I did it! At age Eight, I achieved my aim of being one of many youngest gamers ever to make Day 2 at a Grand Prix! My identify is Dana Fischer. That is the story of my expertise.
For this event, I selected to play Elves as a result of it’s my favourite deck to play, I’m conversant in it, and since I really feel prefer it’s essential to play a deck you realize rather well. As well as, it had sufficient good matchups within the Trendy metagame, even when the Izzet Phoenix matchup is hard. I selected G/B Elves as a result of I used to be high-quality enjoying any model of Elves and G/B Elves was doing greatest within the meta. I additionally performed G/B Elves two years in the past at GP Vegas, however in between then and now I performed G/W Elves.
That is the listing I ended up enjoying:
Three Cavern of Souls
Four Gilt-Leaf Palace
1 Horizon Cover
1 Overgrown Tomb
Four Dwynen’s Elite
2 Elves of Deep Shadow
Four Elvish Archdruid
Four Elvish Clancaller
Four Elvish Mystic
Four Ezuri, Renegade Chief
Four Heritage Druid
Four Llanowar Elves
2 Nettle Sentinel
2 Scavenging Ooze
Four Shaman of the Pack
Four Collected Firm
2 Lead the Stampede
Three Murderer’s Trophy
2 Damping Sphere
1 Fracturing Gust
1 Lead the Stampede
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Shapers’ Sanctuary
A few of the card decisions aren’t so apparent. For instance, I selected to run two Scavenging Ooze major deck. This was as a result of there have been many Dredge and Izzet Phoenix decks operating round.
One other fascinating card selection was the 2 Nettle Sentinel and two Elves of Deep Shadow. I selected to do half and half as a result of I needed extra mana dorks, however I additionally appreciated the additional measurement and explosiveness of Nettle Sentinel. I selected to play 4 Elvish Clancaller, an incredible new addition from M19, as an alternative of Elvish Visionary, as a result of I felt that additional lords had a much bigger impression on the sport.
I selected one Overgrown Tomb over the 4th Cavern of Souls as a result of I needed one other black supply for sideboard playing cards. One among my favourite sideboard playing cards is Choke, as a result of when it really works, it really works rather well, and I do know that as a result of it has gained me video games.
I did a number of follow for GP LA. I practiced with my dad at house once I performed one recreation as Elves after which switched and performed one recreation as the opposite deck earlier than ending the match with Elves. I did it this manner so I might get a greater really feel of how the opposite decks labored and what gamers do when they’re enjoying these decks. We’ve got 25 totally different decks proxied at residence, and I performed towards all of them, most of them many occasions.
One week once I was on a faculty break I performed over 100 video games! In lots of video games I performed with my dad, I began with a difficult sideboard card in my opening hand so I might get follow with it. I often performed open-handed so we might speak about performs. I might apply guessing what deck he was enjoying within the first few turns. I additionally went to a number of native FNMs and Sunday Trendy occasions. I couldn’t actually go to different occasions through the week since they might go previous my bedtime.
I watched movies to assist me discover ways to greatest play the deck. My dad and I might sit collectively on the sofa wanting up streaming and protection movies on Elves. Once we watched the movies, we might pause and speak about what I assumed the participant we have been watching ought to do, after which see what occurred. As well as, I obtained actually good recommendation from a lot of individuals and I’m very grateful for that. I’ll go into element within the props part under.
For sideboarding, my dad would get some recommendations on sideboarding plans, then we might speak about them and I might make the ultimate determination. After that, he would print out my sideboarding plan that listed what is available in and what comes out for all the main decks within the meta (there have been 46 totally different decks on the listing). In case I used to be matched towards a deck not on the listing (which occurred in spherical 7 of GP LA), we additionally made a sideboard ideas sheet to assist me determine what comes out and in towards an unfamiliar deck.
As well as, we made a sheet with common recommendations on enjoying that I might look over earlier than every event and between some rounds. It included issues like what I ought to keep in mind (for instance, sure triggers or sequencing) and the way and what to consider when enjoying, If different gamers taught me one thing necessary to recollect, I added it to the sheet and when there was an fascinating play that I might study from, that went on the sheet as nicely.
On Friday, I performed within the MCQ to follow for the GP the subsequent day. I solely went 2-Four, which was not excellent, nevertheless it was good follow for the primary occasion. After the MCQ, I went with my native pals Shoshi and Nick to a Commanderin’ occasion hosted by Phil and Shivam. On the occasion I noticed Josh Lee Kwai from Recreation Knights, Olivia “@goberthicks,” Sydney “@TappyToeClaws,” and Andrew (aka “Dino Man’’/”@sigmacaldera”).
I solely stayed there for a bit of bit so I might get again to my Aunt Hannah’s place fairly early, as a result of I’ve discovered one of the crucial necessary issues to do earlier than a event is to get an excellent night time’s sleep.
The day of the occasion, I made positive to go away time for all the things. I awakened with loads of time to eat breakfast (I had Three-Four waffles) after which received dressed at my aunt’s home. Shoshi and Nick have been staying with us, so despite the fact that I had two byes, we needed to get there at spherical 2 as a result of Shoshi had 1 bye they usually each wanted a journey. That turned out to be good, as a result of it gave me a lot of time to look over notes and apply. After that, it was spherical Three, and I arrange my booster seat at my fastened desk of 159.
