Friday, August 29, 2008

First Magic: The Gathering draft event in Iaşi

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Yes, we’re drafting! It is the first public Magic: The Gathering event in Iaşi and we hope it’s the jump start for our local community of players.

August 30, 2008 update: Posted results and photos from the event.

What’s Magic: The Gathering?

Magic: The Gathering is a very popular TCG with an estimated six million players in over seventy countries. Read more about Magic: The Gathering in my introductory article, or on the official website.

What’s drafting?

In a drafting event each player receives 3 booster packs. After being seated around a table, each player simultaneously opens one booster pack, selects a single card, and then passes the rest to the next player. The process is repeated for each booster pack. Once the draft is completed, players then build their deck from the pool of cards/miniatures they received in the draft.

What’s with this event?

We’re gathering in Amnesia Crem Caffe, Saturday August 30. The event will start at 11:00, and everyone should register prior to that time. We’ve already counted 8 participants, but we can support up to 16 players, so feel free to walk in and register prior to 11 if you want to play.

We’ll be playing 3 or 4 rounds of Swiss-style tournament. In Swiss-style each player participates in every round and the player with most points wins the tournament. (3 points are awarded for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss.)

There are no prizes at the event, we’re just gathering and playing. The event is also not be sanctioned by the DCI. We hope future events will be sanctioned and maybe we’ll even player for prizes.

I think this event is going to be a success! Many thanks to LEX Copy Center, our cards supplier, and Amnesia Crem Caffe, our host.


Thomas David Baker said...

Nice work Mihai. Hope your draft goes well. You should definitely get in touch with Wizards and get certified if you can so you can get the prerelease goodies and send in results, etc. But I'm sure you know all that. Good luck!

Mihai Alexandru Bîrsan said...

Thanks Thomas. The sad part about sanctioning events myself is that I don't get to play. After this event we'll work things out, and maybe me and a friend will sanction every-other event.