Say hello everybody to your 2007 Invitational Storyteller! Oh man, am I excited! I’ll be sure to share said excitement with you next week, but I still have a show to produce and this week is a goodie. I have a nice long chat with our own Richard Feldman and Zac Hill on getting better at Magic, the Invitational, Xth, Block Constructed, and more while I let you hear the worst Bad Beat story of all time.
Take a look (18min):
Here are the topics covered in the episode:
Getting Over The Hump — How Do You Go From Good To Great?
Owning Up To Mistakes
Flores Was Right…?
The Infamous Teachings vs. Blue/Green Matchup
Missing The Masters
Xth Constructed Impact
The Most Import Thing About Lorwyn
The Skill-Intensive Time Spiral Block Format
The Worst Bad Beat Ever (Seriously.)
Late Night Rantings (featuring Kimlish)
Music featured (in this order):
“This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” by Fall Out Boy
“Paralyzer” by Finger Eleven
“All This Time” by Heartless Bastards
“Hey Momma” by Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground (find them on MySpace, they don’t have an album yet)
“Sad, Sad Song” by M. Ward
“The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism” by The New Pornographers (dedicated to the great Ted Knutson, who introduced me to the New Pornographers)
A huge thanks to Richard and Zac for sharing their thoughts with me and the rest of the community, and Matt Warner for letting us in on his savage beating. I even had video coverage of the finals…until my camera ate the tape. Frowns. For what it’s worth, it didn’t last long and the second game was determined in less than 10 minutes by a mull-to-5-and-mana-screwed James Norris. Congratulations to Alex Kim on his win!
I’d like to thank all of the people who voted for me this week. It really means a lot. I’d also like to thank my wife publicly for putting up with my efforts, as the show definitely wouldn’t be where it was without her support.
This is closely followed by my friends who haul me to tournaments (James Norris), let me borrow cards (Joe Al-Khazraji), put up with my endless commentary (Chris Romeo, Landon Doune), and have supported me before the humble beginnings of the show as you know it (Chris Mellard). I’m sure I’m leaving out a few, but you know who you are and you know how much I appreciate it.
And of course you can’t run through the thanks without mentioning my amazing fans and the best damn Magic strategy site on the web. Its writers, owner, and editor inspire me every day with their hard work.
Next week we’ll talk about the casual/pro divide and what I plan on doing to bridge that gap, along with our first You Make The Invitational Card segment. What, you thought I was kidding when I said you guys would help me create it? Pfft, you guys are going tell me what YOU want to submit, because without you guys I wouldn’t be going.
Thanks for watching; I’m humbled by your support!
Evan “misterorange” Erwin
dubya dubya dubya dot misterorange dot com
eerwin +at+ gmail +dot+ com
Written after the show was finished, but after I learned I had won (obv). Woohoo!