by Scott Gerhardt
Feb. 9th, 2001
Friday Night Magic - Type 2
Wizards of the
Coast Store - Montclair, CA
Hey guys! Well, I just
got done playing my first Friday Night Magic as a
resident of California. I have the following to
say: "I want to go back to
Texas." Maybe I was spoiled by the good
tournaments in that area, but the one I went to tonight
just seemed to lack the luster of a good Rama
Llama Comics in Plano, TX or even Grand Slam in
Carrollton, TX. Maybe it was the way it was done,
maybe it's the way I felt rushed, maybe it was the
tournament structure, maybe it was the people, or maybe
it was just me. I dunno, but I left feeling pretty
empty tonight. Well, enough about that. How
about some tournament details.
The tournament had a
whopping 11 people in it. I'm not going to
complain - it was enough to hold the tournament which is
really all I want anyway. First place got the foil
Archer along with $25 (I think) in store credit.
The other two Archers were given away randomly.
They also dished out a couple of the "Facta Non
Verba" T-shirts as well randomly. Well, being
that I've been pretty busy doing a cross-country move as
well as start up this little 'ole website here, I've
hardly had any time to playtest Type 2. So, being
the good drone that I am when I am busy, I went with a
net deck. Yes, I know, I feel like a scrub, but
it's a deck-type I like and I had played with it some
previously, so I thought it would be a good one to use
tonight. Since I blatently copied it, I'll
blatently post the copy of it.
Arto Hiltunen - 9th Place, Pro Tour Chicago
4 Blinding Angel
4 Wrath of God
4 Accumulated Knowledge
4 Fact or Fiction
2 Dismantling Blow
1 Teferi's Moat
1 Story Circle
1 Tsabo's Web
4 Adarkar Wastes
4 Coastal Tower
3 Last Breath
2 Mageta the Lion
1 Teferi's Moat
1 Story Circle
1 Disrupting Scepter
Did I change anything?
Nope. Not a card. Honestly, when I don't
have any time at all to playtest, I say, "What the
hey - it got 9th in Chicago - can't be too
bad." After having played it, I would
probably make a few changes in the board, but the deck
is solid for all us U/W Control Freaks. Anyway, on
to the tournament. It was 4 rounds of PURE Swiss,
45 min time limits. God do I hate pure
Round 1 vs Larry Tetone
Seems I got paired with the
local ringer round 1. It's no big deal - just
another guy playing cards for all I care. Seems
he's playing the same deck, tweaked a bit.
Game 1 I see very few mana problems and he kinda stalls
out around 4 or 5 mana. I make him burn a couple
counters on early Blinding Angels - basically worthless
in the match-up. We draw some cards and take turns
blowing up each other's Millstones. Eventually, I
get one down and rolling. He has to draw some more
cards to equalize, but it's too late - I've got counter
backup and his library low. I get it.
Game 2 we reverse rolls. He has good mana while
mine slows down on me. He drops a quick stick,
which I counter to get one back, untap, and
disenchant. I get a good Fact or Fiction with a
Stick and Stone in it. He makes the stick too
good, so I take it. I then throw down an Angel to
draw a counter. It doesn't, but I war over the
Wrath a couple turns later. This taps him low and
allows me to force through the Stick. He is real
low on cards, and I stop a couple Accumulated Knowledges
to keep him from getting more. I might should have
let him have one of the knowledges, because I eventually
run out of counters. I do get a Stone down, but
it's a race. I have about 12 or so cards left in
library at the 2 minute warning. He is able to
drop a stone on me. Time is called, and I do the
math - he can't stone me out. I don't have any
counter-magic, though, so life is bad there.
Then, it happens. Turn 4 of 5 he drops another
Millstone. Goodness - no cards in hand because I
have sticked him to death, and he drops another
Stone. How lucky do you get. One card later,
and I win match. Anyway, he stones me out, and I
lose the game, and the match is a draw.
Game Record: 1-1 Match Record
As an interesting
side note, it is NOW that I find out it was pure
Swiss. I might have been taking a little more time
on my turns if I had known DURING the match.
Round 2 vs Trent Deal
Trent is running a mono-red
deck that got victimized by Larry the last week, so he
added white for Disenchant, COP:Red (?) and Spirit
Link. The details of this match are quite boring,
actually. The only thing of note are the
nightmares I am going to have about Capeshen Unicorns
getting Spirit Linked and beating me in the head.
I didn't lose to them, but it's embarrassing getting
beat in the head by any creature-type
"Unicorn". The end of both games was
about him trying to kill himself before I do. I
was pretty dominant here.
Game Record 2-0 Match Record 1-0-1
Round 3 vs Chris Amaral
Chris and I are there for 1
reason - for one of us to finish first. We figure
my deck with my play experience has a better chance to
do this. If she had been 2-0, I woulda conceded,
but since we're both 1-0-1, she gives me the win to try
to take the tournament. Thanks babe - I appreciate
Match Record 2-0-1
Round 4 vs Eric Haskins (I think)
Eric is running G/W stompy
style deck with Noble Panthers and Wild Mights. I
pretty much knew that turn 4 wrath, turn 5 Angle was
game. Game 1, that's pretty much the story.
I did that with Misdirection (like I needed it)
back-up. Exactly 10 turns later, only countering a
Tangle, the game was over. Game 2 I mulligan a 1
plains start into a 5 Island, 1 Mageta start. Not
wanting to go to 5, I keep. Well, I never draw
another land, and I draw continuous white spells.
Oh well - deck's turn to hate me. Game 3 I keep a
mediocre land draw with an Opt, but see lots of
land. I bait him into about 4 critters before I
Wrath. Next turn is the angel with counter
back-up. Nothing he can do about this.
Green/White has Hurricane, and that's about it. I
don't think he even had that.
Game Record 2-1 Match Record 3-0-1
Time to turn on
Scott-vent mode. I got 2nd. Second
<insert words not appropriate for this site>
place. Now I've been screwed on tiebreaks before,
but I REALLY think we just saw the inherent flaw in Pure
Swiss. Who got first? Larry. He 3-0ed
like I did, but he got paired up in round 3. I
lost to a computer. Man that sucks. There
should have been a playoff, or something. Break to
top 4...something. It was very clear the WotC
employees at the store were ill-equipped to handle such
a situation, and were quick to admit as much
afterward. So, but virtue of 60.42% vs 56.25%,
Larry gets a foil Archer and $25 credit. I get...a
handshake. Actually, I get a random shirt, but
that had nothing to do with my record on the day.
The system was flawed, and they admitted it
afterwards. Unfortunately, for all their
"admitting to being wrong", I still got
screwed over. Nice....I think I'm gonna seek out
another FNM for next week. Find something where
matches determine winners, not computers.
Obligitory Props and Slops:
Props to Larry - a really nice guy, who
plays a hell of a game. If I couldn't get the
Archer, he deserved it.
Props to Chris. Who knows who
woulda won, but it sure was nice not having to sweat
through that match. I appreciate it!
Hell, Props to all my opponents who were
all good sports. It was a fun night...mostly.
Slops to the store. Sorry - when 2
people finish 3-0-1 (mind you, undefeated), then it does
not take a rocket scientist to realize that either you
need to split the prizes up somehow, have a playoff, or
do something. Maybe it's because I was new and
Larry was established there. I dunno. I'm
not going to speculate politics and certainly not going
to accuse of them, but the judge seemed like a nice,
fair guy. I just know I went undefeated and got
Props to all the readers of
Pojo.com. Y'all are just the best. Thanks
for hangin' in there with us!
That's it. I'll give it a close here. I hope
some more of y'all follow suit and write up some
reports. We could sure use them. ;) Everyone
have a great day and keep playing!