• WizKids Nationals Day 2

    I'll try to keep similar updates going throughout the day, just as we did yesterday. Randy and I will be playing in the Nationals event and Evan will be hitting up some draft. I think this has been a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to today and seeing how things perform. Top 8 or no, I think being in day two has already made the trip worth it. Updates are below!

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    4:52 - Walsh won. Nothing wrong with losing to the eventual winner.

    4:50 - Gonna defer to WizKids coverage for some things. They will have deck lists up for top 8, and Jimmy is doing a wonderful job with the commentary and the talking heads.

    4:22 - To answer questions from the comments - I'm taking a break and touching up an article or two. I'm beat. I didn't think I would play this much constructed. Thanks for the kind words all! I may have been the most excited for draft and I didn't get to do much of it. Ah well. I feel great about this tournament.

    4:19 - A judge: "I'm walking around and I see Hulk, Widow, Gobby, Professor X, Magic Missile, Distraction, everywhere." My thought - and I said this on Twitch - the best thing is going to be a buttload of new cards coming out over the next several months!

    3:02 - Knocked out in a very close game by Walsh. Chess match. Super fun. He won in extra turns after game three went to time. If I'm honest? I'm thrilled to be done. I didn't know if I would do well at all. Going top eight was great. If I had to lose, I'm glad it was to a guy as on top of it as any of us like Walsh.

    1:35 - Lost to a guy named Christian SUPER nice guy. Used a Hulk/Widow control team, went first, got to Hulk first, and that's that. Good game, can't be mad.

    1:00 - I gotta say, this is a lot of games. Taxing.

    12:46 - Played on video again and won against a Gobby/Widow assassination deck. Gave me a run for my money and had to get over some bad rolls. I am 4-0 and assured a top 8.

    12:15 - Just won a crazy awesome game on camera. Very thinky. Good stuff. He had inevitability thanks to Gobby and Polymorphed a Hulk out but I was able to disrupt his ramp and get the win.

    11:12 - The first player problem exemplified - I didn't even quite get all the roles to ensure it and I still killed Randy on turn three just because I went first.

    11:06 - Holy crap. I just High Hopes'd him.

    10:57 - Aaand, Randy and I have to play each other...

    10:50 - Randy I each won our first. Great games all around. I played a nifty variant of Flying Sidekick that really was a test. Good player!

    10:15 - Randy will be on stream.

    9:58 - Team sheets have been filled out and we're waiting. Lots of people talking changes to teams based on yesterday I suppose. I thought about a minor tweak but really that's part of what bit me in the first qualifier. Go with what brought you. Quick changes hurt your ability to pilot the deck well.

    9:24 - We're just about to leave for the site, which is either five minutes or 37000 hours away depending on the red lights we hit. Randy and I agree - at this point the teams are the teams and the players involved are good. We want to win but anything can happen in single game rounds. The event today will be five rounds of Swiss followed by a cut to top eight and a single elimination best-of-three tourney from there.
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. Chris's Avatar
      Chris -
      GO TEAM TRP!!
    1. Gabe's Avatar
      Gabe -
      Awesome to see you guys on camera. Congrats on making top 8! That's a huge accomplishment with all the quality players there!!!
    1. pishposh's Avatar
      pishposh -
      Congrats on making Top 8! Are you doing Rainbow Drafts now or are you taking a break.
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      You were very entertaining on-stream, Dave. I'm bummed I didn't get to see my fellow Randy on the stream, but maybe next time!
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      Which Doom Caliber Knight was DW using? Fiendish Fighter?
    1. DiceAnon Mathew's Avatar
      DiceAnon Mathew -
      DUDE! Dave, you did great man! Watched all the matches you played and credit where credit is due. You dissed the heck outta PXG in all your reddit stuff and on here, but a spike uses whats there and still wins! You did well! Congrats on Top 8!!! Where did Randy end up going?
    1. SleepyPlayer's Avatar
      SleepyPlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by RJRETRO View Post
      Which Doom Caliber Knight was DW using? Fiendish Fighter?
      Yeah, mainly for the global, gets Wolverine (and any other attackers) past Distraction mostly
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      @Matt - Ya gotta do what ya gotta do!
    1. Wifey's Avatar
      Wifey -
      Dave - once you get home I'm going to ask, "YOU WANNA PLAY SOME DICE MASTERS WITH ME?!"

      This may be the only time you will say no. Congrats on doing so well!
    1. Randy's Avatar
      Randy -
      Where did Randy end up going?
      dude... after going 3-1 in the qualifier on day 1, and winning my first game on the stream of day 2, I lost 4 straight. The dice just turned sour on my. Pretty disappointing. In rounds 2 through 5 I was only able to field my Hulk one time. Total. In 4 games. He just kept coming up energy. Oh well.
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Quote Originally Posted by DiceAnon Mathew View Post
      DUDE! Dave, you did great man! Watched all the matches you played and credit where credit is due. You dissed the heck outta PXG in all your reddit stuff and on here, but a spike uses whats there and still wins! You did well! Congrats on Top 8!!! Where did Randy end up going?
      Forgot that I could have just hit "reply". First, THANKS. Yeah, I was pretty pleased. In the last game against Walsh, it was really darned close. It came down to who would get the right mix first, and it was him. Great games. As for PXG... I never said I wouldn't use him! Just that I wish it was a little different. Gotta play the game that's there, not the game you wish it was.
    1. SJ_Mitchell's Avatar
      SJ_Mitchell -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dave View Post
      Gotta play the game that's there, not the game you wish it was.
      Quoted because it's quotable. Excellent work! I don't know how well I would've done if I made it down there, but it sounds like I would've been playing outside the meta.