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« on: July 26, 2007, 04:01:19 pm »

TMD OPEN 11
TO Tournament Report: A topic by topic presentation
Version 5.94

Derek MacAtovey, Aaron Rubenslein, Dan Richardson, Oliver Beaumont:
Can you ask for a better trained vintage-knowledgable staff?  These guys know their Vintage cards just as well as they know how to arbitrate a sticky situation. Dave Feinstein put it well when he said.

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"Random aside: all the judges at waterbury are kickass because they all have played the format and primarily are VINTAGE PLAYERS. This is absolutely 100% crucial in running a large scale vintage tourney and something I've criticized SCG's for (I've also heard many criticize gencon criticized judges for complete lack of experience in vintage). If you have judges who know the format they are much more likely to make the correct ruling. I'll take an active level zero vintage judge over a level 3+ dci judge with GP/PT experience but no vintage familiarity any day of the week when it comes to judging a vintage tourney. I've seen high level judges absolutely butcher rulings in vintage and it's something that just didn't exist here because Ray hired the very best possible judges he could get for this tourney... and I believe they were all level 1's or lower. The reason they were the best is because they know exactly what they are doing in terms of judging vintage card interactions. They see it all the time and they also know how to enforce traditional dci rulings... it's the best of both worlds and I can't thank Aaron, Oliver, Derek and Dan enough for their amazing judging."

Aaron, Dan, and Derek are all level 1s, with Derek being very close to level 2 and Aaron having worked events like US Nationals.  These guys know there stuff.  For anyone who didn't thank them, shame on you, for they were as big a part of the success of TMD Open as myself.

Dan Yarrington appreciation: As you may have heard, Dan Yarrington won the award for Vintage Appreciation.  Many people overwhelmingly voted for Dan and gave good reasons for him to be the receipiant.  Some of the highlights of those comments can be found here:

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"I vote for Dan Yarrington for your recognition thing.  I think his store has got to be the greatest example of a gameing store there is.  Not only does he run a tight ship tournementwise, but he is friendly and respectful of his customers and guests.  He has an amazing stock of vintage cards with extremly affordable pricetags.  There is always something fun to do at his tournements whether you are winning or not - and I always head back to CT with something (prizewise).  Lastly, the 'facillities' at his store are always clean and well-maintained."

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"On a personal level, he does his best to make new and veteran players feel at home and welcome.  He is a highclass gentlemen and friendly opponent."

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"That is so easy to discover that it suggests conspicuousness or little need for perspicacity in the observer. Dan Yarrington from Myriad Games."

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"Dan Yarrington. His style and professionalism and attitude towards the game and the format are exceptional."

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"Dan and Sara lead by example.  They have worked, and still work extremely hard to maintain their reputation as the cleanest and most enjoyable place to play vintage.  As you personally know, running events is time consuming, and is generally not a good business practice.  They continue to support monthly events at the store, in a format that receives no support from the manufacturer.  This dedication should receive some recognition." 

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"The myriad events speak for themselves, and the fact they are so consistent makes vintage a playable and enjoyable format in new England." 

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"Through Danís efforts a friend of mine who hadnít played magic in 8 years picked them back up and went to a vintage tourney.  Dan doesnít have to do this- he does this because he believes and promotes the format.  This is the definition of a positive recruiter for vintage." 

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"With the way he runs things, the upbeat attitude, the frequency of events, the quality of events, the judging, the patrons -- he makes sure that everything is top shelf every time.  He is the 'hostest with the mostest,' if you will." 


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"So, er, yeah.  Give Dan a plaque and a nice speech.  Please.  He's a swell guy and deserves the recognition."

128 players...le sigh.-This was something of a dissapointment for the weekend.  I can't understand what was the cause of this low attendance, but it makes me wonder if TMD Open will ever hit 200 players like it once did.  One thing is for certain though, I was in a tough position with regard to prizes.  See, I posted that the prizes were dependant on 150 people, but I only got 128.  The obvious answer is to scale down the prizes.  The problem with this, though, is that even though people will understand why you are doing it, it might make them think twice about coming next time.  I thought about the potential for taking a hit by offering the same prize support and basically eating $550.  If that sounds painful to you, consider that it is equally painful to me.  I am not a store who recoups money on card sales, nor do I have a bank account that can absorb huge hits.  It was the old question, then, of do you take a hit now to keep people happy and hope your attendance will rebound in the future, or do you shield yourself, but have smaller attendance in the long term.  As much as it hurt, I chose the former.  Time will tell if it was the right play.

Video footage:  Throughout the weekend I took video footage of various things: Feature Matches, players opinions on various things, and did some interviews with the big names in vintage.  I am in the process of getting that footage online(its not easy when your camcorder isnt digital) so bear with me.  As soon as it is available, I will post it on YouTube.

Lost Items: Some items were left at the event or turned in to the lost and found.  If you believe you have lost something, pm me with the details of the lost item and if you correctly identify your item, I'll ship it out to you.

