Eelektrik's Last Adventure (For Now): Top 8 Worlds Report
Take a look at tournament report Jonathan Bristow.
09/10/2014 by 60Cards
Hello everyone! I am Jonathan Bristow. I have been playing the Pokemon Trading Card Game competitively since 2006. I am from Massachusetts and would like to share my World Championships experience with all of you. If you are only interested in the Pokemon related items, feel free to start at Friday or Saturday.
First day of the trip. With my friend Gino Lombardi in tow, I went to the airport and took a 5-hour flight to Seattle. Upon arrival was the first time I would ever meet my roommate James Good and later Jon McClay. They are from the Seattle area and agree to take us by car to Vancouver to help us save some money. Right off the bat we had began socializing, talking about who we are as people so that we better get to know each other while we head across the border. We stop to exchange some of our U.S. Dollars for Canadian ones. I almost instantly notice how friendly everyone was to us at every stop. Needless to say, I was optimistic for Vancouver.
When we arrive, it is about 6 pm and we are all ready to relax a bit. We unpack, plan our next day out, and I play a couple games with Jon. Justin Sanchez shows up and moves in at some point as well.
Feeling refreshed, we decide to go to the convention center because we came to Canada to play. Too bad it took forever to get there! It’s amazing how much longer things take when you have to wait for Gino to shower, style his hair, and look at himself in the mirror forever. We walk around and the open gaming area is still not open. I notice a lot of people playing on the floor on the second level of the hotel. There was a Gothitelle/Accelgor deck involved in almost every single game. I began to speculate, but was not convinced by anything I saw. For all I knew, they could all be decoys!
I finally meet up with my testing team of Raymond Cipoletti, Dylan Lefavour, Azul Garcia Griego, and Andy Kay. Jimmy Pendarvis was also there, and he is alway a lot of fun to have around. We break out our decks and play some games off to the side. We were pretty laid back because, after all, only one of us was grinding and we had a day and a half to decide what to play(though I was pretty set on RayEel). Once again, we enjoy a good day before my roommates and I all head back to the Best Western. I help Jon with his deck a little and we crash for the night.
I register pretty late into the registration period. I sign up, get my stuff, and walk around in the 6XL T-Shirts Gino and I got, which made a lot of people laugh. After watching the grinder, I meet up with my testing team and the uncertainty starts to set in.
Leading up to Vancouver, Ray, Dylan and I were all pretty set on RayEel because of its stellar match ups vs every deck. We found that our worst matchup was against plasma at 50-50. All that confidence died when Dylan reported to us that he lost a best of 5 to Sam Liggett’s Goth deck. Furthermore, my roommate had copied my list and gone 0-4 against plasma. I started to pick up the backup deck we had began looking at the night before. For those interested, it was a Lugia deck.
The deck we didn't play
- 1x Audino
- 4x Deoxys EX
- 2x Thundurus EX
- 1x Keldeo EX
- 3x Lugia EX
- 4x Colress Machine
- 1x Dowsing Machine
- 1x Colress
- 3x Tropical Beach 11
- 3x Pokemon Catcher
- 4x Bicycle
- 4x Professor Juniper
- 2x Switch
- 3x N-supporter
- 3x Ultra Ball
- 3x Float Stone
- 2x Team Plasma Ball
- 4x Plasma Energy
- 4x Prism Energy
- 4x Double Colorless Energy
The way the deck worked was to knock out two Pokemon EX or a combination of EX Pokemon and non-ex in a way that falls evenly so as to avoid an N to 1. Thunderus could be used to set it up, but if you dropped enough Deoxys, Lugia could be taking OHKO’s via Pluspower. If you got a knockout before being locked, you auto-won the Gothitelle match so long as you find your Audino/Double Colorless or Keldeo/Double Colorless combo in a timely fashion. It was probably just as good a play as the deck I ultimately chose, RayEel, which I settled on simply because I was more comfortable with it.
After testing some games with Raymond, I found myself missing huge draws with Lugia, shattering my confidence with it. It didn’t help that I was 4-0’d by our Ray Eel deck.
