PTQ Chicaco at San Diego Report Oct 5, 2002
When I first started playing
Magic, I loved writing tournament reports. I'd do it for
fun, however I finished just to do it. As a I played
more and more, I found the routine to be more and more
tiresome. It just stopped becoming worthwhile to me to
tell everyone that I finished 17th place in some
tournament no one cared about. In the end, I basically
stopped writing reports all together. Well, this last
weekend was so incredibly strange for me that I felt
writing a report to tell the story was the only real way
1 Aphetto Vulture
1 Secluded Steppe
Okay. Now remember some things before I give this report:
#1 - I was quite drugged and tired at the time. That said, my memory probably isn't all that clear - just going off scorepads.
#2 - I forgot to write some opponents' names down. Sorry.
#3 - I'm well aware that most people don't care about limited reports, so I'll be brief.
Round 1 vs Paul Grasshoff (W/G/B)
We kinda jockied back and forth early before I got the fear guy and was able to break through for 2 a turn until I won. Don't remember much about game 2 except I'm pretty sure I dropped Angel at some point and just won.
Games (2-0) Matches (1-0)
Round 2 vs Pierre Lalague
Game 1 he held me off with a Soulless One before Visara hit the board and blatently beat me up. Game 2 I served with Angel on turn 4 - goodnight. Game 3 was long and good. He got Soulless One down to hold me off for a while. I eventually get 3/3 flier down, and knocked him to 5. From there I was able to rush finish him. The game was better than I make it sound.
Games (4-1) Matches (2-0)
Round 3 vs Rick Chong
Game 1 he sees mana and turn 2 AND 3 Sparksmith. I see not much, and what I do gets Smithed away no problem. Game 2 he gets a fast jump, but I stabilize at 9. He drops Gratuitous Violence with a Crowned Goblin pumper-guy on the board. My Nantuko Husk is whittling him away, when with no cards in hand (turn before I'm gonna kill him) he TDs a Blistering Firecat. From there I still hold him off some and live because I had a Crude Rampart, but I'm at 3 when eventually he has too many creatures for me to handle and I die.
Games (4-3) Matches (2-1)
Round 4 vs Scott S.
I was pretty upset over my last loss. I don't remember much about this except that I blatently annihilated him 2-0. I know I got fast angel game 2. I remember these games not being very close. Nice guy, though.
Games (6-3) Matches (3-1)
Round 5 vs Brian Hacker
Just the opponent I wanted when I'm tired, in pain, and drugged. Nice. Anyway, game 1 we both play some creatures, me a few more than him, but he hold off my stuff with Crowd Favorite. A few turns later I Cruel Revival it at end of turn. He concedes at 19-19. Game 2 he gets some things down and tries to race me, but I drop Angel, which makes racing VERY hard. In the end I won pretty solidly. I think he just had a bad deck because I know he's not a bad player.
Games (8-3) Matches (4-1)
Round 6 vs ???
Didn't catch the name as I was getting SUPER tired at this point. Game 1 I know I was never touched. Don't remember how, but I have no change in my life total on my pad. Game 2 I was touched more than a couple times. I took 5 in the air, followed by him making his own angel and taking 6. He went for the kill with Aven and Angel, but I oblationed the Angel and took 3. I have a ground crew ready to serve back and get him kinda low, to about 4, before he gets Mobilization. I Profane Prayers his Dive Bomber and start serving. I get him low, but he can make 3 soldiers a turn and that holds me off for a while. Eventually, I get him to 3 and find my own angel. When it comes over, there really isn't anything he can do. Again, this was a better game than I make it seem. As a an interesting side note, he sold me the Angel, the Mobilizaion, and an Arcanis (I think) after the tournament. Something weird about owning the cards of the opponent you just beat.
Games (10-3) Matches (5-1)
Round 7 vs ???
Dunno who the guy was because we Drew in.
Games (10-3) Matches (5-1-1)
I get in at 6th place and get slapped in the #2 slot in the draft. I'm gonna summarize my draft: I was forced to go crap colors that dried up into nothing late. The decent green that did show was sucked up by the guy to my right and the guy to HIS right. I was getting screwed worse than a cheap whore in the draft. Well, at least in Rochester you know WHO is screwing you instead on wondering.
Here is my crappy-ass Rochester deck:
1 Krosan Groundshaker
1 Grassland Crusader
1 Secluded Steppe
Quarterfinals vs Peter Kvetkosky (Goblins)
I never even caught his name - just know it was his first top 8. He starts with a couple goblins - a Sparksmith and the pumper. I drop Wall of Mulch. He serves into it, but Vitality charm makes an insect and kills the Smith. From there I start making some more creatures, mostly bigger than his. Eventually I get an Elvish Vanguard with some armor on it and get some damage in. He kills it, but in the end, I have more and bigger creatures than him. Game 2 I find my pro-goblin guy and that holds him off. I start swinging for 4 in the air a turn with a Harrier w/ armor. I hold down the ground until he swings with everything. I block some, but he's tapped out, at 8, with my having 8 total. I swing for the win. I think his inexperience hurt him in this match some - he'll be a force to recon with in the future, though.
Games (12-3) Matches (6-1-1)
Semifinals vs Blake Quelle (Blue/Green)
I had zero chance of winning this match. I knew my deck was crap, and at the end drafted to simply win my quarters match since I knew my opponent was Goblins. I'm not even going into details except to say Blake mauled me mercilessly. I provided almost no resistance in two games.
Games (12-5) Matches (6-2-1)
So I leave with a pin and a box. Downright exceptional considering the circumstances. Was nice to do well at a bigger tournament since I don't play much these days and my play is not what it used to be.
Not much else to say - went back to the hotel after a REALLY crappy day of dealing but a good one of playing and slept for 12 ½ hours. Woke up, had lunch, came home, wrote this report. Fun fun. Hope you all enjoyed this little report. That's it for now. Be sure to check out my deck garage when I give it an update next - should be soon. Until next time, keep playing!
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