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of Social Play
I'm sure most of you reading this are fully aware of all
monetary advantages of playing in tournaments and the
like. Yeah, you can
win prizes. Yeah, you can get a fat check. You
can even work to get your
ranking up and/or get enough DCI/Pro tour points to get
qualified for life.
But what are some of the other experiences that come with
First of all, look at the social
aspects. For lack of a better term, one
of my customers likes to call game stores, "the
singles bars of the gaming
world." In a sense, he is right. If your
game spot is worth it's salt, when
you walk in, it's a lot like Cheers. You know the
store owner. You know all
of the regulars. A new player can walk in and catch
a game with anyone. You
can come in and talk strategy, go over decklists, and just
compare notes on
the game. Other times, you can just come in to shoot
the breeze with your
friends. By playing in competitive events, you get a
bit of bonding and
quality time. you get to share your hobby, and for
some a lifestyle, with
others that feel the same way you do about your game.
Some people have a
larger flair for the game than others, but you all feel at
passionate about it in some way. Think about it.
You have to have something
within this game driving you and/or peaking your curiosity
if you are reading
Social events add a bit of spice to
something that can become repetitive.
If you continually play the same people, with the
same cards, with the same
ideas, and most likely, the same decks, the game can get
real boring real
fast. There is a likely chance that people that
interact more on a social
level with any hobby or game enjoy more and stick with it
general, social interaction just makes the game more
Participating in tournaments and other
social events also opens a lot of
avenues that may not normally be available to you.
You might find out two or
three of the store regulars are going to a Pro Tour
Qualifier you wanted to
travel to and they are offering up a ride. There
might be a card you were
looking for, but no one in your regular game group has it.
There might even
be a card you want to get rid of, but not of your gaming
group wants it. You
also get to see other decks and ideas, that you might not
get exposed to
Another thing to consider are the long
term friendships and bonds that
are created. I am sure many of you tournament
regulars can relate to this.
I know that I personally have had many people that I loved
to play and
disliked playing over the years. However, even the
people I didn't like
playing against all that much still had somewhat of an
appeal to them. Maybe
as a gamer. Maybe as a fellow player. For some
unknown reason though, you
feel a little bit of a bond with those people sometimes.
On guy I thought
really annoyed me many years ago, but as time went by, we
started to become
pretty good friends. Funny thing was, our whole
rivalry started because I
was a Dallas Cowboys fan and he was a Houston native (Oilers/Titans
many of the qualifiers were held in the Houston area.
It really had nothing
to do with Magic, but the common bond of the game brought
us to the same
Something to remember is that most of
the people that participate in
these events do more than just play Magic. A good
example to use would be
one of our cash tournaments. Average turnout is
about 30 players. Just off
the top of my head, the occupations represented in any one
of our events
includes: 2 lawyers, 2 internet consultants, 1 food
service personnel, 2
waitstaff, 2 bookstore employees, 4 students, 1 convenient
store manager, 2
computer programmers, and 1 public school teacher.
And that's just off the
top of my head. There are a lot of different
personalities out there. There
are a lot of different people out there that play this
Just participating in social Magic
events shows you the different kinds
of people that enjoy the game. You find many people
you can relate to. You
also get to see all the different reasons that people
play. For some, the
one Friday Night Magic tournament they play in is there
one guilty pleasure
for the week. For others, it's just a neat hobby and
pastime. For some it's
a great way to test out decks before you take them home
and sash your
neighbors face in with it (I mean this metaphorically, as
in winning a game.
I would never condone violence). To each his own.
Different things make
different people tick. There are often times, we go
basketball, or get together at my place to watch wrestling
Many times, it's just open invite to whoever is in the
store and is
interested at the time. The fellowship always seems
to find away to extend
itself out a long way from the table.
Even now, we have United States
Nationals happening as you read this.
It's a chance for dedicated players to win the opportunity
to represent our
nation on the World level. It's amazing to think
about, but this simple game
offers so much to so many different people in so many
Just remember that the game has
different meanings to different people.
Don't think about it in a linear way. Pre-releases,
Friday Night Magic,
sealed deck, booster draft, constructed, Standard,
Extended; there is
something for everyone. Try to enjoy the moment of
each game more. Try to
take in more of the tournament experience. Try not
to let a new person walk
away from a tournament that you played in without getting
from you. Expand your horizons. Enjoy it for
all it's worth.
Hasta la bye bye,
name: DeQuan Watson
readers have gathered a lot of information about me
writings. For those of you that haven't though, this
should tell you a
I'm 23 years old and I own my own
business. Well, more accurately I own a
game store. The Game Closet, my store is one of the
premiere places to play
in the Texas. I play Magic on a pretty regular
basis. I help people build
decks and teach the game to people multiple times a week.
Owning a store is
neat, because it gives me another perspective to write my
articles from. I
can usually tell what the average player likes and can
judge some of the
tendencies of the average player a little better.
However, I know a decent bit about pro
level play as well. I myself have
played on the Pro Tour. I have multiple Top 8
finishes at Pro Tour
Qualifiers. I also have made Day Two at two Grand
Prix tournaments. I was
also invited to the Event horizons Invitational last year.
These are not
stellar achievements, but high enough to let you know I
have my head on
straight when talking about the game. I also spend lots of
time each week
talking to, e-mailing, or chatting with top level players.
I get to see
their perspective on a lot of things as well.
Between the two, I think I get
a good sense of balance of the game.
Most importantly, I still enjoy the
game for the sake of the game itself.
I like the time, the competition, and the general
interaction of players. I
plan to be playing it until it goes away...if it ever