In a little over a month, 256 40k players are going to compete in the NOVA Open's 2nd Annual Warhammer 40,000 GT.
Within 2.5 hours of the start of the GT on Saturday morning, August 27, 128 of them will have lost a game.
How many of those players do you think are attending with hopes of winning it all?
The day before that, 32 players who have all WON OR PLACED HIGHLY in GT's and highly competitive RTT's around the nation will compete in the NOVA Invitational. Every last one of them wins most of his games at home on a daily basis. Every last one of them has some major tournament chops. Sixteen of them will lose a game by 10AM on Friday morning, August 26. One of these illustrious tournament winners will lose 5 in a row to start their NOVA Open experience.
It's easy to attend a GT and win. It's hard to attend a GT and lose. As I prepare, I don't have as much time to write complex blog posts as I'd like ... or to put things out there in the blogosphere that really get reposted over and over and make a splash. What I CAN do, however, is continue to share the thoughts that really stick out in my mind as I prepare.
It KILLS me as a TO and a [hopefully] relatively nice guy that half of my attendees will lose right off the bat.
But will they? Will you? I think what's important when you attend something large and competitive and full of players ... is to keep in mind that you're at a large, competitive event full of players. While only a single person AT MOST will go 8-0 at the NOVA Open GT, every last person will get 8 great games of 40k against their hobbying peers.
Why are you attending? How will you feel if you're the one guy who goes 0-8 at the NOVA? How will you feel if you're the one Invitational attendee who goes 0-5? "There can be only one" goes both ways ...