I'm going to Worlds! Wait, what I mean to say is I'm going to Worlds for the fourth time in a row! Words can't describe how good I'm feeling right now. This will be the seventh installment of the most prestigious Magic tournament ever held, and after this year I'll have played in it more times than not! Five-years-ago Brad could only dream of competing in this tournament. "Maybe one day," he would tell himself as he watched 24 of the best Magic players in the world duke it out for a chance at glory. Every year I tell myself there's no way I'm going to make it, but for these past four years I've found a way to prove myself wrong. I'm going to Worlds!
Pro Tour 25th Anniversary wasn't all upside though. Team Genesis ended up right where we started which was in 5th place, finishing with zero prizes. It was sad, because we did in fact pass the teams we were trying to, but two others passed all of us. I would be lying if I didn't say it hurt as we were one of the two teams who competed in Team Worlds last year, and even started this season off in first place thanks to teammate Seth Manfield winning Pro Tour Ixalan. We gave it our all though, which is all I can ask. I guess there's always next year.
I'm getting ahead of myself though. Earlier this week I wrote an article before the event even took place. I always love writing about what happened before the events themselves, but the content always seems to get tainted through retrospective analysis. This time, however, I took the time to write about the tournament before competing in it, but still couldn't post the article until the event had concluded as it could potentially jeopardize myself and my teammates.
Anyway, let's start off right where we left off.
It was Thursday night as Seth, Brian, and I were talking about our upcoming tournament. All three of us were excited to compete in the event as we all felt extremely prepared for it. A little nervous perhaps as Seth didn't get as many reps in with the "newish" version of U/R Storm in Modern, but Brian and I had all the faith in the world that Seth would carry us to Worlds. Seth was going on about how he would feel really discouraged if we started the event 0-2 or something, but Brian and I consoled him by explaining to him how the two of us almost always start Pro Tours with this bad of a record (or worse), but often rally back for a strong finish.
He was not consoled.