Today an announcement came down from HQ introducing the Exemplar Program as the new method of distributing foils to judges in the DCI judge program. The most immediate effect of the foil “policy” change is that judges at GP events will no longer receive foils from WotC as gifts for their efforts.  (As of 2015 event year which starts December 2014)

In the long term it means compensation for judges at GPs will be shifting and will be directly on the back of the Organizer. I feel ultimately this is a good shift and will help bring the judge organization in line with comparable organizations.

In the short term it will mean some changes to how judges are compensated and that’s going to take a little time to figure out and optimize. We (PTOs) knew this was coming for a little while, but not the extent of changes. So we’ve been waiting just like you.

My staff and I are working on our comp levels and will hopefully have something put together soon so people will be able to make intelligent choices when determining where they apply to GPs moving into 2015. We’ve had a few discussions about it already and now that we know more we’ll get that info worked out and publicized by the end of this week.

Steve

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May
12

Thank You! #gpminn

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GP Minneapolis is all wrapped, events have been reported and (most of) my paperwork is done. Thanks to all 1680ish of you for coming out on a holiday weekend. I got to take my wife out for a slightly delayed Mothers Day dinner tonight after a day of wrap up work.

This was the largest single event my team has run by about 400 players and I feel like we withstood the test very well:

Thanks to the judges for their dedication and hard work.

Thanks to the standby judges who were activated to help us deal with the surge.

Thanks to the vendors who kept you all in cards

Thanks to the artists for mixing it up with all of us fans.

Thanks to the GGs and coverage crews for bringing us great stories all weekend.

Special thanks to Adrian Sullivan for working up the Planes Talkers panel, it was fun to watch and we’ve gotten a lot of great feedback. I can’t wait to do it again in San Antonio!

Thanks to my ops crew for stepping up as they always do! You all inspire me every event!

And thanks to Wizards of the Coast for the game we all love, and personally for the opportunity to do a job I love so much!

The next stop for team Legion is Pro Tour Atlanta where we’re setting up retail space for the pros and observers. Come say hi to Amanda, and Ross, and me!

Thank you all again for a great GP experience, Magic Grand Prix events are really an amazing time made up of so many pieces, not the least of which are my fellow magic fans!

Draft?

Steve

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Greetings all,

Our online preregistrations have passed 1000 players, so we return again to prize time!

Martin Chazi has been chosen as the random winner of the free entry into GP Minneapolis plus $40 in free side events.  Give him a high five for me if you see him.

The next milepost is 1500 players preregistered.  Some stuff from the contest post follows:

At 1500 online preregistrations, a  third randomly chosen player will have the cost of their entry refunded, and will get a booster box of Journey into Nyx.  Like the side event coupons, this can be picked up on-site with your playmat and foil.

If we get to 2000 online preregistrations, a fourth player will get their entry refunded, will receive a booster box of Journey into Nyx, and will receive a free VIP upgrade – we are currently sold out of VIP slots, so the only way to get VIP now is to either be the 2000th online preregistration or win the VIP Dinner “Standard” Sealed.

You can preregister for GP Minneapolis through our preregistration site.

See you at GP Minneapolis!


Rob McKenzie
Event Manager, Legion Events
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This ended up being a small hiccup, and the site is live again.  Sorry for the inconvenience.


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www.legionevents.com

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Greetings all,

The site we use for preregistration, Constant Contact, is currently experiencing issues preventing people from registering.

They are working on resolving the issue, and expect it will be resolved quickly.

I will update this post once we have more info or it is fixed, whichever comes first.

Edit 2:16pm:

It looks like this is fixed now, so you should be able to register again.

Rob McKenzie
Event Manager, Legion Events
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Greetings all,

Our online preregistrations have passed 500 players, so that means it’s time for a prize!

Jerrod McCusker has been chosen as the random winner of the free entry into GP Minneapolis.  If you know him, congratulate him.

The next milepost is 1000 players preregistered.  Some stuff from the contest post follows:

At 1000 online preregistrations a second player will have entry refunded and will also get $40 of free side events – these will be in the form of $10 off coupons, so you can trade them to friends.

At 1500 online preregistrations, a  third randomly chosen player will have the cost of their entry refunded, and will get a booster box of Journey into Nyx.  Like the side event coupons, this can be picked up on-site with your playmat and foil.

