Benny Louie, Jr.
Here's a judge's report from a Type 1.5 format tournament on Dec 4th 1999.
It was held at my comic book store located in Chico, CA. There were a 11
players in the tournament when it started. Twelve had signed up, but
there was a no show. Since this person was not actually enrolled in the
tournament and only pre-signed up, there was no penalty for that player.
It was a relatively easy tournament to judge because most of the players
know me by first name and most of the players play with cards that they
have owned for a long time. That is why my store still runs 1.5
tournaments instead of Type 2 because the players may essentially play
with any cards they want except for the banned ones. I ran a 3-round DCI
Swiss tournament with a cut to top 4 single elimination. Fifty minute
rounds with the 5 extra turn rule were used. None of the matches came
close to time due the nastiness of the decks in this format.
There were very few rulings at all in this tournament. This is mainly due
to the fact that most players know the format quite well. I don't believe
this is a good format for beginners since the older players typically
defeat their opponents easily. Here are a few of the questions that did
1. What cards are banned in this format? For the players convenience and
my reference, we have the Type 1.5 banned list typed up on a 1.25 inch x
8.25 inch sheet of paper so I showed them that.
2. What is a sideboard? I wasn't sure how detailed I should be in
answering this question so I simply explained it as a set of 15 cards that
can be used to change your deck after the first game with an opponent.
You may sideboard in as many or as few of the 15 sideboard cards after the
first game. It can be used to improve your deck's chances against certain
decks or colors. You must do a one-for-one switch for each card in your
sideboard. Your deck and sideboard must return to their original form,
that they were in when the tournament started, after each match. I don't
know if I gave enough detail.
3. Some of the players also asked if there is a guideline for how much to
give out in prizes. I told them that there was not for small tournaments
like ours but there is for the big tournaments like the Pro Tours and
like. I'm not sure where to verify this, but hopefully someone reading
this report will know.
4. The only "real" question asked was about a Spike Feeder that was
Lightning Bolted. Player A who had a Spike Feeder out with 2 counters on
it. Player A removed both counters off the Spike Feeder to gain 4 life.
In response, Player B casts a Lightning Bolt targeting the Spike Feeder.
Player B wants to know if the life gain fizzles since the Feeder is dead.
I explained to him that after an effect is paid for, the effect still goes
off even if the source is gone and actually in this case, I believe the
Spike Feeder which is 0/0 dies before the Bolt even hits it so the
Lightning Bolt fizzles. I hope I was correct on that one. I know the end
effect is the same for the players but I'm not 100% sure on the ruling
I believe most players enjoyed themselves, even the losers did because
they got to see the combos and nastiness of the winning decks. I'm still
not a big supporter of this format, but my partner and the players vote
for this format of play over any other one for a regular basis. Sealed
Deck or Booster Draft is enjoyed more by myself and the players, but a bit
too expensive for most of the players. Sorry that this isn't as long as
my last report, but not many rulings came up in this small tournament.
Thanx for reading my report,
Benny Louie, Jr.
DCI Level 2 Judge