Masters T50 vs Spring Battle Roads

Discussion in 'Battle Roads' started by JandPDS, Apr 20, 2008.

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  1. HoennAsh

    HoennAsh New Member

    I never said that I wasn't going to play in Nationals. I said that I don't plan on playing in Battle Roads and instead, I will be judging some of them. I know I can suffer enough losses until I get to the point where I need to drop when I have enough losses. Sorry for the misleading information that I might have given you, JandPDS.
  2. TheDarkTwins

    TheDarkTwins Active Member

    I am more worried about what to play for BRs. Usually I have more time between sets, but this time there isnt much time and I have no clue what to play yet and I have a Battle Road on saturday.

  3. drrty byl

    drrty byl New Member

    Delta dude. Delta.


    i would have to say states is the hardest in my area...

    i really am not sure if i am playing in BR i don't think it is necessary if there are minimal gains...

    my ranking is 1853 and with that calculation i don't think playing vs people with a 1740 record or so will get me a lot of points.

    Drew do you think it is best for us to play?
    Last edited: May 23, 2008
  5. TheDarkTwins

    TheDarkTwins Active Member

    It is a double-edged sword. If your playing to have fun (I am) then yes I would play. I expect to do well. If I gain 4 points from playing in 6 BRs (I dont have a deck so I am not going to play this weekend) then I did okay. I mean if you expect to do bad then dont play. But the fact is that most likely the points are meaningless compared to the points you will get if you do well at Nationals. There is no right or wrong answer, but if you miss the cut for invites by a slim margian, you may have wished you had played BRs.

  6. JandPDS

    JandPDS New Member

    Thanks for the clarification on that good luck at Nationals I hope you do extreamly well. I know Pokemon No Baka is very much looking foreward to not haveing to face you in the grinder this year :biggrin:
  7. FlipsAreCool

    FlipsAreCool New Member


    If anyone even considers droping out of Nationals this year you are a complete idiot! Last year you got a paid trip to Hawaii and were one of only 12 Americans to be invited. This year you get a freaking invite and NO TRIP! It's not even close.

    I would know, I went 3-0 drop last year... You couldn't pay me to drop out this year.
  8. rerisenphoenix

    rerisenphoenix New Member

    It should be a requirement to COMPLETE Nationals to recieve an invite.
  9. I am in the boat next to you as I have one extra day and still don't know what I am going to play. Hope you made the right choice today.:thumb:
  10. TheDarkTwins

    TheDarkTwins Active Member

    Yep, I made the best choice possible, I just didnt go. :lol:

  11. ColdCoates90

    ColdCoates90 Active Member

    Not really. No way to enforce that at all.
  12. Cyrus

    Cyrus Iron Chef - Master Emeritus

    But they did pay you (us) to drop last year! I know what you mean, though. :wink:

    Don't get me wrong: you shouldn't be playing Pokemon if you're all about cost-benefit analysis. Despite that, there are just some tournaments you shouldn't play in if it's particularly detrimental.

    Some people may disagree with me, but a worlds invite isn't worth dropping nationals this year.
  13. Pokeplayer

    Pokeplayer New Member

    Who will come out on top after the BRs??
    Last edited: May 24, 2008
  14. Chromecatz

    Chromecatz New Member

    You dont have to enforce it, if they dont play in nationals then they lose the invite.
  15. Jaeger

    Jaeger New Member

    Me to, I am so excited I have never judged before.
  16. eriknance

    eriknance New Member

    I just wanted to get on here and say that I agree with this 100 percent. I was considering not playing Nationals if I was guaranteed an invite to Worlds, but Chad has convinced me otherwise. He's right in what he's saying. I would feel cheated if our World Champion didn't even play Nationals and chose to sit on a rating instead.

    My decision to not play Nationals stemmed from a few factors. First of all, it sounded so easy to just sit out Nats and skip on over to Worlds with a guaranteed invite. Second, I wouldn't have to work on deckbuilding or playtesting, and given my busy schedule until Nationals, this seemed preferred. Last, my 2006 Nationals experience was extremely unfortunate. I had the worst opening hands all day long (no Supporter in my starting hand the entire day), I had to play a deciding game against my brother (out of how many hundreds of people), and I got blatantly donked twice. All of these factors made me feel that sitting out Nationals was the best option.

