Another season of TDL is on the books, unfortunately the Lucky Chumps did not make the playoffs so I would’t be playing with Forker & Dom as a team anymore. They will be missed at the Dojo, but not forgotten. Our triumphs will echo throughout these hallowed grounds.

There was a slight silver lining that my team didn’t make the playoffs though. Matt “I’m too cool for USA” Jones was going to be in Paris so I was going to be on a Monkey Honeymoon of my own with Dan OMS and Sean Morse. While Matt would be eating cheese and spending his afternoons at cafes, I would be in the trenches drafting a dead format. Thanks Matt!


Matt Jones, cheese lord.

Matt Jones, cheese lord.

I played my heart out for this match. When we beat the other guys barely, I was really excited to be in the finals. The excitement didn’t last long though. The Honeymooner’s failed to tell me that the match I just was to get into the playoffs for them. Good grief! How much more of this stupid format was I going to have to play?

Next match was against my mortal enemy Richard Tan’s team. It would feel good to knock him out of contention for the finals. They decided to bring in a ringer for this match since The Bane of Soho couldn’t play at all during the week. They brought in the first pick Hugh Kramer for the match. Hugh was in an interesting situation since who ever won this match would play his in the title fight. If he thought Richard’s team was better he would want us to win and tank his games or play his best to get them in. Well I guess he didn’t want to face us and their team crushed us. I am sure I helped a long the way by drafting some kind of a Temur pile. The Monkey Honeymoon was over.

The next season of TDL is going to start soon and the captains will be picking their team. Who will sit beside me and call the Dojo their home for the next eight weeks is still up in the air. I’m looking forward to getting in more reps with the new format and I hope it isn’t as reliant on bomb first picks as the previous one.

Andrew Longo has been playing Magic: The Gathering at a mediocre level since 1994. He managed to get lucky on the backs of his teammates to win Grand Prix Providence. When not playing Magic he runs a D&D campaign, plays video games, and reads comics (a real triple threat for the ladies).

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