Your Own Set of Rules Recap

Posted in Event Coverage on June 7, 2003

By Brian David-Marshall

Brian David-Marshall is a New York–based game designer who has been involved with Magic since 1994, when he started organizing tournaments and ran a Manhattan game store. Since then, he has been a judge, a player, and one of the longest-tenured columnists on, as he enters his second decade writing for the site. He is also the Pro Tour Historian and one of the commentators for the Pro Tour.

Dave Williams emerged from this format as the winner although it might be the only trophy he takes home this weekend. A dismal 0-3 performance in yesterday’s MQ Draft found him trailing the leaders with poor tiebreakers. With only three round left the stars will need to align just right for him to climb within the top 2 spots that will advance to the finals.

This was definitely and exciting format with many wild plays and degenerate decks. The highlight of the tournament came in Trent Boneau and Jeff Taylor’s match when Jeff cast Void for 8 to deal with a reanimated Avatar of Woe. When he looked at Trent’s hand he found an 8 casting cost Verdant Force waiting to be discarded. Trent’s other card? Living Death. Trent’s own rules? Sorceries may be cast at instant speed. Yikes!

Standings after four formats:

Neil Reeves 10-2 - Mousetrap Champion
Trent Boneau 8-4
Don Paul 8-4
Jeff Taylor 7-5
Aaron Rzepka 7-5 - MQ Draft Champion
Dave Williams 7-5 - Your Own Set of Rules Champion
Haibing Hu 7-5
Adam Bernstein 7-5
Sceadeau D’Tela 6-6
Jonathan Pechon 6-6
Bryan Lyons 6-6 - 4-Way Solomon Champion
Michael Musser 5-7
Carl Lobato 4-8
Jeff Zandi 3-9
Rob Lawing 3-9
Sterling Savage 2-10

Next up: Complete the block.

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