~Sam is awarded 1 Kill Point
~I receive 2 Placement Points for being eliminated second
(**)Sam’s devastating 11 point Hurricane really wreaked havoc on all players to include new comer Eric (Sam’s son, no less) the Hurricane had put him at a vulnerable 2 life and Steve moves in for the fresh kill with a Lightning Blast to the dome.
~Steve is awarded 1 Kill Point
~Eric receives 3 Placement Points
(**)Not too long after Steve’s assault on Eric the ever so sleepy (today it’s a headache) Kevin uses “Terror” to remove Steve’s only blocker (Seeker of Skybreak) and goes in for the kill with an Elvish Aberration.
~Kevin is awarded 1 Kill Point
~Steve receives 4 Placement Points
(**)Another Hurricane, for 7 points this time, played by “Sam, The Blaster” followed by a Sizzle is enough to eliminate yet another of Sam’s victims, the ever so humble “Yo! – Adrian” at 2:23 p.m. Is there no stopping this mad-mayhem of destruction by Samwise-Blster? Have no fear as “SHE” is back to claim her domain…
~Sam is awarded 1 Kill Point
~Adrian receives 5 Placement Points
(**)Having had enough of Sam’s shenanigans Megan aka “Sliver Queen” makes Sam go “Bye-Bye”, “Thank-You for flying Air-Sliver”. T.O.D.? 2:25 p.m.
~Megan is awarded 1 Kill Point
~Sam receives 6 Placement Points
(**)Ah yes, it was all my pleasure to sit next to this veteran gamer with a sharp eye and a commanding presence (she basically ended “The Argument” see below for details), she is the one and only “Sliver Queen” (at her daytime job she’s just Megan). A Sliver here, a Sliver there, she just kept workin’ that theme like nobody’s business. I had seen a Brood Sliver that produces 1/1 “Sliver Tokens”, a Toxin Sliver that kills creatures when you block it, and by the way, since Slivers are a close-knit community of destruction, they ALL get the same abilities as each other has to offer, OY! As expected the actual “Sliver Queen” card pounded the table and she was set. At 2:26 p.m. or so Megan made an Alpha Strike (Alpha Strike is defined as attacking with all of your creatures leaving none untapped to block – okay, so you still don’t get it? It’s Poker’s version of “ALL-IN”) Kevin survives and retaliates with his own “Alpha Strike” with a Spiritmonger, Wellwisher, Elvish Aberration, and several 1/1 Insects for an 18 point kill.
~Kevin is awarded a well deserved 1 Kill Point
~Megan receives 7 Placement Points
Total Game Points for February’s MML
Kevin------------8 + 2 = 10 (Winner)
Megan-----------7 + 1 = 8
Sam--------------6 + 4 = 10
Adrian------------5 + 0 = 5
Steve-------------4 + 1 = 5
Eric---------------3 + 0 = 3
Mark (Me)------2 + 0 = 2
Pastor Mark*--1 + 0 = 1
Jim*--------------1 + 0 = 1
(* = Simultaneously eliminated)
Formula: X + Y = Z
X = Placement Points
Y = Kill Points
Z = Total Game Points
The MML doesn’t have an MVP (per game) but if it did it would certainly be Sam. His R/G Urzatron deck, a deck that produces lots of colorless mana that uses it to play big “X” spells such as Hurricane and Stream of Life proved to be e”X”tremely strong. Given Sam’s skills as a Magic player, and a brief tournament career, he had the game pretty much under control from the beginning.
What was up with the whole gang ganging up on Pastor Mark? Once he casted Syphon Soul early on in the game he had a target painted on him. It got so bad that even I felt sorry for him (we have this competitive thing going on). Pastor Mark is certainly one of the best players in our group but his getting mana-hosed in January and then somewhat mana-hosed this game ought to make him think more about playing his “Gobbo-Deck” (a cool way of saying, “His deck of Goblins”). This time last year there was no stopping him as he ended up by being the Grand Mage of The Rogue League and now he is vying for last place with two other players. I wonder if the Patriots could have such a thing happen to them.
Last month Jim had his “Zombie” thing going on and it got him first place.
Letter to Jim from his Zombie deck, spoken in an “Oliver Twist” poor English accent:
We did you so well last month, for WHY did you forsake us this month? Please bring us back.
Signed, the Dead
Your call Jim!
