"You know Dave, I just don't care. I've won enough pearls. It's time you won

That's what I said to Dave Lawrence before I started playing like an idiot, and
I felt damn good doing it. Ninja Mask ended up in position 5-8, losing to
"oldschool" three color Hulk with Back to Basics in the maindeck. Here's the

Ninj4 Mask
4x Survival of the Mask
4x Illusionary Mask
4x Volrath's Shapeshifter

4x Phyrexian Dreadnought
1x Phage the Untouchable
1x Squee, Goblin Nabob
1x Gigapede
1x Psychatog

3x Birds of Paradise
3x Quirion Ranger
1x Black Lotus
1x Mox Emerald
1x Mox Sapphire
1x Mox Jet

4x Brainstorm
4x Duress
4x Force of Will
1x Ancestral Recall
1x Time Walk

4x Bayou
4x Tropical Island
2x Forest
4x Wooded Foothills
2x Windswept Heath

4x Xantid Swarm
3x Ground Seal
3x Coffin Purge
2x Naturalize
2x Gilded Drake
1x Plaguebearer

Round One: Hadley Local with Keeper
Game one I do some broken ridiculous junk with a Shifter/Gigapede/Phage.
Game two he drops Future Sight and other silly junk off a Lotus. His hand
features three force of wills, and within two turns the blue cards for each.
Game three he drops stifle on a stick for my hardcast Phage, but she deals
lethal damage with Gigapede backup.

Round Two: Dan Richardson (Pernicious Dude) with U/b Landstill
I don't recall the exact happenings of this matchup, however I do remember game
one he can't deal with my early beats, and game two I slow him down with
Gigapede and eventually break through his defenses with big junk. He saw very
few standstills.

Round Three: Aaron Kerzner (Kerzkid11) with AK Chronic
Rather than explain these games, I'll just post this.

SummenSaugen: I even had homefield advantage.
kerzkid14: gigapede + mask = gg

Round Four: Dan Petrelli (protoman108) with Green Power Ranger
Game one I smash face, and it's over really quick.
Game two he boards in TONS of hate, and I get a little concerned, but I feel
comforted by Plaguebearer in my sideboard. Then I hear he has Cursed Totem
today, as well as Nullmage Advocate. I see the Nullmage early, but instead of
get concerned I survival up Gilded Drake and take it. I'm trying to force stuff
in to his graveyard to take out the Null Rod all game, but instead I just find
Phage and kill him with a shifter.

Round Five: Pete with UrPhid
We draw.

Round Six: Adam Bowers (Ill_DaWg) with D4gr0n
We draw.

Drawing in to top eight is awesome as hell.

Then I sit across from Dave, and my attitude changes a little.

Game one, I put up a fight, but not a very strong one. My opening hand could
have been good, and in fact I wouldn't toss it away, but the brainstorming
action in it found not the juice to compete with Hulk.
I sideboarded kinda halfheartedly. I think Dave is fucking cool, and he wants
that pearl more than me. That, and he's really desperate to "nail his ass!" in
reference to Brian Phelon. When the time comes that I can just win (survival up
a drake, steal his tog, and take over the game when he has zero in hand) I pass
up the opportunity, and he topdecks Wish-->Berserk.

Still good games Dave, but I knew you'd have more fun up there than I would.
Dave would go on to nail his ass, and then fight the good fight against Jarad
Demick (wicketsnatcher) I was torn on the matchup because Jarad is also insanely
cool. I believe the finals however were as sweet as they could have been.

Dave Lawrence, for good games, good times, and good karma
Jarad Demick, for good times, good fun, and great skill
Brian Phelon, for ending Adam's reign of splitting in the finals

Toast and BigChuck. Yeah, whatever guys. If you say you're gonna make it, ya
oughta make it.
Mike D, for getting drunk as shit at my place afterwards and falling on
everything in my house, as well as making Matrix/Kerz leave early.
Me, for being a bad Magic player and drawing in to T8. (who does that?)

Note: Yeah, I only made T8, and did my whole report anyway. I did so because it
was fun to do, yo.