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The az.shadowfist Facebook Group and the az_shadowfist Yahoo! Group promised that the second Tuesday of July 2013 would see a Shaolin Hoedown tournament, the rotating partners constructed format, hosted by the Samurai Comics Superstore after the end of the 2012-2013 Arizona Proving Ground season and before this summer's Arizona State Championships at MaricopaCon 2013.  Legacy tournaments allow cards from all sets, i.e. every card ever printed.  This is the "standard" tournament era. Four regulars, Ken S., Mike M., Jerry L., and myself plus four irregulars James S., Daniel H., Carlos V., and Mello A. showed up.

For Round 1 Carlos decided that his deck wasn't ready, giving his partner Mello the buy.  Mike & Jerry won versus Ken & James and Daniel & I.  In Round 2 Carlos once again wasn't ready, giving his partner Mike the buy.  Ken & Paul tied James & Daniel over Jerry & Mello.  With one full win plus a buy, Mike easily earned 1st place.  At one full win Jerry won 2nd place.  With a buy Mello scored a respectable 3rd place.  At one time out tie each Ken, James, Daniel, and I managed to tie for last place.

In one week we'll continue with the new Legacy Platinum Upgrade format.  We hope to see y'all there!


The az.shadowfist Facebook Group and the az_shadowfist Yahoo! Group promised that the fourth Tuesday of June 2013 would see an Array of Stunts tournament, the superpowered multi-player constructed format, hosted by Samurai Comics Superstore after the end of the 2012-2013 Arizona Proving Ground season and before this summer's Arizona State Championships at MaricopaCon 2013.  Legacy tournaments allow cards from all sets, i.e. every card ever printed.  This is the "standard" tournament era. Three regulars, Ken S., Mike M., and myself plus three irregulars Lico A., Daniel H. and Mello A. showed up.

For Round 1 Daniel won Table A versus Ken and Mello while Lico won Table B versus Mike and I.  In Round 2, Lico won versus Ken and Mello at Table A while Table B saw Mike secure a time out win versus Daniel and I.  With two full wins Lico easily earned 1st place.  At one full win Daniel won 2nd place.  With one time out win Mike scored a respectable 3rd place.  At zero wins each I managed 4th place, Ken got 5th place, and Mello limped into last place.

In one week we'll continue with the Legacy Shaolin Hoedown format.  We hope to see y'all there!


The az.shadowfist Facebook Group and the az_shadowfist Yahoo! Group promised that the third Tuesday of June 2013 would see an I Ching tournament, an experimental three-per-card restricted multi-player constructed format, hosted by Samurai Comics Superstore after the end of the 2012-2013 Arizona Proving Ground season and before this summer's Arizona State Championships at MaricopaCon 2013.  Legacy tournaments allow cards from all sets, i.e. every card ever printed.  This is the "standard" tournament era.  I Ching tournaments are multiplayer, featuring constructed decks that must contain no more than three copies of any given card title. This includes foundations and Feng Shui Sites. Decks may include as many copies of No Max cards as desired. Four regulars, Jerry L., Mike M., Ken S., and myself plus three irregulars Lico A., Carlos V. and James S. showed up.

For Round 1 I won Table A versus Jerry, Lico, and Mike while Carlos won Table B versus Ken and James.  In Round 2, Carlos won versus Jerry, Lico, and James at Table A while Table B saw me win versus Mike and Ken.  During Round 3 I won versus Jerry and James at Table A while Lico beat Mike, Carlos, and Ken at Table B.  With three wins I easily earned 1st place.  At two wins Carlos won 2nd place.  With one win Lico scored a respectable 3rd place.  At zero wins each Mike managed 4th place, James got 5th place, Ken scraped in at 6th place, and Jerry limped into last place .  I left with a new Swordbreaker Rao promo in hand.

We attempted this experimental format because of the Shadowfist_Forum threads desiring the upcoming fixed rarity era to switch from the five card per deck to three card per deck maximum.  While most people were happy that Inner Kingdom Games will retain the five card per deck maximum, few people found much difference in deck construction and play.

In one week we'll continue with the Legacy Array of Stunts format.  We hope to see y'all there!


