@Log Before you claim "rip-off," shouldn't you talk about the total prize fund, not just first place? Not supporting first well, may or may not be a good idea, but if it allows further prizes down the placement line, then that completely mitigates against a rip-off claim. Even then, players can ultimately vote with their feet/wallets. When I organized chess events (small scale), I would always try to find a free site (restaurant, library, school) and return 87.5% or more in prizes. When I played, I tried to support those organizers who more closely approximated such number as well. Organizing is, of course, hard work so I won't criticize anyone who tries to be capitalistic about it and maximize profits. But I won' support them either.
Posts made by BazaarOfBaghdad
RE: Eternal Weekend Europe prize support
RE: JANUARY 9, 2017 BANNED AND RESTRICTED ANNOUNCEMENT POLL
Dunno, I would imagine that the people who are very into the format would be the exact audience WotC would want to please.
RE: Grixis Pyromancer, decklist and some questions
cage is way better against Pitch Dredge han traditional versions built around 5-color lands and Nature's Claim.
RE: Oh Boy I Can't Wait For VSL Season 6!
Not a big fan of these pods. The tiebreaks feel too random. A 2-4 has a potential to go to the playoffs over several 4-2s. Too much forced seeing the same deck / commentators many times over the same night. Not easily intuitive who goes where. Too much emphasis on the first weeks. Let's figure something else next time please.
RE: Notes on the State of Vintage, Jan 2017
@jhport12 Nice breakdown. Some broken cards that would otherwise fall in category #1, if part of linear strategies, can (should?) be allowed since the B&R list is not needed to address the degeneracy they spawn. Playable archetype hosers exist.
RE: MTGO Outside Assistance
Yeah, no rules since unenforceable, ethical guidelines only. I'll propose a few:
- No ghosting. Check video feed later.
- If you stream, and you receive helpful information, you have an ethical responsibility to determine if you would have come to that helpful information on your own violation. If clearly you would not have done so, then you can note it, but should not use it. If you are not sure, then you can check with your conscience, but I don't think the guidelines should go further than that admonition.
- (If streaming) Don't ask for immediate help. For example, when sideboarding, make your changes, then ask and see what others would have said (helpful for future rounds, maybe games). Don't make immediate changes if you asked for help.
- Internet searches for match information are fine.
- Timing out your opponent is fine (I wish we had 30 minutes though!).
RE: MTGO Outside Assistance
ajfirecracker, You're the one with the toxic attitude here, over the entire thread. I only talked about the risk of ghosting to even out, not that you personally would have to do it. Just knowing that someone will eventually do so more than cancels out any incremental advantages gained. Ultimately, though, I get a kick out of beating up on the whole crew, if such it is. It makes me a better player (incidentally, to brag a little, I think I'm a very lucky 5-0 against The Atog Lord in MTGO events who is an awesome player and ambassador). You could stream too if you want, if you thought it was such an advantage. But even if you don't want to ghost (and I never would either), just imagine the tactical points you could gain in going over the archived video of your games with the streamer afterwards - you see his entire decision process which is a huge advantage for your next encounter. In short, I don't think we have a problem here.
RE: MTGO Outside Assistance
What's your enforcement mechanism? At the same time, the streamers risk an opponent ghosting without repercussions, so it evens out. I'd rather flesh out a set of ethical guidelines for the situation before ever trying to flesh out a set of rules. If we simply turn off the stream, the community is a poorer place, and you still haven't prevented teams of players working behind camera.
RE: Old School Magic: Reanimator Rises to the Top!
I can't afford to invest in yet another format, but this was a fantastic write-up.
RE: Vintage 101: The Ultimate Paradox!
The problem with the Oath plan (I was the first person ever to go 4-0 with Paradoxical Oath in a daily, so I'm not talking without some experience here) is that Eldrazi and Fish can proactively leave in and play Containment Priest and while you can steal a g.2 vs. Shops, they still have their anti-Oath cards, they can hedge with Metamorphs, and Shops just has faster and more hate overall.
Mentor avoids many of the taxes (Thorn, Thalia) and can absolutely get mileage out of otherwise dead draws to Null Rod. Null Rod forces the opponent to have the right removal at the right time. Top can replace itself sometimes in response to a Rod, if you have a shuffle effect around. If I were convinced you could reliably go offer before the first hate piece, then I would absolutely call for Storm versions. The reverse seems to be more likely, however, so I tend to prefer permanents and Thoughtcasts. Top and Key (given one of Top, Vaults, Ring, or Monolith) are amazing with PO and pretty decent on their own.
The more Shops vs. the more Gush Mentor in the meta, the more I would want to lean towards a Storm version of PO (faster); the more Gush Mentor vs. Shops in the meta, the more I would want to lean towards incremental advantages (Thoughtcasts, Keys, Tops, Tezz).