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TMD OPEN 19 – Official Tournament Organizer Report

Another year, another TMD Open. I think this year marks the 15th year of TMD Open and my 20th year as a tournament organizer. And, I still get the same feeling of dread leading up to the event that something will go wrong and the sense of ease and accomplishment when it is all over. I am always overcome by how lucky I am to be a part of something like this. Magic is a game that is so big, so worldly, so mammoth that it seems odd that there can be something like the small, tight community of Vintage that we have in the northeast. But I am honored to be a part of that group and hope that my events have an impact on keeping it going.

I have said it in my last report, but I want to again apologize to anyone who I couldn’t give my full attention to with the craziness of the day. Many of you came up and chatted with me during the day and even if I looked like it was some down time I likely had 20 thought swirling through my head. So, if I seemed distant I was not trying to be rude. I look forward to seeing you all again at events that I attend where I can be a little more social.

Of course, I certainly must thank my amazing judge staff: CJ Stambaugh, Kevin Daly, David Hutchinson, and Joe Achille for all their hard working in making sure the event ran smoothly. Props to Phil Michener for running the concessions. And of course, Nick Coss, and Calvin Hodges were outstanding vendors.

We had 108 players and the standings after 7 rounds of swiss looked like this:
Rank Name (Team, if applicable) Match Points Opp Match Win %
1 Kohler, James (BDL) 18 56.0544 76.4706 54.7557 7/6/0/0
2 Chen, Shawn 18 53.0612 70.5882 52.8031 7/6/0/0
3 Lalo, Josh (LHS) 18 50.6803 75 48.4458 7/6/0/0
4 Brennan, Joe (PHS) 17 66.3265 83.3333 65.0502 7/5/2/0
5 Gacioch, Daniel (TPS) 17 65.9864 76.9231 62.0575 7/5/2/0
6 Gennari, Justin (TCA) 17 59.1837 90.9091 58.8633 7/5/2/0
7 Schaffanacker, Michael 16 69.3878 76.9231 64.6314 7/5/1/0
8 Lisevick, David (KND) 16 60.5442 73.3333 60.659 7/5/1/0
9 Naidu, Akash 16 57.0748 73.3333 55.2672 7/5/1/0
10 Greenbaum, Micah 16 53.7415 62.963 53.5409 7/5/1/0
11 Lukas, Ben 15 66.3265 68.75 60.3836 7/5/0/0
12 Dupuis, Eric 15 60.4762 71.4286 57.1077 7/5/0/0
13 Dayton, Samantha (BAN) 15 56.8707 61.1111 55.1745 7/5/0/0
14 Dayton, William (BAN) 15 56.4626 70.5882 52.0842 7/5/0/0
15 Chang, Roland (TNY) 15 54.4218 61.1111 51.8139 7/5/0/0
16 Kelly, Brian 15 54.2857 68.75 53.0456 7/5/0/0
17 Fisher, Ryan 15 53.4014 66.6667 54.5525 7/5/0/0
18 Dupre, Craig 15 50.9524 66.6667 51.5208 7/5/0/0
19 Harvey, Stephen (TFD) 15 50.7483 63.1579 50.7363 7/5/0/0
20 Diab, Kenan 15 48.2313 58.8235 49.8284 7/5/0/0
21 Lim, Joel (BAN) 15 45.2381 68.75 46.8998 7/5/0/0
22 Seals, Keith (DWG) 15 44.8299 68.75 45.992 7/5/0/0
23 Miller, Dan (PHS) 13 72.2222 57.4074 66.9229 6/3/1/1
24 Meyst, Rich (TPS) 13 59.8639 64.2857 59.0636 7/4/1/0
25 Shay, Rich (DWG) 12 65.3061 50 59.0137 7/4/0/0
26 Farias, Andrew 12 62.585 44.4444 62.648 7/4/0/0
27 Forino, Raffaelle 12 60.2041 50 56.9585 7/4/0/0
28 Desrosiers, R 12 58.9116 44.4444 57.4515 7/4/0/0
29 Brum, Mike 12 58.7755 58.8235 55.4563 7/4/0/0
30 Nunez, David 12 58.2313 55.5556 55.1773 7/4/0/0
31 Tibbetts, Jeremy (DGK) 12 55.7823 55 53.5228 7/4/0/0
32 Magrann, Will (DWG) 12 53.7415 52.6316 53.9598 7/4/0/0
33 Forino, Vincent 12 53.7415 47.3684 54.5854 7/4/0/0
34 Glackin, Ryan (NFL) 12 53.4014 52.6316 53.5641 7/4/0/0
35 Difebo, Dominic (2BB) 12 52.381 52.6316 49.6201 7/4/0/0
36 Compton, Travis (BDL) 12 51.7007 57.8947 49.1905 7/4/0/0
37 Beaver, Jeremy (2BB) 12 51.3605 52.9412 51.6272 7/4/0/0
38 Candee, Timothy (TCA) 12 50.3401 50 49.2472 7/4/0/0
39 Hornung, Mark (NFL) 12 50.2721 56.25 48.6522 7/4/0/0
40 Dobbin, Zach (PHS) 12 47.8912 52.9412 49.3782 7/4/0/0
41 Hangley, James (BDL) 12 46.9388 56.25 49.6182 7/4/0/0
42 Nelson, Dan (TCA) 12 46.9388 52.9412 48.2999 7/4/0/0
43 Murray, Matthew 12 44.4898 62.5 44.1893 7/4/0/0
44 Pankiewicz, Chris 12 41.4966 56.25 41.1765 7/4/0/0
45 Hughes, Gregory 10 52.6077 46.2963 54.6921 7/3/1/0
46 Macdonald, Neil (KND) 9 64 57.1429 56.7033 5/3/0/0
47 Grudzina, John 9 63.8889 57.1429 57.5092 6/3/0/0
48 Bard, Jacob (KoC) 9 63.8889 46.6667 57.6374 6/3/0/0
49 Demick, Jarad (TPS) 9 62.1693 40 62.3936 6/2/0/1
50 Spicola, Joe 9 59.1837 50 55.9555 7/3/0/0
51 Spinelli, Brett 9 57.1429 47.0588 53.9223 7/3/0/0
52 Fleischmann-Rose, David (TFD 9 56.0544 43.75 55.6283 7/3/0/0
53 Hanson, Chris (LHS) 9 53.8889 50 51.1472 6/3/0/0
54 Loiterman, Kenny 9 52.7211 43.75 52.8937 7/3/0/0
55 Rodgers, Jeff 9 51.2925 47.3684 52.8812 7/3/0/0
56 Noble, Mike 9 50.3401 44.4444 52.0228 7/3/0/0
57 Moss, Matthew 9 50 53.3333 49.8039 6/3/0/0
58 Meckes, Josh 9 49.3878 41.1765 50.723 7/3/0/0
59 Rocheleau, James 9 46.9388 43.75 45.5622 7/3/0/0
60 Hoffman, Nathaniel (NFL) 9 45.9184 44.4444 47.0021 7/3/0/0
61 Morawski, Jason 9 44.4898 43.75 44.4805 7/3/0/0
62 Geras, Jonathan (2BB) 9 40.8163 50 43.6243 7/3/0/0
63 Paquet, Matt 9 39.4558 42.8571 39.674 7/3/0/0
64 Franczak, John 6 64.5833 44.4444 57.5 4/2/0/0
65 Balakrishnan, Vasu 6 60 36.3636 60.3939 5/2/0/0
66 Prendergast, Hunter 6 55.5556 42.8571 49.8039 6/2/0/0
67 Seco, Daniel 6 54.6667 50 54.1636 5/2/0/0
68 Harris, Dean 6 53.3333 38.4615 52.9138 5/2/0/0
69 Danis, Chris 6 52.381 36.8421 51.2525 7/2/0/0
70 Came, Sean 6 51.0204 35.2941 52.5638 7/2/0/0
71 Doheny, James 6 50.6944 50 49.4048 4/2/0/0
72 DiJohn, Nicholas (TFD) 6 50.6667 45.4545 50 5/2/0/0
73 Viradia, Sahaj 6 47.2222 41.1765 45.7684 6/2/0/0
74 Haberer, Daniel 6 46.5306 41.1765 46.209 7/2/0/0
75 Sokol, Mason 6 44.4444 40 45.1488 6/2/0/0
76 Mahr, Mickey 6 38.0952 42.1053 40.1338 7/2/0/0
77 Wagnon, Ben 6 36.6667 35.7143 40.7619 5/1/0/1
78 ONeil, Will (DGK) 4 56 45.2381 47.5336 5/1/1/0
79 Rynkiewicz, James 4 48.1481 47.619 50.3968 3/1/1/0
80 Proulx, Dan 4 48.1481 41.6667 49.3827 3/1/1/0
81 Hogan, John 4 44.7846 25.4902 44.8129 7/1/1/0
82 Langdon, Josh (KoC) 3 66.6667 44.4444 54.1667 3/1/0/0
83 Chitturi, Ashok 3 66.6667 42.8571 61.3757 3/1/0/0
84 Akhandzadeh, Amir 3 66.6667 37.5 56.9444 3/1/0/0
85 Maher, Kevin (KND) 3 66.6667 33.3333 61.9048 3/1/0/0
86 Keller, Michael 3 58.3333 45.4545 51.7424 4/1/0/0
87 Zylinski, Stanislaw (TNY) 3 55.5556 42.8571 50 3/1/0/0
88 Sacino, Joey 3 55.5556 37.5 50.5291 3/1/0/0
89 Aratake, Shingo 3 53.0612 20 49.0033 7/1/0/0
90 Martin, Jesse 3 52.0833 25 48.6111 4/1/0/0
91 Sollazzo, Daniel (LHS) 3 46.6667 25 47.1905 5/1/0/0
92 Bradley, Scott 3 44.4444 50 42.6587 3/1/0/0
93 Rodriguez, Jostin (TNY) 3 37.037 44.4444 39.8148 3/1/0/0
94 Craft, Peter 3 33.3333 44.4444 34.7222 3/1/0/0
95 Fitzgerald, Maura 1 40.2778 30.303 39.5833 4/0/1/0
96 Swatkins, Brian 0 75 20 63.3333 2/0/0/0
97 Costa, Victor 0 66.6667 0 60.5159 3/0/0/0
98 Heitner, Andrew 0 55.5556 33.3333 55.8862 3/0/0/0
99 Saltsman, James 0 55.5556 25 57.7381 3/0/0/0
100 Stroke, Shawn 0 55.5556 14.2857 55.5556 3/0/0/0
101 Coyle, Michael 0 55.5556 0 58.7302 3/0/0/0
102 Deering, Matt 0 55.5556 0 55.5556 3/0/0/0
103 Harding, Timothy 0 50 20 50 2/0/0/0
104 Aguanno, Christian 0 44.4444 33.3333 46.3624 3/0/0/0
105 Meadow, Eric (KoC) 0 44.4444 25 48.1481 3/0/0/0
106 Probasco, Andy 0 44.4444 14.2857 44.4444 3/0/0/0
107 Vitalis, Joseph 0 44.4444 0 49.4048 3/0/0/0
108 Marmulstein, Rion (DGK) 0 37.037 14.2857 43.4524 3/0/0/0

