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CardShark Content - Kim Harvey (1/26/2003)

I left my home about 11 pm on Saturday night for the trip to Chicago for the event. I would been there the entire weekend except I was supposed to work the first two days of the event and Saturday would be the sleeping-in day. Well, right before Chicago, the plant that I was doing my temporary job assignment goes on partial shutdown and now I’m off for the entire weekend. I recalculate my budget and figured that I only have enough money to go on just one day. I made this day Sunday because of the females’ event.

Sooner or later I’m on I-57 heading north towards Chicago right around 11:30 PM. I wanted to get there before sunrise because of the light snow that was forecast for Chicago that morning (which never happened). At 4:30 AM I finally arrive at the venue, and after sweet-talking to the valet parking at the hotel I was able to get my car parked and enter the venue. As I ran into the venue, I ran into MikeyP and couple of his buddies.

The venue looked like a pigpen. Cards were strewn about all the tables and the floor, and there was trash everywhere. There were still some pickup drafts and “educational” drafting going around, but the only name player that was in the room was David Williams. I promptly grabbed a box and start putting the cards into it, hopefully for later use. The cards were mostly commons, basic lands, and a few bad uncommons from various sets, mostly Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
. The only thing I pulled out that I kept was a few foreign 4th edition black bordered stuff, mostly basic lands.

I tried taking a nap but I just don’t sleep well anywhere but my own bed. I barely get two hours of sleep in the morning before giving up the idea of sleeping by 12:30 PM. I asked a couple players about where they get Dr. Peppers and they told me the place in the hotel. There is a mini-grocery store in the hotel that actually sold Dr. Peppers at a fairly decent price, so I bought a couple of them and had them drank up in no time.

I came across Corrupt
Corrupt
CorruptSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Vincent Evans
Text:
Corrupt deals 1 damage to target creature or player for each swamp you control. When Corrupt successfully deals damage to a creature or player, gain life equal to that damage.
er (Adrian Sullivan), my MTGO buddy Gregg Denton, and at least three other St. Louisians that made the trip to play in the PTQ that morning. I got to talk to Scott Elliott for a minute. Gregg tried getting a Rochester draft going but I was not feeling like drafting and nobody else wanted to do it. I was hoping to borrow a deck from Gregg for the females’ event but found out that he had to leave at 5 PM to head back to Springfield with his mom. Gregg had to draft today and he wasn’t thrilled with that fact.

So I was hauling the box of cards that I gathered earlier in the morning and I think Scott (a different one) or Gis (I’m awful with putting faces names and both of them look so much alike) told me that they could use some basic lands. I told them that the box was unsorted and filled with random crap. I go checking for prices for various cards and realized that they were pretty much asking too much for them. With me being on a budget, you have to make do on what you got from time to time.

The next thing I realize that I was talking to Chris. He told me that I was crazy about taking the 5-hour trip to Chicago on 57 by myself. (Maybe I should warn the regulars of the MTGOntario.com forums not to challenge him to hot wing eating contest, much less have the event in a venue that lacks Dr. Pepper. J/K.) I told him that I spent most of my time playing on MTGO; he told me MTGO was bad for me. Um, the nearest place to buy real magic cards is fifty miles from home, so I really have no choice at all.

Later in the afternoon, I decide to drag my butt back to the room and I talked to MikeyP and Ed Fear
Fear
FearSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked by any creatures except black creatures and artifact creatures.
. Those two are some of the greatest guys that Magic has. Ed owned Mikey on the backgammon tables. I talked to Mikey for a while and sooner or later PTR shows up. After a little wait, I asked him about some of the rumors about PTR. I told him about his AIM handle, and some of his friends. When I told him that Fuller was coming back in a couple weeks, he game me the “oh no” expression.

It was time to get the deck together for the female event. I decided on a weaker version of R/G that still lacked a few cards (either because I didn’t have them or left them at home). I’m not providing the decklist because I don’t want you using it in a real event. I had a sideboard with some random stuff including 2 Ankhs of Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
s for mono black control and tog. Even Gregg thought that was a good metagame choice, so I get the contents registered.

