StarCityGames.com Organized Play In 2014, Part 2

Check out the surprises in store for StarCityGames.com Organized Play in 2014!

Hi friends,

Thanks to the overwhelming support from all tiers of the Magic: The Gathering community, 2013 has been an amazing year for StarCityGames.com Organized Play programs. Back in October, I wrote an article discussing a number of things we have planned for 2014. Today, I’m excited to reveal even more, so grab a seat because we’ve got some exciting stuff here!

1. Q2 Open / Classic Series Schedule

Our 2014 Q2 schedule is jam-packed with eleven Open Series weekends, a Team Sealed 5K Classic, the first-ever StarCityGames.com State Championships weekend, plus our second Invitational weekend of the year at Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio! Take a look!

  • April 5-6 Milwaukee, WI
  • April 12-13 Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
  • April 19-20 Detroit, MI
  • May 3 Roanoke, VA (Team Sealed 5K Classic)
  • May 3-4 Cincinnati, OH
  • May 10-11 Knoxville, TN
  • May 17-18 StarCityGames.com State Championships
  • May 24-25 Somerset, NJ
  • May 31-June 1 Indianapolis, IN
  • June 7-8 Providence, RI
  • June 14-15 Columbus, OH (featuring the Invitational at Origins Game Fair)
  • June 21-22 Las Vegas, NV
  • June 28-29 Portland, OR

2. New StarCityGames.com Player Tokens

Anyone who participates in a Standard Open from January-June of next year will receive a FREE set of our newest batch of StarCityGames.com Author Tokens just for playing. Check out William “Huey” Jensen, Brian Braun-Duin, Chris VanMeter, Ari Lax and even SCG’s own…Evan Erwin!

Ari Lax





Some of you may be wondering why this newest batch of StarCityGames.com Author Tokens are only being offered to Standard Open participants, and there’s actually two answers to that question. First, we wanted to have a registration reward that was 100% exclusive to Standard Open participants. Second, we wanted to have a registration reward that was 100% exclusive to Legacy Open participants…

3. Introducing the StarCityGames.com Creature Collection – Squirrel Series!

The adorable squirrels last seen in the 2013 StarCityGames.com Creature Collection are back with their very own line of all-new tokens…only this time they decided to parody some of their favorite cards from over the years, and insisted that their tokens be offered exclusively to StarCityGames.com Legacy Open participants! We weren’t about to argue with them, so from January through March of 2014, players will receive two of the following just for entering a Legacy Open!


4. The New Face of SCGLive!

Some time ago, a gentleman named John Butler wrote what turned out to be a fairly controversial article series in which he proposed how he believed coverage of Magic: The Gathering events could be improved. Here at StarCityGames.com, we thought that a number of his ideas hit the nail square on the head, immediately made a number of changes to various parts of our SCGLive broadcasts, and began serious discussions about making additional changes in the near future. Today, I’m excited to unveil the results of one such discussion: our 2014 SCGLive Broadcast Team!


Starting in 2014, fans will see Cedric Phillips and Patrick Sullivan in the SCGLive booth on the majority of Open Series/Invitational weekends, while Osyp Lebodowicz, Matthias Hunt, and Patrick Chapin will each make regular appearances throughout the year! This consolidated SCGLive roster will enable us to offer greater broadcast consistency and present more compelling storylines from week-to-week, which we believe will result in an overall higher quality broadcast for our fans.
Oh, and there was one more thing…

5. Introducing the Year-End $50,000 StarCityGames.com Players’ Championship!

Introducing the StarCityGames.com Players’ Championship: an exclusive, year-end event in which sixteen players will be awarded all-expense paid* trips to the Star City Game Center in Roanoke, Virginia, where they will then compete for their share of a $50,000 prize pool!


Prize Payout

Sixteen players.

Fifty thousand dollars.


Yes, this is real. 🙂

And here are some details, with more coming soon.


Saturday, December 20th and Sunday, December 21st, 2014


Of course! The StarCityGames.com Players’ Championship will be covered by SCGLive and a number of special guests all weekend long.

How to Qualify:

Seats at the inaugural $50,000 StarCityGames.com Players’ Championship will be offered to the following players:

  • Each 2014 Invitational Champion (4 seats)
  • Each Open Series Points Leader at the end of each Invitational Season (4 seats)
  • The eight players with the most Open Points as of the end of the last 2014 Invitational weekend (Seattle), but not yet qualified (8 seats)

Open Points are earned at select StarCityGames.com In-Store Play programs (Invitational Qualifiers, SCG State Championships) and at larger StarCityGames.com Organized Play offerings (Classics, Opens, and Invitationals).

If you look at the right sidebar of any StarCityGames.com page, you’ll see the new $50,000 StarCityGames.com Players’ Championship Leaderboard.   This Open Points Leaderboard updates weekly, showing the current point leaders as they fight to earn their spot at the $50,000 Championship in December!  Follow along, and cheer on your favorites!

Earning a seat at the $50,000 StarCityGames.com Players’ Championship won’t be easy, but it will most definitely be worth it, so get involved with StarCityGames.com Organized Play programs today.  You may end up with one of the coveted sixteen seats!

Thank you for your continued support of StarCityGames.com Organized Play programs.

Best wishes,

Pete Hoefling
President, StarCityGames.com

*Includes flight (or mileage, if driving) and hotel costs