GOAL: Run a successful EDH event at GenCon where players can play their own preconstructed decks.WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR: About 30(?) players participated in last year’s event. Many of them played “casual” decks. The event was dominated by a smaller group of players who chose to play cutthroat, non-interactive combo or prison decks.THE PRESUMPTION: At the event last year, it seemed that most of the players had an unsatisfying, frustrating experience; certainly those who did we very vocal about it. The most commonly stated reasons for lack of satisfaction were the deck choices, which created non-interactive games that were boring for many players. There were some fears about collusion (“EDH Mafia”), although this issue seemed less prevalent than feared. There was also feedback that the length of the rounds (three 2-hour rounds) combined with the late start time (11 PM) made the event unattractive.PRELIMINARY IDEA: Create some sort of structure (“Point system”) that would encourage social, interactive games. Provide some sort of prize structure that awards everyone for participation, while also rewarding those who accumulated the most points.
EDIT – The discussion on the Official Commander Forums is Here…please take a look and weigh in there if you can. There are some great ideas floating around.