NYC Experimental tournament series - checking interest
Note: I posted a related idea in the xerox thread, but thought it made sense to pull this out into its own thread to see if it's really feasible.
It seems like we are at a spot where nobody really "knows" what to do with the format. Many of us have ideas, But no one really knows. The whole thing is so complex that I don't know if I'm even 50% confident any specific change would do what I think it would.
Zooming out from vintage and just thinking about how knowledge works, the right thing to do when you don't know what will happen is to run some experiments.
Ideally these would be large scale like WotC trying out a different restricted list every month on mtgo for a year. Or hosting a coordinated series of paper events in many cities testing the same change.
I don't have the capacity to make that happen. What I do have is a house in NYC that is convenient to most major subway lines and to the LIRR. It's spacious enouph to comfortably host 8-12 players and could possibly host 16 at the risk of lines for the bathroom between rounds.
So if I held such an event with an experimental restricted list and a buy in of maybe $10-15 with it all going to top 3 players, would you be interested?
It would be work to plan and set up, so I don't want to proceed unless people would actually come. Chime in here if you might attend.
What experimental lists to try?
I'd say start with extreme changes to see what the boundary conditions are, then back off a little and test smaller changes.
Here are some ideas on the extreme side:
- everything is restricted
- everything is restricted but Fow and lands other than bazaar and shop
- everything post reserved list is unrestricted
- everything legal in modern is unrestricted
And then test specific theories from there. By this point we would have learned quite a bit so it makes sense to wait to have that knowledge before designing further tests.
On the less extreme side we could test specific proposals like
Or other things entirely. Note this isn't the thread to discuss what to test, for now I just want to know if anyone would show up.
@mods if you think this post needs to be in another section feel free to move it. I put it here because if there is interest I would actually be hosting a small tournament.