Northern California is ChannelFireball's home turf, so it’s fitting we’ll be holding our first GP of 2016 in Oakland, California! It’s also the first GP of 2016, which means revised prize structures, expanded travel awards, and Day 2 participation for players with records of X-3 or better. Break out your Standard cards and start testing – and, of course, preregister now so you can join us in January at GP Oakland!
Our Grand Prix events always feature exclusive Ultra PRO playmats with beautiful art, so it's fitting that this time around we've got a playmat featuring a piece by Tyler Jacobson - the art from Ugin's Insight! Everyone who participates in the main event at GP Oakland will receive one of these playmats. We may have some opportunities to get more mats, so check back soon!
The Oakland Convention Center is a beautiful and convenient venue! Access to BART is easy, so the many sights of San Francisco are never far away, and Oakland has its own charming eateries and tourist destinations as well. Whether you’re coming from Oakland International Airport (OAK), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), or Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), you’ll have a short and pleasant journey.
Nearby airports include Oakland International Airport (OAK), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC). Access to the convention center is easy from both OAK and SFO via Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Many paid shuttle options are also available from all three airports.
Not interested in the main event? Can’t make the start time? Want to play other formats? No problem! ChannelFireball is working on an amazing Side Events Schedule so you can play Magic all weekend! That information will be available soon, so keep your eyes on this site!
Grand Prix Oakland will feature a group of ChannelFireball's sponsored professional Magic players who will be on hand to enhance your GP experience! Activities at past events have included spellslinging events, format seminars, Meet & Greet events, and the always-popular Foiled Again Bounty Event! Planeswalker registration will give you exclusive access to some of the VIP events featuring pros, so if that's the experience you're looking for, make sure you purchase that registration package.
We'll update our roster of featured pros soon!
We love Magic art – old and new – and we’ve invited some of Magic’s best artists to set up booths at Grand Prix Oakland 2016! We’ll let you know which artists will be on site during the weekend as soon as we can.
Vendors from around the country will be available on site to fulfill your every Magic: the Gathering need! Whether you’re looking for some Power 9 for your collection or just a Power Conduit for your Commander deck, the vendors at Grand Prix Oakland should be able to help you get what you’re looking for. More details coming soon!
At Grand Prix Oakland, we think you should be able to play the formats you enjoy and compete for prizes that interest you, so we’re bringing back the Prize Wall! Win Prize Tix in events and use those Prize Tix to earn prizes like booster packs, single cards, and uncut sheets.
We won’t have a full list of prizes until the event is close upon us, but here are some examples of items we’ve had at previous events:
|Battle for Zendikar|
|Special Magic Products|
|San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives|
|Standard & Modern Staples|
There will be more items at the Prize Wall than we can tell you about here, so make sure to stop by on Friday and figure out which prizes you’d like to win during the weekend!
Trading is, of course, permitted at GP Oakland, but some things aren’t permitted on site and may result in ejection from the venue without refund. Examples include: