Matt Villamaino [Level 2]
Chicago Pro Tour Qualifier
Knights of Columbus, Brighton, MA
Judging Staff - Nat Fairbanks (Head Judge), Me, Marty Lund & Helen
"Which Pro Tour did I just qualify for?"
- Michelle Bush, upon winning the 10/23, 1999 Boston Qualifier
This weekend was a busy one for me. Not one, but two PTQ's were held in
Boston. The first thing I should mention about this weekend was the high
level of sportsmanship on both days. Some issues could have been real
problems, but due to good sportsmanship they were resolved without a
Interesting rulings/situations (some of these rulings are from the second
day, because not enough happened to write a separate report about it):
- There were several of the usual Urza Block questions.
- Can a Powder Keg with zero counters on it kill an animated land? Yes.
- What does successfully cast mean under sixth edition rules? It means
the spell is played.
- Can I put a Treachery or Confiscate on an untargetable creature when
it comes into play though a Replenish? Yes, because it is not the target
of a spell or ability.
- Player A played disenchant targeting Player B's Masticore. In response,
Player B put a regeneration shield on it. In response to that, Player A
humbled the Masticore. Player A thought that because the Masticore was a
0/1 without any abilities, it would not regenerate from the disenchant. I
told him that having a regeneration shield around a creature is not an
ability, and therefore not taken away by the Humble (however, the ability
to generate additional regeneration shields is lost)
- Player C played Show and Tell. Upon resolution, he revealed a Serra
Avatar. Player D wanted to put a Confiscate in play with the Show and Tell
onto that Serra Avatar. I told him he couldn't because the Avatar wasn't
in play when he chose what the Confiscate's target was. (Incidentally,
that Serra Avatar changed control no less than three times during that
game. The judging staff called it the most fickle Serra Avatar in the room
- Player E had a Masticore in play and forgot to discard to it for three
turns. After his opponent noticed it, they called me over and player E
admitted to forgetting to discard for the Masticore. Due to the severe
impact the Masticore had on the game over those three turns (12 points of
damage to his opponent, plus possibly killing several creatures), instead
of just giving him a warning I gave him a duel loss.
- In another match, player F attacked player G with a Lone Wolf. Player G
blocks with a random creature. Player F chooses to have the Lone Wolf deal
its damage to player G instead of the blocking creature. After he chose to
do this, he played Might of Oaks on the Lone Wolf. However, since he had
said where the Lone Wolf was dealing its combat damage he had already put
combat damage on the stack and could not deal an extra seven points of
damage to Player G (the Lone Wolf however survived to see another day).
- Player H called me over for the following incident. Player H had lost
the preceding game in the match and chose to play. After looking at his
hand he decided to mulligan. While he was resolving his mulligan, his
opponent, Player J decided that he wanted to mulligan and started to do
so. Player H argued that Player J was trying to gain a "psychological
advantage" over him by doing so. I gave player J a warning for misplaying
the mulligan rule and told him how mulligans were supposed to be resolved,
with the active player resolving theirs and then the inactive player
resolving theirs. He continued to argue that Player J was trying to gain a
psychological advantage and that we were doing nothing about it. Nat (who
had just wandered over) told him we did do something about it, we gave him
a warning and told him how to mulligan correctly. If anything you were the
one who got the advantage out of the situation. Now play the game.
- One player misspelled Contamination on his sideboard list. Badly. With
poor handwriting. When Nat came up to me for my opinion on what the card
listed to me was I said it looked a lot like Contagion. Evidentially, I
wasn't the only judge to read it that way so the player was cited for a
illegal sideboard list.
- When deck checking the sideboards of the top 8, we discovered that one
player had listed 3 of card A and 4 of card B. His sideboard contained 4
of card A and 3 of card B.
Incidents that required more than five minutes to resolve:
- Player K is at one life, has no creatures in play, two Treetop Villages,
a Worship, and three other lands (one enchanted with a fertile ground).
Player L is at three life has one blocker available and at least three
mana available. The winner of this match is one win away from top 8, the
loser can't make it in.
Player K taps his land and says, pointing to one of his Treetop Villages
"Make it a 3/3." He then taps his remaining land and points to his other
Treetop Village and said "Make it a 3/3." In response to that Player L
played a one point Fault Line. Player L said the Fault Line killed Player
K before he had a creature. Player K said that he activated each
individually and let the first resolve before activating the second.
Nat ruled that Player K did not show that he was passing priority after
announcing the first Treetop Village's ability, therefore the activation
of the second Treetop Village was played in response to the first one. As
such, the stack looks like this (top to bottom): Fault Line, Treetop
Village #2, Treetop Village #1. Both players pass, Fault Line resolves,
check for state based effects, player K is at zero life, game ends -
Player L wins.
- On my way back to the judges station after the previous incident, I was
called to a match between Player M and Player N. Player M was playing a
Bargain deck and was in the process of "going off." The discrepancy was
weather or not he had played a land this turn. If he hadn't, he would be
able to win, if he had, he would lose. Both players had missed multiple
land drops, so we couldn't tell by looking at that. We also couldn't count
cards since Player M had drawn so many cards with the Bargain. Nat
determined by looking at what was cast when (simplified version, I had to
answer several other questions while this was going on and didn't see the
whole resolution of it) that he had played a land.
DCI Level II Certified Judge