|#||Name||Commander||Match I||Match II||Match III|
|1st||Latch||UK||Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy||3||0||1|
|Tommy||JP||Obosh, the Prey-piercer||3||0||1|
|Keisuke||JP||Nethroi, Apex of Death||0||3||1|
|4th||Karol||PL||Esika, God of the Tree||0||0||0|
|5th||Yuto||JP||Phylath, World Sculptor||0||–||–|
We were sadly down on numbers for our Wednesday Brawl, with 3 of the usual hardcore out of action, none of the fair-weather players, no guests, and unsurprisingly, some grumbles about the necessity of 2-player matches.
On the other hand, everyone was wearing their serious game faces and there were some really tight matches, notably Match II – Karol, Keisuke, Latch & Tommy.
By the mid-game, and in hindsight obviously too early, most of the useful removal already played allowing both Latch and Karol to keep Koma, World Serpent in play.
There were some politics to remove Keisuke* and Tommy’s Tibalt was momentarily dangerous, but lacked protection and the pair were left in a tense contest of top-decking from the abilities of Prismatic Bridge and Kinnan respectively, that went all the way to the very last turn.
Ultimately, with both players on single figure life points, Latch squeaked a flyer through to finish the match. It’s early days for Karol’s deck yet though, and having proved it viable, we can expect considerable tuning in the weeks running up to our next Tokyo Grand Brawl.
* Overt communication is one of the most significant factors to the outcome in multiplayer MTG, so something of a surprise that it’s so rarely ruled-for.
Contract Bridge by contrast – very much the grand-daddy of multiplayer card games, may be 300 years old, and has had formal competitive rules that include ‘politicking’ for nearly a century.
2. The means of conveying a message to partner via the bidding and by the card played to a trick. The only legal means of communication is through the calls and plays themselves, rather than through mannerisms such as tone of voice and hesitations. Often generalized as communications in both senses.Rules of Contract Bridge
Maybe the MTG community could learn something? Maybe someone should write an article about it!