MAGfest, the Music and Gaming Festival taking place in the Washington, DC metro area, is hosting the MAGfest Tournament from January 2nd through 4th. The show runs 24/7 from the 2nd through the 5th. It literally doesn't shut down. The arcade room is running 24/7 for 4 days, the concert hall is rocking non-stop, and thousands of cosplay everywhere you look throughout the show. It is like nothing you've ever experienced!
The tournament is a modified Herb best game format with a PAPA style finals for the top 24 qualifiers. There will also be a B division finals for the top 8 novices with an IFPA ranking over 5000.
NO ENTRY FEES!!! That's correct, there are no tournament entry fees. Players only need to purchase a show pass costing $85 for the entire show. Price goes up to $95 on January 1st. Group badges are also available for $75 each with groups of 8 or more.
Show passes are on sale now on the MAGfest web-site. It is also highly recommended that passes for the show are bought before travel arrangements are made and do not rely on buying passes at the door as the show will most likely sell out.
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center201 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
- Date: January 2nd through 4th (show goes through the 5th)
- Entry: No tournament fees
- Show Entry: $85, door price is $95
- Prizes: MAGfest dollars to top 24 players, redeemable in the marketplace.
- Rules: Pinholics Anonymous rules based on the Consolidated IFPA/PAPA rule set
- Qualifying: 34 hours of qualifying!!! Thurs 6pm - 3am, Fri 9am - 3am, Sat 9am - 4pm.
- Finals: 24 qualifiers, top 8 receive first round bye. Four player groups play 3 game match, scoring 4, 2, 1, 0 each game. Top two players advance from each group.
Thursday: 6pm to 3am
Friday: 9am to 3am
Saturday: 9am to 4pm*
* games started by 4pm can be completed, no other games start after 4pm
6pm start for A division
6:30pm start for B division
ALL players must check-in between 5:30 and 5:50pm to be in finals
Hotel rooms are likely all sold out in the National Harbor, but many other good deals can be found including in Alexandria, Virginia. Due to parking issues on Friday and Saturday, it may even be easier to simply taxi or Uber to and from the convention center from hotels nearby in Alexandria.
Links to the live standings will be available here when the tournament starts.
Pre-registration is now closed. To play in the tournament, register at the registration desk at the pinball tournament anytime on Thursday through Saturday. No more players will be added after 2pm on Saturday.
Pre-register for MAGfest at this link on the DTM website to get your ID and PIN ahead of time. You may also sign-up to receive text messages when you are next up in the queue to help you enjoy the show while waiting for your turn to play.
Pre-registration isn't required as players may still register on-site at any time during the tournament (up until 1pm on Saturday).
Standings and Queues
Find the current standings, queues, game scores, etc. here:
Possible games for the tournament may be:
TBD in December
Others are also possible depending on what people bring to MAGfest. We always try to get the best games that show up at MAGfest but also we try and pick games that we know have a strong history of operating without errors. And of course some different ones to keep people on their toes.
Final list will be posted Wednesday night, or Thursday morning on the Neverdrains.com/magfest2020 website that host the standings and game scores.
Will be determined on January 2nd during setup and posted here before the start of the tournament.