|NDC's Black Lotus Tourney
Frank Tavern, III
Hey, everyone. . .I'm Frank Tavern, III. . .a Level One judge from western PA
and I just *HAVE* to send this report in. Why? 'Cause I'm just so happy that
this is my first tourney that I've organized, ran, and head judged!!!
The tourney was set on June 29, 1999 at New Dimension Comics in Cranberry
Township, PA. It was an Extended event with a final eight consisting of a
booster draft (Saga, Legacy, Destiny). 20 people showed up to this wonderful
event. . .all of them with hopes of getting that first prize of a Beta Black
The five preliminary rounds of Swiss went OK. . .considering that this was my
first tourney that I've sanctioned, I noticed a lot of stuff off the bat really
quick. For starters, even though I use the Reporter for my non-sanctioned
tourneys, I knew very little about some of the features that were in it. . .I
tried to input a warning, and was told that I had to enter judges into the
Reporter. . .also, I found myself looking around in the Handbook (and when I got
home, the Web) to see what exactly I had to send and where. . .it's probably
right in front of my eyes, but I'm just too tired to see it :(
The tourney itself went rather smoothly. . .the first round lasted a bit too
long, as I didn't write down when the round started. . .and when I found out
what time it started (a friend called and said the time it started, since he
left shortly there after). With some resistance from the Reporter (it's great
software. . .I just realize that I need to learn it better!), I got the second
round off without a bead of sweat!
My players were, for the most part, well behaved. . .I opted for Rules
Enforcement Level 3, since the prize was a Lotus. . .but I did find myself using
common sense when I was dishing out warnings.
Three warnings were given. . .one of which warranted a duel loss:
1) A newer player was playing a Spike deck and dropped a Pendelhaven on turn
4 (I think) in round 2. I just gave him a warning for an illegal deck and made
him jettison it from the event. . .after the game was over, I gave him a basic
forest to replace it. . .people who were watching the game thought I went easy
on him, but given the fact that the Pendelhaven was from Anthologies, the poor
kid probably thought that it was legal (after all, he told me, it was white
2) The most serious penalty I gave was to someone in the top 4 after three of
five rounds. During someone else's match, the person blurted out that there was
an Oath of Druids on the table after a player missed it for five turns (the Oath
was controlled by the other player). . .the player started to use the Oath and
almost won the game. . .I gave the guy who blurted out the help a warning and a
duel loss, as the info was vital and the game ended later than it was going
3) In the booster draft finals, a player (the eventual winner) shuffled his
deck, drew his hand, and his opponent put a land in play when they both realized
that there was a Sigil of Sleep that was Erased in an earlier game still in the
removed from play zone. Checking the guidelines, it called for a duel loss. . .I
couldn't go for that. . .if it was later in the game, maybe, but off the opening
hand. . .no way! A warning sufficed, and the Sigil of Sleep was left out of
Rulings that I had to make were few and far between. . .I found myself
holding Beat the Judge contests while the tourney was going on. . .some of the
more prominent rulings I made were:
- A Pox can kill someone who has a Worship in play.
- A player cast Arcane Lab and then tried to Impulse. . .nope can't do
- Forking a Meditate = 1 skipped turn and 8 cards.
- Forking a Goblin Grenade yields 10 damage and 1 lost Goblin.
- Engineer Plague and Slivers means nightmare for the judge (I think I may
have messed up that ruling. . .I said that a Muscle Sliver coming into play
would be 1/1 with a Plague in play with Slivers named).
- Goblin Patrols that block don't take damage (removed from combat. . .I hope
I read into that right!)
- And yes, you can get rid of Gaea's Blessings with effects that remove cards
from the graveyard from the game. . .this one annoyed several people...but
they'll get over it.
Also, during this tourney, I had my padawaan Judge, Andy, help me out. Andy,
who isn't even a judge, was knighted for today, by me granting him a Level 0
status for the day. . .he was a big help, making some rulings and directing
people to go where they should be. . .I don't think the tourney would have been
as smooth if it wasn't for him. . .he was a tremendous help. . .thanks again,
After it was all said and done, I am thinking that I have to do this again,
and I am probably going to go to a few other stores and see if they want
sanctioned tourneys, too! It was a blast and I think I can handle it.
Just have to work on a few things now. . .
1) My Level 2 test. . .I can't wait until someone around here has one!
2) Were does all of this stuff go!!! I hope I can find out what to send and
where to send it soon!!
3) Prep time is essential. . .I spent about three hours prepping for this..
.until I get better, I think that I might need some more time
4) Learn the Reporter. . .I need to learn to use it efficiently. . .that 30
minute delay between the end of Swiss and the draft was killer. . .I don't think
that I'm doing that in the again in the near future!
5) Side Events. . .I guess I'm going to have to get someone else to help out.
. .as I think a side event would have been cool today. . .maybe next time!
6) More advertising. . .I had a lot this time, but I have to get the word out
more. . .next time postings on the Dojo and a few other areas, too!
So, until the Unlimited tourney comes around on August 31st, I'm outtie.