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Magic Origins

EN_ORIPRE_Header_0A new set is coming and things will change.  We will be continuing our tradition of an exciting weekend of prerelease Magic, things worthy of the tales they spawn.  Most events will be $25, preregister links are available below:

White (Gideon)
Blue (Jace)
Black (Liliana)
Red (Chandra)
Green (Nissa)

**Note you are not guaranteed a particular Planeswalker in any prerelease pack.

Standard event payout (based on record of Win – Loss – Draw):
4-0 10 packs
3-0-1 6 packs
3-1 4 packs
2-X-X 1 packs

Door Prizes
Here are some of the things you may win just for playing:
Dice Bricks
Deck Boxes
and much more.  May I suggest you bring an empty card box?

General times, see below for details:
Saturday July 11th 12:01 am (the Midnight Event), $25 Sealed Deck with 4 rounds of Swiss.
Saturday July 11th 10 am, $25 Sealed Deck with 4 rounds of Swiss.
Saturday July 11th 3 pm, $25 Sealed Deck with 4 rounds of Swiss.
Saturday July 11th 7 pm, $25 each Two Headed Giant with 4 rounds of Swiss.  Modified payouts, every team earns prize packs.

Sunday July 12th 9 am, $35 Sealed Deck with full Swiss.  See payouts below.
Sunday July 12th 3 pm, $25 Sealed Deck with 4 rounds of Swiss.

Full Swiss Payouts

8+ players 16+ players 32+ players 64+ players
Cut None Top 4 Top 8 Top 8
1st 30 50 95 180
2nd 10 25 45 72
3rd / 4th 5 15 25 36
5th – 8th 2 2 5 15
9th+ 2 2 2 2

Iron Man

You must play 5 events, and you may count the cut to top X in the Sunday game as a separate event.  All Iron Man competitors must register their pools.  There is a follow-up event for all competitors, and are invited back to Magelings for a special sealed event on Sunday July 19th starting at 1pm.  Players must register by 12:45pm, the event is free.

Why Iron Man?   It is an amazing time, and you’ll meet other hardcore players like yourself.  It truly is an endurance challenge, so get ready to push yourself through Saturday.  Besides all the great stuff we give out over the prerelease weekend, all Iron (Wo)Men are invited to another sealed game for FREE!  We love this challenge so much that we break out the special prizes for this event, in the past we’ve given out GOLD.


Timing details:
Player seating will be posted 25 minutes after the above mentioned times.  Announcements will be made and product will be handed out.  For the midnight event we will be seating players at 11:50 pm and handing out product at 12:01 am.  There will be AT MOST 40 minutes to build decks before round 1 pairings are posted.  Midnight pairings at 12:45 am the latest.  That gives roughly an hour from the posted time before game 1 starts.  Players who  are not ready for round 1, showed up late for example, will receive a loss for that round.

Player Interactions

When I greet a Comp REL event, there is a reason why I go through the spiel that I do, as well as when we make the top 8 cut.  For those of you that don’t know, Comp REL means Competitive Rules Enforcement Level.  I reiterate probably the most important part also when I do the prerelease announcements.  These discussions all have a component of acceptable behaviour (yes, I’m Canadian).  Today we levied sanctions against a member of our community because their behaviour was completely unacceptable and has been warned on numerous occasions.

Over the years I have played various games.  I originally began with the old red box D&D, and later expanded into MechWarrior, Cyberpunk and various RPG’s.  In the 90’s I found this game called Magic and it was awesome.  I would go to the local shop and play to stupid hours at night and then run home to sleep before going to work.  All these things revolved around one thing: community and interactions.  I have even written code for an online game, because of the social aspect of it (I really don’t do computer games as a general rule).

The DCI, the rules portion of the Magic tournament scene, has quite a bit about player and spectator conduct.  There are general postings from tournament organizers at high level events reminding players what is acceptable as well.  Konami, makers of Yu-Gi-Oh!, also dedicate a considerable section of the rules to govern what is deemed acceptable.



To me this is pretty serious stuff.  We are a subculture of the mainstream and often we hide our passions from the rest of society… not like those NASCAR people.  We need to look out for each other.  Earlier this summer I had to disqualify a person because I felt that they were cheating in a tournament, and this is just not acceptable and levied sanction against them preventing them from playing at the shop for the rest of the day.  This person had rode up for a tournament and had to wait for his peers to finish up.

Ramifications to the shop?  I haven’t seen any of that car load again.  And I’m ok with that.  Not that I want to ostracize customers/players, but I want to preserve the integrity of our competitive and casual environments and actions like this simply cannot be tolerated.

So back to today, we have suspended a player and sent a report on up high.  This wasn’t cheating in a tournament but rather maleficent trading practices.  In the past I have sent road crews out onto the tournament floor to make amends to what I felt was unfair trading practices.  Keep in mind we need to make a profit as being there costs more mortgage payments than I’d like to think about.  But when a player trades with another, it needs to be equitable.

There are various methods of measuring equability such as play-ability, dollar value, market value, sentiment, etc.  In short though it needs to be fair.  Someone might walk away with the same dollar value but with a higher market value (ie much more lucrative cards), or ahead in both but the other party places some high intrinsic value on what they received.  This is all good, it is common place in every card shop going I would dare say.  But there are limits.  If I recall properly there was a Star City Games author who had a regular article on trading and there was community outcry about one of the trades he had done and reported on.

We have firmly asked a member of our own local community to take a break and not participate for some time due to egregious practices.  I hope they take this time to rethink their actions as well as think of the effects on the environment of the shop and their community as a whole.  This player is welcome back after a set amount of time, it is completely up to them.  Until then, they are not allowed in any of our games be they sneak previews of upcoming releases, alternate game systems, or even free organized play.

My grandmother taught me about the Golden Rule, and oddly enough it applies decades later.  Folks, please just treat each other civilly if that is the best you can do.  You are a representative of your own gaming culture and that of the store(s) you frequent too.  I have an intrinsic motivation for what that global representation of Magelings Games is and I will defend it for the rest of my community.