TaKtiX: Jeremiah Uselton

Malexin has been playing CCGs for a long time. At GenCon Indy 2004 he slew the Warlord Madusan Lord Raath. Since then he has been involved in promoting standards of play within the Warlord community, working as a commentator, tournament organiser and occasional ambassador.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The Plans of Crazy Men: Part II

This entry can be better titled: Delta Hates Warlord Players.

We had scheduled our flights to allow us time to play in the Open Highlander event on Friday Night at KublaCon, however fate and Delta intervened. Our connecting flight to San Francisco is a daily route from Salt Lake City to Oklahoma City and back. The plane broke on the way from SLC, making it over 3 hours late arriving to OKC. Its okay though, becuase we could possibly still make it to SLC in time to catch our original flight to San Fran. However, wind shear at SLC prevented that and cost us half an hour as we got a second ariel tour of the great salt lake. Our flight from SLC to San Fran was scheduled for 5:50. Our arrival time 6:03. Great. Thankfully, the Delta attendant at OKC was prepared for that eventuallity, and sent us with passes for a 9:00 flight to SLC. So we finally make it to San Fran at 10:30 ish. We've missed open highlander. Delta sucks.

The next day is the conquest event for Kubla. I end up 3-3 losing some close matches vs. Kaitlyn MLG Bomb and Kaitlyn Dragon rancher. However, Burke's Durin Kortouched Bramble deck thoroughly stomps me. As he manages to bramble me on the first turn both games. In one game he got the storm first turn as well, and killed all my level ones or level twos (I don't remember which, I just know it was the majority of the characters I had on the board). Aven goes on to win the event with the exact same deck and different pairings. Because the deck was fairly weak vs. decks with efficient card draw the decision was made to pull Premonition for Twist of Fate. We manage to do this thanks to Rich Carter's truck bed full of warlord cards. We thank Rich and go hop a red eye to Orlando.

The flight starts well, we leave San Fran a little early, but then it starts, babies crying. Its okay we have a four hour flight they'll shut up and go to sleep like the rest of us right? Wrong, wrong, wrong. I think I manage maybe 2 hours of sleep as I'm drifting in an out of sleep between different babies crying. Thankfully, the babies aren't on the same connecting flight to Orlando as us so I can sleep another 45 minutes or so on the floor of Hartsfield Jackson as we're awaiting our flight to Orlando. After rising from my nap, I contemplate leaving a note with the airport management that thicker carpet would make sleeping on the floor more comfortable. I decide that I have better things to do with my time, like eat breakfast.

The flight to Orlando goes well and Josh (Edannan from the temple) is there to pick us up. Major props to him for showing up to pick up two guys you don't know from the airport. Also janky cardboard signs rock. Thanks again Josh. Unfortunately for Josh I have to play him in round 1. I beat him 2-1 and then proceed to finish top of swiss with a final record of 4W-0L-1T. I offered the draw to Josh Prince for two reasons, first both of us cut win, lose or draw due to awesome strength of schedule and overall good records, with draws he ends up seeded 4th and me 1st, secondly I was hoping that I'd avoid the swiss curse. However, fate is a fickle bitch will not be denied and I draw Fury of Hate in the top 8 and the swiss curse strikes he beats me 2-0 as my dice decide to become timid imps and double digit numbers refuse to show up. And even though I put some early pressure on Fury with my starting army both games, my second turns really, really sucked in both games and allowed him to pull even with me. A few more attack rolls go well for me on the second turn of those games and I'm pretty sure the match would have been mine. Fury had a really solid Simon deck and I didn't mind losing to him. Oh, well 5th is great points and I'm happy. Chris sneaks into the top 8 at 7th, beats the two seed and then loses in the top 4 to eventual winner Jay Rosenberg. He finished 3rd overall.

After the Conquest at Kotei is concluded its time to go to the ale house for beer and other fun stuff like wings, although we ordered 100 drum sticks instead. Thankfully we had a great waitress, our ticket was only $236.07 for the whole group (as we're pretty sure she shaved a few drinks off of the bill. For those that don't know, Yuengling is a great beer, it comes with the recommendation of the Order of the Doomed Liver.

The flight back to OKC from Orlando was a direct flight an uneventful. If the events are on the same day next year, I'd suggest that everyone who can make it try it, as its a lot of fun.


Good Gaming,

Jeremiah

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Plans of Crazy Men: Part I

Before continuing on with my advice on tournament preparation, I'm going to start my tournament report for both Warlord World Conquest Qualifiers at KublaCon in San Francisco, CA on May 27th and Florida Kotei in Orlando, FL on May 28th. You read correctly, I'm going to be on the west coast on Saturday to play in a qualifier and then myself and Chris Aven will hop a red eye flight to Orlando arriving just in time to grab some breakfast and make it to the qualifier.

You may be asking yourself why we're doing this. Well the answer is quite simple, its possible. There's no other explanation aside from its possible. This is going to be a real challenge and its going to be fun. Many players who have known what I've had planned for some time have told me that we're utterly crazy for even attempting it, but that just makes it that more pleasing to pull it off.

