I have just returned from the latest regionals in my area (for the record, we get like 2 a year :c )
Being the unmotivated dueler that I am, I had fully intended to play a troll deck and not take things as seriously as I normally would have.
At first, I was going to play this:
But then I went "oh, maybe I should try to accumulate more Tops."
So I was going to play this:
But then I got a message the day prior from our new Head Jadge Jack asking me to JADGE the event.
I am a considerate dooler, so how could I refuse?
Hence, it was JADGMENT TIME and I became a JADGE MAN, which is not to be confused with the ygo card Judge Man. Just so we're clear.
SADLY, THINGS GET WORSE FROM HERE. BUT ALSO BETTER. BUT MOSTLY WORSE.
During setup, it was determined from the tables and size of the venue that we would be capping attendance off at roughly 126 players, but wave upon wave of eager doolists and duelers still had yet to come in. Regrettably, even after squeezing in a total of 150 players, a sizable number of them (some from out of town) still had to be turned away. Angrily, they ground their teeth and cursed the ygo gods for all eternity
While registration was going on, I ended up helping a certain Head Judge sell some of his pervy anime sleeves and deckboxes (hehehe), but alas, my divine salesman performance was cut short, as the table I was using was needed for player use ;c
I also ended up lending my Blackship of Corn to Austin Kulman of Nationals 2006 fame but he has yet to give it back zzzzz
Finally, after registration ended, the decision to break for lunch was made, before Round 1 would commence. Smart!
THE FOLLOWING SEGMENTS DESCRIBE THE BEGINNINGS OF MY ILLUSTRIOUS JADGING CAREER
This was actually my first time ever judging a regional. I could only hope that I would not botch something major. Sadly, I did once, and likely ended up screwing one guy over with a side-decking issue. Sorry :c
A few nights ago, I was testing Wind-Ups vs CQiao's Goldfish Gadgets. I was obviously winning a lot more because I am a dooler while he is but a mere dueler.
I was all like "nah man, it's fine, you got this, like seriously, how many Wind Ups are there actually going to be at this tournament? the odds of playing one are so slim, you should be fine!"
He ends up entering with Water, and promptly died in Round 1 to one of the few Wind-Ups present
A few rounds in, as I rushed down the short flight of stairs from the upper deck to the floor, I savagely yanked out one of the fucking railings by accident. Wow so strong. An accurate depiction is provided below:
Everyone in the room started clapping at this absurd fail
I had no idea what to do with my new-found piece of equipment, so I tried to reattach it. That did not work.
It is quite likely that 148/150 of the doolists and duelers in attendance (or at least a significant chunk of them) had an issue, or had friends with issues, concerning a certain legendary American duelist (not Bandit Keith by the way).
I was too busy to bear witness, but apparently one of his opponents, an aspiring female doolette, was moved to tears (not in the good way) upon the conclusion of her fierce struggle against her significantly more experienced opponent. Thankfully, kind and empathetic Jadge JC was there to share the endless compassion within his noble heart, as he comforted her and led her to cease her soft tears. Unfortunately, that act of self-sacrifice drained him of his spirit, and he could no longer continue to act as Jadge for the rest of the day.
Though I was not within earshot, ygo dueler Will apparently went ballistic and launched a heartfelt tirade.
His wondrous monologue could likely have passed for a motivational speech, had it not been about ygo. Alas, though I am certain that the vast majority of the players in attendance inwardly expressed similar sentiments, verbal backlash of such magnitude was not considered appropriate, and ygo dueler Will was escorted from the room a martyr.
Hence it was up to I, Jadge LFN, to handle the "feature matches", as they were subsequently referred to as.
And by feature match I mean he was, perhaps unfairly, isolated from the rest of the tables, so that his technical mannerisms, while completely legal, could not serve as distractions to those playing around him, and so that he could play his matches in the presence of a Jadge aka me to ensure that everything went smoothly.
Apparently I did a good job because I handled 3 consecutive "feature matches", comprising the last 3 rounds.
I told the first 2 opponents to be very precise with their actions, and to announce everything they do.
Via a Gateway of the Six + Naturia Beast drop in game 3, and a bunch of BATTERYMAN (!!) / Hunder hybrid stuff, respectively, they won.
I forgot to tell the final opponent (Evilswarm mirror match) the same thing.
How does that even work
Like I tell them, they win.
I don't tell the guy, he loses
Is this my fault
Due to my excellent jadging prowess, I automatically made Top 8 and Top 4
wow that was easier than playing all 8 rounds
Also for the record, this was our hardworking Head Jadge after Round TWO. TWO!!!! (see below for accurate image)
In comparison, equally hardworking Jadge Bidier (who took and uploaded the aforementioned award-winning picture) was on Facebook like 300% of the time. Noob.
Sadly I was only able to acquire 3 (three!) cards over the course of the event, though they were all picked up at decent prices [ ulti breakthrough skill / ulti mobius / DT Ptolemy M7 ]