Micah McCormick has been named Sportsman of the Year for 2019 by appearing on 38% of the 439 ballots and receiving 37% of the votes cast in the annual membership vote. Micah McCormick earned praise in both Castles of Mad King Ludwig and Vegas Showdown. In Castles, Micah realized that the GM had made an error in calculating the Semifinal qualifications, notified the GM, and therefore failed to qualify for the semifinals. In Vegas Showdown, a mistake was discovered at the final scoring of a semifinal in Vegas Showdown where one player had placed a tile without the prerequisite. The GM was called over to adjudicate the game, however it was complicated as the placement had indirect effects on the game tha was not reflected in the final game state. Just removing the offending tile from the final game state would have put Micah McCormick in the lead on points. However, Micah along with the rest of the table discussed the game and reached a unanimous decision about who should advance from the table. That individual was not Micah, who essentially ceded his spot in the final by not pressing for a decision in his favor. Nominated by both GMs.
His competition was Kevin Emery with 20% of the votes. Kevin was nominated by the GM of Small World. Kevin Emery, during round 6, pointed out to another player who was somewhat new to the game, a rule that he was not aware of. He didn't need to send reinforcements to where the dragon is because he is immune to conquest. If the player followed this advice, it would have made it more difficult for Kevin to take over his territories.
The remaining top six nominees were Amy Whitesell with 12%, Marc Visocnik with 11%, Rob McCracken with 8%, and Ron Fedin with 8%.