Weekday Invitational Qualifiers Now Available!

Greetings from In-Store Programs! As you probably have noticed, we have been making some big changes here in ISP and we are excited to announce another one! On a case-by-case basis we will now be approving weekday Invitational Qualifier events. Last month, Get There Games in Staten Island ran the first weekday Invitational Qualifier with a great 53-player turnout. If you are interested in running a weekday IQ and are confident of its success, please email us at isp@starcitygames.com.

On another high note, the power of IQs was on full display at the Season One Invitational in Charlotte. Derrick Sheets, owner of Game On Chattanooga, made time to play in and win an Invitational Qualifier at another store in order to secure his seat at the Charlotte Invitational which he then went on to win! Congrats to Derrick!

August is now open for event scheduling, so sign up today!

Weekday Warriors

The U.S. East Coast has opportunities every weekend in most states to play competitive Magic: the Gathering. The downside to this is that stores are bound to conflict with each other or skip some weekends to avoid hurting their neighbors. Steve LaManna of Get There Games in Staten Island, NY had to have more than one StarCityGames.com Invitational Qualifier rescheduled because a Pro Tour Qualifier was eventually put on the calendar for the same date, but with an idea from the head of StarCityGames.com In-Store Programs, Steve came up with a successful solution to his problem. He ran the first-ever weekday SCG Invitational Qualifier and had attendance close to the minimum guarantee for a Super Invitational Qualifier.

Get There Games has been running Magic tournaments for almost two years now and Steve has played in Invitational Qualifiers since before the store opened, and knew “they would be a key element in the competitive Magic scene.” In the past year and a half, Get There Games has run over ten StarCityGames.com Invitational Qualifiers, with several of them being Super IQs. With this experience, coupled with some disappointing reschedules and cancellations due to scheduling conflicts, we knew Steve would be a good candidate to try a weekday SCG Invitational Qualifier.

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The Facebook Bump

Social media should be any local game store’s No. 1 advertising vehicle. While there is plenty to do leading up to a StarCityGames.com Invitational Qualifier or Open Trial, make time for social media during and after the event. The StarCityGames.com In-Store Programs team will be happy to post your event pictures on our Facebook page, but we should not be the only ones posting those pictures! Players love the recognition at any level of event, and putting up pictures of players enjoying your tournament and letting them tag each other only increases your online visibility.

During the event, you can post pictures and updates so that people can see how their friends are doing. You can post about door prizes that have been given out, display pictures of players with their swag, or upload a picture of a player with a cool playmat. The goal is to give the players not at the event a reason to come to the next one and give the players that are there some recognition.

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Why hasn’t my event been approved yet?

Your request has not been lost! We do our best to avoid scheduling our events too near Pro Tour Qualifiers, especially in high-volume areas where it’s already hard to avoid conflict. We’re approving events in those areas as the PTQ schedule is released. Remember that those with higher Organizer Rewards status and those who submitted their requests first will get priority approval if there are multiple requests for the same date—just another reason to level up your Organizer Rewards! If you have any more questions regarding scheduling or want to see a question featured in next month’s mailbag, email us at isp@starcitygames.com and we’ll get it answered!