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Feature Article – The Boss Wins Again! (SCG Legacy Report, *1st*)

I don’t claim to be a master of Legacy. I hadn’t even played a game of it before Sunday. My knowledge of the format comes simply from watching games in St. Louis and archived GGslive videos. Even though I had a deck sleeved up and ready to go for the St. Louis Legacy 5k, I felt that my time would be better spent watching experienced players play their decks and learn from them. It was basically a crash-course in Legacy.

I chose to play Zoo because its a deck that I like and I’m already familiar with. I played Naya in Alara Block…I play it in Standard….I play it in Extended….might as well play it in Legacy too! I’m a firm believer that its best to play what you know you can play even if it may not be the “best” deck in the format. Zoo is something that I’m comfortable piloting and I felt confident that I wouldn’t make too many mistakes with it.

Heres what I decided to play:

Round 1 – Scott Barrentine – Fish

My first Legacy match ever. I even get put into a feature match. Fortunately for me, I’m against a good matchup.

Game 1 goes according to plan. I cast a Wild Nacatl that’s Dazed turn 1 then follow it up with 2 Kird Apes on turn 2 against his board of 2 Cursecatcher. I remove the 2 Lord of Atlantis he plays with Lightning Bolts and his creatures are left outmatched in size.

I side out Gaddock Teeg and other things for the Red Elemental Blasts and an Ancient Grudge.

Game 2 he exploits a weakness in the Zoo deck, destroying my non-basic lands with Wasteland (usually making my creatures smaller) and hitting my fetchlands with Stifle. He plays a Back to Basics, and because I didn’t fetch for basic lands early most of my lands are locked down. My opponent confesses that the only real way he can normally win is if I mulligan myself out of the game.

Game 3 I mulligan to 6, but an early Nacatl goes uncontested for while Scott spends his turns attacking my mana. Fortunately I draw more lands than he does Stifles and Wastelands. His fish get struck by lightning, and once he finally stabalizes with Submerge he’s at 2 life. Chain Lightning then gives me my first lifetime Legacy win!

1-0

Round 2 – George Blankenship – Charbelcher

Since we were both in feature matches round 1 we each know what the other is playing. I figure that the only way I have a reasonable shot game 1 is to mulligan aggressively to try to find my 1 maindeck Gaddock Teeg. My 5 card hand has 1 land, Teeg, and 3 other spells…. good enough for me to keep. Unfortunately, he wins the die roll and makes 12 goblins on turn 1 via Rituals and Burning Wish into Empty the Warrens, so there’s no way I can catch up.

I sideboard in 3 Mindbreak Trap and an Ancient Grudge and take out the Paths to Exile.

Next game I mulligan aggressively again searching for a Mindbreak Trap or Gaddock Teeg. Unable to find one, I’m forced to keep a hand of 5 cards. I cast a creature on turn 1 and he again makes 12 goblin tokens on his first turn. A turn 2 and turn 3 creature + Lightning Helix and some blocks later and my life total is at 6 with the board being his 6 goblins vs 2x Kird Ape and Nacatl. I eventually overcome his explosive turn 1 play with a steady stream of animals.

Game 3 I have a Mindbreak Trap in my opening hand while my opponent once again has the opening hand to make 12 goblins on turn 1. He suspects that I could have the Mindbreak Trap but goes for it anyway. After the Empty the Warrens and the storm copies are exiled he’s left with something like 1 card in hand and 1 land in play. It only takes a few turns of attacks while he plays draw-go before I ‘m able to take match.

2-0

Round 3 – Ryan O’Connor – Counterbalance/Top

Not much to say about this match as it is over very quickly. My opponent mulligans to 5 both games and can’t compete with my fast draws.

3-0

Round 4 – Andy Truong – Enchantress

He wins the die roll and I’m sad to see a turn 1 Utopia Sprawl, signifying Enchantress, which is a tough matchup for Zoo. He quickly gets his engine of Argothian Enchantress and Enchantress’s Presence going. A Solitary Confinement, Moat, and Sigil of the Empty Throne later and the game is now unwinnable. I’m soon overwhelmed by Angel tokens.

I take out the Paths to Exile for Gaddock Teegs and the Helix and Knight

Games 2 and 3 I have exact same opening plays of turn 1 Nacatl, turn 2 Qasali Pridemage, turn 3 Gaddock Teeg. Game 3 he Oblivion Rings my Teeg but I have another next turn. Unable to cast the Moat in his hand, he succumbs to cats and apes followed by various direct damage spells.

