Magic: Commander

January 31, 2020
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Organizer:
John Wasson

Commander, as officially titled by Wizards of the Coast (also known as Elder Dragon Highlander or EDH) is a casual multiplayer format for Magic: the Gathering. It is a Highlander variant format with specific rules centered around a legendary creature called General or Commander.

Created and popularized by fans, the Commander variant is usually played in casual Free-for-All multiplayer games, although two-player games are also popular. Each player starts at 40 life, and each player’s deck is headed by a legendary creature designated as that deck’s commander. A player’s choice of commander determines which other cards can be played in the deck (while except for basic lands, each card in the deck must have a different name).

COVID-19

To be as safe as possible during these unprecedented times, all participants are asked to adhere to the following rules:

  1. All players wishing to use the play area must abide by all public health orders at all times while inside Kingston Nexus.
  2. All players must wear a face covering.
  3. All players must sanitize their hands upon entrance to the play area. We also recommend sanitizing your hands frequently while inside our play area. Hand sanitizer and paper towels will be provided.
  4. All players must attempt to practice physical distancing to the extent that it is possible while in the play area. We recommend always staying on the opposite side of the table from your opponent.
  5. All players wishing to use the play area must register and provide their full name, email address, and phone number. This is done at the request of KFL&A Public Health to assist with contract tracing related to COVID-19.
  6. Capacity is limited so that we can all play our favourite games as safely as possible.
  7. All tables must be reserved in advance; drop-ins are not permitted. There is no cost to reserve a table, but we ask that you limit yourself to 1 table per week, so that others may also enjoy the space.
  8. Players will be assigned a table and a time slot. Please do not enter the play area before your time slot, or approach any table other than the one you are assigned to.
  9. When you are finished with your game(s), please leave the play area as quickly as possible. You may certainly socialize with the other players, but we encourage you to do it outside.
  10. No food is permitted in the play area. If you get hungry, please leave Nexus and eat outside.
  11. No spectators are permitted. Note that you are also considered a spectator if you have a table reserved and your game ends early and you hang around to see how the next table over is doing.
  12. No shared game pieces are permitted. Similarly, while in the play area, you may only touch any game pieces (i.e. dice, cards, figurines) that belong to you. If you are playing a game that might normally involve you touching another player's pieces, we suggest that you simply instruct them to perform the action on your behalf. Please bring your own dice, cards, measuring tapes, and whatever else you might need for the game you are intending to play. We will not be lending out dice or measuring tapes, and we ask that you do not borrow your opponent's.

Event Format

Pairings

Pairing system used: Swiss
What are the pairing systems?
Swiss

A Swiss-system tournament is a non-eliminating tournament format that features a set number of rounds of competition, but considerably fewer than that of a round-robin tournament. In a Swiss tournament, each competitor (team or individual) does not necessarily play all other entrants. Competitors meet one-on-one in each round and are paired using a set of rules designed to ensure that each competitor plays opponents with a similar running score, but not the same opponent more than once. The winner is the competitor with the highest aggregate points earned in all rounds. All competitors play in each round unless there is an odd number of players.

Prizes

Prizes awarded: n/a
What is your prize policy?
Door Prizes

We strive to ensure that all participants find our tournaments enjoyable. We believe that this means an egalitarian prize distribution structure. That means that no matter how well or poorly you do at one of our tournaments, you’ll still have an equal chance to walk home with a prize!

At the end of each tournament, participants are all given some draw tickets, which they can put in the corresponding box for a prize they would like to win. Depending on the amount of prize support and the number of participants, we may have 5-10 prizes, ranging in price and variety. We will randomly draw one ticket to win each prize! However, it’s up to you how you want to allocate your tickets – you may have a harder chance winning the prize that everyone else wants. Note that prizes are not eligible for exchange or a cash refund – we suggest you put tickets in the box of something you actually hope to win.

Prize Support

Our philosophy at Kingston Nexus is that we want to run excellent tournaments with great prize support. We don’t have any costs associated with renting a venue, therefore, we are able to turn 100% of the ticket price into prize support. For example, if we run a Warhammer 40K tournament with 20 attendees and each attendee pays $20, that’s $400 of prize support. Actual prizes will be chosen by the tournament organizer from Nexus’ available inventory. For special prize requests, the tournament organizer should be in touch with Kingston Nexus well in advance of the tournament to ensure that they are available for the tournament.

Some tournaments already have prize support built in (eg. X-Wing tournament kits, Magic: The Gathering prereleases). The cost of any such tournament kits or supplies will be deducted from the total prize pool available for door prizes. So for example, if $400 were taken in from entry fees but there is a $50 tournament kit being used, the remaining $350 would be available for door prizes.

Location

Kingston Gaming Nexus
270 Bagot St.
Kingston Ontario K7L 3G5
(613) 546-2565
kingstonnexus@gmail.com

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