MCQ – June 1st – Catskill, NY – Results

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You can see the top 8 decklists HERE.

Weekly Ward Season 2 Ep. 07 – The PTQ Awakens

This week Kevin is joined guest host Max Mitchell as they discuss GP Pittsburgh, return of the PTQ and the upcoming GP Vancouver and SCG Baltimore.

Magic: The Part That No One Likes

 

 

Losing.

Yeah, that part.

The reward you get for driving two or more hours and spending $30 or more dollars. Wam-bam 0-2 drop. Great feeling or the greatest feeling?

Brutal Hordechief

Brutal Hordechief – Fate Reforged

I recently received a crash course on losing early and often and boy was it a greaaaaaat time. I attended Grand Prix Atlantic City and sat down to a sealed pool with one rare per color and a two color rare. There was some solid red but it felt like my best deck was black/white featuring Gleam of Authority and Brutal Hordechief. I also had an Evolving Wilds and Tranquil Cove to splash my Pristine Skywise. I showed friends and they all pretty much agreed with me. I misbuilt the list by one card so my list was very good. But my play with it was pretty sub optimal. I received a bye from accumulating enough Planeswalker points and automatically had my first win. I was able to run some errands like acquiring coffee and food.

The next three rounds were losses right in a row and just like that I was done.

I was able to talk to the Kirwan’s Game Store guys because they were vending the Grand Prix. I wanted to do something with the remainder of my time Saturday. There was a Modern event coming up and it was just about the last larger event of the day. My friend Dan Ward at KGS had been working on this sweet Modern list for some time now and he offered to let me play it. I asked him what it was. As soon as he mentioned the first card, Bloodchief Ascension, I was hooked. I snapped up the deck and played it to a mediocre 3-3. I didn’t drop from this because I wanted to get as much information back to Dan as I could. The three losses were 90% attributed to play mistakes on my side of the table. It is a different list and just picking it up, playing it, and sideboarding with it was tough for me to play without any testing whatsoever.

Bloodchief Ascension - Zendikar

Bloodchief Ascension – Zendikar

We made some changes to the deck that night and I tested it again in a Modern win a box the next day. I got knocked out in the first round. I made the drive back on next to no sleep and had to work early Monday morning.

This past weekend. I attended two PPTQ’s and was unable to win both of them. Sunday was a sealed event where I promptly played three games and dropped from the tournament. The day wasn’t a complete loss because I was able to team draft with Alex Stratton and a few other guys from the local area. We lost but it was a good time.

Saturday was the day that I am still kicking myself for and that adds a different dynamic to “losing” when it comes to Magic: The Gathering.

I chose to play Abzan Megamorph(ing Power Rangers) [Link to the decklist is there it is the 1st place list by Jon Delano] for the PPTQ at Kirwan’s Game Store. Clearly because it has the best name of any other deck out there but also because I really like the deck and I’ve spent my fair share of time around B/G decks for my competitive Magic career.

Round one, I was paired against a gentleman playing Bant Heroic. I knew what he was on because I saw him at a PPTQ a few weeks beforehand and he is quite the skilled mage. So I knew it was going to be an uphill battle. I end up dropping game 1 to him. He was on the play and had all he needed to kill me in true Heroic fashion but luckily we get two more games. I was able to leverage some of the weak points of the deck to my advantage. The hands of Bant Heroic are very different from the rest of the decks you will face. It is very much like a combo deck that needs three pieces. Spells, lands, and creatures. You might be saying to yourself that every deck needs those things but that isn’t quite true. Abzan decks can operate fully with out creatures and just spells or with no spells and just creatures. Mono red decks can operate with just creatures as well. The heroic decks need all three elements to be able to beat their opponent. I was able to disrupt one of those three elements games 2 and 3 to be able to win the match.

Round 2 I was pinned against my friend Dan Ward. He was playing Mardu Dragons which is a deck that I am very fond of. I was able to play some tight magic against this very skilled mage and was able to sneak in a win.

Round 3 was against another friend of mine Derek Snyder. He was playing Abzan Aggro and I was able to force the games to go long with a Mastery of the Unseen actively on my side of the table.

I intentionally drew the next two rounds and was the third seed in the top 8. Pairings go up and I find myself against Derek again… I was able to beat him in two games again. The second of which featured me with 4 different active planeswalkers on my side of the floor. We shook hands and he wished me luck. I would need it because my next opponent was again…. Dan Ward.

Again, I find myself sitting across from a friend. Again, I was able to beat him in 2 games. The second of which involved all the luck one could accumulate in a tournament.

I went to the tank…. I want a shot a the pro tour. I don’t want to feel like all the work I have done will lead up to nothing. But at the same time Dan is a man who works hard at this game and is very good and in my personal opinion deserves a shot at the Regional Pro Tour Qualifier more so than I do. He took top 4 at the last one he attended so clearly he is doing something right.

