National Magic: The Gathering Commander League, by Robert O’sullivan

National Magic: The Gathering Commander League, by Robert O'sullivan

National Magic: The Gathering Commander League A Concept

National Commander League is a 12 week season, 4 seasons a year event. Which includes 4 regional finals and a national final, Where players can participate weekly to earn points to secure a place in the regional finals. Its an idea I’ve been working on for a while and its still very rough around the edges, so please do throw your suggestions at me.

The basic idea is that stores sign up for a monthly fee, for this they will get all promotion material and help with running the league as required, etc. Then they host the event on a weekly basis for the players. The store can choose an entry price for players (there will be guidelines in the t&c for this) the price can just be enough to cover the monthly fee of it can be a bit more so as to be able to offer some prize support for the event. Each week the players will be awarded points depending on how they placed.

place points
1st 100
2nd 80
3rd 70
4th 60
5th 50
6th 40
7th 30
8th 20
9th and below 10

 

 

The store would then enter these scores via a website (more on this later) which would give you a table for the store for example.

Position Player Games Score
1 Anthony 7 470
2 Darren 7 350
3 Paul 5 310
4 Trevor 6 270
5 Victoria 6 270
6 Sean 6 240
7 Simon 5 200
8 Benjamin 6 200
9 Glenn 3 190
10 David 7 190
11 Stephen 4 160
12 Liam 7 150
13 Yolande 6 140
14 Sean 5 130
15 Andy 6 90
16 Martyn 5 80
17 Michael 2 50
18 Alex 4 50
19 Tony 2 40
20 Harry 1 10

At the end of the season the top two players qualifies for the regional finals, with those placing 3rd to 10th playing a play off game and compete for a third qualifying spot. At this point players that have a spot in the regional’s would receive their invites either through the post or via an email depending on their sign up preferences. At this point we would hold the finals with a cash prize for the top 8 and possibly some other form of prize support. Like most magic event there would also be side events running in various formats. The top 2 players at this event would be invited to play at the national finals these would be held once a year with the top 2 players from each of the four regional’s attending. At this point i’d like to point out that the hopeis there would be that there would be six to eight regions. So we would be talking around 76 players maybe more, Obviously the amount of places available would all depend on the amount of players in the regional finals, for example if there were five hundred players at a regional instead of top 2 it would be top 4 this event would operate the same as the regional final however the prizes would be bigger.

Right the website now this would be split in to two main sections the first section would be for every one. Included in this amongst other things would be the league rules, store finder, league tables and news and posts about the league. The second section would be aimed at the shop owners/tournament organizers. In this section this is where you would enter the weekly results and enter or edit new and existing player information.

Now lets get down to some examples of things please bear in mind this is just a concept at the moment so nothing is final. The monthly fee for the shop owners, lets say this would be £150 pm, I have stated above what this fee is and will go into more detail later. Some might say that is high but is it? Its only £37.50 a week now lets say that you have 10 players on a weekly basis that’s £3.75 per player. So shop charges lets say £8 entry per week would provide a small prize pool, paying the monthly fee and allow the shop to make a small profit. As for the actual fee that would get broken up into several smaller pots that would be earmarked for different things a percentage of it would be put aside for prize support for the regional and national finals. Another percentage would go towards running the cost of said events. A percentage would go towards the website and relevant admin. A percentage would go towards promotional materials and finally what ever was let would be profit because at the end of the day we all want to make money.

For the monthly fee the store would get and continue to get promotional materials for example posters, flyers, etc. They would get player sign up forms as well as any other support they may need. They would also get free advertising as their store would be on the website as well as increased revenue due to having more players in store on a regular basis.

Now we get on to format rules and ban list, etc, this is where I am really struggling with my concept while everyone I have spoken to agrees that the rules and ban list needs to be standardized through out the entire concept no one can agree on what this should be personally I’m leaning towards 1v1 3 rounds per match with a 40 minute time limit on a match 3 matches then cut to top 4 or 8 depending on player numbers in the shop events then in the finals 1v1 3 rounds per match with a 40 minute time limit on a match 3 matches then cut to top 16 or 32 again depending on the numbers.

When it comes to a ban list I have heard even more opinions for example it should only be the ban list wizard put out (which is tiny by the way) or a custom list put together by the organizers in which we can hope to enhance player experience by banning certain cards/combos.

I love the Commander format and perhaps I spent to much time dreaming this up but I believe an event like this would greatly benefit the community by bringing new players to the game bringing back some of the older players and supporting the stores we all love that run magic events.

I’m extremely interested in any feedback, suggestions or ideas from the community on this subject I would also like to know how many of you would be interested in taking part in something like this.

Thanks for reading,

Robert O’sullivan

National Magic: The Gathering Commander League, by Robert O'sullivan
National Commander League is a 12 week season 4 seasons a year event which includes 4 regional finals and a national final where players can participate weekly to earn points to secure a place in the regional finals. Its an idea I've been working on for a while and its still very rough around the edges so throw your suggestions at me.

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