    After talking to Chad, however, I began to think about that single word: option. When I started playing this game, I never considered such options when it came to participating in tournaments -- I simply played out of pure enjoyment of the game itself. Such "important" considerations seemed to me a joke at the time -- I couldn't be paid to drop out of a tournament, nor could I be convinced to sit out from one to satisfy some "larger goal." Just like Chad said, it's a game.

    I started to think, What if I ended up being our World Champion? Would people appreciate the fact that I sat out at Nationals? My answer to that imagined situation is that even I wouldn't appreciate such a fact. How could I? To think that the "best" Pokemon TCG player in the world rose to that position by not playing is absurd at best. After thinking about some of the things Chad has said, I finally realized that I, as a fellow player who does in fact dream about possibly becoming a World Champion, should play Nationals. To not do so and get a trip to Worlds would be nothing more than the blatant abuse of a flawed system.

    With all of that said, I too believe that anyone who expects an invite to Worlds should play Nationals. It is, after all, the biggest Pokemon event of the year. I can only hope that our 2008 World Championship participants will be in attendance.
  17. Alazor

    Alazor Active Member

    Delta still lives on.....
  18. Scizor

    Scizor New Member

    Yeah, after talking to Nance, I can see where he was coming from. The thing is, it would take a pretty good reason for me to drop from Nationals. Basically like, I just don't like the way my deck is running, my resistance is terrible and I'm 4-1 and would have to win 4 games in a row, etc. I would ONLY do it if I was for sure getting an invite, and that's pretty hard to say.
  19. JandPDS

    JandPDS New Member

    T50 following week one of BR's

    1 Paul Johnston 1992.56 MA WA US
    2 Matthew L 1907.38 MA LA US
    3 Emmanuel Divens 1905.37 MA MN US
    4 Adam Garcia 1895.45 MA TX US
    5 Colin M 1895.03 MA MO US
    6 Pablo Meza 1891.83 MA DF MX
    7 Ian Brander 1890.04 MA CO US
    8 Con L 1886.59 MA MA US
    9 kyle sabelhaus 1879.46 MA SC US
    10 Austin Reed 1874.72 MA OH US
    11 Erik Nance 1874.34 MA NC US
    12 Tyler Ninomura 1874.30 MA WA US
    13 Not Opted Into Rankings 1871.10 MA OR US
    14 Breton Brander 1870.61 MA CO US
    15 Jay Hornung 1868.38 MA IA US
    16 Ulises Santamaría 1867.41 MA DF MX
    17 Josue Palomino 1865.10 MA MX MX
    18 Jason Klaczynski 1862.62 MA IL US
    19 Darrell Moreno 1862.23 MA NY US
    20 Alex Hill 1860.42 MA FL US
    21 Alex Frezza 1858.58 MA MA US
    22 Dustin Zimmerman 1857.84 MA IN US
    23 Andrew Cox 1856.93 MA MA US
    24 Stephen Silvestro 1856.42 MA FL US
    25 Ian Ryave 1853.83 MA PA US
    26 John Kettler 1849.55 MA TX US
    27 Gino Rotondo 1846.05 MA RI US
    28 Aaron J. Schumacher 1845.75 MA OH US
    29 Andrew Mondak 1841.66 MA OH US
    30 Spencer Nalle 1840.07 MA VA US
    31 Bobby Malec 1838.22 MA FL US
    32 Michael Perucca 1837.30 MA CO US
    33 Roy (Jr) Roberson 1834.75 MA OK US
    34 Frank Diaz 1834.72 MA NJ US
    35 Jordan Hill 1832.24 MA NC US
    36 Dana Lynch 1828.18 MA TX US
    37 Chad Harris 1825.35 MA CA US
    38 Drew Guritzky 1823.46 MA NJ US
    39 Eric Craig 1823.35 MA FL US
    40 Francisco Avila 1821.13 MA MX MX
    41 Miguel Angel Lopez Bernal 1820.83 MA DF MX
    42 Matthew Koo 1817.96 MA ON CA
    43 Will Berry 1817.80 MA OK US
    44 David Nájera 1817.48 MA DF MX
    45 Roberto sora 1815.55 MA DF MX
    46 Randy Abrahamson 1815.34 MA WA US
    47 Daniel Rattray 1812.68 MA WA US
    48 Kason Day 1809.21 MA MO US
    49 Benjamin S 1806.93 MA PA US
    50 Matt Alvis 1806.57 MA IL US
  20. TheDarkTwins

    TheDarkTwins Active Member

    Kettler is doing his "BR" magic again. He is 14-0 and has gained 30 points to seriously rocket up around 20 spots in the Rankings. :eek:


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