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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!

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.