Report for PTQ LA
Dec 12, 1999
TO: Steve Port
Head Judge: Darrell Wyatt Lvl III
Attendance: 77 plus a couple of people hanging around for sides.
7 rounds of Swiss
Steve and I show up at Neil's Diamond about the same time (8:15). Neil's
is a great place with a large room upstairs and a Bar & Grill and bowling
alley downstairs. The room isn't set up so we have to arrange the tables
as we like. This is unusual as the room is usually set up before we get
there. We get registration started and quickly realize that we are going
to get a larger crowd than usual. About 9:30 we get everyone seated and
start handing out decks. A couple more people show up and we let them in,
seating them at the last tables. There was some discussion about whether
to use the 5-land swap or a 3 land add. We chose to go with the 5 land
swap and most of the people were happy with it.
Overall the tournament ran smoothly and relatively few warnings were given
out beyond the normal 'I don't know how to write down the cards on a list'
problem. We did have some people who made this their first sanctioned
Notable decks included a deck that looked constructed with rebels (one
rare, two uncommon, and 6 common rebels), a Squee/Arms Dealer combo deck,
and a black monstrosity that most of it's creatures couldn't be blocked
for some reason or another.
The top eight draft made for some interesting decks as well, most of which
were solid decks. Most notable were the four-sizzle deck and another
rebel deck. In the end, it was Jim Husted who won the tournament with Dan
Bock coming in second.
From a judging point of view, there were few problems and no questions
that required a huge amount of thought. Steve and I were training a
fellow judge on how to better use DCI reporter, so that took some of my
time. Overall a good tournament. Although, I should mention that someone
there made very sick. Next time have the decency to stay home if you're
sick. I really didn't need the flu.
DCI Level III Certified Judge