In the top 8:
David. Lisevick beat JP Kohler
Shawn Chen beat Michael Schaffancaker
Justin Gennari beat Joshua Lalo
Joe Brennan beat Dan Gaccioch

In the top 4:
Joe Brennan beat David Lisevick
Justin Gennari beat Shawn Chen

In the Finals:
Justin Gennari beat Joe Brennan

Top 8 decklists have been posted at:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1o5l7LvgTpVPdtlPKTuDIJ7d63WfOnfPz/view
All other lists are currently being typed up by the amazing Jostin Rodriguez and will be linked as soon as they become available.

Other notable victories:
JP Kohler- TMD OPEN 19 BINGO Winner
Shingo Aratake- Last place finisher(Still in after 7 rounds) and winner of signed “Totally Losts”
Andrew Farias and Mark Hornung- Winners of MTG Art paintings
Will Magrann- TMD OPEN 19 CARD THROWING CONTEST Winner (BACK TO BACK WINNER)
Team Cerebral Assassins(Justin Gennari, Dan Nelson, Tim Candee)- TMD OPEN 19 TEAM COMPETITION Winners
(This one was CLOSE. PHS(Joe Brennan, Dan Miller, and Zach Dobbin) had 42 points going into the top 8 compared to Cerebral Assassin’s 41. But since Justin won three matches in the top 8 to Joe Brennan’s two the nod went to the Cerebral Assassins)
Sam Dayton, Ryan Glackin, Mike Noble, Nick Cross (Team KFC)- TMD OPEN 19 TRIVIA Winners
Christian Aguanno- TMD OPEN 19 SIDE EVENT Winner
Nicholas DiJohn- TMD Open 19 Pirate Selfie Champion

Other thoughts on the day:
Everything went fine after the scare I got when I showed up on Friday to be told that the room was double booked for Saturday! Fortunately, the VFW figured out the goof and took care of everything!

FNM vintage had 10 people which was exactly 10 people more than would have been there if I was just setting up the room by myself so that seems to be something I want to keep doing. Moving forward I could see this growing and becoming a more attended part of the event.

The after party was a lot of fun. I think over the course of a few years this could grow to be a staple of the event as well.

Props to Eric Dupuis for uploading a stream of feature matches to his website. Please visit and support https://www.twitch.tv/BrainstormMTG. The specific video is posted at: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/260565025 . Although this is not a budgeted part of the event, Eric stepped up in a big way to bring coverage to watch and rewatch whenever you need your TMD Open fix.

Thanks again the VFW for hosting. And thank you all for being considerate around the club members. We are guests in their house after all.

If you had a good time, a good way to pay it forward is to help build the community by encouraging and helping someone interested in Vintage to get into the format. Loan some cards, carpool to an event, show them some MTGO content, etc. Let’s keep the momentum for Vintage going.

Until next time.

Thanks,
Ray

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Preamble- If you don’t read any of this report, please at least go to:
(https://www.facebook.com/groups/996053203846478/)
and share as much feedback as possible. That new group is for discussion of my next (date not yet determined event), but I want to store feedback there so it is in a place I will remember to make suggested improvements for the next event when planning time comes around. Oh and while I like my ego stroked as much as the next person, that isn’t what I am looking for here. I want any suggestions for improvement, no matter how large or small, for any part of the event. (Get rid of that category in trivia, no more playsets of Ancient Grudge for prizes, chocolate flavored fortune cookies, give Will MaGrann a pedestal to sit on, etc...literally any suggestions you can think of) Thanks!