By nighttime, I was set on the following list
- 4x Eelektrik
- 2x Keldeo EX
- 1x Raikou EX
- 4x Tynamo
- 3x Rayquaza EX
- 1x Rayquaza
- 1x Computer Search
- 4x Professor Juniper
- 1x Max Potion
- 3x Colress
- 3x Tropical Beach 11
- 4x Ultra Ball
- 3x Pokemon Catcher
- 3x Float Stone
- 2x Super Rod
- 1x Energy Search
- 4x N-supporter
- 4x Level Ball
- 4x Fire Energy
- 8x Lighting Energy
This list was the one I chose, but Dylan chose a ditto over the 4th ultra ball and Raymond chose Dowsing Machine as his ace spec. I am not sure what Azul and Jimmy did, but they both played similar lists.
While most people would go into their card choices for an entire deck, I feel I would just being wasting everyones time. The only remotely interesting choices were the energy search just to have that “rainbow effect” between fire and lightning, and the Raikou Ex for sniping Accelgors, Absols, and apparently to try and Thunder Fang a lot as well. The shiny Rayquaza was there for Blastoise decks, which I honestly thought were the best decks to play for this event with a little preparation for Gothitelle. It also helped in the mirror.
I am confident with every choice I made in the deck. It was the epitome of a consistent RayEel list, and at the end of the day, the only thing a good player needed to do with this deck to win was set up. I put the deck into new sleeves and went to bed.
The big day. For me, this was the fastest I have ever felt that worlds started. We sit down for the player meeting, where a person to my diagonal is bragging about his secret deck. He told the three of us at the table that his deck only had one bad matchup: Blastoise. I smiled because he didn’t list my deck when talking about his easy games and RayEel essentially performs the same function as Blastoise. Pairings go up and the day begins.
Apologies to those whose names I don’t remember! I met hundreds of people during Worlds weekend and you don’t exactly get to know someone all that well over a 20 minute match of Pokemon cards.
Round 1 Vs Italian player with Darkrai
A good matchup round one. I felt good about this one until I drew my opening hand. I realized that I’d need to draw a way to get lightning in the discard and Eels in play if I wanted to win, and I had neither energy nor search cards/eel line. My opponent also wins the flip. He gets off to a phenomenal start, turning his Darkrai start into a Junk Hunt with two energy in play as most Darkrai decks do. I make an effort to set up, but end up missing an attachment. Fortunately he lacked Energy Switch in his hand, so when I Catchered his Keldeo ex, it cost him a turn of Night Spearing. The probably made all the difference because my start was slow and steady, but I eventually got everything into place and my max potion soaked up a second turn of night spear the turn before I knock his Darkrai ex out.
He had another Darkrai, but only 30 on an Eelektrik. Knowing that he won’t be able to get a double knock out this game due to my eminent OHKO on the second Darkrai, he puts it on my benched Raikou ex to soften it for Absol. I knock his Darkrai out, and his Absol takes my Rayquaza out, leaving him at 3 prizes due to a Tynamo that he knocked out somewhere along the way. It was around here that I put him in an awful position by catchering up a Sableye without energy and sniping Absol with Raikou. I thought that would have ended the game, but he N’d me to 1 and he ended up getting the last Darkrai out just in time to hit Raikou, putting it on 140 and my benched Eel at 60, meaning that if he hits either of them with a spear next turn he wins. Fortunately one of my two cards was the energy I needed to end the game with an attachment and two Dynamotors for the win.
By now I find out that Ray won, but Dylan, Jimmy and Azul all lost round one. I also learn that everyone who played goth got wrecked for the most part. I saw tons of cool decks, including Tom Hall’s Snorlax/Eels deck and way more Klinklang decks than I expected. Worst of all, they almost all won and I had taken Victini out of my deck weeks ago. I was expecting a loss at some point because I have seen what that deck is capable in the right player’s hands.
Round 2 Vs Czech Republic player with Blastoise
I am not going to go into detail with this one, because there isn’t much for you as the reader to gain from me going into detail about this one. When he finally got a Blastoise down turn 3, he didn’t even manage to couple it with a knockout. My deck did what is supposed to and it was over in about 10 minutes.
