Final Thoughts on My Trip to Wizards of the Coast

June 14th, 2010 by Ed Grabianowski

I was going to write some kind of coherent narrative encapsulating the entire journey, but quickly realized that was going to be impossible. It was like visiting the sausage factory, but instead of being grossed out, you discovered that sausages are made of rainbows and dipped in elementally pure Awesome, then packaged by elves and […]

Community Cup Grand Finale

June 11th, 2010 by Ed Grabianowski

Ok, I’m at the airport now with a lot of time to kill. Here’s the last installment of my Community Cup Challenge report.

Commander and the Day of Ultimate Luck

June 11th, 2010 by Ed Grabianowski

Part two of the Community Cup play-by-play, in which I apparently roll through a field of four-leaf clovers on the way to play Magic.

Community Team Wins Community Cup 2010

June 11th, 2010 by Ed Grabianowski

An epic week-long competition has come to close. Was Wizards able to close the gap and steal victory from the jaws of a Kargan Dragonlord?

Community Cup Coming Down to the Wire

June 11th, 2010 by Ed Grabianowski

I only have time for a quick update between rounds — there’s one more round of Standard left to decide who will win the 2010 Community Cup.

Knee Deep in Magic

June 10th, 2010 by Ed Grabianowski

As the Community Cup rolls on, I find myself involved in some intense matches. I just beat Magic Hall of Famer Mike Turian in Rise of the Eldrazi sealed.

Team Draft Way More Fun Than Regular Draft

June 9th, 2010 by Ed Grabianowski

Usually, competitive drafts forbid communication between players (so that friends or teammates who end up in a draft together can’t collude). The Community Cup MD5 draft is different — players are free to communicate, coach each other, and collude like crazy.

Community Cup MD5 Draft Underway

June 9th, 2010 by Ed Grabianowski

The Community Cup challenge is happening! Here’s how to follow along.

Day 1 — Tourist Stuff and Casual Magic

June 9th, 2010 by Ed Grabianowski

Our first full day here in Seattle/Renton had us taking in the sights as Wizards’ guests and playing the new Archenemy format at a fantastic local game store. So why are there no photos, and why weren’t be busily training for the Community Cup?

Follow the Community Cup Action on Twitter

June 8th, 2010 by Ed Grabianowski

While I’ll be posting longer, detailed accounts of the Community Cup action this week, for more up-to-the-minute reports, follow Robot Viking’s Twitter account. Wizards will be posting a list of all the Community Cup Twitter feeds shortly, but I don’t have the url for it yet. Not much action today, as they’re taking us on […]

Off to See the Wizards

June 7th, 2010 by Ed Grabianowski

I’ll be heading for the airport in a few minutes, on my way to the Community Cup 2010 at Wizards of the Coast HQ. Along with the rest of the community team, I’ll be going toe-to-toe against the official Wizards team. We’re definitely the underdogs.

MGTO Community Cup 2010 Draws Near

June 3rd, 2010 by Ed Grabianowski

In just a few days I’ll be flying to Wizards of the Coast HQ to challenge the very makers of the game itself to a series of high-stakes duels. Well, medium stakes. And possibly medium-rare steaks (is there a good steakhouse in Renton?).

Community Cup Limited Formats Announced

May 12th, 2010 by Ed Grabianowski

I’ve know for a weeks weeks now that the constructed formats for Magic’s 2010 Community Cup would be unified standard and unified commander, but no clue what the limited events would be. Now we know. What kind of crazy sealed or draft events will I be playing?

Robot Viking Invited to Magic Online Community Cup 2010!

April 20th, 2010 by Ed Grabianowski

Last year, Wizards held the first Magic: the Gathering Online Community Cup. The event pitted members of the Magic Online Community and Magic media members against a crack team of Wizards employees, with prizes for the MTGO community at large at stake. The Community Team won in 2009, and this year I’ll have a chance […]