Here at Blue Monkey, our readers know that we try and stay up to date with the latest entertainment trend. They also know that for a while now we’ve been trying to get our foot into the world of gaming, from console, right through to table top. Recently I had the opportunity to chat to Gustav Goosen and Adam Prevo’st, the two creative minds behind MTG Arena Friends Tournament. The tournament revolves around Magic: The Gathering.
Magic: The Gathering (colloquially known as Magic cards or just Magic) is both a collectable and digital collectable card game created by Richard Garfield. Released in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast, Magic was the first trading card game and has approximately twenty million players as of 2015, and over twenty billion Magic cards produced in the period from 2008 to 2016 alone.
Chatting to Gustav we had to find out what made him decide to take on the responsibility of hosting a tournament.
“I started playing MTG as a kid back in 2000 and immediately fell in love with the game. Highest level of play was while I was on varsity and I played the North-west regionals.”
“When MTG Arena Open Beta started in September 2018 I just had to give it a chance. It was an amazing platform. The news spread quickly and many friends started playing the game even non-magic players started playing. But I was playing alone… I decided to start the “Friends” tournament to get players together and grow the community.”
“We are currently a non-profit tournament relying on sponsors for our prize pool with no entry fees into the tournament.”
What grabbed Blue Monkey’s attention is the fact that in such a short period of time the tournament grew to the level where top SA players are participating. Next, to having a rather impressive list of participants, the tournament also managed to partner up with various sponsors. Their primary sponsor was Tech Experts, who sponsored the prize pool of R2000 in the April Tournament. Outer Limits as well as Geek Home Pretoria sponsored several vouchers to their online stores. HQ Gaming Pretoria also sponsored a bounty to any player that scored a win against Jarque Henning (1st ranking in SA).
The first tournament was held in March 2019, with 10 participants. JC Jacobs playing a perfectly constructed “Gates” deck went on to win the very first tournament. When April came, the tournament grew to such lengths that it had now an astonishing 40 participants! Due to time constraints, they had to stop at 40 participants. This time Imaad Davids playing a gr8 “Esper control” deck was crowned the victor. Imaad Davids currently holds the 10th Rank in SA for paperback magic.
The tournament is open to all participants across the entire South Africa. The paperback community is also represented by the current number 1 ranking player Mr Jarque Henning as well as the current number 3 ranking player in SA, Mr Theuns Prinsloo. Theuns Prinsloo is also currently the SA champion in paperback!
The third instalment of the tournament is set to commence late May due to the release of War of The Spark, however, for more information please feel free to contact Mr Adam Prevost on 073 617 5046.