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Getting to Know Billy Moreau - Billy Moreau (11/28/2011)

Who am I?

Today you will find out who I am.

I have been writing articles for Cardshark for 5 years off and on and have had 31 posted (some better than others). Some viewed 1,500 times others barely read and most readers don't leave feedback (please do so, it helps me become a better magic writer). I have even been recognized at my local card shop by a new player as a Cardshark writer! I have been a member of numerous Magic website trading for years as either crypticfreak1, crypticfreak1978, or crypticfreakscards making thousands of trades. I'm always up for a good trade! So as a long time writer I figured I would properly introduce you to me.

I started playing Magic when I was a senior in high school 1995/1996. I learned how to play from some younger players. I was already into Dungeons and Dragons, playing daily during lunch with friends. So I figured why not. I purchased a book on how to play from a used bookstore and learned. Then I was able to trade the book for a bunch of cards from those same players. They weren't anything special but my favorite cards quickly became Craw Giant
Craw Giant
Craw GiantSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample; rampage 2 (For each creature assigned to block it beyond the first, this creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.)
and Living Wall
Living Wall
Living WallSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
Counts as a wall.1: Regenerates.
! Cards I look at now and say "wow, they suck!" Since I had no job and was graduating this year and going off to college, I had no money and had to play with what cards I could from the Revised pile I had. I taught my brother to play and always had a hard time beating his Royal Assassin
Royal Assassin
Royal AssassinSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Assassin
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Destroy any tapped creature.
and Nettling Imp
Nettling Imp
Nettling ImpSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Force a particular one of opponent's non-wall creatures to attack. If target creature cannot attack, it is killed at end of turn. This ability can only be used during opponent's turn, before the attack. May not be used on creatures summoned this turn.
combo! That did not deter me.

I graduated high school that summer from Tamarac High School in Troy, NY and as a graduation gift from my grandmother I received $1800 in savings bonds! Now I had some cash! I went out and purchased my first box of boosters - a box of Alliances. I purchased a total of 6 boxes that summer. Oh how I dream of all those Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
cards I had then that were worth next to nothing and are now $75+ each. I learned more about the game that summer by playing my brother. Then I had to go away to college.

I went away to the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa. I didn't know anyone that played so my cards got put away. Then during a freshmen seminar class I met Todd and learned he was from Dubuque and he played Magic. I became friends with him and he showed me where I could play at Comic World.

Comic World was a small card shop with a room big enough to hold a dozen people's but usually filled with 20+ people. I played weekly and usually lost but I was getting better and I made many magic friends. I was also purchasing 6+ booster boxes of each set trying to get four of each card. I spent too much and took out too many student loans to buy Magic cards!

Eventually I started to win prizes occasionally when I played and it felt nice and was very encouraging. Then in 1999 I had the chance to attend my first large Magic tournament - Iowa States. I fared much better than I expected. After the tournament I posted my first Magic article on a website that was one of the first big Magic websites - the Dojo. Read that article below - note that the email address s no longer valid and yes I had Web
Web
WebSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Target creature gains +0/+2 and can now block flying creatures, though it does not gain flying ability.
TV (look it up if you are too young to know what it was)



From:
Billy Moreau
Email:
murlof@webtv.net
Submitted:
Sunday, 21 Nov 1999 0:34:7
Subject:
Iowa States Tournament Report

First of all to start I would like to let you know that this was my first States tournament and also my first report. I was not only covering the Iowa States Tournament but I was also playing in it. It all started out Friday night. I (Billy Moreau) and the rest of the members from Team Sidebar, Josh Staudenraous, Justin Park, Kevin Koppes, and Frank Cardenas decided to playtest for the tourney. I knew what I wanted to play after beating Bargain
Bargain
BargainSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Your opponent draws a card. You gain 7 life.
50% of the time. That was green weenie. Here is the deck list:

4 Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4 Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing JaguarSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
269
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.)

4 Elvish Lyrist
Elvish Lyrist
Elvish LyristSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
248
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, tap, Sacrifice Elvish Lyrist: Destroy target enchantment.

4 Wild Dogs
Wild Dogs
Wild DogsSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hounds
Rarity:
C
Number:
284
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
During your upkeep, if a player has more life than any other, that player gains control of Wild Dogs.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

4 Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.

