This was the second time I had the opportunity to work with the Event
There were 111 players in attendance, which is one of the largest PTQs I
have judged. The staff for the event were Tim Weissman as head judge,
Sheila as support, and me as the Floor Judge and running Side Events.
Registration started at 10 and Play started at 12. The event was 7 rounds
of swiss seeded into a top 8 single elimination.
The event ran quite well considering there were 2 judges for over 100
players. The only issue is that while I was doing deck checks, it took
longer for the players to get a ruling.
I had 3 or 4 rulings on Impulse - the ruling on that card is that the
cards go to the bottom of the deck in the order they were on top (they
can't be rearranged).
I usually am a judge at prereleases and local tournaments. The players at
this event ranged in their knowledge of the rules and there were quite a
number of rulings each round on how certain cards work or timing
After the second round I went over and started running Booster Drafts, I
did four in all.
Things that went well -
1. The organization of the event went well
2. The knowledge of the staff - we had to look in oracle a few times to
ensure we had the most recent wording on cards.
3. The start time at 10 was nice. A lot of players have to travel to get
to the tournament. This allowed them to get a little more rest.
Things that could be better:
1. If there was one more judge there it would have reduced response time
2. The facilities were large enough, but I would like to have seen an on
site vendor for food. The way the tournament was going did not allow for
most of the players to go on a food run. I have worked events where the
hotel sets up a place to buy pizza, sandwiches, etc to be purchased by the
3. I think this needed another number - The noise level after 7PM got
pretty intolerable. There was a party scheduled in the room adjacent to
ours. It was a wedding reception. After the guests arrived, the music
was quite loud. This disturbed the players in the finals and the side
I was pleased with the event. It was well run and the players were well
Wichita Falls, TX