N.Y.S.E. Open VI?

  • The NYSE brand is so well established that I’d assume people will come regardless of what, exactly, the prize pool is. Cash should be fine.

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    I am living in Barcelona and I have to tell you we do not have events like this any more and we ALL miss them.

    I would definitely come if possible just for the joy of it. The brand you have is well beyond the prize support: Organization, great playing area, security, coverage...the idea of having a big Vintage event is enough and the community should respond accordingly.

    The price tag on paper cards is impossible atm, so cash and maybe an additional commemorative piece (artist sketch or anything like that) would do the trick if you want to keep the mystique as you say 🙂

    All in all, if you are attending an awesome event of this kind for the card prizes, you are in the wrong format!

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    What better a prize than cash? People love this event and how well you run it and will attend

  • Battle for blue

    1 - sapphire (3,000)
    1 - ancestral. (2,800)
    3 - time walk (2,500)
    4 - library (1,600)
    5 - 8: underground sea (3,200/ 800 each)

    Based on SCG’s absurd NM prices this would be

    13,100 dollars in prizes. This means 131 players at 125 a piece covers is the prizes with 3,275 left for judging etc.

    Granted 9th through 16th should be something like a tundra (3,200/400 each) and 17th through 32nd is a force of will from ema (1,760/110 each) and youre getting up there, but still prizes that are absurdly good for todays market. Now, estimate using REAL market numbers, and not SCG inflated numbers, and you MAY have some room. Id be happy to play for the above pool.


  • Power/Shops/Bazaar have quadrupled in price since the NYSE started while the entry fee hasn't. That makes hosting something at the original entry to prize ratio extremely unfair to the TO which nobody wants. Meanwhile, the quantity & diversity of very desirable cards has increased, as Soly hit on. For instance, things like NM foil Cavern of Souls, foil Mirrodin Chalice of the Void, minor dual lands, or foil Scars Mox Opal are as pricy as the Bazaar I was fortunate enough to win at my first NYSE in 2013. That was my first out of state Magic event since the Urza's Saga prerelease at Neutral Ground. I had such a good time I decided to do more of them and having Vintage being part of my life again for the past 5 years has been enhancing in so many ways.

    I'm cool with either prize scale-down, entry fee increase, or a combination of both. It's important to me that you be rewarded for putting so much effort into organizing this. As I see it, the more TO's are rewarded for creating these events, the more likely it is they will continue to do so and that makes all of us direct beneficiaries. It's also right on a karmic level, which for me also matters.

    One point I would add is that regarding entry fee, the math is very different for the great many of us who travel from out of state. For instance, a $20 increase to $120 might seem like a 20% increase but in reality when people spend to travel, the total cost of the trip could be more like $250 (and that's just driving without hotel) which means a $20 entry increase is is less than 10% of the entire trip. And that's even less for people who fly in. So if the entry fee increases, for a lot of us, it's just the equivalent of ordering an extra fancy drink or appetizer on a vacation, which is stuff that is essentially anticipated and already pre-factored into the trip. I have no problem with that at all. In fact, I'd prefer an entry fee increase to maintain the scale/prestige of the event rather than a lower fee that risks harming the organizer.

  • I won't make this year's tournament because I have to buy back into a proxied deck. However, if this happens next year I will make it. I wouldn't be as concerned with the prize pool as I would be with being able to play in a large Vintage tournament. Who knows what eternal staples will do in terms of value, but I have always been interested in playing for cool staples in general or cash. Anything that is no longer easy to find or on the reserve list and Vintage playable is cool, or like Brian said, foil staples would catch people's interest.

  • I'm sure people would be just as happy with cash, but should Power be what you want - an option could be, and I do realize this might seem taboo on here, CE/IE cards as prizes. They certainly have value.

  • @Brass-Man, I tried creating a poll initially and was told I didn't have the permission to do so. I really need to do a poll here. Help?

  • @prospero that's weird, polls shouldn't be locked for anyone. I can try adding it myself for now. Message me with what you want in the poll, and where you want to put it!

  • Given that I am unlikely to prize any event, I'd greatly prefer that an event be affordable over having a good prize pool. Hell, I'd easily pay up to $20 for a good event with no payout at all.

    That said, based on previous events, I'm unlikely to ever make an NYSE just because of how difficult it is to physically get there 😕

  • The real money question is how expensive the Jack & Cokes are in the VFW hall that you hold the event in.

  • +1 for cash prize at a reasonable entry fee (~$100 range)

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    It's kind of neat to win 'trophy' cards but this tournament brings out all the ringers so +1 for "prize structure is irrelevant to me". Would love to attend more of these in the future, regardless.

  • I've skipped the NYSE the last couple of years because I no longer want to travel for just one tournament. Even if the prizes aren't great, a weekend of events is way more appealing. That way if I do bad in the main event there are plenty of fun things to play in.

