Monday, July 2, 2018

Situations and Reflections from a PPTQ

Event: PPTQ feeding PT Atlanta @ Pittsburgh Mills
June 2, 2018
Role: Head Judge

  Some events are really interesting in terms of stuff that happened and things to write about. This
event did not feature any grandiose situations or earth-shattering revelations, but did contain a few notable situations. I debated somewhat on whether to write these up or not, but obviously landed on doing so. Small events are good events for teaching and learning experiences within one's community, and I had one good interaction where this was the case. Also we must all recognize that different people have different opinions and skill levels, and by posting about this I might learn from the comments left, or someone else may take away something valuable from me.

Situations:

(1) AP untaps, discovers they only have 6 lands, and they cast Second Sunrise the prior turn. This is a
clear GRV, so we're either backing up or leaving the game state as is. On NAP's prior turn we discover they drew, played a land, attacked with 2 creatures, and deployed a green gear hulk while their opponent was tapped-out. While that sounds like a pretty simple turn, nearly all the decisions they made were based in part that the other (control) player couldn't interact, so it seemed too risky to back up and we left the game-state as is.

(2) AP is about to declare attackers and has 2 Ahn-Crop Crasher and a Glorybringer. His opponent has 5 creatures, including Shalai, Voice of Plenty (You, planeswalkers you control, and other creatures you control have hexproof.). Because Crop-crasher and Glorybringer both have an attack trigger, and targets must be chosen when the trigger goes on the stack, there's no way the AP can force anything other than the Shelai to not be able to block (Shelai is the only legal target for all three triggers).

(3) AP untaps, draws a card, plays a land, and then goes to return a Scarab God to their hand from the
graveyard from the prior turn. NAP stops them, and AP accepts and continues with their turn. Spectator pulls me aside and points this out. As a delayed-zone-change trigger, if called we put it onto the stack no matter how long it's been missed. Policy also indicates that we don't step into a missed trigger situation unless we're prepared to issue a penalty, which I'm not in this case. Obviously I don't intercede, but it was an interesting case to discuss with the spectator who knew a bit about delayed-zone-change triggers and how they work at competitive.

Refelctions:

(3) At the time it felt that perhaps one should interceed in some way, but of course policy does not support that. In discussing it with felow judges, one pointed out that stepping in creates a feel-bad situation. When the AP agrees that he doesn't get his trigger, the players have agreed to the game state, and are ready to build on that agreed game state to reach a perfectly valid conclusion to the game. Stepping in actually causes more harm than good.

Friday, June 8, 2018

WPN events -Core 2019 (July-Sept)

WPN July Events
    Magic: The Gathering


Commander: We have a regular Tuesday night meet-up for fans of the commander format. Grab your favorite stack of 100, or 5 of them, and come check us out. Casual atmosphere, welcome new faces.
    Tuesdays 3,10,17,.24,31; 5-9pm

Friday Night Magic: Our weekly tournament series for Magic the Gathering. All skill levels welcome. All events run Fridays 5:30-9pm
    6 th: $10 Modern
     13 th: $20 Launch Draft
    20 th: $5 Pauper
    27 th: $7 Standard

Prerelease Core 2019: The core set is back folks, and we are celebrating in style with our allways-popular sealed deck prerelease events.All events $30 per player.
    7 th: 12noon registration; 2pm-ish start Regular sealed deck.
    8 th: 11:30 registration; 12:15 start; 2-headed giant sealed deck.

Draft Weekend: Were you not able to draft the new Core 2019 set for set release? Do you just want to draft some more? If so, then there's another draft available on launch weekend.
    15 th: 12:15 start; $16 draft.

Magic League: Join the league for $10. Get 3-packs of Core 2019, jam games against other league participants for a month. Get promos and discounts for participating. Prizes may also be available. League games can happen anytime two or more players want to game, but official league days are thursdays.
    Thursday 19, 26; 5-9pm.

Standard Showdown: $7 standard constructed event. Promotional items available to participants. Geared towards experienced players.
    Sundays 22, 29; 12:15-5pm

WPN August Events
    Magic: The Gathering


Commander: We have a regular Tuesday night meet-up for fans of the commander format. Grab your favorite stack of 100, or 5 of them, and come check us out. Casual atmosphere, welcome new faces.
    Tuesdays 7,14,21,28; 5-9pm

Standard Showdown: $7 standard constructed event. Promotional items available to participants. Geared towards experienced players.
    Sundays 5,12,19,26; 12:15-5pm

Magic League: Join the league for $10. Get 3-packs of Core 2019, jam games against other league participants for a month. Get promos and discounts for participating. Prizes may also be available. League games can happen anytime two or more players want to game, but official league days are thursdays.
    Thursdays: 2,9; 6-9pm

