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Guest Writer – Atlantic City Grand Prix Tournament Report

OBS: This is a post from January this year and so is a bit out of date, but the event still happened and the report was still written by one of our guest writers! And asked to be shared a while back. Of course my lack of work on this blog made it not happen… well… now it happened! Link to the original post at the bottom of the post, enjoy!

Atlantic City Grand Prix Tournament Report
Posted on January 20, 2013 by reithena

First, sorry this took so long. I started school back up this week and was getting started there as well as Trev coming back home and apartment searching…so busy the past few days!

I only stayed for five rounds. After round five I was 1-3-1 and it just put me in exasperation mode, but more on that later.

My day started at 5 am when I woke up to start driving from Delaware to Atlantic City. Now normally I love these early morning drives, but there was fog. Crazy awful Silent Hill levels of fog in some areas, not just the normal morning stuff in low lying areas. So it took me an extra 30 minutes or so to get up there. Not to big of a deal.

Then, I try to park in the parking lot across the street from the convention hall. Press the button, press the button, one more time, no, not going to give me a ticket. Call up the convention hall. The number for general inquiries is just a a calendar of events. So I start calling every person on the list for the convention hall. I finally get someone, who thankfully sends someone over rather quickly. However, the fix wasn’t fast and by the time he told me the machine was broken it was 9:00 am. Registration closes at 9:30. Crap. He tells me another way into the parking lot which, while on the same block takes a lot of driving due to the number of one way streets, park in the first spot I see and run. I will not have woken up that early and driven that far for nothing.

I get in the hall at 9:20 and just start to fill out paperwork. It is these times that I’m always happy that I have my deck list pre-written out on my phone. Got it all done and they were still registering late comers and giving them time to get things in order. Okay.

So I milled about. Looked at some cards, bought the playmat from rk post since I didn’t get a chance to register early. Went and found a spot and started to do some extra shuffling. They posted seats for the players meeting and I reported. Got to see a lot of familiar faces. It was very nice to see people from various other tournaments and events at the table and to know that we seem to be continuously sat near each other.
I loved it, thought it was awesome…so did my mom and she wanted to steal it.

I loved it, thought it was awesome…so did my mom and she wanted to steal it.

Then it was off to the races.

Round 1: This was an interesting round. The first game I was able to easily take care of all of the threats that he had, which was mostly a Olivia Voldaren. Other than that his deck was Red and Black, but control. All about removal and life reduction through soceries. I was eventually able to just get out enough creatures, and big ones at that, that he could no long remove. I eventually ran him over with Jarad and some Dreg Manglers. The next games went just the opposite. It seemed like he side-board in some extra Olivia’s and Pillar of Flame. Having things exiled rather than sent to the graveyard was a big hit. I had side-boarded in some Tragic Slips rather than the usual Ultimate Prices since pretty much the only creature he had was Olivia. I would throw things out every turn, but it just wasn’t enough between the exile and the stealing. game three was a complete wash as I got stuck on three mana. Lot’s of things in the graveyard, Jarad in my hand, but I could not seem to just get there in time. It was unfortunate, but I wasn’t upset. It was nice to lose to someone else who had completely created their deck from scratch rather than just buying the cards that the current decks were playing.

Record: 0-1

Round 2: In round two I faced a Red Deck Wins build. This, I thought, was going to be a bad match up for me. It turns out I was wrong. The first game he just couldn’t deal with how fast I was able to throw out creatures, start killing his with Ultimate Price or the Golgari Charm. I had no issues with just blocking and chunking things to the graveyard. I seemed to really confuse him when I pitched a Thragtusk for a dual land during a Grisly Salvage. But then again, when I can throw down a Jarad and have him huge, and throw a Rancor on him right off the bat, there is no need not to.

In between games he made the comment of not knowing what to side in against me, or how to really play against such a deck. Which I’m fine with. Game two went even faster, but in his favor. I had a really bad hand and wasn’t pulling things fast enough to respond. At most I thinkI had two Dreg’s and a Geist out, but I needed them all to block.

Game 3 was a bit longer. It went in my favor, but it was sad as for part of it he just seemed to give up. He started to come back at the end, but there isn’t much you can do about me laying out two Strangleroot Geists, having no issue Golgari Charming to whip out most of your critters and bring them back from undying, and then add even more counters on to them. It just hurts. However, he was able to do damage to me via Vexing Devils. So I won, with three life left.

Record: 1-1

Round 3: Bant control OMG I hate you and can’t wait for you to be gone. Thankfully the person I was playing against was fantastic! The first game just went on and one and got to the point where I didn’t have answers. Mostly for all those Restoration Angels and Thragtusks. It was a pretty standard game all things considered. Had him at 2 and then he just jumped back up to 17. Ouch.

