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NRG Series Trial - Chicago (Modern)

Game: Magic: The Gathering

Organized by: NRG Series

Tournament Type: Tabletop

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:

Entry Fee: $50.00 + $4.74 | Open Registration | Format: Modern | Ended | 211 of 240 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 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!

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

Sunday's main event is the $5,000 Modern Trial. To enroll in this event, register directly through MTG Melee. This event will be run at Competitive REL and decklists are required to be submitted through MTG Melee. More information about this event's rules, schedule, and prizes can be found on subsequent tabs. Players who are playing in the Team Event's 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.

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).

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. The Top 8 will use the high-seed play/draw rule.

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

Weekend Schedule

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


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


  • 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]


  • Sun, 11/28, 9:00 AM: Venue Opens
  • Sun, 11/28, 9:30 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 Trial 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

  • 1st – $1,200 & 20 NRG Series Points
  • 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 $10,000 invite-only 2021 Championship. Our invitation structure can be found here.

The Top 4 players from each Trial will also 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 store credit (10% bonus).

Questions or comments? Please contact event manager Max Kahn at

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Archetype Breakdown

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