• Origins Experience Part 3: Qualifier Day 2



    Friday morning I woke up feeling ready to once again try my luck at this game that I love. So for a second day I wandered down for a Dice Masters worlds qualifier in Hall D. Learning my lessons from the previous day I was rested, had eaten breakfast and brought plenty to eat and drink. The sign-in process was similar and I once again sat down to a fairly empty table to start writing out my team.


    At this table I chatted with a few of the guys about the day's events, Dice Masters overall and general conversation. Many of these guys were from DiceAnnon, and were all great guys that I had a chance to get to know over the course of the event. Charlie, Mike, Indy and quite a few others sat and prepared. I had a guy I had not seen before sit in front of me, and while I began to write out my team, I heard him begin to talk. It didn't take to long to notice that the voice belonged to our very own @Dave based on the numerous podcasts I had listened to. We chatted for a bit, compared teams and got ready for our matches.



    I found myself on the losing end of my first game once again to start the day. I played a great local guy, and we chatted about Ohio and a few other things during the game. It was awesome how loose you could feel and act and even have fun conversation over the intense games. My moves were smarter and more intentional then the day before and I felt good about the way I played but I ran into a formidable opponent. We took the game to turns, and I lost by a few at the end. I shook his hand and wished Dean well the rest of the weekend. From what I understand, he ended up doing pretty well.

    I went on to win my next two games, focusing on putting together the Lord of D and Ring combo only when other threats were first addressed. I didn't purchase a Superman and instead used the Green Goliaths I was facing to flip it back with Stirge and a Transfer Power. I utilized Constantine more then I did the day before to my advantage as well. I played formidable opponents and had more great interactions with each one of them.

    At 2-1, I knew my next game would be crucial to moving on. I lined up against Joel from DA and we played out a fun game. I think it was my favorite of the two days. His first two rolls fielded him about 6 Sidekicks, so he attacked with them and hit me early for 6. He also ran a Jinzo, and I found myself more prepared than the day before, but still trying to rely on BEWD and PXG made it very difficult to ramp and get around it. We both countered a lot of what the other tried to do and moved at a pace that had little damage being dealt as the game progressed. Once again I went to turns with my opponent, and was trying to use Storm to sweep and come in. I made him re-roll and came in swinging but just could not get him on the last turn, and found myself losing to him by (I think-but hard to recall exactly) 3 life.

    I felt okay with the loss. Compared to the day before, I felt like I piloted my team well, and did everything I had hoped my team would do. But I faced a better team piloted by a good player. I didn't have regrets like I did in the previous day, so it made it easier to handle.

    At this point I had once last game in Swiss to play and lined up against my new friend Boone to play. I won that game and wondered where I might rank. The day before only a few 3-2 teams made it in, but Friday their were a lot of people who had pre-qualified already who had played again. Once the number were determined I might sneak into the top 16 who had not qualified. While I waited for them to figure out the results and chatted with a few guys, I saw people moving away from the table. Boone approached me and looked me right in the eyes and said: "Isaac, you were so close man. Sorry about your luck." I wandered over to the sheet to see this:



    I had missed qualifying by one spot. The 44% was me and the 45.33% was spot #16. Less than 1.5%. One small ranking separated me from being in the World Championship for Dice Masters. I felt two very distinct things at this point and they had merged into one feeling: disappointed pride. I walked into Origins on Thursday hoping to win one game and take home some cool promo cards, not knowing how I would do with the competitive scene making a team that was outside of the "normal" meta. I was disappointed in some of the ways I played day one but felt good on how I played day two. I was disappointed that I did not qualify, but felt good about how well I had did, placing one spot shy of the top 32. I was disappointed that I would not play Saturday, but happy to be able to enjoy the Con for the rest of the next two days. I had played some good games, won and lost a few and had met some amazing people. Really amazing people. I couldn't name them all, but for those of you that we sat down and talked-I count you as a friend.

    I left the WizKids area to go check out the rest of Origins with two of my friends and my new friend Dave. We got to hang out and talk all things Dice Masters, demos some cool games, have some really good food at Barleys and North Market and quite a bit more. Thank you Dave and all the rest of this team for bringing me on board, I look forward to the adventures that await!

    One more event happened on Sunday in which Dave and I played in a doubles match against some great competitors. That aspect of gameplay for Dice Masters is still in its infancy, and I hope to write about doubles matches in the future, but for now let's say we would have played it a lot differently had we understood some of the aspects before we made our team late Saturday.

    Origins provided me with a great gaming experience outside of Dice Masters playing a variety of games with friends and strangers, demos throughout and some pretty great food. I left the Con on Sunday afternoon feeling good about the entire experience and can only further echo the sentiments of everyone else who went-the people and the Con are awesome and this new community of Dice Masters that we are a part of growing is positive, welcoming and fun in so many ways.

    Comments 7 Comments
    1. KingMatticus's Avatar
      KingMatticus -
      Thanks @IsaacBV for the insight! I hope to one day visit a tourney like origins, or just somewhere there are a lot of cool guys playing DM!
    1. jevansfp's Avatar
      jevansfp -
      Is that the Dice bag that your daughter made @Walsh ?
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      Like I've been saying everywhere: it is all about '16.
    1. IsaacBV's Avatar
      IsaacBV -
      Thanks guys!
    1. Walsh's Avatar
      Walsh -
      Quote Originally Posted by jevansfp View Post
      Is that the Dice bag that your daughter made @Walsh ?
      Actually made by Isaacs daughter to match my playmat!
    1. IsaacBV's Avatar
      IsaacBV -
      Yep, what he said. Look at those two happy dudes @Walsh
    1. jevansfp's Avatar
      jevansfp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Walsh View Post
      Actually made by Isaacs daughter to match my playmat!
      I thought so. I have a Marvel bag she made me and I love it.