OK, this is a topic I'd like to return to. Obviously a January 2019 event isn't happening, but if I start planning now, I could shoot for a Jan/Feb 2020 event that's announced months in advance, so out-of-starters can plan for it.
First step for me is considering potential structures, specifically in terms of prize pool and player headcount. In reading over people's responses, there was a mix between "prizes don't matter to me" and "the prize pool needs to have multiple pieces of Power." Obviously, that's a pretty big discrepancy. I'm curious what people would think of a structure like this:
- Prize Pool: $1000 cash
- $25 entry, capped at 40 entrants
If you're someone who would consider flying to play Vintage, is this event big enough (both in terms of prizes and player count)? I'm aware that a 1K is normally not the type of event people travel for. However, non-proxy paper Vintage on that scale doesn't seem to exist anywhere in the US, outside of the aforementioned annual events (NYSE, Waterbury, etc). Is that special enough? Or would it need to be bigger?
(Basically, what I'm struggling with is the Vintage player psychographic. On the one hand, there are lots of spiky players in the community, who also expect big payouts. On the other hand, our decks are all so expensive that you can never really make your money back. Likewise, most of us have money to travel, but maybe not time. And unless you come in literal 1st place, you're probably not making back the cost of a hotel, flight, food, etc. And on top of all that, we have high expectations for paper events, but aren't exactly flush with paper Vintage options. What do we as Vintage players really want?!?!)