We had 8 players come out. Less than hoped for, but still more than the store championship and also more than the Regional last year. Slowly but surely, the area meta is growing. Tom and his crew came down for the weekend, and we had a great time afterward drinking beers and playing Cards Against Humanity at a local dive. Joe (Badash) and Corey came down from Scranton, and we had a few local guys as well. Last minute a bud of mine who mostly plays Thrones but to whom I've taught the game, said he wanted to play, so I built him a deck and he ended up winning. Some people have a mind for these games...
Anyway, we had a good variety of decks. Top 4 seeded players after swiss were:
- Tom C. - Yog yithian mill
- Myself - mono-Yog with a splash of Cthulhu
- Mike M. - Yog yithian mill
- Seth L. - mono-Syndicate
Top 4 I played Mike, which was a rematch from the swiss where I also won. He got a little unlucky to get his 3rd Interstellar Migration near the bottom of his deck, and the game went back and forth with me putting Snow Graves, him Frozen Timing it, me Frozen Timing the Frozen Time, etc. Near the end, he had milled me down to 4 cards, and he had 6-ish, 3 of which were Migrations. He had both his FTs attached and his 3rd in the discard and I played Opening the Limbo Gate to put into play my Constricting Elder Thing to pop my own Snow Graves to my hand and played it again, then triggered my 3 Yithian Scouts to mill him down to 3. His turn he draws 2 and I trigger Yithian Scouts again for the win.
Somehow Seth was able to beat Tom in his top 4 game. My understanding is it came down to rush and Isaac Miles, and Tom getting unlucky on his mulligan and draws. If he drew more removal to consistently keep Miles off the board, it would have been a different game. But variance is the one and only weakness of yithian mill.
I played Seth in the finals, and I'm pretty confident because he is fairly new to the game and I knew his deck since I built it for him pretty much last minute. I thought I'd be able to manage the board pretty well with the AOs I managed to get out, but it turns out Peter Clover is good at what he does. Oh, and David Pan ain't bad either. And oh yeah, O'Bannion's Inner Council. We both got 2 stories but by the end he just had more bodies than I could deal with, especially when he drew Peter Clover twice again after getting Pushed twice. Sheesh. Well, congrats to Seth, the new-comer, the dream-crusher, for coming last minute to the Regionals and causing weeping and gnashing of teeth.