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CardShark Content - Matthew Crofoot (12/6/2004)

Peasant Magic GenCon SoCal (2004) Tournament Report

Hello all, I guess the task falls to me to write a tournament report
for the GenCon tournament in Southern California. The tournament was
sponsored by Cardshark.com and had 13 players. This is our worst number
yet, but considering the low attendence of GenCon(CA) this and past years
it is actually not that bad. They had a bunch of Unhinge
Unhinge
UnhingeSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Text:
Target player discards a card from his or her hand. Draw a card.
d release events
that were sponsored by Wizards and they only had 2-3 times the number of people
in our event.

First some rants. Once again we got listed in the ´´wrong´´ category and were
under CCGs. They have 2 categories TCG and CCG and Wizards put all their events
in TCG for Magic and ours was the only Magic event in CCG. I am not sure how much
this effected the attendence as the book was pretty straight forward and listed
by date and time. Another rant is about power. We requested power, and when we
showed up got bounced around to different tournament headquarters and finally ended
up getting our table from Wizards in the end. There was a power outlet on a pillar
by us, but when plugging into it, found it was not active even. So we decided
to run the tournament on paper. Thanks to Ted Beardsley for his help doing a paper
swiss tournament. We had one of the tournament desk workers from the CCG area come
over and threaten that we would get a $300 fine if caught using non-union approved
power. This was half way through our tournament and we were using plain old pencil
and paper, but he felt compelled to give us attitude... not sure why.

Anyways, all the negative stuff out the way, on to the good stuff. I feel we
had a great and enthusiastic group of players. We had 13 in all and everyone
played great games and had a good time. We did 4 rounds of swiss with a cut to
top 8 single elimination. We did 50 minute rounds, but never reached time any of
them. There was one rotating bye, but it worked out good since one player showed
up late and was able to play as he had the bye and had time to finish his deck.

I am going to try to list the names and match results as good as I can.
If anyone here actually played in the tournament and wants to submit a deck
list that would be great.

The Players:
Matthew Crofoot (cardshark.com, Peasant Council Member) (Elf-clamp)
Johnny Lai (Peasant Council Member) (Red land destruction)
Erik Wiessmann (former Master of Peasant Magic champion) (Elf-clamp)
Adam Fischer (goblin sligh)
Ted Beardsley (black ?)
Jim Wozniak (black aggro control)
John Hostetter (r/b/u affinity)
Raf Erana (?)
Shane Neville (r/g cloudpost/fireball)
Wade Lindley (r/u isochron scepter)
Roger Fondren (r/b/u affinity)
Andrew Valkanas (mono Unhinge
Unhinge
UnhingeSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Text:
Target player discards a card from his or her hand. Draw a card.
d)
Ryan Gan (blue/green mess)

Round 1:
Wozniak (2-0) vs. Valkanas
(black aggro control beats unhinged 2-0)

Hostetter (2) vs. Lai (1)
(Affinity beats land destruction 2-1)

Fondren (2) vs. Beardsley (1)
(Affinity beats black ? 2-1)

Wiessmann (2) vs. Lindley (0)
(Elf-clamp beats u/r scepter 2-0)

Crofoot (2) vs. Neville (0)
(Elf-clamp beats r/g fireball 2-0)

[This was my first match and I beat r/g fireball mostly because of main deck
blastoderms that he couldn't deal with using burn and his lack of creatures.]

Fischer (2) vs. Erana (0)
(Goblin Sligh beats ? 2-0)

Gan vs. Bye
==========================================================
Round 2:

Wozniak (2) vs. Gan (0)
(black aggro control beats u/g mess 2-0)

Fischer (2) vs. Hostetter (1)
(Goblin sligh beats Affinity 2-1)

Crofoot (2) vs. Fondren (1)
(Elf-clamp beats Affinity 2-1)

[These were some close matches... I basically got my drawing engine going before
he could pound me with flying creatures. I sideboarded four naturalizes after
first game. I lost second game due to letting my self get down to 5 life because
I didn't block when he had an atog and Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the VaultSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an artifact is put into a graveyard from play, you may have target opponent lose 1 life.
on the table... doh]

Erana (2) vs. Valkanas (1)
(? beats Unhinge
Unhinge
UnhingeSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Text:
Target player discards a card from his or her hand. Draw a card.
d 2-1)

Lai (2) vs. Neville (1)
(Land Destruction beats r/g Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
)

Beardsley (2) vs. Lindley (1)
(Black ? beats u/r scepter 2-1)

Wiessmann vs. bye

=========================================================
Round 3: Fight!

