I also want to add a personal plug for Jason at Deal Me In Games here. The prize support we post is based on attendance of 30 people. I just want to note that Jason has NEVER once scaled prize support down. Even when we had 12, he offered full prize support (the top 8 basically begged and insisted on lesser support).
When he offered the Bazaar of Baghdad at 30 and we hit 24 - he still gave out the bazaar. I suggested he up the entry fee to $35 to use the extra $5 to offset the prize for the top 8 at the end of the year and he refused. So while I'm the visible face who does all the advertising, Jason is the one who takes all the financial risk and puts himself on the line. He never fails to be a stand-up TO and shopkeeper when it comes to prizes. So a big thanks to Jason for all his support for the T1 community this year!!
We do this every month. We had 19 this time, which was awesome. I will have the next one figured out and deck lists from this up sometime this weekend, getting crushed by a new job this week and just have not had time.
Understandable . We had 5 people show up but supposedly there are a handful more that can play if we move from Saturday to probably Sunday. Even then, driving 12 hours to play 3 or 4 rounds of Vintage seems bad. If there are any sanctioned Vintage events I plan on playing them as well.
One of the problems with something like this is determing what it is you're trying to do. Is the goal to play magic or to test these changes? If I'm trying to win, my deck is likely to be different than it would be if I was trying to test the changes.
I agree that something like Cockatrice is likely a better solution. I also suggest getting on voice chat with the person you're playing so that you can shortcut things instead of having to explain things in chat.