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SCG States Oct 17/18

As I write this, the final round of our weekend of Battle for Zendikar prerelease events are wrapping up.  What better time than to talk about our next big community event?  We are hosting Star City Games Autumn State Championships in just a few weeks, and are very excited for the new shift in Standard.  The brewers have been convening all weekend, theory-crafting and prophesying what is about to storm the scene.  On our end we have been gathering some of the best judges that the state has to offer and figuring how to give you the best event possible.

Preregister here.

Star City Games has a standard for event payouts based on attendance:
States Payouts
This list is pretty strong!  We are going to be hosting the event in shop this time around, and we will need to put an attendance cap on things.  Because of this, we wanted to give strong incentive for people to preregister for the events.  For each threshold we reach in the preregistration pool one person will be selected at random to win the listed prize.  With a nod to what the organizers of GP’s have been doing, here is our preregistration bonus:

Pregistration Pool Bonus
20 BFZ Fat Pack
25 FtV Angels
30 FtV Twenty
35 FtV Realms
40 FtV Angels
50 BFZ Booster Box
75 Modern Masters 2015 Booster Pack
80 Modern Masters 2015 Booster Pack
85 Modern Masters 2015 Booster Pack
90 Modern Masters 2015 Booster Pack
100 Jace, the Mind Sculptor Limited Edition Silver Coin
105 Modern Masters 2013 Booster Pack
110 Modern Masters 2015 Booster Pack
115 Modern Masters 2015 Booster Pack
120 Modern Masters 2015 Booster Pack
125 Modern Masters 2013 Booster Pack
150 Jace, the Mind Sculptor Limited Edition Silver Coin
175 BFZ Booster Box
200 BFZ Booster Case

 

Your head judge for Saturday will be Billy Gilmore and Maximilian Schroeder for Sunday.  For those wishing to spend the night and play both events (and get entered in the prize drawing twice if preregistered) there are plenty of hotels in town with the Red Roof Inn (on E Texas Ave) and a Quality Inn (on N Providence Rd) in walking distance.

I am super excited, I hope you are too!

 

 

*edit*Finalized after a massive release draft!

Battle for Zendikar

Battle for Zendikar

A 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 $30, and preregistration gains you a $5 bonus in store credit for reporting to your event!  Preregistration will close 9/21.

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

We will be giving out door prizes at every event!

General times, see below for details:
Saturday September 26th 12:01 am (the Midnight Event), $30 Sealed Deck with 4 rounds of Swiss.
Saturday September 26th 10 am, $30 Sealed Deck with 4 rounds of Swiss.
Saturday September 26th 3 pm, $30 Sealed Deck with 4 rounds of Swiss.
Saturday September 26th 7 pm, $30 each Two Headed Giant with 4 rounds of Swiss.  Modified payouts, every team earns prize packs.

Sunday September 27th 9 am, $40 Sealed Deck with full Swiss.  See payouts below.
Sunday September 27th 3 pm, $30 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 Oct 11th 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 game for FREE!  This is modified sealed, you must build a 60 card deck with what you opened during the prerelease.  We love this challenge so much that we break out the special prizes for this event, in the past we’ve given out GOLD.  Stay tuned for updates to the Iron Man prize pool.

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 12:01 am and handing out immediately after announcments.  There will be AT MOST 40 minutes to build decks before round 1 pairings are posted.  Midnight pairings at 12:45 am at the latest is our goal.  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.

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
Playmats
Sleeves
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.

Modern Masters 2015

MM15 ChampOh boy, there is a lot of excitement on this eh?  We are still waiting for the official spoilers to come out, and honestly I’ve been asked about this product since last Fall.  In the last week I’ve gotten numbers from distributors and Wizards, so I have a reasonable idea of what to expect and I’m still trying to get more.  So without further ado, here are the things I think you want to know:

Preorders
A set amount of product is being reserved so you can reserve it!  We will be taking preorders on MM15 starting 5/9.  It is my belief that there will be more spoilers by this point and there will be a more accurate market value for the product.  How are we going to be pricing?  Well, if you want a box you will pay no more than $240 (effectively pack price).  If the market value for this item is lower than expected, then we will adjust downwards.  If the market value for this item is higher than expected, then we will NOT adjust.  That’s right, we are not going over the effective MSRP for Modern Masters for your first box.  Any box beyond the first will be ballpark market (I’ve seen as high as 300), likely lower than the industry leader SCG, which I noted they have already sold out of some items.

Modern Masters League
We are setting aside some product for a month long league.  It will meet Monday nights in June.  Entry is $60, and you can add packs to your pool over the course of the league at $10! There will be a League finale June 29th, with payouts in Modern Masters!  Look for further details on the league.  I strongly encourage pre-enrolling for it.
http://mkt.com/magelings-games/modern-masters-league

Drafts
We will be drafting in pods of 8 over the opening weekend.  Cost is $50, and payouts are as follows (in more Modern Masters packs!)
1st 8 packs
2nd 4 packs
3rd/4th 2 packs
5th/8th 1 pack
We will also be withholding a few boxes for drafts over the summer.

So with our allotment we are holding items in this order:
Preorders
MM League
Summer drafts
Opening weekend drafts

I feel that this is supports our collectors and players.  Those that are heading for the nutter-butter event that is Vegas will still have access when they return, and those that aren’t can enjoy an awesome weekend in the shop.  And so we are about to kick off an exciting summer of Magic and gaming!

~Nat and the Magelings crew

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.

banhammer

 

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.