The Pro Tour in the Magic: The Gathering trading card game is the ultimate championship of the popular card game. This event is where the best Magic: The Gathering players compete at the highest levels of the game.
The first Pro Tour was organized in 1994, and awarded prizes but no cash for its winner. As the popularity of the card game has grown, so has this event. The Pro Tour is scheduled a handful of times per year, all over the world. The Tour was originally single-format, but since 2009, it has included both a pre-constructed and a limited format. The pre-constructed format has players use pre-made decks, while the limited format allows them to customize their decks, usually through a booster draft. The high level of competition merits cash prizes for the top 75 contestants, for a total of $250,000 at each event in 2014, including $40,000 for the first-place player.
Playing in a Pro Tour is an invitation-only event. To get an invitation, players must win a qualifying event, such as an online tournament or a Grand Prix. Previous Pro Tour top-25 finishers are automatically invited back as well. Competing in a Pro Tour earns players Pro Points, which can gain them access to special events, community perks and future Pro Tours.