4 Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.

4 River Boa
River Boa
River BoaSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable if defending player controls an island.) G: Regenerate River Boa.
s
4 Albino Troll
Albino Troll
Albino TrollSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Troll
Rarity:
U
Number:
231
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) 1G: Regenerate Albino Troll.
s
4 Might of Oaks
Might of Oaks
Might of OaksSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target creature gets +7/+7 until end of turn.

3 Weatherseed Treefolk
Weatherseed Treefolk
Weatherseed TreefolkSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Trample When Weatherseed Treefolk is put into a graveyard from play, return Weatherseed Treefolk to owner's hand.

1 Child of Gaea
Child of Gaea
Child of GaeaSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
242
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Trample During your upkeep, pay GG or sacrifice Child of Gaea.1G: Regenerate Child of Gaea.

12 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s
4 Treetop Village
Treetop Village
Treetop VillageSet: Urza's Legacy
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Treetop Village comes into play tapped.T: Add one green mana to your mana pool.1G: Treetop Village becomes a 3/3 green creature with trample until end of turn. This creature still counts as a land.
s
3 Gaea’s Cradle
1 Yavimaya Hollow
Yavimaya Hollow
Yavimaya HollowSet: Urza's Destiny
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.G, T: Regenerate target creature.


I knew my deck would be able to stand up to anything but red, so I was pretty confident about it. Frank knew he was playing Black Control. This was also his first BIG Tournament outside of Dubuque. Kevin wanted to play Bargain
Bargain
BargainSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Your opponent draws a card. You gain 7 life.
. Justin had to sleep on it but in the morning he decided on Green Control. Josh had to wait until the last minute to build his deck. He built it 5 minutes before the tourney started. He played White Weenie. The tournament started at 10 am in Iowa City, 53 participants, of which 5 were from our team. We felt confident that at least one of us would make top 8. Here's how the rounds went


Round 1 (0-0-0) vs.
James Happel(0-0-0)
(Almost Mirror Match)

First of all I would like to say what a nice effort put forth by Mr. Happel. He was 3-1 going into the final round and needed a win to make top 8 but lost.

Game 1: I get out a quick River Boa
River Boa
River BoaSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable if defending player controls an island.) G: Regenerate River Boa.
with double Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
and the beatings commence. He managed to knock me down to 8 before he died. Game 1 to me.

Game 2: Since James was also playing Green I felt Titania's Chosen
Titania's Chosen
Titania's ChosenSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
277
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a player successfully casts a green spell, put a +1/+1 counter on Titania's Chosen.
should come in off the bench. In go 3 and out come the Treefolk. I get the Chosen out 3rd or 4th turn. This stalls James for a while. He can't really risk casting something unless he wants to lose. In the end all I can say is Titania's Chosen
Titania's Chosen
Titania's ChosenSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
277
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a player successfully casts a green spell, put a +1/+1 counter on Titania's Chosen.
(6 counters) + a top decked Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
+ 2 Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.
s + 1 Might of Oaks
Might of Oaks
Might of OaksSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target creature gets +7/+7 until end of turn.
+ 4 counters from those spells = 26 damage all trample and game over. I win in two thanks to amazing opening hands.

Matches (2-0-0) Rounds (1-0-0)


Round 2 (1-0-0) vs.
Mike Goodwin (1-0-0) Wildfire
Wildfire
WildfireSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
You destroy four of your lands and your opponent destroys four of his or her lands. Then Wildfire deals 4 damage to each creature. (This includes your creatures.)


Game 1: I see a mountain and scream... no not really. I hate red. He wins this game due to a stupid mistake of my own. He has Karn, Silver Golem
Karn, Silver Golem
Karn, Silver GolemSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
298
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever Karn, Silver Golem blocks or becomes blocked, it gets -4/+4 until end of turn.1: Target noncreature artifact is an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its casting cost until end of turn. (That artifact retains its abilities.)
out. I attack with a Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing JaguarSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
269
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.)
. He blocks. I have a Might of Oaks
Might of Oaks
Might of OaksSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target creature gets +7/+7 until end of turn.
and a Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.
in hand with enough mana to cast one. What do I do? Cast Might of Oaks
Might of Oaks
Might of OaksSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target creature gets +7/+7 until end of turn.
and Kill Karn
Karn
KarnSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
+1
Toughness:
+6
Text:
Each of your noncreature artifacts is also an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its total casting cost.
? No, I did the stupid thing and Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.
ed the Jaguar. STUPID ME!!!!!! He then proceeds to wildfire a few turns later and I die.