I took the win and moved on to the finals where my opponent was Craig Rocco on Abzan Aggro and also the number one seeded player through the swiss meaning he would have the choice to play first.

That would prove to be advantageous to him as he pretty easily rolled me over in the first game.

Game two was a bit better for me. All my removal and creatures lined up perfectly and allowed me to stop his aggression and pull through for a win.

Game three is when it all fell apart.

My opponent got off to a decent start but I was never that far behind him. The two crucial glaring mistakes that I made during the game came at very different turns but relate to each other.

Deathmist Raptor

Deathmist Raptor – Dragons of Tarkir

The first was on a turn where my opponent was attacking with Anafenza, the Foremost and Rakshasa Deathdealer, I allowed my opponent to put a counter on his Deathdealer before I threw an Abzan Charm at her. I blocked with my at the time face down Deathmist Raptor. If I Abzan Charmed earlier it would either force my opponent to not attack or pump his Deathdealer causing him to take more pain damage or stop him from playing another spell.

In a later turn of the game, my opponent is attacking with two Fleecemane Lions and the aforementioned Deathdealer. I have a face down Den Protector in play with the two mana to flip him up. I flip him up before blocks and reture the raptor face up to the field and Abzan Charm to my hand. I snap block the two Lions. My opponent checks his and my life pads. “You’re at 7 right?” I reply yes. He double pumps his 3/3 Deathdealer. Exactly 7 points of damage. If I had charmed earlier I go to 1 there. I have a 6th land waiting on top of my library. An Elspeth, Sun’s Champion and Abzan Charm in hand. My opponent had a Self-Inflicted Wound and a Murderous Cut in his hand. So I couldn’t just not block his Deathdealer. He also didn’t have the mana to Wound and Cut the tokens from Elspeth. This was a game that I could have won if I had my head still on my shoulders.

Now on to the conclusion of this article. The whole reason I wrote this. Losing. It is the single worst feeling to have lost to someone but there are other sides to the stories. Like how I had to play two of my friends twice and beat them.

Playing against and beating my friends is something I really hate doing almost more so than losing myself.

But on the flip side is losing to your friends better than losing to a random player in the swiss?

Den Protector - Dragons of Tarkir

Den Protector – Dragons of Tarkir

I love watching my friends win and knowing that they are doing well but I hate losing…. Losing to your friend is the best worst thing to happen. You can’t be happy to lose but your friend just won? How do you feel? How do you feel about beating your friend? Losing is a part of Magic and I would probably honestly lose to my friends over random other people.

Losing can involve making mistakes and those mistakes can lower your morale. But some games you don’t see the mistakes and it feels like there was nothing you could do to win. A helpless loss. There are many ways to lose at this game we play. But for some reason we keep coming back for more. To get better. It’s the day that we turn our losses into something more than a number on our record that we can become better magic players.

Having lost before, the chance at losing again, the opportunity to dive deep into a tournament and play against the best. This is what makes winning feel great and what makes us come back for more. That and the cash/sweet prizes.

Let me know about your thoughts on losing/beating your friends in the comments section!

Stay hungry and focused.

But most of all stay humble -JP-

 

 

SCG Standard New York State Championships!

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Hello everyone!

We hosted the Star City Games Fall New York State Standard State Championship in Syracuse, New York on 10/11/14. We had an attendance of 59 players and the tournament ran smoothly! If you attended this tournament and want to give us some feedback, please email us at events@kirwansgamestore.com

Please feel free to tag yourself in any photo’s!

Thank you everyone for attending our event!

The top 8 deck lists are posted HERE.

Deck lists for Yu-Gi-Oh Legacy of the Valiant Regional Qualifier 4/19/14

1st Place: Aaron Furman – Mermails

Monsters
3 Mermail Abysspike
2 Aqua Spirit
2 Mermail Abyssturge
3 Mermail Abysslinde
2 Cardcar D
1 Mermail Abyssgunde
2 Atlantean Marksman
3 Mermail Abyssteus
1 Mermail Abysshilde
1 Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls
1 Mermail Abyssocea
1 Atlantean Dragoons

Spells
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
3 Upstart Goblin

Traps
2 Chain Whirlwind
3 Abyss-Sphere
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Bottomless Trap Hole
1 Solemn Warning
1 Abyss-Squall

Side Deck
3 Debunk
3 D.D. Crow
3 Maxx “C”
2 Overworked
2 Light-Imprisoning Mirror
3 Black Horn of Heaven

Extra Deck
1 Number 74: Master of Blades
1 Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack
1 Number 11: Big Eye
1 Mermail Abyssgaios
1 Mermail Abysstrite
1 Mechquipped Angineer
1 Ghostrick Alucard
1 Wind-Up Zenmaines
1 Leviair the Sea Dragon
1 Bahamut Shark
1 Lavalval Chain
1 Number 101: Silent Honor ARK
1 Diamond Dire Wolf
1 Evilswarm Exciton Knight
1 Abyss Dweller

