Hairy Tarantula Challenge Series

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The Hairy Tarantula Challenge Series is our (mostly) weekly Series of Competitve Magic: the Gathering Tournaments. Covering a range of Magic Formats, of both individual and team varieties, each event features ~$1000 in prizes, and invites to our end-of-season, invite-only event: The Final Challenge.

Point System

The Hairy Tarantula Challenge Series features a championship point system, where top competitors receive points based on their finishing position. In addition, Players who finish in the top half of the playoff cut receive bonus points based on their seed entering the playoffs. These championship points are used to qualify for The Final Challenge, and the top players in the Points Standings receive byes in The Final Challenge. Points are awarded as follows:


1st: 30 points
2nd: 20 points
3rd-4th: 15 points
5th-8th: 10 points
9th-12th: 6 points
13th-16th: 4 points
17th-32nd: 2 points
33rd-64th: 1 point

Bonus (seed after Swiss)

1st: 5 points
2nd: 3 points
3rd-4th: 2 points


1st: 25 points
2nd: 15 points
3rd-4th: 10 points
5th-6th: 6 points
7th-8th: 4 points
9th-16th: 2 points
17th-32nd: 1 point


1st: 4 points
2nd: 2 points

*NEW* Every Saturday Starting February 1st we have a Modern HTCS Rebound event at 4pm (even on weeks with no HTCS Main Event). Challenge Series points are given as follows:

3-0: 3pts
2-0-1: 2pts
2-1: 1pt

Qualifying for The Final Challenge

Players with 25 or more Championship Points qualify for The Final Challenge
The Defending Champion is automatically qualified for The Final Challenge

Byes for The Final Challenge are awarded to top ranked players in the Championship Standings as follows:

1st: 2-round bye
2nd-10th: 1-round bye

Ties in Championship Standings are broken as follows: by most Wins, most playoff finishes (Top 8, or Top 4 Teams), and most events started. If 1st place remains tied the series head-to-head record breaks the tie, and if that is tied, a one match playoff is held. A tie for 10th place will see all players in that tie awarded one bye. Ties farther down in the standings are effectively irrelevant.

Standings are available at THIS PAGE.

Schedule of Main Events

All details pertaining to individual Challenge Series events can be found in our Google Calendar, on our Facebook Page's event listings, and in descriptions of the event items for preregistration. The summarized schedule is as follows:

Jan 11 - Pioneer
Jan 25 - Modern SCG IQ
Feb 1 - THB Sealed
Feb 15 - Modern SCG IQ
Feb 22 - Pioneer Weekend
Mar 7 - Team Trios Constructed (Pioneer, Modern, Legacy)
March 28 - Pioneer SCG IQ

Apr 4 - Mystery Booster Sealed
Apr 11 - Modern SCG IQ
Apr 18 - IKR Prerelease
Apr 25 - IKR Sealed
May 16 - #HTCS100
May 30 - Pioneer
Jun 6 - Standard
Jun 20 - Modern (SCG IQ pending approval)
Jun 27 - M21 Prerelease
Jul 4 - Team Trios Constructed (Pioneer, Modern, Legacy)

Q3 and Q4 TBA once SCG and F2F Tour Schedules announced, but 16-20 events anticipated. Season 1 Final Challenge currently slated for July 18, Season 2 Final Challenge for mid-December.


All Challenge Series events award ~$1000 in prizes. Each individual event has its prize structure listed, and depending on the event type, prizes may be in the form of Booster Packs, Store Credit, or Travel Awards.