Cardmarket, Europe's largest online marketplace for Magic: The Gathering cards and other trading card games, is having a series of card tournament events this year, and over the weekend, the first of the six Cardmarket Series tournaments of the year just happened, Cardmarket Paris, but on Sunday, over 700 players evacuated the Paris Event Center due to storm Ciara.
Oliver Gehrmann shared the news on Reddit and shared a video on Facebook, detailing the evacuation efforts in the event venue. According to him, the 700 players who evacuated consist of 300 Yu-Gi-Oh! players, 250 Magic players, 160 Dragonball Super TCG players and Final Fantasy TCG players.
"Hall A of the center where all the tournaments took place was only safe to use until wind speeds of around 70 - 90 kilometers per hours, however, Ciara was supposed to hit more than 100 km/h during Sunday afternoon," Oliver wrote. "To ensure the safety of all the players on site, the event organizers decided to MOVE all 700 players from Hall A to Hall B (a concrete building)."
You can watch Oliver's video below:
"The staff and the players rose to the occasion and we saw everyone working together to move all of the tables, chairs, cards, computers, etc. to Hall B," Oliver said. "Even the livestream came back online after the move had concluded."
Each Cardmarket Series event is open to all players just like Grand Prix and SCG Open events in MagicFests, and just like those aforementioned events, they offer a variety of MTG formats including Old-School and the new Pioneer format.