Monday, May 23, 2016

WPN events, June-July

WPN June Events
    Magic: The Gathering

    Casual Play: Here, you rule. Come to play, trade, or build decks for Magic: the Gathering. New Players Welcome. Also frequently run odd formats such as planechase, archenemy, commander, emperor, multiplayer, etc.
    Tuesdays: 7,14,21,28

    Friday Night Magic: Here, you rule. Standard type 2 constructed event. $7.00 entry. Hosted by Dan Regewitz.
    Fridays: 3,24; 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    Friday Night Magic Draft: A speical $40 Eternal Masters Draft. Crazy I know!
    Friday 17; 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    Friday Night Magic; Modern: Modern is non-cycling format that allows any card printed after 8th edition or Mirrodin block for use, excluding cards on the Modern banned list. Come enjoy this wonderfully diverse format. $20 entry. Eternal Masters packs will be available for prizes.
    Friday, 10th 5:30-9:00pm

    Conspiracy Draft: Cube draft hosted by Dan Regewitz. It is a Conspiracy set cube - so be prepared for shenanigans. $10.00.
    Tuesday 21st. 5:00pm

    Grand Prix Trial: Feeding GP Pittsburgh. Standard format. Competitive REL, decklists required. $25 entry.
    Saturday 11th 11am registration; 12noon start.

WPN July Events
    Magic: The Gathering

    Casual Play: Here, you rule. Come to play, trade, or build decks for Magic: the Gathering. New Players Welcome. Also frequently run odd formats such as planechase, archenemy, commander, emperor, multiplayer, etc.
    Tuesdays: 5,12,19,26; 5:30-9:00pm

    Friday Night Magic: Here, you rule. Standard type 2 constructed event. $7.00 entry. DCI sanctioned w/ prize support! Hosted by Dan Regewitz.
    Fridays: 1,8,29; 5:30-9:00pm.

    Friday Night Magic; Modern: Modern is non-cycling format that allows any card printed after 8th edition or Mirrodin block for use, excluding cards on the Modern banned list. Come enjoy this wonderfully diverse format. $15 entry. Top players may claim singles instead of packs as prizes.
    Friday, 15th 5:30-9:00pm.

    Eldrich Moon Prerelease!: Come experience the newest set of Magic with this sanctioned sealed deck pre-release. Once again NDC is proud to host an officially sanctioned pre-release event. Please note the times and prices below. Hosted by Dan Regewitz.
    Saturday, 11th 11:00 registration; 12noon play begins. $30 sealed deck.
    Saturday, 11th 4:30 registration; 5:15 play begins. $30 sealed deck.
    Sunday, 12th 11:30 registration; 12:15 play begins. $30 two-headed giant sealed deck.

    Eldrich Moon Launch Draft!: Our always special and always popular 4 pack draft format for an official launch. $20 entry.
    Friday, 22: 5:30-9:00.

    Modern Constructed: As a special offer we are running a $20 modern event. This is a launch event for Eldrich moon. A sealed booster display goes to first place with 12 or more players.
    Sunday, 24th: 12:15 start.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Slips and things.

Slips and things.

= The Scene
Star City Games Standard Open (Columbus)
HJ – Rob McKenzie
SK – Jared Sylva
Staff – Erik Aliff; Matthew Karr; Sam Robinson; (myself)
128 players (day 2); 6 rounds of swiss + cut to top 8
Note: Due to the 5-judge staff each judge was given tasks to take care of. In a sense we were all team leads with no team under us. I was in charge of Clock/EOR.

    I always have a good time when I can head out to Columbus to judge some magic, and this event was no exception. I was joining the staff late, only being there for Sunday, but learned some things that I hope to cover ahead. I've decided to take a slightly different approach to this article. I'm going to discuss how we record penalties on the back of slips, and connect that to some things I actually saw happen at the event. I'm hoping that by doing so I will make this educational for some of the new lv1s in my area – as well as similar judges elsewhere.

    So what do we put on the back of a slip when we have a penalty? Hopefully you are already familiar with acronym J-PIP? Standing for: Judge, Player, Infraction, Penalty – This mnemonic device gives us the information that needs to be on the back of a slip, and in the correct order. One thing that has been introduced at larger events, is that scorekeepers are now asking for the table number to be added to the beginning of this string. Although this is not particularly helpful for smaller local events using WER, it is extremely helpful for larger events.

