I went 2-2 in a Standard Daily event on Magic Online today (username badmagicplayer). I was playing Illusions for the first time (I’m working on putting up some gameplay vids on youtube so you can see how bad I actually am), and lost two close matches to a Puresteel Paladin UW deck (with 1 life in game three the guy topdecked 2 day of judgments to kill each of my topdecked creatures, then ripped Timely Reinforcements, but I made the mistake of underestimating the power of allowing Mortarpod to live while destroying a manageable Sword of War and Peace) and Tempered Steel. I’m sure I made many mistakes because I’m a noob pilot with the deck.
Then for rounds 3 and 4 I sat and waited 10 mins each for my opponents, neither of whom were online when the rounds started, to time out and forfeit. Funny how neither opponent had the decency to simply drop from the tournament so I could play a full tournament of four matches and get my money’s worth out of the event. I really wanted to play those two rounds, if not only to get better at playing a deck I have had little experience with, but to also regain some of my lost pride from the earlier rounds.
For those of you who don’t play MTG Online, there are daily 4-round tournaments of all formats that fire every hour. Entry to these tournaments cost Event Tickets, the online currency (1 dollar = 1 ticket). Prize support for a daily event is based on win-loss record, with 4-0 and 3-1 records receiving packs, and anything 2-2 or less only getting the learning experience. You have the option at any time to drop from the event, which most players do after losing a second match. Also, if you are not logged into MTGO within 10 minutes of each round beginning, you automatically forfeit the match. While this is a nice auto victory in the first two rounds, having your opponent forfeit after you’re already out of the prize running is simply a waste of your time.
I understand that computers crash and things arise where people have to logoff prematurely, but both of my last two opponents were no shows. All they had to do was press the Drop button and I would have been paired up with a present opponent, and would have had two more opportunities to learn how to better pilot my deck. Instead, I paid for 4 rounds of play and only got 2.
This situation arises in paper events too, especially at FNMs. Often players are in a hurry to leave after getting their butt handed to them in a match, and forget to tell the tournament organizer they they are dropping. This leaves their next round opponent with a free win and 50 minutes to waste in lieu of a solid opportunity to play his/her deck. Trust me, I understand how bad it feels to not win games for several matches in a row, and how fast you want to get out of dodge and on to something completely different to forget about your “bad luck.” But do your fellow players a favor, and drop from the event, whether online or in real life, so that we all have an opportunity to become better players and not just a seat warmer.