This is my report on two single elimination Type 2 tournaments held Saturday,
August 7 at Yellowjacket Comics in Victoria, BC, Canada. But first, I would like
to talk about the DCI sanctioned tournament scene in Victoria, and how it is
Two years ago, Victoria was a great town for sanctioned Magic tournaments.
Tournaments were being held every second week, with other events sometimes
giving players up to 5 or 6 chances to play a month. But, unfortunately, this
decayed over time. Two of the four stores closed, the other gaming stores held
fewer and fewer sanctioned tournaments until we reached the situation where in
1999, only one or two tournaments had been held previous to June.
Yet Victoria has a strong Magic community. Players still met and played, most
specifically at Yellowjacket Comics. They played and did well at qualifiers in
Vancouver, often finishing in the top eight. They just weren't organized to hold
sanctioned tournaments locally.
Thanks to the prod of losing certification (!), myself (level 1) and Dale
Friesen (level 2) determined that if no one else would do it, we would step up
as tournament organizers and try to run some events. The one big plus in doing
it now, as opposed to a year ago, is the ease in getting sanctioning via
fax/email. Local TO's always complained about the long wait in getting
sanctioning via snail mail; we now hoped to show them how easy it would be to
run events, and to show the players how much fun it would be to play in them.
The game plan was to start easy and introduce sanctioning to events and formats
players were already used to. I held the first tournament on Tuesday, June 15, a
single-elimination booster draft tournament. Players had already set up this
date in advance to play booster draft for fun, so it was no problem to peg the
sanctioning to it. Players enjoyed it, but wanted to play more sanctioned
matches on one day. So the next tournament was a Swiss Type 2 on July 24th, run
by Dale, where we barely scraped up enough to make the tournament minimum. So we
decided to try something different, which leads me to my actual tournament
On Saturday, August 7, Dale and I held three Type 2 single elimination
tournaments at Yellowjacket Comics. This was a format that had been held a few
years ago (!) in Victoria that created a fun atmosphere that everyone enjoyed,
so we decided to try it again here. The idea is quite simple--play in one
tournament and win to go on for a chance at prizes or, if you lose, enter the
next one and try again. The entry fee was $5 for the first tournament, and $2
for each tournament after that, so there was no financial hardship if you went
0-3 for the day. Dave Herder at Yellowjacket got the word out very well, so
there was a good turnout for this fun format.
Dale Friesen ran the first tournament on his own, with 14 players. I felt safe
playing in this one, figuring I'd lose and be able to help him with the next two
tournaments. Sure enough, I lost on the last of three extra turns of the
deciding game of a three game match to John Kilmer, eventual winner of the day's
third tournament. This freed me up just in time to assist Dale and be the second
judge for the second and third tournaments.
I was definitely needed. Within an hour's time, we now had three tournaments
running simultaneously in the same room. As soon as we had two matches finished
and ready to go in a bracket, we started them up, keeping track of the time for
each match. This entailed a little bit of juggling, but with two of us, it was
no problem. The players loved it, as there was no waiting for everyone else to
There were no real judging problems for the day. There was one small bit of
confusion in the second tournament where the players had forgotten to take into
account an enchantment in play, but it had no real effect on the game. Most of
the questions were about timing under 6th Edition rules, which everyone listened
patiently to with no arguements at all. No matches timed out for the day, though
three came down to the last of the three extra turns in the third game!
The eventual winner of the second tournament was Mike Thicke over Tiam Korki,
blue playing blue in a match that took 45 minutes a game! The third tournament
was won by John Kilmer over Keven Loo. In all, it was a fun day for both players
and judges and, due to popular demand, a format that Dale and I will set up and
run again in the near future. With luck, Victoria players are now back into the
habit of playing DCI sanctioned tournaments.
Victoria, BC, Canada