This Sunday, July 10th, will be the first of my Elite Player Invitational tournaments. It will begin at 12 noon US Central time on my Twitch Channel: twitch.tv/TGTheBigBoy. The purpose of this tournament is to create more readily available content featuring both top-level play and commentary by top-level players. Here are the reasons you should watch:
Commentary that is up to the level of the players participating: Myself and @tmoiynmwg!
A one-time format that encourages exploration and creative deck-building. No one wants to watch an entire bracket of NEH/IG/Gag vs Faust decks. First of all, the NAPD Most Wanted List will NOT apply to this tournament! Additionally, this format will also feature a Custom banned list of one card per faction which has been agreed to by all participants. This is NOT a list of the BEST card of each faction. It is just meant to spice up the game and prune power where appropriate. My hope is that players can revert to versions of decks that they remember being strong if they like, but that players who brew something creative from scratch will be rewarded. Here is the list:
Clone Chip Faust Political Operative The Turning Wheel Eli 1.0 Nisei Mk 2 Mumbad City Hall Sansan City Grid Breaker Bay Grid
(Hopefully) An interview with the winning player talking about how they built their decks and any interesting decisions they made during the tournament.
The tournament will consist of either an 8 or 16-player double elimination bracket (depending how many more confirmations I get).
This will hopefully be the start of a regular series of tournaments throughout the year. Some may use standard card-legality rules and some may be custom formats. Tune in on Sunday and show your support for this initiative!