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Magic: the Gathering in the UK

Has anyone seen the change to the DCI ratings? It was showcased on daily mtg yesterday.

Basically you cant lose points, the more you play the more points you get and you get multipliers for playing in bigger events.

Coming top 16 at a GP no longer automatically gives you a place on the pro tour.

 

the main thing is it rewards people for playing and not sitting on their rating, or being afriad to play because of their rating. I'm not saying i agree with all the changes but i think something did need to be done. you need to read the whole article to get an understanding of it though. The whole 'planeswalker points' thing feels a bit childish but i guess its all in good fun and adds to the fantasy feel.

more importantly, thank you wizards for my new pick up line, hi, i'm a level 36 sorceror, fancy a drink?

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you would have to live in London (due to playing 3 times a week) and play in every event prob so higher level ones aswell, by then you've spent so much money you prob can't afford a hotel room when your there anyway

Thom Richardson said:

The one shining light of the system is the flights for players invited on points.  Which is super sweet. Having been in a situation where I was Qd and unable to attend i like this a lot.

 

Although I highly doubt that it is  realistically possible for any UK players to get one of the 75 slots. :(

I think it should work out from napkin math, that if you play your normal events during the week, attend 3 PTQ's and do reasonably well in each [difficult and expensive I know as it looks like we are only getting 6 per PT now] and play in as many GP's in your region as you can afford to [ie Europe] that you stand a chance of an invite to a PT. I don't think this is that much different from what competitive players do now is it?

 

The big problem is FNM - both from an accessability/location and points multiplier perspective. The points available at FNM are too critical to the process and unfairly tilt the system.

 

I understand why they have done it, to make people spend money.  In therory now there is a chance of people making the PT who hadn't a hope before, does anyone know what the multiplyer is for PT

realistically who exactly is going to be able to "grind" FNMs into a pro tour invite? why does anyone give a fuck if some random american dudes play sanctioned tournaments three nights a week and end up with pro tour invites? not to mention the fact that this process would take A LONG FUCKING TIME.

 

the "problem" with the rating system is the embarassing names, not the way it awards invites

I think the problem from our country is there is very little chance of any of us making the pro tour this way
12x for PTs and Nats.

Phil: not quite, the problem with the system is that it no longer plays up mtg as a legitimate pursuit, it is now just another "game" rather than a real mindsport, and I find the sacrifice of this mark of legitimacy for such a blatant cashgrab (which I don't even think will work that well, as it will alienate a lot of casual players too) not very palatable.

 

As for how it affects me... well it doesn't. I've only ever q'ed for the PT via ptqs, have never sat on rating (it cost me a nats place one year) etc. I just dislike a lot of the OBVIOUS flaws (pro-US bias, cutting back of ptqs etc.)

 

This is seriously making me consider a different hobby... maybe WeizSchwarz (some random anime card game) or WCCF (a football one)

 

(Of course if they keep the online rating system on modo, I will be fine)

is there going to be an expansion where they increase the level cap by 10?
almost certainly :S

The issue is that the regional allocation for invites on ranking is fine but the additional 50? spots awarded on ranking will be almost entirely US based players [I don't know if that is comparable figure to what it is currently]. People who have potentially been 'able' to amass more points because of the location and structure of their countries tournament scene.

 

These points make a big difference, not to the likes of me for example as I don't play enough anymore or even travel to PTQ's more than 25 miles away like I used to a long time ago, but to the likes of PTQ grinders who consistently go top 8 but do not qualify and to people on the edge of breaking through to that level from good GP results etc.

 

From my own experiances, any advantage anyone is able to abuse to get ahead of a potential rival from another country/region in MTG is generally maximised to its full potential. This is not a redeeming feature of the game but it is part of it. It may be that when all stages are implemented that the system is fairer for PT qualification but currently it is skewed in favour of the USA or any location that can run huge FNM's.

 

All I want as a ranking system is a level playing field that rewards active players who are skillful/lucky. This isn't a million miles away from that outside of the FNM issue. 

Philip Dickinson said:

realistically who exactly is going to be able to "grind" FNMs into a pro tour invite? why does anyone give a fuck if some random american dudes play sanctioned tournaments three nights a week and end up with pro tour invites? not to mention the fact that this process would take A LONG FUCKING TIME.

 

the "problem" with the rating system is the embarassing names, not the way it awards invites

more importantly, when are they going to release a bottled form of that just-opened-booster smell?

That would sell, unfortunately whenever I get to booster opening my senses flare as they are still haunted by countless Deathlaces and the like so that smell is likely to cause me to enter some sort of rage.


Philip Dickinson said:

more importantly, when are they going to release a bottled form of that just-opened-booster smell?

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