I find out that Dylan and Jimmy lost again! A little upsetting when your teammates find bad luck and you want them to do well.
Round 3 vs Mike Newman w/ Catstoise (Blastoise w/o Black Kyurem Ex)
I sit down across the table from this goofy guy that I met at U.S. nationals. We have a fun but short game. His turn 2 consisted of a double Wartortle drop and I proceed to finish the perfect board the next turn ( 3 Eel, 2 Ray ex w/ fires, and a Keldeo w/Float Stone). Another blowout, but he took the loss well and I could tell his deck was headed for the top cut regardless.
Round 4 vs Takuya Yoneda with Darkrai/Garbodor/Keldeo
I was pretty excited when I saw this one because I was going to be playing against one of the most known Japanese players. As a senior, I never lost to a japanese player at worlds. I sit down with him, and a funny episode occurs next to me involving Gino and his opponent, Ross Cawthon. I shuffle up and proceed to open a beautiful hand. Good game, Yoneda, right?
Wrong. He wins the flip and turns his Darkrai start into a Sableye with an energy via ultra ball/dark patch before playing an N and using laser. I look at my new hand and it is laughable, but at least I have energies! I proceed to do nothing with my first two turns, ending my second one in a Thunder Fang from Raikou which I got tails on. He eventually goes to town on my supporter-less set up and I proceed to get 3 more tails on Thunder Fang. When Raikou finally falls I realize that I can’t win, but I have to see what a Celestial Roar would have done for me. Seeing his second Darkrai charged and clawed, I realize he has the win on the board and I Celestial Roar for THREE ENERGIES before he shows me the catcher to complete the win early so I just scoop. 6-0’d.
Note: the next two rounds may be out of order.
Round 5 vs European player with Plasma
This was one of the players who didn’t run laser in his build in favor of frozen city and Lugia. While his deck was interesting, he wasn’t doing enough to choke me out of the game early and I set up and took control of his board by wiping anything with energy on it out. Surprisingly quick game for one of my harder match-ups.
Round 6 vs Anthony Smith with Blastoise
I knew this guy because he was hanging out with one of the friend groups I am frequently with at larger events. He was a nice guy but when I went first with a workable start I knew this would probably end in another win. My thoughts were confirmed when my N left him with an attach-Beach-for-one turn. The only thing that kept him alive was me not wanting to toss 2 Catchers and shiny Rayquaza to try and end the game early, but he drew like one more basic for the rest of the game and two knockouts later, I took another easy win.
Round 7 vs Kenton Anderson with Plasma
It seems for every easy win, there is an equally easy loss in it for me. This time, he wins the flip but doesn’t do much. However, not only do I not have a supporter, I don’t have energy either. I notice that he is having trouble drawing Kyurems or Absols, so I had a glimmer of hope until about turn 5, when I still haven’t seen a supporter. Turn 6 I see a tropical beach, but at this point we are making jokes because my board is pathetic and his is built. He ends up winning with a landslide 6-0 victory.
This last round can guarantee me into cut or put me on the bubble. I liked my resistance though, as all but one of my opponents was doing extremely well at this point. By now I had assumed that many 5-3’s could make it as well.
Round 8 vs Joey Ho with Klinklang
This guy beat one of my friends, but I didn’t know what he was playing. I also knew that Raymond had beaten Klinklang by streaming Rayquaza(shiny) with super rods, but he ran dowsing, allowing him a total of four Rayquazas to my three. Regardless, I needed to get a fast ray if I wanted to win this one. My start ended up being slow, and I would have had a chance anyways if not for him using candy to get a second and third Klang as well as Max Potioning on the same turn. He thrashed me.
Do I make cut? By now you obviously know the answer but you can imagine the freakout I had when someone calculated that only two people with my record will make it. How could that be me? I’m not expert with resistance, so I didn’t realize how powerful having three 6-2’s and an undefeated player was as resistance. I made it 4% ahead of the rest of the 5-3‘s. We get a short break after I find out that I am playing second seed, Leandro Lopez. I never found out what he was playing beyond that it was either Blastoise, a really good matchup, or Klinklang, a nightmare.