My opponent was VERY unhappy to lose against Zoo. Everyone that I told about the match was in disbelief that I’d won it.

4-0

Round 5 – Simon Sung – Canadian Threshold

Game 1 he starts with a Nimble Mongoose that stays a 1/1 the whole game. He has big troubles getting cards into his graveyard for some reason. I win quickly and he mentions that he couldn’t even cast his Tarmogoyfs in hand because they would’ve died to Grim Lavamancer.

I side in Jittes but don’t side in Red Elemental Blast. I feel that it doesn’t target something important often enough in this matchup and would rather play more proactive cards.

Game 2 comes down to me never fetching for a Mountain and having my only Red source hit by Wasteland. I end up being stuck with a hand full of Red cards until I have to start discarding. In the meantime, a Nimble Mongoose attacks me for something like 18 damage.

Game 3 I mulligan twice, get my lands Stifled and Wasted, and get smashed by a pair of Tarmogoyfs.

4-1

Round 6 – Don Bruss – Dredge

Before the round my opponent claims how lucky he is to be here and expected to be 1-4 at this point. Something doesn’t seem quite right about his story of extraordinary luck. He won the roll and I’m dead on turn 2.

I side in Ravenous Traps, Tormod’s Crypt, and 2 Gaddock Teegs

I get an opening 7 with Gaddock Teeg, and some other spells and lands, which I consider to be good enough. The crucial turning point in game 2 happens when I attack with a Wild Nacatl and Gaddock Teeg into his Tireless Tribe. He blocks the Nacatl and marks on his pad the 2 damage from Teeg, then attempts to discard to Tribe. I point out that it’s too late as he’s already confirmed the combat damage. With no discard outlet left, I’m able to win within the next couple turns.

Game 3 I have a Ravenous Trap in my opening hand and my opponent makes the dream play of turn 2 Breakthrough. He dredges through almost half his deck and I cast the Trap with a Narcomeoba trigger on the stack. He’s left with no cards in hand, a Tireless Tribe, and a Gemstone Mine with 1 counter in play. I Chain Lightning his Tireless Tribe on my turn and he has no way to recover.

5-1

Round 7 – Drew Feder – Imperial Painter

I go into the last swiss round 4th in the standings, with the highest tiebreakers of all the X-1 players, so I’m guaranteed Top 8 with a draw. My opponent is 6th and is very likely to be in with a draw as well, but there’s a chance that he may end up drawing himself out. Considering who’s already drawn and the matchups that must play it out I explain that in his position he’d draw into 7th or 8th but he’s nevertheless wary of knocking himself out of the tournament. He turns down the offer to draw so we shuffle up to play.

I don’t recall much about the match other than we split the first two games 1-1. After game 2 I offer the draw again. He feels that I’m favorite against his Painter deck and that his best bet would to take the favorable chance of drawing into Top 8. He ends up going into Top 8 as the 7th seed.

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Top 8

1 Andres Suarez – Fish
2 William Yowell – Fish
3 Simon Sung – Canadian Threshold
4 Richard Wayne – WWu
5 Kevin Ambler – Fish with Tarmogoyf
6 Tom Ross – Zoo
7 Drew Feder – Imperial Painter
8 James Palaima – 38 Land

Quarterfinals – Simon Sung – Canadian Threshold

He Stifles my early fetch lands and Dazes my early creatures. I manage to land a couple Wild Nacatls and they attack his empty board. Once he stabalizes, he’s already at 4 life and Grim Lavamancer + Chain Lightning finish the job.

Game 2 I spend my fetch lands getting Mountain and Forest while my opponent has 2 Wastelands in play. Simon kills my first 4 creatures but eventually runs out of removal. He doesn’t find a Tropical Island to cast his creatures and he has to settle with draw-go for many turns while a lone [card]Wild Nacatl[/card] does something like 12 damage. Lightning Bolt and Chain Lightning finish the game.

6-1-1

Semifinals – Drew Feder – Imperial Painter

Game 1 an early Pridemage destroys his Grindstone and I keep him off his combo while my creatures clean up.

I side in Ancient Grudge and not much else.

