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October 12th – Huge Prizes. Huge Championship. Huge Events.
Earn an exclusive 2013 States Playmat and Qualify for the TCGplayer.com $50,000 MaxPoint Championship
Each State winner will receive enough TCGplayer MaxPoint tokens to participate in the $50,000.00 Championship! Additional booster pack prizes will be awarded based on entries – the more players, the more prizes!!!
Details for Oregon and Washington at cascadegames.com
This is going to get a little confusing but stay with me.
I run events. I usually run events that are designed by someone else. The people who design the events include game publishers, large promoters or other tournament organizers.
This arrangement usually works out fine. I coordinate the event, customize if for the local player base by adjusting prizes, find judges, book a venue and all of that stuff. The event designer provides the larger vision for the event and helps market the event. Frequently they provide part of the prizes and crete cool give aways like playmats or whatever.
For years, there was a program called “Magic States” run by Wizards of the Coast. It was one of my favorite events as it brought out a mix of players and was a chance to see friends. For lots of reasons Wizards decided to stop running the program. Things change, I was bummed but we move on.
There was no reason for someone else not to run a “state championship” program. I had scheduled a Cascade Games states in the states where I ran events. However Glenn Godard of Sun Mesa Events wanted to organize a national program for state champions using the name of the year ”2013 championship”. I was delighted to work with his program since designing and coordinating a national program is a pain. So for several years we had the 2011, 2012 and now 2013 Champs.
Things are more complex this year. The very large MTG website, TCGPlayer.com decided to run a tournament series called the 2013 Fall State Championships and they also ran a Spring state championship.
Unfortunately the 2013′s and the 2013 Fall State Championships are back to back weekends. I know this creates confusion and is a bit of a pain as it would be better if there was a single champion. There is no way I am going to get either of these “states” events to change names. I asked them if they would change dates but for a variety of reasons they are not going to change dates either. So my choice was do one or both. However it is very likely that if I didn’t run the event someone else would have and then we would have even more confusion. So, I decided to do both.
Hopefully this gives players more options to run their standard decks. My guess is many players will play in both events more out of a desire to test decks in a larger field than they could find elsewhere. So running both events seems like the best choice for the players.
And hopefully this blog post gives you some context and helps reduce the confusion.
Grand Prix Las Vegas is the largest TCG tournament held and the GP with (4492 players). I think it’s fair to say that over all the weekend was a success, but it was not without its challenges. Overall the main event ran smoothly but there were issues in the side events.
I was expecting a relatively slow Friday of about a thousand players and for most of the players to leave site on Sunday to explore Vegas. To my surprise the vast majority of players stayed on site and we were flooded with players in side events all weekend. This unexpected number of players combined with software and hardware issues created data corruption and loss of paperwork. For the most part these problems had minimal impacts actual tournaments, but they did affect tournament reporting. In consultation with Wizards of the Coast we have reviewed backup paperwork and enacted a solution that addresses reporting issues as well as possible for affected players.
The area of concern is Planes walker Point (PWP) totals. For most players there is no issue at all. The vast majority of the 12,000 entry’s have been reported with no problems. However due to file loss, a comparatively small number of players’ PWPs hadn’t been updated. For openness and clarity, the affected events and solution are listed below. If you weren’t in one of those events, you’re already fine.
- MMA Draft Masters #2 (all players receive 15 points)
- All Modern Trials (all players receive 9 points, the winner receives 45)
- All Sealed Trials except Sealed #12 which did not experience the issue and #6 (all players receive 9 points, the winner receives 45)
- Sealed Trial #6 (winner receives 45 points)
If you were in one of those events, this fix provided is what we and Wizards reasonably believe is the best balance between personal fairness and tournament integrity. To the affected, I apologize for the inconvenience.
I am reviewing all of our processes and will do my very best to insure this does not happen again.
Cascade Games will be holding the TCG player Fall state championships. Full details posted at cascadegames.com ASAP.
I have a firm location for Oregon working on Washington now. Details ASAP
The Oregon Convention Center
At GP Las Vegas, we had a last minute change of vendors. Since that vendor wasn’t going to the event they obviously were not going to provide the Mox Pearl prize they had been planning on sponsoring for a saturday side event at the GP.
Then I made an error. The change in the event prize was made on the printed schedule but not everywhere on my site. I was rather busy at the time, but after the event I found out that a small number of players though they were playing for the pearl when the prize had been changed.
I though about it some and decided to find the winner of the event and take care of him.
However, I don’t have contact information for the player in question. Complicating it more, He also signed up under an incorrect DCI number. So I contacted Wizards, after a good deal of work, they were able to figure out his correct DCI number but don’t have his current contact info. Complicating this is the rules about privacy. I can’t post players names without their permission. So I can’t just post his name.
So I need to reach out to you all. If you are or know a Michael F. who won the saturday mini-master at GP Las Vegas please send me a quick email.
I’m back home in Portland and wrapping up Grand Prix Las Vegas.
I really can’t describe what it was like. Most GP’s start slow on Wednesday with set up and receiving product. Thursday we get the space into shape, deal with the internet issues (there are always internet issues). Greet the artist and vendors and then everyone sets up Friday AM. Speaking of Friday, Friday is usually our easy day, not the 2786 player event that the mini master turned out to be.
This event, just didn’t fit the usual timeline. Add on the massive heat and other complications and you have the most complex Magic event in history. If feels like an avalanche that we were just ahead of, just barely able to direct and shape as it emerged.
I was on site, without internet from 6am to midnight or later every day so I didn’t get a chance to answer emails or post here. Once I get the corrupted files fixed, double check the uploads and process the refunds for the people who didn’t make it, then I will write up a longer discussion of the story of the event.
I do know that lots of people have questions about the event. Some of which I can answer. I will try to discuss this in depth.
Minor factoid – the Friday minimaster alone gave players 232 boxes of Modern Masters.
We will take registration starting at 10:00am and closing reg at 11:00am for a draft event at Cashman Center. This event is only open to people with who did not have an opportunity to play in the main event. This event is intended to help out the players who wanted to sign up for the main event but were not able to due to the attendance cap.
The entry fee is $30. Players will draft 3 packs of Modern Masters. Prizes, number of rounds and other details are subject to change based on the number of players who sign up.
Specifically, people in the main event, with or without BYE’s are not eligible to play in the event. You may not sign up for the main, drop and play in this draft event.
We have no way to anticipate the number of players who will sign up for this event so in the case of extraordinary attendance it may be necessary to transfer MMA from on or more of the scheduled side events to this event.
I’m back from the venue. It’s set and ready to go for Friday.
At 9am we will take the registration for the final 100 players.
On Saturday, players who were not able to get into the main event will have the opportunity to play in a single large draft event. I’m working on details and need to check the swag that arrives on a pallet to finalize prizes and number of rounds.
This draft will only be open to players who are trying to sign up for the main event and do not get in. This will not be a chance to play in the main and “double dip” by picking up a quick draft.
More details in the AM.