I've been playing magic for 5 years now. I was a crappy player for two years, a casual player for 2 1/2, and I've just recently been playing in tournament (since december). I hadn't been to a tournament before december, local or dci certified. Yeah, it's pretty stupid to start playing dci tournaments during urza's block, and even more stupid to go to a PTQ as your first tournament. Reguardless of what they tell you, new players do not suck. Even though i struggled through the ptq, 2-3, I have been doing well since, a couple top eight. My question is this- Why is my ranking only a measly 1630? I've been beating people who have a lot of people whow have a higher ranking than me, but still i don't move up. Do they also give new players the shaft or what? Also, somethimes i have to drop out early due to my ride leaving (I hate when that happens). Does that lower you score? Thanks for your help!