By: hamtastic, Erik Friborg
Nov 05 2009 10:06am
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We had a fantastic welcome party at the Claim jumper with some of our WotC competition and all of the Community Cup participants that had arrived. Pete Jahn had been scheduled to attend but a double whammy of a delay and a broken plane kept him from joining us.  John (geekdad) is not scheduled to be town until late into day one which left us down a player from the get go.  Luckily enough for us WotC PR has found us an acceptable replacement... I won't spoil the surprise yet, but it's safe to say that we are going to be well covered despite being down a player.  I hope that all works out for Pete and John on their trips, delays are so frustrating.

We had a great time at the Claim Jumper, the food was fantastic, and the WotC folks are terrific hosts so far.  We were all able to hang out, chat, and just get to know each other a bit as this was the first time many of us have met in person.  Walter, Sam, Mike, Alex, Thomas and myself were in attendance along with various WotC competitors such as Marcella, Tolena, and Eric.  We are a bizarre mix of players, but at the end of the day we're all MTG players at heart.  I'm really looking forward to the events today and will keep things updated as we play.

There's a definite 'vibe' throughout the WotC offices about the Community Cup and MTGO in general.  It was hard to go anywhere without seeing screen shots of the new UI, or something MTGO related up on a wall or pinned to a cubicle, etc.  The more I see the dedication and efforts going into MTGO and the new UI and the general feeling of the company towards it I am becoming far more comfortable with the future of our preferred medium. 

Alas, my time is up and I must get ready for breakfast and the first events!

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Are these events happening on by Empty One at Thu, 11/05/2009 - 11:50
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Are these events happening on MTGO, with all you guys sitting together, or are they paper? If on MTGO, where are they taking place, and is there any kind of schedule?

MTGO, and we're all in the by hamtastic at Thu, 11/05/2009 - 12:02
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MTGO, and we're all in the same room.

Schedule is Zendikar Draft this morning, followed by 100Card Singleton this afternoon.

Tomorrow will be unified standard at 9:00 am PST and unified standard will be tomorrow afternoon. There will also be a WotC site page for the events as well, once it's up I'll link it up. :)

are the events watchable on by ShardFenix at Thu, 11/05/2009 - 12:42
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are the events watchable on MTGO? I would love to be able to watch and offer support to you guys.

Replay of my stunning by hamtastic at Thu, 11/05/2009 - 13:07
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Replay of my stunning top-deck defeat should be there for a few minutes.

Windborn Charge kills me... only card in his deck that could have won him that one.... gah!

By the time I saw you lose by Empty One at Thu, 11/05/2009 - 13:17
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By the time I saw you lose game one, it was off the board. Any other way to watch the replays?

Is there a way to watch this? by gimmie (not verified) at Thu, 11/05/2009 - 13:51
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Is there a way to watch this?

Heya Hammy saw you online by Paul Leicht at Thu, 11/05/2009 - 14:25
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Heya Hammy saw you online earlier but had to go before you could reply. Sorry to hear of your loss. I hope Pete and John make it. Talk about rotten luck :(.

That's okay, I went 2-0 in by hamtastic at Thu, 11/05/2009 - 15:03
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That's okay, I went 2-0 in the next matches, 2-1 a'int bad for this. Certainly was a 3-0 deck though, but 'eh', not bad!

Nice! Still no official by Paul Leicht at Thu, 11/05/2009 - 15:26
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Nice! Still no official coverage it seems.

There is official coverage, by Empty One at Thu, 11/05/2009 - 15:49
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There is official coverage, with draft viewers and stuff. Don't know how to get there other than the direct link WOTC_Lee gave out earlier.

http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/eventcove...