 

 

2nd Place: Garon Williams – Spellbooks

Monsters
3 High Priestess of Prophecy
3 Justice of Prophecy
3 Spellbook Magician of Prophecy
3 Maxx “C”

Spells
3 Spellbook of Secrets
3 Spellbook Library of the Crescent
3 Upstart Goblin
2 The Grand Spellbook Tower
2 Spellbook of Wisdom
2 Spellbook of Eternity
2 Spellbook of the Master
2 Pot of Duality
1 Spellbook of Fate
1 Spellbook of Life
2 Spellbook of Power

Traps
3 Fiendish Chain
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Solemn Warning
1 Bottomless Trap Hole

Side Deck
2 Apprentice Magician
2 Jowgen the Spiritualist
1 Old Vindictive Magician
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Book of Moon
1 Dimensional Fissure
2 Retort
2 Black Horn of Heaven

Extra Deck
1 Armored Kappa
1 Gachi Gachi Gantetsu
2 Herald of Pure Light
1 Daigusto Phoenix
2 Shining Elf
1 Downerd Magician
1 Number 11: Big Eye
1 Gaia Dragon the Thunder Charger
1 Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack
1 Number 74: Master of Blades
1 Hierophant of Prophecy
2 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon

 

 

3rd Place: Matthew Bailey – Noble Knights

Monsters
3 Noble Knight Borz
1 Honest
3 Effect Veiler
3 Noble Knight Medraut
2 Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms
2 Noble Knight Drystan
1 Noble Knight Gwalchavad
2 Noble Knight Gawayn

Spells
3 Kaiser Colosseum
3 Forbidden Lance
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
2 Noble Arms – Excaliburn
2 Noble Arms of Destiny
3 Upstart Goblin
1 Reinforcement of the Army
1 Noble Arms – Arfeudutyr
1 Noble Arms – Gallatin
1 Noble Arms – Caliburn

Traps
1 Solemn Warning
1 Pinpoint Guard
1 Torrential Tribute

Side Deck
1 Twister
1 Dimensional Fissure
2 Maxx “C”
2 Vanity’s Emptiness
2 Needle Ceiling
2 Imperial Iron Wall
2 Mistake
3 Royal Decree

Extra Deck
1 Starliege Paladynamo
1 Constellar Ptolemy M7
1 Blade Armor Ninja
1 Abyss Dweller
1 Gaia Dragon the Thunder Charger
1 Number 101: Silent Honor ARK
1 Gagaga Cowboy
1 Lavalval Chain
1 Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn
1 Constellar Omega
2 Artorigus, King of the Noble Knights
1 Number 61: Volcasaurus

 

 

4th Place: Nick Fritzen – Bujins

Monsters
3 Bujin Yamato
2 Bujin Mikazuchi
3 Bujingi Crane
2 Bujingi Turtle
2 Bujingi Hare
1 Thunder King Rai-Oh
1 Honest
1 Bujingi Quilin

Spells
3 Fire Formation – Tenki
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Dark Hole
2 Upstart Goblin
3 Pot of Duality
2 Kaiser Colosseum
2 Bujincarnation
2 Forbidden Lance
1 Book of Moon

Traps
3 Fiendish Chain
1 Bottomless Trap Hole
1 Solemn Warning
1 Torrential Tribute

Side Deck
2 Effect Veiler
2 Maxx “C”
1 Swords of Concealing
2 Twister
1 Mind Crush
2 Memory of an Adversary
1 Black Horn of Heaven
1 Divine Wrath
3 Royal Decree

Extra Deck
2 Bujintei Susanowo
2 Bujintei Kagutsuchi
1 Bujintei Tsukuyomi
1 Constellar Omega
1 Starliege Paladynamo
1 Maestroke the Symphony Djinn
1 Gagaga Cowboy
1 Diamond Dire Wolf
1 Abyss Dweller
1 Number 101: Silent Honor ARK
1 Evilswarm Exciton Knight
1 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist – Tiger King

 

 

5th Place: Nicholas Cook

Monsters
3 Evilswarm Heliotrope
3 Evilswarm Thunderbird
3 Evilswarm Castor
3 Evilswarm Mandragora
3 Evilswarm Kerkyion
1 Rescue Rabbit

Spells
3 Infestation Pandemic
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Book of Moon
1 Reinforcement of the Army

Traps
2 Black Horn of Heaven
3 Fiendish Chain
2 Mirror Force
2 Dimensional Prison
2 Seven Tools of the Bandit
1 Macros Cosmos
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Solemn Warning
1 Bottomless Trap Hole
1 Infestation Infection