Game 2 was a long, hard-fought battle. Expecting an early Blood Moon or Magus of the Moon I have to decide between playing Wooded Foothills or Arid Mesa on my first turn to fetch Forest or Plains. I decide that Forest would do the most good, and he does have the turn 2 Blood Moon. I’m still able to cast Kird Ape, Wild Nacatl, and Tarmogoyf and some Lightning spells, but around turn 10 or so I have a hand of 7 cards that are at least partially white…I really need to draw the 1 Plains in my deck. I use Sylvan Library to draw 3 extra cards at the price of 12 life just to dig deeper for that Plains, but it wasn’t meant to be and I die to Magus of the Moon attacks.

Game 3 I’m able to use 2 fetch lands to get my Plains and Forest so we don’t have a repeat of game 2’s Blood Moon shenanigans. I get some big creatures in play including a 6/6 Knight of the Reliquary and a 4/4 Figure of Destiny but he sneaks in a Painter’s Servant while I’m tapped out and gets to cast his Pyroblasts on my “blue” creatures. He eventually gets a couple Figure of Destinies of his own in play but he’s under too much pressure due to Tarmogoyf and friends to ever pump them up more than 2/2. A couple chump blocks then a concession a turn later and I’m on my way to the finals!

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Finals – James Palaima – 38 Land

I’m happy to make the finals, which is much farther than I expected to get for my first attempt at the Legacy format.

I win the die roll for game 1 and start with Wild Nacatl while he has Manabond. I remove it with Qasali Pridemage and add pressure with Tarmogoyf and Grim Lavamancer. He has Maze of Ith to slow me down but I’m able to put him to 0 life before he can do anything too crazy with Life from the Loam.

I side out the Paths for Ravenous Trap and Tormod’s Crypt.

Game 2 he gets a recurring Wasteland via Life from the Loam, as well as The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale early and I’m pretty much out of the game on turn 4.

Game 3 I choose to destroy his Mox Diamonds instead of his Zuran Orb to keep him from casting Life from the Loam during the early turns. At some point he plays 2 lands in a turn, which goes unnoticed by myself and the judges. Luckily, a few of the spectators catch it and we can back up the game to fix the problem. This gives James his 2nd game rules violation and another offense will result in a game loss, so he’s now sitting on pretty thin ice in the judges eyes. I desperately need to draw a Crypt or Trap to disrupt his engine but it doesn’t happen until much later than needed. The last 10 minutes or so are pretty agonizing, as I have little chance to come back, but still have a possibility of drawing multiple cards in a row so I have to go for it. Unfortunately, my opponent violates the game rules for the 3rd time by attacking with Glacial Chasm, in play and receives a game loss for the infraction.

Thats it! I won the tournament, far exceeding expectations. I played 8 different opponents with 8 different archetypes and am thrilled to be able to come out on top.

8-1-1

The game loss is not my ideal way of winning a tournament, but the rules are there for a reason and breaking them doesn’t happen without consequence. Shame it was in such an important game, but leniency can’t be given because of the importance of the game or because its on camera. I remember my first US Nationals; I had something like 5 different, unrelated warnings, each one due to sloppy play on my part. Crisp, clean Magic is something that comes with experience slinging cards.

Remember, you never have an obligation to concede to your opponent. You paid good money to game in a competitive environment and theres nothing wrong with wanting to win. Of course, there are times when conceding is correct, such as to save time for the next game in a timed match or in response to something like Duress to hide information when the game looks unwinnable anyway. In untimed rounds such as the Top 8 of a PTQ it’s wise to keep playing even when faced with insurmountable odds just for the off-chance that you opponent makes a mistake, though mistakes are usually technical or strategic mistakes as opposed to the rules-violating mistakes that occurred in the finals here.

As far as the deck is concerned, not playing Price of Progress was a mistake, as it’s really needed to make the the 38-Land matchup even close to winnable. I’m not convinced that it needed a place in the maindeck, but a few slots in the sideboard should be dedicated to PoP or some card that interacts with 38-Lands. The deck could also use another land maindeck, likely another Taiga. The Extended Zoo lists can get away with such a low number since they don’t have to worry about Stifle or Wasteland inhibiting mana development. I really liked the maindeck Gaddock Teeg as it’s good versus cards in just about every deck such as Force of Will while completely shutting down some plans such as Charbelcher or Tendrils. I was unimpressed overall by the Path to Exiles. If I were to play the tournament again I’d play the following list:

Thanks for reading!

Tom Ross
CitrusD at gmail
CitrusD on Magic Online

37 thoughts on “Feature Article – The Boss Wins Again! (SCG Legacy Report, *1st*)”

  1. Many Enchantress players (and many players period) think that zoo is a bye against their deck, but its not. Pridemage+Grip+Teeg+fast clock is sometimes just too much to handle.

