chriskelly wrote: arebelspy wrote:
I'm not really upset over it. It's my responsibility to have correct cards in my deck. I'm actually usually very anal about it and the one time I slip up is the one time it comes back to bite me.
But I do wonder how "random" these deck checks are. If there's like a number generator on the laptop that determines who gets the deck check, then great. But if I was pointed out in the crowd as a safe player to check, knowing that you aren't going to risk pissing off a potential top 8 contender, then the fact that this was my first worlds and I did feel the issue affected my concentration a little, then that is a bit upsetting.
i don't know why the conspiracy theory. i think this is the second time i've seen you post that accusation. have any proof at all for that?
afaik, totally random. iirc, when i was playing emil the first time, he got randomly checked.
Kind of agree with Joe. If you got flustered by a deck check, you probably were not taking home the trophy anyway. Let's not blame the volunteers who did such a good job running this for enforcing the pretty clear rules of the event.
I also got deck checked, by the way.
Yeah, I wasn't seriously contending to win worlds. I mean, I played TIGIH and TTO. I did better on day 1 and the consolation event with different decks but for day 2 I rolled the dice on matchups and lost that bet. So, I wasn't a contender anyway.
This was just an unfortunate circumstance for me because all things equal, I think I would have played better in my next game. I think most players at worlds are more in tune with the norms of championship play and the best judgments that the PC uses when running them, which makes sense as they are very active players and volunteers. I like to have clear, well-defined rules that are actually followed and when everything is so informal, yet potentially extreme (possibly being DQ'd, etc), that's just really hard for me personally. I mean, in the tournament guide it says 25% of decks should be checked. Was this adhered to? It also says the selection should be randomized. How is this done? Hayes told me he had a west coast bias when he asked for my deck. Maybe he was joking...I'd like to think he was, but what do I know?
And I had no idea how big of a deal this was. A lot of other players might have just shrugged it off and fixed the deck at their convenience, but as a beginner at the national level and considering this is my first worlds event, I have no context as to what my risks are if I don't fix my deck before I play it again.
So I'm not trying to make a bunch of noise here or complain. The topic was brought up by some other folks so I figured I'd offer my perspective since I was the player they were referring to. There's just a lot of norms like these and unspoken policies such that being on the outside looking in can be a psychological disadvantage.
I hope that clarifies. Not calling foul or anything...that's just what my experience was. I still had a total blast and hope to make it back next year. I enjoyed meeting a bunch of the guys in person for the first time and also seeing a few familiar faces!
"Real wisdom is knowing when to learn from your own mistakes and when to learn from the mistakes of others."