Side Deck
1 Thunder King Rai-Oh
1 Dark Hole
1 Dimensional Fissure
1 Twister
2 System Down
1 Eradicator Epidemic Virus
1 Soul Drain
2 Overworked
2 Light-Imprisoning Mirror
2 DNA Surgery
1 Black Horn of Heaven

Extra Deck
3 Evilswarm Ophion
1 Diamond Dire Wolf
1 Number 101: Silent Honor ARK
1 Evilswarm Bahamut
1 Daigusto Emeral
1 Abyss Dweller
1 Number 66: Master Key Beetle
1 Maestroke the Symphony Djinn
1 Number 85: Crazy Box
1 Number 50: Blackship of Corn
1 Gagaga Cowboy
1 Evolzar Laggia
1 Evolzar Dolkka

 

 

6th Place: Vincent Silverman – Mermails

Monsters
2 Genex Undine
2 Genex Controller
3 Mermail Abyssteus
2 Mermail Abyssmegalo
1 Mermail Abyssleed
1 Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls
3 Mermail Abysspike
1 Mermail Abyssturge
3 Mermail Abysslinde
1 Mermail Abyssgunde
1 Atlantean Dragoons
3 Atlantean Heavy Infantry
3 Atlantean Marksman
1 Dragon Ice
1 Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord
1 Gorz, the Emissary of Darkness

Spells
2 Salvage
1 Dark Hole
1 Gold Sarcophagus
1 Allure of Darkness

Traps
3 Abyss-Sphere
1 Solemn warning
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Bottomless Trap Hole

Side Deck
2 D.D. Crow
2 Effect Veiler
2 Black Horn of Heaven
3 Mind Crush
3 Maxx “C”
3 Mystical Space Typhoon

Extra Deck
2 Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack
2 Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree
1 Beelze of the Diabolic Dragons
1 Black rose Dragon
1 Gungnir, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 Number 11: Big Eye
1 Mermail Abyssgaios
1 Lavalval Chain
1 Abyss Dweller
1 Evilswarm Exciton Knight
1 Number 101: Silent Honor ARK
1 Ghostrick Alucard
1 Wind-Up Zenmaines

 

 

7th Place: Michael S. – 3 Axis Fire Fists

Monsters
3 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist – Bear
3 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist – Rooster
1 Coach Soldier Wolfbark
1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist – Gorilla
3 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist – Leopard
1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist – Spirit

Spells
3 Upstart Goblin
3 Fire Formation – Tenki
3 Fire Formation – Tensu
1 Dark Hole
2 Fire Formation – Goyokkou
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Rekindling
2 Forbidden Lance

Traps
1 Torrential Tribute
2 Black Horn of Heaven
1 Solemn Warning
2 Mirror Force
1 Compulsory Evacuation Device
2 Fiendish chain
1 Bottomless Trap Hole

Side Deck
1 Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo
1 Nobleman of Crossout
2 Shadow Imprisoning Mirror
2 Dust Tornado
1 Soul Drain
1 Effect Veiler
3 Maxx “C”
2 Light-Imprisoning Mirror
2 Debunk

Extra Deck
1 Ghostrick Alucard
1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist – Lion Emperor
1 Abyss Dweller
1 Bujintei Kagutsuchi
1 Number 85: Crazy Box
1 Number 50: Blackship of Corn
1 Diamond Dire Wolf
1 Evilswarm Exciton Knight
1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist – Cardinal
1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist – Tiger King
1 Number 101: Silent Honor ARK
2 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist – Horse Prince
1 Vulcan the Divine

 

 

8th Place: Michael Albaneese – Geargia

Monsters
3 Geargiarmor
3 Geargiarsenal
3 Geargiacclerator
3 Geargiano MK-II
1 Geargiano

Spells
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
3 Upstart Goblin
1 Dark Hole
1 Mind Control
1 Book of Moon

Traps
3 Geargiagear
3 Black Horn of Heaven
3 Seven Tools of the Bandit
3 Call of the Haunted
3 Fiendish Chain
1 Bottomless Trap Hole
1 Solemn Warning
1 Torrential Tribute

Side Deck
3 Maxx “C”
3 Light-Imprisoning Mirror
3 Debunk
2 Overworked
1 System Down
1 Twister
1 Nobleman of Crossout
1 Traptrix Trap Hole Nightmare

Extra Deck
3 Gear Gigant X
2 Number 101: Silent Honor ARK
1 Evilswarm Exciton Knight
1 Daigusto Emeral
1 Diamond Dire wolf
1 Abyss Dweller
1 Wind-Up Zenamines
1 Number 85: Crazy Box
1 Ghostrick Alucard
1 Soul of Silvermountain
1 Number 20: Giga-Brilliant
1 Temtempo the Precussion Djinn