NYSE Vintage Open 3 Announcement & Details

Vintage community stalwart and super tournament organizer Nick Detwiler (aka Prospero) is back at it again, hosting the third annual NYSE Vintage Open. Details of this legendary tournament have been released, and can be found on TheManaDrain, as well as below.

Coming to you from Long Island, New York, the NYSE 3 is set to kick off at the end of June, just shy of one month from now. This is the number one can’t-miss player driven tournament of the year each year, and brings out most of the format’s best players from across the United States, and usually a couple of great international players as well. Airfare is still very affordable, so get cracking on this now if you haven’t already booked your travel arrangements!

Main Event Date & Time

Saturday, June 27th 2015
10:00 am registration, 11:00 am start
15 proxy, non-sanctioned Vintage tournament, with X number of Swiss rounds (based on number of players), followed by a cut to a Top 8 playoff.

Main Event Location & Venue Information

Four Points Sheraton
333 South Service Road
Plainview, NY 11803
(516) 694-6500

Site Security
Theft is a concern at any event, even if theft has never been a problem at the NYSE. As with previous NYSE Open security, there will be a secured entry area that will only be open to players in the event and staff. Wristbands with matching tags will be used to associate players with their corresponding bags. You will not be able to leave with someone else’s bag, and you will not be afforded entry to the play space unless you are playing in the event. God help you if you’re caught stealing.

Main Event Registration & Prize Support

Entry for the event is $100 to all pre-registrants before June 7 2015. Entry fee for the day of the event is $125, so pre-registration is STRONGLY encouraged. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, the registration for this event is going to be capped at 150 players. Please pre-register for this event if you intend on making the trip. Not only will you save yourself $25, you’ll also guarantee your spot in the tournament.

Pre-registration is non-refundable. Pre-registration for this event is available here:

NYSE3Karn2Players who pre-register for the event will also be entered into a random drawing for a second altered Karn, done by Poxy14. Pre-registration will be open until June 7 2015 (at $100), and will be closed after that (meaning you will have to register on site the day of the tournament, which is more expensive). Don’t wait – RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!

The Top 8 will be drafting Power 9 based on final standings in the event! This means that you’ll have a chance to draft the following cards if you make Top 8:
Unlimited Black Lotus
Unlimited Ancestral Recall
Unlimited Time Walk
Unlimited Mox Sapphire
Unlimited Mox Jet
Unlimited Mox Ruby
Unlimited Mox Emerald
Unlimited Mox Pearl

But the prize support doesn’t end there:
Mishra’s Workshop

Bazaar of Baghdad

NYSE3Karn1The prices on many Vintage staples have shot through the roof in the last year, and it was no easy task to keep the prize support for this event the same while upgrading the venue and maintaining the entry fee. The power is in good shape to boot (no creases, nothing too beat, etc.). In addition to that, and keeping with tradition, there will be a Karn, Silver Golem, altered by Poxy14 given out to the victor!

In addition to that, there will be a giveaway for all pre-registrants of another Karn, Silver Golem done by Poxy14 (as shown above, in the Registration section).

Oh, and don’t forget the trophy:



Most people familiar with Vintage know what a proxy is. For the NYSE Open, a proxy is defined as the following:
A Magic the Gathering card with the full name, card type (instant, sorcery, land, artifact, creature, enchantment, planeswalker), full mana cost, and text clearly displayed. This can be done in one of two ways:

1. Using a Sharpie, not pen or pencil, to fill in the required text on a card where it can clearly be read. (Revised lands are excellent for this, new commons and uncommons aren’t usually, as they’re darker, and far tougher to read.)

2. Using acetone to remove certain text from a card that’s close to the intended proxy (i.e. Lotus Bloom, with certain words removed to proxy a Black Lotus, Ancestral Visions with certain words removed to proxy an Ancestral Recall).

Take pride in your proxies! Your opponents should know at ALL times from across the table what your proxies are, as they should be clearly defined.

Using 15 Swamps to make your proxies is a bad idea, as it’s going to create confusion. If you’re proxying Moxen, please, use a land from each appropriate color to make a proxy for that Mox (i.e., a Mox Sapphire is on an Island, a Mox Jet is on a Swamp, a Mox Pearl is on a Plains, etc.).

Please use your best judgment when creating your proxies; we know what will and what won’t be easily recognizable. Your opponents should not ever be at a disadvantage because you don’t own the cards. There is nothing wrong with using proxies as you slowly pick up the cards that you need to play Vintage, but please consider your opponents while you’re making them, as we’re out to make this an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. If you’re worried that your proxies may not pass muster, please speak to the head judge of the event before the event starts. Leave enough time to create new proxies, if necessary.

Using paper printouts of card faces and gluing them to cards is not acceptable! This alters the thickness of the cards, making the cards marked for all intents and purposes. Please don’t do this, as the judges will be instructed to consider these as marked cards, and enforce punishment according to DCI Competitive REL event rules!

Team Event

Magic is a great game, but most of the time it’s a solitary one. Team events are some of the most fun events in Magic, and there will be another team event at NYSE Open 3. The entry is free. There will be a trophy, engraved to note your team victory at the NYSE Open 3. Points will be calculated by the total number of match points that a team receives (for the 3 members combined). For example, if a team has three players who finish with the following records:

That team would receive 3 points for each win (for a total of 39 points off the wins noted above), with an additional point received for the draw (for a grand total of 40 points). Losses have no point value. May the best team win!

