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PostSubject: Common Sense League Season 2010   Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:41 pm



CommonSense League Season 2010


Introduction

As you all know, Common Sense has been running leagues for 2 years now <applause> thank you. In the main we have been getting bigger and better all the time, which is not to say there is no room for improvement. There are going to be a number of improvements, including this page, which is to be your first point of call for the upcoming 2010 season.

The Prize Pool

The change here is, we're going to reserve 20% of the entry fees for each round. The prize pool created will help us to do several things. Firstly we can award prizes for the winners of the league player of the year and most matches played winner. In addition we can offer rewards to clan members who give their time or services to clan activities. For instance we might pay your entry into a league round if you help organise the leagues or if you recruit an active player to the clan and leagues. It's no secret that your clan would like you all to participate more, and we would like in return to be able to reward you for your involvement, expect to see more about this from Andy soon.

The prize payout will look like this:
1st place in round: 40% of tix received
2nd place in round: 20% of tix received
3rd place in round: 10% of tix received
4th place in round: 5% of tix received
5th place in round: 5% of tix received
Reserved: 20% of tix received

Where possible, extra mystery prizes will be added each round to provide incentives to sign up. I want everyone to be able to play 20 matches, so expect a prize to be unlocked when the magic number Eleven registered players is reached.

The Prize Pool Account

Sometimes the holder of the prize pool will be unavailable unexpectedly. To get around this I have opened a new Magic online account named norfulthing which will hold the prize pool, and be accessible to the clan officers.

The 2010 Schedule of Rounds

In the past the scheduling of rounds has been somewhat haphazard. Not good enough. In 2010 the schedule of rounds is going to be laid out in advance. Don't worry, you'll still get to choose the round formats as before. We managed 7 rounds in 2009, and in 2010 we aim to go one better with 8 rounds of 5 weeks each. There are breaks between each round, and long breaks around mid- and end- year.

RoundFormatWeeksStart DateEnd Date
Short break
3.1
Alara Block
2-69 Jan 2010 00:0012 Feb 2010 23:59
Short break
3.2
Classic Creature Feature
8-1220 Feb 2010 00:0026 Mar 2010 23:59
Short break
3.3
Classic
14-182 Apr 2010 00:007 May 2010 23:59
Short break
3.4
Standard Singleton
20-2415 May 2010 00:0018 Jun 2010 23:59
Long break
3.5
Sealed Constructed
28-3210 Jul 2010 00:0013 Aug 2010 23:59
Short break
3.6
Standard
34-3821 Aug 2010 00:0024 Sep 2010 23:59
Short break
3.7
BYOS
40-442 Oct 2010 00:005 Nov 2010 23:59
Short break
3.8
Extended
46-5013 Nov 2010 00:0017 Dec 2010 23:59
Long break
*** As always rounds use UTC time, which happens to be the same as GMT for you european players, or GMT-5 hours if you're EST.***


Season Standings
After 8 rounds
PlaceChampionship RacePointsParticipation RacePlayed
1chrismh77 (rookie)51jmason119
2jmason47wildman4420108
3wildman442027chrismh77101
4victorbike (rookie)22sardofkc75
5sardofkc15victorbike51
6izzet guildmage14insanepete48
7finwe_de_van14izzet guildmage30
8jimmus12rapscallionaire28
9andymc111finwe_de_van27
10moromete10ajlankow26
11duxducis (rookie)7jimmus25
12jam33 (rookie)6duxducis24
13insanepete (rookie)5zoomzilla23
14akhkharuxul (rookie)5andymc121
15erockb (rookie)5moromete20
16larryj (rookie)5lenney20
17uktabi_shinobi (rookie)4negative_optimist19
18robe (rookie)4erockb19
19necrosavant5434akhkharuxul15
20zoomzilla (rookie)3mrpiddlex14
21mattyb1874 (rookie)3mooncalf12
22rapscallionaire (rookie)3mattyb187411
23tiny70 (rookie)3larryj11
24negative_optimist (rookie)2tiny7011
25ajlankow (rookie)2nimnod10
26mwkelley2jam338
27imsohawt (rookie)1mwkelley8
28bastow0crazy_j287
29tstauffer0necrosavant5437
30stonerbasher27 (rookie)0keelerrabbit5
31nimnod (rookie)0jmh5
32mrpiddlex (rookie)0bastow4
33mooncalf0stonerbasher274
34mfmage0magikbear4
35malicious_86 (rookie)0robe3
36magikbear (rookie)0uktabi_shinobi3
37lenney (rookie)0ecupiratefan693
38keelerrabbit (rookie)0tstauffer3
39jmh (rookie)0imsohawt2
40empty_one0mfmage0
41ecupiratefan690malicious_860
42crazy_j28 (rookie)0empty_one0
Common Rules Section

