|Mercadian Masques Pre-Release-Tokyo, Japan
First, I appoligize for the tardiness of this report. As it is my first
such report, I also ask that you bear with me.
The tournament was held on Sept. 21 at Yoyogi in Tokyo and sponsored
by Wyvern Hobby shop. There was at least one other prerelease on the
day at the DCI center in Shibuya. Our prerelease was held in the venue in
which I have judged at least 3 previous prereleases. The staff therefore
were very professional and accustomed to the layout and handling of
the room. Prereleases were also held on the 22nd (I was also in
attendance that day).
We had 6 staff, and two judges including myself. Head judge was
Ron Foster (Level 3). We were expecting 259 players, of which 204
eventually showed. At least 60 of these required new Mana member
cards. Product was provided in Japanese, but we has English product
available. Three participants chose to use English cards.
Doors opened at 9:30, and despite some slight delays due to registration
card hicups, we were able to keep close to our original starting time
schedule (within 20 minutes). This is due in great part to DCI Reporter.
Japanese Magic tends to be very well managed and there is a very
minimum of cheating etc. that occurs. Most players were also well
versed with the new rules and we had few questions. Of these
the most memorable were shock troops and muzzle, and the timing
of the tap runner. Lastly we had a misunderstanding about the reading
of the white 2/2 creature who gains you life for damage done to it.
(Sorry cant find the card name) The Japanese translation though
correct could be understood, as it was by some, to imply a spirit link
ability. This the head judge was able to correct. Two penalties were
handed down to a pair of players (one each) who accidentally
misplayed an ability on a card. This was handled amicably and no further
Strong colours in the top eight were White (6 decks), with a total of
4 Story circles, and Red (Five decks).
Thanks to the abilities and experience of Ron Foster and the rest of
the staff the event went very well.