Sunday, June 6, 2010

yesterday in philly...

My son Michael came in third place out of 521 players in his first big Magic the Gathering tournament!
He had decided a few weeks ago that he wanted to enter this tournament. Top prize was $2000, and the top eight players get an invitation to an even bigger tournament in Virginia in December.
It was a good day...he took the train into the city with his brother and a few friends who were also entering the tournament. He played in 10 rounds of matches from about 11 am to 10 pm, and then moved into the quarter-finals and semi-finals...I think he was quite amazed that he made it so far in his first Open Tournament!
I was able to follow his progress through Ustream, as the list of top players was scrolled across the screen after every round, and I watched in happy amazement as his name kept coming up in 10th place, fifth place, third place, wow! I'm happy that it turned out so well for him, he's worked hard for this.

I took many, many screenshots :-)...here's one that came up towards the end of the evening...the guys at the top are the commentators...


He also played one match on camera, which I didn't get to see, because at that point I had decided to drive into philly to pick him up. I was hoping to see the last matches in person, but the Convention Center's doors were locked by that time. We picked him up and drove him home, very happy and very tired. Today I take it easy, and he's gone back on the train to be there for one more afternoon, proudly wearing his 'top eight' pin on his shirt.

3 comments:

mairedodd said...

very very exciting (and long) day! he must be beaming... it is so wonderful to watch our kids grow...

Brooke said...

That is so fun ~ Congrats to him! Third place is so high! Does he think this is something he'll try again?

Cindy said...

Thanks Brooke, it is fun!
He definitely feels that he wants to keep the momentum going, and his friends are encouraging him to look for more tournaments that he can go to (in fact, one is offering to drive him to Virginia in December for the invitational!)
It seems that his win is encouraging other people that he practices with, and they are encouraging him to go further...pretty cool the way that works.
We're still talking about it all and processing it...it was quite a day for him.