Anyway, I still have a lot of packing and preparation to do in today and tomorrow before leaving for San Francisco on Friday. Look for the next installment sometime on Tuesday of next week.

Until then, good gaming

Jeremiah

Friday, May 19, 2006

Tournament Advice Part III: Avoiding Theft

At any major convention, theft isn't an unfortunate occurance, its a reality. You need to prepare for it, or rather how to avoid it happening to you. The first thing you need to do is to keep all of your stuff confined to one backpack. Keeping up with 2 backpacks is unweildy at best. This also serves the purpose of keeping all of your stuff together. Most of the theft that occurs happens when the theif sees an abandoned deck box and just snatches it up off the table never to be seen again. By keeping your gear all consolidated its harder for a perspective theif to get your gear, although its not unheard of for an entire backpack to go missing.

The second thing you need to do is to never leave your gear unattended. If you have to go somewhere either take it with you or leave it with someone you'd trust with it. If you choose to leave it with someone else, then make sure that person is aware that they're watching your gear. Almost always theft occurs when the gear is unattended.

The last thing you should take into consideration is that you should be more aware of your surroundings, and if you do that its very unlikely you'll be the victim of theft.

Good Gaming,

Jeremiah

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Tournament Advice Part II: What to Bring

This entry is targetet specifically at the members of the community who will be attending their first convention or major tournament, and are looking for some advice as to what they should bring.

First up, bring a backpack or something along those lines to carry your stuff. This is especially important at conventions where you might want to do a little shopping and need a place to stow your newly acquired stuff, because its not always convenient to run back to the place you're staying.

When you start out the day you'll want to pack the following things in your bag: your tournament deck, your dice, your counters, a couple bottles of water, some snack food, a notebook and something to write with. A lot of times you'll also want to pack some fun decks, challenge decks and some trade stock so you can fully take advantage of what the convention has to offer. You'll notice that I touched on the importance of staying hydrated and keeping your energy level up in my last entry, and its a very important thing to do.

A quick note about the notebook and pens. You'll want to check the floor rules and be familiar with what exactly you can and cannot write down about a match. The floor rules can be found by following this link: http://www.warlordccg.com/rules/aeg_floor_rules.pdf . However, the most important part of the notebook and pen is that it allows you to stay in touch with the people you meet by exchanging information. Its also useful if you make the cut at a convention, where the tournament organizers take up the deck lists and then check the decks that make the cut against the original deck list.


Good Gaming,


Jeremiah

Tournament Advice Part 1: Getting Through It

What do I mean by getting through it?

If you judge enough tournaments and watch the games closely, you'll notice that towards the later rounds of swiss play mistakes will become more and more common. Its important for you the player to make sure that you're taking care of yourself. Most importantly this means that you should get your normal amount of sleep, stay hydrated and keep your energy level up.

There is a lot of temptation at Cons to deprive yourself of sleep in order to have fun. Doing this one or two nights at GenCon isn't that big of a deal as the human body is amazingly resilient. However, if you avoid sleep for the entire con you will definitely see a diminishing in your play skill, thinking and reasoning by the end of the con. So it becomes important to pick and choose how late you want to stay out and which nights you want to stay out.

The next thing is probably the most important. Drink a good amount of water. Water keeps you hydrated and if your body approaches dehydration your thinking ability will become impared. Bottled water is almost always cheaper outside of the cons, unless of course there is a complementary con suite, so your best bet is to grab a few bottles at the beginning of the day and carry them in your trusty backpack. And that ties right in with my next point which is keeping your energy level up.

You can keep your energy level up by bringing healthy snack foods in your trusty backpack. Having a little bit of a snack every two to three hours will maintain you energy level and keep you from having highs and lows during the day, which can and will negatively affect your play. Granola bars, trail mix, jerky and energy bars are excellent choices.

Seems pretty basic doesn't it? You'd be surprised how many players don't follow these simple steps and in the end they pay for it.

Good Gaming,

Jeremiah

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

About me and my blog

As you know by now, my name is Jeremiah Uselton. I’ve been playing Warlord since the release of the first demo decks. I am a playtester, a tournament organizer and well traveled player.

My column is going focus on several things. First, I’m going to have a series of blog entries on the steps you can go through that will better prepare you for tournaments. I'll also discuss things you can do to your convention experiences better, especially for the tournaments that require a good deal of travel. Second, I’m going to use this blog as a means to post my tournament reports and deck lists. Third, I’m going to use this as a conduit to champion the existence of Warlord’s Open Format. And finally I’m going to post tips on running a large event.

Since we’re in the heart of the Conquest Qualifiers I’m going to start with my advice for tournament goers. Look for the first entry tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Introducing Jeremiah

Jeremiah Uselton (Malexin) has been playing CCGs for a long time. He shot to fame at GenCon Indy 2004, when he slew the Warlord Madusan Lord, Raath. Since then he has been actively involved in promoting an improvement to the standards of play within the Warlord community, working as a commentator, tournament organiser and occasional ambassador.