If we get to 2000 online preregistrations, a fourth player will get their entry refunded, will receive a booster box of Journey into Nyx, and will receive a free VIP upgrade – we are currently sold out of VIP slots, so the only way to get VIP now is to either be the 2000th online preregistration or win the VIP Dinner “Standard” Sealed.

You can preregister for GP Minneapolis through our preregistration site.

See you at GP Minneapolis!


Rob McKenzie
Event Manager, Legion Events
www.legionevents.com

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Greetings all,

Mike Linneman, a local, wrote up a great guide to things to do and see while you are here for GP Minneapolis.  You can check it out over at GatheringMagic


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Greetings all,

Just about a week to GP Minneapolis, and we have 367 people preregistered. This is a pretty reasonable number for this far out, but I want to get the numbers rolling higher.  That means preregistration bonuses.  Note that these apply only to online preregistrations, which close at 10pm on Friday May 9th.  Onsite registration will be available Friday May 9th from 2pm-10pm, but do not qualify for this contest.

When the 500th person preregisters online, We will choose one preregistered player to have the cost of their entry refunded – this includes Sleep-in Special or the VIP package if you paid for it! If you are the winner, I’ll announce it here and refund your Paypal transaction, but keep you live in the event. (You will also get a confirmation email from me at the email you register with, which also applies to all the winners below.)

At 1000 online preregistrations a second player will have entry refunded and will also get $40 of free side events – these will be in the form of $10 off coupons, so you can trade them to friends.

At 1500 online preregistrations, a  third randomly chosen player will have the cost of their entry refunded, and will get a booster box of Journey into Nyx.  Like the side event coupons, this can be picked up on-site with your playmat and foil.

If we get to 2000 online preregistrations, a fourth player will get their entry refunded, will receive a booster box of Journey into Nyx, and will receive a free VIP upgrade – we are currently sold out of VIP slots, so the only way to get VIP now is to either be the 2000th online preregistration or win the VIP Dinner “Standard” Sealed.

You can preregister for GP Minneapolis through our preregistration site.

See you at GP Minneapolis!

Edit from Rob:  This previously said the 500th, 1000th, etc players will get the free entries and other bonuses – I posted this prematurely, and it should have read the above, that we will choose a player out of the players registered at that point.  The overall prizes still stand, but now we are drawing out of all the people registered up to that point.  My apologies for the error.


Rob McKenzie
Event Manager, Legion Events
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Greetings all,

I am on Magic the Amateuring this week, talking about Journey into Nyx and GP Minneapolis – I chat with Maria, Meghan, and Ben to chat about new cards in the set, side events at the GP, and being on painkillers for my wisdom tooth removal.

You can listen to it over at the Magic the Amateuring site.


Rob McKenzie
Event Manager, Legion Events
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Apr
24

Introducing PlanesTalkers #GPMINN

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Greetings all,

Adrian Sullivan recently posted an update in his article about this, which means it is time to unveil something great happening at GP Minneapolis:

Be at Grand Prix Minneapolis for the first show in a new feature you’ll be seeing at participating Grand Prix!

Planes Talkers, Hosted by Adrian Sullivan will be your chance to see some of the great minds from the game of Magic: The Gathering talking to our live audience about the current tournament format and taking questions! Watch the discussion streaming live on Twitch. We’ll be taking questions from both our live audience and Twitter.

Since Grand Prix Minneapolis is the Modern format, this Planes Talkers will be exclusively about Modern!

Our panel will be composed of:

Brian Kibler - two-time Pro Tour champion, Hall of Fame member, and Dragon Master

Craig Wescoe - champion, Pro Tour Dragon’s Maze

Shaun McLaren - champion of the most recent Modern Pro Tour, Pro Tour Born of the Gods

Toby Elliott - Head Judge, Level 5 responsible for tournament policy, and Commander Rules Committee member

The event begins Friday, May 9th at 8pm CST. We’ll see you at Grand Prix Minneapolis for Planes Talkers!

 

You can sign up for GP Minneapolis through our Preregistration Site - you don’t need to be a GP attendee to attend Planestalkers.  If you want to attend and play some Magic, but for some reason don’t want to or can’t play in our main event, check out our side events.  We have Legacy and Modern Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and a ton of other stuff to do.

See you at the GP!

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