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DRAFT ONE  – This was kind of a trainwreck, but I managed to straighten myself out just in time, and stuck a 2-1 record.
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I was dumb to commit to a much weaker white card at this point. Should have taken Ovalchase Daredevil and been open to either UB or WB splashing Cloudblazer.

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If I had made the black pick earlier, i might have chosen live fast here. Tezz ambition is fine, but they go SUPER late, and I never want more than one. Sometimes you have a problem getting finishers in these decks, and automaton would go in any slow build.

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I think the bat and hawk are both better in WB, but I’m leaning towards being defensive and needing cards that enable artifact synergies rather than benefit from them.

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This card is fine if you get 2+, but not great. Again, should have moved into black by now, as Operative is legit.

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Synergy with both my first pick and with the Switcheroo – Shrewd Negotiation.

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My mana is now officially a mess, so I’m trying to fix it.

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This card is an amazing finisher. It ends the game so quickly, and I’ve cast it for as little as UU.

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This should have been another pillar-bug. I was too focused on my servo enabler.

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Just so much better than everything else, this is a total hedge in case my mana fixing improves.

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Had I been really heavily in UB earlier, i could have splashed this disintegration and the blazer.

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I have a bunch of mid-game energy generation. I didn’t realize I could also untap creatures with this, which let me untap a malfunctioned creature to attack for the win.

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My random puzzleknots are looking much better.

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DRAFT TWO – Ended up 3-0 pretty handily

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Three cards excite me. Pummeler, Veteran Motorist, and Animation Module, all of which are build-arounds, but module is the most flexible, and is totally busted if you have all the energy creatures.

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Could have grabbed sage and stayed on theme, but Warden is so much better. Sad, because white has basically no good energy generation.

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Warden was a good tempo play, and I wanted to try going beatdown, especially if that 3/1 from the first pack wheels, which it sometimes does.

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These guys go pretty late, and I don’t want too many 4-drops, but they enable artifact synergies and give me reach.

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Just in case I end up RG or something

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Artifact synergy and reach

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I don’t love the 1/3, but i should have taken it as a SB option

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This card is actually decent, especially with my 1-drop

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Very aggressive. Probably my nonrare 4-drop of choice for this deck.

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Considered goggles. Either was probably fine here.

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Cheap tricks are great, and i don’t think I’m very good at going wide. This is insane with the menace lizard.

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This card is exceptional in these decks. It’s often a lava axe in the late game that pitches your leftover lands and draws you real cards. I ended up building my deck so i’d never have to play more than four lands, and could sandbag the rest to chuck at their face or best threat.

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Thoughts on PPTQs and improving the system

I feel like I have a good understanding of PPTQs at this point. According to my records (I actually keep a spreadsheet of this stuff) I’ve played 37 PPTQs, and I’ve experienced a huge range of scenarios. I’ve gone 0-2 at an 11-person event in rural Wisconsin. I’ve traveled two and half hours to the last PPTQ of a season and finished 9th. I’ve lost in four finals – and won exactly as many. I’ve played against people with nearly a dozen pro tours behind them, and knocked a 13-year-old out of his first sanctioned event Top8. I was among the first batch of players to qualify for the Pro Tour through an RPTQ, and I’ve gone 3-4 at an RPTQ that I spent nearly a month testing for.

For me, the PPTQ system is an improvement. The old path to qualification put tremendous stress on my work and home life. I would regularly leave work on Friday, drive late into the night, spend my whole Saturday playing a one-slot, 200 person tournament, get my heart-broken in some late round, drive home with the rest of the car asleep, wake up at noon on Sunday, and have a few hours to relax before starting my week over again. This is a difficult position to be in, and doing it every weekend for months at a time was simply too taxing.

Now, I’m in the fortunate position to have either one or two PPTQs within a 90 minute drive every weekend. I can often wake up saturday, have breakfast at home with my wife, travel to a tournament, and unless i go especially deep, I’m home in time for dinner. No more coffee at 2am to avoid passing out behind the wheel. No more paying for a shitty hotel 6 hours away from home. It allows me to be much more flexible, and it’s much more affordable.

I’ve heard complaints that the system has killed the companionship aspect of tournaments, and while it’s certainly true that I don’t see my friends who live in other states as often, I have made a lot of new friends. Perhaps it’s because I tend to be an outgoing person, but I’ve never found myself lonely at a PPTQ. I’ve made an effort to recognize the grinders in the crowds, and some of the connections I’ve made have been very rewarding.