Spherical Three I performed towards Marco Russell, an area individual I do know. He was on Izzet Phoenix, a matchup I hoped to keep away from. I misplaced Zero-2, with Factor within the Ice beating me each video games. My opponent Spherical Four was Denny Chan enjoying Jeskai Management, one other dangerous matchup for me! I by some means gained recreation 1. Recreation 2 was very lengthy and shut however I misplaced, and recreation Three I gained as a result of he simply didn’t have something. Spherical 5 my opponent was Quentin Wilebski enjoying Burn, which I feel is an in depth or perhaps barely unfavorable matchup. I misplaced recreation 1, however it was very shut. I used to be going to kill him the subsequent flip, however then he drew a Searing Blood, which was precisely what he wanted to kill me. Video games 2 and three have been additionally shut, however I gained, bringing me to a Four-1 document.
Spherical 6 I had a function match (nevertheless it didn’t find yourself getting streamed) towards a good friend of mine, Damyan Brunson, from Tier 1 Video games not too removed from the place I stay. He was enjoying Jund and regardless that all of his playing cards have been in Japanese, which I couldn’t learn, I knew what all the playing cards did. Sadly, I ended up dropping the match Zero-2, which introduced me to a document of Four-2 and meant I wanted to win the subsequent 2 matches to make Day 2.
Spherical 7 my opponent was Calvin Pratt enjoying Eight-Whack Goblins. This deck wasn’t on my sideboarding plan, however I introduced in some removing and took out the 2 Lead the Stampede and a Scavenging Ooze, which appeared affordable. He got here out shortly, however then in each video games I constructed up my Elves, which have been even greater, and I ended up profitable 2-Zero in 17 minutes. That introduced me to a document of 5-2. The subsequent spherical can be win-and-in. My final win-and-in was Three months earlier at GP Portland, the place I made all of it the best way to recreation Three of spherical Eight however then misplaced, ending 5-Three. I used to be actually bummed after that and wished I had gained, however right here I used to be going to have one other probability!
Spherical Eight, I obtained referred to as to the function match space once more, and it was streamed right here:
I used to be paired towards Scott Ngo, an area participant I knew, who was enjoying The Rock. Recreation 1 I gained by doing the beatdown plan plus a Shaman of the Pack. I used to be so excited—another recreation earlier than I might make Day 2! Recreation 2 he stored killing my creatures, however I used to be wanting okay till he drew Liliana, the Final Hope adopted by Vraska, Golgari Queen. I used to be caught on two lands, needing a 3rd to forged three Shaman of the Pack. I ended up dropping that recreation. Recreation Three I counted the playing cards out for my opening hand, however two of them caught collectively so I by accident drew Eight playing cards. Once I observed this, I referred to as the decide on myself. The outcome was a warning, plus Scott received to see my hand and take a card from it, after which I might determine to maintain that 7-card hand, or mulligan to six. I selected to maintain the 7 playing cards. He killed my first two Elves, however then I forged Lead the Stampede and obtained 4 extra creatures! After that, I used to be capable of get an Elvish Archdruid to stay round and forged one other Lead the Stampede. I ended up profitable the match!
For Day 2 I used to be mentally drained and really drained. I performed towards a good friend of my dad’s in spherical 10 and I ended up profitable 2-1. I needed to attempt to win as many matches as my age (Eight), however sadly I wasn’t capable of win any extra of my matches. I do keep in mind one recreation although, the place I forged Collected Firm for double Shaman of the Pack to trigger a lack of 22 life (a.okay.a. deadly).
General I’m very glad and pleased with myself for making Day 2! I felt I used to be well-prepared, had gotten a lot of follow, some good recommendation, a superb night time’s sleep, and ate and drank properly earlier than and in the course of the occasion. I performed rather well Day 1. After every match, my dad and I might “debrief” and every speak about how the video games went and what we every noticed that went rather well or what I might have carried out higher. Months in the past, it was simply him stating issues to me, however now typically both I see myself what I might have achieved in another way or I can clarify how a play I made was the proper one even when my dad questions it at first. On Day 1 at GP LA, once we did our debriefs, we mentioned a number of nice performs and there wasn’t an excessive amount of I might have achieved higher. Day 2 didn’t go as properly, however I used to be actually pleased with myself and my dad was very pleased with me that I made Day 2.
Making Day 2, and particularly being one of many youngest gamers and virtually definitely the youngest woman to have carried out so, could be very particular to me for a lot of causes. One purpose is as a result of I labored on this for a lot of, a few years and I actually put loads of time, power, and work (although it was enjoyable work!) into it. It means a lot to me that I lastly did it. I additionally was capable of do it the place I used to be surrounded by so many good pals, most of whom I had met by enjoying Magic. One more reason is as a result of this achievement is one thing to look again on for a few years to return, and if I’m a bit unhappy or fearful about one thing it is going to assist to cheer me up.
