Guide to Pro Tour Journey into Nyx:
We are less than a week away from Pro Tour Journey into Nyx, which will be held in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta (soon to be home of the Atlanta Braves). Starting Friday, the Pros of the world will begin Theros block constructed along with drafts until we reach a champion. Since Atlanta is our home base, we are providing a guide to the city for both players and spectators to enjoy. Next week we will have a GP Atlanta guide (which will actually be held in the city) with more details. Let’s get into the details first. Full details of the event can be found at the Wizards page here.
Cobb Galleria Centre
Two Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30339
The Cobb Galleria is a mixed use complex housing events, conventions, shopping, hotels and offices. The Galleria is easy to get to from the interstate, but there is no subway to the event from the Airport, meaning a rental car or taxi will be your best option. While the complex is large, it should be easy to Hall D which is where the event will be held.
There are a couple of hotels very near to the event. The main hotel on the Wizards site is the Sheraton, which is inconveniently across the street from the event site. In order to get to the site form the hotel, you have to go up the elevator to the top of the parking deck and then walk down to the Skybridge that crosses the main road. This will take you to the far end of the Galleria, which then requires a walk through the place. It’s not the worse way to get there, but there are other options. The next walking option is the Renaissance Waverly hotel which is in the same building as the Galleria. While pricier, this is your best option for an easy walk to the event. You even have time to go back to your room between matches if desired.
Food, food, food. Luckily for players, there are tons of food options in the area that are in walking distance. The closest will be the food court at the Galleria, which houses a Subway, and Chinese place, and a few others. While not the best food, these are good options in a pinch. If you have time, there is a Big Chow Grill, Jocks and Jills, and a Buckhead Pizza Co. If you really have time, or looking for somewhere to walk to for dinner, there is Cumberland mall on the other side of the Skybridge. The mall has a food court with more options (Taco Bell, Chick-Fil-A) and other big chain restaurants like Cheesecake Factory and PF Changs.
What if you are a spectator, or just get eliminated from the event and want to experience more than what the malls have to offer? Fortunately, Marietta is close to several options. For eating, you can head up the road to Mareitta Diner, a 24 hr diner famous for it’s good food options (I think the food network did a piece on the place). Further up, you can check out the Big Chicken, a local landmark that houses a KFC. Yes, it’s just regular old KFC, but how often will you be able to eat inside a 56 foot tall chicken? Heading towards the city, there is the OK Cafe, which offers some classic southern cooking items. Personally, the food was average, but this place is popular with the locals, so they must be doing something right. You would be hard pressed to find something to eat in driving distance around the event center.
If you are looking for some late night drinks, I would recommend a trip to Battle and Brew, a video game bar (recently featured in Kotaku) that serves through the night. They offer a variety of computer and console games as well as booths and tables in case you want to get a EDH game in while there. If you don’t want to wander too far, there are the typical chain bars like Hooters, Tilted Kilt, Meehans, etc.
Things to do:
So, by this point you should have a general idea of your eating and drinking options. How about if you are in town for a few more days (or the entire week since the Grand Prix is the following weekend) and want to see some sights? Marietta has the Gone with the Wind museum (yes, that does exist), but you’d have to head toward the city for attractions.
Side note, if you are a Civil War buff, check out Kennesaw Mountain to the north. A National Battlefield Park, Kennesaw Mountain has trails and historical information about the battle at the mountain. You can also head to the top and get a view of the city in the distance. It’s worth checking out if you have the time.
The city is home to the World of Coca Cola and the Georgia Aquarium, which site next to each other near Centennial Olympic Park. Honestly, the World of Coke can be skipped but the Aquarium is a great experience, offering so many sea creatures, I lost count. If you are looking for art, check out the High Museum (which is having a free entry day on Sunday, the 17th) houses a good collection of art.
I hope this gives you a good overview of what to look for in the area while you are in town for the Pro Tour. I’ll be back next week with a more options for the Grand Prix, which will be in the World Congress Center downtown.