Garbage: I can't stress this enough.  Even though I always ask vey politely that players simply throw their trash in the many bins throughout the room, the room always looks like a pig-sty at the end of the event.  Let me make no joke that the hit I took on day 1 really didn't effect me until I found myself picking pieces of hamburger patty of the ground while I was cleaning up at the end of the day.  "I am really paying money to do this?" I asked myself.  For some time at the end of day 1, I sat behind the judges table(you may have seen me very quietly sitting for the last few hours) asking myself if I really wanted to keep doing events like this if people can't even have the deceny to throw away their water bottles into a garbage five feet away.  I know this is not everyone, and actually probabbly only a small percent that make alot of the mess.  If you are in the group, please put yourself in my shoes, and remember the service I am providing with my events.

Free Side Event for a Mox:
This event started with 41 players.  In the end a breakdown of cash for top 4 was agreed on with Stefan Ellsworth and Justin Navickas making the finals.  I don't remember who won that one or if they split the top 2 prizes.

Free Dual Land event:
This event was supposed to fill brackets of 16 and the winner of each 16 person pod would win a dual land of their choice.  With 75 enrolled players, I simply made the event single-elimination with anyone who goes 4-0 winning a dual.  This was essentially the same thing, since with pods I would have had to do round 1 byes as well.  In the end four winners were left: Elias Vaisberg, Dave Brennan, Jeremy Seroogy, and Chris Albino.  Appropriately, all 4 players choose Underground Seas.

Team Competition:
13 teams entered. In the end, Team Thelist (Chadd Kline, Donald Belcastro, and Dan Cunnigham) defeated Team TPS2(Rich Meyst, Ross Merriam, Justin Bransfield).  Both teams had a combined 43 match points in the main event, but it was Team Thelist that had significantly higher tiebreakers.  Trophies for the winning team are being engraved as we speak.  I will get them to you as soon as possible.  Final standings for all teams can be found here.
1.) Team TLT(Chadd Kline, Donald Belcastro, Dan Cunningham)- 43 points(Higher breakers)
2.) Team TPS2(Rich Meyst, Ross Merriam, Justin Bransfield)- 43 points(Lower breakers)
3.) Team Reflection(JR Goldman, Ben Kowal, Rich Shay)- 41 points
4.) Team GWS+1(Jeff Folinus, Matt Denham, Mike Hetherington)- 39 points(Higher breakers)
5.) Team 0-2 Drop(Joe Davis, Matt Parisi, Shawn Anthony)- 39 points(Lower breakers)
6.) Team ICBM3(Jeremy Seroogy, Jacob Kempfer, Dave Feinstein)- 37 points
7.) Team ICBM2(Dan Carp, Ian Degaff, Daniel Friedman)- 35 points
8.) Team Whisky Tango Foxtrot(Chris Atkinson, Chris Hatcher, Travis LaPlante)- 34 points
9.) Team The Fat Kids(Dan Herd, Jeremy Beaver, Chris Materewicz)- 28 points
10.) Team TPS1(Jeff Kowalczyk, Dan Gacioch, Brandon Lepage)- 27 points
11.) Team ICBM1(Tommy Kolowith, Peter Intile, Ben Carp)- 22 points
12.) Team Demolchor(Dom Murgo, Gave Murgo, Brian Rozzero)- 21 points
13.) Team Brokeback Panda(Jordan Asulin, James Hangley, Andrew Fowler)- 19 points

Deck Registration:
Only a handful of people had errors on their decklists.  Fewere and fewer people getting unneccesary penalties is a good thing.

Myriad Games:
Special thanks to the wonderful guys at Myriad Games for providing prize support, life total pads, and pens. Even more thanks to Sara Yarrington for her wonderful tasty Mana Symbol Cookies. All who received them enjoyed them very much.

GamingEtc.com:
Special thanks to Howie and GamingEtc.com for the use of their store for this event.