Friday Night Magic: Our weekly tournament series for Magic the Gathering. All skill levels welcome. All events run Fridays 5:30-9pm
    3 rd: $7 standard
    10 th: $7 standard
    17 th: $16 Draft
    24 th: $7 standard
    31 st: $10 modern

WPN September Events
    Magic: The Gathering


Commander: We have a regular Tuesday night meet-up for fans of the commander format. Grab your favorite stack of 100, or 5 of them, and come check us out. Casual atmosphere, welcome new faces.
    Tuesdays 4,11,18,25; 5-9pm

Standard Showdown: $7 standard constructed event. Promotional items available to participants. Geared towards experienced players.
    Sundays 2:15-5pm

Friday Night Magic: Our weekly tournament series for Magic the Gathering. All skill levels welcome. All events run Fridays 5:30-9pm
    7 th: $7 Standard
    14 th: $20 Draft (Flashback)
    21 st: $7 Standard
    28 th: $10 Modern

Open House Guilds of Ravnica: The perfect event for new players to check out the game, or old players to get back to the game.
    2-4pm: Free Cards, demos, learn-to-play sessions, and meet-and-greet with the magic community.
    5-9pm: FREE magic event.

Prerelease Guilds of Ravnica: Would you believe MORE Ravnica? We are celebrating in style with our allways-popular sealed deck prerelease events.All events $30 per player.
    29 th: 12noon registration; 2pm-ish start Regular sealed deck.
    30 th: 11:30 registration; 12:15 start; 2-headed giant sealed deck.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WPN Events - Dominaria (Apr-Jun)

WPN April Events
    Magic: The Gathering

Commander: We have a regular Tuesday night meet-up for fans of the commander format. Grab your favorite stack of 100, or 5 of them, and come check us out. Casual atmosphere, welcome new faces.
    Tuesdays 3,10,17,24; 5-9pm

Friday Night Magic: Our weekly tournament series for Magic the Gathering. All skill levels welcome. All events run Fridays 5:30-9pm
    6 th: $7 Standard constructed
    13 th: $16 draft
    20 th: $10 Modern
    27 th: $20 Launch Draft (Dominaria

Store Championship: $10 Standard Constructed. First place is awarded a playmat. Promos (of some kind) for top 8.
    7 th: 1:30 Registration; 2:30pm start.

Open House: Come learn how to play magic, or connect with other players for games or trades.
    14 th: Freeplay 2:30 – 5:30pm; FREE tournament 5:30pm.

Prerelease Events: All events $30 sealed deck for Dominaria.
    21 st: 1:30 Registration; 2:30 start.
    22 nd: 12:15 Start – 2 Headed Giant Sealed Deck.

Draft Weekend: $16 Dominaria draft
    29 th: 12:15pm start.

WPN May Events
    Magic: The Gathering

Commander: We have a regular Tuesday night meet-up for fans of the commander format. Grab your favorite stack of 100, or 5 of them, and come check us out. Casual atmosphere, welcome new faces.
    Tuesdays 1,8,15,22,29; 5-9pm

Standard Showdown: $7 standard constructed event. Promotional items available to participants. Geared towards experienced players.
    Sundays 6,13,20,27; 12:15-5pm

League Play: $10 to enter the league, get 3 packs of Dominaria. Build a 30 card minimum deck and jam games against other league participants. League players can meet to log games at any time, but Thursday night is our official meeting night.
    Thursdays: 3,10,17,24; 6-9pm

Friday Night Magic: Our weekly tournament series for Magic the Gathering. All skill levels welcome. All events run Fridays 5:30-9pm
    4 th: $10 Modern
    11 th: $7 Standard
    18 th: $12 Terrible Draft
    25 th: $7 Standard

WPN June Events
    Magic: The Gathering

Commander: We have a regular Tuesday night meet-up for fans of the commander format. Grab your favorite stack of 100, or 5 of them, and come check us out. Casual atmosphere, welcome new faces.
    Tuesdays 5,12,19,26; 5-9pm

Standard Showdown: $7 standard constructed event. Promotional items available to participants. Geared towards experienced players.
    Sundays 3,12:15-5pm

Battlebond Prerelease: 2-headed giant sealed deck using Battlebond packs.
   Sunday,  3. 12:15-5pm $30 per head.

