What is GP Los Angeles 2018 and what to expect
GP Los Angeles is a Magic: The Gathering tournament that takes place in the city of angels. Hosted by ChannelFireball, this four-day event will have the top players from North America, Europe and Asia competing for prizes and pride. In the midst of their grandeur and glamour, this event will showcase a mixture of player stories and new innovations. Along with the best players, there will be vendors and artists, as well as various personalities who will talk about Magic and what they’ve done in their lives. For all these reasons, GP Los Angeles is a great opportunity to explore the character of this dynamic city.
The History of GP Los Angeles
“GP” stands for Grand Prix, which is a Magic tournament that takes place in various cities around the world. It was called Pro Tour before 2012 and is organized by Wizards of the Coast. Its main purpose is to attract players who compete for a prize pool that can reach $250,000 (the biggest cash prizes in Magic tournaments). Its secondary purpose is to promote the game and its community (People may not know it, but Magic has a huge community).
Highlights from the event
GP Los Angeles is a big event, with a lot going on. There are vendors selling their products and showcasing their new releases, as well as artists who will be doing live paintings for the spectators to watch. There will also be the chance of meeting many different personalities who know the game really well and will give out advice to those looking for it. Of course, there will be a full course of play, not only for the main event but also these side events:
1. Limited Playtest “Behind the Seams”
2. Side Event: “You can run the game”
3. Side Event: “Game Design and Development”
4. Side Event: “The Art of Game Development”
5. Side Event: “Game Design in The Years to Come”
6. Side Event: “Game Design and Manufacturing, the complete package”
GP Los Angeles will be held in the Hilton Los Angeles at the Staples Center, starting on June 21st until the end of the 25th.
Event Type:Part of the event is constructing an actual deck, but you can do some playtesting or try out a demo version of any game you want while you are there.
When?June 21st to 25th, 2018
Where?Hilton Los Angeles at the Staples Center: 1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
Event Contact: [Contact person removed]
Official Website:https://magicthegathering.com/en/gpla2018/ (This link has expired.) GP LA 2018 homepage
The future of gaming and esports
Magic: The Gathering is not only an event but an experience. To expand upon the idea of competition, there will be a lot of very fun games featuring the players, such as a team game called Magic-opoly. Its starting capital for each player ranges from $1,000 to $300,000 depending on their skill level and rewards are given out according to how well you play. Aside from gaming, there will be many other things happening at the event, such as an art show with some of the artists from Magic who will be exhibited in different locations around the venue; and a cosplay contest featuring MTG cosplayers from around the world. Of course, there will be other things happening at the event.
The first Magic: The Gathering World Championship tournament will be coming up in early 2018. The competition will be held in the biggest venue on the Las Vegas strip, the MGM Grand Garden Arena. There will be a total of 24 competitors competing for their share of $1 million dollars. They are the best players from around the world and each player is equipped with an arsenal of skills and powerful cards (as well as numerous sideboard cards), ready to fight for that coveted title. This will be a weekend-long competition that will span over three days of battles starting with a Standard format and then switching to the new limited (Booster Draft) format on the final day.
How GP LA has helped shape the industry
It’s a huge event, with great prize pools and massive attendance. Every game has one big event that stands out above the rest, and in Magic it’s usually the Players’ Championship. However, the threshold to get into it is very high. For this GP LA 2018, ChannelFireball is hosting a tournament called “My First Grand Prix” which will grant players into the next Players’ Championship event in 2019 if they do well. This event is shaping up to be the biggest Magic tournament of the year. Bigger than the Pro Tour and bigger than the Players’ Championship. I wanted to find out how important this event was for the game going forward, so I interviewed some of the decision makers at GP LA 2018.
“One thing we haven’t done, and I’m not sure any Grand Prix has done this before, is you have a “My First Grand Prix”, [which is] the equivalent of a pro tour. So it’s a pro tour equivalent that anyone can play in.”
Some of the biggest names in gaming at this year’s event
GP LA is a hotbed for the best players in the world. There is a prize pool of $300,000, which attracts the best from around the globe to compete. There will be many top names who will participate this year. Some of them are: Owen Turtenwald (current World Champion), Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Lukas Blohon, Eric Froehlich, Ben Stark, and many more. There will be a couple of tournaments that will have $15,000 prizes: Monday Night Magic and Dragons’ Lair.
The Monday Night Magic will be a Standard tournament with a $15,000 prize pool. It is an open event that starts at 6:30 pm. The Dragons Lair will be a Modern Constructed tournament and there is also a prize pool of $15,000. There are no qualifications needed to play in the Monday Night Magic and you can register as a spectator to watch the game live in this event. There is a $25 entry fee for Dragon’s Lair; both tournaments offer various formats.
The GP LA will start on December 1 and continue until December 3, 2017. It is held in the Anaheim Convention Center in California. The entrance fee of $100 to register is valid for all three days.