[dragon] SF Morikage results
anita at mindspring.com
Thu Jan 21 15:38:49 EST 1999
George already posted about this but I'll go into further detail.
Friday I was unable to attend the tourney in miami but luckily enough my
prodigy Pat Stanford beat out Eric Weiner's (winner of Dragoncon) Daidoji
Crane deck and took first place. Since he just started playing again about
two months ago and never really had that much experience in the first place
this was a major victory.
Saturday was totally proof that the game is indeed unbalanced. Out of 30+
people almost half were playing Unicorn and Crane honor runner. The final
eight were four unicorn's, two crane honor runner's, a phoenix honor runner
dishonor deck (which is pretty goddamn smooth, mad props to Jimmy Beck for
making and playing it) and myself. The games I played aren't even worth
mentioning in detail. Out of 5 matches I played four Unicorn decks and
soundly beat three losing to last due to his excellent deck construction
and my bad plays. I didn't mind however since my oppponent has been playing
Uni since he started several years ago and stuck with them when they sucked
worse than naga did.
The finals saw me play and defeat a Unicorn bandwagon jumper and Andrew
"Blinky". The last fellow dishonoered himself when I let him take back a
action in a battle in which he had one last force than needed after a
chasing osono-wo. He went back to his limited phase and attached a meadows
token to the personailty he/ was going to chase. Since I was smearing him
badly and had three provinces left with a strength of twelve, I decided
that a province was well worth the look of desperation on his face and the
dishonor he caused himself, so I gave the province to him.
( Ya owe me two Foci George ;-P).
The final match was against a crane honor runner. He hit forty when I was
at 32, I never drew a breach even though I had gone through 5/8 of my deck,
and my two test of honor's failed. I didn't really expect them to work
though. My friend Jimmy thinks I could have won the game If I hadn't
doscarded my jade throne, but I got rid of it so I could drop my ring of
the void and hopefully draw a breach or two ( I had two Challenge's in my
hand). Anyways, at least I got my deck to the guys at frpg and that's a
good thing because I've never seen anythinng more sqeaky clean that it. Oh
yeah and the rare sheet from Shadowlands is pretty groovy.
Sunday was the worst. I got a buy yo start off with.
I played the winner from friday's tournament twice (once to determine who
would be third place and who would be fourth), my friend jimmy's phoenix
deck three times; my first match, to determine who would get into the
finals (as the scoring turns out we both did), and as the first round of
the finals. It really sucked to knoock out his phoenix honor runner. The
third person I played sunday was Vaughn Reynolds and his corrupt Lion deck.
He beat the bejesus out of me with his horde of 2/2's and Onni no Akuma and
Oni no Gekido's. Vaughn has also been inducted into South Florida's Dolphin
Clan due to his win( as a follower at first however, he'll get his
personality card next year at gencon). The game we played in the
semi-finals was almost a slaughter but not quite. That he drew a high
number of test of courages and confusions is all I can say in my defense
for my failing my Lord and Lady Hitomi. The good news is Pat Stanford
scored third place and his honorable dragon deck will be reviewed for the
second time by the folks at FRPG.
The morikage tournaments I played in were THE worst tournaments I've ever
played in. The game is not balanced, the Morikage shirt itself is proof of
a conspiracy by FPRG to make their personal favorite clans top dogs. Blue
with a touch of purple??
That's proof enough for me :-P.
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