Modern Aftermath

Posted in Competitive Gaming on June 3, 2015

By Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg is a writer and gamer and has been part of the Magic text coverage team since 2011. He joined Wizards as organized play’s content specialist in June 2014.

As I write this in a hotel room in Chiba, Japan, I can't help but look back on last weekend in awe. Modern Masters Weekend showcased hundreds of astounding stories from around the world, and it has only served to increase my love and respect for the Magic community.

We'll be continuing with highlight Arcana until tomorrow, and will be revisiting some of the coverage highlights of all three Grand Prix that took place last weekend next Monday. If you missed any of the coverage, I highly recommend you check out this week's Arcana for some photo essays and today's infographic. The numbers say a lot about the scope of last weekend, and the photos from our three Modern Masters Weekend photographers—Neale Talbot in Chiba, Craig Gibson in Utrecht, and Joey Pasco in Las Vegas—do a phenomenal job of giving you a glimpse of humanity that participated in last weekend's festivities.

But for now, let's take a look at a few things coming up in June.

Grand Prix

While the Grand Prix circuit takes a much needed weekend off after Chiba, Utrecht, and Las Vegas, we're back into full swing next week.

First up is Grand Prix Charlotte, which is fittingly Modern following the three Modern Masters 2015 Edition Grand Prix. Charlotte also has a history of Magic Grand Prix, as the last Grand Prix Charlotte sported a few thousand dedicated Magic players. Grand Prix Charlotte runs from June 12–14.

The theming for this Grand Prix is based around Noble Hierarch, one of the cards in Modern Masters 2015 Edition. In fact, all players who register for the main event receive this playmat featuring artwork of the Hierarch!

In addition to that, there are other opportunities to earn sweet Noble Hierarch swag. Packs of Noble Hierarch sleeves are available to select main event registrants based on the registration package they sign up for, and sleeves are also offered in select side events with entry or as prizes.

After Charlotte is the first of two double-Grand Prix weekends. On June 19–21, Grand Prix Copenhagen and Grand Prix Providence will take place. While Copenhagen's main event is Modern, Providence will be Standard.

All participants at Grand Prix Copenhagen also get a playmat that commemorates iconic Modern combo superstar Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker.

Everyone who registers for the Grand Prix Providence main event receives a playmat featuring Esper Dragons all-star removal Foul-Tongue Invocation.

The month of June wraps up with two Grand Prix in two different continents June 26–28. Asia's Grand Prix will be in Singapore, while South America gets one in Buenos Aires. Singapore's main event is Modern, while Buenos Aires highlights Standard.

All participants who compete in the Grand Prix Singapore main event receive a playmat featuring the art of Mox Opal.

Buenos Aires main event participants who opt for the appropriate registration package will receive a playmat featuring the art of Duress from Dragons of Tarkir.

The month of June is packed, so check back regularly, starting next weekend, for live coverage if you're not going!

Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifiers and Beyond

The round of Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifiers for Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar has come to a close. Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers for this Pro Tour will take place across two weekends:

  • In North America, Europe, and Japan: your Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers will take place June 27.
  • In APAC and Latin America: your Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers will take place July 4.

Don't forget to check out all the information on the Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers for this round.

Remember, finding your way to a Pro Tour with an invitation all starts at your local store. The next round of Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifiers, which are for the first Pro Tour of 2016 (information to come later this summer), starts this weekend. Find a Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier near you and complete Step 1 on your path to the Pro Tour!

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