  2. Me: attack with Shivan Dragon
    Opponent: Block with Lanowar Elf

    JUDGE!

    Was the opponent given a game lose in the finals for attacking with Glacian Chasm out even if both players are supposed to be aware of what is and isn’t possible in the gamestate? That seemed harsh. I play Vintage (eternal format) and not high REL events, but the attacking with Glacial Chasm out just seems odd.

    “He blocks the Nacatl and marks on his pad the 2 damage from Teeg, then attempts to discard to Tribe. I point out that it's too late as he's already confirmed the combat damage.” This also seemed kind of picky (I wouldn’t have mentioned the above had this not occured). Around the time of M10 changes, the floor rules changed to where experienced players (pro players even) could say things like: “I attack with Kird Ape, Shivan Dragon, oh, and activate Mutavault and attack with that too…”

    I would love to hear your comments on the above situations.
    Congrats on your win though! 🙂

  3. @LotusHead – The finals opponent was given his third Game Rule Violation of the day, which is automatically upgraded to a Game Loss per the penalty guidelines. If the attack had been his only error (or even his second) on the day, he would have received a Warning only.

    The other two GRVs on the day were for playing two lands in one turn and for failing to put a Manabond in the graveyard when his own Engineered Explosives should have destroyed it.

    It was all just sloppy play, but the third GRV gets upgraded from Warning to Game Loss, per the rules.

  4. the marking down of life and then discarding to tireless tribe, as a judge, I would possibly rule it possible.

    It depends on other things, but a players life pad is his own personal notes, and private information. He could be writing down that after combat damage he will be at 18, but that is in no way saying that the damage has resolved – as it isn’t information that he has to share with you, and he can answer that he is still at 20 life.

  5. @ jack: I’d rather them have the extra land than life. Maybe it was from the matchups I’d faced that Path wasn’t very good. The most popular creature deck is fish and those guys die to direct damage spells.

    Its not that giving a land is bad, its that a lot of legacy decks don’t have any good path targets: 38 land, enchantress, charbelcher, ANT, that new dream halls deck

  6. You didn’t really play any matchups where path to exile would have been too relevant, except the CB player who mulled into oblivion. You need them, as your deck doesn’t really have a good out to goyf+Rhox Warmonk, or a 12/12 countryside crusher. I can see going down to 3, but lower than that, and you’re asking to get crushed by aggro-control.

  7. guilty (and cmon, “the boss” is like the best nickname ever, so how can I not work that in somehow!)

  8. Brian Coghlan (KaGGo)

    I, too, played in my first Legacy Tournament LAST LAST Saturday… TriniStax is hard to pick up and sling around

    CRUSHED (Was a 2 beta Tundra 1st place, 72 man tournament)

    The just last Saturday, I played in my 2nd ever tournament and decided to play Kobolds (These are all of my friends enormous collection)

    Like.. Turn 1 taiga – Gamble for Glimpse of nature – GO!

    He makes 16 Goblins and passes

    I have a 4 minute turn and end up Crop rotating a Gaea’s Cradle, sacing a cradle and attacking with 2 11/23 Ornithopter’s on turn 2 (with 6 other creatures) via 2 Beastmaster Ascensions and Goblin Bushwhacker with mana From Tinder wall..

    Game 3 – He plays 1st.. Belch for 36 turn 1 – shake hands…

    Gee that was fun…

    Ok, round 2 against what i was told was old school burn Zoo

    Game 3.. I have 4 Counters on my beastmaster ascension and attack with 4 dudes, he immediately starts blocking with his Eternal Witness and I say “wait, I’m putting 4 counters on my Ascension” — He says “No, it is a may ability” I say “You never gave me a chance to do anything, I haven’t even set my cards down from my hand, I didnt pass priority or hint that I was done…. JUDGE!”

    Head judge comes over and I explain that I wasnt given a chance to put counters on it and it sounds like he is going to side on my favor since 1) I am telling the truth and 2) Nothign happened.. the guy picked a creature up and assumes that .3 seconds later I passed priority and FORGOT.. he is freaking dead since he has to block them all and he didnt cast any spells and the game state isnt affected and my creatures have +5 / +5 since I gambled for a Bushwhacker off of 2 kobolds and a whacker would put me at 8 counters via a saced tinderwall for the mana… It was obvious that my sequence of plays led up to it, and I undertsand obvious doesnt account for anything but the guy obviously was preying upon the fact that he and the judge were friends (which I found out)and my argument sounded like a noob saying “I forgot!! Let me do it anyway”

    So freaking annoying… legacy.. UGH!

    so yeah.. 0-2 .. drop

    Can’t wait to see my rating tank!