Friday Night Magic: Our weekly tournament series for Magic the Gathering. All skill levels welcome. All events run Fridays 5:30-9pm
    1 st: $7 Standard constructed
    8 th: $16 2-headed giant battlebond Draft
    15 th: $7 Standard
    22 nd: $7 Standard (This is GP pittsburgh weekend, so call the store to see if we are firing).
    29 th: $10 Modern

Monday, November 27, 2017

WPN Events -Rivals (Jan-Mar)

WPN January Events
    Magic: The Gathering


Commander: We have a regular Tuesday night meet-up for fans of the commander format. Grab your favorite stack of 100, or 5 of them, and come check us out. Casual atmosphere, welcome new faces.
    Tuesdays 2,9,16,23,30; 5-9pm

Standard Showdown: $7 standard constructed event. Promotional items available to participants. Geared towards experienced players.
    Sundays 21,28; 12:15-5pm

Friday Night Magic: Our weekly tournament series for Magic the Gathering. All skill levels welcome. All events run Fridays 5:30-9pm
    5 th: $7 Standard constructed
    12 th: $7 Standard constructed
    19 th: $20 Launch Draft
    26 th: $10 Modern

League: $10 to enter the league. Get 3 packs. Play against other league players in limited games. Add 1 pack per week, and 1 pack per 3 losses. League packs are available 3 for $10 or 10% off.
    Thursdays 25 th; 5-9pm.

Magic Open House: FREE to PLAY. Hang out with other magic players. LEARN the game. GET FREE CARDS.
    Saturday 6 th; 2:30-5pm Demos and open play; 5:30pm Sealed or draft event (FREE).

Magic Prerelease: Rivals of Ixilan: Once again we are proud to host a prerelease for magic: the gathering. Rivals of Ixilan continues to explore the plane of Ixilan. Event times and pricing below.
    Saturday 13 th; 1:30 Registration; 2:30-7pm $30 Sealed Deck
    Sunday 14 th; 11:30 Registration; 12:15-5pm $30 2 Headed Giant Sealed deck.

WPN Febuary Events
    Magic: The Gathering


Commander: We have a regular Tuesday night meet-up for fans of the commander format. Grab your favorite stack of 100, or 5 of them, and come check us out. Casual atmosphere, welcome new faces.
    Tuesdays 6,13,20,27; 5-9pm

Standard Showdown: $7 standard constructed event. Promotional items available to participants. Geared towards experienced players.
    Sundays 4,11,18,25; 12:15-5pm

Friday Night Magic: Our weekly tournament series for Magic the Gathering. All skill levels welcome. All events run Fridays 5:30-9pm
    2 nd: $7 Standard constructed
    9 th: $5 Pauper constructed
    16 th: $16 Draft
    23 rd: $10 Modern

League: $10 to enter the league. Get 3 packs. Play against other league players in limited games. Add 1 pack per week, and 1 pack per 3 losses. League packs are available 3 for $10 or 10% off.
    Thursdays 1,8,15; 5-9pm.

WPN March Events
    Magic: The Gathering


Commander: We have a regular Tuesday night meet-up for fans of the commander format. Grab your favorite stack of 100, or 5 of them, and come check us out. Casual atmosphere, welcome new faces.
    Tuesdays 6,13,20,27; 5-9pm

Standard Showdown: $7 standard constructed event. Promotional items available to participants. Geared towards experienced players.
    Sundays 4,11,18; 25:15-5pm

Friday Night Magic: Our weekly tournament series for Magic the Gathering. All skill levels welcome. All events run Fridays 5:30-9pm
    2 nd: $7 Standard constructed
    9 th: $5 Pauper
    16 th: $40 masters edition Draft
    23 rd: $10 Modern
    30 th: $20 Flashback Draft

Monday, October 23, 2017

WPN events Nov-Dec

WPN November Events
    Magic: The Gathering

Commander: We have a regular Tuesday night meet-up for fans of the commander format. Grab your favorite stack of 100, or 5 of them, and come check us out. Casual atmosphere, welcome new faces.
    Tuesdays 7,14,21,28; 5-9pm

Standard Showdown: $7 standard constructed event. Promotional items available to participants. Geared towards experienced players.
    Sundays 5,12,19,26; 12:15-5pm

Friday Night Magic: Our weekly tournament series for Magic the Gathering. All skill levels welcome. All events run Fridays 5:30-9pm
    3 rd: $7 Standard Constructed.
    10 th: $7 Standard Constructed.
    17 th: $40 Iconic masters draft.
    24 th: $20 Throwback draft – Return to Ravnica.


WPN December Events
    Magic: The Gathering


Commander: We have a regular Tuesday night meet-up for fans of the commander format. Grab your favorite stack of 100, or 5 of them, and come check us out. Casual atmosphere, welcome new faces.
    Tuesdays 5,12,19,26; 5-9pm

Standard Showdown: $7 standard constructed event. Promotional items available to participants. Geared towards experienced players.
    Sundays 3,10,17; 12:15-5pm

Friday Night Magic: Our weekly tournament series for Magic the Gathering. All skill levels welcome. All events run Fridays 5:30-9pm
    1 st: $7 Standard constructed
    8 th: $7 Standard constructed
    15 th: $16 Unstable Draft
    22 nd: $10 Modern
    29 th: $20 Chaos Draft

Store Champs: Ixilan Store Champs. $10 Standard constructed. Promo items for all participants, playmat for first place, additional promo items for top 8.
    Sat, 30; 2:30pm - 7pm