Game two was far more interesting. I had what in my book was God Hand. All the right lands, great creature curve, and some removal if need be. Liliana always helps too. Put out a Deathrite Shaman and Gravecrawler so I was hitting for 3 pretty fast. Then I added on a Geist. He was able to get out a Thragtusk, but I just Ultimate Priced it to stop the Resto Angel that could happen. Started chipping away again, and played Lilliana and started to get him into the cycle of discard while I had nothing. He started to just play things to ry and get it out on the board, so I popped Liliana’s Ult after already doing splits with his Jace, and gave him the Choice between an Angel and his colorless lands or his colored lands. Oh the conundrums I love putting people into! At this point we were at time. He wound up keeping his colored lands and was able to play another Thragtusk and some Sphinx’s revelations, but never for much life gane and I was able to just widdle him away. Particularly after another Liliana resulted in more sacrificed creatures.

Record: 1-1-1

Round 4: This was good for me because it was the first time I had gone up against Frights/Reanimator. I had issues. Mostly on the fact that I mulled to 5 in the first game and didn’t have an answer for fliers other than Ultimate Price or Golgari Charm to wipe his spirits. It was a quick game, which only about 9 turns in it.

Game two went a little more in my favor. He didn’t draw into much and with Deathrite Shaman I was able to exile a lot of his spells that had flashback quickly. This game was even shorter then the first, only going for six turns. An army of Dreg Mangler’s will do that I suppose.

Game three was very long. We both took the shock, but I was the first one to get an creature out. And it was looking good for a while. I was able to sit there and exile things and either do damage or gain life with Shaman and do damage with Strangleroots and Dreg’s, and the occasional Gravecrawler. It looked promising. And then something horrible happened where he suddenly had 20 health and I had 11. And it just did not get any better. He was able to take me out in two swings thanks to more flying creatures. I really hope I can solve this problem now that I see it more clearly.

Record: 1-2-1

Round 5: This was a round. It was another Bant Control deck(joy of my life), but the guy I played took forever. In fact, I was upset that I wasn’t looking at the play clock because our first game took 45 minutes, he shuffled my cards so they were missed up sleeve wise, and he looked at two of the same card that had different art for a long time. It took so long sometimes I was forgetting whose turn it was. He won the first game and I was quick to move on too the next. In which a judge came over to observe and see how far along we were regarding play time. I said Game 2 turn 2. She seemed rather appaled by this and stuck around to watch in which my opponent kept taking time, looking at notes, tapping, untapping, and rearranging lands before playing a card. I had him down to 1 health and we drew. He won the round and I was incredibly bitter. I gave the judges my report on the match and they said they would keep an eye on the player in the future.

Record: 1-3-1

Now, after that last match I decided to drop. I would have loved to have kept playing and try to get the sour taste out of my mouth, but at the same time I was exasperated, tired, and a little pissed. I didn’t want my ill mood to ruin someone else’s good time that I could only imagine they were playing at such a record. Plus, two hours back to Delaware. I figured if I had been doing well I would just crash in my car or something along those lines, but at that point I just wanted to go ‘home’ and have my futon.

I did pick up some packs from the Lowryn block because that is what I do. Got another one of the filter lands, I think I have about half of them now. I also valued the time that I had in between rounds. There were a lot of great people to talk to. Of course there was the occasional, aww you’re here on behalf of bf/husband/what have you, but by now I’ve learned to calmly explain that I am not. It was also great that there was a young girl there who was kicking ass and I could point to and be like, been playing since I was a bit older then her.

So overall, no regrets. Lessons learned as per always, but never regrets. Now I’ve started to even get a group of people that I see at all of these types of events together and talk to them. It makes me feel pretty awesome.

Guest Writer - Renee

[Original post can be found here: http://reithena.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/atlantic-city-grand-prix-tournament-report/ ]

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MTG – Grand Prix Schedule – Early 2013

Hello Nurglings!

Here is the Grand Prix Schedule for early 2013 (Magic the Gathering).
So where will you be going next year?

Indianapolis USA December 22-23, 2012
Denver USA January 5-6, 2013
Atlantic City, NJ USA January 12-13, 2013
Singapore Singapore January 12-13, 2013
Bilbao Spain January 19-20, 2013
Sydney Australia January 19-20, 2013
London UK February 9-10, 2013
Quebec City Canada February 23-24, 2013
Charlotte USA February 23-24, 2013
Yokohama Japan March 2-3, 2013
Verona Italy March 9-10, 2013
Rio de Janeiro Brazil March 9-10, 2013
San Diego USA March 16-17, 2013
Utrecht Netherlands March 16-17, 2013

Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

Avacyn Restored Pre-Release – Helvault – Let’s not complain!

