TMD OPEN 17 - August 13, 2016 - Oakville, CT (Official Thread)



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    Preamble: Before getting into the official announcement, please allow me to ask two quick things of you that will help make this event incredibly fun and memorable for everyone.
    1.) A fairly good estimate of attendance will ensure things like: enough pizza ordered, seating that is neither too little, nor too cramped, additional prize support as warranted, etc. Therefore, can I please, please ask that if you plan on attending let me know either via pm, posting in this thread, emailing me at iamfishman2000@hotmail.com, texting me at 860-605-3730, messaging me on facebook, choosing “attending” in the facebook event(coming soon), sending a carrier pigeon, etc. It is not a binding agreement, but it only takes a second and it will help me get a feel for attendance.
    2.) Could I ask those of you who already know what an experience I try to make for each of my events tell others about this so that we can have a great turnout. With the infrequency of my events the last few years, there is a whole new generation of Vintage players who don't know about the TMD Open experience.

    In return, I will promise to plan plenty into this event that will leave everyone with some lasting memory above and beyond the vintage they play. So without further ado…

    What: TMD OPEN 16

    Where: Oakville VFW
    85 Davis St
    Oakville, CT 06779
    860-605-3730
    (This place is literally 0.25 miles from the Waterbury town line, so you can still call it a Waterbury tournament)

    When: August 13, 2016
    Doors open at 10:00 am
    Registration is 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Tourney Starts PROMPTLY at 11:00 am (To avoid a prolonged tournament, this will be strictly enforced. Latecomers may be subject to a round 1 loss.)

    Cost: $50 Entry Fee
    (Entry fee must be paid in cash. Because I don't work for a store, I don't have a credit card machine. I apologize in advance for the inconvenience)

    Format: Type One with FIFTEEN proxies with a cut to top 8.

    Prizes: (Above and beyond the hundreds of dollars in prizes for all the side events) I will be using a “based on participants” prize scale for the main event prizes.

    Prize Support based on 120 Participants
    1st Prize –$1600 in cash + Free Entry at TMD Open 18 + an official TMD OPEN 18 Playmat + an official TMD Open 17 Playmat
    2nd Prize –$800 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 17 Playmat
    3rd-4th Prize –$400 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 17 Playmat
    5th-8th Prize –$200 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 17 Playmat
    9th-16th prize –$100 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 17 Playmat
    17th prize - 17th prize - An official TMD OPEN 17 Playmat
    18th-32 prize – Pack of Eternal Masters

    Prize Support based on 100 Participants
    1st Prize –$1200 in cash + Free Entry at TMD Open 18 + an official TMD OPEN 18 Playmat + an official TMD Open 17 Playmat
    2nd Prize –$600 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 17 Playmat
    3rd-4th Prize –$300 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 17 Playmat
    5th-8th Prize –$150 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 17 Playmat
    9th-16th prize –$75 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 17 Playmat
    17th prize - An official TMD OPEN 17 Playmat

    Prize Support based on 80 Participants
    1st Prize –$900 in cash + Free Entry at TMD Open 18 + an official TMD OPEN 18 Playmat + an official TMD Open 17 Playmat
    2nd Prize –$450 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 17 Playmat
    3rd-4th Prize –$225 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 17 Playmat
    5th-8th Prize –$115 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 17 Playmat
    9th-16th prize –$55 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 17 Playmat
    17th prize - An official TMD OPEN 17 Playmat

    Free Side Event: At the end of round 3 we will be taking signups for a FREE tournament for an Italian Legends Mana Drain. The second place prize is to be determined. This free tournament will be single elimination.

    Card Throwing Competition: Grab a land card, write your name on it, and flick it across the room. Farthest flung card wins a TMD OPEN 17 playmat. It is that simple! This will be held after the swiss rounds.

