Kon was playing a Red/Black Demon / Ogre deck, which worked very well despite having only a few of each of the creature types, and more importantly, having not really seen the cards as this was his first real magic game in ages having been out of the loop for a good few years. Also playing red and sitting to my right meant he was one of the main people cutting me from that colour.
The first game went evenly, as we traded life, and even though his creatures where tougher than mine, I managed to get my mountain walker into the fray while holding off his larger demon with chump blockers. After killing the demon not once but twice, I managed to pull things together and win.
I started the second game with a muligun, and things didnt go all that well for either of us really, but Kon managed to start to get it together, and I couldnt get the last mana I needed to put down the larger creatures in my hand before he finished me off.
The third game went well enough to start, mana was fine and then suddenly I had too much of it. Kon dropped the big demon, and then he used a ninja to kill off my Shinen, and even though I was at 18 life and Kon on 5, I had nothing in my hand, and over the next 4 or 5 rounds drew nothing that would help me finish him off, and died to more Ogre Demon destruction.
Result: Lost 2-1
Well, now I knew where some of the green went that I was looking for as keith was playing mono Green, but unsure how I ended up with three very good cards (Shinen, Kodama, Tribe Elder) while he was still able to stay within one colour - he must have had some very good cards indeed.
The first game went well for us both, and we built up larger forces while sniping at each other when we could. I stopped laying creatures at one point as I had enough to win on the table, just needed card advantage to pump the Okina and help the Spellblade, and the next turn would see me sweep his forces aside with the Shinen and deal the 18 damage I needed to win. Keiths next card was a life gaining one, bringing him to 26 and outside of the scope of my win situation. Knowing I couldnt kill him outright, I swung for 16, leaving a creature as backup, but Keith managed to kill me off before I could do the last 10 damage to him.
The second game went badly for me, mana problems to start, and Keith came out hard and fast and actually started attacking when he should rather than mass an army and attack in a huge charge. I hardly touched him, and he took me down nice and easy.
Result: Lost 2-0
Game started off ok, and I knew that I was going to have a hard time versus Mike (who was playing White/Blue) as he started off by countering a spell of mine and stopped another from blocking, and had a few fliers. I managed to come back with a larger ground force to force him to chump block, but his little tricks finished me off before I could do the last 3 damage I needed to win. Close game though.
Got to watch young Michael. Despite being mana screwed (3 lands? in 6 turns) he had a small army of creatures and kept some of my larger creatures at bay with spells. A very good game, and skillfully played, and won without much effort on his part.
Result: Lost 2-0
We both muliganed to start, and then I was quickly off once more, assembling a large ground force to start my attacks. Rob (playing White/Black) held me up with a few creatures, attacked with some white fliers, and then dropped a Choice of Damnations, forcing me to choose between life or permenants, a bomb card in limited. Luckily for me, my Sideswipe was in hand, mana to cast, and so he was forced to choose. The game ended quickly after that funnily enough.
The second game went well in Rob's favour. His larger Ogres where smashing through my defenses, and he was a round (two at the most) away from winning, but I managed a lucky draw, got to get enough cards to Shinen/Spellblade my way through for 8 damage and win.
Result: Won 2-0
Not much I can say about the first game against Chris (playing Green/White) other than it went how the others should have gone. In the first few turns I had multiple land due to the Kodama and Tribe Elder and an Okina in play, followed quickly by the land walker and then Ichiga turned with ki counters. Game one was mine.
The second game went the same way more or less, and I returned the Kodama for more acceleration with the Hana Kami. Chris kept himself alive with a Kabuto moth pumping something to fend off one of my larger creatures, but by the time the Okina was 7/6, my landwalker at 7/3 and the legend snake at 7/7 where in play, he had nothing to do except chump block and try and draw something to help him win. Which he didnt.
Result: Won 2-0
Keith [13 points] vs Mike [11 points]
The final was between Keith and Mike, with Chris's 7 points marking him as third place, just one ahead of me with 6. We where very short on time at this point, as even though we where quite strict with the time allowed per game, things just went over time, and I had used up all my brownie points by continuing the game :p.
Game One: Mike started to gain a life total advantage as he whittled Keith down with the flying white weenies, while Keith slowly amassed his green army. This quickly swelled to a point where Keith could attack on mass, and he did so. Mike starts to assign blockers, and things where not looking good for the weenies until Mike, with a defiant "...suck my dick!" dropped a +7/+7 to all blockers (Hold the Line?) and wiped out a large section of Keith's jolly green giants. Mike then used the white baku to tap the remainder of the green army and attacked on mass to win comfortably.
Game Two: Mike quickly layed down the blue defender creatures and a Hand of Honour and was attacking when able, while Keith once more (and I see a pattern emerging here) continued to mass a green army. The only way Keith stayed in the game for so long was due to life gaining cards, and after he had used two of those he fell quickly afterwards.
The game had to end there, and it was taken as a victory to Mike rather than play the last game or so at another location. To be honest, I dont think Keith could have pulled the last three games out of any additional matches - his deck just could not handle Mikes fliers, and the other little tricks that he had (tapping of opponents creatures, pacifying type enchantments etc.) Keith's deck relied too heavily on a large green army, holding others at bay as he gained life - dont get me wrong, this worked very well for him in this tournament as he reached the final (I think only drawing against Mike and winning the rest of his other games.)
Mike Wins the final 2-0