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Hey all! Welcome back to my second article about player run events. Many of you already know who I am, but I will explain briefly for those of you who don't and are new to mtgo or PUREMTGO.
My screenname on Magic: The Gathering Online is franknitty12002. I have been playing MTGO for roughly 14 months now. I was online roughly for two months when I first got involved with the PRE scene and one of the biggest (now diminished) clans on MTGO, CerealKillaz. I ran player run events with ck for roughly 7-8 months before the clan had a falling out of sorts and was disbanded. I ended up joining with another clan; Only Hell Will Fill Your Void. It is a smaller clan, but a very dominant one in the Multiplayer Room on MTGO. It has roughly about 60 solid players and is well known. I served for that clan running events for roughly 3 months and made the decision to move on to another clan called HellzAngellz. This clan is HUGE. It boasts 21 chapters with over 200 members and continues to grow stronger daily! I have ran player run events for them since day one of joining and soon made captain of my own chapter. However, I am now clanless and running events as a rougue. I have ran two major events, Dark Wars and Saturday Night Melee, for some time now. I have spent well over a year establishing myself as an established PRE host in the PRE scene. My events are held on a weekly basis and have a good following, but we are always looking to expand and bring new players to the tables!
HOW DOES ONE FIND OUT ABOUT PRE'S? Well, there are several ways to find out what is happening in the ways of player run events. Utilizing the Wizard's message boards for example would be a good start. They have a sub-fourm dedicated purely for player run events. Player's can go there to find out what is happening in the online scene and PRE hosts can post their events there for the community. This sub-fourm is linked HERE.
There is a player run event calander that is maintained by some player's on MTGO and is constantly being worked on and improved for player's to be referred upon as a reliable source of player run events. It is not always up-to-date per se, but is a reliable source of events that are held weekly. It can be found HERE.
There is one more site I would like to discuss with all of you that has sprung up. It is known as MTGOClanWars. It is a newer site managed by a clan called Spell Casters. This site has a few events listed and is growing stronger as more people find out about it.
Ok, so what is a PRE anyways and how is it ran? A PRE, in it's simplest form, is a player run event. It is made possible by player's and card dealers whom want to give something back to the community. We tend to fullfill a void that Wizards of the Coast does not. There have been a couple articles here on PUREMTGO that have been written about the PRE scene and how they are ran. One is an article written by Dangerlinto called The Anatomy of a PRE. The other article, I have written myself; called PRE'S and Changes in the Community. These are both excellent articles explaining how PRE's are ran. They give good insight on the inner-workings of player run events. Those of you new to this scene should check these articles out to better familiarize yourself with how they are ran. That way, you will not go into these things not knowing what to expect.
Some events are small. Other's are big and have been running on a regular basis for some time. You can find a player run event for almost any format that you enjoy to play. This is purely an effort to get more people involved in the PRE scene. Alot of player's don't even know they exist! These events are free to play and for all to enjoy. They also vary in prize payouts. At any rate, how can one resist a free chance to win nice prizes! Tell your friends about these events and where to find them!
Wizard's of the Coast neither promotes PRE's or condemns them. That puts PRE hosts like myself in a rough spot when it comes to promoting player run events. We have to tread lightly in how we go about things because if we don't, we get punished by mutes and/or bans if we don't. I would suggest reading the PRE fourm FAQ on Wizards message boards.
An under-utilized room is ( /join ) pre chatroom. I am trying to get more PRE hosts to use this chatroom to spam their events. It is a private chat room and we are allowed to post tournaments in with absolute freedom. Any hosts reading this article, I encourage you to join this chat daily to hang out with other hosts and to spam your events. Player's, get involved! Tell your friends about this chat room. Encourage people to join it. I am also working on a couple things such as holding trivia in said chatroom and holding random mini parties for prizes. But I need people to get involved and the word to get around about this chat to make things happen. I would like to see more player's utilize this chat and help make it a popular place to find out about events and all-in-all, a cool place to hang out and meet other player's.
There is a bot currently being worked on to make PRE host's jobs a little easier. It is being made by a good friend of mine and should hopefully be ready by this weekend. Its name is prebot. This bot will be in pre chatroom at all times. This bot will allow PRE hosts to input their tournament info about their events with it and the bot will take care of spamming events in pre chat. However, I would discourage player's from running out of this chatroom as soon as it spams an event they are interested in. As I stated earlier, I am looking to make this a cool hangout for player's and hold trivia, mini parties, etc. If you aren't in there, you may just miss out on something good!
And now for the part that pains me to discuss with all of you....
Alot of player's have been complaining alot within these events. They choose to place their focus on being hurtful to other player's. They focus on complaining about things within the event to the point of harassing sponsors. They have even chosen to get lippy with these great sponsors at times. What a HORRIBLE thing to do! These events are for the community. What that means is; player's of all calibers can come and see where they are in their metagame, meet other player's, become oriented with various clans in the community, and to just have some good fun! I can't even begin to tell you how much it pains me (as well as the sponsor's) when people want to complain about this great opportunity to better their collections, play events that WotC doesn't provide, and get a better grasp on their abilities with deckbuilding; etc.
There are many events going on with even bigger things in the works that many are unaware of. Look for some big events to be happening soon with better prize payouts! Things like leagues, block constructed events, even Vanguard formats, are all in the works. These things will not happen without more player's getting involved in the PRE scene. And if they do, well, they just won't last long. It all depends on player's getting involved. The more player's that do, the more that PRE hosts like myself and sponsor's will be willing to do for the community! There are many great things about player run events and things that are being discussed for the near future for MTGO. But it will take a strong following of player's to see that they don't fade away just as quickly as they begin. So tell all your friends, help educate the masses, and lets make these things happen! With the WotC's standpoint on the player run event scene, PRE hosts are limited in what we can do to educate people. That's why there are some hosts, like myself, willing to go the extra mile to try to help the community the best we can. But we need your help too! We can only reach so many people. It is through the player's word of mouth, that we can really get the ball rolling and make better things happen for the community!
If you are into the PRE scene or just finding out about all of these events happening, We welcome you all and hope you enjoy this aspect of MTGO. Please help support it. You don't need to provide prizes, it is already being taken care of. Tell other's about PRE's and where to find them. Support these great sponsors by shopping with their bots and websites. And most of all, don't get strayed by the negative behaviors of the few that attempt ruining such a great thing going on! Player's will complain, things will always be happening... good or bad. But it is up to you, the individual, to make PRE's good or bad! I emplore you all to think about the things going on here and stop complaining when they aren't going how you think they should. If you lose an event, so what! There are many more daily you can play in and have just another chance at making yourself a better player and getting aquainted with some really great people on MTGO who just want to help the community to flourish!
Thank you all for your time. Any other PRE hosts, please contact me online or by email to become better organized. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Till next time, Keep on keepin on...
EDIT; All comments taken into account and article edited accordingly. I apologize for the personal attack although no names were mentioned. I would appreciate it if people would stop personally attacking me now.