    The last thing we add to the back of the slip is a note about what happened to cause the penalty, and if appropriate what the fix was. Rob McKenzie told me to mind my ABCs in regards to this. ABC is another acronym standing in for Accurate, Brief, Clear. Whatever you write as your note it needs to be these things. Accurate and clear enough that another judge (the head judge and/or the scorekeeper usually) can understand what happened without having been there. Also brief – because you don't want your scorekeeper to write a small paragraph for each penalty.

    Keeping these notes Accurate, Brief, and Clear is something of a balancing act that I will admit I had some difficulty with during this event. However now that we've covered these basics we can get to the interesting bits – situations. So I'm going to ask my lv1s to read this, and we're going to discuss what they would write on the back of the slips for these situations (if anything). Participation and commentary from the peanut gallery is encouraged!

=-=

    1 You are watching a game and on A's end step, N casts collected company. A responds with Hallowed Moonlight. You then see N untap and draw for turn.

    2 As you are called to a table N tells you that he just realized that he played a card face-down that does not have morph. Indeed there is only one face down card on his field a Duskwatch Recruiter. N also reveals his hand to you and you only see 1 card – Hidden Dragonslayer.

    3 N calls you to the table in A's upkeep step. They have just realized that they failed to transform their Duskwatch Recruiter into Krallenhorde Howler on their last upkeep. Does your answer change if instead it's a Krallenhorde Howler transforming into Duskwatch Recruiter?

    4 A says 'Combat' and N agrees. A then says 'Surrak haste' pointing to their Surrak, the Hunt Caller, and attempts to swing with the team. N stops them and calls you. The players agree that this is the first time the 'combat' shortcut has been used (or has been relevant) this match – and that they have not explicitly agreed to any specific treatment of it.

    5 A casts read the bones. They proceed to take a card, add it to their hand. They then quickly put that card back, and then look at the top 2 cards of their deck before we are called to the table. During investigation we are able to determine that the first card did come together with the other cards in the hand. The current state is A has a hand of 5 cards. There is card1 'the card added to hand for a moment' and card2 'card looked at'.

=-= Answers

    1; GPE-GRV Warning;  player failed to resolve collected company – after hallowed moonlight.

Hallowed moonlight doesn't actually counter Collected company. N should have looked at 6 cards (optionally) exiled up to 2 creatures, and put the rest on bottom – but he didn't. As for the fix a backup involves undoing N's draw step, and given that likely no cards are changing zones I'm more comfortable leaving the game state as is.

    2; GPE-HCE Warning; played a card w/out morph face down. Only one morph card in hand.

This is slightly interesting because normally misplaying the morph ability upgrades HCE to a game loss. In this particular case we have all the elements we need to call in the HJ to confirm that it is not upgraded. We have the player calling it on themselves, almost immediately (they just played the card, passed turn, and caught it) and with only one morph card in hand.

    3; GPE-MT Warning; did not transform Krallenhorde Howler.

    Either way this is missed trigger, and we're asking the opponent if they want the trigger to be put on the stack. If caught during the draw step or later in the turn, we simply instruct the players to keep playing. The interesting bit here is when is there a penalty? Philosophically we look at a trigger in isolation to determine if it is 'usually detrimental' So we shouldn't consider the other abilities of the cards faces. Generally speaking however the 'night' side of most transform cards is stronger than the day side, and I feel this is true here because the creature transforms from a 2/2 into a 3/3. So day to night is not usually detrimental and is no penalty. Night to day however is 'usually detrimental'.

    4; N/A

    Surrak has a trigger, and it's a trigger that targets. Also the default 'combat' shortcut offers to move to a point when N has priority in declare attackers. A trigger that requires targets becomes missed if targets are not selected when it goes on the stack, and Surrak's trigger does this at the beginning of combat. Since declare attackers step is definitely after beginning of combat step, this means no haste for A. Also we don't write anything on the back of this slip because Surrak's trigger is not usually detrimental, and therefore no penalties have to be issued (did I trick you?)

    5 GPE-HCE Warning; Drew a card, put it back scry 2 off read the bones.

    So when I established the fact that card1 touched the hand this put us firmly in Hidden Card Error territory. Since the players seemed to agree that card1 was the card added to hand I struggled for a bit with the fix (HCE has some layers to it). However ultimately I added card1 to the hand (making it 6 cards) – applying the 'Thoughtseize' fix to those six cards, allowing the opponent to shuffle away one of their choice, and then continuing with the resolution of Read the Bones with the 1 card remaining.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

WPN events: May, June

WPN May Events
    Magic: The Gathering
    Casual Play: Here, you rule. Come to play, trade, or build decks for Magic: the Gathering. New Players Welcome. Also frequently run odd formats such as planechase, archenemy, commander, emperor, multiplayer, etc.
    Tuesdays: 6,13; 5:00-9:00pm.

    Friday Night Magic: Standard type 2 constructed event. $7.00 entry.
    Fridays: 6,13; 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    Friday Night Magic (draft): $16.00 entry.
    Friday: 20; 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    GPT (Columbus): $25 entry. Legacy Format. Feeds GP Columbus. Competitive REL. Decklists required.
    Saturday 14th; 11am registration, Noon start.

    Friday Night Magic; Modern: Modern is non-cycling format that allows any card printed after 8th edition or Mirrodin block for use, excluding cards on the Modern banned list. Come enjoy this wonderfully diverse format. $10 entry. Undefeated players may claim prizes as singles.
    Tues, May 27th 5:30-9:00pm

    Casual Magic - 2-Headed Giant Draft: Teams sit together, and select 2 cards at a time from each pack. For this event we are some using some very special (and terrible) NDC exclusive packs! $10.00 a head.
    Tues, May 24th 5:00 - 9pm

WPN June Events
    Magic: The Gathering

    Casual Play: Here, you rule. Come to play, trade, or build decks for Magic: the Gathering. New Players Welcome. Also frequently run odd formats such as planechase, archenemy, commander, emperor, multiplayer, etc.
    Tuesdays: 7,14,21,28

    Friday Night Magic: Here, you rule. Standard type 2 constructed event. $7.00 entry. Hosted by Dan Regewitz.
    Fridays: 3,24; 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    Friday Night Magic Draft: Here, you rule. Join us for our monthly draft event. $16.00 entry. Hosted by Dan Regewitz.
    Friday 17; 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    Friday Night Magic; Modern: Modern is non-cycling format that allows any card printed after 8th edition or Mirrodin block for use, excluding cards on the Modern banned list. Come enjoy this wonderfully diverse format. $20 entry. Eternal Masters packs will be available for prizes.
    Friday, 10th 5:30-9:00pm

    Conspiracy Draft: Cube draft hosted by Dan Regewitz. It is a Conspiracy set cube - so be prepared for shenanigans. $10.00.
    Tuesday 21st. 5:00pm

    Grand Prix Trial: Feeding GP Pittsburgh. Standard format. Competitive REL, decklists required. $25 entry.
    Saturday 11th 11am registration; 12noon start.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

WPN events March, April

WPN March Events
Magic: The Gathering
Casual Play: Here, you rule. Come to play, trade, or build decks for Magic: the Gathering. New Players Welcome. Also frequently run odd formats such as planechase, archenemy, commander, emperor, multiplayer, etc.
Tuesdays, March 1,8,15,22,29th. 5:30-9:00pm

Friday Night Magic: Standard type 2 constructed event. $7.00 entry. 2packs /player in the prize pool. 4 rounds, 6 match points or better gets prizes.
Fridays, March 4,11 5:30-9:00pm

Friday Night Magic - Modern: Modern is a non-rotating format containing all cards from the 8th edition core set to current sets. It is quite diverse and interesting. $10.00 entry. Prizes can be claimed as singles.
Friday: 25; 5:30-9:00pm.