That said, there are a lot of issues with the system. These are some problems that I’ve recognized, and some possible solutions to them, in order from least pressing to most:

5) PPTQ winners and variable attendance
The range in attendance for PPTQs is enormous. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve played in events as small as 11 people. I’ve also played in a 70-person event, and I’ve heard of some that are even larger. One of the worst parts about the old system was that it was absurd to have to finish in actual 1st place in order to qualify, and that still holds true for some of these larger events. Because of this, I believe that PPTQs should award two invitations if they have more than 64 players in attendance.

Some states, such as neighboring Iowa, have significantly fewer events within driving distance of their major population centers. This means that their events are much larger than ours in Wisconsin, on average, despite their lower population. In Wisconsin, we’ll often have multiple events competing on the same day, so grinders rarely have to travel as far to get their fix.

RPTQs are not especially large as-is, and I think that adding an additional dozen players to each would not cause much of a stir.

4) Attracting players to PPTQs – rethinking prizes
While we should be happy about the large numbers at some PPTQs, we should be just as concerned about the small numbers at others. I think that part of the problem is that you often have tournaments with variable prizes, and the real meat of the reward is a qualification that players may not even be able to make use of. I think a simple way to “increase the prize” at these events at very little cost is to give the RPTQ promos to the winners of the PPTQs immediately, rather than handing them out at the RPTQ.

Currently, in the last single-elimination round of an event, players are allowed to basically offer all the prizes awarded through the tournament in exchange for a concession. This can often be hundreds in store credit or several boxes of product, but for some events, this can be something like a dozen packs. For players who aren’t especially concerned with intangible rewards like an event invitation, adding a promo worth upwards of $150 is a very big boost, and I believe that it would incentive players who had no intention of playing in the RPTQ to at least show up and make it to the finals. Putting that prize on display at a PPTQ is a good way to create a buzz, rather than just distributing them at an event where everyone gets one, and where they usually just tuck them away.

3) Judging Staff
I’ve heard about a lot of problems with judge availability. Some have even suggested allowing level 1 judges to run events. I think this is a terrible idea. A better fix seems to be taking steps to ensure that:

Events don’t overlap – this is a good way to cannibalize not only attendance, but available judging staff
Players show up – It seems much easier to pay your judges if the attendance for an event is 40ish players rather than 16.

Obviously, step 2 is a real goal, but I think that implementing my two prior suggestions would go a long way towards bringing in bigger crowds, and making the judge budget a smaller piece of the overall take. Too much money and opportunity is at stake to leave these events in the hands of a level one judge, who may not have the experience or constitution to handle major discrepancies when they arise.

2) RPTQ Top 8s
This is one I’ve really pushed for. Single-elimination rounds are a plague on tournaments with exceptionally top-heavy prizes. It is far too easy for a player to go 8-0 in played rounds to win a PPTQ, then go 5-0 at their RPTQ, then play one single-elimination round at an RPTQ, get mana screwed, and get a box for their efforts.

My fix is this – instead of 8 players completing a single round, have them play three swiss rounds. In an 8-player, 3-round swiss event, you always end up with exactly four players who went 2-1 or better. Those four should be the ones qualifying. In terms of impact, only one person who wins their first round won’t qualify, and only one person who loses their first round will, but playing out several rounds reduces variance, and really lets the exceptional players show their strength.

All of the RPTQs I’ve played have ended relatively early – one was completed by 4:30pm. I don’t believe that the extra time needed would be a major burden.

1) Store Communication
This one is partially on WOTC. Both they and the stores they sanction are, in general, incredibly bad about making information available. Finding information about an upcoming PPTQ is tedious, and it often means scouring multiple websites, Facebook pages, and having to call or email stores directly for more information.

For example, in order to find the PPTQ schedule, I started by Googling that term. Simple enough. I got this page as a result:

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What if I was a new player and had no idea what Eldritch Moon or Kaladesh were? Pro Tour Eldritch Moon is in 6 weeks, and Kaladesh is in four months. It seems pretty clear to me that I’d be looking under Eldritch Moon. Of course, once I click that page, it tells me that those qualifiers stopped back on April 17th. Two months ago. WHY IS THERE STILL A LINK TO THAT PAGE? (And PS: Why is the language describing the events different?)

When we do get to the right page, we get an enormous list that actually has a very useful search function, but once we get to make use of that, we run into problems again:

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I’m actually okay with the fact that the nearest event to me might not actually be in Wisconsin, but Illinois. I’m okay with having to do two or three state searches to actually compile a good list. My main problem is the lack of information. Let’s take that first entry on the list.

