Every gamers dream would be to make it to the big stage in the games they play, and that fact is no less true for card gamers, especially one as competitive as Magic: The Gathering or MTG. This weekend, we took a look at one of the highest levels of play at the Magic The Gathering Nationals in Malaysia, whereby the winner will get a chance to compete at the World Championships as well as earn their flight tickets as well as allowances for their travel. With stakes as high as that, many players from across the nation all made their way to Quill City Mall last weekend and the atmosphere was intense and we went along for the ride.
In huge events such as the Nationals, players would have to battle it out across two days whereby they would play 3 rounds of Standard, which is the present format, and 3 more rounds of Limited Draft, which is basically like the Arena in Hearthstone, whereby players draft their decks on the fly. Take a look at some of the players below during their first round:
Here are some of the players drafting their decks during the booster draft section:
One of the key characteristics of huge MTG events such as these would be that it is a true test of endurance as players will be playing through over 8 hours of non-stop games, with little to no time in-between. Usually, the crowd of participants starts to thin out throughout the day as after you have lost 2 matches, you would most likely gauge your chances of reaching the top 8 to be rather slim, and usually, if you managed to keep your losses to just 2 losses, you would most likely be able to move on to the next day.
However, while the main event is full of competitive players looking to get their name out there, there are also some players who are there just to dwell in the atmosphere while playing casual games such as EDH to pass the time. We decided to play a few games ourselves and if you look at the table below, you could say that things escalated rather quickly.
Needless to say, most of our EDH games were total chaos and resulted in many tide-turning battles. Nevertheless, in huge events such as these, casual formats such as EDH, helps bring different players together as well as foster new connections. All in all, for those who have not participated in events of this scale, should definitely do so, if not to win, then for the experience at playing with individuals from different walks of life.