Each round is subject to the following common rules in addition to any special rules such as the format for the round:

Number of matches:Each player is allowed to play 20 matches in each round, which must be played and reported between the start and end date and times for the round.
Opponent restrictions:Each player is allowed to play each other player at most twice.
Opponent restrictions when participation is low:If fewer than 11 players are registered in a round by the end of the 3rd week of competition then you may play a third match against each of the entered players during the remaining two weeks.
Tiebreaker matches:You may play any number of tiebreaker matches in addition to the normal 2 per player, 20 per round limit. Tie breaker matches score +1 point for a win, -1 point for a loss, with a minimum of zero. Tie breaker points will be used to decide the winner when there is a tie in normal pointsYou are able to play mixed matches with one player earning normal points and the other earning tiebreaker points. This will enable players wanting to complete 20 matches to do so when there aren't enough opponents.
Match settings:Matches are best 2 of 3, with maximum time (90 minutes). All matches must be watchable.
Card restrictions:All cards must have a common printing in the format being played. Proxies may be used. Cranial Plating is banned in all pauper formats.
Reporting match results:Either give the result to JMason, Wildman4420 or AndyMC1, who will update the round result post for you,or post your result on the forum thread for the round where it will be seen by the league organiser. As a suggestion to keep things tidy, you can make a single results post, adding new results to the same post by editing. An admin will strikeout your original results to indicate they have been copied to the main resiults post.Please post results in the form winning player name, games won, games lost, losing player name, e.g. izzet guildmage 2-1 jmason.
Round Scoring:Your score has two parts, the total number of games won and the total number of games lost. Players are ranked by descending order of games won, then within that by ascending order of games lost and finally by ascending number of matches played. In this way a score of 20-2 would beat a score of 20-3, but they would both lose to 21-10. A person with fewer matches than another on the same points will place higher.
Season Scoring:Season points are earned by finishing in the top 8 of each round. 8 points are earned for first place, then 7 for second and so on down to 1 point for eighth.
Disputes:In the unlikely event of disputes, they will be decided by the current league organiser, JMason. Should a mutually satisfactory resolution not be possible then the clan captains will make a final decision. Anyone involved in a dispute will not be allowed to rule on the resolution.
Penalties:Anyone who has not paid their entry fee for a round will be ineligible for prizes, and any prize that would have been won will pass down to the next eligible player. This includes any event tickets, other prize picks, and season points.

Formats

Rules for special formats:


Alara Block:Cards allowed: All cards must be common cards from the Shards of Alara block (Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn), or basic land cards (excluding snow-covered basic lands).Banned cards: Cranial Plating.Filter: Use the pauper filter or the ALA block constructed filter.
Classic Creature Feature:Cards allowed: All common creature and land cards.No more than 12 cards of any single creature type allowed (remember that changelings count as every creature type).Sideboards are allowed as long as the deck plus sideboard don't break the 12 creature rule.Banned cards: instants, sorceries, non-creature artifacts, non-creature enchantments.Filter: Use the pauper filter.
Classic:Cards allowed: All common cards.Sideboards are allowed.Banned cards: Cranial Plating.Filter: Use the pauper filter.
Standard Singleton (60 card singleton):Cards allowed: All common cards that are standard legal.Sideboards are allowed.Apart from basic lands, only one of any card is allowed.LEGAL CARDS and PROXIES for Standard PauperCards printed as common in the following sets are legal:* Shards of Alara* Conflux* Alara Reborn* Magic 2010* Zendikar* Worldwake* Rise of Eldrazi Cards printed as uncommon or rare in these sets, though possibly printed as common in an unlisted set, are not legal. Specifically, Corrupt, Consume Spirit, Whispersilk Cloak and Prodigal Pyromancer are not legal in standard pauper.Banned cards: None.Filter: Use the standard singleton filter.
Standard:Cards allowed: All common cards that are standard legal.Sideboards are allowed.Banned cards: None.Filter: Use the standard or pauper filter.
Extended:Cards allowed: All common cards that are extended legal.Sideboards are allowed.Banned cards: Cranial plating.Filter: Use the extended or pauper filter.
Big Bag Sealed Constructed:Each participant receives a cardlist comprised of cards from eight randomly generated boosters from random sets. All lists will be available for inspection on this forum. You use your list as though it was real boosters you had opened, but you must provide the actual cards yourself (we will attempt to assist any participant who isn't able to get the cards themselves). Only the common cards from the list may be used, except where a card is a legal proxy for a common card. Decks may contain any number of basic lands in addition to the cards from the list. You may only use the number of each card in our list, you may not add extra cards. You may use as many copies of each card as are in your pool, even if that is more than 4. You may not play snow lands other than those (if any) in your cardlist.Decks must be 40 cards or more, and be pauper legal, and you can change your deck between matches.Cards allowed: limited to the commons or proxies of commons in each card list, plus basic lands.Sideboards: allowed. You may use all of your unused cards as a sideboard.Banned cards: none.Filter: Use the freeform filter.
Bring Your Own Standard (BYOS):In BYOS you may pick cards from any two blocks (including blocks not online yet using proxy cards) and a single core set (5ed, 6ed, 7ed, 8ed, 9ed, 10ed, m2010 or m2011), e.g. Magic 2011, Zendikar block and Lorwyn block (M11+ZEN+WWK+ROI+LOR+MOR+SHM). Apart from the pauper restriction, BYOS follows the official rules described here: Rogue Play, in particular the ban list.Cards allowed: All pauper legal cards.Sideboards are allowed.Banned cards: Cranial Plating, Disciple of the Vault, Gush.Filter: Use the pauper filter.



