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Who Wanted A Type II Pro Tour?

This November. A Type II Pro Tour. Sounds like a birthday present to me! (My birthday is in November, yes. I have a disturbing driver’s license to prove it, too). Well, that’s what I call good news! After months of petitioning, the DCI has announced that Type II will enter the regular Pro Tour lineup….

This November. A Type II Pro Tour. Sounds like a birthday present to me! (My birthday is in November, yes. I have a disturbing driver’s license to prove it, too).

Well, that’s what I call good news! After months of petitioning, the DCI has announced that Type II will enter the regular Pro Tour lineup. I’ve only got one thing to say.

WOO-HOO!

For the first time since PT Dallas, we’ll see the best players in the world developing a cogent metagame for the best format ever designed. And, we’ll get to play, too!

Just as exciting as the Type II Pro Tour is the series of Type II PTQs. Type II PTQs. You know what this means?

Friday Night Magic rocks! It’s going to be useful *and* popular. Because of it, the PTQs, Regionals, States, Nationals and Worlds, we are going to have a metagame! And trust me, if you’ve only been playing a couple years, and have kept up mainly with the higher level of Magic, you have no idea how deep a metagame can go. It’s actually very interesting and amazing. The last time there was anything like it was around Nationals of 96. Coming off of the strong Type II Tour, and several big tournaments, the format had been extensively tested. Only in very deep metagames can you see a deck like Turbo-Stasis win. People will want to keep up with Type II, because the next big tournament will always be around the corner.

MMM… metagame.

How exciting! It can really get intricate, when you’ve got it perpetually going. Every week. A whole new local scene could pop up, as Friday Night Magic becomes a proving ground for Saturday Morning PTQs. Exciting. I’m actually giddy. Or, as close to that as possible, considering I’m a writer.

Speaking of giddy, I’m going to swing by the nine inch nails concert in Maryland tonight. They’re one of my favorite acts, even though they didn’t book a concert in Virginia, this time. I haven’t seen them in a couple of years; it’s going to be a lot of fun. So, if you see me there, face down in the mosh pit, please be kind enough to peel me off the ground– you can keep my wallet.

Back to the Type II Pro Tour. I’d like to thank the DCI and, especially, Jeff Donais, for recognizing and fixing the problem. Though, in the past, many people have doubted that the DCI actually listens to players, I can certainly tell you that they do. After talking with Jeff in Seattle, it became very apparent that the DCI is run by a competent, caring individual. The most important thing I took away from talking with him is that he sees both the good and the bad directed to the DCI. He sees the logical appeals as well as the swearing-filled rants, and he reacts the same as any logical person would. If you’ve got something to say about the DCI, or its policies, remember to write it the same way you’d want to be addressed, were someone coming to you with a complaint.

Lastly, I’d like to thank the following people, who signed the petition. Also, there were several people who asked to sign it, after I had sent it to the DCI. I’d like to thank them too. Without your support, none of this could have happened.

