CONTEST

 

  • Entries into our contest is closed and we will announce the winners on our next episode, which will be recorded on January 6th. Thank you to all that participated!

 

COMMUNITY

 

 

  • SCG PC Fantasy Draft for Chipotle, what did our rosters look like?

 

SCG PLAYERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

 

  • Before getting into the results, let’s talk about the hits and misses from the tournament/coverage.

    • The tournament structure was very confusing and didn’t make a lot of sense to people.

    • Tiebreakers also played a huge role and were equally as confusing.

    • There were no draws in this tournament, yet the rounds were timed. If players got to a point where they got to time + 5 turns, highest life total determined the game.

    • While it promoted more drama with multiple elimination matches, was this really the best way to determine the best player?

    • Video player profiles and deck techs for all of the standard and legacy decks was awesome.

    • What would we like to see on the next go around?

  • Brad Nelson defeats Gerard Fabiano in the finals to become the first ever SCG Players’ Champ!

    • Reid Duke and BBD round out the top 4.

  • Standard was very top-heavy with Sultai Whip decks. Gerard Fabiano and Reid Duke played No-Sidisi versions and relied more on Eidolon of Blossoms for card advantage.

  • Jeskai Tokens was played by 4 different people and was not impressive overall. Only Ross Merriam ended with a positive record.

  • U/W Heroic was played by 3 players and was also very underwhelming.

  • BBD played the Abzan Aggro deck that we highlighted last week.

  • Not too much to say about legacy. Not surprisingly, everyone played what they knew with the exception of Joe Lossett playing Reanimator instead of Miracles.

  • How do we feel about the tournament as a whole?




OTHER COMPETITIVE

 

  • Mike and Morgan’s PPTQ story from a few weeks ago.

  • Dave and Morgan make FNM their bitch!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  • 1K Super IQ @ Comic Town on 12/27!

  • Open Series Trials are still being run for Standard FNM over the next few weeks.

  • SCG Standard Open is coming to Columbus January 3rd and 4th. New format, etc.

  • 10K PTQ! Being run by Comic Town on Saturday, January 10th at the Columbus Convention Center. (cue John Cena music!)

 

2014 PROPS/SLOPS

 

TIP OF THE HAT

#Underground Dojo Keyboard Cagefighters

Khans of Tarkir being sweet

Shahar going back to back

Mike won an Open

The podcast turned one, we’re walking now!

GP Richmond for being the best tournament all year, fun trip

Discovery of Battle Box, the best format of all time

Props to Ray Perez for winning ROY



WAG OF THE FINGER

Crackgate

Born of the Gods and Journey into Nyx being meh

Cheaters. Specifically Jared Boettcher for breaking Morgan’s heart

GP Chicago being frustrating

MTGO switching to V4, and being dog shit for the most part :(Jordan for choosing WOW over us

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1 week left for the contest! We are currently at 24 reviews, need 1 more for the FTV giveaway!

 

COMMUNITY

 

 

  • Cardmageddon was a colossal failure.

    • $25k in prizes were given out for a total of 49 players.

    • Stream was extremely laggy and basically unwatchable. (Not sure if this was due to poor camera quality or bad internet at the venue.)

    • CEO of Card Again posted in this Reddit thread.

    • How or why could this have happened?

 

COMPETITIVE

 

  • SCG Invitational in Seattle won by 17 year old Dylan Donegan.

  • SCG Standard Open won by Eric English playing Sidisi Whip.

    • This was the first Open that used the new 15 round format (449 players).

    • Top 8 Decks: Sidisi Whip, RW Aggro, UW Heroic, RG Aggro, Temur Monsters, 3x Abzan Whip

    • The RW Aggro deck played by Eric Pei was also played by Nathan Holiday, who finished 29th.

    • Dave’s Deck Corner - Andrew Tenjum and Thea Steele finished 9th and 10th playing near identical Abzan Aggro decks.

  • Legacy IQ (222 players) won by Joe Bass playing UWr Miracles.

    • Top 8 Decks: Miracles, Grixis Painter, Maverick, Lands, Storm, UR Delver, Omni Tell, Elves

  • Modern IQ (144 players) won by Jeff Fung playing Abzan.

    • Gerry T was the runner up, playing UR Delver (Chapin List).

    • Top 8 Decks: 2x Abzan, UR Delver, Birthing Pod, Jeskai Geist, Scapeshift, 4c Zoo (w/Siege Rhino!), RG Tron

 

  • GP Baltimore (Limited) was won by Gerard Fabiano.

    • Top 8 also included Ben Stark, Craig Wescoe, Chris Fennell, and Josh Utter-Leyton.

    • Fabiano showed great sportsmanship by scooping game 2 of the finals after life discrepancy judge ruling that benefitted him.

 

  • GP Milan (Modern) was won by Magnus Lantto playing Birthing Pod.