  1. What time does that PPTQ start?
  2. What is the entry fee?
  3. What is the prize support?
  4. Is there a cap on the event?
  5. Can I register in advance?
  6. Are sealed events SOI or EMA?

Many of them have email addresses listed, but I’ve emailed stores before and gotten no response. The links on the page actually take you to event calendars, but they don’t answer a single one of those questions!

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Fortunately, clicking that final link on the side of the page takes to their Facebook page, where I can visit their events page, then visit this event, and then get access to all the information. And this store actually has their shit together! They actually did all they could be expected to do! A ton of stores either won’t post anything at all, or they’ll make some post to their news feed but not an event, which means I have to scroll through all their social media posts to get anything.

I’ve called stores for this information, emailed stores and gotten no response, etc. I’ve even messaged a store asking if they had a cap on their event, heard nothing back, driven 90 minutes to the PPTQ, and found out that they were sold out. When I called them out on social media, some of their patrons told me that I was being unreasonable, that some stores get more attendance than they expect sometimes, and that it was something I should deal with.

If this is some event series that is supposed to be taken seriously, commit to it. Don’t show links to seasons that ended two months ago. Give us more information on the main page! Hell, I don’t see any reason I can’t have a hover-over link that tells me start time, entry fee, cap, prize, and who I contact to preregister! Get all the information in one place so that we can plan trips and distribute information more freely.

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Can we kill the names PPTQ and RPTQ? Can we just call them prelims and regionals? I’d event settle for Prelims and Regional PTQ if we’re worried about SCG/TCG regionals. The acronyms are unwieldy, and I feel like these new names accomplish all you really need to know.

 

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Gobblin’ Guide – Where to eat during the Madison GP

Madison has a lot of incredible food, much of it concentrated in a few active neighborhoods.  That said, I expect the food situation at the Madison Grand Prix to be especially bad for one reason – the event venue (on the east side of section 7 of the map below, next to the tiny body of water that looks like a pair of brackets) is not really within walking distance of any decent restaurant.

This means you’ll likely have to make plans with your group *before* driving or getting a ride to your destination. The best way to make this process easier is to be informed about the areas you should be focusing on, and making choices that will leave you options should your plans fall through.

Madison Map

As seen on this map, the center of the city is smooshed between two major lakes. The strip of land between them (which locals will refer to as “the isthmus”) is the downtown area, with the enormous Capitol Building (map section 3) at its center. As you spread out from that center point, the area becomes less urban and dissolves into suburbs. Parking downtown is really cheap – usually $1 an hour in the garages. This makes it very convenient to visit some of the best restaurants in that area.

The West side of that strip is the UW campus (map sections 1, 2 and 9) and a lot of restaurants and attractions that thrive in a college-town setting. One major artery of this area is State Street (down the middle of sections 1, 2 and 3) – a pedestrian-only street littered with delicious, quick eats and a couple of truly solid sit-down restaurants. There is no home game this weekend, so I don’t expect the massive crowds that come with them – but be prepared for a bunch of drunk college kids after 10pm.

The East side is a bit gentrified – the restaurants tend to be kind of trendy, with a good selection of ethnic dining choices. I guess this would be the hipster neighborhood of town, though it has most of my personal favorite restaurants. The area nightclub and bars tend to have a bare-minimum number of “bros” if you’re looking to avoid such a thing. The major concentration in this area is called the Willy Street neighborhood(south side of map section 6), and just walking down the street there will present you with a ton of options. Note that I live and spend most of my time east of downtown, so I have an inherent bias.

All the areas listed above can be reached by car in about 10 minutes from the venue. Other neighborhoods have great choices as well, but they’re less concentrated. I’ve asked some other locals for their suggestions, and have split them into categories based on what kind of experience you’re looking for:

Just landed at the airport and want something to eat on your way to the venue?

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  • Ale Asylum
  • La Tagura
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Want to eat as close to the venue as possible?

  • Taqueria Guadalajara
  • Noosh (i’ve received differing accounts as to whether this place is open or not)
  • Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry
  • Ian’s Pizza

Want to get the authentic Madison experience (cheese curds and/or beer!)?

  • The Old Fashioned
  • The Farmer’s Market
  • Ale Asylum
  • Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry
  • State Street, in general

Looking to eat a quick dinner for $10-15?