Game 2: Snake Basket
Snake Basket
Snake BasketSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
312
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
X, Sacrifice Snake Basket: Put X 1/1 green Cobra creature tokens into play. Play this ability only if you're allowed to play a sorcery.
in a Wildfire
Wildfire
WildfireSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
You destroy four of your lands and your opponent destroys four of his or her lands. Then Wildfire deals 4 damage to each creature. (This includes your creatures.)
Deck? Well there must have been 4 of them. In come my Sex Monkeys and Splinter
Splinter
SplinterSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Remove target artifact from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
s... 3 of each. I Splinter
Splinter
SplinterSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Remove target artifact from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
his Voltaic Key
Voltaic Key
Voltaic KeySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
314
Artist:
Henry G. Higgenbotham
Text:
1, T: Untap target artifact.
he beats me to death with SNAKES. I lose.

Matches (2-2-0) Rounds (1-1-0)


Round 3 (1-1-0) vs.
Tyler Gunn (1-1-0) Quicksilver Amulet
Quicksilver Amulet
Quicksilver AmuletSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
130
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
4, T: Choose a creature card in your hand and put that creature into play.
?

Game 1: I see a Skulking Fugitive
Skulking Fugitive
Skulking FugitiveSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mercenary
Rarity:
C
Number:
161
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Skulking Fugitive becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice Skulking Fugitive.
come out 3rd turn. I see it die 3rd turn to a Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.
. Now that's card advantage. I proceed to win wondering what his deck is about.

Game 2: All I get is 2 Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
and 3 Lyrists and win with them. No Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
s. No Might of Oaks
Might of Oaks
Might of OaksSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target creature gets +7/+7 until end of turn.
. No Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.
s. Just 5 elves. WOW.

Matches (4-2-0) Rounds (2-1-0)


Round 4 (2-1-0) vs.
Scott Sheehy (2-1-0) Processor Black

Game 1: I remembered Scott from a Pro tour Qualifier he split with Kevin last summer/fall. I knew he was good.
Turn 1 - Land, Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing JaguarSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
269
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.)

him - land
Turn 2 - Echo, Land, Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
, attack
him - land
Turn 3 - Cradle, Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
, Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
, River Boa
River Boa
River BoaSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable if defending player controls an island.) G: Regenerate River Boa.
, attack-down to 8
him - land, Masticore
Masticore
MasticoreSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may choose and discard a card from your hand. If you don't, sacrifice Masticore.2: Masticore deals 1 damage to target creature.2: Regenerate Masticore.

Turn 4 - Might of Oaks
Might of Oaks
Might of OaksSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target creature gets +7/+7 until end of turn.
- I win

Game 2: In come the typical anti artifact cards. He gets knocked down a bit until he knocks off my creatures with Masticore
Masticore
MasticoreSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may choose and discard a card from your hand. If you don't, sacrifice Masticore.2: Masticore deals 1 damage to target creature.2: Regenerate Masticore.
. HE KEEPS ON PAYING FOR Masticore
Masticore
MasticoreSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may choose and discard a card from your hand. If you don't, sacrifice Masticore.2: Masticore deals 1 damage to target creature.2: Regenerate Masticore.
with only 4 lands out. I keep on playing my Treetop Village
Treetop Village
Treetop VillageSet: Urza's Legacy
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Treetop Village comes into play tapped.T: Add one green mana to your mana pool.1G: Treetop Village becomes a 3/3 green creature with trample until end of turn. This creature still counts as a land.
s and I also play my Yavimaya Hollow
Yavimaya Hollow
Yavimaya HollowSet: Urza's Destiny
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.G, T: Regenerate target creature.
. Next turn attack with a Village and Might of Oaks
Might of Oaks
Might of OaksSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target creature gets +7/+7 until end of turn.
. The following turn - Repeat previous turn. I WIN

Matches (6-2-0) Rounds (3-1-0)


Final Round
Round 5 (3-1-0) vs.
Derek Lewis (3-1-0) Green Control

Game 1: Now I am 3-1 and I know I have to win to make it into the final 8. 3 Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
s on a Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing JaguarSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
269
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.)
do the job. Game 1 - ME.

