|Colorado State Championships
November 13, 1999
Tournament Organizer: Eric Smith
Head Judge: Christopher E. Otwell, Level 2
Other Judges: James R. "Bob" Goodfriend, Level 1
Player Turnout: 88 Players
I show up at the venue at just after 9:00 a.m. Talk to Eric to work out a
few logistics. Find out for sure that no one else is going to be judging
with me, from Denver. So I call Bob up and plead with him to get him to
drive up from the Springs as well. He arrives at about 10:50 a.m. and
helps out a lot through out the day.
Event starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. I keep the start of each round very
close to the hour, using 50 minute rounds. Only a few matches between
each round ran over the 50 minutes. After 7 rounds of competition and a
lunch break, we finished the swiss at 6:15 p.m. Finals started 20 minutes
after that, in a different area of Enchanted Grounds.
Most rules questions asked involved either if a card was legal (before the
event), or how trample worked (during the event), or you could use a
Gaea's cradle for mana with another cradle in play.
8 people were Deck Checked, including 1 of the top 8 players (** See
Below), by myself and Bob. Only 1 intention of actions ruling was needed
to be made, and 1 failure to agree with reality. Luckily, I was watching
to most of the later match, and as a result was able to solve it myself
from each of the player's written record of events and my memory of how
the match was played. Therefore, no warning was issued to either player.
After the Top 8 was started, one of the by-standers noticed that a player
had an illegal card in his sideboard -- The Scavenging Folk. Through out
the course of the day, no one brought it to my attention while he was
playing his opponents that he had a Scavenging Folk in his deck. As it
turns out, it was one of the decks that Bob deck checked and he did not
catch the illegal card. However, since I clearly made it known at the
start of the event that anyone with an illegal card in the deck would be
disqualified, I proceeded to DQ that person. Though, I still gave him the
prizes that he earned for making Top 8. I hope in the future that such an
embarrassment does not happen again to any of my Judging staff, and only
better attention to details will prevent it from happening.
In the end, our new Colorado State Champion, a 14 year old, earned his
title well while playing a solid Red Land Destruction deck. Event was
over completely by 9:15 p.m. Many people thanked me for a well run event
in the end. I also think this is one of my best big time event
I only hope that the following week's 3 slot sealed deck PTQ would go as
Christopher E. Otwell
DCI Level 2
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Christopher E. Otwell
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