The Inaugural Magic: The Gathering Game Dev Rumble

Posted in Feature on February 6, 2013

By Monty Ashley

Did you hear about the Inaugural Magic: The Gathering Game Dev Rumble? It was great! Teams from a variety of Seattle-area game dev houses came to Wizards of the Coast and played Magic!

First, the competitors:

Team 5th Cell
Team 343 Studios
Team Airtight Games
Team Amazon
Team ArenaNet
Team Bungie
Team Monolith
Team Popcap
Team Signal Studios
Team Sucker Punch
Team XBox Live
Team Wizards of the Coast

That's a lot of competitors! Officially, everyone had an eight-person team, although there may have been deviations from that. For teams that were below eight people, there were extra competitors to add in. Everybody was split into twelve draft pods (Azorius, Izzet, Rakdos, Golgari, Selesnya, Orzhov, Dimir, Gruul, Boros, Simic, Pirate, and Ninja) and they participated in a three-round Gatecrash draft.

The play area was decked out with guild banners, on the theory that we have plenty of them around the office, so why not use them?

Sadly, the play area wasn't big enough, so competitors had to roam around the lobby of the building.

Kevin Doo of Team Xbox Live came equipped with Garruk-themed war paint. He also went 3–0 on the night and was joined by eleven others:

Players Who Went 3-0 Team
Kevin Doo Xbox Live
Lucas Scotta Xbox Live
Travis Webb Xbox Live
Alex Loret de Mola Bungie
Travis Pijut Bungie
Greg Marques Amazon.com
Aaron Forsythe Wizards
Michael Mackend Signal Studios
David Franti Popcap
Jonathon Junker Airtight Games
Stevn Stadnicki Airtight Games
Sean Wissler 5th Cell

And after two rounds of play, his team was in the lead!

In fact, the XBox Live team won! Here's how they did it:

Points Earned
Team Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 TOTAL
Xbox Live 15 21 18 54
Bungie 21 12 12 45
Amazon.com 12 18 12 42
Wizards of the Coast 18 9 15 42
Signal Studios 12 13 16 41
Popcap 9 12 16 37
Airtight Games 10 13 10 33
ArenaNet 11 9 12 32
Monolith 10 12 10 32
343 Industries - Microsoft Studios 6 9 6 21
Sucker Punch 6 6 8 20
5th Cell* 6 3 3 12

Their prize was this handsome Garruk Trophy.

They'll bring back the trophy for the next Rumble, possibly with a few modifications. All the other teams were rewarded with a can of silly string. So here's the awards ceremony:

We're not sure when the next Game Dev Rumble is going to be, but we're pretty sure we don't want to wait too long. To follow the action, watch for the #MTGRumble hashtag to light up again!

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