The az.shadowfist Facebook Group and the az_shadowfist Yahoo! Group promised that the first Tuesday of June 2013 would see a Bag Full of Guns tournament, the speed multi-player constructed format, hosted by Samurai Comics Superstore after the end of the 2012-2013 Arizona Proving Ground season and before this summer's Arizona State Championships at MaricopaCon 2013.  Legacy tournaments allow cards from all sets, i.e. every card ever printed. This is the "standard" tournament era.  Four regulars, Mike M., Ken S., Jerry L., and myself; two irregulars Carlos V. and Drew C.; plus two new members Miguel V. and Andrew H. showed up.

Before the game Miguel went through a demo with an Ascended demo deck.  Andrew declined a demo, wanting to immediately play in the tournament with an Architects of the Flesh demo deck.  For Round 1 Carlos' Jammers deck, Drew's Architects Ambush deck, Mike's Guiding Hand/Eaters of the Lotus deck, and my Thunder at High Noon deck all failed to win Table A while Miguel, Andrew, and Ken all failed to win Table B.  Before Round 2 began regular Mello A. brought three friends for demos.  He demoed for them in an adjacent room with an Architects demo deck for Johnny, Dragons demo deck for Gabby, and Monarchs demo deck for Elizabeth.   In Round 2, Miguel won versus Carlos, Mike, and Ken at Table A while Table B saw Andrew win versus Drew and I.  Jerry showed up just as Drew was packing up to leave before the start of Round 3.  During Round 3 Jerry won versus Carlos and Ken at Table A while Andrew beat Mike, Miguel, and I at Table B.  With two wins new player Andrew easily earned 1st place.  With one win each new player Miguel won 2nd place while Jerry scored a respectable 3rd place.  At zero wins each Carlos, Mike, and I all tied for fourth while Drew scraped in at 7th place and Ken limped into last place .  Andrew left with a new Evil Brain in a Jar promo in hand.  Andrew earned enough Secret War Society points to skip Rancher and start at Everyday Hero.  Congratulations, gentlesir!

In one week we'll continue with the experimental Legacy I Ching format.  We hope to see y'all there!


The az.shadowfist Facebook Group and the az_shadowfist Yahoo! Group promised that the third Tuesday of May 2013 would see a Who's the Big Man Now? tournament, the dueling standard constructed format, hosted by Samurai Comics Central Phoenix after the end of the 2012-2013 Arizona Proving Ground season and before this summer's Arizona State Championships at MaricopaCon 2013.  Legacy tournaments allow cards from all sets, i.e. every card ever printed. This is the "standard" tournament era.  Four regulars, Mike M., Jerry L., Mello A., and myself, plus new member Sebastian L. showed up.

For Round 1 Mello was randomly given the bye while at Table A Mike beat Sebastian and Jerry won Table B against me.  In Round 2, Mike received the bye while I won versus Sebastain at Table A while Table B saw Jerry win versus Mello.  During Round 3 Jerry gained the bye while Sebastian won versus Mello at Table A and I beat Mike at Table B.  When Round 4 began I was granted the bye, leaving Jerry to beat Sebastian at Table A and Mike to beat Mello at Table B.  Finally, Sebastian started Round 5 with the bye while Mike beat Jerry at Table A and I beat Mello at Table 5.  With three wins and a bye each, Mike and Jerry tied for 1st place.  Had the store not been about to close, the other three of us would have loved to see a final round versus the two of them.  Would it have been a repeat of Round 5?  We'll never know.  Also with three wins and a bye, but ten less game points earned, I won a respectable 3rd place.  At one win and one bye, Sebastian came in at 4th place.  With only a bye Mello was left in last place.  Mike and Jerry both left with a new Devil's Rope promo in hand.  Mike earned enough Secret War Society points to graduate from Serena Ku to Silver Fist while Jerry graduated from Keeper of Echoes to Twisted Horror.  Congratulations, gentlesirs!

In one week we'll continue with the Legacy Bag Full of Guns format.  We hope to see y'all there!


The az.shadowfist Facebook Group and the az_shadowfist Yahoo! Group promised that the second Tuesday of May 2013 would see a Whirlpool of Blood tournament, the multiplayer standard drafting format, hosted by Samurai Comics Central Phoenix after the end of the 2012-2013 Arizona Proving Ground season and before this summer's Arizona State Championships at MaricopaCon 2013.  Legacy tournaments allow cards from all sets, i.e. every card ever printed. This is the "standard" tournament era.  Six regulars, Ken S., Mike M., Lico A., James S., Jerry L., and myself showed up to draft with pods.