  • State Street, in general
  • Taqueria Guadalajara
  • Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ
  • Ian’s Pizza
  • Paul’s Pel’Meni

Completely hammered and just want to stuff food in your face?

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  • Paul’s Pel’Meni
  • State Street, in general
  • Ian’s Pizza

Great options for Vegetarians?

  • Taqueria Guadalajara
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Lao Laan Xang
  • Umami
  • Paul’s Pel’Meni
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  • El Dorado
  • Monty’s Blue Plate Diner
  • Maharani Indian Restaurant
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Need breakfast in order to function as a human?

  • The Farmer’s Market
  • Sophia’s Bakery and Cafe
  • Monty’s Blue Plate Diner
  • La Brioche True Food
  • El Dorado
  • Short Stack

By popular demand, here is a link to a recent article about Madison’s most popular breweries: http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/10/beer-guide-to-madison-wisconsin.html?a=1

FARMERS MARKET – this takes over the entire Capitol Square (map section 3) every saturday morning until two. This is both good and bad. Good because it’s full of farmer’s market-y food, and bad because it means there is a lot of extra traffic at restaurants downtown.

Taqueria Guadalajara (map section 7, close to the venue, Open until 11pm) – As the name suggests, this is a mexican restaurant. It is quite close to the venue, and their food is great. Like most Madison restaurants, there are some vegetarian options. I’ve yet to have anything bad on the menu. The horchata is well worth it, if you’re into things that are delicious.

Ha Long Bay (map section 6, Open until 9:30pm) – This place is my personal favorite spot in town, and I know that’s not an uncommon position. It’s a Thai / Vietnamese restaurant with a huge selection of curries and soups, all of which can be customized in a variety of ways – lots of vegetarian and vegan options. The food is simply unmatched, but the crowd can be a bit much. When they get reallllly busy, they just stop answering their phone, so call ahead and if they don’t answer, move on. PS: The Thai Iced Tea is worth the wait alone.

Lao Laan Xang (two locations in map section 6, Open until 10:00pm) – This is a Laotian restaurant that serves a huge variety of curries (the tech is their squash curry) but it often ends up acting as “the place we go when the line at Ha Long Bay is too long.” I know quite a few people who swear that it’s better, so don’t hesitate to check it out. Their two locations are only about a mile apart, so if one is busy, don’t lose hope.

The Old Fashioned (map section 3, Kitchen open until Midnight) – This is the big “classic Madison” restaurant. Amazing cheese curds (definitely don’t pass on them, and make sure to get the tiger sauce), dozens of beers, lots of high-end bar food. They have a bunch of fish-fry specials on Friday nights, as do a many other places in town.

Umami (map section 6, open until 11pm) – Expensive ($15ish), but high-quality ramen and small-plate asian dishes (try the pork buns and pot stickers) and really interesting drinks. There’s usually a wait and you almost always need a reservation. It is directly across the street from Plan B, the local dance club.

Burrito Drive (map sections 6, open until 3AM) is a few blocks down the road from Plan B . They have a bunch of messy, filling foods that are the perfect follow-up to a night of drinking. Their menu includes hits like Mid-Wexican Wontons and a dozen different burritos. I’m told that their chocolate bread pudding is amazing.

Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ (map section 17, open until 9pm) – Very close to the airport, with takeout and dine-in BBQ. It’s very focused on the award winning sauce (the awards are plastered all over every wall in the place), which goes super well with their fries. I recommend either the ribs, the brisket, or the pork shoulder with fries and coleslaw.

That BBQ Joint (map section 6, open until 8pm) – A more southern BBQ place. Lots of smoked everything, jalapeno hush puppies, fried macaroni and cheese, great mustard sauces, etc. They recently moved closer to downtown and i’ve yet to visit their new location, so i can’t really speak to the atmosphere or expected wait. They do takeout and they’re pretty quick about it.

Ale Asylum (map section 17, Kitchen until 10pm, then only Pizza until midnight, bar till 2am) – Also close to the airport. They’re a decent brewery, but their stuff trends a little too hoppy for me. Food is decent bar food, the seating area is pretty large.

Dotty Dumplings Dowry (map section 2, open till Midnight) – Ignore the name: this is a burger joint. There are a bunch of creative options, their cheese curds are great, and they’ve got a well-stocked bar. There’s often a wait – but Ian’s Pizza is right next door, and they can get you slices pretty quickly as a backup plan.

