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CardShark Content - Beatdown Bedford Crenshaw (9/22/2004)

“Hometown hero haunts the main street, dreaming desperate dreams…”
-Gloria Estefan “Hot Summer Nights”

For the past few years, I have been trying to get Simply Magic (Indiana’s Magic Premier Event Organization) to have a sanctioned tourney in my home area. I tried to get a state sectional, where the winner gets a free entry into the State Championship, in New Albany two years ago, but when I tried to bring it up, the storeowner was more concerned with some new nonsense he dreamed up. (He’s a 36 year old with a 76-year-old’s body, a 16’s mentality, and a 6’s maturity.) One year ago I tried again to get one at the shop at the mall in Clarksville, as well as Hockeyman’s in Jeffersonville, but there was not enough time to get it accomplished. It did lead to a JSS at Hockeyman’s in December, but I didn’t go because 1) I was out of town, and 2) I was too old by 6 hours and 2 minutes (had I been born 6hr 2 minutes sooner, I’d been a leap-year baby and would have thus been considered an 8 year old :D ) Anyways, my efforts appear to be validated, as Simply Magic decided to hold a GP trial in my hometown. Needless to say, I had to go.

I didn’t expect much turnout, as local players tend to be loyal to one store and one store only. That said, three players from Empire Comics (the New Albany place) showed up, but no one from Louisville, as they prefer tourney organizers that make ENRON executives look ethical. I was suspecting less than 16 players. In fact, at times I wondered if it would even make the requisite 8 players. So I was happy for both Ken (Hockeyman’s owner) and Vic (el capitan of Simply Magic) that the turnout was 25 players, although it meant it would be a rougher tourney to win. Worse, Vic brought with him Judah Alt, one of the best players in the state. Ugh! I consider Judah a friend, but I wanted to win this tourney, and I did not want to see anyone challenging there. On the bright side, there were 6 new DCI members, so there were some newbies around.

The tourney started on a rough start. Registration was from 9-10 but when I got there by 9:30, Vic was nowhere to be seen. Vic showed up around 9:45, with a carpool which included Judah, Chad (another Terre Haute player) and Vic’s son David, for his first tourney ever. He saw nothing wrong with this, as his website is supposed to be in Indiana time, which mimics Central time during the summer. But Jeffersonville’s time matches Louisville, which always goes with New York time. I also had the problem that I could not find my dice bag, so I had to buy a new set from the store.

The deck I registered was uninspiring, although I have seen worse. The best thing in there was a foil Molder Slug
Molder Slug
Molder SlugSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
125
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
4
Toughness:
6
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices an artifact.
. The second best rare was an Ion Storm
Ion Storm
Ion StormSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
68
Text:
1R, Remove a +1/+1 counter or a charge counter from a permanent you control: Ion Storm deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
. Most around me completely hated the decks they registered. The deck I got to play was interesting. Even for a Mirrodin sealed deck, it was artifact intensive. My deck:

1: Tel-Jilad Chosen
1: Looming Hoverguard
Looming Hoverguard
Looming HoverguardSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drone
Rarity:
U
Number:
38
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Looming Hoverguard comes into play, put target artifact on top of its owner's library.

1: Lumengrid Warden
Lumengrid Warden
Lumengrid WardenSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
3

1: Somber Hoverguard
Somber Hoverguard
Somber HoverguardSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drone
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying

1: Alpha Myr
Alpha Myr
Alpha MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
142
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
2
Toughness:
1

1: Arcbound Worker
Arcbound Worker
Arcbound WorkerSet: Darksteel
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Modular 1 (This comes into play with one +1/+1 counters on it. When it's put into the graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature)

1: Clockwork Vorrac
Clockwork Vorrac
Clockwork VorracSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
156
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Trample Clockwork Vorrac comes into play with four +1/+1 counters on it. Whenever Clockwork Vorrac attacks or blocks, remove a +1/+1 counter from it at end of combat. T: Put a +1/+1 counter on Clockwork Vorrac.