    Fortune Cookie Consolation Contest(Get rewarded for losing!): Improved on my idea from my last tournament...inspired by the clues of Shadows of Innistrad. Every match, every round, the loser gets a fortune cookie. 1 in every 17 cookies has a fortune that says "congrats, you won a prize...see Ray." The prizes are cool foils and foreign vintage playables…stuff like Foreign Gush, Foil Wear//Tear, Korean Dark Rituals, Foil Auriok Salvagers!
    But, each of the other 16 unique messages are a clue about a mystery card. They will say things like, "The card is an instant." Piece together the clues individually or with your friends to identify the one correct card out of all magic cards in existence that it has to be and you will win an official TMD OPEN 17 playmat!

    Team rivalry, a.k.a. Braggin Rights Supreme August 2016: Here is how its gonna go down. Teams of three will agree prior to the event to play as a team and will register (separate from a deck registration...it will be done on a different sheet of paper). Each team’s cost is $9...$3 per person. Then, at the end of the tournament, the teams with the highest combined number of match points(single elimination matches count as 3 points per match, just as in the swiss) will win.
    If enough teams enter, there may be a second place prize or more, but the number of teams entering, and thus the collected entry fees, will determine the prizes. In the event of a tie for match points, the average opponent match win percentage from the swiss rounds of the three players on each team will be computed and compared.
    After round 3 team designations will be inserted into players names, so teams may view each other team's players and match points on the pairings/standings.

    King of the Hill Table: Starting with current reigning champ Will Magrann, the King of the Hill table will be one of two featured match tables each round. If Will keeps winning, he will always have a spot at the table. But, whoever beats Will will become the new King of the Hill and defend that table every round until they lose. And how will everyone know that you are the King of the Hill? Easy, of course…you will get to wear this sweet King’s Crown letting everyone know you are the one on top!
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    The TMD Open 17 Scavenger Hunt: When you register, you will receive a list of 20 things, such as “A picture of a hard cast Force of Will” that during the day you will search for and snap pictures of on your camera phone. The first person to find pictures and show me all 20, or the person who has the most after the swiss round will receive an official TMD OPEN 17 playmat!

    FREE Magic Trivia: Some consider the most fun part of a TMD open to be Magic Trivia. This competition will test your Magic knowledge, take you down memory lane, and give you a fun-filled hour with friends. It is FREE to enter and all teams win prizes. The event starts after the Swiss rounds.

    AND, other cool side events/prizes yet to come!

    Proxies: (Borrowing from Nick Detwiler’s guidelines)
    Most everyone on these forums knows what a proxy is. A proxy, for the TMD Open 17, will be defined as the following:
    A Magic the Gathering card with the full name, card type (instant, sorcery, land, artifact, creature, enchantment, planeswalker), full mana cost and text clearly displayed. This can be done in one of two ways:

    1. Using a Sharpie, not pen or pencil, to fill in the required text on a card where it can clearly be read. (Revised lands are excellent for this, new commons and uncommons aren't usually, as they're darker, and far tougher to read.)
    2. Using acetone to remove certain text from a card that's close to the intended proxy (i.e. Lotus Bloom, with certain words removed to proxy a Black Lotus, Ancestral Visions with certain words removed to proxy an Ancestral Recall).
      Take pride in your proxies! Your opponents should know (at all times) what your proxies are, because they're clearly defined. Using 15 Swamps to make your proxies is a bad idea, as it's going to create confusion. If you're proxying Moxen, please, use a Land from each appropriate color to make a proxy for that Mox (i.e., a Mox Sapphire is on an Island, a Mox Jet is on a Swamp, a Mox Pearl is on a Plains...). Beyond that, please use your best judgment when creating your proxies - we know what will, and what won't, be easily recognizable.
      Your opponents should not ever be at a disadvantage because you don't own the cards. There is nothing wrong with using proxies as you slowly pick up the cards that you need to play Vintage, but please consider your opponents while you're making them, as we're out to make this an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
      If you're worried that your proxies may not pass muster, please speak to the head judge of the event before the event starts. Leave enough time to create new proxies, if necessary.
      Using paper printouts of card faces, and gluing them to cards, is not acceptable! This alters the thickness of the cards, making the cards marked, for all intents and purposes. Please don't do this, as the judges will be instructed to consider these as marked cards, and enforce punishment according to a DCI Competitive REL event!