TMD OPEN 17 – Official Tournament Organizer Report

TMD Open 17 was a day like no other, a day when the heat index kept trying to pass the number of players. And despite the air conditioners doing their best to keep up, the 126!!! players that participated were never faltered in making this a great event. For those who saw me running around and sweating up a storm, I felt your pain!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for coming out and supporting the event. Forgive me if you have heard me tell this story a million times, but one of my favorite memories ever was the anticipation and then the sheer joy of attending the “RonCon” Vintage events held in Danbury CT way back in 1994 and 1995. Ron Kolbig provided such a memorable tournament experience that I have been trying to give that back ever since. So what makes it all worth it is you all giving your time and effort to come out and play this great game. Thanks everyone for making the trip out.
That said, unfortunately I am so busy during the day. There are so many of you that I could have sat and talked to for hours (Nick Detwiler, John Lessard, etc.), old friends I haven’t seen in forever (Keith Johnson, Ben Kowal, Neil MacDonald, etc.) and new friends I am still making. For those of you whose conversations were cut short or who I seemed preoccupied as we talked, please forgive me and don’t take it personally, I was not trying to be rude. I usually just have my head in 5 other places at once during these events.
Will Magrann told me at the onset of the day that he liked the crown, and he refused to give it up as he held the “King of the Hill” title throughout the day becoming the second ever player to win 2 TMD Opens and the first to do it back to back!
The standings after 7 rounds of swiss looked like this:
Rank Name (Team, if applicable) Match Points Opp Match Win %
1 DiJohn, Nicholas (COK) 19 67.3469
2 Ata, David (D3) 18 72.7891
3 Greenbaum, Micah 18 61.2245
4 Lafreniere, John 18 60.8844
5 Parisi, Bernie (TBT2) 18 54.966
6 Nunez, David 18 53.1973
7 MaGrann, Will (DWB) 17 71.4286
8 Masley, Craig 17 66.3265
9 Markiton, Andy 16 64.6259
10 Seals, Keith (TBT2) 16 51.8367
11 Kohler, JP (TBT1) 15 70.068
12 Shay, Rich (DWB) 15 64.2177
13 Diab, Kenan 15 63.9456
14 Probasco, Andy (MOM) 15 61.9048
15 Kelsey, Chris (TPG) 15 61.2245
16 Dayton, William (TBA) 15 59.8639
17 Lim, Joel (TBA) 15 57.415
18 Ward, Brendan (MF#) 15 57.415
19 Fisher, Ryan 15 55.4422
20 Beaumont, Oliver (OHFT) 15 53.4014
21 Kowal, Ben (TEW) 15 52.381
22 Fisher, John 15 50.3175
23 Ferrante, Christopher 15 50.2721
24 Materewicz, Chris (FOW) 15 47.8231
25 Sees, Bill (TPG) 15 47.619
26 Fiorini, Joseph (TEW) 15 44.4218
27 Scalzo, Anthony (FOW) 15 43.8776
28 Watson, Colin (TBB) 12 63.2653
29 Brown, Joseph 12 61.9048
30 Hanson, Chris 12 60.8844
31 Lessard, John 12 59.7959
32 Eberhart, Ryan 12 59.5238
33 Swatkins, Brian 12 59.1837
34 Brennan, Dave (MF#) 12 56.1224
35 Dobbin, Zach 12 55.102
36 Brennan, Joe (AK1) 12 54.4218
37 Fleischmann, David 12 54.4218
38 Forino, Vinny 12 54.4218
39 Reichert, Samantha (TBA) 12 52.3129
40 Meckes, Josh 12 51.9728
41 Thompson, Nathan (FOW) 12 51.0204
42 Trevisan, Thiago 12 50.9524
43 Moss, Matthew 12 50.6803
44 Long, Michael 12 50.3401
45 Castrucci, Sam (AK1) 12 50
46 Briscoe, Ken 12 49.2517
47 Murray, Matthew (AKA- Nick Detwiler)12 48.9796
48 Lesnewski, Dylan 12 47.9592
49 Prendergast, Hunter 12 47.8912
50 Farias, Andrew (MOM) 12 46.9388
51 Proulx, Daniel 12 46.8027
52 Miller, Daniel (AK1) 11 43.4694
53 Nelson, Dan (IH) 10 46.9388
54 Grudzina, John (KFQ) 9 61.1111
55 Sims, Sam 9 58.8435
56 Robbins, Ben 9 57.4074
57 Zylinski, Stanislaw 9 56.8027
58 Zhong, Hank (KFQ) 9 56.4815
59 Pankiewicz, Chris 9 56.4626
60 Pistone, Michael 9 52.7778
61 Glackin, Ryan (COK) 9 52.381
62 Viskovich, Will 9 52.381
63 Grasso, Aj (TBT1) 9 52.0408
64 Fenton, Greg 9 51.5646
65 Came, Sean 9 51.0204
66 Noble, Mike (COK) 9 50.2041
67 Neiman, Luis 9 50
68 Aguanno, Christian 9 48.9796
69 Danis, Chris 9 48.2993
70 Beaupre, Jason 9 46.5306
71 Hollisian, Christopher 9 44.4898
72 Kohler, Justin 9 40.8163
73 Buck, Matt 9 36.3265
74 Lalo, Joshua 7 68
75 Seamen, Jason 6 64
76 Bradley, Scott 6 62.6667
77 Vallas, Nick 6 58.6667
78 Difebo, Dominic (TBT2) 6 53.9683
79 Moran, Tim 6 53.7415
80 Brophy, Sullivan 6 50.6667
81 Meyst, Rich (CODT) 6 50.6667
82 Beaver, Jeremy (TBT1) 6 50.3401
83 Pratt, Taylor 6 50
84 Harris, Visna 6 50
85 Pogbinsky, Arik 6 49.3333
86 Gennari, Justin (IH) 6 48.2993
87 Deering, Matthew 6 47.619
88 Rodriguez, Jostin (MF#) 6 44.898
89 Perrone, Daniel 6 44
90 Davis, Jonathan 6 40.8163
91 Walker, Andrew 6 37.1429
92 Joyce, John 3 77.7778
93 Compton, Travis 3 66.6667
94 Kaplan, Dave (D3) 3 66.6667
95 Mahr, Michael 3 66.6667
96 Laplante, Travis (CODT) 3 56.25
97 Seco, Daniel 3 55.5556
98 Carpenter, Jeff (OHFT) 3 55.5556
99 Chang, Roland (KFQ) 3 55.5556
100 Mostovych, Nicholas 3 55.5556
101 Kasten, Jordan 3 55.5556
102 Johnson, Keith 3 55.5556
103 Bard, Jacob 3 55.5556
104 Bunko, Matthew 3 52.0833
105 Celso, Jonathan (TBB) 3 52
106 Byer, Jon 3 50
107 Cady, James 3 47.9167
108 Desmond-Johnson, Brendan 3 46.6667
109 Rodgers, Jeff 3 46.0317
110 Dempsey, Brandon (TPG) 3 44.4444
111 Tuttle, Marc (IH) 3 44.4444
112 Gacioch, Daniel (CODT) 3 44.4444
113 Leith, Kyle 3 44.4444
114 Husney, Evan (D3) 3 33.3333
115 Maher, Kevin 1 44.4444
116 Spellman, Mark 0 66.6667
117 Allan, Brett 0 66.6667
118 MacDonald, Neil 0 55.5556
119 Foote, Isaac (TEW) 0 55.5556
120 Falbowski, Shawn (TBB) 0 55.5556
121 Ellsworth, Stefan (MOM) 0 50
122 Trayer, Kristopher 0 44.4444
123 Gates, Noah 0 44.4444
124 Canzanella, Michael 0 44.4444
125 Berry, Craig (DWB) 0 44.4444
126 Rudolph, Jeremiah (OHFT) 0 33.3333