1: Cobalt Golem
Cobalt Golem
Cobalt GolemSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
C
Number:
157
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
1U: Cobalt Golem gains flying until end of turn.

1: Iron Myr
Iron Myr
Iron MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
187
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add R to your mana pool.

1: Pentavus
Pentavus
PentavusSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Pentavus comes into play with five +1/+1 counters on it. 1, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Pentavus: Put a 1/1 Pentavite artifact creature token with flying into play. 1, Sacrifice a Pentavite: Put a +1/+1 counter on Pentavus.

1: Suntouched Myr
Suntouched Myr
Suntouched MyrSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
160
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sunburst (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it for each color of mana used to pay its cost.) 0/0

1: Wizard Replica
Wizard Replica
Wizard ReplicaSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying U, Sacrifice Wizard Replica: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 2.

1: Yotian Soldier
Yotian Soldier
Yotian SoldierSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Attacking does not cause Yotian Soldier to tap.


1: Dream’s Grip
1: Into Thin Air
Into Thin Air
Into Thin AirSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Text:
Affinity for artifacts. Return target artifact to its owner's hand.

1: Thirst
Thirst
ThirstSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
When Thirst comes into play, tap enchanted creature.During your upkeep, pay U or bury Thirst.Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.
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1: Vex
Vex
VexSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's controller may draw a card.

1: Journey of Discovery
Journey of Discovery
Journey of DiscoverySet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
123
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Choose one - Search your library for up to two basic land cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library; or you may play up to two additional lands this turn. Entwine 2G (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)

1: Oxidize
Oxidize
OxidizeSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy target artifact. It can't be regenerated.

1: Echoing Ruin
Echoing Ruin
Echoing RuinSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target artifact and all other artifacts with the same name as that artifact.

1: Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.

1: Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
232
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
R, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Pyrite Spellbomb deals 2 damage to target creature or player. 1, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Draw a card.

1: Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Light and ShadowSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from white and from black. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you gain 3 life and you may return up to one target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Equip 2


8 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

5 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

4 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.


If I had the deck to do again, I would have not put in the green, and instead would have put in black, for anti-creature destruction. I concentrated too much on artifact destruction.

Round 1 Jake Davis B/R/W
Game 1: His Loxodon Anchorite
Loxodon Anchorite
Loxodon AnchoriteSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Tap: Prevent the next two daamage that would be dealt to target creature or player.
gave me fits, as my relatively small creatures had trouble against his itty-bitty creatures. Once he got his Megatog
Megatog
MegatogSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Megatog gets +3/+3 and gains trample until end of turn.
out, he just rolled all over me.
Game 2: My Pentavus
Pentavus
PentavusSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Pentavus comes into play with five +1/+1 counters on it. 1, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Pentavus: Put a 1/1 Pentavite artifact creature token with flying into play. 1, Sacrifice a Pentavite: Put a +1/+1 counter on Pentavus.
was helping me, until he used Sculpting Steel
Sculpting Steel
Sculpting SteelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
238
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
As Sculpting Steel comes into play, you may choose an artifact in play. If you do, Sculpting Steel comes into play as a copy of that artifact.
on it. His Pentavite tokens overfed his Megatog
Megatog
MegatogSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Megatog gets +3/+3 and gains trample until end of turn.
, and once again I got rolled over.

Round 2 Josh Jones U/R
Game 1 &2: Josh often works at Hockeyman’s, and was looking forward to this. However, in both games he could not deal with my Pentavus
Pentavus
PentavusSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Pentavus comes into play with five +1/+1 counters on it. 1, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Pentavus: Put a 1/1 Pentavite artifact creature token with flying into play. 1, Sacrifice a Pentavite: Put a +1/+1 counter on Pentavus.
and its Pentavite tokens. When he several hours later complained of his record (2-2-1), I reminded him that at least he lost to a good player. He said “I didn’t lose to a good player; I lost to Pentavus
Pentavus
PentavusSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Pentavus comes into play with five +1/+1 counters on it. 1, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Pentavus: Put a 1/1 Pentavite artifact creature token with flying into play. 1, Sacrifice a Pentavite: Put a +1/+1 counter on Pentavus.
.”