We drafted from one pack of Netherworld 2:  Back Through the Portals, two packs of Seven Masters versus the Underworld, one pack of Shurikens and Six-Guns, two packs of Critical Shift, and one pack of Empire of Evil.  Ken grabbed pods for The Ascended and Guiding Hand, Mike asked for pods from The Dragons and Eaters of the Lotus, Lico demanded pods from The Dragons and The Jammers, James used pods from The Monarchs and Shadow Syndicate, Jerry wanted pods from Architects of the Flesh and The Dragons, and I desired pods from The Monarchs and The Jammers.  For Round 1 at Table A Lico beat Ken and Mike while Jerry won Table B against James and I.  In Round 2, Jerry had a time out win versus Ken and Lico at Table A while Table B saw James won versus Mike and I.  A win and a time out win left Jerry in 1st Place.  One win each gave Lico 2nd place and James 3rd place.  I grabbed 4th place while Ken and Mike tied for last place.  James left with a new Public Enemy No. 1 promo in hand!

In one week we'll continue with the Legacy Who's the Big Man Now? format.  We hope to see y'all there!


Between the end of the 2012-2013 Arizona Proving Ground and the state championships at MaricopaCon 2013, we held a month of Open Play and Demos.  Rather than make separate entries for both events four months later, I will summarize them here in one recap.

02 April 2013
The az_shadowfist Yahoo! Group announced that two weeks after the end of the Proving Ground season we'd have another demo & open play session on the 1st Tuesday of April 2013, hosted by the Samurai Comics Superstore on the southwest corner of 11th Street and Camelback Road.  Lico's Seven Masters totally destroyed my Modern Ascended, but at least Tail of the Lizard is on Lico's hate list now.

16 April 2013
The 3rd Tuesday of April 2013 demo & open play session was hosted by the Samurai Comics Superstore on the southwest corner of 11th Street and Camelback Road as announced on the az_shadowfist Yahoo! Group.  Carlos' Jammers Monkeys ruled the day, knocking down Lico.

In two weeks we'll play Legacy Whirlpool of Blood format with our drafting pods plus booster packs purchased from the Samurai Comics Superstore. See y'all then!



The az.shadowfist Facebook Group and the az_shadowfist Yahoo! Group promised that the third Tuesday of March 2013 would see the conclusion of the third Arizona Proving Ground hosted by the Samurai Comics Superstore.  The tournament was Final Brawl format, the standard multiplayer constructed format.  Seven regulars, Jerry L., James S., Daniel H., Ken S., Mike M., Carlos V., and myself; irregular Drew C.; and returning newbie Mello A. showed up and each received a Xin Ji Yang promo card for their troubles.

Jerry, James, and Daniel all had multiple winning weeks and so were the finalists. A middle table was people by those who had one winning week, Ken, Mike, Carlos, and I.  A consolation table for those who had won none of the previous weeks in the Proving Ground was peopled by Drew and Mello.  Jerry decked out, leaving Daniel to beat James for the win.  Daniel won 1st place for the entire season of the league and earned a Combat in Kowloon playmat, The Real Deal promo card, Evil Brain in a Jar promo card, Ho Chen promo card, KFC promo card, Dragon Boat Festival promo card, and Scrounging promo card.  James achieved 2nd place for the entire season and left with a Shadowfist mug, Evil Brain in a Jar promo card, Ho Chen promo card, KFC promo card, Dragon Boat Festival promo card, and a Scrounging promo card.  Jerry attained 3rd place for the entire season and netted a Guiding Hand large button, Evil Brain in a Jar promo card, KFC promo card, Dragon Boat Festival promo card, and a Scrounging promo card.  Meanwhile, I won the middle table versus Ken, Mike and Carlos while Mello beat Drew at the consolation table.  Ken was especially whiny about the tournament director getting prize support, so as he was 2nd place at our table I gave him a The Monarchs small button, Evil Brain in a Jar promo card, Dragon Boat Festival promo card, and Prince of the Ice Pagoda promo card.  For winning the consolation table Mello earned a Evil Brain in a Jar promo card, Dragon Boat Festival promo card, and General Red promo card.   Daniel earned enough Secret War Society points to graduate from Lenny Wu to Capoeira Master.  Congratulations, gentlesir!

