|Classic Sealed - Hemel Hempstead, UK
- Date : Tuesday April 27th 1999 (report written April 29th 1999)
- Location : Snooks, the Pub in the Pavilion - Hemel Hempstead, UK
- Format : Sealed
Deck - 1 Classic Edition Tournament Pack, 2 Classic Edition
- Head Judge & TO -
Russell K Bulmer - DCI Level 3 Judge
- Assistant Judge - Alice Coggins
- DCI Level I Judge - European Sideboard Writer
- Assistant Judge -Gideon Moss - DCI Level I Judge -
WotC Customer Services
Hemel Games Club has been around ever since I first came to live and work in
Hemel in the Fall of 1996. It was where I first really got into Magic. I started running tournaments
there about 9 months ago. The idea origionally was for the 10 local
Magic players to have an event each week, and get prize support. Thus our
little group of Magic players would basically get some free cards!
However, as anyone who's been to our club will testify, that didn't last.
In fact, it didn't even last a month. People love to play Magic,
and when they can play in a tounament in the mid-week, they do, even if they
have to travel an hour to get here and an hour back. To allow for this,
we don't start the events until 8pm, so people have time to get to club after
work. This does cause a problem in that the club meets in a public bar,
and the closing time for bars in the UK is 11pm. This forces us to run
45 minute rounds, which isn't great, but some Magic is better than none.
So, we now get between 24-32 people every week turning up and playing.
We have a complete range of players, from those who've been to the Pro Tour
right down to people playing their
first tournaments. We run all sorts of events, normally Standard Constructed
or Booster Draft, although we do also run other constructed
formats and the odd special event, like a Team Sealed
, which is always popular.
I normally get to club at about 7.30pm, set up my laptop
and start taking bookings. Often we have numerous events going on, either
multiple drafts, or a main constructed event and additional drafts, and having
the laptop and the DCI Reporter
software is invaluable.
However, this evening, Gideon from WotC has come down with some special cards
for us. Tuesday the 27th was the date that Classic Edition
was released in the UK, and it being a
Tuesday, we wanted to play with the new cards. So we got in contact with
WotC and they helped us arrange the event.
The event was run under Classic Edition rules,
which many more people than I expected were aware off. Although people
hand't been studying the rules as I had, most people were vaguely aware of the
stack, and the new way combat damage worked.
I've been keeping up with the new Classic Edition
rules for some time now, and have had a copy of the full rules for over a
week, and have studied then pretty fully, and played quite a lot of games using
them. So I'm confident that I know the new rules. I wouldn't have
run the event under Classic Edition Rules if I wasn't confident that I
knew them myself.
Tonight we had 26 players in the event, and thankfully nobody wanted to play
anything other than the Classic event. I must say I was glad
about that, as I didn't fancy running events under 2 different sets of rules at
the same time!
round procedure is very basic for this level of event. I do a
draw on the computer, and then call out the pairings. People can then start as soon
as they find somewhere to sit and play.
A warning is given 5 or
10 minutes before the end of the round.
finish a match, they somehow have to get the result to me. This
is often done by shouting at me from a distance, or them comming up to where
I sit with the computer and telling me.
Then as soon as all the results
are in, the next round is drawn and started, trying not to waste any time if
at all possible, given the tight time constraints.
The Main Event
As always at the club, I don't have to do much in the
area of Judging for most of the event. I even had time to be interviewed by
Alice (one of the Judges for those who aren't paying attention) for an artcle she's writing
for the European Sideboard.
There were the odd rules questions, all about the new
Classic Rules. As I mentioned earlier, most
people were at least aware that the rules were changing, and had read
the rulebook and grasped the basics of the stack and combat damage. Damage prevention
was the cause of most questions, manly when it came to the permenant
with the DP ability leaving play. EG - If she disenchants my COP:Red, can
I use it 4 times in response, once on each of her monsters? Having previously
read up on tthe rules, these questions weren't difficult to answer.
The only incident worth mentioning occured in the final round. Two
players sat down to play, and both of them put their sideboards on the table
next to each other. One player noticed that his opponent's sideboard was
significantly larger than his was. He started shouting about it and
calling other players attenton to it.
I stepped in at this point and quitened things down a bit. A looked
through the larger sideboard and found it to contain a huge excess of land, more
than he would have given his Tournament Pack (Starter) land and the 3
additional allowed. I checked his deck and found there to be 6 extra
forests over what he could possible have. This had allowed him to go
with a 2 color deck, rather than having to include somesort of splash
color, or off color lands.
I spoke to the player about it, and found out that he didn't realise that you
had a restricted land amount in Sealed Deck. Despite having played in many
tournaments, this had been his first Sealed Deck
. There was
no reason to doubt this explanation, so I accepted it.
The penalty dictated by the DCI Penalty Guidelines state
that at a Level One Rules Enforcement Event the appropriate penalty
would be a Single Waning and Duel Loss. However, I felt that the
advantage gained was too large (6 illegal cards out of a 40 card deck, thus
allowing him to play 2 colors etc) for simply a Duel Loss, and I gave
him a Double Warning and Match Loss.
I then went through how land works in Sealed Deck Events with the
player that had made the infraction.
I run these events as non-profit events.
Thus all the money I take in entry fees goes into prizes for the players. We normally
have about £100 pounds worth of cards to give away from the prize support from
WotC and the prizes I add.
This week however, due to the pre-release contiditions
we were running under, we had loads of prizes. WotC had provided a great level
of prize support, plus I'd made £4.50 per player. So all that got put back into
prizes, so there was a huge amount of product to be given away. Eveyone who played in
the event got prizes because of this, which is always nice to do sometimes to
give something to the new players.
Unfortunatly the prizes didn't go too smoothly. I
read out the results in reverse order... and didn't realise that I'd missed the winner of the event off the top of
the screen... So, I had to give out an extra £40 worth of prizes out of
my own pocket, which I'll have to recoup over the comming weeks... Typical isn't it? The week
I mess up the prizes is the week is will cost me £40 instead of
about £10 for a normal week...
So... Classic Edition is here. What did
the players complain about? The new rules? No. The
Portalization of the new set? No. The removal of all the good cards
from the set? No. Actually the biggest complaint was the change of
creature type for Birds of Paridise. People liked Mana
What did the players praise? The new simpler
rules? No. The new 'Duplo' land? No. The good new cards
rotated into the set? No. Actually they liked the fact that the
kept its original art
As always, players taking the changes really seriously
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