While my plans to attend the biggest Magic event in history fell through, one member of OMA, Will Larson, was kind enough to do a bit of a photo diary of the tournament and share some of the amazing art that was on display there.

 Wow!  I was not expecting my first GP that I was able to participate in the main event to be such an experience!  It turned out to be the largest TCG tournament in the history of TCGs…and by far!  Without the cap limiting it to 4,500 players, I think this event could have been much larger.  Many players didn’t get to participate in the main event but still showed up for side events.  I would say attendance was definitely close to 5,000!

Friday was my first day with some preview events and registration.  My friend and I arrived at 8:30 and the line was already around the building!  I had no chance at a playmat from being in line…but we were initially told to wait in it anyways for the mini masters event and the promo.  Well, with 4,500 players it took about 4.5 hours to actually sit down and play mini masters!  That is the longest I think I’ve ever waited in line!

To help get everyone inside they zigzagged the line around the tables and passed the Modern Masters Art Exhibition!  It contained 10×8 prints of the all of the art that is featured in Modern Masters!  This was set up by Krab Jab Studios.  Some of the art were old friends that we know but Modern Masters featured many new pieces of art as well.  It was really great to see them in much larger size than a card in person.  They displayed 87 pieces framed with the card name, the artists who illustrated the piece and what set the original card came from.

I overheard while waiting in the line and waiting for pairings that most people were very happy with the new art for the two swords, arcbound ravager and tarmagoyf.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see premiums on those cards quickly.   The power of nostalgia is always strong especially for us older players but for many of the players at GP Vegas this is the first time opening packs with any of these cards.  New nostalgia is being born.

Many artists came to sign cards and whatnot and  many had original art with them.  The artists that attended included Chris Rahn, Steve Argyle, Pete Venters, Mark Tedin, Jeff Miracola, Tom Baxa, Daarken, Chuck Lukacs, rk post and Michael C. Hayes.  Many had original artworks with them for sale and view!  It was sure a lot to take in!

 

My GP Vegas experience started here - at the back of the line

My GP Vegas experience started here – at the back of the line

 

Getting There.

Getting There.

 

I know most of the GP Vegas reports include pictures of the line, but it really was a sight to see

I know most of the GP Vegas reports include pictures of the line, but it really was a sight to see

 

Last one, I promise.

Last one, I promise.

 

Finally Inside! Time for some art

Finally Inside! Time for some art

 

Enjoying the Modern Mastery

Enjoying the Modern Mastery

 

Taking advantage of a lull in the crowd

Taking advantage of a lull in the crowd

 

Think of the Myr!

Think of the Myr!

 

One of these things is not like the other...

One of these things is not like the other…

 

Look! There I am! The little red guy.

Look! There I am! The little red guy.

 

Good pairing.

Good pairing.

 

The cycle is now complete

The cycle is now complete

In addition to getting a good sampling of the art on display, Will also made sure to get some action shots of the artists in their natural habitat. 

Mark Tedin sketching on a playmat

Mark Tedin sketching on a playmat

 

Jeff Miracola signing cards with 2 Originals on display

Jeff Miracola signing cards with 2 Originals on display

 

Micheal C Hayes signing a print someone bought. Yes those are original paintings in the bottom right corner ! The quality always blows my mind!

Micheal C Hayes signing a print someone bought. Yes those are original paintings in the bottom right corner ! The quality always blows my mind!

 

The Krab Jab Studios booth featuring prints and original artwork for many as well as promoting The Gathering book. Julie is on the left, signing some cards.

The Krab Jab Studios booth featuring prints and original artwork for many as well as promoting The Gathering book. Julie is on the left, signing some cards.

 

Chuck Lukacs busy signing some Burrenton Forge-Tenders

Chuck Lukacs busy signing some Burrenton Forge-Tenders

 

Daarken signing away! Chair abandoned in the heat of the moment.

Daarken signing away! Chair abandoned in the heat of the moment.

 

Chris Rahn gives me a funny face as I ask him to pose. Those are the originals he has left in the back. Some great and beautiful paintings!

Chris Rahn gives me a funny face as I ask him to pose. Those are the originals he has left in the back. Some great and beautiful paintings!

 

Steve Argyle's booth was crammed the whole time he was there!

Steve Argyle’s booth was crammed the whole time he was there!

 Thank you Will for sharing your GP Vegas experience with us and giving us a glimpse at the art on display there.  To have such a display of artistic talent on display at the world’s largest Magic event in history is an outstanding tribute to the art of the game.

While I may have missed out on GP:Vegas, you’ve gotten me excited for the upcoming events like Gen Con and Vintage Champs.

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