In the top 8:
Craig Masley defeated Nicholas DiJohn
Bernie Parisi defeated John Lafreniere
David Nunez defeated Micah Greenbaum
Will Magrann defeated David Ata

In the top 4:
Craig Masley defeated Bernie Parisi
Will Magrann defeated David Nunez

In the Finals:
Will Magrann defeated Craig Masley

Top decklists will be typed up and included in a report by Diophan(Ryan Eberhart). When they are ready I will link them here:

Other notable victories:
Keith Seals- TMD OPEN 17 BINGO Winner
Jeff Rodgers- Last place finisher(Still in after 7 rounds) and winner of signed “Totally Losts”
Sullivan Brophy- TMD OPEN 17 SCAVENGER HUNT Winner
Dom DiFebo- TMD OPEN 17 CARD THROWING CONTEST Winner
Keith Seals, Dom DiFebo, Bernie Parisi(Team TBT2)- TMD OPEN 17 TEAM COMPETITION Winners
(This one was CLOSE. TBT2 had 43 points thanks to a top 8 win by Bernie Parisi , two teams (Full of Win and Team Banana) split second place with 42 points, and Team Dr. Will Berry went from 32 to 41 points thanks to the 9 points earned in the top 8 by Will.)
Ryan Glackin, Mike Noble, Greg Fenton, and Samantha Reichart (Team #BDLAmerica)- TMD OPEN 17 TRIVIA Winners
Neil MacDonald and Marc Tuttle(Prize Split in Finals)- TMD OPEN 17 SIDE EVENT Winners
???(I don’t remember, sorry)- TMD OPEN 17 FORTUNE COOKIE CLUE “GUESS THE CARD” Winner
(The card was Mage il-vec)

Other thoughts on the day:
I apologize that it was warm in the room. I went and played Bingo with all the little old ladies at this hall TWICE to make sure the AC was good. It was on high for the whole day, but the outside temperature was so unbearable coupled with 126 people in a room and it just wasn’t enough. I know the warm weather outside was beyond my control, but I still feel bad that it wasn’t as comfortable as it should have been in the hall.
I couldn’t get the computer to stream/record feature matches. I apologize for this…I had a few other people (Scott Hughes and Craig Masley) try to figure out the problem but none of us could get it to work.
Having the bar was a big plus! And I appreciate all of you handling it so maturely. There was no one(that I saw) he was so plastered that they caused a disturbance. Way to keep it classy, Vintage. Way to keep it classy!
Getting to your seat was way easier once we pulled the tables away from the wall. They probably should have been that way to begin with, so I apologize for the inconvenience when we did it during round 3.
Is there anyone with experience in acoustics and sound systems? I have always struggled with not blowing out people’s eardrums but also having everyone be able to hear announcements. There was a lot of yelling without the mike that I would like to avoid in the future so if an expert in this area could message me I would love to hear some advice.

We had multiple deckboxes with expensive amounts of cards turned in and recovered by their owners. It is refreshing being involved with a community of individuals with such high morals. Thank you.

Big thanks to a number of people:
CJ Stambaugh, Shawn Lucas, Steve Talbot, Jonathan Celso for their excellence in judging.
Phil Michener for running the snack bar.
Scott Hughes for helping setting up and taking things down.
Art Atwood for being such a wonderful host on behalf of the VFW.
Steve Talbot, Ross Merriam, Craig Berry, and Colin Watson for their generous donation of some of the door prizes.
Top Deck Games and Black Magic Games for being terrific vendors and for continuing to support Vintage.
And of course my beautiful wife, Karen Robillard who helped me keep my sanity through some tough parts of the planning process.

Until next time…may you always have a shuffle effect for your Brainstorms and may your sphere effects be plentiful.

Thanks,
Ray

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Preamble: Before getting into the official announcement, please allow me to ask two quick things of you that will help make this event incredibly fun and memorable for everyone.
1.) A fairly good estimate of attendance will ensure things like: enough pizza ordered, seating that is neither too little, nor too cramped, additional prize support as warranted, etc. Therefore, can I please, please ask that if you plan on attending let me know either via pm, posting in this thread, emailing me at iamfishman2000@hotmail.com, texting me at 860-605-3730, messaging me on facebook, choosing “attending” in the facebook event(coming soon), sending a carrier pigeon, etc. It is not a binding agreement, but it only takes a second and it will help me get a feel for attendance.
2.) Could I ask those of you who already know what an experience I try to make for each of my events tell others about this so that we can have a great turnout. With the infrequency of my events the last few years, there is a whole new generation of Vintage players who don't know about the TMD Open experience.

In return, I will promise to plan plenty into this event that will leave everyone with some lasting memory above and beyond the vintage they play. So without further ado…

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What: TMD OPEN 19 (TREASURE HUNT!)
(Check out https://www.facebook.com/groups/455436901463091/ for the event's discussion group)
Where: Oakville VFW
85 Davis St
Oakville, CT 06779
860-605-3730
(This place is literally 0.25 miles from the Waterbury town line, so you can still call it a Waterbury tournament)

When: May 12, 2018
Doors open at 10:00 am
Registration is 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Tourney Starts PROMPTLY at 11:00 am (To avoid a prolonged tournament, this will be strictly enforced. Latecomers may be subject to a round 1 loss.)

Cost: $50 Entry Fee
(Entry fee must be paid in cash. Because I don't work for a store, I don't have a credit card machine. I apologize in advance for the inconvenience)

Format: Type One with FIFTEEN proxies with a cut to top 8.

Prizes: (Above and beyond the many hundreds of dollars in prizes for all the side events) I will be using a “based on participants” prize scale for the main event prizes.

