Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Star City Games® Open Trial?
An Open Trial is a store-run event designed to make money, increase in-store traffic, energize the local Magic community, and offer players a chance to win free entry into the main event of an SCG Tour Weekend at their local store.
Are there restrictions on what I can charge as an entry fee for a Star City Games® Open Trial?
No, there are no restrictions on entry fees for Open Trials. However, we recommend running Open Trials as casual events, and we caution against high entry fees that discourage casual attendance.
Do I keep all of the entry fees?
Yes! Store owners keep all entry fees collected from players.
What formats can I use for my Star City Games® Open Trial?
Open Trials can be run as any format!
What does Star City Games® provide store owners?
Star City Games® provides extensive event advertising, Digital Media Kits, and promotional items to be used at the event.
How are Star City Games® Open Trials advertised to players?
Open Trials have their own category in the Star City Games® Event Finder and are featured on Event Fact Sheets as well as on the front page of StarCityGames.com. Each Open Trial also has its own entry in our In-Store Programs Google Calendar and is highlighted in our Direct Marketing Emails. Our social media team also monitors Facebook and Twitter for mentions of #SCGOpenTrial to push your posts and help increase the reach of your event!
Can I pair my Open Trial with other Star City Games® or Wizards of the Coast events?
Yes! Open Trials can be a great way to add exciting, exclusive prizes to any event that you are running and may be combined with any Star City Games® or Wizards of the Coast event.
Do I need to provide Star City Games® with a Sanctioning Number for my Open Trial?
No. While we encourage running Open Trials as sanctioned events, you do not need to provide the sanctioning information to Star City Games.
When can I expect to receive my event kit?
Event kits should arrive at your store approximately 2 weeks before the event date. If you do not have your kit 10 days before your event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need a Judge for my Star City Games® Open Trial?
No, a judge is not required for Open Trials.
Do the Free Entry Vouchers expire?
The vouchers awarded by Open Trials expire on December 31st, 2024.
How should I distribute the prizes for my Star City Games® Open Trial?
You must advertise how you will distribute the Free Entry Voucher prior to the event. The remaining prizes can be distributed however you wish. We suggest door prizes, registration rewards, and prizes for top performers, but anything that gets the kit contents into the hands of your players works!
Do I have to complete Post Event Reporting for my Star City Games® Open Trial?
Post-event reporting for Open Trials is optional. You may provide a .WER file as well as report a winner and their decklist to be posted on StarCityGames.com. Doing so within 5 business days of your event will earn you a 10% coupon off your next Open Trial. Reporting this event provides good experience for Invitational Qualifiers which do require post-event reporting.
How often can I run an Star City Games® Open Trial?
You can run up to one Open Trial per week.
How much does it cost to run a Star City Games® Open Trial?
The event fee for a Star City Games Open Trial is $100.00.
How do I sign up to run a Star City Games® Open Trial?
Simply sign up for Organizer Tools to get started! Your store needs to have comfortable seating for 10+ players.