After the success of last year's Auction of the People at the 2001 Magic Invitational, we felt it was only appropriate to have an encore. (For those of you that are unaware, the Auction of the People is a format where the players bid on and then play decks built by all of you.) Of course, this year we have a brand new deck building twist. Last year was creature race decks; this year is alphabet decks.
An alphabet deck is defined as follows: Every deck is built around a letter of the English alphabet. All the cards in your deck, except basic land, must have one of the words in its title start with the appropriate letter. For example, if you had an "S" deck, you may use Sparring Golem, Phyrexian Scuta or Last Stand.
Here are this year's rules:
1) Decks are allowed to use any cards available in Magic Online at the time of this year's Invitational. This includes Seventh Edition, Invasion, Planeshift, Apocalypse, Odyssey, Torment, Judgment, and Onslaught. Note that the deadline for this event is after the Onslaught prerelease.
2) All cards need to be listed by their English name.
3) The judges will be looking for decks that are fun to play, are original and have a strong theme. They will not be judged on power level.
4) We will only be choosing one deck per letter. The more obscure letter you use, the less competition you will have to get selected.
5) Players may submit only one deck.
6) All decks must be turned in by Monday, September 30th at 12:00 pm PST.
7) Seventeen decks will be chosen. The designer of each deck will receive a special, secret prize.
8) Players will not sideboard between games, thus sideboards are unnecessary. There is one exception to this rule which is that you may make a sideboard if you put a wish (Burning Wish, Cunning Wish, Death Wish, Golden Wish, or Living Wish) in your deck. This sideboard will only be accessible by the wish. If you do not have a wish in your deck, you may not have a sideboard.
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