Prize Support based on 120 Participants
1st Prize –$1600 in cash + Free Entry at TMD Open 20 + an official TMD OPEN 20 Playmat + an official TMD Open 19 Playmat
2nd Prize –$800 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 19 Playmat
3rd-4th Prize –$400 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 19 Playmat
5th-8th Prize –$200 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 19 Playmat
9th-16th prize –$100 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 19 Playmat
17th prize - 17th prize - An official TMD OPEN 19 Playmat
18th-32 prize – Pack of Masters 25

Prize Support based on 110 Participants
1st Prize –$1400 in cash + Free Entry at TMD Open 20 + an official TMD OPEN 20 Playmat + an official TMD Open 19 Playmat
2nd Prize –$700 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 19 Playmat
3rd-4th Prize –$350 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 19 Playmat
5th-8th Prize –$175 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 19 Playmat
9th-16th prize –$75 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 19 Playmat
17th prize - 17th prize - An official TMD OPEN 19 Playmat
18th-32 prize – Pack of Masters 25

Prize Support based on 100 Participants
1st Prize –$1200 in cash + Free Entry at TMD Open 20 + an official TMD OPEN 20 Playmat + an official TMD Open 19 Playmat
2nd Prize –$600 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 19 Playmat
3rd-4th Prize –$300 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 19 Playmat
5th-8th Prize –$150 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 19 Playmat
9th-16th prize –$60 in cash + an official TMD OPEN 19 Playmat
17th prize - An official TMD OPEN 19 Playmat

“TREASURE HUNT” Special Events:
The theme of the last TMD open was “Quest for the Crown” (like those in Conspiracy 2). This TMD OPEN’s theme is “TREASURE HUNT”. Here is what that entails:
Pirate’s Booty: At the start of the event, every player will receive a pirate’s pouch that looks like this:

The contents will be a surprise, but they will be pirate/treasure themed and be things that you can use in the event.

Captain and His First Mate Table: Starting with current reigning champ Jarad Demick, the Captain and his First Mate Table will be one of two featured match tables each round. If Jarad keeps winning, he will always have a spot at the table. But, whoever beats Jarad will become the new Captain of the Ship and defend that table every round until they lose. And how will everyone know that you are the Captain of the Ship? Easy, of course…you will get to wear this sweet Pirate’s Hat letting everyone know you are the bravest pirate of the seven seas!

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Feed the Treasure Chest: Throughout the event there will be many opportunities for you to get these(everything from losing matches, to supporting the vendors, to acts of sportsmanship, etc:

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When you receive them, write your name legibly on the treasure card and deposit them in the treasure chest at the judge’s station that looks like this:

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During each round(and other times TBD) I will randomly choose treasure cards from the chest and give out prizes. I am still ordering prizes, but this is an example of the raffle prize pool from the last event:
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(In case you can’t tell from the picture, most of that stuff is either foreign or foil)

Additionally, if you think about what treasure is usually in a treasure chest you think of gold coins and jewels but occasionally there is also a painting in there as well. We have 2 such paintings to round out our giveaways:
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Pirate Crew Selfie: Ever see those large cutout image stands where you put your head through and have someone take your picture? How about a magic pirate themed one?

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Stick your face through, have someone take that picture, and upload it (or another image from the day) to a special thread in the TMD Open 19 Discussion Group. Whichever picture in the thread gets the most “Likes” by the end of the day will win a TMD Open 19 playmat.

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure: (This one will be a true measure of the honor system but I think as a community we can be honorable about this.) There will be a treasure chest with a few vintage playable Magic Cards in it that I will provide to start. Throughout the day, I will encourage people to regularly look through it for something they might “treasure” and in exchange for taking that card or cards they must put in a card or cards of greater monetary value that they consider “trash”. For example, maybe a shops player sees a Foil Hangarback Walker(current TCGPlayer Low= $6.79). They take that “sweet” card and leave behind a “useless” Near Mint Japanese Gush(current TCGPlayer Low = $8.97).
My hope is that we can grow the contents of the chest (while people getting cool stuff in the process) and use what is in there at the end of the day for some door prizes.

Other Competitions:
Free Side Event: At the end of round 3 we will be taking signups for a FREE tournament for an Italian Legends Mana Drain. The second place prize is to be determined. This free tournament will be single elimination.

Card Throwing Competition: Grab a land card, write your name on it, and flick it across the room. Farthest flung card wins a TMD OPEN 19 playmat. It is that simple! This will be held after the swiss rounds.

Team rivalry, a.k.a. Braggin Rights Supreme May 2018: Here is how its gonna go down. Teams of three will agree prior to the event to play as a team and will register (separate from a deck registration...it will be done on a different sheet of paper). Each team’s cost is $9...$3 per person. Then, at the end of the tournament, the teams with the highest combined number of match points(single elimination matches count as 3 points per match, just as in the swiss) will win.
If enough teams enter, there may be a second place prize or more, but the number of teams entering, and thus the collected entry fees, will determine the prizes. In the event of a tie for match points, the average opponent match win percentage from the swiss rounds of the three players on each team will be computed and compared.
After round 3 team designations will be inserted into players names, so teams may view each other team's players and match points on the pairings/standings.

FREE Magic Trivia: Some consider the most fun part of a TMD open to be Magic Trivia. This competition will test your Magic knowledge, take you down memory lane, and give you a fun-filled hour with friends. It is FREE to enter and all teams win prizes. The event starts after the Swiss rounds.

Other Information:
Proxies: (Borrowing from Nick Detwiler’s guidelines)
Most everyone on these forums knows what a proxy is. A proxy, for the TMD Open 18, will be defined as the following:
A Magic the Gathering card with the full name, card type (instant, sorcery, land, artifact, creature, enchantment, planeswalker), full mana cost and text clearly displayed. This can be done in one of two ways:

  1. Using a Sharpie, not pen or pencil, to fill in the required text on a card where it can clearly be read. (Revised lands are excellent for this, new commons and uncommons aren't usually, as they're darker, and far tougher to read.)
  2. Using acetone to remove certain text from a card that's close to the intended proxy (i.e. Lotus Bloom, with certain words removed to proxy a Black Lotus, Ancestral Visions with certain words removed to proxy an Ancestral Recall).
    Take pride in your proxies! Your opponents should know (at all times) what your proxies are, because they're clearly defined. Using 15 Swamps to make your proxies is a bad idea, as it's going to create confusion. If you're proxying Moxen, please, use a Land from each appropriate color to make a proxy for that Mox (i.e., a Mox Sapphire is on an Island, a Mox Jet is on a Swamp, a Mox Pearl is on a Plains...). Beyond that, please use your best judgment when creating your proxies - we know what will, and what won't, be easily recognizable.
    Your opponents should not ever be at a disadvantage because you don't own the cards. There is nothing wrong with using proxies as you slowly pick up the cards that you need to play Vintage, but please consider your opponents while you're making them, as we're out to make this an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
    If you're worried that your proxies may not pass muster, please speak to the head judge of the event before the event starts. Leave enough time to create new proxies, if necessary.
    Using paper printouts of card faces, and gluing them to cards, is not acceptable! This alters the thickness of the cards, making the cards marked, for all intents and purposes. Please don't do this, as the judges will be instructed to consider these as marked cards, and enforce punishment according to a DCI Competitive REL event!

Snacks & Meals: We will be selling pizza slices, soda, and other snacks all day long.

Parking: I found this ‘ere old treasure map fer the land where treasure be found. X’s mark where ye be parking, matey!