    Grats on the win, Tom.

  9. Should I say it? “Like a BOSS.”

    @Brian Coghlan – I definitely think you should have escalated that. I’ve had it happen to me before similar, with situations like an opponent going “I’m attacking with THESE”. “Wait, when you enter combat, I Naya Charm to tap your team.” “SORRY TOO LATE NOOB.” “Err, no, you don’t just get to skip to Attackers Declared under the assumption I’m not responding.” In this case, if it went as you said, he definitely rushed priority when you paused at Declare Attackers with the trigger on the stack and skipped to blockers. You’d probably have been better off when he went to throw the Witness in for blocking to say “Wait, we still have a trigger from the Ascension on the stack waiting to resolve. I’m guessing you don’t have a response to the trigger? If not, then it resolves and I add the counters.” If you are absolutely clear there that you haven’t passed priority beyond giving him an opportunity to respond to a specific action, then the judges should have ruled in your favor, I would feel.

  10. Yea, congratz on your win. I wasn’t there, but I echo the sentiments that depending on how your dredge opponent marked the life / discarded to tireless tribe it was well within reason an acceptable shortcut.

    Like, if he noted the life change, 10 seconds pass where he doesn’t react, then he discards, well he forgot and that’s fine to call him out and such… but if in the same sentence and action he notes the life change and discards the card I believe it to be an acceptable shortcut (even more so if he is verbally clear with something like “block, pump my guy, take 2 unless you have an effect” which I guess didn’t happen?).

    It’s funny alot of players find my formal style of play offputting, but my ‘clean and crisp’ play keeps misunderstandings like this from happening at least from my own play.

  11. The reactions from your unfortunate opponent about his Glacial Chasm action was priceless. Grats to such a good finish at your 1st Legacy tournament.

  12. About the Tireless Tribe stuff, I too agree that it was probably acceptable, but if you felt like dmg had already resolved, you where right to point it out, at it was HIS responsibility to call a judge if he felt it was an acceptable shortcut…

    So, overall, his mistake anyway, either for forgetting to sac before (if the shortcut wouldn’t be allowed by the judge) or for not calling a judge (if it would be)

  13. Nice job Tom, congrats on the win. I also have been playing Naya in Standard of late and am trying to get into Legacy with Naya Zoo, so I appreciate your commentary.

    I was watching the stream live the other night and I have to say it was a bit awkward watching your opponent melt down like that after he got a game loss. It was interesting hearing your thought process here though, because I (and the GGsLive guys) seemed to think you were just avoiding conceding to allow your opponent a chance to make a mistake. I didn’t realize you had outs if you drew a certain sequence of cards.

    Rashad’s commentary, in particular, was hilarious: “Oh no, is this really happening?!” (Or something to that effect.)

    I think someone asked this question somewhere already, but if you could humor me and explain a little bit of your reasoning behind a bunch of the “one-ofs” (Sylvan Library, Fireblast, Figure). In particular, I was wondering why you were only running 1 Teeg main, but I see you’ve updated your list to two. I think that’s what I’d do myself.

    Additionally, did you ever consider Steppe Lynx? A Zoo deck T8ed one of the 5ks a few tournaments ago that was running Lynx. Personally I felt hitting landfall wasn’t reliable enough and went back to Kird Ape. Did you have any similar experiences?

    Thanks!

  14. The thing with the tireless tribe seems nitpicky and even unsportmanship behaviour from the way it’s written here. HIs notepad is private and not part of the game so doesn’t automatically mean he accepted that combat damage resolved. Maybe it’s not exactly how it happened as written down here but it feels as dodgy behaviour.

