MTR 1.4 Participation Eligibility

Anyone is eligible to participate as a player in a DCI-sanctioned tournament except for:

  • Individuals currently suspended by the DCI. Individuals currently suspended from the DCI may not act as tournament officials;
  • Other individuals specifically prohibited from participation by DCI or Wizards of the Coast policy (such determination is at Wizards of the Coast’s sole discretion);
  • Individuals thirteen (13) years of age and younger who do not have their parent/guardians’ permission;
  • Anyone prohibited by federal, state, or local laws, the rules of the Tournament Organizer, or by a venue’s management.
  • Tournament Organizers may choose to age restrict any Regular REL events that they organize. They must clearly indicate this in their marketing for the event on the Store and Event Locator description as well as any other place they display the event information. (i.e. Tournament Organizers may advertise an age 16 and under Friday Night Magic).

Anyone is eligible to participate as a tournament official (Tournament Organizer, Head Judge, floor judge or Scorekeeper) for a tournament with the exception of:

  • Individuals currently suspended by the DCI;
  • Anyone who has played in the tournament, unless it is a tournament that explicitly allows tournament officials to play while acting as a tournament official.

Tournament officials may play in a DCI-sanctioned, rated tournament for which they are a tournament official if (and only if) the tournament is of the following event types:

  • Friday Night Magic
  • Prerelease
  • Standard Showdown
  • Draft Weekend
  • Other non-Premier Magic Tournaments
  • Tournaments in which the official Wizards of the Coast tournament fact sheet specifically permits officials of that tournament to play

If one or more tournament officials play in the tournament, it must be run at Regular Rules Enforcement Level. If tournament officials play in the tournament and the tournament is not one of the allowed event types listed above, the tournament will be invalidated. Tournament officials are required to officiate tournaments fairly and without regard to their own self-interest.

The owners of organizations that run Premier Events are not permitted to play in those events, even if the owner is not listed as a tournament official (organizer, judge, and/or scorekeeper) for that tournament.

Premier Events include the following tournaments: Magic: The Gathering World Championship, Magic Players Tour,  Players Tour Finals, WPN Qualifiers, WPN Preliminary Events, Players Tour Qualifiers, Magic Premier Series, Grand Prix, and Grand Prix Trials.

Some tournaments have additional criteria regarding player and tournament official eligibility (e.g. invitation-only tournaments, such as Players Tour and Player Tour Finals)

The Players Tour Invitation Policy defines specific eligibility rules with regards to certain types of invitation-only Premier Tournaments (e.g. Players Tour and Players Tour Finals).

Individuals with questions regarding their tournament eligibility should contact the DCI policy manager via (