Quote from MajinVEven being a Saskatchewan resident, I have no idea just how many judges live in the province, but the number is probably comparable to Manitoba.
The one thing that irks me about this change is the choice to have the tournaments in April, compared to mid-May the past few years. Yes, I'm a student, I have finals and whatnot (insert obvious bias here), but personal conflicts aside I'm still curious as to why they thought some of the smaller-scale events should be on Easter weekend. Doesn't really make that much sense...
Quote from joncaputono thanks. I enjoy nationals in east coast (especially my city muhaha )
Quote from The DerkBurst my bubble? What? One slot in Kelowna is one more than the maximum I had ever imagined before this announcement. Of course Kelowna won't get more than one slot. There's only one damn store. It'll likely get one. Again, I wouldn't compete anyway because I will be qualified on rating. Are you under the impression that some stores are going to be awarding multiple spots? The announcement clearly states otherwise.
Quote from XelopherisOttawa will not receive a regional qualifier. We're too close to Montreal, which is simply a better city to hold one in. The distribution is expected to be Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, and one in the prairies (probably Alberta or Calgary). It's unfortunate that our population is spread so much that regional qualifiers are troublesome to travel to, but that's why they're introducing the local qualifiers this year.
One thing that's going to be a problem with the qualifiers is Judges. There's no word as of yet if these require a certified Judge. GPT's do, and only offer byes at an open invitation event. These events offer invitations to a closed event that has a certain level of prestige. If they do, we're going to have some problems up in Canada. The maritimes only have four judges spread across all their provinces. Given that these events happen at the tail end of university exam time, it's likely more than a few people will be unavailable. The majority of Canadian judges are already in or near major cities. It's a logistical nightmare to think we can have a judge at all 45 events, especially since it'll be 20-25 events each weekend, during exam season.
It's unfortunate that the maritimes don't get a regional qualifiers. They have an incredibly high percentage of magic players by population. Unfortunately, the low dispersed population makes it difficult to hold events in that region. Simply, Montreal has a higher population than New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI combined, and can accommodate hundreds of players coming in for an event.
Quote from burning_shamansnubbed? at least you dont have to pay 700 plus a year just to go to nats....
Quote from The DerkSo crunching the numbers it looks like this actually decreases the number of spots awarded by qualifiers in canada by 3 whereas in the states it increases it significantly. It is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 70+ more spots for US i think. As a Canadian, I am ok with this as I will be qualified on rating anyway unless there is going to be a change to what qualifies you on rating as well.
Actually, more than being ok with it, I feel this is a very strong positive move for Canadians. I have generally been in a position where hitting regionals is a 7 hour drive one way. Now I'll probably only have to drive 3 hours to get a shot. Hell, next year my LGS will probably be one of the stores that gets to run one of these. Not that it's relevent to me this year, but I would have killed for it over the last 3 years.
Quote from jeffbcrandallNot on ebay. Its finally into the $70-$75 range on ebay now. Most online stores are selling it between $75-$80 these days from what Ive seen. Ive been selling it at the shop I sell at for $75 and no higher (I base my prices on ebay prices) and though people commented that when other shops had them available they were about $5-$10 higher than my prices, it still never hit $95 that I saw to be sure. Maybe AT the PTQs or something, but you get the idea.