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  16. you won while in the worst possible situation when your deck was against the wall and didn’t have an out unless he, which actually happened, punts like a huge donk.. he is clearly winning the game and has been sacing the glacial chasm at the end of your turn and bringing it back on his, if you watch the footage on ggs live. and only one of the broadcasters notice that he still didn’t sac the chasm.. when he went all in for the attack.. if there was potential that you knew he still had chasm out and deliberately let him attack without saying anything than thats wrong on your part. you didn’t call a judge over the broadcaster did, you didn’t even caught the mistake. so you were handed the win on a golden platter and should have lost if he didn’t have any prior infraction…..

    thats why you won, that should be included in your report instead of just 4 lines of how, to me it seems, you just jedi mind tricked him into misplaying…

  17. I’ve played w/ TR for a while and he’s quite the sportsman I assure you.

    The nit picky situation detailed above is too situational to describe. Pro level players also incorporate the poker elements of reading your opponent and such.

    Imo the exchange probably went down like the guy took the dmg in his mind, wrote down his number, looked at his board and realized he didn’t want to lose his creature.

    basically the old “dmg on the stack” phase, but since thats gone, TR is right to point out that the phase has passed and he loses his creature. This also goes back to the Finals later in the day, even though he attacked w/ a guy w/ chasm up he probably looked up at TR to see how he was gonna block… that means he’s “committed” and made a descision…now if he was wishy washy and tapping and untapping his guys, not looking up for block ect…its clear imo that he hasn’t decided on attacking.

    long story short, the life loss opponent made an old school play not allowed anymore and TR pointed it out and being a money tourny..he should have.

    And I wholeheartedly agree that the opponent should have called a judge if he felt he was wronged.

  18. I think you need to consider the advice about cutting paths. You basically only faced one deck with goyfs (that didnt mull to 5 every game) and you lost to goyfs in that matchup.

    Given that you dodged so many creature matchups (which makes your win even more impressive) I don’t think you want to cut paths.

  19. The Tribe situation seemed pretty unsportsmanlike based on the way you wrote it up.

    The Chasm otoh…I wouldn’t have a problem with that one given that it was the opponent’s third violation(and second of that match). Of course he was probably just nervous, but sneaking an extra land in like he did earlier makes me skeptical.

  20. Tom “Game Loss” Ross. Honestly you shouldn’t have won that finals match had your opponent known what his cards do. No time limit though, play it out, they could very well (and did) screw up.

    I’d chalk it up to most people not having much experience in legacy, nonetheless, congratulations on your win.

  21. Each player's note sheet must be empty and must remain visible throughout the match.

    Also MTR 2.9. I guess if you wanted to you could flip your note pad over, but you could also come up with scenarios to be shady with that.

    And shouldn’t your life total be different from in-game notes? You’re required to represent your life total, or most importantly, not misrepresent it. If writing a new number next to your life isn’t taking damage, then what exactly IS taking damage?

  22. That quote was chopped off, should start with “At the beginning of the match” but the relevant part is the visibility of your notes.

  23. How about an excuse less, tirade and condescension free post saying congrats! Your play sounded tight, and its always good to see nice guys win. Great job on playing well for your first time in a tough format and thanks for the report!

    P.S. Your nickname does rule pretty hard. You can always trust LSV with words, he has an ear for these things.

  24. I am also not a fan of the way the tireless tribes were handled. Sounds like a perfectly acceptable shortcut to me, the way it’s written here.

    Of course it’s up to the opponent to call a judge on it, though.

  25. The tireless tribe issue seems less like a shortcut and more like out-of-order sequencing.

    Not being a judge I don’t know how ReL’s interact with OOS or shortcuts the opponent really should have called a judge though if he thought something was fishy… why would he believe The Boss?

  26. It was painful to watch, because I was rooting for you, resignedly watching the kid lock up the win, when it became apparent that if he violated the rules, he’d get a game loss. It’s such an anticlimactic way to get a trophy. As the judge in our area would put it later, you didn’t beat the kid, the kid just lost to himself. And to a violation that in casual is bypass-able!

    Classic lack of experience. Even if he tested his deck, the kid’s playtest partners probably scooped at a certain point in every game, just to save time. If your win condition is your opponent scooping in playtesting, the real thing isn’t second nature. He lost to the nuances of his own deck, which in all likelihood he hadn’t goldfished through enough.

    Besides, the kid was what, 14? Doesn’t that make him and Glacial Chasm the same age?

  27. Props

    And a skilled final match; the kid lost to a goldfish. : )
    But, of course, I joke, as that’s nuts for a fourteen year old to reach the finals. impressive.

  28. Thanks for the response, Tom. I understand that sloppy play is sloppy play, and too much of it deserves a game loss.

    Our local Eudemonia Judge said he once gave a game loss to a player for not knowing what his cards do. Lol.

    Congrats on win, again!

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