person, two round, single elimination tournament?
(This is not a trick question).
Which is it?
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What about that Presidential election?
Who will win Game Seven?
Will the Celtics be the first team in NBA history to win a title without ever
winning a single game on the road? (Probably not.)
How about religion?
You said Rock, didn't you?
"Good old Rock; nothing beats Rock." -Bart Simpson
Most people would glance at the above and assume that Rock wins half the
time, Paper wins a quarter of the time, and Scissors wins a quarter of the
time. The sad thing is, "most people" don't even have the proper
denominator. In fact, the four person tournament can only break down three
Rock1 versus Rock2; Rock (doesn't matter which)
Paper versus Scissors; Scissors
Rock over Scissors
Paper over Rock
Rock1 versus Scissors; Rock
Believe it or not, this is probably the most useful article you will ever read
about how to select a deck! Not a specific deck, maybe, but the process by
which you can correctly,ma t h e ma t ica lly, select a deck! Really! And for the
rest of your life!
From the dawn of Internet strategy posts and articles, from the earliest days
of metagaming in Magic, our world has broken down into generalizations of
Rock, Paper, and Scissors. The original R/P/S wasNe cro p o te n ce, U/W
Control, and G/WArm a ge d d o n, with U/W over G/W andNe cro p o te n ce over
U/W; the problem is that as time went on theNe cro p o te n ce decks got
better, and more of the best players played Necropotence, andth e y added
The other reason this wasn't the best place for us to grow from is that it is
potentially harmful to your mental game. I remember sitting down at my first
Pro Tour next to my roommate Worth Wollpert. We had a B/R
Necropotence deck (the same deck that Chris Pikula used to make Top 4 of
that Pro Tour); Worth had an easy White Weenie matchup; I got Paul
McCabe. We were all carrying two losses. Armed with both Black and Red
removal in a deck full of Protection from White, Worth tore his White
Weenie opponent in half... Did I mention I got Paul McCabe? I actually had
a wicked start with first turn Hypnotic Specter, but Paul drew Necropotence
first, recovered, and dispatched me in a tight one. Worth swung and
slugged to Top 16, and McCabe, for his part, didn't lose another game the
rest of the Swiss and, as you probably know, won the whole Pro Tour with
his Ihsan's Shades and Sengir Vampires.
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