Alrighty, so I had been looking forward to this for a long time. I had a gut feeling that something big would happen. I also didn't know how I would go. FOr the past 2 years I was ok with my deck choices, but this year I wasn't too sure. So I played my Trump Card: Adam lol. Ultima with a Bondi deck can't go wrong. So, Saturday Morning, Me, Mass and Pezza wake up and leave my place, and meet George at Maccas for breakfast. We then proceed to the venue. We get there, greet everyone and head into the room. Once the formalities are finally over and done with, We start the games! Top 8 Cut, 5 rounds, let's do it! My deck was Adam's: Empalkia. People thought I was going to use Blissvire, but Massimo used that instead Round 1- Kerr He. Dark Kiss Kjalex- Croftminster Game 1: I set up a quick Palkia and zerg his basics Game 2: Same thing lol After this round, it was announced that all the top cuts would be doubled in size... I was furious, but had to worry about my next round. Round 2- Tiffany Keane. Salakiss Pokemon Mistress-Croftminster OMG I'm so sorry I forgot this match. Lunch was coming up and I felt like I was going to pass out at this point from lack of sleep. But when I thougth round 2 for some reason I thought Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter, and Dragons... then it hit me. Game 1: I set up dead quick, and start sniping with Empoleon for the game. Game 2: She T2's Salamence, I get scared...then start Restucturing basics for KOs to win. After THIS rounds, some lame ruling about Basic Lv.X bieng able to use Scramble/DRE etc etc was made, but we weren't allowed to take the new ruling into effect til AFTER the tournament. I was able to confirm otherwise, but it confused a lot of people. LUNCH @ KFC Yeah, met up with a few of the Melbourne Juniors who were asking me about random stuff. Got back to the venue Round 3- Que Son Ngyuen. Plox Mr Spiegel- Croftminster Game 1: Was pretty hot with me leading in prize cards. Some crafty Restructuring and I was able to win. Game 2: Same as game 1 Really Round 4- Qyuin Chi Ngyuen. Magkiss Another freaking Togekiss deck... Both Games: Was donked. Mantyke starts, Both Mantines Prized both games Round 5- James Campkin. Pure Darkness Grinbag I was SO excited about this match, I hadn't played James since 2006, at which time we were not fond of each other. I was so happy to be able to play against him as a friend this year. Game 1: We both set up. I Restructured for a few basics and took the lead, eventually to win. Game 2: He owned me by destroying my hand and getting an early Darkrai off. Game 3: Sudden Death. Powered up Palkia and KOed (Deja Vu... I'm pretty sure that was how our 06 match played out LOL) so I finish day 1: 4-1. Gordon, Cam, Massimo, Myself, George and Pezza all went out for Dinner at the Dessert house in Swanston St. Such good food. Then went home. I got home to a nice surprise on the forums. It seems I wasnt the only upset one about many of the things that had come up. Never had I seen the Player base from around the world united like that- it made my happy a little and sparked my desire to battle! I wanted to play in top cut so much at this point. I posted my 2c on everything and went to sleep. Day 2. Top Cut Got to the venue, and It was something way cool. The top 8 were patting around outside, waiting on the steps... sorta felt like we were walking into something epic (I'm like the ONLY person who thought this was cool... the whole united front thing). Top 28 players were all called into the room to talk about Top Cut , Back to original top cuts! Top 8- Ashley Kendall. Plox Yelsha Game 1: Donked him lol Game 2: Was a decent game, but I outplayed for the win. Top 4- Qyuin Chi Ngyuen. Magkiss AGAIN Game 1: We both set up. Outplayed for victory. Game 2: I got donked Game 3: She got donked Top 2- Sean Takamoto. Plox Silent Swordsman Game 1: Was setting up and got hit by a bad wager, lost all my energy Game 2: Donked. Lone Mantine start ftl. So alls well that ends well. The 14 players that got laid off top cut got FREE pre-release entries. I came second, and get to go to worlds anyway with an invite! Dinner that night was amazing. For Sean's birthday. Last but not least I got to spend an amazing weekend with my friends. The Good Coming 2nd Mass for doing nicely with Blissvire Tiff, James, Ash, Sean, QC, QS and Kerr for good matches Tiff for the choccy and drink on day 2...I would have collapsed if I didn't get it lol Mass, George and Pez for keeping me company Those who were cut from Top Cut- you guys were such good sports about it. ya'll rock and deserve a special mention Cam for making Masters more fun by cursing at wager Everyone who fought for what they thought was right. Good job! Mrs. Takamoto for dinner, and Sean for letting us come Mr. Choong for his constant support and encouragement Last but not least, Adam for lending me the deck and calming my Nationals nerves at 1am Saturday Morning. The 2 offers I got to go to worlds as Guardian. This made me cry later. It means more than anything to me. I know there's more. Will add to it. Sort of got 10 MSN windows open right now. The Bad None off the top of my head. It was all resolved. Cept maybe the 3 terrible openings I had. Ready to collapse twice from exhaustion, but pulled through Togekiss. nuff said.