Friday Night Magic-Draft: Here, you rule. Join us for our monthly Draft. $16.00 entry.
Friday, March 18th. 5:30-9:00pm

WPN April Events
Magic: The Gathering
Casual Play: Here, you rule. Come to play, trade, or build decks for Magic: the Gathering. New Players Welcome. Also frequently run odd formats such as planechase, archenemy, commander, emperor, multiplayer, etc.
Tuesdays: 5,12,19,26; 5:30-9:00pm

Friday Night Magic: Here, you rule. Standard type 2 constructed event. $7.00 entry. DCI sanctioned w/ prize support! Hosted by Dan Regewitz.
Fridays: 15,29; 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Friday Night Magic - Draft: Here, you rule. Join us for our monthly Draft. $16.00 entry. Hosted by Dan Regewitz.
Friday, 22nd; 5:30-9:00pm

Friday night magic - 2hg standard: $7 per head. Our typical crazy standard format just before the release of the new set.
Friday, 1st; 5:30-9:00pm

Shadows over Innistrad Pre-release!: Once again NDC is proud to host an officially sanctioned prerelease event for the latest set. Free Giveaways in each event. Also intro packs will be available for open gaming ($15.00). Note that some prizes will be issued as prize slips (to redeemed after launch).
Saturday 2; 11am registration; Play 12noon. $30.00 sealed deck.
Saturday 2; 4pm registration; Play 5pm. $30.00 sealed deck.
Sunday, 3; 11:30am registration; Play 12:15; $30.00 Two-headed giant sealed deck.

Friday Night Magic-Draft: Here, you rule. This is our super special and allways popular 4 pack $20 entry launch event for the new set.
Friday: 8th; 5:30-9:00pm

Game Day: Shadows over Innistrad: $10 entry. All players recieve an extended art promotional card with entry. Foil promos to top 8 players. Playmat for 1st place. Prize pool = 3 packs per player.
Saturday, 30th; 11:00am registration; 12:00 start time.
Grand Prix Trial (Pittsburgh): Standard format. $25 entry. Competitive REL, decklists required.
Saturday 23: 11am Registration; 12:00 start time.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WPN Events Feb, March

WPN Feb Events
    Magic: The Gathering
    Magic: The Gathering: Casual Play: Here, you rule. Come to play, trade, or build decks for Magic: the Gathering. New Players Welcome. Also frequently run odd formats such as planechase, archenemy, commander, emperor, multiplayer, etc.
    Tuesdays: 2,9,16,23th; 5:00-9:00pm

    Friday Night Magic: Here, you rule. Standard type 2 constructed event. $7.00 entry. WPN sanctioned w/ prize support! Hosted by Dan Regewitz.
    Fridays: 5,12; 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    Friday Night Magic-Draft: Here, you rule. Join us for our monthly Draft. $16.00 entry. WPN sanctioned w/ prize support! Hosted by Dan Regewitz.
    Friday: 19th; 5:30-9:00pm

    Friday Night Magic-Modern: $10.00 Modern constructed format. For top players, prizes may be calimed as singles.
    Friday: 26th; 5:30-9:00pm

    Grand Prix Trial (detroit); $25.00 Modern Constructed. Competitive REL, decklists required.
    Saturday 6th; 11:00am registration; 12noon -play begins.

    Magic Game Day; $10.00 Standard format. All participants get alternate art promos. Rare promos to top 8. First place gets a playmat. Part of our Pittsburgh Comic and Games show events.
    Saturday 13th; 11:00am registration; 12noon -play begins.

WPN March Events
    Magic: The Gathering

    Casual Play: Here, you rule. Come to play, trade, or build decks for Magic: the Gathering. New Players Welcome. Also frequently run odd formats such as planechase, archenemy, commander, emperor, multiplayer, etc.
    Tuesdays, March 1,8,15,22,29th. 5:30-9:00pm

    Friday Night Magic: Standard type 2 constructed event. $7.00 entry. 2packs /player in the prize pool. 4 rounds, 6 match points or better gets prizes.
    Fridays, March 4,11 5:30-9:00pm

    Friday Night Magic - Modern: Modern is a non-rotating format containing all cards from the 8th edition core set to current sets. It is quite diverse and interesting. $10.00 entry. Prizes can be claimed as singles.
    Friday: 25; 5:30-9:00pm.

    Friday Night Magic-Draft: Here, you rule. Join us for our monthly Draft. $16.00 entry.
    Friday, March 18th. 5:30-9:00pm