Top 32 vs. Leandro Lopez (Klinklang)
If only I knew the headache I was in for.
As I am seated, the judges left his deck out of the box with a double colorless energy on top. I thought to myself, “am I playing against Lugia?” which would have meant an easy slide to top 16. Turns out it was a tech for his Mewtwo to help deal with Gothitelle.
The games I played with Leandro were some of the most thought-provoking ones I have played in a long time. I had to be very conservative, getting a knockout on his Mewtwo with Rayquaza ex and the rest of them with shiny Rayquaza and the super rods.
Game one he starts Mewtwo and sets up quickly behind it. I build my board as I couldn’t take cheap prizes off Klinks because he never missed the turn 2 Klinklang. The games winds down to a very close one where he needs a max potion to win with one played and a dowsing in the discard. Out of resources, he just does 100 to my Rayquaza Ex that I stalled with after super rodding and I play down shiny Ray, catcher and fire for the win. He reveals that his only other max potion was prized, meaning I now know that he only runs two.
Game two goes similarly, except the game boils down to if I don’t draw the wrong sequence of cards when my deck gets really small. I am forced to Colress for my entire deck so that I can use super rod, and juniper for the win next turn. However, I have to wait if I draw the fire before the ray as I’d lose the fire to juniper and therefore not be able to catcher-ray-fire that turn for the win. I draw the fire, and proceed to not get the ray until it is too late and he takes his 6th prize. His Mewtwo killing a pair of Tynamos early made all the difference here. Two longs games have passed, so we shuffle quickly and play game 3.
The final match we played was one to remember as well. I got to go first, as I won game 1. His board on turn 2 was Klingklang with a Coballion ex with 2 energy on the bench. My turn 3 I catcher his Coballion and do 90 to it, leaving him with no way to heal it and keep the energies this early in the game. He goes in and does 100 to my ray while benching a couple other things. I KO his Coballion, and he draws into switch, Coballion, energy off of a big Colress. I can’t take a prize this turn, so the count is 5-4 in my favor. Time is called on his turn, and he does some things before beaching. His bench has 2 Klinks and a Mewtwo Ex. I have a Raikou in play that I started with and I notice he only has one out to max potion. I catcher a benched Pokemon and snipe his Mewtwo on turn 1 of time, winning me the game instantly if he has no max potion. He unfortunately has switch/catcher/energy/max potion to KO an eel and heal Mewtwo, tying the count and leaving him at two outs to switch and one out to catcher. I realize that if he has access to the last one he wins, so I need to KO his Klink on turn 3 and win right away. I ultra ball for the shiny ray that I super rodded back the turn before and play a Juniper. He shows me the switch/catcher so there is no way I can win unless I draw one of my four fires and one of two catchers, or one of those and the Computer Search I had left. I get both and take a close series. Good games Leandro!
I find out that I am paired once again with Mike Newman.
Top 16 vs Mike Newman with Catstoise
Now, if you read Mike’s report, you would know that he considers this matchup awful for him. I really don’t think he lends enough credit to how fortunate I was at least one of these games.
The most enjoyable top 16 match you could see at Worlds.
Game one I start with baby Rayquaza again so I know that I won’t be able to reach my perfect bench scenario unless it gets knocked out, but I know that if I use it to try and two-shot a Keldeo Ex, and he KO’s it, I get into the odd prizes swing for a little while. I end up with a somewhat quick start, but the fire I attached to baby ray and the one I tossed with a Juniper were the only ones I saw for a long while. After getting my first search off a turn later I find that I prized the other two, so little ray needed to come in clutch or I’d be relying on a perfect super rod/draw into fire in order to win. I get a fast shred off, and he is forced to discard and play all of his catchers this turn. He brings up one of my Rayquaza Ex, and knocks it out with a fresh Pony that he had sitting back. I use a super rod to put ray and a fire down as well as bench another for the turn before I drop a big Colress, with 3 outs to hit a fire or a catcher on his damaged Pony to stay in the race. I get the catcher and no fire, so I take the bench knockout and draw Rayquaza Ex and fire off of my prizes. This is where his lack of catcher killed him. He was forced to make some moves to spread his energy to two Keldeos due to the impending knockouts on whichever Keldeo takes the knockout on little ray. He knocks it out and I bench ray with the fire, thin my deck in case of N, and dragon burst the Keldeo. I draw fire off the prizes AGAIN, but he plays an N. I’m sure this game would have left a few extra grapes had he not had it. I end up finding it again to win the game with a fire-triple dynamotor on his third Keldeo.
