First off, I would like to say that the RIW Power weekend was AMAZING. The event
was extremely well run, Pam and Judge Dave did an excellent job at making sure
things were fun and handled well. I had a great time chilling with everybody who
showed up, and playing some great games of Type one.

Secondly I would like to state that, excluding the two intentional draws I opted
to take, in matches I played this weekend over the course of both the power nine
event and the Alpha Starter event I was an astounding



I played the same list of good old Burning Slaver both days.

Burning Slaver

4 Thirst for Knowledge
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
4 Mana Drain
3 Goblin Welder
2 Gorilla Shaman
1 Mindslaver
1 Duplicant
1 Sundering Titan
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Gifts Ungiven
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Time Walk
1 Tinker
1 Echoing Truth
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Yawgmoths Will
1 Burning Wish
1 Recoup
4 Volcanic Island
2 Underground Sea
2 Island
1 Snow Covered Island
2 Polluted Delta
2 Flooded Strand
1 Tolerian Academy
1 Darksteel Citadel
1 Strip Mine
5 Mox
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Vault
1 Mana Crypt
1 Black Lotus

This is just a brief off the cuff report, grammar is being disregarded to make
way for speed.

Tournament 1 Power Eight Saturday

We ended up getting 59 people for this event, which is quite a bit for a
Michigan tournament. I'm going to try and keep the details brief, and to the

Round 1

Alana Saulnier with Gifts Oath

First off, I'd like to say that Alana is a real joy to play against. She is just
so pleasant to play against. Anyways

Game one:

I win the die roll, and keep a hand that Mysticals for Ancestral and protects it
turn two with force of Will. It works. She Forces my Recall and I force back. I
hit a Mox, E truth and have some counterspells to back it up. She drops Oath and
I let it resolve. I untap and Pass. She makes an Akroma and attacks me to 14,
and on her end step I bounce Akroma with Drain back up for her Drain. I untap
Thirst and she doesn't have anything else to do. Eventually she decides to go
for it, and Oaths her Library and attempts a Krosan Rec, but by this time I have
enough countermagic to make sure that never happens and she dies on her own draw

Game two: 

I bring in Duresses, Rebs, Truth, Crypt

I keep a very bad hand and try to mise.

Mox Jet
Force of Will
Force of Will
Thirst for Knowledge
Mana Drain

on the draw.

I draw Slaver and discard it on my first turn. The next turn I draw Duress, she
Vamps in response and I take a Merchant Scroll. I note that she doesn't have
much left.

She untaps and casts oath with an Orchard. I force. I draw Recall and beat with
some tokens. Long story short eventually I hit an Island Tinker for an
unimprinted Duplicant and beat down. Risky move on my part, but she didn't have
a very gassy start.

Round two
Random Aggro

I don't have much to say about this round, and even if I did, it wouldn't really
be worth listening to. My opponent missed several key opportunities including an
on board kill game two. I win the match in two games.

Round 3 Pacman playing Stax

Game one I get off a turn two Gifts and get

He gives me Welder and Shaman. I play them both and he Balances them away.

After the balance our respective boards are me with a mox Ruby, and him wiith
three moxes. I peel Welder. He peels nothing. I peel another Welder and play it,
and then Weld in his Null Rod. Eventually I weld in my Cow and just win.

Game two is a random blow out with me using a G shaman to destroy his board.

Round four
Paul Fishalo with UWB Fish


Round 5
I have no recollection of this round.

Round 6 Mark Trogden playing STAX

Game one he owns me with a combination of Smokestack, Tangle Wire and Welder. I
just can't seem to play out of those three cards for some reason. Bad beats.

Game two I smash him and slaver lock him. Solemn Similcarum fetches out three
Islands and draws me about six cards over the course of the match.

Game three is very dumb. I have busted Mana, Brainstorm and a Fetch and Find
NOTHing to answer a Turn two Juggernaut. He beats me to three before I peel a
Duplicant and hardcast it. I start beating him down and apparently he has
nothing. I am lethal on the last turn of the extra turns, but just before that
he peels Rack and Ruin and kills my guy. It was the biggest nothingfest, mise
for the not lose at the last second I've ever seen.

I make a mistake here by not scooping Mark in. Mark is a nice guy who always
seems to do well against me. Since I had the best tiebreakers in the event, I
could have just scooped him in, since I would still need to win in the sixth

Round 7

Arend, Playing CS

Savage Match. I really can't even describe how intensely in the trenches this
match was. It was dominated by Welder Wars, Shamans, and Crypts. It was one for
the ages. Anybody who saw it got a real treat. That is all I'm going to say
about this one.

I ended up winning two very closely contested games.

Final Record after the Swiss.



Round one against Jon Wilkerson playing Ichorid.

