This past weekend, on Saturday, there were 2 Game Day events scheduled. One was supposed to start at 12:00 and then next one at 18:00. Number of participants present: 4. I can not start any official event with less than 8 players. It just doesn’t work that way. Although I felt really bad for the players I also couldn’t just randomly give them these promos just because they attended:
It’s not like I didn’t want to. I have so many promos that I would love to get rid of, but I won’t give them out for free. There’s just one thing you have to do to get them: attend events. Nothing complicated. Or is it?
One of the battles that Ingolstadt has always had, when it comes to Magic, is the battle of Legacy vs Standard. This has always been the case. New players were beaten so badly by overly complicated Legacy decks that they simply stopped playing Magic all together. There were no Standard/Modern tournaments organized in shops. The community wasn’t there for those types of events. It’s happening now as well. There just isn’t interest in Standard, or people are still in the mindset that Standard is no different from Legacy and you need this 1000€ deck to even think of being able to compete. I built my Standard deck form 10€. Mono Red. Does it win? Yes. Does it win a Game Day tournament of 8 or more people? Probably not, but I do get to smash my way to a few victories even so. Standard is expensive if you want it to be expensive. So is Legacy. There are decks that cost so extremely much, yet you can also build something way cheaper if you choose to do so. But saying stuff like “I don’t want to invest in Standard because the cards rotate out” is pretty much BS. 10-20€ won’t burn a hole in your pocket. And you get to play that deck for 1 year or so. I think the pros outweigh the cons.
I do understand though how the community works. I have talked to Wizards about the dominance of Legacy in our little town. They keep saying to push Standard as much as possible, but I will be realistic here: I need to keep the shop alive. They told me that I shouldn’t make a Legacy FNM under any circumstances. Unfortunately Wizards aren’t paying for my rent. That means that every FNM will have a Legacy tournament. If by some miracle there will be more interest in Standard, there is enough place for 2 tournaments at the same time (in a parallel world the Arena has 3 events every FNM: Standard, Legacy, Booster Draft). I won’t go over the concept of why FNM is important to building the community right now. What I can say is that there are few and far between reasons why people don’t want to attend FNM. I have heard the “I am busy” excuse and I get it. Everyone has a life outside of Magic and that’s a very healthy thing 🙂 Not being able to attend any FNMs though…Really? Sure.
The worst part of all of this is that I get stuck with 2 of these bad boys:
That is, until Wizards messages me asking me why I canceled the 2 Game Day events. Then I will probably have to ship them back. Ah well. I wouldn’t have gotten any of them anyway. Too bad that now, nobody from Ingolstadt will get any either.
A small reminder that this weekend the 8th Peasant Grand Prix will be taking place in the Fronte ’79. I will also be there helping out with the Wizards event reporter and offering drafts for people who drop and also after the main event is over. Drop by and say hello or even better, to play in the tournament.
Until then, see you in the Arena! 🙂