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GenCOn 2019 Preparation: Part 1 - Goal Setting and the Plan

It has been a long time since I blogged for L5R.  Truth be told, it has been a long time since I took L5R seriously.  I top 8'd an Elemental Championship in Springfield a month or two ago, but other than that, I've been pretty radio silent.

It's frustrating to not get new cards for an extend period of time, and when there is a lull in competitive tournaments on top of that, it's hard to justify spending time testing and practicing.  But that changes now.

Not only do we have a new pack of cards in Bonds of Blood, but there's also this little tournament called GenCon coming up. A new meta + a major tournament is right about the time that I come out of the woodwork and get to work.

The Goals
Before any plan is successful, you have to know what you want the plan to accomplish.  So what are my goals for Gencon?

Normally, I'd tell you my only goal is to win the tournament.  I'd go on some diatribe about how I would never walk into any single match planning to lose…
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A Dragon Goes to Pax

Hey everyone.  I think introductions in gaming articles are generally pretty lame, so I’ll try to keep this short and sweet. My name is Jordan, I play games.  My favorite way to play them is competitively at high end tournaments. I love Magic: the Gathering, and for the past year, I’ve been in love with Legend of the Five RIngs.  I want to write about it, and that’s why we’re here. Okay, whew, enough of that.
From November 30th to December 2nd, I had the pleasure of attending Pax Unplugged with my wife for the purposes of attending the Grand Kotei.  I’m a Dragon player, and my wife plays Crane. We’re both pretty active in our local league, which averages from 12-16 people on any given weeknight.  Because of my competitive MTG background, my prefered way of playing games is competitively, and this is the first competitive game event that my wife has ever played in her entire life.
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