Game two was awful. His start was slow, and I didn’t prize anything. He plays the first beach, saving me a catcher or supporter from my first ultra ball as I also opened with tropical beach. He gets a slow Blastoise, with no more energy, and I get this absurd start with my perfect bench on turn two. This game was definitely the one that left the “slaughter matchup” impression. He ended up needing way too much way too fast.
By now it is pretty late, and I keep rubbing my eyes due to tiredness. I though there was some kind of crust in them that you typically get when you wake up, but it really was just swelling. I watch some of Jason and Dylan’s top 16 match and a good friend gives me everything I need to know about Jason’s list such as the lack of Absol and his inclusion of tool scrapper, which was helpful for sure. Jason finishes Dylan in game three and I really thought there was a chance that I wouldn’t be forced to play, as the tournament had started 14 hours ago at this point, but I was disappointed when they began ushering us back into the play area.
Top 8 vs. Jason Klaczynski with Darkrai
This is probably the game that brings the most attention to my Worlds run. We sit down, tired but still somewhat alert, and I can feel that my body is running off pure adrenaline and I don’t even feel nervous in the face of one of the most dangerous threats in this game: a two-time world champion in a best of three with a matchup that is very dependent on you setting up. I guess it helped that much of what happened in these games was out of my control, especially since he would have no surprises for me.
Jason wins the flip in game one. He got off to that average start that you see on turn one, getting the junk hunt off and threatening a turn 2 night spear. I played a Tynamo down, a beach, and N. I completely whiffed on any of the other 12 outs to a second Tynamo and am forced to beach. He ate the Tynamo with his turn 2 night spear, setting up his knockouts on ex’s for later. I figured that I would be okay as long as my N’s do anything to stop him from getting catcher/claw/virbank/laser this turn just as long as I don’t whiff the second Tynamo again. I benched the one I drew off of beach and play my N, and whiff AGAIN. He catchered it, and I end up scooping after I don’t draw the god-hand I need to stay in it.
Game two was a lot smoother. I got everything in play, and he makes his moves to put me into situations where I need to draw lightning as well as try to replace the third eel every time he knocks it out. Fortunately I do, and he desperately tries to catcher/laser my Keldeo Ex and he flips tails. I win the next turn.
Game three began and we were the last two playing. He got his usual start, but I was better equipped to handle a turn two night spear as I have all three Tynamos down early and by turn three I was able to knock his first Darkrai out. Time is called on his turn. He gets ahead one prize by knocking out an eel. I now need the lightning to win the game or a catcher to tie it, meaning he would win if he had his last catcher. I unfortunately whiff the lightning off a small Colress but have the catcher, drawing the game winning lightning if he doesn’t have the catcher or N. His current hand doesn’t have the catcher! However, he has a random receiver. He plays it and reveals an N. This is where problems arise. He reveals it, sighs because he wanted a better supporter obviously, and picks up his deck to shuffle. I did not see his hand and N was next to his active the way that the old supporters had to be before black and white, so I assumed he was playing it almost reflexively. I shuffle my hand in. The judges even thought he was playing it, but he made it very clear he had no intention of playing it and everyone goes into ruling mode.
