This show was important for me. I wanted to tell some of my stories as a coverage guy. I didn’t like how it came out in retrospect. I felt like I came across as petty and hostile towards Tsukamoto. And you know what? I was being honest. I hate cheating, and the idea of doing it at the feature match table? That was disrespectful to me and to Magic as a whole. But I really wanted to dress down the table judge for letting that kind of crap happen.
The state of Japanese judging was pretty dreadful at the time, though, in my humble opinion.
The Komuro matchup was a god damned shame. I mean, I could have changed the outcome by saying “Dude, why did you miss that it had trample?” I chose to shut up. And it didn’t make the game look good.
On the other hand, making the game look good is important for coverage writers. On the other other hand, it’s important to get the details about controversy. And the situation was utterly controversial. I’m just glad Komuro won a Pro Tour so we don’t have to dwell on this morass.
This show is one that everyone seemed to skip. It’s my least favorite show of the bunch that’s still live. I might even consider revising it.
I never did tell my PTR story, by the way. That’s a topic I may share some other day. I find it a little egotistical to crow about my coverage writer experience. I think I had some good gags and enjoyable lessons I was able to share as a writer. BDM really liked my style at GP DC (Or was it Philly?) in 2008. I told Riki Hayashi who was also doing coverage that I thought that the most important part of text coverage was telling a story. Depicting everything isn’t important. Depicting the key plays and human drama (if there is some) is what matters.
I feel that I fell short of that mark in this show, except for the Saitou section.