The Dos and Don’ts of Grand Prix
Grand Prix are some of the most exciting events Magic players can attend. These festivals of Magic bring together thousands of players looking to enjoy playing the game with new friends, old friends, friendly strangers, and the occasional person wearing a cat costume. It happens.
The key is that people are looking to enjoy themselves and our community, but it can be pretty easy to ruin other people’s fun by not following certain rules and regulations that promote fun, safe, and welcoming environments. Following this set of dos and don’ts ensures that everyone can come and focus on the important issues at a Grand Prix, like how the heck they’re going to deal with that Gearhulk before it smacks them down.
If you’re attending one of our Grand Prix, we ask that you abide by this simple set of dos and don’ts.
- DON’T bully, harass, or use hate speech. Bullying, harassment, and hate speech are not acceptable—this includes non-verbal, visual, and online harassment. Any form of harassment—whether it’s based on gender identity/expression, race, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, or religion—will not be tolerated. This includes sexual harassment, which can include teasing and jokes of a sexual nature, inappropriate grabbing, displaying inappropriately suggestive paraphernalia, repeatedly standing too close to someone, or even gifts of an unwanted or sexual nature. Basically, if you’re making someone upset or uncomfortable, don’t do it.
- DO be inclusive! Inclusivity is one of our community’s most important values. Invite others to play with you, share fun stories about games, or trade with new friends. Have fun and help others around you have fun too!
- DON’T steal. Not only is theft illegal, but a stolen deck can ruin someone’s tournament or weekend. Theft will be prosecuted.
- DO safeguard your belongings. Not everyone is as nice or considerate as you are. Don’t leave your bags, binders, decks, or collections lying around unattended. Even if no one steals, losing items at a large event is very easy, and it can take some work to recover them. Always check the info booth for any lost or misplaced items.
- DON’T bring drugs or weapons to an event. Drugs include illegal substances as well as alcohol. Weapons include, but are not limited to, guns, knives, blunt items with no local purpose, and items brought specifically to harm another individual. Both of these categories of items make people feel unsafe and are prohibited from any Grand Prix.
- DO make sure to eat and stay hydrated. Take care of yourself! These events can be long, whirlwind weekends that can become uncomfortable if you don’t eat and hydrate. You wouldn’t want to get dizzy in the middle of a draft, would you?
- DON’T cheat! Cheating is against the tournament rules as well as the rules for a Grand Prix event. Cheating in one event won’t just get you kicked out of that event—it may get you kicked out of the Grand Prix as a whole (or from all Magic tournaments).
- DO call a judge! For just about anything! Judges are very helpful people. If you spot something that might be cheating, it’s better to call a judge, even if you’re not sure. Don’t be shy about it—they’re there to help sort out any misunderstandings as well as deal with anything more serious.
- DO have fun! Magic has a great community, and rarely are so many of us together as at a Grand Prix. Meet artists and cosplayers, visit vendors, make new friends, and, of course, play Magic. That’s why we’re at a Grand Prix, after all.
What happens if you don’t follow these rules? The first step is that you may be asked to leave the venue for the duration of the event. Additionally, consideration will be given to banning offending individuals from future events as well as from the DCI—which would prevent you from playing in sanctioned Magic events for the duration of the ban.
ChannelFireball reserves the right to remove anyone who violates these principles. But we don’t want to have to do that, so just be nice, okay?
Now, if you’re at an event and you believe someone is breaking one of these rules or otherwise doing something that makes you or other players feel unsafe, your first move is to contact a member of the Red Shirt tournament management team. Explain the situation to them and allow them to handle it.
Any event where Magic is played should be a fun, inclusive, safe environment for everyone participating. Gamers just want to game, and we just want to make sure everyone can do exactly that wherever they may play.