At first the judges explained the situation to Jason, and Jason read what they were saying as if he had brought the situation about by design(he baited me into it so I would lose the game). That turned out to not be the case, and I think it is safe to assume that he didn’t and wouldn’t do something of that nature. However, the judges seemed to agree with my argument that since he resolved the effect of random receiver and N was still in the play area, it meant that N should have to be played simply due to its location. The argument against that is that N should have first been put in his hand, but by that logic I would have a judge down my throat every time I level ball for a Tynamo. It seemed like he was going to be forced to play it, but after he argued and other judges who weren’t watching the game were involved, the head judge walks over and declares that Jason will not be forced to play the N. I then attempt to ask the judge WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO BE WATCHING OUR GAME FROM MY SIDE OF THE TABLE if he could remember what was in my three card hand. He only remembered the lightning energy. As such, I tell him that this can be solved if he gives me just that one card, as I’d win that way if he doesn’t play the N and he’d be forced to do it anyways. Obviously my words fell on deaf ears and I was issued a game loss. I refuse to sign the slip, and act unsportsmanlike for a while as I grab my things and leave the circle of tables. I say more nasty things about Jason and the judges(that admittedly, I probably should have kept to myself) before my friends come to the rescue and tell me we are going to go get room service at Raymond’s hotel. I finished 8th, but it is hard to appreciate such a huge accomplishment in this game when you know that it should have been even bigger. By the time I was issued the loss it was about 1:30 AM.
I now want to take the time to provide you as the reader with something that is purely of value to you that I learned from this match with Jason.
WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN
I want to start by saying that it would be pointless for me to spend the rest of my life saying that the Judges or Jason or TPCi ruined my worlds run because of the rulings or how late they made me play or pretty much anything else that went wrong. There was plenty of things that I could completely have controlled in order to be a worlds semifinalist or perhaps, with some luck, a finalist or champion.
The first this to look at was the source of my mistake: it was around 1 AM when I threw my hand, and by extension, my chances of winning into my deck. Now, I could say that it was because it was unfair of the people running the event to keep us up so late just so that they could have some cute publicity by putting all the big matches on camera for everyone the next day, but what would I gain from that? Here is what my body was living off of for the entire event:
- 8 hours of sleep
an orange juice mixed with YOR Health Supergreens
assorted breakfast foods
1 slice of banana bread and a Juice from the cafe
1 bite of Dylan’s sub right before my match
By looking at this, you can see that I started my day off right, but I stopped taking care of myself as the event dragged on. It is safe to say I would not have been so tired had I brought some form of nourishment with me to tough out the event. Heck, even a 5-Hour Energy could have made me a semifinalist! Who knows. My mistake was due to not being alert enough to control my impulses, and I think by now it is safe to say that I could have prevented what happened. My thoughts about everything that happened afterward, what each judge and my opponent did, are all irrelevant because I could have stopped it. A lot of incompetence and character flaws showed that night, but I would not be the man I think I am if I blamed them for my loss.
Now that I have showed you where I went wrong and how it relates to winning, I also want to put some light on someone who is obviously the best example of a successful player, and what he did right to put himself where he is today.
First off, I want to say that I did not enjoy playing against Jason in the slightest. He did many of the things in the game that people tend to frown upon. He played very slowly, knowing he would have the advantage if a game three was played and time became a factor. He checked my discard pile at least twice almost every turn, as well as his own. He made me play out my win in game 2 just to run out another 3-5 seconds. When I scooped, it was because I was clearly not going to win and he kept asking for my discard pile in an effort to drag things out. Additionally, when we were talking he tried to say that he ran Absol in his deck so as to make me limit my bench when I knew he didn’t run it. He did it in a fashion that made it so that he could deny lying about the contents of his deck as well. Needless to say, I was unimpressed with the behaviors. But either of those could have won him the match against other players than myself. What Jason did and said was all entirely within the allowed boundaries of the game. He was obviously stretching it a little, but a quick argument and you are void of any repercussions. What this shows is that he has a drive to win that many other people, including myself, don’t have. Simply put, he values winning his matches over the fun he might experience if he wasn’t doing what he did. But it has paid off, hasn’t it?
As we all develop as players and people, we have to decide what is most important to us. I see more and more people each year trying to associate with players that are known for their skill at the game in order to pick their brains for winning advice and information. Fame in this game is something that so many people crave, and they know that it can come from anywhere, but nothing establishes you more than a win at the world championships.