Game 2: Did we play? All he could do was play land and a Rofellos
Rofellos
RofellosSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
-2
Toughness:
+4
Text:
Whenever a creature you control is put into a graveyard from play, draw a card.
. I beat him down. I made it into top 8 for the first time ever. I am the 7th seed. Time to check on my friends. Josh Kicked butt and finished 2nd seed with a (4-0-1) record. Justin (4-1-0) seeded 6th. Frank (4-1-0) seeded 8th. And Kevin (3-2-0) did not make it, SORRY.


Team Sidebar did it. We came with 5 and 4 make top 8. Here were the deck types in the final eight:
Mono Red 6th place
White Weenie 3rd place
Black Control 5th place
Green Weenie 1st place
Cats and Dogs (green weenie) Me 7th place
Black Control Frank 8th place
Green Control Justin 4th place
White Weenie Josh 2nd place

Round 1 of Finals
Me vs. Josh
Justin vs. Black Control
Frank vs. White Weenie
Green Weenie vs. Black Control

Josh beats me in 3
Justin beats Black Control
White Weenie beat Frank
Green Weenie beats Black Control


Round 2 of Finals
Josh vs. Justin
White weenie vs. Green weenie

Josh's white weenie overtakes the Green Control and wins
Green Weenie beats White weenie


Final round:
Josh- White Weenie vs. Green Weenie.
Josh loses in three due to main deck Titania
Titania
TitaniaSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
6
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
+2
Toughness:
-5
Text:
You may play an additional land each of your turns.
’s Chosen.

Overall team Sidebar did excellent. I finished 4-2-0. Josh finished 6-1-1. Frank finished 4-2. Justin finished 5-2. And Kevin finished 3-2. Next time States come around they better watch out for Team Sidebar.

My congratulations go out to the winner of the qualifier and my apologies also for not knowing your name and some of the other names of the people in the final 8.

Billy Moreau
Team Sidebar
Murlof@webtv.net



That was an awesome experience. It also happened to be the year before they had top 8 pins so I have nothing to show for it other than this report.

During the years since I have won many many FNM tournaments but never any large tournament. I have played in Grand Prix Milwaukee sometime before moving back from Iowa 1999-2003, and have played in Grand Prix Boston somewhere around 2006. I finished one win away from day two at GP Milwaukee and finished 92 out of over 600. I also won a GP qualifier the night before GP Boston winning 3 byes for Two-Headed Giant sealed only to go 1-3 the rest of the tournament. I have played in over 1,000 tournaments throughout the past 16 years.

I am known wherever I play as the player that is playing with cards no one else would but yet still finishing in the upper half of 95% of the tournaments I have played in.

During my evolution as a Magic player, Magic Online came out. I was one of the first testers. Oh how I miss all those very rare now Invasion cards! I have alternated between MTGO and paper Magic throughout my Magic career and each time I have sold my collections. At one point I did own 4 of each Dual Land but never any of the Power 9/10.

I am a big collector of Jeff Miracola signed cards having met him at GP Milwaukee (oh how I wish I never sold the playmat he drew on). I currently have 1424 cards signed by him and also have three custom pieces of art done in colored pencil by him - Rock Golem, Paper Beeble (on a toilet!), and Scissors Sliver drawn on the back of artist proof cards! I will always trade for cards he has painted, too bad he has taken a break from Magic paintings though.

Now as a 16 year Magic veteran that has pretty much done nothing significant in the large scope of Magic I am regulated to part time MTGO and paper player based on time now that I have a wonderful 2 month old baby boy, Jace (not actually named after the card, or my wife thinks!) Thomas Moreau!

If you are interested in learning more about me feel free to contact me:
E-mail: Crypticfreakscards@gmail.com
Facebook: Billy Moreau

Also feel free to send me ideas for articles. Everything will be considered! Until next time!


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