Hello all! My name is Adam, I am new to the site and the game since receiving it as a Christmas present last year (2018). I love the game and have since Christmas, tracked down each expansion along with Lulu, Dimona and Orrick.
I am sure that I am just the latest in a long line of 'lack of competitive play' posts, but instead of just complaining, I have a question and wanted to see what other people have tried to generate more of a consistent competitive play atmosphere. My goal is to approach a local game store or two that I know have been selling a lot of Ashes and set something up on a more monthly or bi-weekly basis.
So here is my thought: Game store hosts an unsanctioned event, $5 entry per person, money goes to 1st and 2nd in the form of a gift card/store credit.
I think this would help pull more people into the game if they see it being played more frequently. I feel that it would scratch the itch for those of us that are old MTG players who want the thrill of a competition but don't want to get back into a CCG, and the store still moves merchandise.
What do you guys think? Has anyone tried this? Any tips to talking with Game Store Owners? What are the bad sides? Any other ideas to get competitive play moving that have been successful?