The gauntlet was thrown and the play mats were set up at the one and only dice addiction Games for the Magic: The Gathering Modern State Championships Sunday, March 5 in Tulsa. Fifty people from around the state, some even from surrounding states, showed up to test their decks, but in the end, one person reigned supreme. Stepping atop the proverbial pedestal after a long day filled with fierce battles, Daniel Graves was named Oklahoma's champion for 2017.
The tournament ran from 2 to 8 p.m.. and was packed with players from all walks of life. The first place prize winner not only took home the title of champion, but also a state champion play mat, 10 booster packs of Modern Masters 15 and 50 points for the tcg Player Prize Wall. The other competitors that came within the top eight also received state top eight play mats, nine booster packs of Modern Masters 15 and 85 divided points for the TCG Player Prize Wall.
The TCG Player Prize Wall is a system put in place to help bring the community out and become more active. The system encourages players of many popular tabletop card games; Yu-Gi-Oh!, pokemon, Magic: The Gathering, force of will and many others to get out and visit their local shops and participate in events in a safe and productive way. You sign up and earn points through events and tournaments at your local game shop and you can redeem these points for various prizes like booster packs, apparel and even novelties. If you have not signed up, you can always do so through your local game shop, or visit tcgplayer.com to get set up.
Dice Addiction, one of the newer additions to the Tulsa tabletop scene, is owned and operated by Chip Knight since August of 2013. Knight is a Tulsa-born gamer with a love for the industry and it shows with his shop. Dice Addiction offers a home to all gamers whether it's for tabletop or video games. He's dedicated to bringing together the best of the community in a fun, lighthearted atmosphere. The shop offers a variety ranging from card and board games to gundam models and rpg minis. The stock is immense and the customer-friendly small staff are always knowledgeable. The shop even has concessions for when you need a little bit of gamer fuel to keep you going during those long D&D sessions.
Knight loves the community and the people he now knows on such a basis he was able to point out many of the members that were participating in the tournament. When asked who had the most unique deck, he quickly and easily pointed out a young man whom he only referred to as Everett that was playing with what looked like a tower instead of a deck. He said the young man was playing with a 200-card deck, and while it usually stomps out most of his competition, the championships were turning out to be quite elusive for Everett as he could not get any strong combos to finish a few matches. Another player he pointed out was David Allen who was apparently playing a super complicated deck named “eggs” that even Knight had difficulty explaining.
Knight said he's grateful for the community and his shop is open to anyone needing a table for D&D, Pathfinder and other tabletop games. Dice Addiction is open from 1 to 10 p.m. daily at 4622 E. 11th St. Tulsa. Learn more at www.diceaddiction.com.