So, I, Steve, Peter, and minor and major Grover decided that a full day of drinking was far too much for our delicate little systems, and thought we'd try to go to America instead.
I didn't get an exact count, but I think the PTQ was the biggest of the season so far (Sunday Brighton doesn't count) actually hitting 50 players!
Since most of the best players have qualified, the Bristol crew didn't come because they booked they're train tickets wrong, and the Cambridge and Reading groups didn't really show up, it looked to be an easier PTQ than normal.
We all played some cards, won a bit, lost a bit less. The top 8 was:
Me, Charlie, Peter, Evil Peter (Mottram, top 4 at nats), Mick Edwards (top 4 at nats) um, some other people called Rob and a guy whose name I've forgotten.
Us three Londoners all won our quarters, as did Evil Peter.
Evil Peter then beat Pete in the semis, Charlie beat me up.
Evil Peter then elf comboed out Charlie in the finals.
I was playing Time sieve (of course). My quarters opponent Rob was playing merfolk, and had been my only loss in the swiss (he beat me in about 20 mins). He was a very competent player, whose main problem was inexperience of PTQs. He did know his game rules very well.
In the quarters, game one was going his way, when he missed, over maybe 4 turns, THREE Howling Mine Triggers. I'm me, so there was a judge at the table for each of these. The ruling = the 3rd warning is upgraded to a game loss.
At no point did I bait him into making a GPE. I in fact lent him a die to put on top of his library after the 1st or second warning to help him avoid the error.
I'm not claiming it's "nice", but my attitude, and the rules, is that it's not my responsibility to remind my opponent of each trigger while they're still on the stack (as far as I can tell). When he plays a land / attacks, I stop him straight away because that's as soon as I know that he's missed it.
What do other people think of this? (Please no flaming even if it makes you angry / sick)