Artist Appearances

We are lucky enough to have four great Magic artists coming to this event!

Richard Kane Ferguson’s unique style has graced iconic cards like Pillage, Dakkon Blackblade, and Sol’Kanar, Swamp King. View all of Richard Kane Ferguson’s Magic cards.

Dan Frazier will forever be known for his work on the five Moxen, in addition to many other iconic pieces throughout the years. View all of Dan Frazier’s Magic cards.

Melissa Benson will always be remembered for iconic pieces such as Shivan Dragon, Nightmare, and Lord of Atlantis. View all of Melissa Benson’s Magic cards.

Bryon Wackwitz is the final addition to the stable of artists. View all of Byron Wackwitz’s Magic cards.

All four artists are featured in The Gathering, a great book celebrating the history of Magic’s early artists. They have done some phenomenal work in the books that I’ve seen; I strongly recommend purchasing a copy of the book if you haven’t already, and having these great artists work in your copy.

Limited Edition Playmats

Greg Fenton’s custom limited edition playmats were quite the hit last year, and sold out immediately upon the opening registration lines at NYSE Open 2. There will be an extremely limited edition run of custom playmats done for NYSE Open 3, available for purchase on site for $40. This is the exclusive playmat for NYSE Open 3!


If you will not be able to make it to the event and still wish to purchase this incredible playmat AHEAD OF TIME, please reach out to Greg Fenton on TMD or us here at Eternal Central at jaco@eternalcentral.com ASAP, and we can make sure one is reserved and purchased in your name, and delivered to you.

NYSE Vintage Open 3 Qualifier Tournaments

If you’re a tournament organizer and want to run a qualifier for NYSE Vintage Open 3, reach out to Nick Detwiler (aka Prospero) on TheManaDrain to discuss details.
April 3 2015, The Comic Book Depot – Raffaele Forino wins or Jeremy Fain wins?
May 1 2015, The Comic Book Depot – Michael Egan wins
May 9 2015, Pandemonium Books & Games – Brian Schlossberg wins
May 16 2015, The Player’s Guild – Michael Schefffenacker wins
May 17 2015, 5D’s – Jonathan Geras wins?
May 23 2015, Black Magic Vintage – Zohar Bhagat wins
June 6 2015, The Comic Book Depot – TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCEMENT & DETAILS

This section will be updated as any additional qualifier events or results are added to the calendar.

Friday Night Vintage Side Event

As with last year, the NYSE Open isn’t meant to be a solitary event, but a weekend of Vintage. There is no better way to start off a weekend of Vintage than to have Friday Night Vintage at The Comic Book Depot.

Friday, June 26 2015
7:00 pm registration, 7:15 pm start
$10 entry, 15 proxy, non-sanctioned Vintage credit tournament. Prize support will scale with attendance.

The Comic Book Depot
2847 Jerusalem Avenue
Wantagh, NY 11793-2016
(516) 221-9337

Sunday Vintage Side Event

To cap off the NYSE Open weekend, we have a Mishra’s Workshop tournament at The Comic Book Depot on Sunday.

Sunday, June 28 2015
11:00 am registration, 12:00 pm start
$30, 15 proxy, non-sanctioned Vintage tournament.

Prize support:
1st – Mishra’s Workshop (guaranteed at 18 players)
2nd – $60 credit (at 20 players)
3rd/4th – $30 credit (at 22 players)

An additional $30 in credit will be added to the prize pool with every entrant.

The Comic Book Depot
2847 Jerusalem Avenue
Wantagh, NY 11793-2016
(516) 221-9337

Sunday Artist Appearance
We are lucky enough to have one of the great Magic artists, and true gentlemen of the game, attending the Sunday Depot tournament. Jeff Menges will be available (schedule permitting) early on Sunday, and will have artist proofs, prints, and more. If I were you, I’d look to have Jeff do some work in your copy of The Gathering book. View all of Jeff Menges’ Magic cards.

Miscellaneous Information

Card Titan pays to be at the NYSE Open, and they are integral to this event. Please, absolutely no buying and selling at the venue. If you have business to do with someone, please don’t disrespect the dealer who paid to be there by conducting it on site. Buying and selling in the venue is enough to get you a refund on your entry and an escort to the door, so please don’t do it. This was an issue last year.

There is a rather considerable amount of effort that goes into a weekend like this. We have artists on site, custom playmats, the best Vintage dealer in the USA, and more. Please thank Nick Coss, Greg Fenton, Jackie Gran, Brian Paskoff, Mark Aronowitz, Dan Frazier, Richard Kane Ferguson, site security, and all of the staff when you see them there. This event would not be possible without everybody’s help.

Flying In From Out of Town
Plainview is stuck between three local airports, really. On the Queens end you have LaGuardia and JFK. They’re about an hour away from the venue. On the Long Island side, you have MacArthur. MacArthur is closer, but there are far more flights across the country to LaGuardia and JFK than to MacArthur. Book your hotel now!

Questions, comments, concerns? Please reach out to Nick Detwiler (aka Prospero) on TheManaDrain to discuss.