Ian’s Pizza (map sections 2 and 3, open until 2:30am) – This is the ubiquitous college town pizza place: you’ve been here before – they serve macaroni and cheese pizza, BBQ pizza, chipotle sweet potato pizza, etc, etc, etc. Slices are a few dollars, and if you call ahead, you can even get a few vegan pizza options. Their october pizza specials are: Drunken Ravioli, Chili Cheese Frito, Chicken Mashed Potato, Chicken Cordon Blue, and Black Bean Feta Avocado Tomato.

Paul’s Pel’Meni (map section 2, on a side road right off state street, open until 3am) – Their menu has exactly three things – Potato Dumplings, Beef Dumplings, and Black Bread. I’ve never had the bread, but good lord are the dumplings amazing. They cook them up to order, and then serve them with a variety of spices, and with servings of sour cream. If you want to eat something basic and filling for $6.50, this is your ideal spot. It gets busy at times, but it’s often empty when the rest of State Street is packed. OPEN UNTIL 3am ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY!

El Dorado (map section 6, open until 10pm) – Middle of the road quality tex-mex food, with a bunch of twists. Some Vegan options, a few asian-fusion dishes, etc. A solid brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Lots of drinks.

Monty’s Blue Plate Diner (map section 6, open 7am – 9pm) – A classic diner with a huge breakfast menu. Plenty of veggie / vegan options, including a full-separate menu for our meatless friends. This is one of the best values in breakfast – it’s reasonably priced and the food is excellent. They’re also very fast if you get there early enough. I’ve had my food ten minutes after ordering more than once.

La Taguara (far south side of map section 17, open until 10pm) – Venezuelan food. A lot of meat and rice and plantains – all delicious and hearty, with a lot of unique flavors.

Maharani Indian Restaurant (map section 3, open for lunch buffet at 11:30, close at 10pm) – Decent Indian restaurant with a great lunch buffet, not far from the venue. 

Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace (map section 6, open until 11pm) – Tex Tubb’s does interesting/unusual taco combinations, and make an insane vegan nachos. But really, they have blended crazy-flavor margaritas which is their claim to fame.

Restaurant Muramoto (map sections 3 and 5, open until 10pm) – Two locations. Tapas and sushi. Full bars. Not much to say – if you want sushi, you know what to do. Make sure you call ahead – neither place has an abundance of seating.

Red (map section 3, open until 10pm) – Another sushi place. This is the more stylish of the sushi restaurants, and their interior is very small. I’ve been quoted some absurd wait times. On the expensive side, but well worth it.

Alchemy (map section 6, kitchen until 1am) – great burgers and veggie options (their brussels sprouts are unreal) and the serve food until 1am Friday and Saturday.

Essen Haus (border of map sections 3 and 6, food until 11) – German beer hall with those nice glass boots you can pass around the table while listening to live polka music. It tends to be a pretty high-energy place.

Sophia’s Bakery and Cafe (map section 6, open only Saturday and Sunday, 8am – 2pm) – Their omelettes are among my favorite breakfasts in town, but you’ve got to be up for the setting – it’s an open seating arrangement, so you end up sharing tables with whomever comes in. You can always get your food to go. They’re CASH ONLY, so don’t mess that up.

Manna Cafe and Bakery (south side of map section 17, open at 7am) – Another insane breakfast place. Good coffee, amazing eggs benedict, great pancakes, etc. It’s taking all my restraint to avoid making a Mana pun.

La Brioche True Food (map section 9, open 7am Saturday, 8am Sunday) – pretentious but delicious. Prepare to be served toxin-free, filtered water and all organic GMO free everything. The dining area is actually quite fancy – live piano music, etc. Don’t have anything bad to say about the food itself though – make sure to check out their bakery display case – bring me a cream puff if you go!

Himal Chuli (map section 2) Nepalese food right on state street. A lot of my vegetarian friends LOVE this place. I thought it was pretty good the one time i ate there, but felt it was a little overpriced. Infinite veggie options though, so click the link and check out the menu if you think it might be your thing.

Great Dane (north map section 8, south side of map section 12, map section 3, east side of map section 14) I don’t love this place. The atmosphere is cool, and they’re VERY large so you can seat huge groups, but the food is very very average. I’m including it because it’s by far the number one place people complained about not having on the list, but i’ve always seen it as a step up from the regional chains with a beer selection matched by, well, just about every other serious place that serves beer. I don’t think it’s anything special, but if you’ve got a group of 20 or something, it’s realistically probably your best option.