  • Jason Spears
  • Tony Drew
  • Jim Wiseman
  • Tyler Toncler
  • Jonathan Lewis
  • Mark Tidd
  • Stefan Walsh
  • Todd Parker
  • Aaron Arnsparger
  • Pete Hills
  • Brian Sidlauskas
  • Stephen Benton
  • Bennie Smith
  • Tim Gillam
  • Rusty Kahl
  • Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar
  • Matthew McGee
  • Brad Jones
  • Andrew A. Brown
  • Michael Macfadden
  • Don Gallitz
  • G. Anthony Morse
  • Leigh Newmark
  • Russell Stadler
  • Taylor Chambers
  • Phillip M. Deneka
  • Jonathan Cassidy
  • Tom Mathews
  • Jonathan Spires
  • Jeff Fenstermaker
  • Chris Arena
  • Daniel Crane
  • Colin Spears
  • Jason Finney
  • Jay Goldberg
  • Bryan Schofield
  • Brett Bondy
  • Henrik Lautrup
  • Andy Ashwood
  • Barthélémy Moulinier
  • Patrick Touart
  • Jeffrey Burstein
  • Daniel R. Pilhorn
  • Israel Marques
  • Steve Mink
  • Cole Magrath
  • Greg Keeling
  • Nick Alston
  • Mary Cardosi
  • Jason Smith
  • Clay White
  • Sonny Jones
  • Kevin Davis
  • Paul Gribok
  • John Beegle
  • Tim Lehman
  • Joey Brewer
  • Eric Turnquist
  • Steven Miller
  • Nathan Godsey
  • Tim Perry
  • Henry Brown
  • Dolca E. Hall
  • John Slaughter
  • Adam Robison
  • Andy Williams
  • Nathan Schroder
  • Kenneth Spitpe
  • Russell Clark
  • Angela Witt
  • Pete Hoefling
  • Lawrence Creech
  • Stefan Hench
  • Chris Woltereck
  • Ben Banberry-Hamm
  • Greig Chance
  • Dan Oz
  • Phil Mitchell
  • Ry Petermann
  • Michael Granaas
  • Chad Cottle
  • Tom Harle
  • David Sutcliffe
  • Neil Rigby
  • Andy McNish
  • Chris Muryn
  • Allen Tingley
  • Martin Owen Jones
  • Ari Weinstein
  • Michael A. Gutierrez
  • Neil Ikerd
  • Tony Lin
  • Nathan Donovan
  • Kevin Brown
  • Daniel Chung
  • Rob Lawing
  • Kevin Baehr
  • Ben Tobias
  • Brandon Cook
  • Patrick Danis
  • Jon Crook
  • Aaron Grubby
  • Matt Zbrog
  • Tyler Moore
  • Carl Jarrell
  • Hal Tolley
  • Dave Marsh
  • Joshua Batson
  • Ryan Kruger
  • Chris McGuire
  • Niels Stephan
  • Curtis Falls
  • Mark Woloszyn
  • David Schoborg
  • James Shuman
  • Skip Potter
  • Luis Neto
  • Steven Szabo
  • Tim Milko
  • Jay DuBois
  • Mike Sonksen
  • Olivier Andre
  • Nathan Prinz
  • Matthew Margolis
  • Robby Barnett
  • Gareth Jones
  • Nathaniel Goodman-Johnson
  • Aaron Berger
  • Alex Ruby
  • Ethan Dyer
  • Galen Degraf
  • Travis Lee
  • John Miller
  • Mark Holbrook
  • Alex Gibson
  • Kennth Parker
  • Erik Berg
  • Aaron Forsythe
  • Chris Redman
  • Jeremy Gray
  • Jack Christopher
  • Cole Abernathy
  • Sam Nieves
  • Christopher Hyer
  • Scott Miller
  • Michael Beichner
  • Brian Gaten
  • Komson Silapachai
  • Steve Wain
  • Mark Bakker
  • Matthias Maar
  • Aaron Amendolia
  • Frank Virga
  • Jeremy Adams
  • Davey Dees
  • Matt Martin
  • Tarik Browne
  • Andreas Schultz
  • Elliot Fertik
  • Steve Martin
  • Tom Carpenter
  • Sean Smith
  • Marc McNelly
  • David Gerlach
  • Derek McCretton
  • Craig Sullivan
  • Anthony Record
  • Ben Sarsgard
  • Joost Schmaal
  • Jordan Peeples
  • Jesse Davenport
  • Adam Chang
  • Andrew Gioia
  • Michael Gioia
  • John Kilroy
  • Jonathan Stewart
  • Sean Wells
  • Christian Sieber
  • Ernesto Pichardo
  • Albert Davis
  • Deane Beman
  • Jamie Voorhies
  • Varun Jain
  • Matthew Parker
  • Dal Austin
  • Alex Ricketts
  • Lee Barnwell
  • John Rizzo
  • Josh Howard
  • Pierre DuPont
  • Larry Hope
  • Paul Andrew Ross
  • Liam Andrew
  • Steven S. Jarvis
  • Mike Brzeski
  • Nathaniel M. Collier, III
  • Willis Slane
  • Daniel Kuebrich
  • Brian Smith
  • Harvey Hammond
  • Jonathan Mills
  • Robert Mccaughtry
  • Eric Olander
  • Jeff Cunningham
  • Erik Brown
  • Thomas Blair
  • Tobias Henke
  • Shane Miller
  • Adam Wilbert
  • Daid Beishline
  • Kyle Eslick
  • Casey Kretschman
  • Kevin Wu
  • Michael Sanchez
  • Nicholas Rupprecht
  • Michael Phelps
  • Sergey Grinev
  • Colin Sellar
  • Holger Meinecke
  • Bas Backx
  • August Dwight
  • Larry W. Bryant
  • Hal White
  • Jared Mason
  • Diego Martinez-Guzman
  • Kevin Skobac
  • Ian Ferrel
  • Lars Meisingseth
  • William Cairns
  • Mikael Aaby-Ericsson
  • Eric Dietsch
  • Tim Washington
  • Matthew Banbury
  • Carl Winter
  • Tom Dahl
  • Peter Kozlowski
  • David M. Conrad
  • Will Johnson
  • John Sorrentino
  • RJ Jesselli
  • Josh Reed
  • Maxim Maximov
  • Alexander Dick
  • Patrick Mello
  • Charles Milutinovic
  • Matt Eddleman
  • Matthew Martin
  • Jeff Glaze
  • JD Hill
  • Everyone make sure to get your mother a nice present for the wonderful, trumped up holiday called Mother’s Day. If you happen to be a mother, planning on enjoying said trumped up holiday, please have a nice one.

    take care.

    Omeed Dariani.
    Omeed@starcitygames.com
    Eic – www.starcitygames.com
    Contributing Editor, Scrye Magazine

    “The Spider holds a Silver Ball
    In unperceived Hands-
    And dancing softly to Himself
    His yarn of Pearl- unwinds-

    Emily Dickinson”

    -Should have been the flavor text on Spidersilk Armor.