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GPTrial Bangkok #1 - Judge Report

Simon Lee

This is a standard GPTrial held just a week after the Scourge pre-released. The tournament was held in the shop, Toyland Castle, which I had not visited after it moved to new location. I asked a player about the location the night before to make sure I would not get lost.

Kent is the TO. He is a nice guy and the shop manager of another shop run by the same company. Before the tournament started, he told that he would like to give Scourge boosters, the newest expansion set, as prizes. However, due to stock arrangement, he did not get enough boosters in the shop running the tournament. (It was before the official release of Scourge) Therefore, he asked me to announce that they would give coupons that can be exchanged for boosters the next day.

Since the Scourge was pre-released a week ago, some players might have some Scourge cards. We had to remind players that Scourge was not legal when players enrolled.

During the enrollment, we found a player who had broken her leg and was sitting in a wheel-chair. It would not be good for her to read pairings and have to find her seat every round. I told her I would have some special arrangement for her. At first, I thought I would like to arrange some area like a feature match table for her. Later, I found it would not be practical as there were other games running in the shop, so that idea was abandoned. Instead, I asked her to stay at particular table and I would swap the table number manually every round.

How to do that with DCI reporter?
It is very simple. Under the "Perform" section, click the "Order Table Assignment", and then double click each of the two tables you want to swap, and afterward, click "Swap".
(I should make some announcement about this. See below for the reason.)

After all deck lists were collected and verified, (I verified each deck list as soon as I got it), the tournament started. We got 25 players and hence, played 5 Swiss rounds with a Top 8 play-off.

After all players seated, I made some announcements:

  1. I Introduced the Tournament (GPT Bangkok), format, REL, K value
  2. I Introduced the Tournament Staff (this is a small one, so, just me as judging staff)
  3. I said how many players, number of Swiss rounds and length for each round
  4. I reviewed the prize collection arrangement (coupon)
  5. and I reminded players that Scourge cards were not legal

And then the tournament started.

Rulings.

Compulsion - Circular Logic
The Logic's abilities always go on top of the card-drawing of Compulsion.

Therefore, Player A plays spell S. Player B responses by discarding Circular Logic through Compulsion, and plays madness Logic to counter spell S. Don't draw a card (from Compulsion) before the counter spell is resolved.

Rotlung Reanimator
If there is more than one reanimator in player, each reanimator's ability would trigger once per cleric leaves play. For example, player A has 2 Rotlung Reanimators in play, his opponent firebolts one. Player A would get 2 2/2 zombie tokens.

Haunting Echoes
If a player plays a Haunting Echoes, he or she has to choose the named cards removed from library when the spell resolves. He or she cannot, for any reason, skip searching library and ask the opponent to remove the card after he draws it, which is quite common in some casual play environment. I caught a player doing that during the tournament. I told him he had to remove the named cards at that moment or he could choose not to remove any named cards from his opponent's library. A typical example of GPT teaching players to play "correctly". (Does GPT stand for Good Player Training? )

Wild Mongrel - Circle of Protection: Green
We all know that Wild Mongrel can change its color. Here I would like to remind readers that even after the combat damage goes on stack, changing the mongrel's color would affect the color of the damage dealt by mongrel.

Quiet Speculation " searched cards - graveyard order
Although the graveyard order is not important in current standard games, we do let players know it is ordered and they should place the cards in the correct order. The correct order of Quiet Speculation and searched cards should be: put the searched cards, if any, into graveyard first, and then Quiet Speculation, i.e., the speculation on the top of graveyard.

Similar cards include Breakthrough, Careful Study and Read the Runes.

Players make such mistakes simply they because they are used to placing the card into the graveyard just after playing it, instead of after it resolves. We should correct player about this.

Sideboard
It was reported to me that a player looked through his sideboard during a game. As the rule forbids a player to do that, he would receive a penalty, but what kind of penalty is appropriate? Point to consider: was he benefiting from looking through the sideboard?

It is hard to tell if he would be benefit. And if it was just a random action, any penalty more than a warning would too much to him. So, after knowing it was game 1 and I looked at the offender's hand, I gave the offender a caution for Procedure Error - Minor, asked them to continue the game and stated that I would upgrade the penalty if I found he would benefit from looking through the sideboard.

Afterwards, I read their deck lists to think about the potential information advantage generated by looking through the sideboard. For example, any "Wish" target(s) against that opponent. He may be benefited even if he found no "wish" target for that match up.

By the way, the offender's opponent won the match.

Cycling, Lightning Rift and Life Tracing
This issue was about careless players. I observed this when I walked around the floor.

A player played a Cycling-Lightning Rift deck. During his opponent's end turn, he cycled a Renewed Faith and tapped 2{w} and {r}, pointed at Lightning Rift, indicated to use the Lightning Rift ability. However, he only adjusted his life counter, drew a card and pretend to untap. But his opponent did not do anything. I stopped them to figure out what happened. It turned out that the Lightning Rift player thought his opponents would adjust his life total whereas his opponent did not know there was 2 damage from Lightning Rift.

I gave caution to both players for their failure to represent the correct game status and reminded them to pay attention about the game. For example, if damage is dealt, does the opponent record it?

Astral Slide - The creature was in-play or removed from game?
When I was called, I was told that the player thought an Exalted Angel was in play and tried to edict it. The other player stated that the Angel was removed from game by Astral Slide and had not returned to play. The original player agreed that but just felt it might be some problem since he would not play Chainer's Edict if he knew the Angel was not in play. (which is quite reasonable)

The board I saw, (the Slide and Angel side): the slide was at the right side of the board, the Angel was just below it with about half of the card shift to right and no other creature in play. As they did not use any play mat and did not have a clear cut play zone, it might not clear that the Angel was in play or not. I concluded that was miscommunication and let the player return to the state just before he played edict.

In addition, I requested the Astral Slide player to have better representation for removed from game creatures.

Future Sight - Compulsion - Madness spells
Future Sight only makes the top card of library played as though it was in the hand but the card is not in hand. Therefore, you can not use compulsion to discard the top card from library to play the spell by madness.

Non-ruling issues

The first thing I would like say is I should have announced that I had some table swapping in that tournament. During rounds, some players were confused why he was at table 1 even though his points were not top. I should have told the players there was a special table arrangement and seating was not according to points to avoid such confusion.

Observing the match up
If the tournament size is small, say, less than twenty tables, try to spend a few minutes to look over the match up. With average game knowledge, you can roughly get an idea which tables would be fast, which would be lengthy. Pay attention to the potential slow table and make sure the game is played in a timely fashion.

Extra Standing sheet
I mentioned we had a player in wheel-chair. I printed a standing for her before the last round so she did not have to squeeze into the crowd to read the standings.

This report is named part 1 because I will judge another GPT Bangkok in next Sunday. I hope I will have more thing to share and will write part 2 next week.

Thank you for reading.

Simon Lee, Level 2 judge



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