Ever since the Magic: the Gathering Pro Tour became a dual format tournament, requiring competitors to complete in both limited and constructed magic, my desire to make it to that stage vanished! (Kuala Lumpur 2008 was the last Booster draft Pro Tour). It would still be a delightful experience, obviously, but it’s just not realistic for me. Over the years I have grown to love limited and would rather spend my time and money on things other than “grinding” constructed.
Back when the Pro Tour was separated I would go to every limited local PTQ in a season for a shot at qualifying for a limited only Pro Tour. Constructed PTQs would be my offseason. This balance prevented burnout.
Nowadays, when I’m lucky enough to spike a sealed PPTQ (for which they are like an endangered species compared to the constructedpalooza that runs amok every single damn weekend), well then – great! I spiked something that hasn’t amounted to anything professional yet! Not only does this not qualify me for the coveted limited only Pro Tour – the Regional PTQ that it does invite me to is a different format! I guess it makes sense, in order to cultivate a realistic expectation of what it will take to succeed at the Pro Tour – but it’s bloody constructed! Gag me, please.
So it looks like I have a lot to learn if I want to be prepared for this RPTQ in February. And I will try, but in the back of my head I’ll be thinking “I really just don’t care.” It isn’t going to fulfill my need to compete in a limited only, master of draft extravaganza tournament. So here we are. This is what I have created in order to fulfill the void in my life now that the limited only Pro Tour has been scoured from existence.
The League Draft Championship Series (LDCS)
The inauguration of the League Draft Championship Series will be hosted in San Jose, CA with my draft group next weekend. Above is the product it will require. If you would like to start your own league then consider the following a template.
My goals with this tournament series are to be insanely competitive by offering a very top heavy prize structure while also being very casual in that we will be basically partying all day with drinks and good eats and screaming at TVs with footballers playing sportsball on them, too.
With so many formats to play it’s imperative to start early and have a lot of food available so no one needs to leave between drafts – we want to get done before midnight – some of us have to work on Monday. I expect there to be copious amounts of banter and overly friendly trash-talking. If you’ve seen The League on FX then you will understand where my inspiration comes from. *Warning: Hyperlink above contains graphic material not suitable for all people.
Start time: Sunday, Oct 25th. 9am registration (show up and make sure you have eaten some food and have packs or cash on you for tournament entry)
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