• The Transition Zone: Using the WizKids Events System

    If you are going to move from casual to a more competitive play arena, the WizKids events system is how your movement and experience will be tracked. Here you will find many helpful ways to determine where, what and when the competitive scene looks like for you in your area.

    First off, make sure you have a username and password already set up for the site. You can find the basic sign-in information below. Next, you will want to go to your own personal profile page and set up basic things like your username, avatar and location. Location information will help determine other areas down the road. This is what the sign-in page looks like:




    Next, begin your quest for the top of the leaderboard by trying to find areas around you that may be participating in WES officially scheduled competitions. The search page will look like this:





    Take that and search for locations in your area. For me, in NW Ohio, there are results that popped up showing me stores in my area. Here you will find a few different stores that are actively participating in the WES hosting games like Dice Masters, HeroClix, Attack Wing and others and are listing their events. Select a a store to bring up their profile like so:



    As you can see from the page, there are store locations you can look into for more information. Here is one of my favorite FLGSs in Toledo, Checkmate Games. When you explore their page you see information about the store, where they are located, what type of events they run and what events are coming up.


    The important part of this I wanted to point out is found here in events. This is how you can find out what kind of events are coming to a store near you and how you can get involved. Let's click on an event in the list and see the details that it describes:



    Here you can see the details for the upcoming event. The location, time, price, starting time, format and any other details that go into that event. Here is also where you can register and see who is already registered for the event. The Tournament Organizer/Volunteer will also be listed. If you stores are like ours, you will see notes at the bottom of the page for the event that may specify things like the types of basic actions, cards or other details you need to be ready for. I think this is an area that gets overlooked easily, as I have heard people walk into events saying things like "wait, I thought you could use ____". Be prepared and you won't be surprised when you get there.


    Hopefully this introduces some of the details when it comes to registering and playing competitively through the WizKids Event System. Good luck and keep gaming!
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. fun4willis's Avatar
      fun4willis -
      How many of you have picked a store, registered (or not) and showed up based on a WES event listing? Did you call the store first?

      In my location there are not as many events as I'd like, so I am looking to drive to MI or OH. Just wondering what others experiences has been.
    1. hwetzel's Avatar
      hwetzel -
      In Toledo if you show up you get to play. At least that's been my experience. Whether you registered ahead or not.
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      I called first on the way to my first local event. Mostly just wanted to confirm since its a good 30 minute drive. Signing up on the site helps ensure your spot as well, in case there are too many folks that show. I know my stores often only have a feed or two of any particular product, and if 15 folks showed there might not be enough packs to actually draft. 15*12 is 180 packs, if even one pack from a feed is sold, someone sits out.
    1. IsaacBV's Avatar
      IsaacBV -
      Signing up also lets others see that it is worth the drive potentially because people are interested
    1. jevansfp's Avatar
      jevansfp -
      Great article! Only once have we had on of our local stores cap attendance based on WES signups. Checkmate (mentioned above) got their hands on a couple of AvX GFs and a Phoenix Force OP kit earlier this month. They were going to have enough AvX packs for rainbow drafting and prizes for 6, so they capped registration, announced it well ahead of time that they would be doing so and we all had to wait on our email notifications. Worth mentioning that when you designate a FLGS as a "favorite" in WES, they send you email notifications when they set up new events. I was camping with my sons' Boy Scout troop with limited cell coverage the moment this event went live. Thankfully @IsaacBV texted me and I could drive to a location with better coverage to sign up in time. (3 guesses as to who won that event - the first 2 don't count - I enjoyed second place).
    1. chalos13's Avatar
      chalos13 -
      Yeah, I encourage players to sign up on the WES, it makes less work for the Judge signing everyone up at the event, and like @IsaacBV said, other people looking at events see that there are already others going. I have judged whether to make the drive to other shops before based on pre-registration.
    1. fun4willis's Avatar
      fun4willis -
      After running my first event on the WES System I have some questions:

      1) If a participant does not have a WES account, how do you deal with this person in the system? Create a guest account? Make them create one?
      2) What if a participant does not wish to give out there email address?
      3) Is is possible for someone to change their WES username?
      4) Is is possible to delete an event? (I tried to cancel one, but it did not get removed. Although the website did state it was a cancelled event.)
      5) SoS = Strength of Schedule? How is this calculated? What is the practical use of this?
      6) Is there documented support for determining fellowship?

      Overall I had a very positive experience. It was straightforward to reseat participants as we used our own pairings, although I could see us relying on the system as we become more familiar with it. I highly suggest if you are not working with the system now, give it a try! Two participants attending, who had previous negative experiences with the site from their "Clix days", were impressed with site in its current form and the ease of use.
    1. pk2317's Avatar
      pk2317 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fun4willis View Post
      After running my first event on the WES System I have some questions:

      1) If a participant does not have a WES account, how do you deal with this person in the system? Create a guest account? Make them create one?
      2) What if a participant does not wish to give out there email address?
      3) Is is possible for someone to change their WES username?
      4) Is is possible to delete an event? (I tried to cancel one, but it did not get removed. Although the website did state it was a cancelled event.)
      5) SoS = Strength of Schedule? How is this calculated? What is the practical use of this?
      6) Is there documented support for determining fellowship?

      Overall I had a very positive experience. It was straightforward to reseat participants as we used our own pairings, although I could see us relying on the system as we become more familiar with it. I highly suggest if you are not working with the system now, give it a try! Two participants attending, who had previous negative experiences with the site from their "Clix days", were impressed with site in its current form and the ease of use.
      1) I'd just do a guest account for that night. Have them make one later if they want to for future use.

      2-4) I don't know :-P

      5) Yes - helps break ties. Example: 8 person draft, you have 3 different people who go 2-1. SOS helps see who came in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

      6) Up to you. Some stores do second place, some have players vote, some have "most creative team", some give it to the judge.
    1. fun4willis's Avatar
      fun4willis -
      Does anyone know the difference, when setting up an event, between Standard and Dice Masters scoring method?