Well, welcome everybody. It’s been amazing this past weekend in Memphis. The Masters Division had 999 players, just one person short of 1000! Even though it didn’t hit 4 digits, it far surpassed Ft. Wayne as the largest Regionals of the year. I doubt anything will come near surpassing it, perhaps Collinsville, but that’s an irrelevant mystery.
From a logistical standpoint, the tournament ran beautifully. Online decklist submission was wonderful once I figured out how to use it, but I loved how it prevented some decklist errors caused by last minute changes. It was also nice how I could submit a list, then make a change. This incentivizes players to submit an initial list earlier, since there is no disadvantage to submitting early. Another new prospect ventured was the presence of team stages, an extension of a VIP package. The buyers of these were CCG Castle, ARG, Some1sPC, and NLG. I personally loved the idea and hope it can be expanded upon in the future. There’s been debates on it in HeyFonte these past few days, with a majority of the players in Memphis liking it. At the end of the day, there will always be people hesitant to change and sponsorships, but the game is growing—organizers and players must grow with it.
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