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 sent across the world on the backs of dragons. How could I describe that coherently? So instead, here’s a rambling series of random thoughts about the trip, and sort of a photo essay as well.
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.
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.
An epic week-long competition has come to close. Was Wizards able to close the gap and steal victory from the jaws of a [card]Kargan Dragonlord[/card]?
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.
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.
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.
The Community Cup challenge is happening! Here’s how to follow along.
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?
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 a tour of Seattle, but tonight we get to try out the new Archenemy casual multi-player format!
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.
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?).
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 to help defend the Cup — Wizards of the Coast invited me to join the Community Team as a media member!