It all depends on what is really important to you. When I was in high school, I was a competitive swimmer. I swam 24 hours a week and was ranked in the top 20 in the region in backstroke by my senior year. While that sounds like nothing to a Pokemon player, let me tell you, it is the numerical equivalent of making top 32 in an event many times the size of U.S. nationals. I trained twice a day and had little to no social life, and my grades suffered a little. But when swim season came and I had the chance to represent my high school, I never lost a race. I was regarded as one of the best on my team for the majority of my high school career, but it didn’t bring the happiness that one might think it would. I learned a lot when I lost it all to mono right during the college recruitment season. I didn’t recover fast enough and I did not get a single offer to a college/university based on athletics when I could have ended up at an Ivy-League school. But I was able to spend time with friends when I inevitably quit, and my quality of life has since doubled. I get to play this game that I love much more than before as opposed to probably quitting, and I think it is safe to say that I am happy. When I show up to events, I am happy just to be there, and while I have and will always have the competitive spirit from my swimming career, I really do try to get the most enjoyment from every game. If you’ve played me, then you’d know that I like to make jokes and keep light-hearted conversation throughout the game. I can’t even describe how much I enjoyed my top 16 match against Mike Newman just because he was such a friendly and fun person. That being said, perhaps my inclination to have many experiences is what has kept me from the big stage all these years. I have been stalled out of wins, and lost games that I was ahead on when I’m sure I could have played slowly from the start and won on time. I don’t think I will ever change, but its hard to say I can truly frown on a guy like Jason just because he doesn’t keep the same moral fiber that I do. He’s a winner for sure, but there’s more than one kind of winner.
I hope that my worlds experience has been both interesting and insightful for all of you. I encourage you all to look at my failed Cinderella story and start trying to look at losses and disappointment the way I am trying to. I am not saying that every time you lose a game you should just assume it is your fault, but do look to your losses to make yourself a better player and a better person. I’d like to think it has worked for me over the course of this year, and I’m willing to bet it’d do the same for you.
As I get ready and test the new decks as well as re-test the old ones, I hope you all enjoy a good year with the games new twists and changes. I am optimistic about all facets of it and would like to make some shout-outs before I finish this sign-off:
Alex Frezza, Con Le, Gino Lombardi. You guys were the ones who got me to where I am today as a player. I definitely would not still be playing today if it weren’t for you guys.
Dylan Lefavour, Raymond Cipoletti, Chris Murray, Azul Garcia Griego, and Andy Kay. What an amazing crew. Loved the Complaint Box and look forward to loving it a whole lot more this year!
Jimmy Pendarvis, Rahul Reddy, Jimmy McClure, Dean Nezam, and the rest of the VA people who made me feel welcome when I moved to DC for college. It wasn’t easy traveling an hour to a league where you didn’t know anyone, but I’d like to think I am pretty lucky for ending up in an area with people like you, and I am glad I took the leap this year to make sure I actually played this season.
James Good, Jon McClay, and Justin Sanchez. I made some great friends in you guys at Worlds this year. Thanks for making my trip what it was and congrats to James on top 4! I am sorry to Timmus and Marc that we didn’t find more time to hang together over the weekend.
Mees Brenninkmeyer. I didn’t mean to put you through the havoc you ended up with, but you handled it with a lot of understanding that I didn’t get from the other people involved(or who involved themselves). I loved celebrating your 18th with you and hopefully get to enjoy 19 with you as well!
Doug Morisoli. The pictures this man takes are fantastic for this game. He takes a lot of them, and he takes them well. In my opinion, big events would not feel the same had he stopped. Credit goes to him for the pictures of my matches.
Everyone else who, while maybe not getting a mention, has been there for me at some point or another. You know who you are and I want you guys to know that I don’t forget ANYTHING. I appreciate all the support and help to you guys have provided along the way.
That’s it for now, but I hope you all enjoyed the report and I hope to be able to write an even better one next year!
Written by Jon Bristow, 4. 9. 2013
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