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NRG Series MTGO Open - March 2021 (Modern)

Game: Magic: The Gathering

Organized by: NRG Series

Tournament Type: MTG Online

The NRG Series is excited to bring you competitive events on MTGO and Magic Arena with large cash prize pools! Tune in for live coverage on!

Entry Fee: $25.00 + $2.61 | Open Registration | Format: Modern | Ended | 70 of 226 Enrolled Players

New to MTG Melee? Watch their how-to video. Note that we are using Magic Online, not MTG Arena.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021

Decklists Due & Check-in Time: 10:55 AM CDT

Event Start: 11:00 AM CDT

Entry Fee: $25 (plus MTG Melee platform fees)

Platform: Magic Online

Format: Modern. Decklists are open.

Structure: Swiss based on attendance + cut to Top 8

Rent your deck with Cardhoarder!

You can rent a deck for the weekend by taking part in the NRG Series Weekend Pass exclusively for NRG Series competitors. Here's how it works:

  1. Register for the Cardhoarder rental program sometime between now and the event. This process will take approximately 15 minutes, so please leave yourself enough time.
    • Decks valued up to 500 tickets will cost $10 to rent
    • Decks valued up to 800 tickets will cost $15 to rent
  2. Borrow your deck from Cardhoarder anytime beginning Friday (03/19) morning. You can borrow and return cards all the way up to the start of the event.
  3. Return the deck by Monday (03/22) morning.

You can apply for the NRG Series Weekend Pass via Cardhoarder here. Note that you must be at least 18 years old to apply.

Thanks to our sponsor, KMC

KMC Sleeves is the official sponsor of the 2021 NRG Series. Top 8 competitors will each receive a set of KMC Hyper Mat sleeves and perfect fits! Check out KMC at!


Decklists are open and will be automatically provided by MTG Melee at the start of each round. Players will have 5 minutes to check in for their match once pairings are posted. Pay attention to audio and SMS notifications (set this up on your profile!) for new pairings.

Pairings will be done using the Direct Challenge feature on Magic Online. Note that the Direct Challenge feature defaults to 40 minute timers for each player. However, for the Swiss phase of this tournament, each player has a 25-minute timer to take their actions. Should a player's clock fall below 15:00, that player loses the match, regardless of the game score of the match. Please screenshot and report the result as a match loss.

Players are allowed to intentionally draw, but Top 8 will use the High Seed Play/Draw rule.

Match Recordings & Coverage

Recording your matches with screen recording software is HIGHLY recommended. If there are any disputes about deck contents, deck legality, or unsporting conduct during your match, we may request video evidence to aid in our investigation.

Additionally, LIVE video coverage of this event will be provided by the NRG Series. Players may be asked to share their screen in the NRG Series discord to enable us to find matches for coverage. Please make sure you are a member of the NRG Series discord.

You ARE allowed to stream this event! We recommend using a 10-minute delay and switching your chat to emote-only to avoid any outside assitance. Players who are found to be ghosting the official NRG Series stream or individual players' streams will be disqualifed from the event. Players are not allowed to use Twitch chat, Discord, or any other form of communication to give or recieve advice during a match.

Connectivity & Bugs

Players are responsible for ensuring they have a stable internet connection. To ensure event integrity, game crashes and restarts will not cause a match in progress to restart. Other issues will be dealt with based on the Magic Digital IPG if possible. All final decisions are based on the sole discretion of the tournament organizer.

There are a few known bugs affecting play on Magic Online. The intentional exploitation of any Magic Online bug during the tournament is considerded cheating and is grounds for removal from the event without prize.

Legal Stuff

By particpating in this event, you agree to the Nerd Rage Gaming Ltd. Camera and Video policy. Additionally, you consent to any recordings of your match being edited and used by NRG Series coverage.

Players must be 18 years or older to participate in this event.

This tournament needs 65 or more players when registration closes in order to launch. In the case the tournament does not have 64 or more players, the tournament will be canceled and all entry fees will be refunded.

Cardhoarder Weekend Rental Program Opens: Friday, Mar 19th @ 12:00 AM CDT. Apply for the NRG Series Weekend Pass here.

Decklists Due & Check-in Time: Saturday, Mar 20th @ 10:55 AM CDT

Event Start: Saturday, Mar 20th @ 11:00 AM CDT

Swiss Phase: Based on attendance:

  • 65-128 Players: 7 rounds
  • 129+ Players: 8 rounds

Elimination Phase: cut to Top 8 after Swiss. Top 8 will use high-seed play/draw rule. Top 8 matches can use the full 40-minute match timer on MTGO.

Cardhoarder Weekend Rental Program Ends: Monday, Mar 22nd @ 12:00 PM CDT. All rented cards must be returned by this time.

Prizes to be paid via Paypal 7-10 days upon the conclusion of the event. Players must have a PayPal account in order to receive cash prizes from this event. Players without a Paypal account may choose to receive payment in the form of MTGO TIX with a rate of $1 USD = 1 TIX

Total Prize Pool: $2,000

  • 1st: $800
  • 2nd: $400
  • 3rd/4th: $200
  • 5th-8th: $100

Top 8 players will also receive a free pack of KMC Hyper Matte sleeves thanks to our sponsor, KMC Supplies!

Questions? Contact NRG Series Event Manager Max Kahn via email at or ask us on Twitter at @NRGSeries.

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Archetype Breakdown

* Record includes mirror matches. Match Win Percentage (MW%) excludes mirror matches.