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ALSO: FRIDAY NIGHT MAGIC: VINTAGE EDITION

As you may have seen in my facebook poll, there is some interest in a small Friday night event for those arriving the day before who want to jam some games in and maybe win a round 1 bye. Here are the details:

Friday, May 11th at the VFW(Same at the main event the next day)
Format: 15 proxy vintage
Registration: 5:00-5:30pm
Round 1 of 4 starts promptly at 5:30
Entry: $25
Prize based on record: 4-0 = $100 and a round 1 bye for TMD Open 19
3-1 = $50

These prizes are based on 16 people. The $300 return on $400 is because I will put $100 to cover part of the cost of the hall Friday night(I am covering the rest of the Friday hall rental because I, and possibly the vendors, will also be setting up during this time). If we have more than 16 people though I will put more into the prize pool(maybe something for all the 2-2's for example).

Questions, comments, concerns? Please share them all here.

See you on May 12th,
Ray

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Preamble- If you don’t read any of this report, please at least go to:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/455436901463091/
and share as much feedback as possible. That new group is for discussion of my next (date not yet determined event), but I want to store feedback there so it is in a place I will remember to make suggested improvements for the next event when planning time comes around. Oh and while I like my ego stroked as much as the next person, that isn’t what I am looking for here. I want any suggestions for improvement, no matter how large or small, for any part of the event. (More giveaways, cut to top 16, more James Hangley, Friday night side event, louder microphone, more crowns to wear, etc...literally any suggestions you can think of) Thanks!

