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NRG Series $5,000 Trial - Newark, Ohio (Modern) - tournament brand image

NRG Series $5,000 Trial - Newark, Ohio (Modern)

Game: Magic: The Gathering

Organized by: NRG Series

Tournament Type: Tabletop

The NRG Series is awarding nearly $250,000 in 2022! General information about the 2022 NRG Series can be found here:

Entry Fee: $50.00 + $4.74 | Open Registration | Format: Modern | Ended | 102 of 300 Enrolled Players

The NRG Series is back for tabletop Magic in 2022! Read our 2022 announcement here.

Venue Information

NRG Series $15,000 Newark, Ohio Trial Weekend: Please note that Newark, Ohio is on US Eastern Time

  • Date: October 22-23, 2022

  • Location: Cherry Valley Hotel & Event Center, 2299 Cherry Valley Rd SE, Newark, OH 43055

  • Saturday Event: $10,000 Team (Pioneer/Modern/Legacy) Trial

  • Sunday Event: $5,000 Modern Trial

Pre-register for both events through MTG Melee. Limited on-site registration is available. Both events cap at 300 players. On-site registration will be available as space permits, and will cost $5 more than the preregistration rate.

Hotel Room Block Information

  • Stay with us ON-SITE at the Cherry Valley Hotel for an easy walk downstairs to the tournament hall.
  • Book today by calling 740/788-1200 - must mention "NRG Series" for our discounted rate
  • Room block rate closes on 10/12

Vendors & Special Guests

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 by 4PM CT on the Thursday before the event. Be sure to select “Event Pickup" as your shipping option at check out.

The NRG Series is proud to partner with Coalesce Apparel + Design, the #1 store for Magic: The Gathering-inspired apparel, including shirts, hoodies, stickers, and more! Coalesce Apparel + Design will be present at all 2022 NRG Series events, but if you can't miss one, be sure to check out their full inventory at!

Main Event Information

Sunday’s main event is the $5,000 Modern Trial. To enroll in this event, register on MTG Melee. **On-site registration will be available as space permits, and will cost $5 more than the base entry fee. ** This event will be run at Competitive REL and decklists for 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

Have you ever wanted to sling multiplayer-magic non-stop in a VIP play area? Then be sure to sign up for a Command Zone pass for $50 and receive over $60 in value! Click here for more information!

Side Event Schedule

Day 1 – Saturday 10/22

Noon — October Spooky Double Feature Sealed 🔸 Enjoy 3 rounds with scary back and white cards from Wizards last visit to Innistrad 🔸

1:00 pm — Totally Spacey “Unfinity” Sealed 🔸 Suit up and launch into 3 rounds of the newest Un-set that defies all the rules 🔸

2:00 pm — Mystery Booster Sealed (Convention Edition) 🔸 This 36 player capped event features playtest cards and a “Cubelike” experience 🔸

3:00 pm — Competitive Modern Rebound 🔸 No deck list required for this top heavy prized event for competitive modern players 🔸

4:00 pm — Legacy Rumble 🔸 Bring your favorite legacy deck (and some hamster tokens?) to play 3 rounds of Legacy 🔸

Day 2 – Sunday 10/23 10:30 am — Mystery Booster Chaos Sealed Spectacular Your sealed pool will include: 🔸 3 Mystery Booster Convention Edition Packs, 🔸 2 Packs from Standard Sets in Magic’s history, & 🔸 1 Spicy Masters, Collectors, or other premium offering.

Noon — 2 Headed Giant Battle Box 🔸 You can a friend open a draft booster box from and build a pair of sealed pools to play together 🔸

1:00 pm — Pioneer Rumble 🔸 Bring your favorite pioneer deck and play 3 rounds of Swiss for glory and prizes 🔸

2:00 pm — Mystery Booster Sealed 🔸 This 36 player capped event features playtest cards and a “Cubelike” experience 🔸

3:00 pm — Competitive Pioneer Rebound 🔸 No deck list required for this top heavy prized even for competitive pioneer players 🔸

4:00 pm — Modern Rumble 🔸Bring your favorite modern deck to play 3 rounds of Swiss for glory and prizes 🔸

Finally, there will be on-demand events that will launch at any time. Specifically, as soon as there are 8 people ready to play you can enjoy:

🔸 Win-a-Box, Single-Elimination Constructed events – Pioneer, Modern, or Legacy, and… 🔸 On-Demand Drafts with the more recent standard set, as well as, specialty offerings like Double Masters 2022, Modern Horizons 2, & Unfinity.


Coverage of this event will be broadcast on Twitch. Tune in live at!

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. 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.

For paper printouts generated for this tournament, participants' names will be displayed using their full real names, irrespective of their profile's name display settings. This specification applies solely to printed materials.

Main Event Rules

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).

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. 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.

  • 65-128 Players: 7 Rounds + Top 8
  • 129-226 Players: 8 Rounds + Top 8
  • 227+ Players: 9 Rounds + Top 8

Weekend Schedule

NRG Series Newark, Ohio Trial Weekend (all times US Eastern Time)


  • Thu, 10/20, 5:00 PM: Deadline for online orders to be placed with Event Pick-up option.


  • Sat, 10/22, 9:00 AM: Venue Opens
  • Sat, 10/22, 9:50 AM: Team Trial Registration Closes
  • Sat, 10/22, 10:00 AM: Team Trial Player Meeting & Round 1 Start [number of Swiss rounds based on attendance, see "Rules" section]
  • Sat, 10/22, End of Swiss: Team Trial Top 8 Quarterfinal Round


  • Sun, 10/23, 9:00 AM: Venue Opens
  • Sun, 10/23, 9:00 AM: Team Trial Top 4 matches begin
  • Sun, 10/23, 9:50 AM: Modern Trial Registration Closes
  • Sun, 10/23, 10:00 AM: Modern Trial Player Meeting & Round 1 Start

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

NRG Series $5,000 Trial Prize Payout

  • 1st – $1,200 & 20 NRG Series Points plus invite and badge for Dreamhack Round 2 Regional Championship
  • 2nd – $600 & 18 NRG Series Points
  • 3rd-4th – $400 & 15 NRG Series Points
  • 5th–8th – $200 & 12 NRG Series Points
  • 9th–16th – $100 & 8 NRG Series Points
  • 17th–32nd – $50 & 4 NRG Series Points
  • 33rd–64th – 2 NRG Series Points
  • 65th+ - 1 NRG Series Point

NRG Series points are used towards at-large invites to the $20,000 invite-only 2022 Championship. Our invitation structure can be found here.

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 (at current market rate) or in store credit (10% bonus).

Questions or comments? Please contact event manager Sam Lewis at

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