Main Event:
128 people. Started promptly at 11:15.
TMD OPEN 11 Final Standings after 7 rounds of swiss
1   Shay, Rich(RFL)   19   68.254   85.7143   67.5026   6/5/1/1
2   Carp, Dan(ICBM2)   19   62.2222   74.0741   63.6228   6/5/1/1
3   Timoney, Justin   17   61.8254   90.9091   59.697   6/4/2/1
4   Houdlette, Steve   17   61.4966   82.0513   62.043   7/5/2/0
5   Probasco, Andy   16   65   68.75   68.0784   6/4/1/1
6   Meckes, Josh   16   64.6259   71.4286   62.5683   7/5/1/0
7   Hatcher, Chris(WTF)   16   63.2653   76.9231   59.4513   7/5/1/0
8   Anthony, Shawn(02D)   16   63.0952   73.3333   59.8327   6/4/1/1
9   Moreau, Rob   16   59.5238   68.5185   56.0344   7/5/1/0
10   Feinstein, Dave(ICBM3)   16   59.2063   73.3333   58.1018   6/4/1/1
11   Lafreniere, Michael   16   58.8435   71.4286   56.5233   7/5/1/0
12   Schneier, Joshua   16   56.1905   73.3333   56.7262   7/5/1/0
13   Hetherington, Mike(GWS)   16   55.4762   83.3333   52.948   6/4/1/1
14   Hangley, James(BBP)   16   54.4218   59.6491   54.218   7/5/1/0
15   Herd, Dan(TFK)   16   53.0612   68.75   54.7937   7/5/1/0
16   Kline, Chadd(TLT)   15   65.0794   75   61.1122   6/4/0/1
17   Cunningham, Dan(TLT)   15   64.2857   64.7059   60.6553   6/4/0/1
18   Sigman, Kevin   15   60.6349   58.8235   61.3439   6/4/0/1
19   Russell, Justin   15   58.7302   63.1579   55.1561   6/4/0/1
20   Meyst, Rich(TPSB)   15   58.254   68.75   58.1581   6/4/0/1
21   Dupuis, Eric   15   58.254   61.1111   58.5142   6/4/0/1
22   McMahon, James   15   57.0748   66.6667   53.4228   7/5/0/0
23   Mack, Warren   15   52.3129   64.7059   52.5814   7/5/0/0
24   Ruxton, Brad   15   50.0454   64.7059   52.1992   7/5/0/0
25   Bransfield, Justin(TPSB)   15   49.2063   61.1111   50.238   6/4/0/1
26   Seroogy, Jeremy(ICBM3)   15   45.5782   64.7059   47.0417   7/5/0/0
27   Speicher, Rich   14   52.381   66.6667   50.9938   7/4/2/0
28   Belcastro, Donald(TLT)   13   65.0794   58.3333   62.8619   6/3/1/1
29   Merriam, Ross(TPSB)   13   55.5556   60   54.95   6/3/1/1
30   Mcnally, Matt   13   53.9683   61.5385   50.926   6/3/1/1
31   Intile, Peter(ICBM)   13   52.6531   56.25   51.7934   7/4/1/0
32   Landale, Tim   13   49.2517   51.6667   51.7577   7/4/1/0
33   Greene, Jeff   12   65.9864   57.1429   64.6859   7/4/0/0
34   Folinus, Jeff(GWS)   12   64.7619   53.3333   61.8557   6/3/0/1
35   Ward, Brendan   12   59.5238   62.5   55.1299   6/3/0/1
36   Brennan, Dave   12   58.5714   58.8235   55.8434   7/4/0/0
37   Dupre, Craig   12   58.3333   58.8235   55.407   6/3/0/1
38   Tepper, James   12   56.5079   56.25   57.774   7/4/0/0
39   Gentile, Louis   12   56.1224   52.6316   55.5639   7/4/0/0
40   Katinbrazini, Lorenzo   12   55.3741   50   56.2601   7/4/0/0
41   Atkinson, Chris(WTF)   12   53.3333   62.5   50.1234   7/4/0/0
42   Goldman, JR(RFL)   12   52.9932   58.8235   51.9783   7/4/0/0
43   Kowalczyk, Jeff(TPSA)   12   52.585   52.9412   52.6933   7/4/0/0
44   Forino, Raffaele   12   51.9728   57.1429   52.1153   7/4/0/0
45   Shea, Matt   12   49.932   52.9412   51.9258   7/4/0/0
46   Davis, Joe(02D)   12   49.6599   56.25   50.7723   7/4/0/0
47   Pollack, Austin   12   44.898   56.25   45.8453   7/4/0/0
48   Pogrebinsky, Arik   11   55.5556   49.0196   54.8086   6/2/2/1
49   Parisi, Matt(02D)   11   49.6599   48.3333   49.2803   7/3/2/0
50   Denham, Matt(GWS)   11   46.5306   49.0196   46.8254   7/3/2/0
51   Kowal, Ben(RFL)   10   64.898   46.2963   61.9964   7/3/1/0
52   Rozwenc, Caleb   10   42.963   53.8462   44.9786   6/3/1/0
53   Materewicz, Chris(TFK)   9   69.1111   50   64.1667   5/2/0/1
54   Allen, Jonathan   9   68   53.3333   63.9394   5/3/0/0
55   Roucoulet, Jeff   9   62.963   46.6667   63.6932   6/3/0/0
56   Mangold, J   9   56.0544   43.75   55.9573   7/3/0/0
57   Joskiewich, Dan   9   55.873   43.75   54.4064   6/2/0/1
58   DeGaff, Ian(ICBM2)   9   54.7619   47.0588   53.0348   6/2/0/1
59   Carter, Jared   9   53.8889   50   56.7659   6/3/0/0
60   Rozzero, Brian(QQQ)   9   53.3333   54.5455   51.6667   5/3/0/0
61   McKinney, Mike   9   51.1111   40   53.2738   6/3/0/0
62   Ward, Ian   9   48.5261   47.0588   51.3505   7/3/0/0