Many people gained levels during the course of the season.  Drew went from Rancher to Everyday Hero.  Daniel started from Lenny Wu and got to Capoeira Master.  Jerry began from Morphic Spirit went to Wild Spirit and finished to Keeper of Echoes.  James started as Void Sorcerer and ended as The Blind.  Ken began as a Butterfly Knight and finished as a Thunder Swordsman.  Shonathon graduated from Shaolin Student to Fist of Shadow.  Carlos transitioned from Ape Nuts to Big Macaque Attack.  Congratulations to everyone of you!

Thanks to everyone for making the third Arizona Proving Ground season at the Samurai Comics Superstore so great!  Next month we'll have demos and open play!


The az.shadowfist Facebook Group and the az_shadowfist Yahoo! Group promised that the second Tuesday of March 2013 would see the continuation of the third Arizona Proving Ground hosted by the Samurai Comics Superstore.  The tournament was Comrades in Arms format, the multiplayer constructed format requiring each deck to have 23 cards which share a designator.  Seven regulars, Lico A., Mike M., Jerry L., Carlos V., Daniel H., Shonathon S., and myself; irregular Drew C.; and new players Mello A. and Scott B. showed up.

Before the tournament Mello grabbed a Lotus demo deck while Scott grabbed an Ascended demo deck before they both had a demo.  Mello felt comfortable joining the tournament, so I lent him my Lotus Hoods deck.  Scott wanted more experience before playing in a tournament, so he stayed on the sidelines with Shonathon talking him into another non-tournament duel.   For Round 1 Jerry had a time out win versus Lico, Mike, and me at Table A, while at Table B Carlos beat Drew, Mello, and Daniel. Drew had to leave after that, so as we prepared for Round 2 Shonathon successfully talked Scott into joining.  That meant Jerry won against Daniel and me at Table A; Table B saw Carlos win against Lico and Shonathon; and at Table C Mike won against Mello and Scott.  With two full wins Carlos claimed 1st place.  With one full win and one time out win Jerry took 2nd place.  Having a single full win was enough for Mike to win 3rd place. Lico earned 4th place, I grabbed 5th place, Daniel held 6th place, Mello snagged 7th place, Drew snatched 8th place, Shonathon eked out 9th place, and Scott limped into last place.  Both Mello and Scott received a The Bazaar promo for joining the 2012-2013 Proving Ground. Carlos earned enough Secret War Society points to graduate from Ape Nuts to Big Macaque Attack.  Congratulations, gentlesir!

We'll conclude the Arizona Proving Ground season in one week.  We'll seat everyone based upon their tournament wins over the previous twelve weeks in a Final Brawl format with promos for all who show up!  We hope to see y'all there.


The az.shadowfist Facebook Group and the az_shadowfist Yahoo! Group promised that the third Tuesday of February 2013 would see the continuation of the third Arizona Proving Ground hosted by the Samurai Comics Superstore.  The tournament was Final Brawl format, the multiplayer standard constructed format.  Six regulars, Daniel H., Mike M., Shonathon S., Ken S., Jerry L., and myself; plus new member Luis R. showed up.

Luis came early for a demo, choosing a Guiding Hand demo deck.  After a quick demo, he chose to stay for the tournament, so he also got a copy of The Bazaar promo for joining the Proving Ground (like those before him).  At Table A, Mike's The Dragons deck won versus Luis' Guiding Hand demo deck, Daniel's Eaters of the Lotus deck, and my Shadow Syndicate deck while Jerry's Guiding Hand deck won at Table B versus Shonathon's Eaters of the Lotus deck and Ken's The Dragons/The Jammers deck.  Regular Carlos V. showed up ready to play in the next round, but both Luis & Ken had to leave.  That meant Jerry's Hand deck beat Daniel's Lotus deck and Shonathon's Lotus deck at Table A while Table B saw my Syndicate deck beat Mike's Dragons deck and Carlos' Jammers deck.  With two wins, Jerry easily won 1st place.  With one win each, Mike gained 2nd place and I earned 3rd place.  4th place went to Shonathon, Carlos grabbed 5th place, Luis & Ken tied for 6th place, and Daniel was left in last place.  Jerry also earned enough Secret War Society points to graduate from Wild Spirit to Keeper of Echoes.  Congratulations, gentlesir!

In two weeks we'll continue the Arizona Proving Ground season with the Comrades in Arms format.  We hope to see y'all there!



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