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Tournaments Update

I’ve recently attended some local tournaments where I’ve had some success since my last tournament posting for Magic the Gathering. I attended a Grand Prix qualifier for Salt Lake City here in Austin that I ended up winning, the prize being a couple hundred bucks in prizes and an invitation to Salt Lake City to play in a large prize tournament. ¬†Unfortunately I couldn’t attend due to school and flights being ridiculously expensive (Mormon prophet convention that weekend, seriously?!?!?). Nonetheless I was very proud and thrilled to know that my skills were sharpening to have beaten some of Austin’s finest.

The following weekend I attended a Pro Tour Qualifier in which the Prize was an expenses paid trip to Barcelona in mid-May for the Pro Tour. The Pro Tour is where the money and recognition is, and that would be the apex of my Magic tournament experience if I were to get invited to one. The tournament lasted from the early morning until late at night with hundreds of people battling for the coveted prize. There were roughly 10 rounds of play, and then a top 8 cut to single elimination rounds. I ended up getting 9th and just barely missing the top 8 with 5th-9th all having the same scores but I missed due to tiebreakers. It was a great experience and was glad to have taken part of it although my brain was completely mush after such a long day of battling wits.


Friday Night Magic, Part 2

Nic and I parted ways as the next rounds pairings were announced, we wished each other luck and headed to battle. This round I was paired against a fellow who admitted it being his 8-9th time playing Magic so I automatically assumed this may be an easy match, relief. Joel was his name and he was playing an aggressive red and green werewolf deck that attempted to overrun me early in each game. Luckily for me, my blue and black zombie was well suited to handle his early rush for my 20 life points with a lot of early removal of his werewolves and in both games I beat him with my combo to send my game-winner Mikaues to the graveyard and reanimate him cheaply.Overall Joel played well and could have fooled me with his solid play decision and near flawless play. In the end, we shook hands and I reconvened with Nic to find out he won his match as well.

My next match was not very memorable and honestly couldn’t recall more then beyond the guy eating a very large bag of fun yuns and getting crumbs all over the battlefield. I ended up winning and subsequently had a “bye” and a “draw” the next 2 rounds and cruised into the top 8.

The top 8 is single elimination rounds so one loss and you’re done so the pressure was on. My first match I didn’t catch the gentlemans name but he had a nice way about him. He was playing a Delver deck that had been doing very well nationwide lately and I had anticipated playing against such a deck so my sideboard was prepared. It definitely came in handy as the match went to game 3 and each one was very close. The end of the match was dramatic as everyone was watching us play and we were the last 2 playing, I ended up winning on my turn by a (very) lucky draw that cleared his army out and left room for me to finish off the beats.

I ended up losing in the semifinals to a guy that probably could have been a good friend in another life, Chris, we played and continuously talked about life, technology, and Magic. I still think he was trying to distract me but that’s ok considering he ended up winning the tournament, overall I had a great time and was satisified with my overall outcome and am looking forward to many tournaments to come.

Friday Night Magic, Part 1

As I mentioned before I’ve been getting back into the tournament scene for Magic and have been enjoying it tremendously. Every Friday night at most comic book/game stores you can find events hosted by Wizards of the Coast, the company who makes Magic. I decided to make my debut into the tournament scene at a local store here in Austin called Pat’s Games. Pat’s is a store dedicated solely to Magic and therefore only sells Magic cards and hosts tournaments.

After having brewed and battle tested my personalized 60 card deck with my new found Magic buddies I decided it was ready for the big stage. The tournament had 32 participants in which every player pays an entry fee of $10, which mainly goes to the store and prizes. This particular tournament was a Swiss-system tournament, meaning players get paired to face each other for several rounds and the top 8 players with the best overall record face off for prizes, nationwide points, and bragging rights.

I enjoy the Magic community due to how much you immediately have in common with your opponent and you will find players off all ages and types which usually leads to interesting conversation. My first opponent was a younger gentleman that I would guess was in high school, we chatted about how it was our first time playing at this location and how crowded it was. I could tell he was as excited as I was, but I didn’t want to give away my nervousness. Nic, as I learned his name was, put up a good fight and I nearly thought I would lose the match after losing game 1 in a best of 3 but luckily I pulled off game 2 narrowly and swept game 3. We shook hands and he congratulated me and we stuck together and chatted about Magic and life until the next round.

The Gathering

So I’ve recently started to get back into playing Magic the Gathering, a collectible card game, in which I like to describe as a mix between poker and chess. Mainly because I still think it is hilarious, the way I ended up getting back into Magic was when I was walking up the stairway heading to my apartment and happened to look into my downstairs neighbors window that was wide open. I saw four grown men sitting around a table playing cards on a Friday night. Normally, this wouldn’t be considered uncommon other then the fact I recognized the each players card layout on the table and there were way too many cards out to be poker. I immediately recognized the signs of Magic. I followed up with my neighbor the following day in which he confirmed my suspicions.

Four months later and having spent more money then I would like to admit here I am. I had originally played back in middle school and high school but not having a job or a means of income throttles your ability to have a successful deck and a decent collection. I’ve rebuilt my collection with the latest cards and have recently started getting back into the tournament scene, where my real passion lies.

The video below, although cheesy, includes basic information about what Magic really is.

MtG Finder

So I’ve “developed” an idea for an application for a mobile device called Magic the Gathering Finder. It’s main functionality would include a way to find local events, places to purchase MtG, find other player looking for casual playing, initiate trades, and find singles for sale. I believe it would consolidate a lot of the searching necessary to find all this information on the web and would make it easier for people to find those¬† cards they are looking for or just find people who want to play.

The left side is how the finder would display search results. The right side is the search engines options for what you desire.