63   Lepage, Brandon(TPSA)   9   41.1111   53.8462   43.4066   6/3/0/0
64   Bell, Brennan   9   39.1156   47.0588   40.7288   7/3/0/0
65   Urlechio, Andrew   9   37.6871   47.0588   42.146   7/3/0/0
66   Chang, Roland   7   49.932   43.1373   50.5077   7/2/1/0
67   Friedman, Daniel(ICBM2)   7   38.8889   48.8889   37.7778   6/2/1/0
68   Edwards, Rob   6   66.6667   41.6667   64.3308   4/1/0/1
69   Blau, Devin   6   64   50   57.5043   5/2/0/0
70   Lydon, Mike   6   58.6667   48.4848   53.1935   5/2/0/0
71   Gacioch, Dan(TPSA)   6   58.3333   45.4545   51.553   4/1/0/1
72   Tuttle, Marc   6   56.6667   50   55.02   4/1/0/1
73   Kolowith, Tommy(ICBM)   6   56   50   53.7071   5/2/0/0
74   Kempfer, Jake(ICBM3)   6   54.6667   50   53.6597   5/2/0/0
75   Laplante, Travis(WTF)   6   53.3333   50   50.8469   5/2/0/0
76   McLaughlin, Charles   6   53.3333   38.4615   55.8701   5/2/0/0
77   Murgo, Gabe(QQQ)   6   48.3333   42.8571   49.3712   6/2/0/0
78   Barr, Ryan   6   46.6667   41.6667   46.9242   5/2/0/0
79   Stevens, Joseph   6   46.4815   40   48.2295   6/2/0/0
80   Smith, Noah   6   44   50   44.3407   5/2/0/0
81   Anderson, Erik   6   44   46.1538   49.8543   5/2/0/0
82   Murgo, Dom(QQQ)   6   41.8519   35.7143   46.8783   6/2/0/0
83   French, Dan   4   43.75   33.3333   46.9444   4/1/1/0
84   Reelitz, Gregory   4   37.037   50   39.6825   3/1/1/0
85   Rudolph, Jeremiah   3   83.3333   33.3333   83.3333   2/0/0/1
86   Pasqariello, Christopher   3   77.7778   44.4444   68.4524   3/1/0/0
87   Albino, Chris   3   77.7778   44.4444   67.9233   3/1/0/0
88   Navickas, Joseph   3   77.7778   42.8571   69.8413   3/1/0/0
89   Beaver, Jeremy(TFK)   3   66.6667   45.4545   60   3/0/0/1
90   Carpenter, Jeff   3   66.6667   42.8571   66.1376   3/1/0/0
91   Bourgoin, Ryan   3   66.6667   42.8571   62.963   3/1/0/0
92   Navickas, Justin   3   66.6667   42.8571   61.5079   3/1/0/0
93   Best, Sam   3   66.6667   42.8571   56.25   2/0/0/1
94   Bernier, Joseph   3   66.6667   37.5   64.2857   3/1/0/0
95   Ye, Albert   3   66.6667   37.5   62.963   3/1/0/0
96   Hanna, David   3   66.6667   33.3333   66.6667   3/1/0/0
97   Close, Andrew   3   66.6667   33.3333   63.4921   3/1/0/0
98   Li, Chester   3   66.6667   33.3333   58.3333   3/1/0/0
99   Brinner, Justin   3   66.6667   28.5714   73.8095   3/1/0/0
100   Carp, Ben(ICBM)   3   66.6667   28.5714   69.8413   3/1/0/0
101   Hull, Andy   3   56.25   33.3333   53.9141   4/1/0/0
102   Ellsworth, Stefan   3   55.5556   50   48.6772   3/1/0/0
103   Yarrington, Sara   3   55.5556   50   47.2222   3/1/0/0
104   Schreiner, Michael   3   55.5556   44.4444   50   3/1/0/0
105   Munch, Willie   3   55.5556   42.8571   50.463   3/1/0/0
106   O'Beirne, Terence   3   55.5556   42.8571   50   3/1/0/0
107   Rae, Dan   3   55.5556   37.5   55.3571   3/1/0/0
108   Rodrigues, Nick   3   55.5556   37.5   49.2063   3/1/0/0
109   Schirling, Andrew   3   55.5556   28.5714   47.2222   3/1/0/0
110   Cahill, Joe   3   54.1667   30   54.1667   4/1/0/0
111   Fowler, Andrew(BBP)   3   52.0833   40   51.7677   4/1/0/0
112   Fox, Andrew   3   44.4444   42.8571   44.4444   3/1/0/0
113   Broderick, Pat   3   44.4444   42.8571   42.0635   3/1/0/0
114   Barcello, Jeremy   3   44.4444   37.5   46.0317   3/1/0/0
115   Padinha, Stephen   3   44   25   48.2071   5/1/0/0
116   Conole, Aaron   1   51.8519   19.0476   54.6296   3/0/1/0
117   Yarrington, Dan   1   48.1481   29.1667   47.619   3/0/1/0
118   Smith, Jeremy   0   66.6667   14.2857   55.5556   3/0/0/0
119   Vaisberg, Elias   0   59.2593   0   58.7302   3/0/0/0
120   Richards, Jon   0   55.5556   25   51.3889   3/0/0/0
121   Asulin, Jordan(BBP)   0   55.5556   14.2857   56.4153   3/0/0/0
122   Moy, Kenson   0   55.5556   0   61.9048   3/0/0/0
123   Nowakalski, Stephen   0   55.5556   0   55.5556   3/0/0/0
124   Rogers, Joe   0   44.4444   14.2857   53.2407   3/0/0/0
125   Conole, Kerri   0   44.4444   0   50.7937   3/0/0/0
126   Puglionisi, Jon   0   42.6667   16.6667   46.3772   5/0/0/0
127   Anthony, Robert   0   33.3333   14.2857   44.4444   3/0/0/0
128   Zelazny, Ryan   0   33.3333   14.2857   37.8968   3/0/0/0

Decklists will be on SCG soon(SPECIAL THANKS TO MOXLOTUS FOR THIS)

Top 16 Results:
Rich Shay defeats Chadd Kline
Rob Moreau defeats Shawn Anthony
Andy Probasco defeats Joshua Schneier
Mike Hetherington defeats Steve Houdlette
Justin Timoney defeats James Hangley
Michael Lafrieniere defeats Josh Meckes
Dave Feinstein defeats Chris Hatcher
Dan Herd defeats Dan Carp

Top 8 Results:
Rich Shay defeats Rob Moreau
Andy Probasco defeats Mike Hetherington
Justin Timoney defeats Michael Lafrieniere
Dave Feinstein defeats Dan Herd

Top 4 Results:
Rich Shay defeats Andy Probasco
Justin Timoney defeats Dave Feinstein

Finals
Justin Timoney defeats Rich Shay

Day 2: Main Event
73 people. Started promptly at 11:15.

TMD OPEN 11- Day 2 Final Standings after 7 rounds of swiss
1   Shay, Rich   19   67.6871   75   67.2891   7/6/1/0
2   Tasssi, Luis   18   46.5986   72.2222   48.2872   7/6/0/0
3   Vaisberg, Elias   17   59.5238   83.3333   55.6311   7/5/2/0
4   Hetherington, Mike   16   64.966   83.3333   58.631   7/5/1/0
5   Kline, Chadd   16   60.8844   64.9123   57.2212   7/5/1/0
6   Seroogy, Jeremy   16   58.9116   68.75   62.9727   7/5/1/0
7   Beaver, Jeremy   16   56.1224   70.8333   55.3306   7/5/1/0
8   Atkinson, Chris   15   57.415   62.5   53.0886   7/5/0/0
9   Blau, Devin   15   56.746   57.8947   57.0503   6/4/0/1
10   Rogers, Joe   15   53.1293   64.7059   54.6016   7/5/0/0
11   Speicher, Richard   15   47.619   68.75   50.1616   7/5/0/0
12   Carp, Ben   15   43.8776   55   47.3387   7/5/0/0
13   Degaff, Ian   13   65.9864   62.5   63.6696   7/4/1/0
14   Kowal, Ben   13   55.8957   60   53.6138   7/4/1/0
15   Goldman, JR   13   53.8549   62.5   54.7494   7/4/1/0
16   Rudolph, Jeremiah   13   48.4127   54.902   49.4709   7/4/1/0
17   Merriam, Ross   12   60.1361   47.0588   55.6548   7/4/0/0
18   Meyst, Rich   12   55.102   61.1111   50.8777   7/4/0/0
19   Fowler, Andrew   12   54.4218   56.25   51.8502   7/4/0/0
20   Edwards, Rob   12   49.3197   62.5   48.4802   7/4/0/0
21   Pollack, Austin   12   49.3197   52.6316   48.6014   7/4/0/0
22   Moreau, Rob   12   49.2517   50   51.1462   7/4/0/0
23   Intile, Peter   10   53.0612   50   52.6712   7/3/1/0
24   Asulin, Jordan   10   51.4739   46.2963   50.482   7/3/1/0
25   Magda, Philip   9   64.8148   50   61.6318   6/3/0/0
26   Folinus, Jeff   9   57.3333   58.3333   57.3377   5/3/0/0
27   Schreiner, Michael   9   57.1429   52.6316   52.6984   7/3/0/0
28   Cunningham, Dan   9   56.4815   46.6667   56.5858   6/3/0/0
29   Zelanzy, Ryan   9   55.7407   53.3333   52.8935   6/3/0/0
30   Timoney, Justin   9   53.8889   53.3333   52.687   6/3/0/0
31   Yarrington, Sara   9   47.2222   42.8571   51.9841   6/3/0/0
32   Joskiewich, Dan   9   43.5374   43.75   50.204   7/3/0/0
33   French, Mike   9   41.6667   50   45.8072   6/2/0/1
34   Hangley, James   7   54.6296   45.8333   53.1535   6/2/1/0
35   Hanna, Dave   7   44.5767   40   46.3031   6/1/1/1
36   Bourgoin, Ryan   6   77.7778   62.5   62.5661   3/2/0/0
37   Parisi, Matt   6   58.3333   41.6667   53.7806   4/1/0/1
38   Tuttle, Marc   6   56.4815   38.4615   53.5122   6/2/0/0
39   Kempfer, Jake   6   56.25   50   58.171   4/2/0/0
40   Kowalcyzk, Jeff   6   54.1667   50   54.4012   4/2/0/0
41   Pise, Mike   6   53.3333   41.6667   53.0519   5/2/0/0
42   Orcutt, Sean   3   77.7778   42.8571   68.4524   3/1/0/0
43   Carp, Dan   3   66.6667   50   58.7302   3/1/0/0
44   Cleveland, Jason   3   66.6667   50   56.9444   3/1/0/0
45   Davis, Joe   3   66.6667   50   55.1587   3/1/0/0
46   Brennan, Dave   3   66.6667   42.8571   56.9444   3/1/0/0
47   Dupre, Craig   3   66.6667   37.5   62.1032   3/1/0/0
48   Rodrigues, Nick   3   66.6667   33.3333   60.5159   3/1/0/0
49   Murgo, Gabe   3   66.6667   33.3333   60.5159   3/1/0/0
50   Tepper, James   3   59.2593   50   54.1667   3/1/0/0
51   Ye, Albert   3   55.5556   44.4444   51.8519   3/1/0/0
52   Belcastro, Donald   3   55.5556   42.8571   54.1667   3/1/0/0
53   Beaumont, Oliver   3   55.5556   42.8571   53.9683   3/1/0/0
54   Carter, Jared   3   55.5556   42.8571   52.7778   3/1/0/0
55   Kolowith, Tommy   3   55.5556   37.5   54.1667   3/1/0/0
56   Carpenter, Jeff   3   55.5556   33.3333   55.754   3/1/0/0
57   Broderick, Pat   3   55.5556   33.3333   53.9683   3/1/0/0
58   Yarrington, Dan   3   55.5556   33.3333   49.2063   3/1/0/0
59   Friedman, Daniel   3   55.5556   28.5714   59.7222   3/1/0/0
60   Gacioch, Daniel   3   48.1481   50   43.0556   3/1/0/0
61   Nowakowski, Stephen   3   44.4444   37.5   46.7593   3/1/0/0
62   Anthony, Robert   3   43.3333   27.2727   47.5275   4/0/0/1
63   Fox, Andrew   3   33.3333   37.5   37.8968   3/1/0/0
64   Rozzero, Brian   1   62.963   29.1667   55.4674   3/0/1/0
65   Ward, Brendan   0   75   0   80   2/0/0/0
66   Anthony, Shawn   0   75   0   75   2/0/0/0
67   Anderson, Erik   0   66.6667   25   59.5899   3/0/0/0
68   McKinney, Mike   0   66.6667   14.2857   70.8333   3/0/0/0
69   Pasqanriello, Chris   0   58.3333   20   57.7778   2/0/0/0
70   O'Beirne, Terence   0   50   0   55   2/0/0/0
71   Probasco, Andy   0   50   0   50   2/0/0/0
72   Murgo, Dom   0   48.1481   14.2857   56.3095   3/0/0/0
73   Denham, Matt   0   44.4444   0   44.4444   3/0/0/0

