Pascal Maynard’s way to #MakeMagicHistory

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This past weekend, Magic players from all over the world gathered in Chiba, Utrecht and Las Vegas for Modern Masters Weekend, an event severely hyped by Wizards beforehand, and during the weekend, with the Twitter hashtag #MakeMagicHistory. I, obviously, wasn’t able to partake due to work and family and everything detailed in the post below, I elected to play an FNM instead. Not bad.

In any case, GP: Las Vegas was so large it had to be broken up into two separate tournaments, and in one of them, Pascal Maynard made Top 8, and in the Top 8, his pick one of pack two stirred a storm of more or less tongue-in-cheek critique from some pros:

Meynard was draftin RW Aggro, and obviously wasn’t going to play a Tarmogoyf in his deck, but he still money-drafted it, like a boss. He picked it over a Burst Lightning, which later was the card he lost to in his quarterfinals match. The critique storm followed:

All of these, by the way, have been tweeted or re-tweeted by Owen Turtenwald. The community, on the other hand, seems to be more upset with the pros tearing Meynard a new one over his money drafting shenanigans. Reading the #GoyfGate feed on Twitter is both hilarious and sad at the same time, and Meynard himself has had to post an “apology” on Facebook. I sincerely hope that the harsh language used by these pros are mostly jesting in a way I as an outside don’t understand, but at the end of the day, if that isn’t the case, then I know which side I would pick for calling someone “a disgrace”. No matter his reasons, Meynard picked the Tarmogoyf, it was awesome to see, and he did indeed #MakeMagicHistory.

Meynard is auctioning off the Tarmogoyf in question on eBay. At the time of writing, the highest bid is $2,275,00, a pretty price for the card that’s now part of (infamous) Magic history. He is also donating half of that to charity.

Guess who I think is the bigger person of #GoyfGate?

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  1. Grim Lavamancer

     /  June 4, 2015

    I saw a couple of posts about this on blogatog earlier this week. It amazes me how bugged people are about this. I don’t think the guy did anything wrong, nor do I think that he needs to apologize to anyone.

    The auctioning off the goyf and donating some of the money to charity is just hilarious considering what some of the other proplayers wrote about him.

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    • I completely agree. On the other hand, the community outlash towards these harsh pro players have been unfair as well, in many cases. It seems hyperbole is the main substitution for reasoned discourse in the Magic Community, apparently.

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      • Grim Lavamancer

         /  June 8, 2015

        This is, unfortunately, what happens when a community’s primary means of interaction are online-based. Normal person + anonymity and all that jazz.

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