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Naturally he could not make good on the request, so he had to have Osyp drive him back to the house. The others returned just as we are nearing the completion of our draft, and we all decided to call it a night. With so many people in the house needing to shower before we left, I had set my cell phone alarm for seven-thirty. That proved to be unnecessary, as I was awoken at six forty-five when the first person got up.
The room was absolutely packed when we arrived, filled to capacity with nervous competitors, tournament staff, and dealers. Despite my best efforts I was still a few cards short of completing my deck, so I purchased two Blinkmoth Nexuses and then tracked down Kate Stavolawho had offered to let me borrow two of her Arcbound Ravager s. Kate claimed that she had too much work to do to play in the tournament herself, but she had attended anyway, laptop in tow, with Patrick Sullivanwho was playing mono-red.
Gray Matter events are notorious among New Jersey players for never starting on time, and the Grand Prix was certainly no exception. It did not look like it was an easy tournament to manage, though. The line for entry never seemed to end, causing the organizers to scramble about setting up additional tables and making extra room.
When registration finally closed, it was announced that there were nine hundred fifty-eight players, making Grand Prix New Jersey the largest North American Grand Prix to date and requiring nine rounds of play on day one, cutting to the top one hundred twenty-eight for Sunday. Amidst all the confusion at the beginning of the day, there was an error made in the calculation of tournament byes.
Many players found themselves with an extra bye for the early rounds, and among those fortunate recipients were myself and Osyp. We each entered the tournament with only two byes, but got upgraded to three byes apiece. I spent the next few hours DC drafting in the food court of the RexPlex and observing a few choice matches in the Grand Prix. I just laughed and left Ted to his observations. Eventually round four arrived, and pairings were posted.
Nick Thorp As I shuffled up for my first match of the tournament, Nick asked me what I had played against in the previous rounds. I asked Nick if he was awarded any byes, perhaps extra byes through the cutoff error, and he tells me no, he had received his unblemished record by playing every round so far. Nick earned the right to play first by winning the die roll, and there is no mistaking what deck he was playing when he lead with a Seat of the Synod and an Arcbound Worker.
My first turn was not quite as aggressive, yielding only a Chromatic Sphere.
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We each had an Arcbound Ravager and a Frogmite on our respective second turns. In the Affinity mirror I feel it is always a good idea to engage Ravagers against each other in combat when you possess the Artifact count advantage, but Nick seemed either intimidated by a possible counterattack or unable to visualize how I would block and what his resultant board position would yield.
One way or the other he felt that conflict should be avoided, and I escaped unscathed from my precarious early game stance. Perhaps if Nick had known that my hand contained two Myr Enforcer s he would have more aggressively tried to deplete my Artifact count. A few turns pass and we each Thoughtcast into Cranial Plating. Nick nearly tapped out to play a second Plating, leaving only his Blinkmoth Nexus open. I saw my opportunity and activated my own Nexus, played a Disciple of the Vaultsacrificed all my Artifacts to my Arcbound Ravagermoved all the Ravager counters to the Nexus, and neatly attacked for twenty.
The Atog s come out mainly as a mana consideration. Are you bringing dress shoes? I was planning on just packing black sneakers but my mom says why risk not getting into a restaurant and I should just pack nice shoes.
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We do a couple of drafts and then head back to our hotel to get ready for dinner since we have 7pm reservations at Craftsteak. I jump into the shower and get ready and in about 10 minutes I start to hear Phil screaming. When I come out, I discover that Phil had in fact forgotten to pack pants for the trip, and had only 2 bathing suits and a couple of pairs of shorts. We had about an hour until our reservation, so we decided to run down to the Forum shops to buy a pair of pants.
The first shop we go to is Burberry Note: Down, but not out, we run into a store called True Religion and Phil finds a pair that fit him.
Whammy 2 Phil had been losing a lot of money over the course of this trip. He had done poorly in the one WSOP event he played in and would constantly lost at whatever game he played, be it poker, blackjack, or jeans. However, despite losing a lot, he was still in relatively good spirits. Phil loses his buy in with a set over set to a man dressed in a white tuxedo and a red bow tie 1: Phil is dealt another 8, to which he splits it once again 1: