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CardShark Content - John Curran (4/21/2003)



This is how it all started. The owner of GameQuest in Spokane and I were talking about the next PSQ, and we were planning another one because the first one in January had 28 players and was very cool. When we were planning it, it kind of fell through the cracks. I was very busy with my new job and he was with running the store. It gets close to the time we were planning on having it and we both asked each other if we sent the application and we both said no. So its March 29th or so and we were planning it on April 19th. I email Scott Gaeta about letting us hold it on the 19th WAY after the due date for the application and he said it was ok, which was really cool of him. We only have a couple of weeks to promote it so I know its not going to be big but it gives the locals a chance to get the premier points that they wanted so its not a total loss. When the day comes I find out that we only have 10 players which is kind of a bad thing, but not really because the players who show up are the top players that will probably use the points this summer and since its pretty much all good players its going to be a good tourney. Here we go.

Round One: Lucas Morely 1608

Lucas and his friend Cody play Ring-Bound Rangers, but a really good version of it so I know that they are going to be playing it at the event. He starts Greenleaf and a Gondorian Ranger. He bids 4 to my 6 so I go first and play the get Legolas site. Every time I play him it goes the same way no matter what deck I play. He gets a bad draw and doesn’t get many companions out. I get enough minions to kill a couple then he gets some companions then he gets more out. Then I finally get enough to kill him. This time I kill him with 2 Uruk Regulars, Uruk Raider, Uruk Captain, and Saruman to his 4 companions. He has enough to live through the first set of skirmishes but get 3 guys on Frodo on the fierce phase and its over at site 8.

FW +3

Good: Getting a good swarm at site 8 because I was getting worried.

Bad: Not getting to kill an ally because he doesn’t play any.


Round Two: Chris Holmes 1520


This is only Chris’s Third tourney. He has been trying out different decks in the weeks since he has been playing and today he decided on a Rohan/Gondor free people with beefy Uruks for shadow. We move along the path rather slowly but Chris thinks I’m playing a different version of my Moria deck because he saw me playing a fun game just before. He just thinks the Uruks are a little twist so he moves from 3-5 and gets the beat down. He is left with just Frodo be because of Filbert. After I stop at four he moves again after putting an Elite Rider out and I get 2 regulars out and he can’t do anything because Frodo is overwhelmed.

FW +6

Good: Winning

Bad: Beating Chris because he is a good person and shouldn’t of doubled to the Deep of Helm.



Round Three: Joe Meckel 1653

Joe is probably the best player in Spokane besides me. He plays the deck that they made the standard format. We have a really boring game because he is choking me to death. I can’t really get enough to kill his guys but I move to 9 knowing that I can’t kill his fellowship and he gets a Regular, Troop, 2 Lts, Saruman and that’s the game right there. It was very boring.

FL +7

Good: Nothing really but Joe is the only person I was thinking I would lose to.

Bad: Losing


Round Four: Cody Cook 1622

Cody is playing the same deck as my first round opponent but he is a better player. The game went as same as the first game but I end up getting to site 9 and win because of Filbert. Dunland can’t beat Ents.

FW +10

Good: Whooping on some more Dunland

Bad: Nothing really



Round Five: Kyle Freid 1606

Kyle plays some weird Unbound Hobbit and Gimli deck. It’s pretty cool but not this time. He moves to site 5 without playing anything and I get out 2 Regulars, 2 Ravagers, A Captain and Saruman, and Game over. The game lasted like 5 minutes no joke.

FW + 13

Good: A quick Win and I can get some food.

Bad: Nothing Much


Round Six: Bryan Iams 1676

Bryan is a really good Sealed Deck player being #2 in the state I think. He has been coming to a lot more Constructed tourney lately playing Horn/Dunland and most of the time he kills me but not this time. After a lot of minions from site 4 through site 7 he is really hurting at site 8. I get out Three Regulars, a Captain and 2 ravagers and Saruman and all of his horn calling can’t save him from the Uruks getting Frodo.

FW + 16

Good: Winning my last game

Bad: Nothing


After the last round, there are two people at 5-1 Joe Meckel and I. After we do the SOS I am the top player and get the Pin, Binder and the Saruman T-Shirt which is very fitting since I think he was out with all my wins. It was a good tourney and I was happy that the local players got to get some pins, binders and some Premier Points.
I do know exactly what happened when the game ended, so that will be in great detail.

