Magic The Gathering Club

OIST Magic: The Gathering (MTG) club

In memory of Seva Nikulin (19952022)


Vsevolod "Seva" Nikulin was a PhD student at OIST. He was also a very knowledgeable and skillful MTG player who loved this game in all its forms. Seva's tragic untimely departure was a great loss to his family, colleagues, and friends. The "OIST Magic: The Gathering (MTG) club" was officially constituted to honor his memory.

Come and join us! Everyone is welcome, both newbies and experienced players!

Join our Facebook group, Discord Server, or directly contact us via email.

MTG in a nutshell

Magic: The Gathering (also known as Magic or MTG) is a tabletop collectable card game released in 1993. It is the first and most popular trading card game (TCG) in history, and has over 40 million players worldwide.

Each player in MTG takes the role of a Planeswalker, a powerful wizard who can travel ("walk") between dimensions ("planes") of the Multiverse, who battles against other players by casting spells, using artifacts, and summoning creatures as depicted on individual cards drawn from their decks.

How the ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Color Wheel Explains Humanity
An interesting essay by Duncan A. Sabien (April 3, 2018)

The purpose of the club

  • To promote well-being through the playing and teaching of “Magic: The Gathering” (MTG) collectable trading card game.
  • To improve access to MTG resources within the community.
  • To promote community involvement through holding and participating in MTG events in Okinawa.

Formats we play
Mostly casual tabletop


How to play Magic: The Gathering

Youtube videos:

Where to play MTG off-campus

Only two stores in Okinawa regularly organize santioned (official) events, the participants are usually a mix of Japanese locals and US players (mostly military personnel and contractors):

Other official MTG events in Japan/Okinawa can be searched here.

Local Japanese players/judges sometimes organize unofficial events. They are typically hosted in local community centers and TCG stores. They normally announce the events on Twitter or other social media: @matsuda_purehabu [blog, note], @im_kenji, @ham_arkroyal, @yosikakka [note]

Unofficial events organized by US military personnel are normally announced on 'MTG Okinawa'. If the event is hosted inside a military base, it is generally restricted to only US personel, unless you somehow have access to that base.

Where to buy/sell/trade MTG

In Okinawa:


Other resources