Author Archives: theblackcowboy

Indianapolis, here I come!

The weekend had passed and I had been left feeling as though I missed a great opportunity to win a national qualifier at my local store. I thought I was prepared. I thought I was ready. But after a tenth place finish all I had to look forward to this summer was the PTQ season with hopes of grinding to Phili and possibly a trip to Grand Prix K.C.
That was, until Monday evening.
I log on my Facebook and see the red number perched up in the middle left of the screen and click on it. I had a few random messages and status updates that were equally appealing to me, as in not very at all, except one.
Brook Gardner-Durbin( a fellow writer for this site and posted something on my page. I’m excited, though I don’t know why.
I click on it. I read.
“coming down this weekend?” Read the rest of this entry

My Regionals report…Kind of

My name is Jeremey Lochridge, and sometimes I fail…really hard.

This was going to be a tournament report about the Regionals in Seattle this past weekend I was fully prepared to dominate. Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite my way, and I have nobody to blame but myself. I did what I so frequently do and, like so many other tournaments before this one, played a deck I shouldn’t have. My notoriety for doing this has become sadly comical to me in a way.

In the weeks leading up to the event I had my mind, heart, and soul set on Caw-blade. I had played a lot of other decks in the format and I just didn’t like the majority of them. Basically, I just always wished I had playing with Caw-Blade when I was playing with the other decks. I had a Venser control deck, much like the one Carlos Ramao and David Sharffman had been playing, in the works but it just had a pretty bad Caw-blade matchup, despite what anyone else says or how it looks on paper. Read the rest of this entry

I’m BAD at this game, and so are you

“I can’t believe I scrubbed out and someone that bad is still doing well. Look at all those mistakes!”
“I can’t believe that guy won the PTQ! You’ve got to be kidding me. He’s so bad!”

Those statements are usually followed with something along the lines of, “yeah, this format is skill intensive” in the most sarcastic way. Or, my personal favorite, “I can’t wait until next PTQ season; as if anything’s going to change,heh.
Well, actually, two things could change between the current season where there is ‘no skill involved’ and the next season. First, the format will be different and new cards will be present. Second, you could change the way you think about the game. Now I know that second statement seems very broad so let me explain. Read the rest of this entry