    Snacks & Meals: We will be selling pizza slices, soda, and other snacks.

    Parking: (See Below)

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    Questions, comments, concerns? Please share them all here.

    See you on August 13th,
    Ray


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    Hell yes, I will be there and I will do whatever I can to promote the event. If you've never been to a TMD open before, this is something you want to do.



  • Will be there for sure!



  • I will be there in spirit. Ray is far and away the greatest TO to have ever walked the planet. If you haven't had a chance to go to one of his events or are of a generation that didn't get to attend in the early years of the "Waterbury" you owe it to yourself to attend this. I have, unfortunately, made my east coast trip for the summer and have much job searching to do on the west coast where I live. I would ask the powers that be to put the thread up for TMD 18 a bit earlier next time so I can make plans for the greatest vintage magic experience anyone could ever ask for :)

    -Storm


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    Strongly considering making an East Coast trip centered around this event! $400 round trip to play Vintage is quite the feat to dwell on



  • @SamuelA said:

    Strongly considering making an East Coast trip centered around this event! $400 round trip to play Vintage is quite the feat to dwell on

    Just consider the social aspect of it all, its really great to be in the company of your fellow vintage players. May not be +EV but the intangibles of bigger events is not to be underestimated.



  • Looking forward to it Ray!



  • Ray's Waterbury events were my first big Vintage Events when I was 16-18 years old. I even came out of "retirement" for one of Ray's events in 2007. They are:
    -Unbelievably Fun
    -Incredibly well ran
    -Full of top-notch competition.

    If I could telepathically tell my unborn child to stay in utereo for an extra week, I would be there...that is how awesome these events are


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    TMD Opens are always a great time. I will do my best to attend this one.



  • Thanks for all the kind words everyone. FYI there is a facebook group dedicated to talk of this event. Please feel free to join in the conversation:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1277679352257429/



  • Also...for those who didn't see already, here is just some of the door prize pool. Except for the Antiquities Ornithopters, all are either foil, signed, or foreign.

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  • @iamfishman I love that this a officially a Type 1 Tourney... thank you.


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    @Topical_Island to be clear, he means Type One as in "vintage", not the ill-thought-out april fool's joke format :P



  • @Brass-Man Sure... errrmmm, that's what I meant.



  • New idea: There is a lot of TMD Open to stuff into the 13 hours that will be The Mana Drain Open. Soooo...I had the idea of making the experience include the months and weeks leading up to the event. I will be kicking it off with a giveaway over the next few days. I want to introduce my "Name the card" game that will be part of our Fortune Cookie giveaway. The prize? A TMD OPEN 16 playmat!

    To try to win it, see the thread here:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1277679352257429/



  • Will this be on Twitch?



  • @Topical_Island
    I am going to try to make that happen, though my time, effort, and other resources will always go first to the experience of the people at the event before those watching from home.

    (Wow...that sounded incredibly snarky. I assure you it was stated as just a statement...not sass.)



  • @iamfishman Well I wish I could be the first kind of person, hoping to settle for being the second kind this year. #hopingtosettleforsecondclassstatus



  • @iamfishman hi Ray, this sounds amazing, I'm looking forward to making this my first vintage event ever! I played in the time of revised, just picked it up again ~8 months ago, excited to come and make a go of it.

    • Micah


  • Better than 50/50 chance I go to this. I guess that's enough to count me in?

    Any chance of an old school side event maybe? Would greatly increase my odds of going to maybe 75/25, hahah.



  • Pretty good chance I will be there.
    Thanks for organizing this!



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