Posted in GRAND PRIX NEW JERSEY 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on November 15, 2014

By Jacob Van Lunen

Jacob Van Lunen began playing Magic in 1995. He has participated in organized play at every level of competition and was a member of the winning team at Pro Tour San Diego in 2007, thanks to an innovative draft strategy. As a writer, Van Lunen has had more than three hundred Magic strategy pieces published

With nearly four thousand players in the main event, and likely another thousand in the room, Grand Prix New Jersey is an impressively huge event. I took a stroll around the convention center during the fourth round in an attempt to fully capture the sheer size of this weekend's Legacy Grand Prix!

I started my mid afternoon walk in front of the stage.

I made my way beyond the feature match area.

"Surely these crowds won't persist." I thought to myself as I walked toward the back of the room.

Could the side event area be this crowded? Yes, it could.

I looped around to the higher numbered tables.

Then I walked back toward the stage.

I was astounded by the massive size of this tournament. The spectacle of it. There was so much Magic happening. So much mental energy buzzing through the air. It was incredible that such an unbelievably diverse group this large could be enjoying a shared passion in perfect harmony. Magic was bigger and better than ever.