Again I am playing Chris in my first game. Not that I would tell him, but he is a good player and reads and understands the cards well, so you either score points against a good opponent and have an easier time for your next games, or get caned and end up losing the first game.
Chris again played White and Red, and so was one of the people cutting me from White at the start, while Red I didnt even get a sniff at. However, things went exactly as I had planned from my deck though, as my little regenerating rats formed a small wall, I dropped the Fear rats and the Secretkeeper, and then swept all my lands back, forced a large discard and boosted all my creatures to win the game.
The next game was even, we where both down to low double figures in life, and then Chris dropped a Feral Lightning that I couldnt do anything about. Along with the other creatures he had, I dropped to 1 life, and I had nothing that I could draw that would enable me to do the 12 damage I needed to win the game before he attacked me with everything for his next turn.
Game three started off well for us both - we both dropped O-Naginata's on turn one - I knew I should have kept the second one, and he quickly got to seven cards and attacked with a little Goblin with first strike and the O-Naginata. Little no longer, it was a 7/3 first striking trampling goblin, I had no creatues, and by the time I had my 3/3 flying Shinen equipt to hit him for 6 a turn, he had killed me.
Result: Lost 2 - 1
Rob was playing Green and Red, and by the end of the games, I knew where alot of the cards relating to those colours had gone - straight in Robs deck. The amount of Rares he had that where good for his colours was off putting to say the least. I feared a damm good thrashing was coming on.
In the first match, Rob got the Red Epic out early on, but luckily I had enough creatures out, so he spent all his time burning my creatures, and not aimed directly at me. I continued to draw and cast creatures, while he drew cards to the epic which had very low casting cost. Thankfully, I won.
The next game was very close. He started to get some of the big spirits going, which where either Clutched or Kiku'd, and he was not amused at receiving yet another clutch on his 7/3 legendary landwalker. The Epic came out again, he pinged me as I attacked him, and when at 4 life each, his next card drawn to the Epic was a 4 casting cost creature, meaning one dead Stuart.
Game three started slowly. We both started attacking with 1/1 creatures, until I got to a point where I could get the Secretkeeper airbourne and attacking, winning me the game.
Rob is now learning very quickly the card strengths, and regardless whether he had some nice rares selected, his overall card choice was good, and I really think he could have had me in the first game if he had concentrated on me rather than my creatures.
Result: Won 2-1
Jamie was playing Blue and Green, and both my games with him went how the deck should work. Clutched any of the big green spirits he produced, Swept cards to fill my hand and win with Fear Rats and Secretkeeper.
Jamie is still learning, and just needs to know when to attack and get away with it. His card selection showed promise as well, with walls, fliers and bigger creatures to finish.
Result: Won 2-0
The first game went very close indeed. We traded life evenly, and I eventually won with 5 life left. The second game was a nightmare. I mulliganed for a hand that was worse than I started with, and then mulliganed again for something marginally better. My tempo was shot to pieces as I drew land and high casting cost creatures, and I did all of 4 damage before being killed.
Turn three started way better. First turn O-Naginata, which quickly turned to crap as I had nothing to put it on. A swarm of white weenies from Chris cruised their way easily to victory, and I didnt even score any damage against him.
Result: Lost 2-1
Both of us started very poorly, drawing nothing but cards and no land. By turn five, we only had five land between us, and both where suffering badly. The game continued as we slowly got small creatures out in battle, and Rob managed to score some high damage against me with multiple Spiraling Embers (do damage to opponent for each card in your hand). He had me at 10 life, and I fretted for a while as I thought he would have picked up a Hidetsugu's Second Rite (deal 10 damage to an opponent if they have 10 life) knowing the amount of jammy rares he had in his deck.The game ended with us both of 5 damage, but I got in the 5 damage to him before he did.
For the second game, Rob started pulling out the big guns again. The Red and Green Kirrin's started to whittle me away, before they where Kiku'd and Clutched, and I had a Shinnen to attack from the air. Managed to get my Akuta back into play a few times, forcing him to chump block and remove his creatures, and then Rob must have forgotton about it, as with no creatures left to block, and both of us at 2 life, I needed to draw one card for card advantage, and then bring the Akuta back into play, winning the game.
Both games again went in my favour. Jamie is starting to think things through far better, and made some very good choices, including what to clone with Sakashima the Impostor (a Doppleganger capable of copying Legends, and Jamies second in two tournaments!) and attacking and blocking descisions. If Jamie had a bit more experience, I think he may have won the second game, as the life totals where very close at the end, with me on 3 and Jamie on 2 life before I finished him off.
Result: Won 2-0
Chris was the winner of the 6 games, winning 5 out of 6, followed by me with 4 games, meaning the final was between us, and the Semi Final was between Rob and Jamie. Both of these games where best of 5 matches.
The first game for me went shockingly bad. I had what I thought was a decent hand, but then drew nothing but land. Chris started hitting me with fliers, I managed all of one point of damage before conceeding - I would have lasted two, maybe three rounds, but had no way through his massed creature base.
The second game was much better. We traded life evenly, and I definatly had the upper hand with regenerating rats as my blockers, and Fear Rats charged up. Akuta was blessed with the O--Naginata, and another few rounds of attacking would see Chris dead. That was until he laid the Samurai lady that makes your opponent attack each round... I was forced to attack with all my chump blockers that died to his larger force, and he attacked on mass and killed me next turn as I had no defenders.
The third game was again good for both of us. More even damage swapping, then I swept swamps to bin his hand and fuel my Fear Rats, and all was looking rosy, until he drew a Charge across Arabia swept up all his plains, attacked and killed me.
Result: Lost 3-0