Some of you knew, but most of your probably didn’t know, that last night was round one of the Magic the Gathering Pro-Tour Qualifiers for Pro-Tour San Diego. Some of you may be now thinking “What the fuck, Magic has a pro-tour?!” Yes, it does. And if you qualify for the pro-tour they fly you to the tournament loacation, give you a room, and the chance to win 20k+ dollars per event. So it was a bitchin’ chance for me.
The tournament started at 7 pm last night, and from 3pm to 7pm I pretty much was a nervous wreck. I tried to read a book, but every other page I would look up at the MTGO client to see if I had missed any new information about the PTQ- maybe they were going to suddenly let more people in! Maybe there was some sort of strategy I was going to miss! Oh I don’t know, too many possibilities! SO I just kept looking, and waiting, and watching, and not working on my C++ like I fucking should have been. Then my dad comes home from work, which was a good distraction as we got to talk about how excited I was about the tournament and oh man oh man oh man, but then my parents left to go to Sam’s Club. Great. I wander- pace is more accurate I suppose- the house, doing dishes, cleaning, playing with the dogs, eating, cleaning (if you want me to clean, tell me to be somewhere and a hour before hand I’ll get antsy and start cleaning) and so on.
Finally! Six fifty five rolls around. I’m at my computer, I have my note taking paper ready to go. Let’s do this! I’m ready! 7:00 pm. GO GO GO! I open my six booster packs and look at my cards: not very exciting. While I definetly have some good cards (Magebane Armor + Deadly Recluse comes to mind) there’s nothing I’m incredibly excited about. Captain of the Watch is good, but the rest of my white is utterly pathetic. I splash red for bolt, fireball, and a pyromancer but I only manage to pull one of each of those and the only other semi-playable thing from red was Jackal Familiar. (I’ll spare you the link.) Regardless, I managed to pull off what I felt was a strong defensive U/G/R deck that would lock down the ground and air game with high toughness low attack creatures, and send across a win with my Overrun or ping them to death with the pyromancer/ Rod of Ruin combo.
Believe me non-Magic players, I won’t bore you with the details for much longer. Round one game one starts, and I’m off to a decent start. I have the ground locked down against his Black Knight and I have Ice Caged his Dread Warlock. He plays a Gargoyle Castle, and I equip my Horned Turtle with the Magebane Armor and drop a Borderland Ranger and I swing with my Turtle. He sacs the castle, makes a token, and on his turn comes across for 5. No big deal, at least not yet. Then he taps out to play a Craw Wurm, with me holding my Negate. I have no choice but to let it resolve, and barring a Deadly Recluse draw very soon, resign myself to a match one loss. I pass the turn, draw a card (forest), and play a Rod of Ruin, and prepare to pass my turn.
Suddenly, I am surrounded by complete and utter darkness. Not six minutes into my first match of one of the most important tournaments I’ve ever played, my power goes out. For tow and a half hours. I’m not too terribly pleased by this, but there is absolutely nothing I can do. So I have a couple of beers, sit in the candle light with my parents, and fall asleep on the couch listening to the rain. Not much else to do for it I suppose. Honestly, my chances weren’t that great to begin with- I know that- but I would have felt a hundred times better about losing that tournament had I lost it on my own merits, not because the power went out and my opponnent got free wins.
Oh well, there’s always next week.
Before I forget! A quick poll: Should I invest more money in paper Magic the Gathering, or more in Online Magic the Gathering? The benefits of paper magic are: more real life interaction and on average lower cost of product (boosters and the like) and real changes to my DCI number (my global ranking). Online benefits: far easier tournament access (whenever I want it) far more prizes, not to mention the possibility of free tournaments due to trading prizes for tickets. Let me know!
(And just because I know no one got it, the title of this post is a play off the name of a MTG card. Bonus points for whoever guesses it right.)