    • Top 8 Decks: 2x Birthing Pod, 2x Jeskai Ascendancy(different versions), Amulet Combo, Temur Delver, Burn, Affinity*(Old School. Myr Enforcers and Scale of Chiss-Goria ?!?!)

 

COMING THIS WEEKEND

 

 

  • PTQ in Dayton run by Epic Loot this Saturday, 12/20. Will also have a Modern PPTQ being run as a side event.

  • Standard PPTQ on Sunday 12/21 at Bell, Book and Comic in Dayton. Capped at 72.

  • Super IQ @ Comic Town on Saturday 12/27.

  • Open Series Trials are still going for the next 3 weeks for Standard FNM @ Comic Town.

  • 10K PTQ on 1/10 being run by Comic Town at the Convention Center.

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WORLDS WEEK!

 

World Championship Day 1 (Tuesday)

 

  • Vintage Masters draft and Modern.

    • Chapin, Shenhar, and Cifka were the 3-0 drafters.

    • Anything to discuss on VM draft? Josh Utter Leyton opened the lone piece of power, a Mox Jet.

    • Josh Utter Leyton seemingly breaks the Modern format with his new build of Jeskai Ascendancy combo (also played by Martell and PV). Takes out green entirely and uses Fatestitcher and/or Faerie Conclave to go off.

    • Patrick Chapin is the lone 7-0 after day 1. Played UR Delver in Modern.

 

World Championship Day 2 (Wednesday)

 

  • KTK Draft and Standard.

    • Yuuya Watanabe, Kentaro Yamamoto, and Jacob Wilson were the 3-0 drafters.

    • Due to the untimed rounds, a lot of players went with Whip decks in Standard (Abzan or Sidisi).

    • There were a couple of cool decks including Sam Black’s RW Tokens and the new Mono Red deck played by Levy and Dezani, but Watanabe reshaped the landscape of Standard with his Jesaki Tokens deck. Many WMC teams, including the US, picked it up for the Unified Standard portion (much like Kibler’s RG aggro deck last year). The deck was all over the SCG Open as well.

    • Chapin, Watanabe, Yamamoto, and Shenhar round out the top 4.

      • Shaun Mclaren finishes 5th on breakers.

    • Watanabe and Yamamoto had ID’d in round 13, which caused a little stir on Twitter by one Mr. Kibler. Do we really care about this?

 

Off Day (Thursday)

 

  • PV’s Worlds report is published on Channel Fireball. Indicates an incident involving Jeremy Dezani and one of the dealers on site (Magic Bazaar). The dealer had a list of cards that other Worlds competitors had purchased and shared with Dezani. We don’t know if this info was asked for or just shared by the dealer, but apparently Dezani’s story changed from “I don’t know anything” to “Well, I didn’t ask for this info…”.

 

World Magic Cup Day 1 (Friday)

 

  • Malaysia leads the pack after day 1 with the only perfect record (6-0-1).

  • USA finished 26th after day 1, advancing to pool play as a lower seed.

  • Notable day 2 misses were Japan (33rd on breakers), France (48th), and Canada (66th).

  • Portugal’s Marcio Carvalho was DQ’d for presenting an illegal deck (59 card deck. card under his life pad?). The team was allowed to play on with their 3 remaining members. Carvalho has been suspended for cheating before in 2009 and according to pros like Tom Martell, Patrick Chapin, and Matt Sperling, he has run this same cheat in the past. Here is Carvalho’s side of the story.

 

World Magic Cup Day 2 (Saturday)

 

  • USA goes 5-1 in pool play to advance to the top 8.

  • South Korea, Greece, Slovak Republic, Serbia, Denmark, England, and Brazil round out the top 8.

 

WMC and World Championship Finals (Sunday)

 

  • USA defeats the Slovak Republic but falls to Greece in the top 4.

  • Denmark takes the title in an exciting final match against Greece.

  • Modern Masters 2015 Edition is announced, along with the 3 TBD Grand Prix in May 2015.

    • Will add M10, M11, Zendikar block, and Scars block.

 

  • Shahar Shenhar becomes the first ever back-to-back World Champion after crushing Patrick Chapin in the finals!

 

COMING UP THIS WEEKEND

 

  • SCG Invitational in Seattle (Standard and Legacy).

  • Cardmageddon in Las Vegas (Standard)

  • GP Baltimore (Limited)

  • GP Milan (Modern). Will the new Ascendancy deck dominate?

  • PPTQs on 12/13 @ Empire and at Old School Gaming in Toledo.

 

WRAP UP

 

  • Less than 2 weeks left for our contest!

  • Comic Town is still running Open Series trials all December and on the 1st Friday of January.

  • Super IQ at Comic Town on 12/27 (2 slots).

  • 10K PTQ on 1/10 run by CT. Invitation, $$$, CHAMPIONSHIP BELT!! Pays out to top 64!

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