Miami– Cool Stuff Games hosted its weekly tournament, Magic: The Gathering Modern SCG Game Night on Thursday, September 26. Players paid $10 to enter the tournament. Of the 12 competitors, only the top four won $30 in store credit.
Cool Stuff Games is a game store on 12550 SW 88th St. that caters to people who play
board games, role play games and strategic card games, like Magic: The Gathering. Their
weekly Thursday tournament was hosted with StarCityGames.com, SCG. SCG Game Nights allows stores and locations to host Magic: The Gathering tournaments more than once a week. According to their website, SCG’s Game Night also “provides [locations] with exclusive, unique prizes to reward players!”
Magic: The Gathering, or Magic as many players refer to it, is a card game where players are “Planescasters,” a magical being like a wizard. Magic’s website says a deck of cards “represents your weapons, containing the spells you know and the creatures you can summon to fight for you.” A player will start off with 20 health points, the goal is to get his or her opponent’s health to drop to zero.
The tournament went up to four rounds and lasted from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., ending
thirty minutes before Cool Stuff Game’s closing. Players sat at tables opposite each other. Each had mats specially designed for the game already placed down in front of them. Once each round began, the room became quiet.
Ronny Silva came to Cool Stuff with four friends to play Dungeons and Dragons, a Role
play game. He was surprised to see the tournament going on. “I never know when they’re going to be hosting something, I’m not really a regular, but this is pretty cool.”
“I think tournaments like this give us a kind of community. The game isn’t exactly mainstream and when you come here you get to meet a lot of people who are into the same things as you,” said Antonio Marti, a spectator. Marti has played the game for 9 years, however, has never participated in a tournament. “I don’t think I’m good enough to compete yet, but I love the game. It’s fun and mentally challenging.”