I’m referring of course to Lost City, which knew EXACTLY where it should be on August 16th during VsSystem.Org’s BYOTT Gen Con Mega-Weekend event. The card showed up in full force appearing in 6 out of 24 decks!
But we’ll get to that. Let’s start back at the beginning. We headed to Gen Con early Wednesday morning (like 2 AM) from Minnesota so that we could get to the Con by noon. It’s nice to scout out the Con ahead of time, grab badges for those that still need them, and get the coupon books and event books early so that Thursday morning can start off with a bang. And that’s exactly what happened. Here’s the crowd trying to cram into the dealer room.
Some of our team members took a break to install an App on their Android phones that registers how high the phone is thrown in the air. Users than compete to see who can chuck their $400 pieces of hardware into the air the farthest. I’d like to think this is a game no one wins!
Holy crap, is that Will Wheaton? He’s not even a media guest this year (he was last year). He’s just nerding it up like the rest of us!
We also always make sure to hit up the local food establishments that embrace the convention. More and more do each year. After all, Gen Con now brings 50,000 unique people into the local economy each August. Here’s a menu from one of the haunts…
After the feast, we got to play-test. None of my playgroup lives near my collection of Vs. cards – which means the decks I’ve built for all of them go untested until the night before the event each year. This is probably the biggest reason no one in my playgroup has ever taken home the gold (though we’ve definitely had top-four appearances). This year everyone was hoping to buck the trend so we could finally have a trophy ride back to Minnesota with us.
Martie’s shirt really summed up our attitude about playing Vs. at 8 AM.
We started Friday morning with the BYOTT event. The event included MEV, but most people seemed more interested in the first set (MOR) than the last set (MEV). In fact MOR cards were dominant in over one third of the decks (largely due to the presence of Lost City in Marvel Origins.
The official 48-team breakdown for the 24 players looked like this:
Injustice Gang: 3
League of Assassins: 3
Marvel Knights: 3
Fantastic Four: 2
Hellfire Club: 1
Secret Society: 1
Arkham Inmates: 1
Heralds of Galactus: 1
Gotham Knights: 1
Revenge Squad: 1
Teen Titans: 1
Villains United: 1
I ended up playing because there was an odd number, and I wanted to prevent a bye every round. I grabbed my Moloids deck and quickly made it a two-team (swapping out Mask of Doom and Big Leagues for Wild Ride and Crime and Punishment). The deck took me to 3-2, but it wasn’t enough to make top 4.
Here are the semi-finalists. First up is Chad B. Vs. Wes Overhults. Hilariously, they built their decks together, and had identical lists. It pretty much came down to who had the better draw – and that ended up being Chad B. on the left!
The championship table consisted of Chad and Dan.
After a best-of-three Chad came out ahead! Congrats to both! Video of their final showdown can be found here. Unfortunately, the camera only got the first two rounds before the storage capacity capped-out. Sorry!
For sealed, we also had a good showing. The final count was 20 (which means both events were 20+). The event was a Super-Sealed Crossover tournament in which each player was given packs of DLS, DSM, and DCR to build a 30+ card deck. All character cards were considered to have all team affiliations.
After 5 grueling rounds we cut to top four. The final four were Nick Little (a perennial contender); Mathew Rex; Colton Seabaugh; Brian Le. Nick and Mathew were the finalists with Nick once again taking home the trophy (in the most modest fashion!). Check out their duel here.