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GP Minneapolis Trial (Louisville, KY)

Reese Davis

Date: August 25th 2001
Location: Louisville Book & Music Exchange
Format: Invasion Block Constructed
TO: Brennan Moody
Head Judge: Reese Davis
Attendance: 33
Rounds: 5 plus Top 8

The tournament started somewhat late because several players went to the wrong location. BME has several stores in Louisville and these guys drove 2 hours only to end up at the wrong store. These players ended up being 30 minutes late (more than I would have liked), but few people complained. We helped placate the masses by handing out door prizes. Once the tournament started everything went as planned.

Round One Rulings

Which card(s) go to the graveyard if you Vindicate your own Agenda?

Q: If I play Vindicate on my own Yawgmoth's Agenda where will the cards end up?
A: The Agenda will be removed from the game and the Vindicate will go to the Graveyard

Q: If I get a split card using Planeswalker's Fury how much damage is dealt?
A: When a card asks for a converted mana cost, a split card will give two answers and they will be added together. For example: Spite/Malice would answer 4 and 4, for a total of 8 damage.

Q: If my opponent has Dark Suspicions in play and I Aura Blast it during my upkeep, will I still lose life?
A: Yes, The DS triggers at the beginning of your upkeep and removing the card before the ability resolves will not prevent the ability.

The only penalty this round was a warning for drawing an extra card. Player A played a Lightning Angel and asked if it was "good". Player B misunderstood and thought player A said "go" and proceeded to draw a card. I later realized this should have been only a caution for looking at an extra card and downgraded the penalty.

Round Two Rulings

Q: I play a 2/2 creature while I have Fires of Yavimaya in play and my opponent plays Scorching Lava on it during my main phase. If I sacrifice the Fires to save the creature will it still be able to attack?
A: No, the card that was granting haste is no longer in play.

The same penalty this round to a different player: Caution for looking at an extra card. In both situations I revealed the card to the opponent and put it back on top of the library.

Round Three Rulings

Whenever Voracious Cobra deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature.

Q: If I block a Voracious Cobra with two 1/1 creatures with no abilities will either of them survive?
A: No, your opponent can divide the damage so that each creature receives one point of damage and is destroyed before the 1/1 creatures get to deal any damage. This will work no matter what their toughness is due to the VC's triggered ability.

Q: If my opponent Repulses her own creature in response to my Recoil will she still have to discard a card?
A: No, the Recoil's only target is no longer in play. Recoil is countered.

Rounds Four and Five

By now most of the players were comfortable with their decks so there where no significant rulings that have not already been discussed.

Before round five I did get some questions about what is legal and not legal as far as intentional draws and conceding. I explained that since we were still in Swiss rounds you could not discuss any kind of incentives for concession. It's legal to ID or concede any time before you turn in your match results so long as no deals were made.

One of the great things about IBC is that the players love to play the format because it's fun. 28 out of 33 players ended up playing all 5 rounds and there were no intentional drawing into the top 8 even among the top tables. Seth Stair, who came into the tournament as the state's #1 ranked constructed player, played all 5 rounds even though his deck didn't perform for him and probably gave up 50 points. He was just having fun and that's what it's all about.

The Top 8

The only major thing that happened in the top 8 was when we did the deck checks. A player had registered a 56 card deck. The cards that were not registered were his four Skizziks (OUCH!). I awarded him with a game loss and had him replace the Skizziks with basic lands. This is usually something you want to catch earlier in the tournament but it's impossible to catch everything. He went on to lose his quarterfinal match. (Note to players: Always double check your decklist, it doesn't take that long and could save you a lot of headaches in the long run.)

The final two players were Joshua X Claytor and James (Rising) Waters- both whom have developed into fine players. They decided to take a prize split as X was definitely going to Minneapolis and Waters was probably not going.

Overall I had a great time judging this tournament, I got to meet several new players and catch up with some of the old battle scarred veterans. IBC is wider open than I thought. It's a fun format that the players love and there are so many good cards that you rarely see the exact same decklist twice. I can't wait for States to see what decks come out of this block and make it into the new Type 2.

I want to thank the folks at BME for making the day an enjoyable one for myself and all the players. They handed out tremendous prizes that were above and beyond what was allocated for the tournament. I would also like to thank Scott Larabee for helping us bring premiere events like this in Kentucky. Kentucky players routinely travel 3-6 hours or more just to compete at higher levels and I hope that these GP Trials and JSS Challenges are just the beginning of bigger things to come.

Any comments or questions should go to zeusii42@aol.com

Reese Davis
Level 2

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