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.