The Star City Games Season Two Invitational is happening this weekend, starting today (Nov. 15) and runs to Nov. 17. The bi-annual Magic: The Gathering tournament takes place in Roanoke, Virginia, and has a total prize pool of $100,000. This is the first SCG Invitational that features both the new Pioneer format and Modern.
The winner of the SCG Invitational will get $20,000 and a seat at the SCG end-of-the-year championship.
Here's a breakdown of the three-day MTG tournament:
> Day one: Players will participate in eight Swiss rounds of Pioneer and Modern MTG formats (four each). Those with 15 or more match points will advance to day two.
The Pioneer format wasn't originally going to be a part of the SCG Invitational. Last month, the SCG Tour team decided to make an emegency change to the tournament by replacing Standard with Pioneer after Wizards of the Coast failed to ban "Oko, Thief of Crowns" from the Standard format. "
Just in case you haven't heard of the new Pioneer format, it's a non-rotating format that's mean to bridge the gap between Standard and Modern just like how Modern bridged the gap between Standard and Legacy. Here are legal sets in the Pioneer format now: