So MPDC 24.04 hasn’t resolved yet. Gwyned, our fearless host, cast that tournament on Monday, March 17th (5 days ago). What’s the deal?
Oh, I’ll tell ya what happened.
I made a metagame call and chose to fall back to my roots, Mono-Black Devotion. I’m pretty sure it has a good Mono-White match-up and I expected to play against Red, White, Boros, Selesnya, and maybe even some BUG – all of which I think my Mono-Black can handle. I also picked it as my horse for the Standard Pauper Gauntlet. I figured a good showing this week would be a good omen for the Gauntlet.
The list: (exactly the same as what I submitted for the Gauntlet)
Round 1: Win in 5 minutes against Boros (2-0) [1-0]
Round 2: Win a very close mirror match (2-1) [2-0]
Round 3: Win another close one against the mirror (2-0) [3-0]
I roll into the top 8 with the #3 seed.
Top 8: Win but can’t remember opponent’s deck. (Maybe when the event gets posted we will see what I played against)
Top 4: Win in 10 mins against another deck that I am brain-farting on.
Finals: Brazil a.k.a Sergio Bahia (btw have you seen these sweet World Magic Cup ChannelFireball Shirts? $7.99 says the price is right)
The Top 4 begins without delay, a few minutes after I complete my top 8 match. After cruising through that round, I notice that I’m in a bit of a time crunch. I have patients scheduled to come soon and I have to treat them at their scheduled times. I don’t always plan on making the Top 8 of these MPDC tournaments, but when I do I usually try to finish them out if I can. I have had to drop after starting 2-0 in the swiss from many events simply because my afternoon was loaded with people to treat. I’m in a bit of a pickle.
Alas, it was time to treat not one, but two patients. After that I had a 30-60 minutes window of time before I needed to treat my next patient. That gap would be a perfect time to play out the finals.
So I messaged Gywned, the Tournament Organizer/Host, and my opponent, Brazil, informing them that I could resume play shortly. Brazil messages me immediately after my Top 4 is completed (again, which only took 10 minutes to complete) that he wants to get the ball rolling. I inform him that I can’t start right away and that I will be available in ~30 minutes. From my point of view, I could have dragged on my match for another 50 minutes if I wanted to buy myself more time. I could have asked my opponent to let the time run out of his clock and then I could let the time run out of my clock until I felt it was safe for me to proceed with winning. But that seems like an annoying way to game the system.
Anyway, Brazil cannot wait and demands that I play right now. I explain the situation, which he does not accept to be a valid reason to delay our match. I can see his point but I don’t think I am making an unreasonable request. He wishes that I concede and that he gets all them prizes. He argues that I am a doctor and that he is poor so I should concede because he ‘needs’ the $10 in prize more than I do. Whoa.
Um, yikes. There were many ways I could have responded – I just had no idea what was going on. How can anyone claim in all seriousness that they need these free tournament prizes? I told him I don’t even care about the prize, that’s not what I play for. I play to compete and for the sanctity of the tournament and for the glorious trophy. There was no way I was ever going to concede. If he beats me then he has earned the prize, but until then, I’m one hell of a road block.
I go in the dark communication-wise while I treat my patients. I come back faster than anticipated and see I that Brazil is still online. I tell him I am ready to play. He tells me he reported the result as a win in his favor since I was 10 minutes late. He requests that I be so kind as to report the result in his favor.
Well, that’s never happening.
He signs off before we can converse more. At this moment Gwyned comes back from being AFK and gets a recap of our conversation.
He thinks about it and emails the two of us the following options later that night.
I understand we had an incident before the Finals of MPDC 24.04 could take place.
I. Here’s what I understood happened:
1. Within 10 minutes of the end of Top 4, DrChrisBakerDC requested a 20 minute break so he could take care of a patient.
2. Brazil did not want to wait and said so.
3. DrChrisBakerDC had to leave before the situation was resolved. He returned within 15 minutes.
4. DrChrisBakerDC requested to play the match, but Brazil said 10 minutes were up and so he automatically got the win. Brazil then left.
For reference, I have attached the log of the chat between the two of you.If I misunderstood something, please bring it to my attention.
Since Brazil was still online when DrChrisBakerDC returned, there was opportunity to go ahead and play the match.That said, DrChrisBakerDC did delay Finals by an extra 15 minutes. This should be avoided if at all possible.
III. Here is my solution:You have two options to resolve the tournament:
IV. What I need from you:Respond within 48 hours to this E-mail with your decision. Be sure and use “Reply all” so that all three of us get your response.
I am sorry I was unable to resolve this when it happened.”
My email response (to all):
I am fine with either option, with a preference to play it out with option #1. I have plenty of time available, just message me to set it up I say. I am on Pacific time – what time zone are you in Brazil? Might help coordinate to know. Thanks.
Sergio’s response: (email sent directly to me instead of to both of us like Gwyned requested)
Look Chris, my position is i need to be a winner, for a simple reason:
To which I respond: