One simple question. That’s all it took to begin the journey that I hope I can share with you for the next year or so. Already I have spent hours preparing the process that I’m about to explain to you. “What would happen if every deck that had ever top 4’d Worlds were put into one mega-tournament?” I know, it sounds crazy. But for the fun of it, I wanted to do it. Trust me, this process will not be perfect, and already I’ve hit a few snags on the way, but why should that stop me.
Once I started throwing the idea around to different friends, I realized that there were a group of people who really wanted to see this happen. Making this project public means a huge time commitment on my part, and I wasn’t sure at first that I could make such a commitment. After further discussion with the aforementioned friends about my concerns, I realized that I have the support to make this happen. The further I delved into the idea, the more I realized that the time investment will be more then I ever expected. About ten hours into gathering the decklists, I hit a brick wall and found that some decklists are practically lost in time. This disheartened me to the point of almost abandoning, but a fellow player and friend encouraged me to continue. Now I sit here, with a fully formed plan of how to pull this off, and I’m excited. Excited to share this experience with anyone and everyone. So, I guess its time for me to shut up and get into the meat of what’s going to be happening…
First, I must go over some disclaimers.
Disclaimer 1: I could not find every top 4 decklist for the past 17 years. In some cases I substituted decks that still placed well, and in others I could only find one or two decks. In the end, I decided that I couldn’t let this one little quirk stop me from doing this.
Disclaimer 2: Ben (my play partner in all this) and I are not pro players. We will not play some of these decks the best way. We are close enough in play level to each other, though to at least give a modestly accurate idea of how these decks would play against each other.
Disclaimer 3: Sideboards will not be used. Now I know that in competitive Magic that having a full 75 is very important, but this is for fun, and not competitive.
Once, we decided that this was something we really wanted to do, Ben and I began to discuss ground rules. In the end, I pretty much ended up making them myself, but he’s a good sport about it. The tournament bracket is being assigned randomly. (I put pieces of paper in a cup and drew them out.) The player of each deck (Ben or I) will be assigned before a match begins by a random means. The matches will be best 3 out of 5. The tournament will be double elimination. After each round, the surviving decks will be drawn randomly into new matches. Once we get down to two surviving decks, the matches will be best 4 out of 7 games. Also, if either deck has lost before hand, those loses will be ignored, and it will become a best 3 out of 5 matches series. We will try to do at least 5 matches a week, with at least one of those being record (on Cockatrice) and posted here with commentary. We will try to pick the most interesting matches for these Highlight Matches.
Next week we will begin posting the matches. Each match in the first round will include a brief introduction to each deck, who played it and how it performed at Worlds. Starting in the second round, each article will be solely about the match!
I hope to make this an enjoyable process for everyone that stumbles across my humble blog. In the end, this is all about having fun. So I hope you enjoy!