The first and second place decklists from the second Romanian WMCQ in 2013.
First place : Andrei Baku
Second Place : Adrian Smaranda
The rest of the top8 decklists can be found here : http://www.gamesstop.ro/concursuri/2013-04-20_409
On February 23rd GameSStop will organize the second PTQ held in Romania.
As it should be expected, we already seen interest also from the comunities in Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, hence this message/post is exclusively in English.
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Bilbao GP was an adventure that i cannot forget.
I knew that the city had a Guggenheim Museum, so i booked a flight that would arrive Thursday morning so that i can visit the city.
Unfortunately, things would go a different way.
Long story short: (more…)
I recently discovered the awesomeness of this deck. So i wanted to give it a try. It is a blast in 1v1 as the opponent does not know what to expect. It is a fun deck to play in 1v1, but it is quite miserably in multiplayer. Sometimes if you are under the radar you might get some good final hits or end the misery of some players, thus snatching some kill player points.
1. You can win by pure creature attacks, as Lin Sivvi bring lots of creatures pretty fast.
Playing this deck is pretty straight forward, and the idea is to use put up an attacking force fast (using lin sivvi). Most deck will try to develop their mana during those turns and that’s why the deck has that many artifact/enchantment removal spells.
When Ivan contacted me and told me that he needs a HJ for the PTQ i was quite glad. I wanted to start judging higher level tourneys in order to accumulate
knowledge experience. This is my first time being HJ at this kind of tournament. I was HJ for a number GPT in the local store or at the GP, but this was a little different.
He told me that they expect about 80 people.
Modern tricky cards. I found a very interesting article about modern cards, written by a judge explaining how the effects are applied.
Forwarder from http://mtg.summoning.ru/ article by Irina Samonova.
It is surprising how a card with only four words in the rules text can be so confusing. And it’s all because these four words change types. Let’s take a closer look at it.
We shall start with understanding which lands Blood Moon affects and which stay unaffected.
It’s simple. If you see the word “Basic” in the land’s type line, the land is basic, otherwise the land is nonbasic. Granting a basic land type to a land isn’t related to it being basic or nonbasic. By the way, the name of the land has nothing to do with its supertype* either.
The following is a list of potential countries that will have national teams competing at the 2013 World Magic Cup and the minimum number Yearly Award Points at the conclusion of the 2013 Yearly Award Season (April 2, 2012 through March 17, 2013) needed to be qualified to compete in that country’s 2013 World Magic Cup Qualifiers.
Any country that does not have at least 40 players meet the number of required points by February 8, 2013 will be removed from this list and (a) will not have representation at the 2013 World Magic Cup and (b) will not have 2013 World Magic Cup Qualifiers run in that country.
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One of my favorite decks to play, and one that is very powerful. This has the ability to steal games out of nowhere, or to control them from the beginning. However i do believe that the best strategy to play this deck is to wait in the shadow with as minimum interaction and win out of nowhere. This deck is build as such, as to increase the resources and only use counter to protect self, or the combo.
This deck has a few winning combos :
1. Infinite Mana + Oona is the best combo.
2. Leyline of the void and helm of obedience. When Helm is activated, target player puts the top card of his library in the graveyard. You will repeat this process until you get a creature in the graveyard, or X cards (X used to pay for ability). At this moment Helm will be sacrificed. With Leyline out, neither of the 2 conditions could be fulfilled, and the repeat will go on until all of that player’s graveyard is removed. Helm would not be sacrificed and if you have un untap effect for it (Tezzeret the seeker) you can do it again. (more…)
This article wanted to be a Judge report about GP Ghent 2012. However because my lack of experience with GP’s i transformed it into a short story about the experience.
I have been a judge for over 1 and half year, but i never went to a GP as a judge. I was as a player and i admired the judges and their work at the GP. I knew they have roles and so on, and one of my passions is organizing events (almost any kind of since i like working on multiple levels with multiple resources and other). I have been applying for a GP for half a year and i was finally selected. I was over the moon with that.
I booked my plane, and prepared. I had room sponsoring from Wizards so that was a non-issue. I was selected to work 3 days : Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In full.
I arrived early on, Thursday, and after spending the night in Brussels, the next morning at 8Am i was on the Train to Ghent. I arrived in Ghent at St-Pieter Station and took Tram 1 to the terminus station : Flanders Expo. Checked in at the hotel and at 10:30 i was on site. GP experience was starting.
As a judge, you have many responsibilities. You are not a player so your conduct must be perfect. Every judge is required to have the Black shirt, black belt, and black trousers. They are distinguishable and must be seen and recognized by everyone. Also they must keep they shirt tucked in and keep an impeccable appearance.
I like Azusa for her shher power of outracing other decks. She can ramp up consistently and get the big plays faster.
Because Azusa is a quite fragile commander, she is not guaranteed to stay alive too much. However because her effect can be used immediately, without any intervention from any opponents, gettign her into play very fast is a key here.
In normal games i keep hand with 5+ lands, without Sol Ring or Mana crypt. If you have a 3+ lander and Mana crypt, playing Azusa on the very first turn is insane. That means that next turn you have access at at least 5 mana.
Winning with Azusa is not easy. main win conditions would be Genesis Wave. Power out a big genesis wave, hit Akroma’s Memorial and other creature generators and win by sheer attack and damage :
Kamahl, fist of Krosa would overrun any opponents, Rampaging baloths with several lands will power many beasts, Rude awakening would help you float mana and pump overuns. Also Craterhoof Behemoth will kill anyone that is unprepared.