Let’s talk about Legacy in Richmond.There has been a lot of huff about our LGS community and their ability or desire to support Legacy. There have been concerns that stores simply don’t want to run Legacy tournaments because they “don’t care about Legacy.” The fact of the matter is that from an LGS standpoint they are going to care about what ultimately makes them the most money. Many stores have tried and all of them have failed to cultivate a weekly Legacy event. The first one is always large and people are excited, the second one is a little smaller, the third one rarely launches. This isn’t an anomaly, this isn’t isolated, this is every time. As a result of stores not scheduling Legacy tournaments the community took to scheduling their own. The now very popular bowling alley events spearheaded by Eric Oberholtzer. These caused a lot of tension on the LGS side of things due to being scheduled on top of PPTQs and other events. Discussions were had, tempers flared a bit, the “divide” between players and stores grew larger.
Since then things have relaxed, the bowling alley tournaments happen, and Battlegrounds has started supporting Legacy with two tournaments a month. The last Monday of every month gives us Legacy replacing Modern, and a monthly weekend event -- including a GPT coming up April 15. The Monday tournaments are consistently 5 rounds with a cut to the playoff rounds; the last Saturday event I attended was similar in size. These have been great. I have sadly been unable to attend a bowling alley tournament myself due to scheduling conflicts so I can’t speak to those. But with all this said I am prepared to make a bold statement:
I think we can play more Legacy.Now, I don’t want to get too crazy. A weekly Legacy event is simply NOT going to happen. It’s never worked, people can’t commit. A store sets aside time and space and just ends up losing money on events that don’t launch. We don’t want this. We want our stores to still be there so we can keep playing Magic; to accomplish this we need to try something that works for them. We have to remember that at the end of the day, our LGS is still a business.
Now let’s talk about data.If you’re reading this, you likely contributed a response to my Google Form. When all was said and done we had 70 responses. This is a good chunk of data for a gaming community. Right up front we can go after the big question: Why don’t we play every week?
|How often do you want to play?|
|What day do you prefer to play?|
|What tournament structure do you prefer?|
In my heart of hearts I would love to have a league. I will happily toot my own horn that the Modern League last year at Jacques was my baby and I was very proud of it and thought it was very successful. However, dear reader, the data is not on our side. Having a modified swiss event with playoff rounds seems like the clear choice. There are some other issues with league play, primarily that without a weekly event it can be very hard to generate momentum. It also means we’re playing for *something.* Someone who joins late is going to feel like they don’t have a chance and are less inclined to play. An idea I would consider for the future is a “Tournament of Champions” of sorts. Win a monthly event? You qualify for the big one at the end. No points, no showing up late and getting daggered. I’m not taking this idea off the table, I’m just taking it off the table for now.
|How do you feel about playtest cards?|
Proxies. Playtest cards. Illegible sharpie scrawl on the back of a terrible common. We’re going to dig into this one a little bit because I’ve got some thoughts on these. First and foremost I was surprised to see a dead heat for needing them to participate. We have a LOT of people using playtest cards at these events when the data indicates we should be more evenly split. Two people said they wouldn’t participate if playtest cards are allowed, while I love playing against real dual lands, if we sanctioned every event we would probably play less Legacy.
Give me a moment to equip my soapbox:
Show up and play, keep Legacy alive.
Now back to the data...
|What kind of prize support do you want?|