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Top 8 Results:
Rich Shay defeats Chris Atkinson
Mike Hetherington defeats Chadd Kline
Elias Vaisberg defeats Jeremy Seroogy
Luis Tassi defeats Jeremy Beaver

Top 4 Results:
Rich Shay defeats Mike Hetheringon
Elias Vaisberg defeats Luis Tassi

Finals
Rich Shay defeats Elias Vaisberg

Free Mana Drain Tourney on Day 2:
Despite the lower attendance on Day 1, because of the relatively decent attendance on Day 2 I announced that we would give away a free Mana Drain in a tourney starting after round 3.  The top 2 saw Dan Gacioch split a cash payout with Dan Carp.

Team Magic Trivia on Day 2 was great:
8 teams provided for a very full game of Magic Trivia that was enjoyable, despite a few technical difficulties.  Prizes of AT LEAST a Starter pack, Foil Juggernaut and Foil Powder Keg were given to each team just for entering.  The prizes increased as you went up the standings with the winning team also getting drafts sets, shirts, and an official TMD Open 11 playmat.

I think those are all my thought on the event for now, but as more arise, I will share them.
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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2007, 04:11:56 pm »

I think I speak for everyone when I say thank you for one of the best vintage tournaments ever.
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2007, 04:31:57 pm »

Ray,

You do so much for this format. Your events are consistently the most amazing and fun, and the best-run. You ensure that each person there has a great time. You are a huge asset to our community.

Thank you very, very much.
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2007, 04:44:54 pm »

number 0 in the standings but number 1 in our hearts...

I'm sorry I contributed to you losing money on this ray, I shoulda made the trip despite my misgivings and I'm kicking myself for it now.  I think the low attendance may have had to do with the release of the Harry Potter Finale the night before.  I know that the guy I was going to ride up with bailed in part because of that.
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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2007, 04:45:39 pm »

Let me make no joke that the hit I took on day 1 really didn't effect me until I found myself picking pieces of hamburger patty of the ground while I was cleaning up at the end of the day.  "I am really paying money to do this?" I asked myself.  For some time at the end of day 1, I sat behind the judges table(you may have seen me very quietly sitting for the last few hours) asking myself if I really wanted to keep doing events like this if people can't even have the deceny to throw away their water bottles into a garbage five feet away. 

So that's what it was about, I noticed that you were kind of blank-faced and staring off when I approached you during the T8 of day 1.  Let me speak for the whole community when I say that this is unacceptable behavior and that no TO should have to deal with it, least of all you, who go to such great lengths to make sure everyone has such a blast.  I can only hope that you made enough on Day 2 to at least not go negative on the weekend, because you should not have to pay to be basically everybody's best friend for a day.  Thanks for making my first TMD Open a memorable experience.
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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2007, 04:54:34 pm »

So you decided to go with the straight top 16 this time?  Did you not like the X-1-1 cutoff style bracket like you ran last time?  I notice that this time one lucky 5-2 made it into the top 16, and if you did the X-1-1 cutoff, then it appears that ONLY Rich Shay would have got the bye--so I guess it would have been a top 16 with one bye.  But that's what happens to X-1-1s when the number of players is soooooo close to getting an extra round (128 was GenCon 2005's number--and only 1 X-1-1 made it to the top 8 that time:Brassman).
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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2007, 05:12:01 pm »

There's 2 more people you can chalk up as "were supposed to show up to this and couldn't, but wish they had gone anyways".  Next TMDO I'll be there.
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2007, 05:36:56 pm »

It was an enjoyable time, thank you very much Wink
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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2007, 06:16:16 pm »

I think the low attendance may have had to do with the release of the Harry Potter Finale the night before.  I know that the guy I was going to ride up with bailed in part because of that.
Wait a sec... people ditch on an amazing 'one time only' vintage event to instead go see a kids movie (which will remain available for viewing for many weeks)??!? gg.

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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2007, 06:25:37 pm »

I think the low attendance may have had to do with the release of the Harry Potter Finale the night before.  I know that the guy I was going to ride up with bailed in part because of that.
Wait a sec... people ditch on an amazing 'one time only' vintage event to instead go see a kids movie (which will remain available for viewing for many weeks)??!? gg.

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« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2007, 08:51:10 pm »

Thanks for the great tournament and eating the loss, Ray. You're the greatest. I'd probably die without semi-annual Waterburies. :-p
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« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2007, 09:22:30 pm »

I think the low attendance may have had to do with the release of the Harry Potter Finale the night before.  I know that the guy I was going to ride up with bailed in part because of that.
Wait a sec... people ditch on an amazing 'one time only' vintage event to instead go see a kids movie (which will remain available for viewing for many weeks)??!? gg.

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It was the seventh and final book man, not the movie. TMDO's are once-in-a-six-months event, midnight openings for that book were once in a lifetime.

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Those of you who aren't trash-leaving pigs:  Do what I did.  If you're not playing a match, and you're wandering around watching other matches, for god's sake pick up trash that's left on the table and dispose of it.  It may just be you're seated at that table next, and it makes Ray feel better to keep it clean as well.  Ray was not exaggerating when he said there was garbage less than five feet away from garbage cans.

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« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2007, 09:52:06 pm »

Ray,
thank you so much for holding Waterbury.
I didn't win anything;
I had a great time and I will make plans to attend the next one.
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« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2007, 10:31:24 pm »

Ray, just for the record, I don't think there's a single person at least on this website who would ever begrudge you from cutting prizes in order for you to AT LEAST break even.  What you did is beyond admirable, but please for the love of god next time just reduce prizes a little.  No one wants to see you take a hit.

While I can see your point that people will notice your example to keep prizes as advertised, I think it's safe to say that the overwhelming majority of people would in type one would gladly get their prizes reduced if it meant having more waterburies.  I mean I know this isn't the first Wbury where you took a hit, and you run them out of the goodness of your heart... but stop taking un-neccessary hits for crying out loud :p

I don't think you even need to go into so much detail on prizes in the announcement thread for the next one as you did for this waterbury.  Everyone knows your prizes are the absolute best you can make them. Setting prizes on a set turnout like 150 just doesn't seem worth it.  I don't think the turnout being lower than normal is really a failure either.  Yes the old waterburies had upwards of 200 people, but that was a loooong time ago.  You still draw in about double of the second largest regular vintage tournament (SCG) and MAYBE would only get outdrawn by vintage worlds (it'll be close). 

The format is in kind of a 'meh' state right now and if anything I would say that was what hurt you, but 130 people for day 1 and 75 for day 2 is not a disappointment in my book.  Just don't let yourself take a hit... no one wants to see the best to in the format not be able to consistently do these because he can't even break even.  I think I speak for the majority when I say we don't want you to just break even either... make a profit! =p

Also I'm surprised the store didn't help you with enforcing trash.  They are so strict on everything else and have tons of employees you think they would've given a helping hand considering how much business you bring them for a weekend.

With that said the tournament itself was as good as it's ever been.  Speaking for me personally it was the best waterbury I've ever been to. 

Thank you for everything Ray.  <3

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« Reply #15 on: July 26, 2007, 11:02:17 pm »

It was the seventh and final book man, not the movie. TMDO's are once-in-a-six-months event, midnight openings for that book were once in a lifetime.

That said, it was a very difficult decision to make, and after reading the reports, I'm not entirely convinced that I made the right one.
It's off topic, but did you read the book in that night, or over the weekend?
If not, then getting on any other day would achieve much the same end point.

