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NRG Series Showdown - Chicago (Team)

Organized by: NRG Series

Platform: Paper

The NRG Series is back for paper events in 2021! Our premier event this season is our $15,000 Showdown weekend in Chicagoland! More info can be found here: https://articles.nerdragegaming.com/nrg-series-2021-announcement/

Entry Fee: $200.00 + $11.47 | Open Registration | Format: Modern, Legacy | Ended | 93 of 100 Enrolled Players

The NRG Series is back for paper Magic in 2021! Read our 2021 announcement here.

Weekend Information

NRG Series Chicago Showdown $15,000 Weekend

  • Date: November 27-28, 2021

  • Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein, 510 IL-83, Mundelein, IL, USA 60060

  • Saturday Event: $10,000 Team Showdown (Limited/Modern/Legacy)

  • Sunday Event: $5,000 Individual Modern Trial

Pre-register for both events through MTG Melee. Limited on-site registration is available. Saturday's Showdown caps at 300 players (100 teams). Sunday's Trial caps at 226 players.

Hotel accommodations at the venue including a discounted group room rate are available. Use this link to book rooms at the venue starting at $99/night.

Need singles? The NRG sales booth will be stocked with a wide array of Magic singles, sealed product, and accessories. Buyers will be available all day to purchase your collection for cash or store credit. You can order singles through NerdRageGaming.com by 4PM CT on Thursday, November 25 for event pick-up! Be sure to select "Event Pick-up" as your shipping option at check out.

Coverage of this event will be broadcast on Twitch. Tune in live at twitch.tv/NRGSeries!

We are thrilled to have Magic artist Jeff Laubenstein joining us at this event. Jeff will be signing cards and selling various prints and accessories. You can find Jeff's full catalog of Magic work, including Show and Tell and Recurring Nightmare, here.

Main Event Information

Saturday's main event is the $10,000 Team Showdown. To enroll in this event, ONE PLAYER PER TEAM should register directly through MTG Melee. This event will be run at Competitive REL and decklists for both Modern and Legacy are required to be submitted through MTG Melee. More information about this event's rules, schedule, and prizes can be found on subsequent tabs.

Side Event Information

Side events will be available all weekend long, including on-demand booster drafts, Commander pods, and constructed win-a-box events. Registration for these events will be available on-site; there is no preregistration available for side events.

COVID-19 Policies

This event will be run in accordance with any COVID-19 health and safety protocols as directed by the venue, municipality, state, and country.

All attendees must be fully vaccinated (defined as 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series or a single-dose vaccine) or present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the start of the event (for this event, a test date of November 24, 2021 or later). Attendees must bring proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result to the venue and present it when requested by a tournament official. Attendees that fail to present proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result will be removed from the venue without refund.

Test results from at-home Covid test kits will not be accepted. If you plan to bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test, you must show proof of a test from a documented test site, such as a medial facility, clinic, hospital, etc. This proof must include your name, the result of the test, the date of the test, and the facility name/location. Both PCR and Antigen tests from these facilities will be accepted.

Regardless of vaccination status, all attendees are required to wear face masks covering their nose and mouth while inside the venue.

Do not attend if you or a member of your household is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. The NRG Series reserves the right to modify our policies as we see fit up to the day of the event. We also reserve the right to cancel this event at any time.

Should this event become canceled due to COVID-19, all entry fees will be automatically refunded. However, Nerd Rage Gaming Ltd. is not responsible for covering any outside costs incurred by event attendees, such as hotel, travel accommodations, or other purchases. We urge attendees to only book travel that is 100% refundable.

This event will be run by certified judges and in accordance with the Magic Comprehensive Rules, Infraction Procedure Guide and Tournament Rules.

This event will be run at Competitive Rules Enforcement Level (Comp REL).

This event is a team trios event. One player on each team will play Limited, Modern, and Legacy. On Saturday, teams will build an Innistrad: Crimson Vow sealed deck to kick off the morning. The rest of Day 1 will run similarly to traditional team events with a cut to the Top 8 teams. The Top 8 draft and deckbuilding portion of the elimination rounds will be done on Saturday night. The Top 8 matches will commence at 9AM on Sunday in a single-elimination bracket. Players who are playing in Top 4 matches may receive up to one (1) bye in Sunday's Modern Trial to accommodate playing in both events. Finalists may receive up to two (2) byes to Sunday's Modern Trial.

Each team's constructed players are required to submit their decklists via MTG Melee prior to the beginning of the tournament. Decklists will not be public during the Swiss rounds of the event. Constructed decklists will become public for the Top 8 rounds.

This event will have a variable number of Swiss rounds based on attendance followed by a cut to Top 8.

  • 33-64 Teams: 6 Rounds + Top 8 Draft/Deckbuild. Top 8 matches on Sunday.
  • 65-100 Teams: 7 Rounds + Top 8 Draft/Deckbuild. Top 8 matches on Sunday.

Weekend Schedule

NRG Series Chicago Showdown Weekend (all times US Central Time)

Pre-Event

  • Thu, 11/25, 4:00 PM: Deadline for online orders to be placed with Event Pick-up option.

Saturday

  • Sat, 11/27, 9:00 AM: Venue Opens
  • Sat, 11/27, 9:45 AM: Team Showdown Registration Closes
  • Sat, 11/27, 10:00 AM: Team Showdown Player Meeting & Sealed Deckbuilding
  • Sat, 11/27, 11:00 AM (approx): Round 1 Begins [number of Swiss rounds based on attendance, see "Rules" section]

Sunday

  • Sun, 11/28, 9:00 AM, Top 8 of Team Showdown Begins
  • Sun, 11/28, 9:45 AM: Individual Modern Trial Registration Closes
  • Sun, 11/28, 10:00 AM: Individual Modern Player Meeting & Round 1 Start [number of Swiss rounds based on attendance, see "Rules" section]

The organizer has agreed to pay out prizes in 14 days or less.

NRG Series Trial Prize Payout

(prizes listed are per team)

  • 1st – $3,000, Invites to 2021 Championship & 20 NRG Series Points
  • 2nd – $1,500 & 18 NRG Series Points
  • 3rd–4th – $1,110 & 15 NRG Series Points
  • 5th–8th – $570 & 12 NRG Series Points
  • 9th–12th – $250 & 8 NRG Series Points
  • 13th–16th – 4 NRG Series Points
  • 17th–32nd – 2 NRG Series Points
  • 33rd+ - 1 NRG Series Point

All three members of the winning team earn invites to the 2021 NRG Series Championship. NRG Series points are also used towards at-large invites to the $10,000 invite-only 2021 Championship. Our invitation structure can be found here.

Each player on the Top 4 teams from this event will earn invitations to an upcoming Qualifier Weekend on MTG Arena. (Players must be 18 years or older to be eligible for this prize.)

Prizes are to be paid out within 14 days of the conclusion of the event based on the above distribution. Our default payment method is via check by mail, but players also have the option to receive their payments via Paypal (minus Goods & Services fee). Players may also elect to receive their payment in MTGO Tix ($1 = 1 TIX) or in NerdRageGaming.com store credit (10% bonus).

Questions or comments? Please contact event manager Max Kahn at max@nerdragegaming.com.

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