MTG Worlds 2011 Plan of Action

A number of people have started discussing what they can do in order to make their voices heard regarding the recent decision by Wizards of the Coast to cancel Magic Worlds as we know it (among other things).

For those who may not fully understand the history of this, Worlds is a hugely important tournament for international Magic, and the most historic institution on the Pro Tour. The Regionals/Nationals/Worlds Pro Tour chain represents a tremendous dream for every Magic player in every part of the world. The decision to do away with this revered event after 2011 is extremely worrying. In fact, the decisions that Wizards of the Coast Organized Play (OP) have made recently seem to signal a move where five years from now we won’t have a Pro Tour unless we do something about it now.

I’m guessing that the Pro Tour players at Worlds will have some form of protest in store, but more importantly, what can those of us who care about Worlds, the Pro Tour, and the health of competitive Magic in general do to support them? We represent a much larger population of players and money than those who will be attending Worlds and showing that you disagree with the recent changes is at least as important as what those guys have to say.

I’m proposing two things, both of which coincide with the upcoming events in San Francisco:

1)      From Thursday Nov 17 until Sunday Nov 20, don’t log in to Magic Online. If you want to make your voice heard, hit Wizards of the Coast in the pocket book. Magic Online is the biggest cash cow they have and is central to every strategy they have for the game going forward. Assuming you are a regular player, your absence from that platform for four days WILL be noticed.

2)      Boycott your local Friday Night Magic on November 18. We keep hearing from OP that Friday Night Magic is more important than ever, so show solidarity with other players from around the world in not attending. The entire organized play system is tied together, but you need to show that decisions made that affect the Pro Tour are extremely important to FNM players as well.To clarify: You can still go and play EDH or a casual draft or what have you to continue to support your LGS (or even better, play board games like Puerto Rico/Agricola/Learn Ascension?), but just refuse to FNM that night. Explain to your friends why you are doing this and why it matters to you, and get them to join in.

I’ve seen a ton of outrage on the internet about this, and I am cheered that so many players have seen through the spin of the Press Releases to the real issues. However, to make sure that WotC truly understands how important these changes are, you need to take action.

Best of luck,
–CardGame
@mixedknuts on Twitter

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13 responses to “MTG Worlds 2011 Plan of Action

  1. To anyone saying that local card shop shouldn’t take the hit, I respectfully disagree. Getting store owners upset would be a net positive if you believe these issues are so important they might impact whether or not you keep playing. The store owner should want the game to be fully supported at high levels as well. Also, I wouldn’t risk my voice not being heard to preserve 1 FNM’s worth of revenue for a local store. Last but not least, you can still show up, buy some singles or packs and do a nonsanctioned draft (good opportunity to try Team Draft, random teams).

  2. I dont see a reason to play magic anymore. It is fun, it IS awesome, but it is also expensive (and now not even rewarding), so I will just do something else.

    This way not even modo is useful anymore.

  3. My only disagreement with this article is that it won’t take 5 years to eliminate the Pro Tour at this rate. Its lost in the annals of history, but Worlds 2012 = Vs Pro Circuit Indy 2008. I hope nobody plays a highlander deck at Worlds next year.

  4. Moscow store “Unicorn” (probably the largest store in Europe) officially canceled FNM on November 18.

    bit.ly/uHCfrc – statement under this link is in Russian, so I’m sorry for any inconvenience, but I think that google translate will help if needed.

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