This accomplishment hopefully may help different youngsters, and particularly women, play Magic by displaying them that somebody like them can play Magic competitively. Whereas there are another youngsters that play Magic rather well, they typically aren’t as younger as I’m and most of them are boys. Enjoying Magic additionally helps youngsters study a whole lot of helpful expertise (reminiscent of studying, math, strategic considering, and social expertise) and may even assist them get higher grades in class as a result of Magic could be very instructional. Plus it’s a variety of enjoyable!
My plans for the longer term are to by no means cease enjoying Magic. I plan to go to many extra MagicFests/GPs. A number of the future objectives I’ve are to get as many wins in a GP as my age and to be the youngest participant to earn a money prize at a GP, Prime Eight a GP, qualify for a Mythic Championship, and/or qualify for the World Championship. Once I really feel like I’m accomplished enjoying aggressive Magic I want to work on the superior Wizards of the Coast.
There are various individuals I need to thank for all of the help, encouragement, and assist they’ve given me:
- My dad Adam, for all the time serving to me, educating me, and going with me to occasions. Additionally for serving to me edit this text.
- My mother Rachelle, for being so supportive of me going to all of those occasions.
- My sister Sadie, for cheering me on and educating me many issues not Magic-related.
- My “Aunt” Hannah, for going with me to so many occasions, ensuring I’m taking excellent care of myself, and cheering me on despite the fact that she doesn’t play Magic.
- Marshall Sutcliffe, for being one of many first well-known Magic group members I turned associates with, for all the time checking on how I used to be doing, and for being an excellent commentator on my matches (and letting me co-commentate with him!).
- LSV, Gaby, Huey, Riley, and others for being such nice commentators on my matches and being individuals I all the time take pleasure in seeing at occasions.
- Judges and different event employees, reminiscent of Carter, Liz Peloquin, Liz Richardson, and others for being there from the start to assist somebody as younger and small as me with the mechanics of enjoying in a event.
- My LGSs of At Ease Video games, TC’s Rockets, Ampdraw Hobbies, Brute Pressure Video games, and Recreation Empire, for being welcoming, nice locations to play.
- Sam “@samotango” Tang from Kitchen Desk Magic, for encouraging me to grow to be concerned on Twitter, which is how I’ve met so many nice individuals.
- Eric Froehlich, for giving me some teaching periods, which actually helped within the occasion.
- Reid Duke, Ross Merriam, Bobby Graves, Eduardo Sajgalik, and others for serving to me with my card choice, sideboarding ideas, and recommendation on the best way to play.
- The MTG Trendy Elves Fb group, for being so supportive and offering a lot of information on card choice and sideboarding plans.
- Spikes Academy, for his or her nice movies that provided recommendation I used to be in a position to make use of.
- ChannelFireball, for being so supportive and sponsoring me.
- Wizards, for being so encouraging.
- Different gifted youngsters who I need to be like once I’m older, comparable to Quinn “@MTGQuinn” Kiefer and Abram Goldstein.
- Kyle Lodes, for being such a very good good friend from the very starting.
- Shoshi Hope, Nick Kinzel, and Thomas Christian, for all the time being there for me and serving to me apply and being good pals.
- Carolyn “@MightyLinguine’’ Kavanagh, for hanging out with me on a regular basis.
- MJ “@moxymtg” Scott, Arielle “@Airbubbles” Lien, and Erin “@erinsartstuff” Adams, for making my fantastic costume.
- Olivia “@goberthicks” Gobert-Hicks, Sydney “@TappyToeClaws” Stafl, and others within the cosplay group or in any other case, for cheering me on, and hanging out with me.
- Child buddies just like the Maddock twins (“@TwinsEstate”) Ainsley and Annika, Manny “@mannybolas” Edelson, Quan Cade, Sean, Rhino “@mtg_youngmage,” and others I’ve enjoyable hanging out with at many occasions.
- The Magic group, for being so supportive.
- Anybody else I forgot!
I need to give a slop to somebody I do know, and his identify is Daddy. He’s presupposed to know all the good performs, however now I’m typically catching him. What’s up with that, Daddy? You additionally make a lot of dangerous jokes 24/7 . Why Daddy, why?
Right here is the sideboarding plan I used at GP LA. A part of how I used that is that I might take a look at the sheet after recreation 1 of a match and say one thing like, “Daddy, plan #1 please” so my dad might then convey the playing cards out and put them in, since it might have taken me rather a lot longer to take action with my small palms. The precise plan additionally had some notes as reminders for whether or not the matchup was good or dangerous (used to find out how dangerous I ought to be with my retains and mulligans), in addition to whether or not or not there have been board sweepers (so I knew what to mess around).
As well as, it had the anticipated share of the metagame for every deck, which helped my dad and I decide the ultimate deck and sideboard card choice. The share shares turned out to be fairly shut based mostly on this text that got here out afterwards, although Dredge wasn’t fairly as fashionable as we thought it might be. They added as much as 93% of the anticipated decks.
Please let me know within the feedback what you consider the article, the sideboarding plan (recommendations welcome), and another ideas or questions. Comply with me on Twitter or Fb. Thanks for studying!
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