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« Reply #16 on: July 27, 2007, 07:41:53 am »

Ray,

Thank you again for holding amazing tournaments. As long as you keep having them, ICBM will be driving 19+ hours to them, for the simple fact that they are some of the best times of our lives.  Even if the prize supprt for next time isnt as good, or tourney entry is 5 or 10 dollars more, it will always be worth it. 

Thanks again

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« Reply #17 on: July 27, 2007, 10:27:27 am »

The tournemant was great I had loads of fun, and I can't see picking up a book as a good reason to miss such a great event like this.  Especially with the way the SCG's are shaping up this year (not many and there all so far away).  I look forward to the next TMD Open.

I just picked up the book a few days later and got it at 40% off Smile

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« Reply #18 on: July 27, 2007, 11:27:58 am »

I don't think many people will complain if the entry fee goes up 5 dollars, since SCG is already 30, and this is THE TMD OPEN.  If it helps you not take a loss, I'm sure the majority of players would be willing to help you out.  I never get to go to tournaments anymore, but I couldn't pass this up Wink.
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« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2007, 12:31:52 pm »

We're having another one of these in August, right?
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« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2007, 01:12:12 pm »

Rich Shay: 2nd and 1st Place Days 1 and 2, #1 after both sets of Swiss.  How absurd.  Congratulations on dominating the North-East.
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« Reply #21 on: July 27, 2007, 01:16:55 pm »

the canadians couldn't come at all, i don't think... Sad
that should change hopefully by the next one.
hell, we came in the dead of winter, i don't even know why we couldnt' come in the middle of the summer. bad timing i guess. Sad
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« Reply #22 on: July 27, 2007, 03:03:23 pm »

The Mana Clash 2.0, now with more formats?
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« Reply #23 on: July 27, 2007, 03:53:13 pm »

Obviously, thank to Ray, these tournaments are ridonkulous.

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Hopefully this doesn't come across as too double-edged.  On the one hand I sincerely want to give big props to ICBM for making it out in big numbers.  You make Ray's already sweet event better by adding some midwestern flava.  I got to play/meet Dan Carrp; he's pretty cool.  However, I also want talk some trash:

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1.) Team TLT(Chadd Kline, Donald Belcastro, Dan Cunningham)- 43 points(Higher breakers)
2.) Team TPS2(Rich Meyst, Ross Merriam, Justin Bransfield)- 43 points(Lower breakers)
3.) Team Reflection(JR Goldman, Ben Kowal, Rich Shay)- 41 points

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4.) Team GWS+1(Jeff Folinus, Matt Denham, Mike Hetherington)- 39 points(Higher breakers)
6.) Team ICBM3(Jeremy Seroogy, Jacob Kempfer, Dave Feinstein)- 37 points
7.) Team ICBM2(Dan Carp, Ian Degaff, Daniel Friedman)- 35 points
11.) Team ICBM1(Tommy Kolowith, Peter Intile, Ben Carp)- 22 points

I'm not saying METAGAME>metagame, however, turf defended.  Did GG enter a team in this?  I know Brassy and Outlaw kicked ass D1. 

I really wish I could make it to GenCon both for the competition and for the good times.  Time will tell...
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« Reply #25 on: July 30, 2007, 12:06:21 pm »

The tournemant was great I had loads of fun, and I can't see picking up a book as a good reason to miss such a great event like this.  Especially with the way the SCG's are shaping up this year (not many and there all so far away).  I look forward to the next TMD Open.

I just picked up the book a few days later and got it at 40% off Smile

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I'm pretty sure everyone got 40% off cus barnes and noble, amazon and borders were all doing that.  I don't know that the book was the #1 reason for a lot of people, but if you had other minor things and then there was also the book it kinda piled on I'd expect.
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« Reply #26 on: July 30, 2007, 01:46:11 pm »

I received the decklists today.  However, I am moving on Wednesday--so one of two thigns is going to happen.  1. I will get them done really quick before I move, or 2. they will take a while so I can get my shit settled.
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« Reply #27 on: July 30, 2007, 02:32:44 pm »

I vote for option 1 for T8 and option 2 for rest of them Wink
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« Reply #28 on: July 30, 2007, 04:26:50 pm »

And those of you who are:  What the fuck is wrong with you?  A slip up here or there like forgetting to bring your drink after a match is acceptable, but come on, there was all sorts of garbage left everywhere, including an entire wrapper from a sandwich nobody threw away until I got there hours later.

You can always count on a good number people in such a large crowd to be either ignorant or conscientious assholes. I think that the best solution is exactly how you proposed it: The mature people who are willing to put in some extra effort should pick up other people's trash. How sad.

Ray: In regards to taking a hit, perhaps you could post how much money you're out, and then those willing to help you break even can make a donation? If everyone chips in a buck, I'm sure you'd be able to recover. I'm more than willing to donate, so let me know if this is a sound plan to you.
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« Reply #29 on: July 30, 2007, 05:48:20 pm »

i second shockwave's donation plan i'd totally throw in a couple bucks to help ray out.
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