TMD OPEN 18 – Official Tournament Organizer Report

TMD Open 18 is officially in the books. Hard to believe that it has been roughly 15 years since the first TMD Open. The community of people involved with Vintage MTG never fails to leave me in awe. You are a wonderful group of people and I am happy that I get to put together something that people enjoy.
This was a particularly fun event to plan due to the “Quest for the crown” theme that ran through everything. Buying that royalty themed tablecloth brought me back to being a 5 year old and getting a themed birthday. It was fun to plan, and I only hope that WotC gives me another cool theme to play off from some element of a set like Clues or Monarch tokens.
As always I want to apologize to anyone who I couldn’t give my full attention to with the craziness of the day. On top of that, I still feel like there are people I know and sometimes in the craziness of it all my naturally-bad-with-names self gets even more out of whack. Please accept my apology if I seemed to not be fully with you at any point in the day.
The standings after 7 rounds of swiss looked like this:
Rank Name (Team, if applicable) Match Points Opp Match Win %
Rank Player # Name Match Points Opp Match Win %
1 107 Forino, Raffaele (NYS) 18 59.4558 68.4211 61.369 7/6/0/0
2 81 Probasco, Andy (GGs) 18 50.9524 81.25 50.0301 7/6/0/0
3 48 Compton, Travis (TMM) 18 50.3401 70.5882 50.9395 7/6/0/0
4 62 Dupre, Craig 18 48.9796 65 47.8851 7/6/0/0
5 110 Naidu, Akash 17 62.585 70.8333 57.5125 7/5/2/0
6 103 Farias, Andrew (GGs) 17 61.2245 75.5556 61.6614 7/5/2/0
7 74 Demick, Jarad 17 59.1837 75.5556 55.6398 7/5/2/0
8 92 Geras, Jonathan (2BB) 16 68.2993 83.3333 61.657 7/5/1/0
9 18 Seals, Keith (CB3) 15 63.9456 63.1579 59.198 7/5/0/0
10 63 Shay, Rich (CB3) 15 63.2653 68.75 58.6633 7/5/0/0
11 88 Greenbaum, Micah 15 60.2041 75 54.6752 7/5/0/0
12 114 Magrann, Will (CB3) 15 57.4603 62.5 55.9855 6/4/0/1
13 59 Zylinski, Stanislaw 15 57.415 62.5 55.8517 7/5/0/0
14 42 Swatkins, Brian (YCM) 15 56.8027 62.5 55.9757 7/5/0/0
15 78 McManis, Ellen (EVE) 15 52.7211 66.6667 52.6463 7/5/0/0
16 29 Fleischmann-Rose, David (TMM 15 52.381 64.7059 51.4197 7/5/0/0
17 30 Welsch, Charlie 15 51.9728 66.6667 50.9849 7/5/0/0
18 58 Patalano, Chrisopher 15 50.3401 63.1579 49.9394 7/5/0/0
19 22 Materwicz, Chris (FOW) 15 49.6599 64.7059 48.0354 7/5/0/0
20 98 Seco, DJ 15 49.2517 61.1111 49.5188 7/5/0/0
21 87 Miller, Daniel (AKN) 15 48.9116 64.7059 49.4541 7/5/0/0
22 85 DiFebo, Dominic (2BB) 15 46.2585 62.5 47.2042 7/5/0/0
23 38 Grasso, Jeff (OSS) 15 42.449 58.8235 43.1646 7/5/0/0
24 69 McOwen, Micah (OSS) 13 61.9048 62.2222 58.3388 7/4/1/0
25 96 Candee, Timothy 13 52.8345 54.386 49.8096 7/4/1/0
26 25 Rolko, Charles 13 52.4943 53.7037 52.8885 7/4/1/0
27 115 O'Neil, Will 12 63.0385 55.5556 60.2358 7/4/0/0
28 47 Fenton, Greg 12 60.8844 56.25 57.6082 7/4/0/0
29 16 Glackin, Ryan 12 59.1156 50 56.648 7/4/0/0
30 12 Chrisman, Christopher (WIS) 12 58.8435 58.8235 53.2937 7/4/0/0
31 5 Moss, Matt (RTS) 12 57.8231 50 57.3777 7/4/0/0
32 55 Chang, Roland (TQK) 12 56.4626 61.1111 52.8476 7/4/0/0
33 72 Ata, David 12 55.4422 52.6316 55.1018 7/4/0/0
34 60 Sorrentino, Michael 12 53.7415 55.5556 52.4574 7/4/0/0
35 61 Daliapes, Tom (SBT) 12 53.0612 62.5 50.7898 7/4/0/0
36 54 Kaplan, Dave (TQK) 12 53.0612 55.5556 50.754 7/4/0/0
37 26 Scalzo, Anthony (FOW) 12 51.9728 52.9412 51.015 7/4/0/0
38 57 Detwiler, Nick (NYS) 12 51.3605 50 51.5669 7/4/0/0
39 93 Nunez, David 12 50.3401 52.9412 48.0392 7/4/0/0
40 36 Jessing, Brian 12 49.932 57.8947 48.827 7/4/0/0
41 99 Scacca, Ryan 12 49.932 52.9412 47.514 7/4/0/0
42 53 Zhong, Hank (TQK) 12 49.6599 56.25 50.0543 7/4/0/0
43 41 Pyka, Jeff (MFD) 12 46.4286 56.25 46.5019 6/3/0/1
44 46 Mahr, Mickey 12 41.7687 50 42.3873 7/4/0/0
45 20 Brown, Joe 12 36.0544 50 38.9948 7/4/0/0
46 49 Saltsman, James 10 52.4943 52.0833 50.9632 7/3/1/0
47 67 Matthew, Brian (STH) 10 48.3333 52.0833 47.8672 6/3/1/0
48 75 Wagnon, Benjamin (EVE) 10 47.9592 46.2963 46.9841 7/3/1/0
49 100 O'Connell, Mark 10 45.6916 47.9167 46.8491 7/3/1/0
50 90 Marmulstein, Rion 10 45.0113 49.0196 46.9281 7/3/1/0
51 50 Kelly, Brian (STH) 10 41.3832 46.6667 43.3735 7/3/1/0
52 73 Rottendoogen, Brian (SBT) 9 71.4286 40 61.949 7/3/0/0
53 17 Potucek, Josh (STH) 9 65 46.6667 62.9121 6/3/0/0
54 80 Bhagat, Zohar 9 63.8889 50 56.8254 6/3/0/0
55 40 Attmore, Brett 9 58.5034 40 55.9524 7/3/0/0
56 113 Meckes, Joshua 9 55.7823 50 51.5114 7/3/0/0
57 95 Nelson, Dan 9 55.7823 43.75 53.0879 7/3/0/0
58 24 Copes, Bill 9 54.8148 52.9412 53.1184 6/3/0/0
59 39 Bradley, Scott (OSS) 9 50.9259 46.6667 52.8368 6/3/0/0
60 86 Beaver, Jeremy (2BB) 9 49.932 40 49.604 7/3/0/0
61 44 Brennan, Joe (AKN) 9 48.2993 47.0588 47.4196 7/3/0/0
62 77 Danis, Chris (EVE) 9 46.8707 40 50.0684 7/3/0/0
63 84 Prendergast, Hunter 9 46.2585 43.75 47.9096 7/3/0/0
64 45 Grasso, AJ 9 42.8571 37.5 46.6353 7/3/0/0
65 27 Lenox, Kyle 9 41.4966 52.6316 42.4112 7/3/0/0
66 83 Brophy, Sullivan (TMM) 9 41.4286 47.3684 44.5884 7/3/0/0
67 105 Proulx, Dan 7 50.3401 33.3333 51.2523 7/2/1/0
68 28 Seeth, James 7 43.5185 45.8333 45.8403 6/2/1/0
69 32 Walker, Andrew 7 37.5283 43.1373 40.496 7/2/1/0
70 31 Vander Ploeg, Kristofer 6 64.8148 35.7143 58.4583 6/2/0/0
71 76 Mangus, Peter (RTS) 6 64.5833 55.5556 56.6667 4/2/0/0
72 1 Watson, Colin (YCM) 6 62.6667 42.8571 58.1061 5/2/0/0
73 19 Zimmerman, Rober 6 62.037 37.5 58.4423 6/2/0/0
74 10 Higgins, Sean (NMR) 6 58.6667 41.6667 55.8419 5/2/0/0
75 97 Lapante, Travis (YCM) 6 58.6667 41.6667 55.1142 5/2/0/0
76 79 Chen, Shawn 6 57.3333 50 52.619 5/2/0/0
77 9 Hanson, Christopher (NMR) 6 52 45.4545 48.8578 5/2/0/0
78 21 Pace, Joe 6 51.3605 35.2941 50.4762 7/2/0/0
79 35 Cosenza, Chris 6 51.0204 38.8889 48.5767 7/2/0/0
80 33 Morawski, Jason 6 50.3968 37.5 47.8717 6/1/0/1
81 8 Dayton, Samantha (UOO) 6 47.9167 44.4444 48.6364 4/2/0/0
82 11 Lalo, Josh (NMR) 6 46.6667 46.1538 46.8065 5/2/0/0
83 94 Gennari, Justin 6 44.898 41.1765 45.2134 7/2/0/0
84 66 Stroke, Shawn (SBT) 6 37.0068 38.8889 38.6947 7/2/0/0
85 65 Savage, Michael (SWV) 4 49.0741 35.5556 50.6316 6/1/1/0
86 4 Merriam, Ross (TPS) 3 70.3704 42.8571 63.2937 3/1/0/0
87 104 Longo, John 3 70.3704 37.5 61.5079 3/1/0/0
88 89 DiJohn, Nicholas (AKN) 3 66.6667 50 61.9048 3/1/0/0
89 106 Spinelli, Brett 3 66.6667 50 55.1587 3/1/0/0
90 91 Grudzien, John 3 66.6667 42.8571 57.9365 3/1/0/0
91 43 MacDonald, Neil (MFD) 3 56.25 33.3333 54.1667 4/1/0/0
92 108 Forino, Vincent (NYS) 3 55.5556 50 50.463 3/1/0/0
93 34 Tuttle, Marc 3 55.5556 44.4444 49.2063 3/1/0/0
94 56 Egan, Michael 3 55.5556 42.8571 54.7619 3/1/0/0
95 71 Craft, Peter 3 55.5556 37.5 50.0661 3/1/0/0
96 68 Spicola, Joseph 3 55.5556 28.5714 55.5556 3/1/0/0
97 112 Fischer, William (RTS) 3 49.3333 35.7143 47.3504 5/1/0/0
98 37 Moran, Timothy 3 48.1481 44.4444 47.597 3/1/0/0
99 51 Tirado, David (SWV) 3 44.4444 33.3333 51.5873 3/1/0/0
100 64 Snyder, Jareth 3 44.4444 29.4118 47.8758 6/0/0/1
101 3 Meyst, Rich (TPS) 3 44.4444 28.5714 46.0317 3/1/0/0
102 15 Parthie, Tiffany 3 41.4966 27.7778 44.4527 7/1/0/0
103 109 Ellsworth, Stefan (GGs) 1 66.6667 29.1667 58.3333 3/0/1/0
104 111 Akhundzaden, Amir 1 51.8519 19.0476 49.2063 3/0/1/0
105 6 Monks, Michael (UOO) 0 100 0 100 1/0/0/0
106 2 Gacioch, Daniel (TPS) 0 75 20 60 2/0/0/0
107 52 Cohen, Adam (SWV) 0 66.6667 25 57.7381 3/0/0/0
108 70 Lennon, Trent 0 66.6667 25 56.5476 3/0/0/0
109 13 Hritz, Mike (WIS) 0 66.6667 14.2857 63.6905 3/0/0/0
110 101 Van Vliet, Clark 0 55.5556 14.2857 53.9683 3/0/0/0
111 14 Golueke, Ryan (WIS) 0 55.5556 0 59.5238 3/0/0/0
112 102 Martin, Jesse 0 44.4444 33.3333 45.8333 3/0/0/0
113 23 Thompson, Nathan (FOW) 0 44.4444 0 47.619 3/0/0/0
114 82 Maher, Kevin (MFD) 0 44.4444 0 44.4444 3/0/0/0
115 7 Dayton, William (UOO) 0 33.3333 14.2857 38.8889 3/0/0/0

In the top 8:
Jonathan Geras defeated Raffaele Forino
Jarad Demik defeated Andy Probasco
Travis Compton defeated Andy Farias
Craig Dupre defeated Akash Naidu

In the top 4:
Jonathan Geras defeated Craig Dupre
Jarad Demick defeated Travis Compton

In the Finals:
Jarad Demick defeated Jonathan Geras

Top decklists have been typed up by Diophan(Ryan Eberhart). Thanks so much for this, Ryan! Lists and a full metagame breakdown can be found here:
http://www.themanadrain.com/topic/1153/tmd-open-18-top-8-and-metagame-breakdown