Version 11, date 18 December2010.



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PostSubject: Re: Common Sense League Season 2010   Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:42 am

As reluctant as I am to change any rules mid-round, we clearly are not going to be able to play 20 matches in round 3.2 unless we magically find 3 more players. The way I am going to tackle this is to say that if we have fewer than 11 players entered in a round by the end of the 3rd week of competition then you may play a third match against each of the entered players during the remaining two weeks.

For round 3.2, the creature feature, you may play the additional matches starting from the 13th March 2010.

Hope that helps, JM.

p.s. I'd rather get more names signed up, so please everyone, try to get clan members who have not yet joined to sign up.
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PostSubject: Re: Common Sense League Season 2010   Mon Apr 19, 2010 2:36 pm

Round 3.3 now goes into the 3rd match rule. Sad Panda. I'm going to make this a permanent rule for 2010.
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PostSubject: Re: Common Sense League Season 2010   Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:08 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Common Sense League Season 2010   Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:52 am

We have a slight scheduling issue looming. The next core set release (2011) is right in the middle of round 3.5, and the next expansion set (lights) clashes with round 3.7. This means I have to shake up my schedule for the rest of the year, and abandon some format votes, sorry.

I am going run the Standard Pauper format in round 3.6 so that we dodge the set releases, and get the full benefit of 2 complete blocks for the round.

For the same reason I will run the extended format in round 3.8.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
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PostSubject: Re: Common Sense League Season 2010   Sat Aug 14, 2010 2:33 pm

I've merged the 2010 season standings with this topic.
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PostSubject: Re: Common Sense League Season 2010   Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:28 am

I've updated the rules with a new section for penalties, which is something I do very reluctantly, but am forced to do by the reluctance of some players to pay their league entry fees. On balance it does not help the league to prevent these players from playing, so instead the penalty for non-payment is loss of prizes, including any event tickets, other prize picks, and season points.
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PostSubject: Re: Common Sense League Season 2010   Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:04 am

Season standings updated after round 3.6
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PostSubject: Re: Common Sense League Season 2010   Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:42 am

Season standings updated after round 3.7.

And the shock news is that Chrismh only managed 4th place in this round, slipping back by 3 season points, failing to sew up the title early. So we go into the last round, pauper extended, with JMason still in with a chance to win consecutive seasons, if he can finish 4 places ahead of Chrismh! Sure. lol
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PostSubject: Re: Common Sense League Season 2010   Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:12 pm

Corrected some scores that were wrong.
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PostSubject: Re: Common Sense League Season 2010   Sat Dec 18, 2010 2:56 pm

You'll spot that the final standings for 2010 are up, and barring mistakes we know who is league champion 2010, chrismh77, well done that man. He also carries off the rookie of the year title. Yours truly gets the participation prize, somehow edging the wildman out of his traditional spot. Well done everyone. I am writing up a season report, which I will publish next week, and where I will announce the prizes. Thank you all for making this another terrific year in the common sense league.
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