Before each Pro Tour (@magicprotour), @WotC_Magic goes over their list and checks it twice, deciding who's been naughty, nice, and deserving of a special invite or a sponsor's exemption, and this year's lucky players got to open their late Christmas presents this week. In response, some consternation arose among Twitter's Magic community about the choices made by the powers that be. And thus a lively discussion arose.
This year, several big names appeared on the list. CFB team member Eric Froelich (@efropoker), Magic writer Melissa DeTora (half of @AllWeDoIsWinMTG), and GP stalwart with several top finishes recently Harry Corvese (@hcorvese) all now have the opportunity to play at the next Pro Tour. You can see the full list for yourself here.
Take a look at how Twitter took the news:
All I want for Tuesday is announcements— Harry Corvese (@Hcorvese) January 8, 2013
Wait a minute. You mean to tell me that people play Magic "professionally" instead of for fun? Huh. #MTGSponsorExemptions— MTG Color Pie (@mtgcolorpie) January 8, 2013
Evan Erwin (@misterorange) January 8, 2013
Jon Stern and Adam Yurchick get special invites to Pro Tour Montreal. Yay!— Mana Deprived (@manadeprived) January 8, 2013
NO FREAKIN' WAY !!!Jon Stern gets a well deserved invite to his hometown PT stop !!!Way to go Jon !!!— Eric J Seltzer (@ejseltzer) January 8, 2013
Just received word that I will be going to PT Gatecrash in Montreal! TY to WotC & all the friends/fans who have supported me! Love you all!!— eric froehlich (@efropoker) January 8, 2013
Kim Warren (@Fellwolf) January 8, 2013
Paul Renie.. that's the guy who Bonfired Kibler and created the worlds greatest GIF right? Because if so then he deserves it.— Phil Samms (@psamms) January 8, 2013
Sponsor's Exemptions are performance-based and come with plane tickets. Special Invites are for a variety of random reasons, no ticket.— Aaron Forsythe (@mtgaaron) January 8, 2013
Sponsor's Exemptions for #PTGTC have been awarded to the non Qd players who posted the best results last season (GP, PTQ and PT RTR),— Helene Bergeot (@HeleneBergeot) January 8, 2013
For those asking, Special Invites have been given out at Wizard's discretion long before Sponsor's Exemptions started.— Michael Hetrick (@theshipitholla) January 8, 2013
Matt Sperling (@mtg_law_etc) January 8, 2013
I dislike invites based on "ptq t4s" and I rly dislike invites based on "contributions to the community"... does it get any more subjective?— Paulo Vitor (@PVDDR) January 8, 2013
i'm really enjoying the back-and-forth petty sniping and passive aggressiveness regarding PT invites. let's ratchet this up.— Paul Rietzl (@paulrietzl) January 8, 2013
Morgan chang has two gp t8s in consec seasons and 100% deserves it more than both.— Chris Mascioli (@dieplstks) January 8, 2013
I contributed to Sponsor's invite clarity by proving that just one PTQ finals appearance is not enough to get anyone invited.— Chris Pikula (@meddlingmage) January 8, 2013
So will I be getting a special cosplay invite?— christine sprankle (@cspranklerun) January 8, 2013
Didn't get a Special Invite. It's like being picked last in gym class all over again.— Christopher Allen (@psychicbattle) January 8, 2013
How do I know #mtg players are whining about something? The Internet still exists.— Derek (@ricketyoldshack) January 8, 2013
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