Last night, 24 mighty wizards descended on Atomic HQ, to battle it out in the first Atomic Magic: The Gathering Tournament. Spells were cast, mighty beasts unleashed, and not a little bit of pizza was consumed...
And it was awesome!
I haven’t played Magic for many long years, but I have to admit, after watching last night’s event, I’m mighty tempted to pick up a deck or three. Our guests from Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast were fiendishly generous on the night, and every player who sat down walked away with a Magic backpack, stuffed with goodies – including introductory packs and sample decks.
From 24 players starting we whittled down the competition to first 12, then six, and finally three great players, who squared if in one mighty round of Planechase. Our guest judges were fantastic, helping out new and veteran players alike, and as each round ended the tension ratcheted up to cheers and gasps of appreciation.
The final round, though, saw one happy player walk away with the grand prize – the sling bag packed with decks, and a new iPad!
It was great to see everyone have such a fun time, too. Knocked out players cracked open their new decks and just kept playing, while others sat down to explore Duels of the Planeswalkers on our Alienware gaming PCs. Pizza arrived, beers were drunk, and a good time was had by all.
In fact, it was one of your most entertaining events, and hopefully the first of many great Magic nights. Thanks to everyone who came along, and thanks to Hasbro and Wizards for helping us put together such a fun night.
See you next time, and check our gallery of intense tabletop action!