I also realize this is an old thread, but since it's stickied I'm going to post here anyway.
My old username on TMD was JDawg13, and I was a fairly active member in the early-mid 2000s. I sold off my whole Magic collection in 2007. Most of my Magic playing these days is draft and cube, but I have recently started thinking about getting back into paper Vintage after dabbling a bit on MTGO. This new username is the same one I use everywhere online.
I'm RagingRiver on MTGO. I only play weird jonnie brews. Currently testing blue aggro shops, mono-white mentor, weird white lock decks, kobold storm…you get the idea ;)
I don't play super often. Usually 10pm-2am eastern time.
@Macdeath Shops is a different beast. This is because of its linear nature (as an all-artifact deck) compared to how you have to attack blue decks. You can make the deck better with unrestrictions, and it can become worse in context since more hate cards will show up. I'm not saying that's likely to be the case, but that the plausibility of this line of thinking is not worth mocking. Right now the meta has to undermine amorphous blue decks and respect Shops. If instead the meta had to focus foremost on Shops, it could do so.
Barring other information I'd err on the side of, if they are DCI approved you should let them participate. If not, you should make it very clear in your announcement. For example if you don't want say Alex Bertocini in your event, that is completely justifiable. He's a cheater, a thief and a piece of shit who defrauded dozens (?) of participants out of the opportunity to win. But he may be able to legally play soon, he was wandering around GP Vegas. You could clearly post that anyone who has been DCI Suspended isn't eligible, or has been suspended in the past 5 years, or whatever really as long as its communicated and the player doesn't expend the effort to come only to be turned away at runtime.
@BazaarOfBaghdad I don't want to reward anyone. I'm fine with competitive environments rewarding people who study. If their study is 4th rate... then I assume there are three levels of study that would be rewarded more. So I don't think the 4th rate studiers are really going to be the problem either way. If you mean that study itself is low on the hierarchy of skills by which winning is decided... then why even worry about it right? Anyway, I'm pretty sure all of the best players do this to some extent. (Largely because I observe very good players who stream actually do it.)
A person started a thread asking for information on how to scout magic players and decks. They asked on a website dedicated to sharing information about magic. I have no problem with that. Some people in the thread responded by criticizing scouting itself, which is fine too. But let me say that I'm fine with scouting, because it rewards people who do extra work and want to win. Every other competitive environment that I know of, already does that. I don't see why MTG should, or even could easily be different.
I think the short answer to your question is yes... yes I do.
@desolutionist I believe mtggoldfish had a bot to scrape data from all the events, so it's definitely possible. It's not like MTGO has an API to pull this data from though so I never seriously considered attempting to automate this. It would certainly be great if someone wants to look into this route.
As a less daunting task, someone could figure out how to take a screengrab of the results from every round and convert it into text that's easier to work with. Several of us tried to figure out a way to do this over a year ago, but after minimal effort led to incomplete results we gave up. It's much easier to do metagame analyses for paper events because I just open the .WER file in notepad and parse the results.
I followed up investigation by going to Davis PD, and an officer met me at the shop in Davis where cards were found. He was as helpful as he could be without say, helping. (He is not sure that the cards can be proven to be unique as there are no serial numbers etc. )
So I will have to find the seller of my cards myself. I'm thinking of making a fun video (since I have a studio and jump at any chance to use it) to get the seller to come to me.
Now I have to go to work, but I thought I'd leave this update here in case there is a better plan that what I have come up with.
List of cards with detail are on my Google Doc, I will post in all the FB sites where Magic happens in NorCal, personally contact each store to let them know how to find list of cards in case they got any of them at their store. Make video to get seller to come to me.
THEN hand off to police.
@revengeanceful I use a lighter piece of cardstock that I have printed a alignment grid on to and tape the card on using painters tape. DO NOT USE PLASTIC TAPE! It will more than likely melt on the fuser.
@evouga exactly! This is the right sort of question to be asking. But does anyone think about the math problem like this? Or build in this way? Or even select in this way when looking at what to play. I can tell you people largely don't because there is not an elastic change in what people play, based on metagame population shifts.
@ChubbyRain I promise you I'm not. The hypothetical 20 player tourney was taken straight from top 8 finish percentages. You will likely get slightly more rogueiness in a live field, but not much. Maybe you play 1 to .5 rogue decks more than that hypothetical field. What I am assuming, is that people would like to stroll into their actual tourney on Saturday and cash. (A big assumption. Some people don't and will tell you they don't care, which is cool.) So to do that, you should look at your actual metagame and beat that, rather than the overall metagame where you "get crushed" if you mainboard shops hate... something I don't believe anyway.
@Topical_Island Because I don't want to get in a situation where I'd have to choose between rod and zuran orb or get in a situation where i cant combo off because i deployed a null rod earlier in the game. Add to that the fact that zuran orb does effectively nothing unless you have the other two pieces, it's a dead draw in a deck that already has considerable consistency/opening hand issues. Glacial chasm is a much better option seeing as it has synergy with crucible and can buy you crucial turns against decks like dredge, mentor or in thorn mirrors on it's own. You can also go ham with bazaar digging for it without having to worry about keeping a card in your hand and recur it with crucible, meanwhile it is nearly impossible to interact with. It has none of the problems zuran orb suffers from and has considerable upside.
Though i also recommend starting with Lotus, this is the order in which i acquired power:
Ruby > Recall > Sapphire > Time Walk > Lotus > Emerald > Jet > tbc..... still missing Pearl and Twister.
If you got a good offer (like i did) you are good to buy other pieces of power before Lotus ;)