Quote from Card Slinger J »The problem is that most of these competitive In-Person Paper formats with Standard, Modern, Pioneer, and Legacy aren't as appealing as EDH / Commander and it's very difficult to sanction competitive events and tournaments for a 100 card Singleton format that would take hours on end to resolve between rounds with 4 player Pods per table unless it's setup 1 v. 1 per table Best of 1 Single Elimination since Swiss Best 2 out of 3 would take too long. The best you're going to get that comes close to officially sanctioned EDH / Commander tournaments is If you have an Achievement System similar to what Triple A Video Games use where players get rewarded for unlocking certain achievements during a game once certain conditions are met and I felt as though the Dungeon cards from the recent Dungeons & Dragons Crossover set was a great example of this that's tied to the "venture into the dungeon" mechanic except this Achievement System would be something that's unlocked spontaneously amongst ALL players kinda like in Planechase.
Perhaps the best solution for these competitive In-Person Paper formats is by making these formats Singleton so that players aren't needing to spend more on playsets of cards than they have to while also mitigating the financial cost of specific cards getting emergency banned to where it's not as harmful on players' wallets with so many products getting printed to where it seems like it's hard to keep up with and it is. Only problem is that with set rotation as unforgiving as it is, it makes these competitive formats Brawl-lite to where the amount of time it can take to brew a 40 to 60 Singleton card deck would result in these cards possibly no longer being legal in their respective formats anymore and with a very limited card pool to work off of leads to demand for cards that aren't legal in said formats because players are needing the consistency to run "playsets" of cards with different names but are functionally identical even in terms of mana value. There's only so many card functions that a format can contain within itself unless it's an Eternal format like EDH.
We had a weekly "Gauntlet" event on Sundays in Ottawa for close to 10 years until the organizers moved on.
Round 1: 4-player pod, no infinite combos. 1 point per player killed, 1 point for last-person-standing.
Round 2: 2 v 2, but players on same team were diagonal from each other like so:
You could table talk but if you wanted to ask about casting a card in your hand, for example, you had to show the whole table.
Round 3: 1 v 1
You had to use the same deck throughout, so you got some pretty neat showings. Ad Naus won a lot, but then meta adjusted and Thalia, Guardian of Thraben shows up, or Thrun, or Azusa. Entrance was $5 store credit and it was split among top...8? I think. It's been a while.
Wizard's Tower did pre-con leagues pre-pandemic, everyone got a pre-con and you all battled in a pod of 4. Then next week you could add $X in upgrades to your deck, based on non-foil pricing at the store. Then $50 upgrade, then $100+. Sometimes you got ganged on and it sucked waiting for the next round, but overall it was pretty fun.
It really is a matter of time until Wizards does this on its own, they don't really need the RC or CAG either way, and they could even incentivize players by allowing the big event winner to make a custom legendary. The salty streamers would have no choice but to get on board because, believe me, they would love to see their face on a Magic card.