By Niels Viaene

We are heading towards the end of the current season, and that means a Gentry Open. Currently, the event has been made on Facebook, but a lot of the details about the goodie box have not been finalized yet.

As a reminder, you can go back to the article that explains how leaderboards and byes work. In short, it looks like every leaderboard will give a bye to their leaders, except the Arena Leaderboard that might give more.

Gentry Invitational

That part above, about the Open, is just a brief announcement. The real onus here lies presenting the upcoming Gentry Invitational to you that will take place on September 1st. Again, you can check the article to explain everything surrounding the basic structure. Currently, there are no leaderboards that are large enough to warrant an invite, except the Arena one.

So who does have a slot already?

  • 1. Tom De Wael

Tom fell sick and could not attend the previous edition of the Invitational. Because I felt so bad for him, and because he has been very popular in previous selection, I made the decision to announce him to be the first player into this Invitational.

  • 2. Ruben Naudts

As you can read and see here, Ruben took home the title at the last Gentry Open, besting a field of 54 players with his trusty mono-blue deck. It also earned him the right to play in the next Gentry Invitational.

  • 3. Alan Schuer

There was a charity event, held by the Lady Planeswalker Society, that gave away a slot to the Invitational. After a brief hiccup in the first round, Alan took his mono-red deck on an undefeatable tear through the tournament.

3 down, 5 to go then…?

That is correct, math gifted reader. The Gentry Invitational is an 8 player, single-elimination event designed to showcase decks for the upcoming Open. That means we need 8 players.

Currently, there is a google form for you to nominate people. Those with the most mentions and the best reasons for being mentioned as a candidate will receive invites. It is now up to you to help me decide who gets to play in this prestigious event.

What is new with this version?

As the goal is to highlight different decks, players selected will have a pick order to select decks. I will be the final judge to determine that decks are different enough. The players will not be told in which order they are, nor which decks have been chosen before them (though there is some information to be gained by people when their higher picks are not granted).

The goal is to have 8 different decks in the Invitational, something that I feel should be easily done as I have seen multiple events with 10+ different archetypes in just 15 players.

Are you looking forward to the event? Then nominate your candidates and share your enthusiasm by joining the event on facebook.

See you soon,
Niels Viaene

Niels Viaene came into contact with Magic first through the Kazz & Zakk starter set in 1996, but it wouldn’t be until 2000, around the time Prophecy came out that he actually started playing magic thanks to his nephew. Niels’ Magic career has been a roller coaster up to now, including Grand Prix Paris 2009 top 8, Pro Tour San Diego 2010 top 8, becoming a L3 Magic Judge in 2015 and managing the community effort that is the League of New and Beginning Magic: the Gathering Players, the birthing ground for Gentry since 2012. All this comes from a deep love for the game that is far from diminishing.

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