Wiessmann (2) vs. Wozniak (0)
(Elf-clamp beats Black aggro control 2-0)

Fischer (2) vs. Crofoot (0)
(Goblin Sligh beats Elf-clamp 2-0)

[These games were tough as Adam was playing Erik's Goblin Sligh deck which I have
tuned against for about 4-5 years now). I can usually take the goblin deck at the
height of my game, but Adam played it more like control and did not let me keep
an elf on the table even though he brought his own life down to 3-5 using the Goblin
Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.
many times). I feel if I had the mana elves, I could have got out
some blastoderms faster for a win, but it didn't happen. Also the Goblin deck is
famous for taking you from 13-16 to 0 in one turn with goblin grenades, which is
always scary.]

Lai (2) vs. Beardsley (0)
(Land destruction beats Black ? 2-0)

Hostetter (2) vs. Gan (0)
(Affinity beats u/g mess 2-0)

Fondren (2) vs. Erana (0)
(Affinity beats ? 2-0)

Neville (2) vs. Lindley (0)
(r/g fireball beats u/r scepter)

Valkanas vs. Bye

===========================================================
Round 4:

Feature Match:
Adam Fischer (2) vs. Erik Wiessmann (0)
(Goblin Sligh beats Elf-clamp 2-0)

[Adam beats Erik with his own deck and racks up 2 wins for Goblin Sligh against
elf-clamp this tournament. I still feel that Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
is essential against
red and Erik doesn't run them main deck. I know that elves can take goblins, but
in the capable hands of Adam Fischer it just doesn't look possible in this tournament.]

Fondren (2) vs. Wozniak (1)
(Affinity beats Black Aggro Control 2-1)

Crofoot (2) vs. Hostetter (0)
(Elf-clamp beats affinity)

Lai (2) vs. Valkanas (0)
(Land descruction beats Unhinge
Unhinge
UnhingeSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Text:
Target player discards a card from his or her hand. Draw a card.
d 2-0)

Neville (2) vs. Beardsley (0)
(r/g Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
beats Black ? 2-0)

Erana (2) vs. Gan (1)
(? beats u/g mess 2-1)

Lindley vs. Bye

==============================================================
After 4 rounds of play we chose a top eight.
Adam Fischer (4-0)
Erik Wiessmann (3-1)
Matthew Crofoot (3-1)
Roger Fondren (3-1)
Johnny Lai (3-1)
Jim Wozniak (2-2)
John Hostetter (2-2)
Shane Neville (2-2)

One 2-2 did not make the top 8 due to number of games won being the lowest.

Top 8: round 1
Fischer (2) vs. Wozniak (0)
(Goblin Sligh beats Black Aggro Control 2-0)

Hostetter (2) vs. Wiessmann
(Affinity beats Elf-clamp)

Crofoot (2) vs. Lai
(Elf-clamp beats Land Destruction)

[This seemed like an ok matchup for me due to having mana accelerators in
the form of elves... it took a long time to build board advantage but once
I got out a timberwatch for protection it was pretty easy to stall up to some
blastoderms for a win.]

Neville (2) vs. Fondren (1)
(r/g Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
beats Affinity 2-1)

------------------------------------------
Semi-Finals:

Neville (2) vs. Fischer
(r/g Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
beats Goblin Sligh)

[I didn't expect this match to go this way, but I guess the fireballs took
out all of the goblins]

Crofoot (2) vs. Hostetter (1)
(Elf-clamp beats Affinity)

[Another match against Hostetter who proved a tenacious opponent throughout the
day with his b/u/r Affinity build using Ornothopters. I get 3 well wishers active
first game right away to save my butt until I can start going off with card advantage.
Second game he Psychic Purge
Psychic Purge
Psychic PurgeSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Psychic Purge does 1 damage to any target. If a spell cast by opponent or a permanent under opponent's control causes you to discard this card, opponent loses 5 life. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
s one of my well wishers and affectively took the game
because of it and his quick beats after that. Third game I top deck Overrun
Overrun
OverrunSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.
for
the win before I die to ornothopter. These games were much closer than the earlier
ones as he had time to get the Cranial Plated flyers out early.]

