A little over a year ago, I helped Skully found GoatFormat.com with one goal in my mind, to create a welcoming and sustainable Goat Format community. Goat Format is truly a wonderful game, and I want there to always be a place for people to play it and learn about it. I believe that I have done my job to help create the kind of community that I originally had in mind.
Goat Format in 2019 is good and all, but does it really compare to going to a SJC in 2005, when you could compete for prize cards worth thousand of dollars? Well now you can do that in 2019 too. That's because in August, we will be giving away a Near Mint SJCS-EN007 Dark End Dragon. This is among the rarest cards in Yu-Gi-Oh!'s history. There are none available to buy at any store listed on TCGplayer.com, and the only copies listed on eBay command a price tag of $1000+.
As we stated in our last tournament announcement, the date for this tournament will be August, TBD. And yes, like all of our tournaments, anyone can participate for free. We anticipate a huge turnout for what will be, by far, the modern Goat Format tournament with the highest prize support of all time. Thus, the logistics of this tournament will need careful consideration in order to ensure that all of our players will have a high-quality experience. Once the date(s) and exact structure of the tournament is determined, you all will be the first to know, so be sure to check back regularly for more announcements.
Please read our last announcement regarding tournaments here if you have not done so already. We have a smaller tournament coming up this Saturday (2 days from today) in which we're giving out a cool shirt and VIP memberships. The VIP membership will be especially valuable for this next month, as VIPs will get a small seeding advantage for the big Dark End Dragon tournament. I wouldn't miss this opportunity if I were you.
A handful of players have asked us about how they can contribute a few dollars to GoatFormat.com other than just buying one of our T-shirts. However, we don't like to ask for handouts from the community, so instead we have created a VIP program which will allow you to support the Goat Format community while also receiving a multitude of benefits. And for those who would like access to the VIP program without spending a few bucks a month, there is good news: There are other ways to become a VIP. All of the details behind the program are explained below.
Some of you may remember reading or participating in our last weekly debate titled, "What Is Goat Control's Worst Matchup?" Admittedly, this debate was a nightmare to moderate on discord, as things could get off topic quickly and is was difficult to sort out the intelligent comments from the spam.
However, with the creation and success of the Goat Format subreddit, we're confident that this will not be an issue going forward. Our next debate is: "Other than the nine most popular decks on the GoatFormat.com Tier List, what do you think is the best deck in Goat Format?" There's never been a better time to join our subreddit, so give us your thoughts on this juicy topic here:
Next week, we'll sum up all of your arguments into an article!
Just sending out another reminder that our $100 Freeroll is this Saturday, June 15, at 1 PM EST. All of the tournament details can be found in our previous post here:
Can't make the tournament but want us to run more like it in the future? Then share the tournament info with your friends and get them to enter. The more people that enter, the more often we can run these tournaments and the more we can juice up the prize support.
Also, the whole tournament will be streamed on twitch. We will have some exciting feature matches along with big announcements to make during our stream (no spoilers!) so be sure to follow us at https://twitch.tv/GoatFormat so that you won't miss any of the action.
We think it's important that anyone interested in Goat Format can find everything that they might need at one website, rather than going to several. In the interest of preserving an important part of Goat Format history, we're migrating all historical coverage of SJC New Jersey, SJC Charlotte, 2005 US Nationals, SJC Seattle, and SJC Indianapolis to GoatFormat.com. These were the biggest tournaments played in the historical Goat Format. You can find this coverage under Tournaments -> Tournament Coverage (2005).
So far, we've uploaded everything from SJC New Jersey, but expect the rest of the coverage to come within the next few days.
You'll notice that in our right-hand bar there's now a link inviting you to join r/Goat_Format. This is part of our on-going effort to use social media to grow the Goat Format community. This will be a great tool for anyone in the Goat Format community to share their deck ideas, advertise their tournaments, or get their questions answered about the format. If you like Reddit, please join so that we can get r/Goat_Format off the ground and build some momentum. And please, start posting!
Note that while we will continue to use discord as a great platform for online discussions, its chat room style often leads to more chaotic discussions than somewhere like Reddit does. In particular, we think that the more organized nature of Reddit will make it much easier to do content like weekly debates in the future, should we choose to bring them back.
GoatFormat.com's first post was on 10/7/2018, which means that it's been about 6 months since we started the difficult task of building the first website that was comprehensively dedicated to Goat Format Yu-Gi-Oh! One of my biggest personal values is honesty, and transparency is closely linked with honesty. Hence, I hope to make one of these "State of GoatFormat.com" posts about every 6 months to address our challenges and our successes in order to show the community the path that we are headed on for the future. Read on for some cool metrics, insight into our thought process, and plans for the future. Beware: This is a long read.
You'll notice in our sidebar that you'll now see links to our twitter and instagram accounts. Our twitter account will be automatically tweeting clever or insightful soundbites from the users on our discord server. Our instagram account will be run by "Sacked", who will be posting pictures of sexy Goat Format cards for our more visual learners.
Just another reminder that liking, following, or subscribing to us on all of our social media accounts helps us get our brand out there and grow the Goat Format community. Thanks for your support.
It's been awhile since we've done an episode of Talking Goats. Tomorrow will feature ACP and Skully, and they will be discussing GoatFormat.com's biggest initiative for 2019. No spoilers on what that is! You'll want to make sure that you see this one live at twitch.tv/GoatFormat, tomorrow (3/24/2019) at 10 AM EST. We'll be taking questions from the chat as we go.