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: 10 points
2nd: 8 points
3rd-4th: 6 points
5th-8th: 4 points
9th-12th: 2 points
13th-16th: 1 point

Bonus (seed after Swiss)

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


1st: 10 points
2nd: 6 points
3rd-4th: 4 points
5th-6th: 2 points
7th-8th: 1 point


1st: 2 points
2nd: 1 point

Qualifying for The Final Challenge

Players with 10 or more Championship Points qualify for The Final Challenge
The Defending Champion is automatically qualified for The Final Challenge
NEW! As part of our League Series, for each of our participating weekly event slots (currently Monday Draft, Thursday Standard, and FNM's 7pm Modern), the player with the most points in a special extended season (for Season Two of 2019 this is August-November), that is not already qualified, receives a special invite to The Final Challenge. These invites do not include Championship Points, and become official after the regular season of the Series concludes (December 8).

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 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:

July 27 - Standard
August 10 - Modern Star City Games IQ
August 17 - Legacy Trial for Eternal Weekend
August 24 - Standard
August 31 - Team Modern
September 7 - Legacy Trial for Eternal Weekend
September 21 - Modern Star City Games IQ
September 28 - Throne of Eldraine Prerelease

October 12 - Modern Star City Games IQ
October 19 - Throne of Eldraine Sealed
October 26 - Legacy
November 2 - Standard Star City Games IQ
November 9 - Team Constructed
November 23 - Modern
November 30 - *NEW* Pioneer
December 7 - Modern Star City Games IQ Plus
December 14 - The Final Challenge


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 Store Credit, Travel Awards, or booster packs.