Game one

I force of Will his turn one Crop Rotation and he can't put on any early game
pressure. I have a Shaman that eats a Chalice. I end up making a bunch of Mana
Early with Academy and Burning Wishing for Deep and Drawing infinite Cards. It
all ends with a Slaver Lock and a lot of Dredging.

Game two is a Joke. John Breakthroughs and I can't stop it. He Dredges Four
Grave Trolls and hits exactly zero Ichorids or Ashen Ghouls. In spite of his bad
luck, My luck is very good. I have the stone cold nuts and Draw every good card
in my deck and Kill him with a Titan.


JR GOLDMEN playing Bomberman

Game one

I keep a very sketchy hand with lots of non blue mana and one Volc. I never
actually get Drain online and he smokes me. From the sidelines Mark Biller
laughs at me and I shrug my shoulders and shuffle up for game two.

Game two

I Crypt away his Lotus early, and then Duress him. His hand is three Salvagers
and a land. He plays a bunch of two four Idiots and starts beating me down. I
have a welder, and to his dismay I find Duplicant at the last possible second
and wreck his team

Game three. This game is kind of a blur to me. We both have the worst hands
ever. I end up beating him down for twenty damage with two Goblin welders that
are needled. Apparently both of our hands we just terrible.


I scoop to my friend Paul, because he needs the lotus for Gencon.
I take the Recall, it is really minty. 


same deck same place

Round one
Jon Wilkerson playing Ichorid

More rough beats for Jono. I end up beating him in two again. We have fun
whistling the Star Wars theme while we play, and tormenting Judge Dave with
questions about Uba Mask and BOB. I get it done in two. I won't lie, I did some


FRANK SOMETHINGOROTHER [Dan Fountain] playing Belcher

There was so much mising involve on his part in this match that it is beyond
belief. I don't even want to talk about it. He kills me on his turn two, on the
play, game one with a mull to five. Game two he mises a second Ritual off a
chromatic sphere to cast Bargain. boo, I lost.

Round Three

Fish. I can't recall much about this match up but I won.

Round 4

Lyle from Meandeck playing Slaver

Game one

Shaman rocked Lyle's world. Hard, really hard. 

Game two. I do my normal board plan. Get an eerie feeling in my stomach. Pull my
cards back out and replace the third Welder with Shattering Spree. I end up
being totally mana Screwed, because Lyle Duresses away my turn one Brainstorm.
On about turn six I am outmanaed 12 to two. Lyle Thirsts and hardcasts a Slaver
he can't activate that turn while my Drain mana is down. I untap and Shattering
Spree it. Eventually I draw back into the game and have a hand full of saucy
gas. I always seem to have force of Will when I need it.

Round five

ID with Fishalo.


I play Jeremy from Canada with UG aggro threshold

Game one is a Joke. Welder Dups counterspells, Will GG.

Game two is a joke. I draw less than nothing. And get run over.

Game three is a joke. He has a wall of Mongooses. I have Duplicant, Dubs Welder
and Solemn Simulacrum. I draw my deck. Cast Will. Win the game.

Top 4

Pacman Kris Taylor playing anti Slaver Stax

Game one I make a bad Gifts pile and get killed because of my own stupidity and
arrogance. I gamble on top decking a mana source and don't. I forgot about the
ROLLING EARTHQUAKE in my board that would have limited his three one ones.

Game two

Pac makes some very costly mistakes and ends up punting the game away, when I
was all but dead on board.

Game three. I Lotus into Shattering Spree away his entire board, followed by a
TFK into the stone cold nuts of Recall Strip COW.

I split the Starter with a friend, and end up cashing out my half of the starter
for money.


Anyways, thanks to everybody who came out and played. I had a blast and it was
good to see everybody. I haven't really played a vintage event since I broke my
arm a few months ago, and it was really good to get back into the swing of
things right before Gencon. 

Hopefully, I'll see everyone at Gencon. After having so much fun playing this
weekend I'm almost positive I'll make it out to the event. After winning both
events, my boss was actually out looking for people to cover my shifts, without
my having asked her to, so that I could play at worlds. So, here's to hoping.


Paul Nicolo: way to play like a champ. I'll put you in my props, even though you
are a tool and didn't put me in yours (after I CONCEEDED to you and gave you a
JR GOLDMEN: our match was dumb, but it was fun to see you again. I really hope
you start coming to the monthly events.
Pam who is without a doubt the best thing to happen to Michigan MTG EVER. thanks
for putting on a great event.
MR TYPE 4: WE DIDN't Even get to play!!!! Next time, it is on.
Mr Jalaughison: and john wilkerson are my heros


Phil Cape for being completely incoherent by four am
and also

hot dogs for being gross.