================================================
Finals (Feature Match):

Matthew Crofoot vs. Shane Neville
(Elf Clamp beats r/g Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
)

Once again I face off Shane who I feel was the friendliest player of the day :)
I had a lot of fun playing against him. The games went pretty much the same
as our first round together. He burned me once for a huge amount for a win I think.
The other games were decided once again by blastoderm on the table and him having
no creatures and no burn to deal with an untargetable creature. He had 4 Krosa
Krosa
KrosaSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Dominaria
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Text:
All creatures get +2/+2. Whenever you roll {C}, you may add {W}{U}{B}{R}{G} to your mana pool.
n
Tuskers which he was able to use as chump blocks against the derms, but that
wasn't enough to slow me down as I drew blastoderms quicker than he drew his tuskers.
A fatal play error where he burned a creature with an active Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch ElfSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of
Elves in play.
on
the table helped guarantee my win.
--------------

Well, it's weird to win your own tournament, but I am happy for the bragging rights
for a few months as Master of Peasant Magic. I think Elf-clamp is a great deck
and I have been playing elf builds for many seasons now, but just always missing top
8 due to lack of that last little bit of synergy and card drawing needed. Skull
clamp and Quirion Ranger
Quirion Ranger
Quirion RangerSet: Visions
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Kyffin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Return a forest you control to owner's hand: Untap target creature. Use this ability only once each turn.
add the extra power to this deck and all of the 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.

block Elves really add utility and protection as well.

Here's my 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: Fyndhorn Elves
Fyndhorn Elves
Fyndhorn ElvesSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.

4: Timberwatch Elves
4: Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.

4: Priest of Titania
Priest of Titania
Priest of TitaniaSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
270
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool for each Elf in play. Play this ability as a mana source.

4: Quirion Ranger
Quirion Ranger
Quirion RangerSet: Visions
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Kyffin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Return a forest you control to owner's hand: Untap target creature. Use this ability only once each turn.

4: Llanowar Sentinel
Llanowar Sentinel
Llanowar SentinelSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Llanowar Sentinel comes into play, you may pay 1G to search your library for a Llanowar Sentinel card. Put that card into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.
s
4: Wirewood Herald
Wirewood Herald
Wirewood HeraldSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
302
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wirewood Herald is put into a graveyard from play, you may search your library for an Elf card. If you do, reveal that card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

3: Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.

1: Elvish Herder
Elvish Herder
Elvish HerderSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
247
Artist:
Tom Fleming
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G: Target creature gains trample until end of turn.

1: 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: Land Grant
Land Grant
Land GrantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
255
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
If you have no land cards in hand, you may reveal your hand instead of paying Land Grant's mana cost.Search your library for a forest card and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

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

3: Skull Clamp (U)
1: Overrun
Overrun
OverrunSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.
(U)
1: Lightning Greaves
Lightning Greaves
Lightning GreavesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
199
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature has haste and can't be the target of spells or abilities. Equip 0 (0: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
(U)

SB:
4: Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

3: Tormod's Crypt
Tormod's Crypt
Tormod's CryptSet: Chronicles
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
T: Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt to remove all cards in target player's graveyard from the game.

2: Avoid Fate
Avoid Fate
Avoid FateSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Counters target interrupt or enchantment. Can only counter spells that target a permanent under your control.

3: Invigorate
Invigorate
InvigorateSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
254
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
If you control a forest, you may have an opponent gain 3 life instead of paying Invigorate's mana cost.Target creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn.

2: Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows
Serrated ArrowsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
When Serrated Arrows comes into play, put three arrowhead counters on it.During your upkeep, bury Serrated Arrows if there are no arrowhead counters on it.T: Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows to put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

1: Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.


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