The tournament was held at The Strike Zone in Long Island City, NY. The
format was Urza's Block Constructed. The turnout wasn't what I
expected. Eight players came for the event. We've had 16 people for the
last few Standard tournaments, but a lot of people were away on vacation
and couldn't attend. Plus, I don't think the players were too fond of
the format. They haven't played in a Block tournament before and were
unsure of what type of deck to make.
Normally, I run four rounds of swiss with a final four. But, with so
few participants, I decided to have just five rounds of swiss.
The participants were all experienced players so I didn't have to make
many rulings. I had to caution a player because he kept tapping and
untapping his land whenever he would play a spell. This caused his
opponent great confusion because it was difficult to tell what lands
were tapped at any one time. I made sure that he understood that when he
removes his hands from his land after tapping them, they have to remain
tapped with the mana in his mana pool.
I had to make one ruling. The active player had in play a Chimeric
Staff and his opponent had a Claws of Gix in play. The active player
played a Keldon Vandals. The opponent wanted to sac his Claws of Gix to
itself in response to the casting of the Vandals forcing the Vandals to
target the Staff. I ruled that this was a valid play.
I used DCI Reporter during this event. DCI Reporter makes running the
tournament so much simpler than doing everything manually. I started
using DCI Reporter a few tournaments ago and I can't believe how many
headaches it has eliminated. I highly recommend that everyone use it
when running a tournament.
Overall, this was a great tournament. The players were well behaved and
didn't require much intervention.