Ham on Wry: The Erik Friborg Celebration Classic
Rather than dwell on the death of Erik Friborg, I've decided to spit in Death's face, and celebrate his life instead. Since his birthday is coming up soon, I'm organizing a tournament in Hammy's favorite format:
Date: Friday, May 4th, 2012 Happy Birthday, Hammy!
Start Times: 1800 GMT (Euro Event) and 9:30PM Eastern (US Event), "last minute" registration will open 90 minutes prior to start time. These Events are free to enter, and you may play both Events.
Format: Constructed Classic
Structure: 4 (or more**) rounds of Swiss pairing, followed by a T8 playoff (All pairings & standings will be generated by DCI-Reporter)
Announcements and game chat: /join HAM
Registration and results: /join HAMCOM (Please do not chat in this room)
Decklists will not be required. We request no deck changes between games (sideboarding during matches is obviously ok), but the "honor system" will be used. You may pre-register by letting me (US Event), or _Kumagoro_ (Euro Event), know you want to play. Don't be shy. PM us and say "I want to play!"
Players, pairings, and standings for both Events, along with the current Prize Pool, can be found here.
The folks over at MTGO Traders are setting up Hammybot to handle the selling of Erik's MTGO Collection. All proceeds from the sale of Erik's cards on Hammybot will go directly to Erik's family. Expect a war report from that front in the near future, as well.
You will notice some discrepancies in the Projected Payout between the two Events. This is due to two things: clan based pledges, and individual bounties. These pledges were made before the Euro Event had even been imagined. Everything else, I was told basically "give this away as you see fit", so I split it right down the middle as best I could. This is all happening so fast... Woo hoo! I've encouraged _Kumagoro_ to seek out pledges from European based sponsors that can be applied specifically to the Euro Event. I encourage active European clans and playgroups to get together, then talk to _Kumagoro_ online, and get support going for the Euro Event. It's only about two weeks away now, so hop to it!
Wizards of the Coast has pledged 62 IPA Draft Sets!
Marlon MTGO has pledged 150 tickets bot credit!
Alphabot has pledged 1 ticket bot credit to every player* (up to 100)!
CardBot has pledged 100 tickets bot credit!
MTGO Traders has pledged $100 in five gift certificates!
TheCardNexus has pledged 100 tickets bot credit!
The MTGO Bazaar has pledged 100 tickets bot credit!
ValueBot has pledged 1 ticket bot credit to every player* (up to 100)!
Clan CerealKillaz has pledged 60 tickets to the winner! (US Event only)
A CK T-shirt to the highest placed CK member! (US Event only)
A second T-shirt if the event winner is a CK member! (US Event Only)
Anonymous has donated 10 tickets!
SharpBot has pledged 5 IID Draft Sets!
MTGO Academy has pledged 50 PLC Boosters!
Clan Yawgmoth has pledged a playset of FOIL Snapcaster Mage! (US Event only)
Winter.Wolf has pledged a bounty of one Plateau to the highest placed RDW deck with at least one match win! (US Event only)
JustSin has pledged a bounty of one Plateau to the highest placed RDW deck with at least one match win! (Euro Event only)
SBena_Bot has pledged 10 tickets bot credit to the Hosts!
Approximate Pledge Value: $2,543.00!
Current Projected Payout:
All proceeds from Hammybot to Erik Friborg's family
$60 donation to Hammybot in both Winner's names
1st - US Event: 146 various tickets/bot credit / Playset FOIL Snapcaster Mage / 2 IID Draft Set / 9 IPA Draft Set
1st - Euro Event: 87 various bot credit / 3 IID Draft Set / 9 IPA Draft Set
2nd - US 58/Euro 55 various tickets/bot credit / 6 IPA Draft Set
T4 - US 30/Euro 28 various tickets/bot credit / 4 IPA Draft Set
T8 - US 17/Euro 16 various tickets/bot credit / 2 IPA Draft Set
First fifty players* in each event - 2 tickets various bot credit
Last twenty five players* in each event - 1 PLC Booster
5 random players* who did not win any other prizes - 1 Ticket
* A player is defined as entering the event and playing all four** rounds. A bye is considered playing in a round. Any leftover credits from the Euro Event will go to the next players after fifty in the US Event. :) We're basically paying people to play!
** The base is four rounds. If we hit 64 players, we will go 5 rounds. If we hit 128 players, it will be 6 rounds. I think it possible we may go 5, and would give birth to a live insurance salesman on the spot if we get enough players to go 6.
More pledges and donations will be coming in. Some of the people I'm in contact with need a little time to organize, and I just started cobbling this beast together a few days ago. You can see the current Prize Pool and tentative distribution here. Key word here is tentative. This gala bloodfest is still a few weeks away, and I'm sure there will be small changes here and there.
With this much chum in the waters, I expect a large turnout, with a great many sharks. Erik was no carebear when it came to gameplay. In fact, I'd call him downright cut-throat. I don't expect a significant percentage of players showing up to be carebears, either. The weather forecast for that day calls for a rain of gore, and gale force winds. So you will be spattered head to toe before this event is over. Be prepared for this.
I strongly encourage you to pre-register. I have no desire to be mobbed by seventy people wanting to register at 9:28PM. You Johnny-Come-Lately's out there, I mean you! You know who you are. Don't make me get medieval on your heinie!