Yeah, speaking of what happened, what happened to me? Ever since my “Rocketing” to third place last July, winning the game on turn SIX with my UGR Death to All: 2K4 Elf Ball deck (it had 30 cards in it) and my June win; a 10 ½ hr. game, using my infamous RGW “Seinfeld Deck” that does and/or did nothing, I don’t know WHAT I am doing now! My “Tournament Decks” certainly aren’t working ever since I started using them (the two decks I mentioned above were of my own creation, sort of).
~June: Seinfeld Deck (1st. place)
~July: Death to All Elf Ball 2K4 (1st. Place)
~August: R/G Fires (3rd. place)
~September: No GASP that month
~October: I missed the Rogue League game at GASPcon 5
~November: Angry-Tradewind-Survival aka ATS (last place)
~December: B/G Biorhythm (4th pace)
~January: G/W Control (2nd. Place)
~February: B/G “The Rock” (7th. place)
Bold indicates a tournament deck.
Steve, we might as well call him “The Glue”, he’s consistently holding the middle of the pack in standings but don’t let that fool you. No sir, he’s a force to be reckoned with, especially knowing he’s got the APOCALYPSE card somewhere in his 3 & a half inch deck. Let Steve’s deck develop and BAM! He’ll come crashing down on those who oppose him. His deck, this month, looked fine tuned and worked rather well for him unlike last month when he got seriously mana screwed.
The “Oldie-But-Goodie” award certainly goes to Megan for playing, what is now Legendary, her Sliver Deck. She’s a born gamer and I could tell that by her demeanor but also a somewhat “outspoken” personality. “The Argument” as we’ll now refer to it, was about blocking creatures and whether or not, if the attacking creature the blocking creature was assigned to, still considered blocked after blockers are declared and the blocking creature is destroyed. The answer is yes, the attacking creature is considered blocked even if the blocking creature leaves play after being assigned as a blocker. (See below for Wizards definition). Anyway, the argument stalled the game and getting more heated up when Megan stepped in and asserted herself for the argument to stop. Funny now but, not so funny at the time. I was impressed with her sternness to have us get on with the game.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Eric for a job well done for his first time in this huge multiplayer game. As a “newbie” he did what most “newbies” can’t do, he stayed alive longer than some of the veteran players including ME! Maybe he’s the next “Point-Leader” Kevin – Formerly “Kevin, The Goblin King”?
Lastly, I could have sworn I saw Kevin nursing his headache all during the game (he accredited it to staying up late the night before with his friends – oops! Did your Mom not know that?), howinthehell did we let him slip by? He’s no “Rookie” to Magic: The Gathering anymore, having come in second place overall from last year’s Rogue League (and still hasn’t spent the $20 he won) he has proven himself to be a contender in the MML-`05. Congratulations to you, Kevin, for a Job Well Done!
Here are the Composite Standings as of February:
~Kevin (15 pts.)
~Jim (11 pts.)
~Mark (Me) (10 pts.)
~Sam (10 pts.)
~Steve (9 pts.)
~Megan (8 pts.)
~”Yo! – Adrian” (6 pts.)
~Pastor Mark (3 pts.)
~Kelly (3 pts.)
~Eric (3 pts.)
As always I usually provide a deck list from the game I’m reporting on but I was so mad at my deck that I immediately tore it apart when I got home. But here’s what I can remember about it:
B/G “The Rock”
4 Sakura-Tribe Elder (a 1/1 that when sacrificed works like a Rampant Growth)
4 Wall of Blossoms (0/4 wall that lets you draw a card when it comes into play)
4 Solemn Simulacrum (2/2 artifact creature that works like a Rampant Growth when it comes into play and when it leaves play you draw a card)
4 Eternal Witness (2/1 the works like a Regrowth when it comes into play)
3 Flametongue Kavu (4/2 that deals 4 damage to a creature when it comes into play)
4 Ravenous Baloth (4/4 that when sacrificed you gain 4 life)
4 Nevinyrral’s Disk (you know, when things get rough)
The rest is really foggy and I’m just too disappointed with it to even want to remember its contents.
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Until next time, maybe I’ll see you along that long and dusty road……to Tourneyland.
Magic: The Gathering Comprehensive Rules
These rules are current as of February 1, 2005.
From the Glossary:
~An attacking creature becomes a blocked creature when another creature blocks it or an effect causes it to become blocked during the combat phase. It remains a blocked creature until it’s removed from combat, it stops being a creature, its controller changes, or the combat phase ends. A blocked creature doesn’t become unblocked if the blocking creature is later removed from combat. Blocked creatures don’t exist outside of the combat phase.
(See rule 309, “Declare Blockers Step.)