Hello Nurglings!

I am getting so tired with all these people complaining about the Helvault content. I just don’t understand why. Well I do understand why, you are underwhelmed by the fact that you can’t sell the items you get on the secondary market, that you can’t use it when you play… oh wait… you can. Okay I won’t rant on the ranting people; I will instead tell you why you should be happy with the event and what the Helvault means to us.

1. We still get an event promo card. (Moonsilver Spear)
Yes we still get a promo card, the one thing that is always there for the pre-release, this card, is more than enough for me to consider it a sweet deal. Not only is it fun to play and try out a completely new limited format, not only do we get to hold and see the new cards in real life; we also get a promo card! Yay!

2. It’s something extra! It’s something that’s supposed to be fun!
Sadly the content was spoiled before the Helvault was actually opened. The positive side of this is that we now can discuss why you are so disappointed. The Helvaul is not there to be extra prices to the best players, it’s not there to force people to play at the event just to get their hands on valuable cards/items. It’s there to make it more exciting to play at the event!

3. Compare it to other pre-release specials.
Okay so look. Dark Ascension, we had stickers… stickers were given out to people defeated by people with a monster sticker. How valuable was that for you? Not much but it was fun.

During the Mirrodin Besieged event we got to choose a side, so either we got Mirran boosters or Phyrexian boosters. Basically half the set was not available to you during this event, did people complain? No. It was a cool thing, it made the event special. (Some complaints about balance perhaps, but that’s another issue).

We have a Helvault, we need to complete objectives to break the seal, when opened, we get several promo items! Things that we get to hold and bring with us home, a memory of the event. How is this worse than any of the previous pre-release events?

4. Higher costs at the event?
If your Tournament organizers asks for more money for this event, ask him why, and don’t blame Wizards. Wizards don’t decide what kind of payment organizers demand from the players at the pre-releases. If they are using the Helvault to ask for more money, maybe you should consider playing at another location. If you don’t have anywhere else to play, discuss it with them why they demand more money for something that is given to the store for free (at least I believe that the Helvault is a free promo item given to a few stores). There is truly no need for them to ask you for more money.

Okay. Finished.

Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

The biggest Trading Card Game tournament ever held is…

Hello Nurglings!

Yea I know that you’re all excited, sitting at your computers, or with your Ipads or phones on the buss thinking: well isn’t this obvious?

Magic The Gathering must be the game that held the biggest tournament in the TCG category. That would be the obvious answer from the top of any gamers head I think. Some may take a step further and see it as a trick question and quickly jump on to:

Pokémon. It’s a popular game and plenty of kids still play that around the world. Tournaments still seems to be doing best in the US and Japan though. Pokémon is indeed one of the best selling card games on the market. That is strengthened by the fact that it keeps going together with a cartoon for kids plus a series of games that are popular for people in all ages.

But no. Neither of the above is the correct answer.

Yup… you guessed it.

The correct answer is Yu Gi Oh! And the tournament:
100th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournament!
So how many people joined the tournament Nurgle? Well let me start by telling you this, they made 3,500 play mats for the tournament to give out to the players… they ran out of play mats. The final player count:

So now you know.

Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

Yu Gi Oh – Finals of YCS Toulouse Video – Jack Bruun from Sweden!

Hello Nurglings!

Just wanted to share a video of the finals from YCS Toulouse. Jack Bruun is in fact from Sweden, and to honor him I thought I would share this with you all. Jack is clearly one of the best players in Sweden right now, and I’m not sure, but he may even be one of the best players in Europe. I need to look into how other Yu Gi Oh players have been finishing at YCS tournaments lately, but I will keep that for a rainy day. He sadly only finished second, but… second is still a great spot!

(Interview from the coverage.)
Age: 15
Hometown: Gothenbourg, Sweden
Occupation: Pupil, 9th grade

What did you play this weekend and why?
Dino Rabbit – I consider it to be the best Deck as it can answer every other card in the Deck! It’s extremely strong whenever you can start the game!

What’s been your biggest accomplishment so far?
I made Top 32 in Brighton and also reached day 2 in Leipzig!

What card from GAOV are you most looking forward to?
I only checked out a few cards, but Cardcar – D seems like the standout card in the set, so I’ll go with that!

Will you attend the WCQ: EC in Milan?
Yes, certainly!


Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

Solar Flare Deck – for this FNM!

Hello my Nurglings!

Guess what I’m currently twelfth in Swedens FNM ranking (within september 5 to july 1). And this friday I’m going to the FNM with a sweet deck of mine. Oh wait, a lot of people have already played it around the globe… but it’s my first chance so ha! What deck am I talking about? Solar Flare! I’ve always been a bit iffy when it comes to posting decks that I’m going to play that same friday, but for this once, I’m just going to do it anyway, and on friday I can do a sweet follow up on how the tournament actually went.

