GP Judge Compensation Changes for Legion Events

Greetings all, Rob here.

As you may be aware, judges will no longer be receiving foils at Grand Prix events starting with the 2015 season. As a result, Legion Events is making a change to how we handle judge compensation at Grand Prix events at Grand Prix Omaha and afterwords. Our plan is a little complicated, so you will have to bear with me for a moment while I go over the numbers we are using and what the difference in compensation actually means.

In the future, judges will receive pay based on level according to the following for working both Saturday and Sunday:
  • Level 3+
    • $598
    • 3 boxes of current set product
    • One GP judge playmat
  • Level 2
    • $400
    • 2 boxes of current set product
    • One GP judge playmat
  • Level 1
    • $200
    • 2 boxes of current set product
    • One GP judge playmat
There will also be a bonus attached to the event for Saturday and Sunday judges if we end up with significantly higher attendance than planned.  I don’t want to get into too heavy of math in this post, but the bonus structure for our GPs will be in the GP event posting on JudgeApps.  (You can see the one for Omaha here: )  In addition to all of that, there is additional pay for Friday, slightly increased from Friday numbers.  Again, I did not want to put all that info here, but it is called out in each event solicitation for judges.
Things to note:
This money includes what was the prior Legion stipend, and takes the place of any room or food stipend.  It is expected to cover all costs for your travel, lodging, and food for the weekend.  The Friday cash is expected to fully cover a night of hotel, because you are assumed to be working Saturday and Sunday and have that pay covering your travel.
Every judge will be expected to fill out either a W-9 or W-8ben as applicable.  One of these must be on file with us for each calendar year you work Legion GPs.  If you receive $600 or more in a year in pay from us, we will issue you a 1099 as a contractor.

We reserve the right to increase pay on a per-event basis, provide other promotional items, or provide other inducements on a per-person or per-event basis.  These compensation levels are minimums, not maximums.


What does this mean for players?

Event costs will be increasing.  Grand Prix Omaha will cost $60.  We will be providing preregistration discounts for GP Omaha that will give you the opportunity to pay as little as $50 for the event, but the price of events has to increase, because we are shouldering additional costs of compensating the fairly large and skilled judge staff necessary for hosting a Grand Prix.


What does this mean for event quality?

The number of judges needed for a Grand Prix is not going down, but the number of applicants may decrease – for many judges the draw of a Grand Prix was judge foils.  We have always had significantly more quality applicants for a Grand Prix than we were able to accept, so this should not significantly impact the quality of our Grand Prix staff.  If it does, we will re-evaluate compensation for future events.


Due to a misunderstanding on my part, I posted slightly incorrect pay numbers for L3+ judges.  The goal was to pay an amount per day that put them under the 1099 limit, but my understanding of the 1099 requirements was not clear.  I have adjusted the L3+ payment slightly (It is now based on $299 a day) in order to avoid having to 1099 an L3 that works only one event for Legion.  My apologies for the mistake.


Christine Sprankle added to GP San Antonio

elspeth2Greetings all, Rob here.

We have confirmed in Christine Sprankle, cosplayer extraordinaire, for GP San Antonio.

Christine will be on site all three days taking photos with fans, chatting about Magic, and generally being awesome.

Christine will also be part of our VIP dinner on Saturday (you can win the ability to go to this dinner by playing in our special Friday VIP Dinner event), and we are setting aside special VIP time for our VIP players to get photos and time with Christine on Sunday.  (Exact schedule to be determined, but it will be on Sunday afternoon in the VIP lounge.)

You can check out Christine’s great cosplay on her Facebook page,