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Archon New Years Cup 2021


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Welcome to first New Years Cup using Cockatrice

Please click "show full description" below to see the full tournament process

You can register from now until 6th of Januar 20:00 CEST to win fame and honor in this Double Elimination Tournament.

Registration begins Sunday, December 20th 2020 and closes Sunday, Januar 6th at 10:00 PM CEST. Everyone who signs up by the deadline will get to play, so be prepared for byes. Seeding/byes for Round 1 will be random.

Games will be played on Cockatrice, and players are encouraged to complete their matches promptly so we can move on to the next round(s).

Before the tournament:

  • Sign up on
  • Make sure you join the Archon discord server (#tournaments). All communication will be done here. Make sure your username on discord matches your username on challonge (or close enough that it's clear).
  • Private message me your full decklist on discord (@QKey#3602) as soon as possible after you sign up. It must be in the form of a publicly available website (moxfield, scryfall, ect.). I will not accept any files. If you need help uploading your .dck file to one of the mentioned websites, just let us know in the discord. The deadline for completing this is the time at which the tournament goes live (Januar 7), not after the tournament ends! Please don't make me hound you on this. All deck lists will be revealed to all players once the tournament is live.
  • Make sure to check in here on challonge starting 48 hours before the tournament goes live. If you don't check in, you will be dropped!

Once the tournament is live:

  • YOU MAY NOT CHANGE YOUR DECK LIST. The list you submitted before the tournament started must be played each round. Changing your list after tournament start will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Each round has a deadline for completion. These deadlines will be roughly 3 days (72 hours) apart from each other, with more time at the beginning when there are more concurrent matches and less time near the end of the tournament when there are fewer matches to finish. I will post the specific deadlines for each round once I know exactly how many players have signed up. These will be posted directly on the challonge tournament bracket page in parenthesis to the right of the round number.
  • Private message your current round opponent on discord ASAP to set up a time to play your match. Refer to the google sheet to help with scheduling.
  • If you do not make any reasonable attempt to complete your match, you will be dropped from the tournament.
  • If both players make concerted attempts to play their match, but can't make scheduling work, then I will "flip a coin" to randomly determine a winner.

In-game rules:

  • As there is no Match clock in Cockatrice, you should keep an eye on the clock. Give your opponent some time to respond. Use the chat for communication, ask if a spell resolves or any action takes place before resolving a spell / an ability or anything else. If possible use the voice chat for faster games!
  • If the server crashes or resets in the middle of a game, both players must restart that game from scratch unless one player is willing to concede. You are free to ask your opponent politely to concede if you clearly had a dominant position, but please don't pressure them to do so. They have the right to replay the game from scratch.
  • If your internet disconnects and you are unable to reconnect and rejoin the game with everything working properly, then you must concede that game.
  • If your opponent clearly has an infinite combo that wins the game, please be civil don't make them play it out completely. Remember, all decklists will be public information at the start of the tournament.

After a match is completed:

  • Report your match result on and optionally on #tournaments on the discord server.
  • If you finish your match early, you may have to wait for your next round opponent. You'll get an email from challonge saying your next round opponent is ready. Complete that next round by its deadline.
  • Grand Finals match structure: The grand finals will be Best of 5 rather than Best of 3. The upper bracket finalist gets to decide whether to play or draw for game 1. 

Please direct any questions to #tournaments on the discord. Good luck and have fun!

How to play on Cockatrice:

  • Open Cockatrice, if you haven't registered already click on "Cockatrice" in the left upper corner and "Register to Server" (just enter your nickname, password and E-Mail adress)
  • If you are starting Cockatrice for the first time, click on "Check for card updates" (you don't need to change the settings, just click "Next", "Save", "Finish") and enable them once downloaded
  • Click on "Connect" or CTRL+L,  server: Rooster Ranges
  • Create a deck either by uploading via "Deck Editor" > "Load Deck" (format can be .txt or .dec) or creating manually (I highly recommend to upload a list)
  • Now you can check all cards in the "Deck" tab, commanders should be moved towards your sideboard for easier accessibility -  IMPORTANT: Cockatrice will not be able to read your card if it is named incorrect or contains an addition (e.g. deckstats writes commanders as "Queen Marchesa #Commander")
  • Once the deck is finished, go for the "Magic" tab to create a game
  • Your settings should contain a tick on "only buddies can join" (in advance, add your opponent to your friendlist) and no tick on "specators can watch" to not be disturbed by anyone else Load your .cod deck you have saved before using the "Deck" tab and click "Ready to start"
  • While playing, use the left icons (steps) to indicate the phase you are currently in
  • There is no rule-enforcement, any interaction needs to be done manually


  • CTRL+S - Shuffle your library
  • CTRL+L - Set your LP
  • CTRL+D - Draw a card
  • CTRL+I - Roll a die
  • CTRL+M - Draw your initial hand, mulligan
  • CTRL+E - Draw x cards
  • CTRL+N - Permanently revealing your top card
  • CTRL+W - View at the top x cards
  • CTRL+T - Create a token
  • CTRL+P - Change Power+Thoughness
  • F2 - Concede

Commander swap: 

  • You can always place your Commander(s) in the left zone (the stack) and change them by putting them on top of your library; open your library to search for the other commander and place it

For most other interactions, you need to click thru manually. I highly recommend playing a few casual games in advance to get used to everything!

Final Results

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