[color=blue]EDIT: Note that the league's schedule format has changed slightly. We will now play all our matches at will for any particular "phase", the phase periods being defined by the number of boosters available to the players at the time. So Phase One is just your initial sealed deck of six packs, Phase Two will be once players have added one pack, etc.[/color]
TheWalt is going to be commissioner of this return to MTGO play for GWJers.
What format are we playing?
We are playing what MTGO would refer to as "DGM Sealed". This means we are playing a Sealed Deck tournament using two packs of Dragon's Maze, two packs of Gatecrash, and two packs of Return To Ravnica.
What is Sealed Deck?
Basically, it's a format where everyone opens six of the same types of packs, and builds a 40-card deck using any of those cards plus as many basic lands as they want. Here's an older article from the Wizards site that goes in depth.
At present, MTGO does not support private leagues or tournaments, although they are allowed and even encouraged. So we'll be using our own know-how to make this thing go. We are hammering out all the details right now, but we may use Twitch.tv streaming to verify the contents of everyone's card pool.
Here are ahrezmendi's instructions for streaming your card pool:
Here's the quick 3 steps to getting streaming working on a Windows PC:
Then just start the broadcast in OBS and you're golden.
Is there a way to get more value out of opening these six packs?
Yes! You can just stream yourself opening the six packs listed above, OR you can stream yourself entering a Sealed Deck event, which would allow you to play in a whole other tournament for only the cost of two additional event tickets. Credit TheWalt for this idea. This also has the side benefit of saving your card pool for you, so you don't have to re-watch your stream to painstakingly create a deck file that has the contents of your pool.
If you want to do that, the only six-pack, non-Phantom Sealed Deck events going right now appear to be scheduled events, not events that fire at will. Here is the MTGO Calendar.
Please chime in with your comments and suggestions and we'll figure out how to make this the most fun possible! All questions welcome!