Monday, October 30, 2006

on the way home

going to fairview was a daunting task. that i would be going on my own made it harder. commuting is fun for me, if i know where i am going and how my destination looked like. sm fairview wasn't in either of those. nonetheless an adventure! so i took the train to q ave then boarded an fx for the fair view (really far) then hopped over to sm fairview and joined the tourney. see previous post. on the way home was an entirely different banana. since we finished at around 8:30 (which was really early, last time i hit 2nd we finished at 10:30.) in order to get back home i had to take an fx then a bus then 2 jeeps or a jeep and a long walk which i opted for. i was with naps ponsi chris jm zoilo and hm i forgot who was with naps. it was a fun ride joking about the tourney. its always fun to be around the vintage community. one we got off at sm north to take the bus to blumentritt only ponsi chris and i were left. then ponsi and i got off to take a jeep to sta cruz. it was interesting to be talking about life and all the baggage it brings. sometimes i forget how young i actually am and who i'm competing with. well i'll be joining the ranks of 20 and up soon but still hehe. we discussed careers, life, love. i got some really good advice from him with regards to graduating and friendship. its really different going around with various circles. fun experiences! the sad thing about our last jeepney ride was that ponsi kept warning me about the route that i'll be taking, because he'll be getting off earlier. tayuman is dark and dangerous according to him. and there are gangs and all. he told me to stay near the entrance and get off if a group of people suddenly get near. i already know these things but what was sad about it was when would the philippines be safe enough for these advices to be obsolete.
when can this country live peacefully. in places in canada and america, some people do not lock their house doors or car doors. people smile at each other, greet each other, talk to each other without subtext, without fear of being gagged/kidnapped/raped and a perfect world. will we ever get to that perfect world?

as i walked home, i was pondering that. i guess i'm lucky never to run into thugs while commuting, hope my luck keeps going on! i guess the climate really says a lot about the people living with the conditions. let's hope for a better tomorrow. let's work for a better tomorrow.

a random thing, while i was at a street near my house the sky suddenly went white and a loud bang resounded! it wasn't raining so i thought the sky was falling! yes i actually thought that, don't blame me it was a brilliant white streak at the whole sky! as i ran home i saw the lights of the buildings die. i sighed with relief as it dawned to me that it was just the generator/transformer whatever thingumajiggy produces electricity exloded. haha wala lang.

tourney report

updates to my vintage ranking, i am now at 43, page 3... darn, still waiting for the next two to pop in because the prior one had me at a 0-2-1 drop then the subsequent one at 5-2-1 2nd place. (to franz's chagrin and now newfound nickname...silver collector.) i will get to the first page!!! you watch! cheng's the new first placer followed by retired jp who i have never met then lauren and marcelle. tx talaga malupit. haha basta MF will have it's moment!!!

Oct 29 SM Fairview Vintage Tournament. Time Spiral Legal.

what to expect, i have no idea. i wasn't planning on playing landstill, and i don't think i will try to play landstill in an aggro meta that much. i was thinking of playing affinity, i already had a decklist but looking for pieces is a different banana. hello... no disciple of the vault? ancient den (just getting all the artifact lands in order)? no siree deck won't run. so i had to take the next best constructed thing available at MF HQ... FCG.

i have no experience playing fcg, barring the time i resolved shared fate against an fcg... mmm... good fun times. but i was a newb then rushing for the win. this time i can play shared fate as a better control player but that's a tale for antoher day when the opportunity opens itself up again. anyways n experience whatsoever and i had to make tweaks to my deck to boot! a quick read at mondu's primer gave me enough basic knowledge piloting the deck. experience would teach the rest. i was packing tech in the form of umezawa's jitte which saved my ass against 2 games. one was with arvin piloting gifts. yeah a resolved piledriver against a blue control deck is nothing to laugh about specially if it is wearing a jitte. elvish spirit guide actually joined the fun. lsot the other two games though, one was to a misplay of REB and another to well tinker... to be fair with jitte was super tech! yeba MF RULES!!! i made so many misplays in the tourney but as luck would have it i made it to the top. well to the silvery top. my matches were interesting and exciting. it was fun to relish the feeling of comboing again, though i only ripped once. haha and i didn't even realize that i was able to rip that turn more later.

top 8 matches.
first was against budget stax. easy enough win because of opponent killing himself. game 2 had me with a lackey but no gobs to put down but still opponent did most of the work for me.

next match was against ponsi's uw fish. 2nd time to match up. hard fights all around. the world was getting darker and darker as ponsi resolved 2 meddling mages naming ringleader and recruiter. then he resolved a jitte and popped it to ringleader meddling mage. and he attacked with it. i then gempalmed the other mage. it was a misplay on his part which allowed me to steal the win via combo. next turn i resolved a food chain sacrificing my prospector for a recruiter, then my recruiter for gempalm and my gempalm for ringleader. the end.

the last match was with jm crisostomo piloting ww/u mondu style which i faced-off against in my earlier vintage days, as luck would have it while i played shared fate.

my first game should've been the win but i made a mistake of playing a non-basic land first then resolving a recruiter. stacking a perfect stack because next turn i have mana to cast foodchain with another land i kep in my hand. i foolishly forgot to stack the prospector and jm wasted the stompnig grounds. /gg. game two had me making errors again not waiting until i had 2 removal spells to off the active mother of runes. darn it!!! oh well that's life. experience.

finished second. 2 packs and a watery grave.

lesson learned, fix the mana base accordingly. there were many times when i only had a mox d or just a land to go at the game. it was hard... very very hard... don't stack too early, if ever stack with a contingency plan.

still it was a great fight.


Sunday, October 22, 2006

a new blog

hi guys. i'm not too sure why i've moved on to blogger beta but mark swears this one is better so here's to giving new things a whirl. there's been a lot of nothing going on since sem break. i'm looking to a better semester. there are so many things i have to fix, but here's to new opportunities.

oh and if i still screw up this sem, i'm killing myself :D

i'm serious.