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    Midwest Dice Masters Open - September 12, 2015

    On September 12th, 2015, the MOKAN Dice Masters Club of Kansas City was proud to host the 1st annual Midwest Dice Masters Open. A total of 37 players from all over Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa came to compete, and after 8 rounds of play, Kansas City's own Paul Roberts ( @Isawa_mo ) claimed the title of Midwest Open Champion. Gabe Isbell ( @Gabe ) and Josh Temple ( @riothebeast ), both from Iowa, finished in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.

    The tournament took place at Recruits Con in the Kansas City suburb of Lee's Summit. The convention officials were kind enough to give us our own event space to use, complete with an A/V system for announcing matchups and recording/displaying the game at our feature table.

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    Our tournament was Constructed, with 4 rounds of Swiss pairings, followed by a top 16 single-elimination bracket. We decided to mix the formats for two reasons. The first reason was that we had prize support for the top 16, top 8, top 4, and 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place. We wanted to use a bracket to decide those prize winners. Secondly, we wanted to give everyone the best possible chance of winning the title. With Swiss rounds, you play until only one player is left without a loss. We wanted the people with one loss (especially those who ran into a bad matchup early on) to still have something to play for. This format worked out well. We used final life totals as a tiebreaker for seeding the bracket, and to determine the few 2-2 players who would make the top 16 cut.

    By The Numbers

    Before we get into the results, here is a breakdown of which cards were used by the top 16 teams. The single most popular card was the rare Blue-Eyes White Dragon; however, if you add together the numbers for Trainer and Recruiting Young Mutants, then PXG comes out on top.

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    The Final 16

    Full results can be found here.

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    Gabe and Paul in the championship match.
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    1st Place - Paul Roberts

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    Here's is Paul's winning team.

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    2nd Place - Gabe Isbell

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    You can find Gabe's writeup about his team here.

    3rd Place - Josh Temple

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    Feature Table Videos

    Throughout the tournament, we had a feature table where we recorded games in each round. Those videos will be posted sometime soon. Among others, you'll get to see Gabe's Infinite Burn in action, and Dan Stegner's turn 3 kill against Wade Brazee.

    Thank you to everyone who attended, and everyone who supported this inaugural event. We can't wait to do this again next year!

    EDIT: By request, here are all of the rosters for the top 16 teams.
    Paul - http://www.dicemastersdb.com/team-bu...1334-3;7034-3;
    Gabe - http://www.dicemastersdb.com/team-bu...5137-3;1272-3;
    Josh - http://www.dicemastersdb.com/team-bu...3048-2;3051-1;
    Kevin - http://www.dicemastersdb.com/team-bu...1160-3;3101-1;
    Marcus - http://www.dicemastersdb.com/team-bu...3058-1;3048-1;
    Dan - http://www.dicemastersdb.com/team-bu...3048-3;1349-1;
    EJ - http://www.dicemastersdb.com/team-bu...1349-1;3074-3;
    Ben - http://www.dicemastersdb.com/team-bu...1349-1;1309-1;
    John - http://www.dicemastersdb.com/team-bu...1259-1;1566-3;
    Keeley - http://www.dicemastersdb.com/team-bu...1566-3;1562-3;
    Pat - http://www.dicemastersdb.com/team-bu...3074-1;5003-3;
    Peyton - http://www.dicemastersdb.com/team-bu...1410-4;5039-2;
    Bobby - http://www.dicemastersdb.com/team-bu...1165-3;3074-1;
    Piper - http://www.dicemastersdb.com/team-bu...1395-2;1505-3;
    Vaughn - http://www.dicemastersdb.com/team-bu...5050-2;7137-3;
    Dominic - http://www.dicemastersdb.com/team-bu...3088-2;3074-1;
    Last edited by geneinkc; 09-15-2015 at 05:27 PM.

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    Awesome! Sounds like a ton of fun, and awesome trophies!
    @Dave , @RJRETRO , can we front-page this?

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    This looks like an amazing event. I wonder what kind of logistics were needed to run this kind of event. It certainly looks like fun though, I'll give it that! Looking at the first place team, I think I have an idea of how it was piloted but I'd love to hear from the winner.

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    I'd say keep fielding Wasps, Johnny Storm to punish your opponent, shields from Constantine to pay for Transfer Power if you can get anything through unblocked. Jinzo/Wasp abilities to hurt opponent's Global use, everything else for control/ramp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pk2317 View Post
    I'd say keep fielding Wasps, Johnny Storm to punish your opponent, shields from Constantine to pay for Transfer Power if you can get anything through unblocked. Jinzo/Wasp abilities to hurt opponent's Global use, everything else for control/ramp.
    Yes, it was heavy control, responding to whatever his opponent brought. He kept Gabe from going into Infinite Burn mode by grabbing Jinzo/Wasp early.

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    What a great summary! Thanks so much for hosting a very well run event. You've got me very excited for future Dice Masters tournament opportunities but you've also set a very high standard for my expectations.

    I'm really excited to see the videos when the are online. I know that editing and uploading is very time consuming though so thanks to whomever is putting in all that effort.

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    32 players - so many opportunities for side games, hope something like this happens out here

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