Player Poll

Posted in Event Coverage on September 2, 2015

By Sideboard Staff

The following seven questions were asked of each of the competitors before the Invitational began. The questions range from the serious to the not-to-serious and many players got into the spirit of things with their answers. Follow along as the tournament progresses and see if their predictions came true! Their records after the first day have been posted beside their names.

1) Who would you be embarrassed to lose to?
2) What do you expect/hope your final record will be?
3) What format will you 3-0 in?
4) What format will you 0-3 in?
5) Fill in the blank:
"I am in the top (blank) percent when it comes to sexy Pro Tour players"
6) Who at this event cannot defeat you on their best day?
7) What Auction deck are you NOT hoping to get?

Chris Benafel (4-2)
Embarrassed to lose to Kibler
10-5/11-4
3-0 Duplicate - because he's better than they are
0-3 Standard - no deck, doesn't know Odyssey
top 1%
Clegg cannot win
Anything but rats!

Kai Budde (5-1)
Could lose to anyone with shame
8-7/9-6
3-0 Standard - has a deck
0-3 5C - has a deck!
Top 25%
Anyone could beat him
Not walls or dwarves!

Dan Clegg (4-2)
Could lose to anyone without shame
15-0
3-0 Every format
0-3 5C - has no deck
"top 8"%
will crush Scott Johns
Not walls!

Kamiel Cornelissen (4-2)
Embarrassed to lose to Wise
8-7
3-0 Duplicate - not prepared for constructed
0-3 Standard - no deck
top 50%
Finkel - he's beaten him twice in top 8s!
Not walls!

Jon Finkel (2-4)
Embarrassed to lose to Wise
9-6
3-0 Duplicate
0-3 Rotisserie
top 10%
Will not lose to Wise
Not walls!

Tsuyoshi Fujita (2-4) (questioned late)
Could lose to anyone without shame
3-12 (he was asked when he was 2-4)
3-0 5C - after going 2-1 in the format!
0-3 Rotisserie - after just drafting his deck!
Top 1% - the pictures of him dancing prove it!
Everyone has a chance to defeat him
Not rats!

Scott Johns (0-6)
Could lose to anyone without shame
8-7 or higher
3-0 Auction - because he's practiced
0-3 5C - he's playing Turbo Zvi
top 41% - just a bit less sexy than Wise
Will not lose to Benafel
Not walls! (because it loses to the dwarf deck)

Brian Kibler (2-4)
Embarrassed to lose to Finkel
10-5/11-4
3-0 5C - because he actually plays the format
0-3 Rotisserie - no practice
top 1%
Will not lose to Finkel
Not dwarf, and probably not wall!

Chris Pikula (3-3)
Embarrassed to lose to Wise
10-5
3-0 Duplicate - because he does well each year in it
0-3 Auction - not familiar with decks, has done rotisserie
top 20%
He is owned by Johns, owns nobody
Not walls!

Dave Price (2-4)
Embarrassed to lose to Wise
Has no prediction as to his finish
3-0 What are the formats?
0-3 5C because he built his own deck, unlike many others
top 0.00001% (what's the smallest number I can choose?)
Will not lose to Finkel
Not walls!

Mike Pustilnik (4-2)
Is always embarrassed to lose to Fuller! (in general)
9-6
3-0 5C - but he hasn't won a practice match yet!
0-3 Rotisserie
top 99%
Will not lose to Kai
Not dwarves!

Scott Richards (2-4)
Could lose to anyone without shame
8-7
3-0 None
0-3 5C - he has little practice
top 50%, though sexiness is in the eye of the beholder
Everyone has a chance to defeat him
Not walls or dwarves!

Antoine Ruel (4-2)
Embarrassed to lose to Vienneau (who isn't?)
9-6
3-0 Standard - practiced for an hour
0-3 5C - doesn't exist in France!
Top 1%
Will not lose to Kibler
Not Rats or goblins!

Olivier Ruel (1-5)
Embarrassed to lose to Antoine
14-0-1 (draw with Antoine)
3-0 All formats
0-3 5C - doesn't exist in France!
Top 0.9%
Will not lose to Kai
Not lords!

Tom van de Logt (5-1)
Embarrassed to lose to Wise
8-7
3-0 Standard, despite not having a deck!
0-3 Rotisserie
top 2%
Anyone could beat him
(No answer)

Gary Wise (4-2)
Could lose to anyone without shame
6-9
3-0 Not sure, has practiced lots of Booster and Extended!
0-3 5C - his deck is only 120 cards!
Top 40% - offered proof in that he picked up on the flight down!
Could not lose to Dirk Baberowski, unfortunately Dirk isn't playing . . .
Not dwarves!

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