4,500 players played in Grand Prix Vegas last weekend. This set attendance records that won’t be broken for a while, which is probably for the best because that is a lot of people in one space. This weekend Grand Prix Miami begins, and while it won’t be as big as Vegas, this will be a large event. For those who have never been to the wonderful city of Miami, we have put together a brief guide of what to do when not playing Magic.The event is being hosted by Star City Games and they are no strangers to hyping up Grand Prix events, like they did with the 2nd largest Magic event ever, GP Charlotte. You can find out more information about the event and who is attending at MagicGP.com.

Events:

Last Chance Grand Prix: Miami Trials — Limited

12:00 pm–7:00 pm
Each Trial begins as soon as 32 players sign up!

Format: Return to Ravnica Block Limited
32 player single-elimination flights

Entry Fee: $30
(includes 6 packs – 2x RTR, 2x GTC, 2x DGM)

Prizes:
1st: 18 Dragon’s Maze booster packs, 3 byes in Grand Prix Miami,
FREE Sleep-In Special, & 1 Grand Prix Miami Dice Bag
2nd: 18 Dragon’s Maze booster packs
3rd/4th: 9 Dragon’s Maze booster packs
5th-8th: 6 Dragon’s Maze booster packs
9th-16th: 3 Dragon’s Maze booster packs

Last Chance Grand Prix: Miami Trials — Standard

12:00 pm–8:00 pm
Each Trial begins as soon as 32 players sign up!

Format: Standard
32 player single-elimination flights

Entry Fee: $20
Decklists are required for this event.

Prizes:
1st: 18 Dragon’s Maze booster packs, 3 byes in Grand Prix Miami,
FREE Sleep-In Special, & 1 Grand Prix Miami Dice Bag
2nd: 18 Dragon’s Maze booster packs
3rd/4th: 9 Dragon’s Maze booster packs
5th-8th: 6 Dragon’s Maze booster packs
9th-16th: 3 Dragon’s Maze booster packs

Foiled Again! Standard Challenge

7:00 pm

Format: Standard
4 rounds of Swiss

Entry Fee: $10

Prizes: 1 older promotional card just for playing,
plus one 1 additional older promotional card
per match win
1 Grand Prix Miami Dice Bag to each player who goes 4-0.

8-Player Win-A-Box (Constructed)

12:00 pm–8:00 pm

Format: Standard/Modern/Legacy
single-elimination

Entry Fee: $15

Prizes:
1st: 1 Dragon’s Maze booster box & 1 Grand Prix Miami Dice Bag

8-Player $10 Booster Draft

12:00 pm–8:00 pm

Format: Return to Ravnica Block Booster Draft
single-elimination

Entry Fee: $10

Prizes:
1st: 3 Dragon’s Maze booster packs OR free entry into
another 8-Player $10 Booster Draft, & 1 Grand Prix Miami Dice Bag

 

 

Location: Miami Beach Convention Center

While most my previous experiences in Miami have been on the beach or in clubs, it was nice to see that this event will be on Miami Beach at the Convention center. This location is only a few blocks from the beach and is surrounded by plenty of hotels and places to eat. If driving, parking can be costly in the area and hard to find, which is one downside of the location.

 

What to see:

The Beach. This one is a bit obvious but I wanted to mention it anyway. Not all Magic players are fans of  the beach, but seeing as it will be summertime in Miami, the beach is a good place to go if you’ve had your Magic fill. The main action will be in South Beach, in front of Lummus Park.

Lincoln Road – Lincoln Road is an outdoor pedestrian shopping center, full of overpriced shops and restaurants. Fortunately, it’s a good location to relax and people watch, and there are places like Shake Shack, a popular New York eatery, to check out.

Botanical Garden – Located next to the Convention Center, this botanical garden offers free admission. A good place to check out if you don’t prefer the beach or the crowds.

 

To Eat:

Fast Food: The convention center itself may have fast food but if not you can walk down Washington Avenue and find a variety of places like Pizza and Cuban Joints. For quick and cheap, there is even a McDonald’s and Subway a few blocks down the road. These are good options if you don’t have much time between rounds. There is also Shake Shack as mentioned above.

Burger and Beer Joint – A personal favorite of mine, this late night spot has some of the best burgers I’ve ever eaten. The kitchen is open pretty late, which means if you get out of the event late Saturday night, you can head over here to eat. This place is not in walking distance from the event center, but cabs are pretty cheap in Miami. I recommend the Hotel California (with fried egg on top) but any of the options look delicious. There is also a good bar nearby that I can’t remember the name of that has a good local crowd.

 

That is my small take on Miami Beach this weekend. We look forward to seeing everyone there and will have new promotional items to give away to anyone interested. If I missed anything on this list, let me know in the comments.

 

P.S. Miami in the summer is almost as bad as Las Vegas in the summer so bring plenty of sunscreen and drink lots of water.