|Nemesis Prerelease-Crystal, MN
TO and overall Head Judge: Steve Port
Head Judges of the Pods: Black Pod-Me, Blue Pod-Marc Aquino, Red
Other Judges: Marc Dudda and Chris Schafer
Staff Members: Phil Bruton, Josh Lueck, Josh Zwadlo, Marci Port, Sarah
Neil, Didier Collard, Nick Collard, Josh Noll, Aaron and Phil (Can't
remember last names), Marc Haase. Sorry for anyone I missed.
Also on hand: Darrell Wyatt
Total attendance for the tournament was 247 for all three pods, with an
additional 50 to 75 people just playing in side events. As it took a
while for the sides to get going some of the staff played in the main
tournament then ran side events all day long. Total number of sides ran
was 27 with a ten team unsanctioned sealed deck at the end for judges and
anyone who was still around and wasn't sick of Magic yet.
As this was my first large tournament, I was a little nervous about head
judging my pod. All of my nervousness went away as the day went on.
Since I am small in stature and was lacking a microphone, I had someone
help me with the announcements at the beginning.
Chronological List of my Tournament Experience:
Friday 8:00pm: I pack up my computer, a change of clothes, my notes, and
my clipboard for the trip to Casa Dudda, my place to sleep for the night.
9:30 pm: I arrive at Casa Dudda and find that all other guests for the
night have arrived. For the rest of the night Steve and me work on
getting our computers networked so we can share a printer for the
tournament the next day.
Midnight: I head off to bed.
Saturday 6:30am: I am woke up (kicked) by the TO and start getting ready
to head out to the site.
7:20am: I arrive with a few of the other judges and staff to the
tournament site. We start setting up.
9:00am: We start taking registration and the Black pod starts to fill.
9:30am: My pod is full and the tournament is under way. The generally
announcements are made and the players are let loose to start registering
their decks. I give them a half an hour. By the time I get done with
announcements Blue pod is almost full.
10:00am: I am informed that about 15 more players will be added to my
pod. I get them going on deck registration as soon as possible.
10:15am: Still waiting for latecomers to finish. I let them finish and
go back to all of the other players and make a few more announcements. I
then have them do a deck swap. The method I used was for them to switch
across then pass one place to the right. This method I think is effective
for the prereleases because it lessens the confusion and traffic towards
the registration area. Using this method also assures that some players
will get their original deck back. I give the players another half an
hour to build, register their decks, and get their land. I also informed
them that they were able to swap up to five lands for five other lands.
10:30: Got the other group of players going on deck building. I used the
same swap pattern as the other players.
10:45: Deck building was supposed to end, however, a bottleneck developed
at the land stations. In the TO's unending well of knowledge, he set up
an additional land station.
11:15: I was informed about a technical problem with the pod divisions.
Apparently, I was informed, Dennis Green of the Vikings got on the
computers and mixed up the players in the pods. This problem ended up
switching a few players from black pod to blue pod and from blue pod to
black pod. This meant that my pod would have to wait for blue pod. After
things were all sorted out only about 4 players got switched.
11:30: First round pairings went up for both pods. In the spirit of
competition between Marc Aquino and me, the race for the most efficient
pod was on.
11:55: After a few more announcements I started round 1.
The rest of the day went pretty much according to schedule. Seven rounds
of Swiss parings and a 30-minute lunch break completed in 8 hours. For
all those wondering I won the competition for most efficient pod. There
were very few rulings given and surprisingly fewer penalties.
Rulings and Interesting Situations:
#1. Player A had declared blockers with a rebel. After which he wanted
to then go and search for another rebel and block with that too. I ruled
that this is not legal as you cannot play instants during the declare
blockers step. Later in the day, I did find an instant you could play
during the Declare Blockers Step, Fog Patch. The reason Fog Patch can be
played is because it says specifically on it that it can only be played
during the Declare Blockers Step.
#2. I was asked if Laccolith Rig could be played on one of your opponent'
s creatures and what would happen if it were put there? I ruled that this
legal as the card doesn't prohibit it. If it was placed on one of the
opponent's creatures that you (controller of the enchantment) were able to
choose where the damage went if you wanted to.
#3. I was asked if Laccolith Rig was placed on another Laccolith creature
how much damage could that creature do? I ruled that both the creature's
ability would trigger and the enchantment would trigger. That means that
the controller could deal damage equal to the creature's power twice. It
works this way because the ability isn't a replacement effect.
#4. I sat down at the last match of the sixth round. It was a stalemate.
Since both players had one lost and one draw another lost or draw would
knock out both players from prize contention. One player said they should
just flip a coin. I immediately intervened for this practice is really
illegal. Once I explained why it was illegal and that a player could
concede at anytime, one player conceded to the other. Then they talked
about who would have a better chance in the next round, since they did not
involve any kind of compensation for the losing player, I decided that it
was not collusion.
#5. Also in the sixth round, a player came up to me with a problem with
the number of points he currently had. I asked him where he thought the
problem was. He said that in the third round he got credited for a draw
instead of a win. I asked him why he hadn't asked earlier like as soon as
he noticed the problem. He said that he didn't notice it until now
because he checked his points this round, and not any other round. This
was hard to believe, as the points are printed next to his table
assignment each round. Anyway I talked to his opponent for the third
round and he concurred with his opponent that he should have gotten a lost
for the round. I decided that because he had waited so long to do
anything about the mistake that changing it now would corrupt the
tournament. My reasoning was that since he had played two other rounds at
the wrong number of points that he had an unfair advantage over the
players who played at the right level of points. I, however, was
overruled by the Head Judge and TO of the tournament.
Sorry about the length of the report but I had a lot of new experiences
and wanted to get them all in. A few final notes... Congratulations to both
Marc Haase (Hadji) and Josh Lueck for successfully (I hope) testing for
Level 1. If anybody has any questions or comments for me I can be reached
by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Take care and play on,