I’m going to start by saying that this poll will influence our decision on when to run NYG. That being said, it is important that only people who want to attend complete the poll. We have always tried to please the at home audiences, but this decision needs to be made with the players in mind. If you want to know more about Defend the North, there is a thread about it HERE. We’ve hosted in August ever since NYG 8 or 9, but something interesting is going on this year. With the advent of the FREE ENTRY tournament at Defend the North, and the possibility of another giant EVO side tournament, we are looking at a stacked Summer for VF as it is. I know that a lot of you travel for VF, and that for many of you making a ton of trips will be a sacrifice you can’t make financially. I also have a feeling that if you have to pick between Defend the North and NYG, most of you will pick NYG. I don’t really want to create a conflict of interest, and I think it's of the utmost importance that VF makes a showing at FGC events. I’m extremely excited about DTN, and I really want to support it, but I don’t want to lose the great times we have at NYG. So I’m proposing a compromise: let’s run NYG the same weekend as DTN. I have been told that VF at DTN will be on Sunday, July 21. This leaves Friday and Saturday for a pretty decent NYG experience. I don’t want to split hype or pot bonuses, so we’d be running the matcherino for Defend the North the whole weekend, but we can do the team tournament / other games and exhibitions throughout the weekend with their own prizes. We’ll also do the traditional things like hanging out, getting food, and the like. This really solves a few problems for us as well, because with iFixMachine closed we can’t have the run of a place like we used to. With the tournament taking place at a major, we can rest assured that it will run smoothly. At the end of the day, we always say that the “Gathering” part of New York Gathering is the most important part. I only want this option for us if it means that travelers will have an easier time, and that attendance will be high. It might make certain things more difficult: the DTN venue fee is higher than venue fees at Next Level (although the tournament itself is free entry!), and if you’re entering tournaments on Saturday you may miss a day of NYG. It also might secure attendance at both events for players that would have had to make a hard decision this Summer. It’s up to you guys to let us know what works best for you, and we’ll be able to run a great gathering like usual!