This is how it all started. The owner of GameQuest in Spokane and I were talking about the next PSQ, and we were planning another one because the first one in January had 28 players and was very cool. When we were planning it, it kind of fell through the cracks. I was very busy with my new job and he was with running the store. It gets close to the time we were planning on having it and we both asked each other if we sent the application and we both said no. So its March 29th or so and we were planning it on April 19th. I email Scott Gaeta about letting us hold it on the 19th WAY after the due date for the application and he said it was ok, which was really cool of him. We only have a couple of weeks to promote it so I know its not going to be big but it gives the locals a chance to get the premier points that they wanted so its not a total loss. When the day comes I find out that we only have 10 players which is kind of a bad thing, but not really because the players who show up are the top players that will probably use the points this summer and since its pretty much all good players its going to be a good tourney. Here we go.

Round One: Lucas Morely 1608

Lucas and his friend Cody play Ring-Bound Rangers, but a really good version of it so I know that they are going to be playing it at the event. He starts Greenleaf and a Gondorian Ranger. He bids 4 to my 6 so I go first and play the get Legolas site. Every time I play him it goes the same way no matter what deck I play. He gets a bad draw and doesn’t get many companions out. I get enough minions to kill a couple then he gets some companions then he gets more out. Then I finally get enough to kill him. This time I kill him with 2 Uruk Regulars, Uruk Raider, Uruk Captain, and Saruman to his 4 companions. He has enough to live through the first set of skirmishes but get 3 guys on Frodo on the fierce phase and its over at site 8.

FW +3

Good: Getting a good swarm at site 8 because I was getting worried.

Bad: Not getting to kill an ally because he doesn’t play any.


Round Two: Chris Holmes 1520


This is only Chris’s Third tourney. He has been trying out different decks in the weeks since he has been playing and today he decided on a Rohan/Gondor free people with beefy Uruks for shadow. We move along the path rather slowly but Chris thinks I’m playing a different version of my Moria deck because he saw me playing a fun game just before. He just thinks the Uruks are a little twist so he moves from 3-5 and gets the beat down. He is left with just Frodo be because of Filbert. After I stop at four he moves again after putting an Elite Rider out and I get 2 regulars out and he can’t do anything because Frodo is overwhelmed.

FW +6

Good: Winning

Bad: Beating Chris because he is a good person and shouldn’t of doubled to the Deep of Helm.



Round Three: Joe Meckel 1653

Joe is probably the best player in Spokane besides me. He plays the deck that they made the standard format. We have a really boring game because he is choking me to death. I can’t really get enough to kill his guys but I move to 9 knowing that I can’t kill his fellowship and he gets a Regular, Troop, 2 Lts, Saruman and that’s the game right there. It was very boring.

FL +7

Good: Nothing really but Joe is the only person I was thinking I would lose to.

Bad: Losing


Round Four: Cody Cook 1622

Cody is playing the same deck as my first round opponent but he is a better player. The game went as same as the first game but I end up getting to site 9 and win because of Filbert. Dunland can’t beat Ents.

FW +10

Good: Whooping on some more Dunland

Bad: Nothing really



Round Five: Kyle Freid 1606

Kyle plays some weird Unbound Hobbit and Gimli deck. It’s pretty cool but not this time. He moves to site 5 without playing anything and I get out 2 Regulars, 2 Ravagers, A Captain and Saruman, and Game over. The game lasted like 5 minutes no joke.

FW + 13

Good: A quick Win and I can get some food.

Bad: Nothing Much


Round Six: Bryan Iams 1676

Bryan is a really good Sealed Deck player being #2 in the state I think. He has been coming to a lot more Constructed tourney lately playing Horn/Dunland and most of the time he kills me but not this time. After a lot of minions from site 4 through site 7 he is really hurting at site 8. I get out Three Regulars, a Captain and 2 ravagers and Saruman and all of his horn calling can’t save him from the Uruks getting Frodo.

FW + 16

Good: Winning my last game

Bad: Nothing


After the last round, there are two people at 5-1 Joe Meckel and I. After we do the SOS I am the top player and get the Pin, Binder and the Saruman T-Shirt which is very fitting since I think he was out with all my wins. It was a good tourney and I was happy that the local players got to get some pins, binders and some Premier Points.












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