Baltimore Open Weekend
  • February 25th – 26th – Indianapolis Open Weekend

Schedule your December SCG In-Store Programs events NOW!

Best Wishes,

StarCityGames.com® In-Store Programs Team

Earn 10% Off Your Next Invitational Qualifier!

One of the 2017 Invitational Qualifier changes we’re most excited about will be our ability to explore new ways to reward organizers and provide deals on events. We’re getting started with this deal.

Every time you host an Invitational Qualifier and turn in your Wizards Event Reporter File and Decklists by 12 PM Tuesday following the IQ, we will send you a coupon for 10% off your next Invitational Qualifier or Invitational Qualifier Plus.

As long as you report your events by noon on Tuesday, you can continue to upgrade to IQ Plus and still pay $5 less than the normal event fee, or you can host another IQ with $35 off!

2017 In-Store Programs Announcement

We are ready to announce our 2017 In-Store Program updates! We will open scheduling for January and February at noon Eastern on November 1st. In making our plans for 2017, we reflected on the 2016 changes and weighed feedback we have received over the year from our organizers. You had concerns about the removal of SCG Points from Invitational Qualifiers. We are bringing SCG Points back to Invitational Qualifiers in 2017 and renewing our focus on IQs being exclusive, competitive events.

The very first competitive tournament I traveled to attend (before Invitational Qualifiers existed) had no branding or advertising other than the prize pool. It was simply a “1K,” and it brought myself and a carload of friends in from over an hour away. Starting in 2017, we are increasing the Invitational Qualifier prize pool to $1,000. One of the primary draws for players to attend an Invitational Qualifier is the standardized prize structure. By making the prize pool more attractive across the board, we are going to encourage more players to fill cars to play in your stores.

The prize structure for Invitational Qualifiers will be:

Prizes Promotional Items SCG Points Qualification
1st $400 Playmat & Pin 3 checkmark
2nd $200 Playmat & Pin 2 checkmark
3rd – 4th $100 Playmat & Pin 1
5th – 8th $50 Playmat & Pin 0

Another piece of feedback from organizers over the years is that Invitational Qualifiers should be more exclusive to encourage players to attend the events when they are available.

  1. We will increase the driving distance between IQs from around 2 hours to 4 hours.
  2. Organizers may also host only 1 IQ per store, per month.
  3. IQs may only be hosted on weekends.

Our goal is for players to view Invitational Qualifiers as special, must-attend events. With these scheduling guidelines, players will not have the opportunity to skip an IQ to play in the next one, because every one will matter more.

With the focus on the events becoming more exclusive and competitive, I want to assure you that there will still be promotional items in the kits to encourage the more casual, but still competitive players to attend. The event fee for Invitational Qualifiers in 2017 will be $350, and shipping will still be included.
Here are the kit contents for 2017:

Find out more about the Invitational Qualifier Event Kit.

Invitational Qualifier Plus events will be an even better value and will still only cost $30 more!

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  • 4 Additional Retired Playmats
  • 25 Retired Tokens
  • 2 Retired Dicebags

Items may differ from those shown.

With the anticipated size of Invitational Qualifiers in 2017, we are requiring them to have at least a Level 2 Head Judge or 2 Level 1 Judges on staff. We want to maintain a consistent, high-quality play experience for attendees and having an adequate judge staff is part of that. We will continue to assist stores in finding judges.

Finally, the last change to the operations of the tournaments will be how qualifications work. Both 1st and 2nd place will receive qualifications, and these will be valid for the next Invitational. This will further encourage players to attend YOUR IQ to get qualified before the next Invitational.

These changes will improve attendance for Invitational Qualifiers and we will continue to back up our expectations with the SCG Guarantee. As long as you have met the conditions for the SCG Guarantee, we will waive the event fee for a future IQ if you do not have at least 45 players at your IQ!

I do have one more change for Invitational Qualifiers, and this one takes place after the tournament. When you send us your post-event information on-time, you will receive a coupon for 10% off your next IQ or IQ Plus! With that savings, you can upgrade future IQs to IQ Plus events and STILL pay $5 less per event.

We are very excited about new opportunities to offer sales and discounts to our organizers in 2017. In order to have this opportunity, we are changing how Organizer Reward Points work.

Organizer Points will still matter for achieving different levels for Priority Approval and Scheduling. They will not be redeemable for events beyond December 31st, 2016.

You will have between now and then (effectively January – March) to redeem your points for Free IQs. Remember, any IQ for 2017 will require a $1,000 prize structure. This change gives us the opportunity to explore new promotions and discounts in 2017.

Below are the new Organizer Points Levels and Benefits:

Event Game Night Game Night Plus Invitational Qualifiers SmallIQPlusLogo
Base Points 100 200 300 400
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Points to Level 0 1,800 3,600 5,400 7,200
Priority Approval [?] checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Priority Scheduling [?] 3 days 5 days 7 days
Priority Event Limit* 1 2 3

*Per Season

Thank you for the opportunity to work together on the highest-quality, competitive Magic events. We also appreciate the feedback that has brought us to the changes I’ve outlined today. Please feel free to share feedback with us any time at isp@starcitygames.com, on our Facebook group, or give us a call at 540-685-4386.

December StarCityGames.com® In-Store Programs event scheduling now available!

The SCG In-Store Programs event scheduling window for December 2016 is now OPEN!

Events between October and December will feature our new Invitational Qualifier playmat with art by Kristen Plescow.
“Brass Jaw” by Kristen Plescow.

“Brass Jaw” by Kristen Plescow.

Here are some dates to be aware of:
  • December 2nd – 4th – SCG Invitational Atlanta
  • December 9th – 11th – GP Milwaukee
  • December 24th – 25th – Christmas Holiday Weekend (ineligible for the SCG Guarantee)
  • December 31st – New Year’s Holiday Weekend (ineligible for the SCG Guarantee)

Schedule your December SCG In-Store Programs events NOW!

Best Wishes,

StarCityGames.com® In-Store Programs Team

November StarCityGames.com® In-Store Programs event scheduling now available!

The SCG In-Store Programs event scheduling window for November 2016 is now OPEN!

Events between October and December will feature our new Invitational Qualifier playmat with art by Kristen Plescow.

Brass jaw

“Brass Jaw” by Kristen Plescow.

Here are some dates to be aware of:
  • November 5th – 6th – GP Dallas, SCG Tour Baltimore
  • November 12th – 13th – SCG Tour Columbus
  • November 19th – 20th – SCG Tour Knoxville
  • November 26th – 27th – Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend (ineligible for the SCG Guarantee)

Schedule your November SCG In-Store Programs events NOW!

Best Wishes,

StarCityGames.com® In-Store Programs Team

Exclusive Playmat for your Prerelease!

We are excited to once again offer our incredibly popular Prerelease Exclusive Creature Collection Playmats to our StarCityGames.com In-Store Programs Organizers! These playmats can be offered as participation items, early registration incentives, prizes, or however you wish to bring in more fans and enhance the Prerelease experience in your store! You can also have your […]