By Niels Viaene

Even though attendance at the last Gentry Open was at an all-time low, it seems like those involved are still passionate about the format and therefore, this little project needs to stay alive, thus, a 17th season is in order!

The Calendar

Please find all events and notable releases of this season below.

Feb 3rd Phyrexia: All will be one is released

Feb 26th Sunday Magic – Gentry

Mar 26th Sunday Magic – Gentry

April 21st March of the Machine is released

April 30th Sunday Magic – Gentry (proxies allowed)

May 12th March of the Machine: Aftermath is released

May 28th Sunday Magic – Gentry

June 17th Gentry Invitational

June 25th Sunday Magic – Gentry


Sunday Magic Gentry Events

Sunday Magic Gentry is a casual tournament that is more about trying out a new deck and connecting with the rest of the community than it is about getting very competitive. Generally it will aim to be 5 to 6 rounds of swiss play with a very flat payout. Participants in these are likely to receive small goodies that are left from previous sponsorships.

The Invitational

The invitational is the most spectator-oriented of all Gentry events and features 8 invited players playing selected decks in a single elimination bracket that will broadcast every single match to the twitch channel (yes, that still exists and yes, we will try again and hope to get that connection running properly!). On-site spectators are welcome and can even play Gentry and Chaos Sealed Round Robin events there, so bring some friends and enjoy an afternoon of Gentry!

The Gentry Open

Gentry matters, and it matters most when the Gentry Open rolls around and new players find their way to the format while more experienced players get to flex their deckbuilding skills to the max. It is a celebration of the format and I intend to keep partying, I just hope I won’t be left alone on the dancefloor

Not much will change from previous editions of the Gentry Opens, we will try to get sponsoring going and will make sure every participant gets a goodie box just for participating that is already awesome and then has something to play for every step of the way, with boosters being paid out after swiss and top cut playing for extra goodies.

The Website

Putting content on this website has been a very low priority for me lately but I understand a lot of people need this to be able to stay engaged and connected to the community. I would love to do more but that seems very hard to do for me at the current time. If people feel like writing Gentry related content, feel free to contact me and I will very gladly edit your content to be put on here.

The Promise

I am going to do my best to make this season of Gentry into the best I can make it, I hope this article and the planned events clearly illustrate that. But without your interest and participation it will be all for naught so I hope to see people spreading the news, contacting old players that fell off the radar, introducing new players that want to try playing real cards without breaking the bank, discussing and brewing ideas on decks and interesting cards. Share your enthusiasm with as many people as you can, and we will turn this into an amazing season.

Looking forward to a bright future,

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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