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I haven’t been to the rest of these, but they’ve all come recommended by friends:

Graze (map section 3, open until 11pm)   upscale locally sourced hipster food, but good. Full bar.

Noosh (map section 7) – It’s not on Google maps yet, but apparently it’s on South Park street. Very new and I haven’t been there yet, but a friend relayed this: “Persian comfort food. Saffron chicken in lamb fat, tasty dishes featuring tomatoes, eggs and eggplants.” Very close to the venue. (i’ve received differing accounts as to whether this place is open or not)

The Tornado Steakhouse / Tempest Oyster Bar (map section 3) These two restaurants are a few blocks from each other. I’ve never been to either, but they’re among the high end places downtown. Take me here when you win the GP. They’re both open very late (1am), with their own late-night menus.

Natt Spil (map section 3, food until 1am)   You know that tavern in Nepal at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark?  This is like that with less lighting. (thanks to a secret contributor for this review!) Crazy pizzas, dim sum, cantonese food, and other off-the-wall options

Samba (map section 2, open until 10pm) – All you can eat Brazilian steak house. You know the drill.

Weary Traveler (map section 6)  Pub but actually good.  Full bar.

Pig in a Fur Coat (map section 6, open until 11pm)   Tapas. This place was blowing up in the madison subreddit’s quest for underrated restaurants a few weeks ago. Expensive, high-end food.

Sardine (map section 6, open until 11pm) sat/sun brunch (9-2). Open till 11. French place with lake views. Slightly upscale, definitely recommend

Short Stack (map section 2/3 – right on the corner. Open 24 hours thursday – sunday) This place always has a line when I want breakfast, but they’re open 24/7 on weekends, and I’ve had people swear by their biscuits and gravy. If you’re a gambler, and i know you are, check out their blind special – pay $7 and they bring you out a meal that otherwise retails for $13.

Sa Bai Thong (map section 9, open until 10pm) – Thai food.

The rest of the Capitol Square (map section 3):

  • Cooper’s Tavern   Irish pub, full bar
  • Brocach Irish Pub   Full bar
  • The Argus   bar and grill, vegan options.
  • The Merchant   full bar

The rest of State Street (map sections 1 and 2):

  • Chipotle
  • Five Guys
  • The Parthenon – Quality gyros
  • A hundred other small restaurants and chains

ENTERTAINMENT VENUES:

There are a ton, way too many to list, but here are two that are frequented by many magic players i know:

Plan B *DANCE CLUB* (map section 6) A dance-centric nightclub with a very LGBT-friendly atmosphere. If you’re looking for a night out, you can’t go wrong with dinner at Umami, or one of the many nearby restaurants, followed by Plan B.

Karaoke Kid (map section 2) – A popular Karaoke bar that’s reasonably close to the venue. UltraPro is sponsoring an open event there at 8pm on Sunday night, if you’re staying in town – just show a magic card or UltraPro product to get in the door. There will also be a raffle on-site at 10pm, sponsored by the following local stores: I’m Board, Misty Mountain Games, Mox Mania, Pegasus Games, and PowerNine.com

!!!!!BONUS – other places to play Magic in town!!!!!!

Did you get in early and are looking to FNM?

Netherworld (map section 3) – FNM: 7pm Draft

Downtown, just a few blocks west of the Capitol Building. The store tends to have a reputation for being cutthroat, and many of the most successful players in town game there, but i’ve always found it to be a friendly place.

Mox Mania (map section 20)- FNM: 6:30pm Modern, Standard, Draft

Probably the most popular place in town. It’s on the far west side, and I hear they get really big crowds for their events, but my personal experience there is lacking.

Misty Mountain (map section 15) – FNM: 6:30pm Draft

On the far Southeast Side. Their playspace is massive, as they used to host 200ish person PTQs back when those were a thing. They have a draft FNM at 6:30.

I’m Board (map section 18) – FNM: 6pm Casual Sealed and Modern

As the name suggests, they have a great selection of Board Games.

Pegasus (map section 20) – FNM: 6pm Draft

Just across the street from Mox Mania, this is a more relaxed and casual environment.

If you’re not looking to game, but want to find some elusive foil forgeign singles for your cube or whatever, PowerNine.com has their home base on State Street downtown. They’re among the most prolific eBay Magic dealers – period, and they will have a booth at the venue, so if you need something really rare, talk to them early in the weekend and they can almost assuredly hook you up by the time your trip, if not the day, is over.

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