I eventually convince Michelle Cove to also play in it so we could have 8 girls. We get going at 4:30 PM. Go figure, I get paired against Michelle in the first round, and the deck was MBC. Just about every guy that wasn’t playing Magic at this time was watching this match. Obiah from #mtgjudge shows up and told me to say “cheese” and takes my picture. I get some beats but I cannot get the draws needed in the first game to keep up the pressure and eventually got beat by a Corrupt
Corrupt
CorruptSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Vincent Evans
Text:
Corrupt deals 1 damage to target creature or player for each swamp you control. When Corrupt successfully deals damage to a creature or player, gain life equal to that damage.
. I bring in the Ankhs for game 2, and played one of them. It worked, except the judge tells me that they weren’t in seventh edition. I asked him to confirm that. He came back and confirmed it. I told him that they were in the sideboard and this was game 2. Damn, I end up with a game loss that cost me that match and I had to put 2 basic lands in my mostly useless sideboard.

Second round, I went against Nadia Sued. She is partially blind and was playing W/u birds. Her husband was sitting next to her. Before the match she warned me that 90 percent of the cards were in Spanish, and I would have to read out every card I play or reveal. We talked about the new 8th edition cards that were revealed and she said she liked the change because it would be much easier for her to read the white cards. She said that it is impossible for her to read white on white. Game 1, I was able to put down the creatures, but she gets her flying and pro-creature army out and I cannot find the burn fast enough. It was a close game, but she barely wins the race. Game 2 also goes down to the wire. I was at 7, she was at 7, and she decides to use the creature that returns two cards in my graveyard back to my hand to destroy the Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
during the second extra turn. Well, the only two cards in my graveyard were Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
and Anger
Anger
AngerSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
John Avon

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste. As long as Anger is in your graveyard and you control a mountain, creatures you control have haste.
. I attacked for 6 thanks 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.
, and shocked her to win the game and salvage the draw.

Third and final round, I went against Rachel Reynolds playing another MBC deck. I hate that deck with a passion. First game I get the beats but cast Pillage
Pillage
PillageSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
198
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.
. Um, I think the lack of sleep is catching up with me. I ended up blowing a Reckless Charge
Reckless Charge
Reckless ChargeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
215
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Target creature gets +3/+0 and gains haste until end of turn. Flashback 2R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
on a tapped 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 burning for 2. I probably should have burned for 3. I don’t get much beats though because she had the removal spells, and I eventually lose to Visara. Game 2 was more of the same although I get her down to 3 but she top decks Corrupt
Corrupt
CorruptSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Vincent Evans
Text:
Corrupt deals 1 damage to target creature or player for each swamp you control. When Corrupt successfully deals damage to a creature or player, gain life equal to that damage.
and Visara on two straight turns. I cannot find the burn and lose to the beats once again.

So I ended the event with a 0-2-1 record, but I was not thrilled with the two costly mistakes that cost me at least one game and more likely a second. Oh well, I bragged to Chris about forgetting that Ankhs weren’t in seventh edition (which sucks because it would be very useful against decks like tog, MBC, and turboland).

I head home around 7:30 PM. Meanwhile, Scott Elliott gets Level 3 certified. When I got home I checked the message board on hannahsgames.com and that was one of the topics. I replied that I bet you were celebrating while I was enjoying the 5-hour trip on 57. Oh well. I didn’t get home until 12:30 AM and I did a little surfing before crashing at 2 AM.

Kai goes on to win the main event using R/B. He virtually had a clear shot at the black in the final Rochester draft, and made short work through the knockout rounds. Only Finkel gave him some sort of challenge, and that semifinal match was great. I got to meet him right before the finals and told him that the #mtgwacky girls were rooting for him to win it all. He didn’t disappoint. (Then again, he’s X-1 on Sundays in Pro Tour events, and I have forgotten how many times he won on a Sunday.)

I got to meet several players for the first time including KaiB, RuneH, Gis, Obiah, bdrago, and whoever that I forgot already. I got to spent time with other players – some that I haven’t seen since GP Milwaukee last May. I also get to play against girls for a change. Until this event, I only faced two girls in my 8+ years of playing Magic.

Props

KaiB for winning the whole thing.

MikeyP and Ed Fear
Fear
FearSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked by any creatures except black creatures and artifact creatures.
for being great guys.

Gregg Denton for his input. Maybe next time you should remember what is in seventh and what isn’t. =D

Scott Elliott for getting L3 status at Chicago.

To the girls that showed up to play: we salute you.

Chris P. – you know how to mise.

Slops

The 10-hour round trip on I-57 in less than perfect conditions: light snow and high winds will make driving a pain in the rear end.

Cold weather because I didn’t do much sightseeing at all

To all the players that decided to leave trash in the side event area during the midnight session.

Getting laid off from work right before the event. I don’t think I’ll get unemployment benefits before the prerelease weekend =/

Zelda78 on IRC/MTGO


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