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Rj's Deck Garage
July 7, 2005
Nationals Tourney Report

Hello readers! Its been a while, the 2005 United States Nationals have come and gone, and the 4 representatives from the US have been chosen to go and represent us in worlds this August! It was a great weekend and I had a fun time, but I do have some comments to make...

It could have been a lot better, if it wasn't for the luck factor in this current format. In the first round I was sitting at my table, about 2 seats away was Evan Vargas (AKA Sand-Trap from the CoTD's) and to my right was T from Comic Odyssey, the former national champ! I was in great company as you can imagine!

But, as it turns out, a lot of the so called "favorites" for this event all lost the first round of the tournament, off the top of my head...

Jaelove
Sand-Trap
Wilson Luc
Dwayne Nunez
Nate N.

And a lot more people from Team Savage, and Comic Odyssey all lost the first round. Honestly though, it was mostly because of the incredible luck their opponents possessed. Look at my first round match for example...

He goes first, sets a single Magic or Trap, and ends. I call the Scapegoats, and summon Breaker, add counter, but don't remove, and attack. He activates the Scapegoats and I hit one, setting my only m/t as a bluff (I had a horrible hand). He goes and MST's my f/d bluff, that's fine. He proceeds to summon Tribe Infecting Virus and discard a sinister serpent for Beast, so he would have room to play....

Graceful Charity (Discard DMoC)
Pot Of Greed
Premature Burial + DMoC
Graceful Charity
Black Luster Soldier - Envoy
Snatch Steal

That was...around 9,000 damage, on turn 2. That was fine, in game 2, I didn't see enough of his deck in game one to realize that he Main Decked 2 Messenger Of Peace's. He basically stalled me hitting me for around 1000 at a time, after his strong opening of Pot Of Greed and Delinquent Duo.

My second round opponent looked as though he had only been playing for a while, and pulled off a triple Pot Of Greed by turn 4 with a single Delinquent Duo.

I wont bore you with details, I was so disgusted after my 2nd round lost, that I dropped from the tournament, and went back to the hotel to swim until day 3.

Other then the actual Nationals Swiss part of the weekend, it was great. Many people that deserved top 8 didn't get top 8 because of this luck factor, but hopefully that will be changed with the new banned and restricted list in October.

I must give many props to: Jerry Wang, Max Suffridge, Miguel Garcia, and Bryan Coronel from Team Overdose, Team Nexus, and Team Alpha Omega for getting top 8 at this event, good luck at worlds you guys!

Well, I had my friends with me from all over the US, Chris from California took a plane down and rode with us to Nat's, as did a few friends from Texas, they all got home safely, and we are still tired from this great weekend! I don't have a lot of time on my hands right now, but expect a full Deck Fix by the end of the week. But for now, I must leave you...

Peace for now...

-Rj


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