Saturday, Feb. 5: 2:57 pm - Artist on Site, Scott M. Fischer
Scott M. Fischer has created some of Magic's most stunning.
The artist on site today is a veteran of premier event signing. I clearly remember him doing his trademark "fish" signature in Europe more than once. He has a few cards in the Kamigawa block (Time Stop and Meloku the Clouded Mirror) so players should have some news one to sign.
Here's a quick list of some of Fischer's cards you might have come accross in Constructed matches.
Coat of Arms (Eight Edition)
Incinerate (Fifth Edition)
Mother of Runes
Saturday, Feb. 5: 3:34 pm - The Three Bye Metagame
That's a lot of decklists.
While most players are out there slugging it out on the third round, sixty lucky players are kicking it back at the hotel or in the side events area. Their three free wins will sure come in handy on a nine-round day like today. So I took a deep breath and went through the huge decklist folder looking for their decklists.
Here's the the archetype breakdown for those players, apart from three lists that I couldn't seem to find. I clumped together some decks that might be a bit different (let's say Goblins with Black and straight-Red Goblins or Scepter-Chant and Scepter-Chant with Black).
Dump Truck: 1
More on that Welder-Reanimator deck later.
Saturday, Feb. 5: 9:23 pm - Gabe Walls, the Matchmaker
Gabe Walls and his creation.
Probably the most unusual decklist I saw so far certainly belongs to Gabe Walls. The veteran Pro Tour player took a page from a Columbus PTQ and brought mix of Welder.dec and... Reanimator.dec. First he uses Careful Study and Intuition to get the a huge monster into his graveyard and then Reanimate, Goblin Welder or Exhume bring in them to the playing area.
This plan allows him to bring in Sundering TitanPlatinum Angel or Bosh, Iron Golem. With the Welder he can keep things going... and if he starts recurring Mindslaver... you probably just want to scoop and save yourself any further beatings.
Saturday, Feb. 5: 11:55 pm - The Undefeated Decks
Four players survived the first day with no losses. One of them - Osyp Lebedowicz - swept the nine rounds. He leads the field with 27 points. Here are the four undefeated decklists:
Saturday, Feb. 5: 11:59 pm - Judging Staff
Here they are, the few, the proud, the clearly insane. The "zebras" who held the tournament together during this first day, led by the Head Judge Bruno Barracosa. The scorekeeper is Reid Schmadeka, still alive after a full day of entering results.
The wonderful judging staff!
Bruno Barracosa - Head Judge
Sunday, Feb. 6: 11:28 am - Day Two Metagame
Here's the metagame for the second day:
Goblins - 10
Life - 9
Desire - 7
Reanimator - 5
Aluren - 4
Scepter Chant - 4
Red Deck Wins - 4
UG - 4
Welder Reanimator - 3
Opposition - 3
Welder Control - 2
Affinity - 2
Rock - 2
Enchantress - 1
Blue-Red - 1
Green-Black-Red - 1
Braids - 1
UW Prison - 1
WW - 1
Sunday, Feb. 6: 11:37 am - Metagame Decks
While I was going through the Top 64 decklists to give you a metagame breakdown I came across several decks I found interesting. Maybe you already know them, but to me they seem like three curious metagame decks.
Saturday, Feb. 5: 4:01 pm - The Top 8 Decklists