Other notable victories:
Dan Miller- TMD OPEN 18 BINGO Winner
Tiffany Parthie- Last place finisher(Still in after 7 rounds) and winner of signed “Totally Losts”
Craig Dupre(135 Storm)- Highest Storm Count Winner
Sullivan Brophy(24 Zombies)- Most Bridge from Below Zombies Winner
Mark O’Conner(13/13)- Largest Arcbound Ravager Winner
Brian Jessing(6 Creatures)-Most 2-3 Mana Creatures Winner
Stefan Ellsworth(24 Monks)- Most Monk Tokens Winner
Will Magrann- TMD OPEN 18 CARD THROWING CONTEST Winner
Jer Beaver, Dom DiFebo, Jon Geras(Team 2BB)- TMD OPEN 18 TEAM COMPETITION Winners
(This one was CLOSE. 2BB had 46 points thanks to 2 top 8 wins by Jon Geras. Two teams (Craig Berries-CB3 and Team Mostly Mulligans-TMM) split second place with 45 points.)
Stefan Ellsworth, Andy Farias, Andy Probasco, Jesse Martin (The GGs)- TMD OPEN 18 TRIVIA Winners
Nicholas DiJohn)- TMD OPEN 18 SIDE EVENT Winner
Roland Chang- Most Monarch Tokens and winner of a Birds of Paradise painting

Other thoughts on the day:
The AC and the sound system both seemed to be better but are continued works in progress. I will always strive to make the experience better and better.
Joe Pace worked with some other people to collect a whole big stack of Monarch tokens to give to me. They wanted to show their appreciation and have me take the painting prize. I would never want to take something for myself that I am using as a prize. It defeats the whole purpose of what I try to do with my events. What I will say is that the thought behind the act, a very kind, heartwarming gesture was still 100% effective. I was very touched and would like to thank those of you who were involved in the collection of the tokens! It was remarkably nice!
The after party was a little more segmented than the previous year. I think maybe a big get together dinner Friday night might be a better way to add some comradery into the event. Perhaps we can use the hall for a small Friday night event as I setup the hall for Saturday and go out for dinner and drinks afterwards.
I got coverage streaming, but not recording and still no commentary. I’d like to do that in the future and believe that there may be an opportunity to make it happen with some volunteers. If you would like to be a part of helping improve this part of the event, please let me know as the next event is being planned.
The table setup seemed to make movement around the room fairly easy. I will try to use a similar setup moving forward.

Big thanks to a number of people:
CJ Stambaugh, Chris Ocampo, Joe Achille, and Trevor Gulley for their excellence in judging. They went above and beyond in their professionalism, diligence, and they added a lot to the event experience. And big congrats to CJ for pulling the Beta Time Walk.
Phil Michener, former student and up and coming magic pro, for running the concessions.
Scott Hughes for helping setting up and taking things down.
Art Atwood for being such a wonderful host on behalf of the VFW.
Top Deck Games and Black Magic Games for being terrific vendors and for continuing to support Vintage. Thanks Calvin for the donation of many great door prizes that were given away during the day and as additional prize support for magic trivia.
The crew from Wisconsin that travelled all that way to play in the event. It was a blast to meet you guys and I hope if it is in the cards that you might make it back.
And of course my beautiful wife, Karen Robillard who helped me keep my sanity through some tough parts of the planning process.

Until next time…may you enjoy just a single Gush and Gitaxian Probe.

Thanks,
Ray

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Yeah...just saw that. Fixed it. Thanks

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Huge thanks for doing this guys! You rock!

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Attendance List So Far
1.) Matthew Moss
2.) Keith Grim
3.) Greg Hughes
4.) Jarad Demick
5.) Justin Gennari
6.) David Matthew Nunez
7.) Tim Candee
8.) Dan Nelson
9.) James JP Kohler
10.) Mark Hornung
11.) Sean Came
12.) Kenan Diab
13.) Rich Shay
14.) James P Hangley III
15.) Raffaele Forino
16.) Vincent Forino
17.) James Rocheleau
18.) William Dayton
19.) Samantha Dayton
20.) Chris Danis
21.) Will Magrann
22.) Daniel Miller
23.) Andrew Farias
24.) Chris Hanson
25.) Skee Monoblack
26.) Matthew Murray
27.) Joe Brennan
28.) Sullivan Brophy
29.) Josh Lalo
30.) Sean Higgins
31.) Dan Sollazzo
32.) Greg Fenton
33.) Amir Akhundzadeh
34.) Sahaj Viradia
35.) Carlos M Santos
36.) Joel Lim
37.) Neil MacDonald
38.) James Doheny
39.) John Grudzina
40.) Christian Aguanno
41.) Nicholas DiJohn
42.) Michael Scheffenacker
42.) David Fleischmann-Rose
43.) Jon Byer
44.) Kevin Maher
45.) Hunter Prendergast
46.) Chris Pankiewicz
47.) Vasu Balakrishnan
48.) Jacob Bard
49.) Tom Corrado Metelsky
50.) Ben Feingersh
51.) Josh Langdon
52.) Ryan Fisher
53.) Dominic DiFebo
54.) Rich Meyst
55.) Dan Haberek
56.) Timothy John
57.) Ben Wagnon
58.) Ryan Glackin
59.) Mickey Mahr
60.) Mike Noble
61.) Jer S Rudolph
62.) R Jeremy Desrosiers
63.) Travis Compton
64.) Joey Sacino
65.) Chris Cosenza
66.) Sam Mandeville
67.) Jonathan Geras
68.) Michael Keller
69.) Dean Harris
70.) Leon Anton
71.) Shawn Chen
72.) Mike Brum
73.)
74.) Jason Morawski
75.) Matt Paquet
76.) Scott Bradley
77.) Josh Meckes
78.) David Lisevick
79.) D.j. Seco
80.) Roland Chang
81.) Kenny Loiterman
82.) Stephen Harvey
83.) Zach Dobbin
84.) Maura Fitzgerald
85.) Eric Meadow
86.) Joe Vitalis
87.) Bill Copes
88.) Ryan Scacca
89.) Zohar Bhagat
90.) Akash Naidu
91.) Matt Deering
92.) Jeremy Beaver
93.) Peter Craft
94.) Joseph Spicola
95.) Ashok Chitturi
96.) Eric Dupuis
97.) Micah Beren Greenbaum
98.) Jeff Rodgers
99.) Jesse Martin
100.) Joe Spicola
101.) Brian Swatkins
102.) Daniel Gacioch
103.) Brian Kelly
104.)
105.) Shawn Stroke
106.) James Saltsman
107.) Tom Daliapes via Shawn Stroke
108.) Brian Rottendoogen via Shawn Stroke
109.) Michael Sorrentino via Shawn Stroke
110.) Jostin Rodriguez
111.) Ben Lukas
112.) Mason Sokol
113.) Craig Dupre
114.) Dale Gigliotti
115.) Bryan Palace
116.) Daniel Atticus Proulx
117.) William O'Neil
118.) Elz Antunez
119.) Nathaniel Hoffman
120.) August West
121.) Jeremy Tibbetts
122.) Brett Spinelli
123.) Steve Carpenter
124.) John Hogan M.D.
125.) Travis Laplante
126.)
127.)
128.)

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Also: giveaway prize pool!
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We are now over the 100 person mark. If you want to be assured a spot now is the time to let me know to sign up!

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More prizes picked up at GP: Hartford today.
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Also, first contest is live in the facebook discussion group.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/455436901463091/