|GP-San Diego Trial-Pittsburgh, PA
GP San Diego Trial
Sunday, October 17th
Parkway Center Inn
The Trial ran along side a Pro Tour Qualifier for Chicago. We waited well
into the 3rd round of the PTQ to begin the Trial. The PTQ only had 63
players, which is a rather low turnout for Pittsburgh, but this was also
during PT-London. We also had a few minor problems, such as posting the
wrong directions on the Professional Events Services website (This is the
first event to be held at the Parkway Center Inn).
In defense of PES...the directions were given to them wrong by staff at
the hotel, and they got lost themselves following the directions! Again,
everyone apologizes to players and judges that couldn't find us.
The Trial itself was also quite small. We had 16 players when Deck
Registration began, and I allowed 2 more to join in about 10 minutes into
Registration, so this gave us a total of 18 players. The format was
Mecadian Masques sealed deck with a 5 basic land swap. Deck Registration,
Swap, and Construction went rather smoothly.
We were playing 5 rounds of swiss, Rules Enforcement Level 3, then prizes
would be given out based on standings at the end of the 5th round. The
prizes were given to the top 8. First place received a 3 round bye to
GP-San Diego. First and Second took home a box of Masques, Third and
Fourth each took home one half box, and Fifth through Eighth each took
home one quarter box.
During a deck check in round 3, I gave out one warning and game loss for
failing to de-sideboard. I also made a few rulings that were simply due
to lack of player experience with Masques, but as the event went on they
became less and less frequent.
The event ran quite smoothly and finished promptly with 3 of the 5 rounds
finishing 10 minutes before the 50 minute time limit was up.
There were only 2 duels that went into the extra 5 turns.
Congratulations to Darth May, our local Level III judge, who decided to
play in the event and went on to win. Thanks to Mike Guptil and
Professional Events Services for the opportunity to head judge a GP Trial,
and for running an excellent PTQ as always. It is always a pleasure to
work with you guys.
Next stop...Pennsylvania State Championship weekend.