    I'm at the age now where waking up at the butt crack of dawn and driving home through the night for a one day event is not appealing. I'd rather just make it a long vacation weekend and enjoy my time with other players.

    And multi-day events are awesome! Even if SCG puts on another Vintage event without the prizes they had before, just the privilege of playing 13 rounds over 2 days was awesome. It felt good to make Day 2 Swiss rounds, and it felt better to have a day of Swiss that was clearly the best players in the event.

    I'd love it if the NYSE was more of an experience than a long day for one tournament.

    In the defense of high end prizes, they definitely matter to people without power. Like I don't have dual lands and I'm missing Ancestral, so those things get my attention.

    But at the end of the day I know this is still a game of chance. I view one particular tournament as gambling, but I look at a weekend of activities as plenty of ways to have fun.

  • Nick, you could give out gift cards to Boston Market for first and I would show up to your event. That said, you want to maintain prestige and give prize support that brings the wide swath of players to our small corner of Long island, you need a middle ground. 100-120 per head with a cash prize should accomplish that with the NYSE brand behind it.

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    Would you considering upping the proxy limit? (Since the cards are an expensive entry themselves)

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    If Lotus is $70 per head, then removing Lotus from the prize pool makes a great deal of sense. Perhaps you could still find a way to award power nine to all or most of the top 8 if it was among the least expensive range of the power nine. That would be my preference.

    Cash is too variable for people to encode it as a meaningful prize.



  • @desolutionist - I hadn't considered it. Given the cost of cards, I understand the pressure, but there's a quality of event experience that is certainly diminished with excessive proxies. I'd want to really think about it before I committed to something like that.

    @Smmenen - Last year, the Lotus was about 25% of the cost of the prize support (which doesn't include the venue, judges, security, etc.). The venue and the judges are pretty much fixed costs; I've searched for venues that were affordable enough without sacrificing too much on the quality of the experience, and the Four Point Sheraton really is just the best venue available for this event. As far as the judges go, there's an appropriate ratio of players to judges, and given that the attendance is never going to be set in stone with enough time to ensure that the ratio is exactly correct, without going over with judges (incurring the costs), and without going under (ensuring that the event has delays/problems), I choose to potentially go over each year. I'd rather have one or two extra judges in the room than have one or two judges less than I really needed that day. I think we can all agree that security is not somewhere any of us want cuts to be made. These costs are significant, and necessary.

    This just circles us back to the original problem of the cost of the prize support. Even a diminished prize support is still astronomical. Giving out P8, sans Lotus, would already eat up the full prize support budget and put us about $1,200 over, with nothing going to 9th-16th. It's untenable. I very much want to run the event that I've run for that five year period, but unless we had 130-140 people willing to pay about $250 to play, it's just not going to happen. Handing out Underground Seas to 5th-8th would feel wrong to me.

    Cash is also scalable. It's protection against getting blown out on the day. I could drop the entry fee to $100. The trophy, which I still believe is the best trophy in Magic, would go out. The altered Karns would go out, one to the winner, one to the sportsperson of my choice, etc. I'd be able to do a significant amount in giveaways, which I really, really like, as it's an opportunity to spread the love, and to support artists that the Magic community as a whole has benefited from, and maybe taken for granted, for the last 25 years.

    I don't want to give out cash. If you remember, Steve, you interviewed me at GenCon back in 2011, and I discussed how I thought cash was the inferior prize. I genuinely don't like it, but I think, at this point, that it's likely a necessity. I don't want to look back at prize support that I gave out and think that it was weak. Underground Sea, Volcanic Island, et al, don't have the mystique that power, Shops and Bazaars do. Revised duals suck. Giving those out to people who flew in would feel wrong. The shop I went to from the time I was 18 till I was in my early 30's once had a thousand count box with duals in it. They were $5 per. To hand a dual to someone who paid $100 to play would feel wrong, even if it's technically not.

    Nothing is certain. This is still a big commitment, there are a lot of things that could go wrong and kill this before it happens. That said, I hope to run the event. I'd need to have a rough idea how many players I'd be looking at beforehand, so when Brass Man is back from vacation, I'll follow up with a poll.

  • I just want more large Vintage events. Due to life circumstances, I cannot make all of the events so the more events that there are, the better for everyone in my opinion.

    The prize support is never a consideration for me. My considerations are will my wife freak out if I go. So, I could not make it to Waterbury since it was on Mother's day weekend.

    I think doing cash gives us another great event for Vintage and if my family life allows me to attend based on the when the event is, then I will be there.

  • @doomfinite For whatever it's worth, past NYSE's have had the Vintage FNM the night before, and a Sunday event the day after. We messed around with Vintage events on Sunday, then tried a Classic event, but have settled on Old School. The turnout for last year's Old School event on Sunday was strong (I could be wrong, but I feel like it was north of 30 players).

    If you were able to make the event in 2019, I can promise that it would be a full weekend of Magic.