The Bootleggers Ball weekend passed by in the blink of an eye. It was a great two days full of cards and maximum friendship and I can’t thank everyone enough for coming and the local Music City guys for helping out along the way. It would not have happened otherwise. I don’t like to single anyone out, but I do have to give a shout-out to brother Alan Finney for all his hard work he put into the BLB-BBQ the day before. It was insanely awesome and I think it will be a tradition moving forward. It was a great way to get everyone together before a whirlwind of a tournament to hang out and get know one another and see old pals. I’d also like to give a gigantic thank you to Carlos Irizarry for being our TO. He manned the ship with total precision and got us through 7 rounds much, much faster than I got us through 6 last year.
I’ll do my best not to ramble here. The event could not have gone better. We had new comers and seasoned warriors in attendance. After a peak of 66 players, drops rolled in over the last few weeks and we ended up at our original capacity of 56 players. This year we raised money for the charity No Child Wet Behind. I’ll do another short write up on my experience soon, but for now, I’ll cut it off and present to you the deck pics and standings for Bootleggers Ball 2019. Starting from first place down. Most creative, highest unpowered, etc. will be noted next to the player’s name. Feast.
*NOTE*-I made some mistakes announcing rewards at the tourney and want to correct them here! I forgot to give honorable mentions to James Easteppe and local sweetheart Chris Hukill for most creative. While John Sexton took 1st for most creative, James played an insanely cool and spicy 4c TurboLands deck and Chris Hukill played a 101 card un-sleeved monstrosity including a double signed (Garfield and Frazier) UL Ruby, a Moat, Abyss, and other ridiculous cards because fucking fuck it. Also, I mistakenly gave highest placing unpowered to the second highest placing unpowered player. SO, I made it top 2 highest unpowered. Congrats to Winston Wood for taking it and to Evan Smith for only being 2 spots behind. Winston-cool shit is on its way to your domicile. Carry on.
1st/21 pts.-Brian Urbano: Shops
2nd/18 pts.-Mike Murtrey: Black Rack
3rd/18 pts.-Derek Walker: Stompy
4th/15 pts.-Alan Finney: 4c Hate
5th/15 pts.-Charlie Hahn: Gauntlet of Bullshit
6th/15 pts.-Pez Unholy: Everything Went Black
7th/15 pts.-Chris DiRico: UG Artifact Control
8th/15 pts.-Sonny Tennille: Mono Red Atog
9th/15 pts.-Steve McGrew: Infinite Monolith Combo
10th/15 pts.-Jimmy Cooney: Dwarves and Derelors
11th/15 pts.-Josh Burgoa: bRUGzerker
12th/15 pts.-Jason Jaco: Naya Bazaar Zoo
13th/15 pts.-Ryan Keach: Black Battery Drain
14th/12 pts.-Zach Zurawski: Hive.dec
15th/12 pts.-Winston Wood: Flippin’ Orggs (1st Highest Unpowered)
16th/12 pts.-Stephen Maldonado: 5C Moti
17th/12 pts.-Evan Smith: Fish and Chips (2nd Highest Unpowered)
18th/12 pts.-Carter Petray: Stone Cold Green
19th/12 pts.-Park Cofield: Pink Weenie
20th/12 pts.-Jeremy Pratt: Black Rack
21st/12 pts.-George Boone: American Air Power
22nd/12 pts.-Michael Barger: White Weenie
23rd/12 pts.-The Lion: De Mysteriis Dom Titania
24th/12 pts.-Matt Moss: MossaTog
25th/12 pts.-Daniel Lemoine: UWB Tax/Tower Control
26th/12 pts.-Jeff Watkins: Rasputins Robots
27th/12 pts.-Eliot Wood: BantamGeddon
28th/12pts.-Adam Richardson: Post Disco/Troll Punk
29th/9 pts.-James Easteppe: 4c Turbo Lands (Honorable Mention for Most Creative)
30th/9pts.-Cayce Grissom: Arabian Aggro
31st/9 pts.-Larry Miller: Black Rack
32nd/9 pts.-Jose Gonzalez: Ehrnam Burn ‘Em
33rd/9 pts.-Brandon Burgoa: White Weenie
34th/9 pts.-Matthew Isaac: UG Living Plane
35th/9 pts.-Andy Witsell: Black Rack
36th/9 pts.-Darrell Childress: UWG Midrange
37th/9 pts.-Kyle Larson: Pixie Beats
38th/9 pts.-Joy Gonzalez: Mono Red Atog
39th/9pts.-John Sexton: Nashville Hot Chicken (1st Most Creative: Hot chicken inspired accessories, including red and white checkered playmat, white sleeves for white bread, and a Mox Emerald to represent the pickle as card 61)
40th/9 pts.-Abraham Clayman: Living Plane
41st/9 pts.-Jeramy Snyder: PIC COMING
42nd/9 pts.-John Burr: Naya Zoo
43rd/9 pts.-Cam Wall: Machine Gun
44th/6 pts.-Jesse Fish: UG Beats
45th/6 pts.-John Gibson: Mono Red Atog
46th/6 pts.-Charles Kloss: UB Mana Vise
47th/6 Pts-Anthony Carasone: RWG Story Time
48th/6 pts.-Mark Brothers: Nashville Mild Chicken
49th/6 pts.-Chris Ward: UWG Midrange
50th/6 pts.-Shane Mott: Mono Blue Artifacts
51st/6 pts.-Robert Floflygen: Unsleeved Alpha Green
52nd/6 pts.-Chip Reed: ErhnaGeddon
53rd/3 pts.-Andrew McLennan: UR Counterburn
54th/3 pts.-Amanda Miller: Mono Red Goblins
55th/3 pts.-Chris Hukill: The Deck 2.0 (Honerable Mention for Most Creative)
56th/3 pts.-John Knerr: 4c Underworld Dreams Combo
It’s nearly impossible to describe the incredible amount of fun I had this past weekend, so I’m not even going to try. I hope everyone had a blast. Action shots below. See y’all next year!
PRE-Tourney BBQ hangs. Maximum Friendship.
Chris gets some stories read to him by Anthony at the BBQ. 3 Shahrazad sub games deep.
Christening the Loot
Foghorn Leghorn would be proud
Falling Star about to do some work.
Raw doggin’ some roundies…
…and some gemstones too. #FTC.
Chris Hukill’s unsleeved 101 card monstrosity. Frozen Shade with Flight flying over a Moat.
The long game
Brian Urbano with 1st place loot
Last, not least. Still takes home some booze.
Post tourney BBQ…lots of BBQ