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This Week in Sealed: Chasing the White Rabbit to Lubbock

Two weeks ago it was the PTQ road trip to end all PTQ road trips, a double-dip trip from Dallas to Little Rock to Dallas to Austin all in one weekend. Nobody in the car won that weekend, though a couple of us got damn close to the top eight. Last weekend was a home game, the PTQ was just forty-five minutes west in the Town of the Cow, Fort Worth, Texas. Everyone takes their own car to that one, it’s just easier to do it that way. This week, it’s another lengthy road trip. This time, it’s Lubbock, Texas.

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11/12/2014
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Zanman
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Double Rainbow: Two Khans Sealed Deck Ptqs in One Weekend

In the movie, Crash is riding a rickety old bus and talking to his minor league teammates about his time at the Major League Baseball level. The show. Like Crash Davis and his teammates, I’m trying to get to the pros. I want to get to the show bad enough that I’m willing to drive a long way from home to take my chances with Khans of Tarkir sealed deck.

Published:
10/22/2014
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2646
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Zanman
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Roots - Flashing People At Grand Prix Boston-Worcester

My first large tournament is in the record books with warm memories left behind. I was well-prepared with a powerful deck and dreams of making day two. To say I enjoyed the experience is an understatement: it was awesome, and I don’t use that word lightly. Magic has become a sub-culture, growing over the past few years into a massive community. The ability to be a part of that community is both humbling and energizing.

Published:
9/4/2014
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2101
Author:
Mr. Safety
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Scg Open in Syracuse, New York

I was still riding high from my trip to the Grand Prix in Chicago. I had been playing regularly at local stores. But since that cashing in Chicago, things were different. As soon as I walked in the door I’m now greeted and approached by a lot of the mid-level players asking advice. After the usual greetings, and entry into whatever the event is, I sit down and offer as much as I can. Sincerity is always the goal, even if I come out and flatly say, “This deck doesn’t work.” None are offended, and by the end of the evening, we’re all smiling, laughing, and congratulating whomever came out on top. I wouldn’t trade these experiences for anything.

Published:
9/5/2014
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1901
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Johnny Bravo
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Pro Tour Qualifier Road Trip to Tulsa and Tournament Report

[p]What’s the earliest you’ve ever gotten up in the morning to play Magic? I’m not talking about staying up all night, either. How far are you willing to drive to get to a tournament without going the day before and staying in a hotel? My limits have changed over the years, and they only seem to move in one direction, longer and longer road trips starting earlier and earlier in the morning. This trip strained my personal limit of how far I was willing to drive on the morning of the event.

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8/6/2014
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2487
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Zanman
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An Eternal Witness to An Eternal Draft Format

The Texas Magic community assembled on March 22 for the first annual Hunter Burton Memorial Magic Open. It was held at a site very familiar to competitive players, the Fort Worth Convention Center. There were 169 players in this very special event. Five thousand dollars in cash was split up among the top eight. Hundreds of Born of the Gods packs were distributed to players outside the top eight. The eight Swiss rounds were played with Standard decks, the top eight players drafted Modern Masters. Modern Masters has become more than an excellent marketing idea by Wizards of the Coast, I believe it is Magic’s first truly eternal draft format.

Published:
7/23/2014
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Zanman
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A Weekend in Chicago

At the FNM the week before the Grand Prix in Chicago, a group of us discussed the possibility of going to the tournament. Several of the gang had attended Grand Prix’s in Cincinnati, Richmond, Philadelphia, and others. I had stayed behind due to familial obligations or financial constraints. However, this time I felt I could swing it and go on a field trip. I threw my hat into the ring volunteering my car to be the bus to Chicago. That appeared to be the big hurdle. The rest of the plans fell into place.

Published:
7/1/2014
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Johnny Bravo
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Back in the Saddle Again: Neil Reeves Returns to the Pro Tour

A mere sixty players showed up for the sealed deck Pro Tour Qualifier at the Comfort Inn on Interstate 30 just outside Little Rock, Arkansas. Six rounds of Swiss with a relatively soft field of competitors? That deal was too good to pass up for Pro Tour veteran Neil Reeves. Plus, the event was just half an hour or so from his home in Conway. He came, he saw, he conquered. In the finals Neil was paired with a player from his store in Conway, Mizewell Games. Neil defeated Matt Hudson in what was his most difficult match all day. Just like that, after almost eight years away from the big game, Neil Reeves was once again qualified for the Pro Tour.

Published:
6/6/2014
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4108
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Zanman
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Waco Qualifier for Pro Tour Atlana: Tournament Report

On March 8th I marched into Waco with one more opportunity. DeQuan Watson, owner of Waco’s best shop, The Game Closet, and Jim Shuman, owner of Madness Comics and Games in Denton, teamed up to put on a great event. There were 129 players comfortably situated in a nice hotel convention space near downtown Waco.

Published:
6/4/2014
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1410
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Zanman
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Pro Tour Valencia Report, Part Two

In part one of my report from Pro Tour Valencia, I shared the adventure of traveling to Valencia, meeting up with my three roommates for the weekend, and competing in the first three rounds of day one at the Pro Tour. The first three rounds were Born of the Gods booster draft. The remaining five rounds of day one are Modern constructed.

Published:
5/4/2014
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5424
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Zanman
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