Star City “Power Nine” Series Goes “Ten Proxy”!
Effectively immediately, the Star City “Power Nine” Vintage Tournament Series will allow for the use of up to ten (10) proxies instead of five (5). After researching this issue for months, we firmly believe that this change will increase the number of Star City “Power Nine” Vintage Tournament Series competitors and have an overall positive effect on the event itself.
Leveling the Playing Field
Although legal, scouting obviously gives those who do it sizable advantages over those who don’t. Because those with teammates or playing faster decks can utilize scouting more effectively than those without teammates or playing slower decks, we have long-debated whether or not we should allow opponents to view each others decklist before each Top 8 match begins. Some of us opposed this idea, believing that it could ruin surprise tech easily overlooked by scouts. Others fought vehemently for it, using Pro Tour and Grand Prix protocol to defend their position. After much debate, we have decided to begin revealing deck archetypes, but not decklists, to each Top 8 competitor. This will begin with our May 21, 2005 Richmond, VA event.
Our players deserve the best, and we’re not going to disappoint. All Star City “Power Nine” Vintage Tournaments now use a Level 3, or very experienced and qualified Level 2, to Head Judge each event.
If you want to gain experience by working a major event under an L3 Judge, please contact Matt Villamaino and we’ll do our best to make it happen.
Starting In Richmond – the Prize Support Gets Even Better!
When we originally announced the Star City “Power Nine” Vintage Tournament Series, the huge prize payout excited Vintage players around the world. Today, we are proud to announce that the prize payout has just gotten even bigger!
In addition to the complete set of Unlimited “Power Nine”, each of the remaining stops on the 2005 Star City “Power Nine” Vintage Tournament Series will also be awarding thirty-six (yes, 36!) Italian Legends booster packs as additional prizes and the prize payout will now extend all the way down to 16th place!
1st – 1st and 9th pick in the P9 draft
2nd – 2nd pick in the P9 draft
3rd – 3rd pick in the P9 draft
4th – 4th pick in the P9 draft
5th – 5th pick in the P9 draft
6th – 6th pick in the P9 draft
7th – 7th pick in the P9 draft
8th – 8th pick in the P9 draft
9th – 8 Italian Legends booster packs
10th – 8 Italian Legends booster packs
11th – 4 Italian Legends booster packs
12th – 4 Italian Legends booster packs
13th – 4 Italian Legends booster packs
14th – 4 Italian Legends booster packs
15th – 2 Italian Legends booster packs
16th – 2 Italian Legends booster packs
Oh. In case I forgot to mention it, the entry fee will remain the same.
Shooting Stars in Rochester – THE Vintage Event of the Year!
*Pro Tour Winner* Osyp Lebedowicz
*Pro Tour Winner* Zvi Mowshowitz
*Pro Tour Top 8 Finisher* Chad Ellis
*U.S. National Champion* Craig Krempels
*Pro Tour Top 8 Finisher* Rich Hoaen
*Grand Prix Winner* Tim Aten
*Worlds Top 8 Finisher* Ken Krouner
*Former Canadian National Champion* Josh Rider
*Former Pro Tour Player and all-around Vintage Rabble-rouser* Ben Bleiweiss
… And more!
On Saturday, June 11th, everyone listed above will be coming to Rochester, NY to participate in the biggest Vintage event of the year… “Star City P9 Rochester – Shooting Stars”! Will these current/former Magic: the Gathering pros be able to dominate the Vintage format as they have so many others? More importantly, will they be able to do so when the rest of the field is gunning for them?
Here’s the deal.
Many have often wondered what would happen if Pro Tour competitors ever decided to throw their hats into the Vintage arena. Would their years of high-level competitive Magic: the Gathering experience be able to compensate for their lack of experience in the format? At “Star City P9 Rochester – Shooting Stars”, that question will finally be answered!
Did you ever think you’d see Zvi Mowshowitz vs. Kevin Cron? Osyp Lebedowicz vs. Ben Kowal? Chad Ellis vs. Andy Probasco? Those are just a few examples of the super-cool matches that may happen at this event! However, it gets even better!
Although the “Stars” will simply be competing alongside everyone else, each will receive three custom-designed t-shirts featuring their own Yawgatog-created imagery. One of those T-shirts is for the “star” to keep, but the other two are going to be given away to the first two players to defeat them in the Swiss! Beating them probably won’t be easy, but what Vintage player wouldn’t want a shirt proclaiming to the world that they had beaten Ben “The Most Hated Man in Vintage” Bleiweiss?
Can’t make the trip? Don’t worry. StarCityGames.com is giving you a front row seat to all of the action!
“Star City P9 Rochester – Shooting Stars” will be covered LIVE on the StarCityGames.com website as an exclusive Premium feature! If you’ve been considering a membership, I can guarantee you that this event coverage alone will be worth the cost of the entire subscription.
Ten proxies allowed. An insane prize payout. Current and former pros take on Vintage.
Saturday, June 11th
Millennium Games and Hobbies
Mark your calendars… and don’t miss these other 2005 Star City “Power Nine” Tournament Series stops!
Saturday, May 21 – Richmond, VA (Richmond Convention Center, alongside Saviors of Kamigawa Prerelease!)
Saturday, June 11 – Rochester, NY (Millenium Games & Hobbies)
Saturday, July 30 – Chicago, IL (Pastimes)
Saturday, September 24 – Richmond, VA (Richmond Convention Center, alongside Ravnica: City of Guilds Prerelease!)
Saturday, October 29 – Chicago, IL (Pastimes)
Saturday, December 10 – Rochester, NY (Millenium Games & Hobbies )
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President, Star City Events