Round 3 Clark Hernadon B/R
Game 1: Pentavites and Sword of Light & Shadow makes a good combo. :D
Game 2: He splashed in green for Molder Slug
Molder Slug
Molder SlugSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
125
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
4
Toughness:
6
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices an artifact.
, which totally ate up my troops.
Game 3: On the 3rd turn I playered the Replica. The fourth turn I played the Sword, and the fifth turn I equipped the Sword onto the Replica. I made sure to keep mana available to Vex
Vex
VexSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's controller may draw a card.
any attempt he might make to stop this.

Round 4 Scott Williamson R/U/B
Game 1: I created a Pentavite token air force. This combos well with Into Thin Air
Into Thin Air
Into Thin AirSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Text:
Affinity for artifacts. Return target artifact to its owner's hand.
. I brought back the Pentavus
Pentavus
PentavusSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Pentavus comes into play with five +1/+1 counters on it. 1, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Pentavus: Put a 1/1 Pentavite artifact creature token with flying into play. 1, Sacrifice a Pentavite: Put a +1/+1 counter on Pentavus.
and replayed it. This created just too many Pentavites for him to handle.
Game 2: He managed to get some fatties that could block my Pentavites, but I created far too many for him to stop.

Round 5 ID’ed.
I convinced the guy I was to play that we could both Intentional Draw to automatically make the Top 8, as the 8th and 9th ranked players both had 7 points to out 9. I later realized I had made a mistake; the 7’s probably played each other already, which means that if they both play and beat someone with 6 points, they could both get 10 points, and could screw one of us out of the Top 8. Fortunately, one of them played Chad, who had 9 points, and Chad beat him to save me from the embarrassment of being wrong.

Out of the Top 8, three people were Terre Haute area players: Judah, Chad, and myself. Of course, since Jeffersonville is my hometown and Hockeyman’s is the store I go to most often, I also counted for the local players. We went to do Rochester. Chad got screwed in the Rochester, due to random seating. He was #3 after Swiss, yet he had the number 1 seat in the Rochester Draft, the worst possible place to be in a Rochester Draft. I was 7th after Swiss, so I kind of deserved my being in the second seat, although I was dismayed that I would play Judah first in the Top 8. I was somehow forced into drafting blue, and most of my picks were lousy as, whatever I wanted in a booster it was taken unless it was the pack I opened. At one point I raredrafted just because I could see my fate. My deck was mostly blue, with a red splash. In our first game Judah got a god draw, and the second game all I got was two mountains, and I was not going to get another land (another mountain) until 3 draws after I lost. So I took my half box of Fifth Dawn (my prize for being in the Top 8 but not in the Top4, who get a full box), chased after a place in my area where I could watch the WWE PPV that was on that night, and then made that long drive to my apartment after I watched the PPV match I really wanted to see.

Random Beats:
1) Pentavus
Pentavus
PentavusSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Pentavus comes into play with five +1/+1 counters on it. 1, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Pentavus: Put a 1/1 Pentavite artifact creature token with flying into play. 1, Sacrifice a Pentavite: Put a +1/+1 counter on Pentavus.
is some good in Limited. :D
2) David Aldridge, 10 years old, did pretty well for his first Magic tourney. It was just so unfair that he had to face Judah in the first round.
3) Hockeyman’s was a hit with all the out-of-area players who attended. People loved the owner and the prices for cards. You can definitely expect more Simply Magic events in the Sunnyside of Louisville.
4) This was my best chance to get a three-round-bye for Grand Prix Austin, and it was not to be. Maybe next time.


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