I’m still missing a few cards from this list, mostly lands. I’m still going to write em’ down as if I had them to confuse all of you that may or may not be at my FNM this friday. 😉


Creatures: 9

3x Snapcaster Mage
2x Sun Titan
1x Grave Titan
1x Wurmcoil Engine
1x Solemn Simulacrum
1x Molten-Tail Masticore

Other spells: 26
4x Mana Leak
4x Forbidden Alchemy
4x Unburial Rites
3x Think Twice
3x Oblivion Ring
2x Day Of Judgment
1x Ponder
1x Cackling Counterpart
1x Doom Blade
1x Despise
1x Army of the Damned
1x Liliana of the Veil

Lands:

5x Island
3x Swamp
3x Plains
4x Drowned Catacomb
4x Glacial Fortress
4x Isolated Chapel
2x Nephalia Drownyard

So preparing for this friday, will be fun to see if it works. Like my few weird picks like Army of the Damned and Cackling Counterpart.

Until next time, take care.
Cya soon!

Yu Gi Oh Duel – Jack (Plant) Vs. Nisse (G.B)

Hello my Nurglings, enjoy!



Until next time, take care.
Cya soon!

Yu Gi Oh Duel – Billy (Agents) Vs. Nisse (G.B)

Hello my Nurglings, enjoy!



Until next time, take care.
Cya soon!

Yu Gi Oh Duel – Billy (Agents) Vs. Lenny (Dragons)

Hello my Nurglings, enjoy!


Until next time, take care.
Cya soon!

Innistrad Pre-Release – Part 1 – OMG my pool!

Hello my Nurglings!

Let me tell you a tale, of a certain player nicknamed Nurgle and his travels to the wicked land of Innistrad (pre-release). It was midnight, yes, literally midnight and 38 players had gathered to fight it out, vampire against human, werewolf against zombie, and human against wolf. With preparation done and every player seated at around 10 minute before midnight, the long awaited countdown was about to begin. Well actually most of the people were talking and ignoring the fact until the countdown actually started, but hey.

10… 9… 8… would I, Nurgle do the classic 2 rare lands and crap rares…
7…6…5… could I get at least get a few zombie cards so I can build that deck for standard…
4…3…2… I’m not going to open money rares am I?
1… OPEN!

The sounds of booster ripping spread through the room as everyone were looking for cards like Liliana of the Veil and Snapcaster Mage. After many sounds of: “This is my pool?!” “Yes I got the card(s) I wanted!” and “So much awesome flavor!”. For the first time in my long career of midnight pre-releases, guess what? I could finally say: YES I got the cards I wanted.

So the rare cards I opened for the sealed tournament:

Pack 1: Mindshrieker
Pack 2: Gutter Grime
Pack 3: Splinterfright
Pack 4: Geist-Honored Monk
Pack 5: Liliana Of The Veil
Pack 6: Snapcaster mage

Wait wait wait wait what did I just get!? Yes I was insanely happy about the cards I opened in my last two packs. It was looking to be another night of okay rares that will work fine but not be “DA bomb” once they hit the battlefield. The last two packs changed that and the night became awesome. Funny the fact, I ended up playing Red and White instead of Black and/or Blue. Hey I see the look in your eyes. Don’t you dare look at me like that again! With my pool, it was the best possible deck, several removals in red, and good creatures in white (and removal) seemed to be a perfect mix of cards. Even though I wanted to play Liliana, it didn’t feel worth it when I had to play only a few good and mostly mediocre black cards to use it.

The deck I ended up playing looked like this:

Creatures: 13
1x Geist-Honored Monk
1x Thraben Sentry
1x Voicless Spirit
1x Unruly Mob
1x Silverchase Fox
1x Chapel Geist
1x Village Bell-Ringer
2x Mausoleum Guard
1x Feral Ridgewolf
1x Reckless Waif
1x Hanweir Watchkeep
1x Skirsdag Cultist

Other spells: 9
2x Moment Of Heroism
1x Smite the Monstrous
1x Rally the Peasants
2x Brimstone Volley
1x Rolling Temblor
1x Traitorous Blood
1x Nightbird’s Clutches

Artifact: 1
1x Butcher’s Cleaver

Land (don’t remember if this is right): 17
10x Plains
7x Mountain

I will post this for now, and in the next part, I will tell you how the tournament actually went for this deck! I will also tell you the reason why this was the greatest night pre-release I’ve ever been apart of.

So until next time, take care.
Cya soon!