It in fact reminds me of one of my own favorite moments on the Pro Tour, when Japanese superstar Jin Okamoto had to read Steve Sadin's Tibor and Lumia. Win or lose, we were ecstatic, and Steve and I were high-fiving each other when Jin had to ask for another edition (I think it was an Italian Tibor and Lumia or something). Go ahead, mouseover and look at it. I know you don't know what it is, either.
"Most players just aren't used to playing against Grand Architect and Steel Hellkite". Without reading too much into it, it suggests that much of standard has become predictable.
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I totally agree with Torleep. What a pain, this article. Has Wizards ever thought that Flores is using this official platform as an advertisement for SCG? What's more, it's so convenient to cover TopDecks when he's employed there.No one ever saw the link between Apple and Aintrazi's blue deck. That was a lame attempt. Mr Rosewater, please teach him how to make a link.Please explain further about your Tibor and Lumia too. Don't stop there you lazy bum.
Mike Flores is a high-level advertising executive. Love of Apple products and self-promotion are both in his blood.
Also, it's really unfair to get on him for covering the SCG series. It's WotC who stepped back from 5 PTs + worlds a year in 2005 to 3 + worlds now, and lost 4 GPs at the same time. (Not to mention 3 more will henceforth always be overshadowed by the concurrent PT.) There just aren't as many official tournaments to cover. SCG has stepped up to cover the slack and they get hundreds of players. It would be wrong for him not to cover it.
Even ChannelFireball has tournament reports about the SCG series. If they don't find it counter-productive then I can't see blaming the mothership for covering it.
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