Magic: the Gathering in the UK
Welldone Dan, your details were just right. Just a quick question, I take it 09/05/2010 Downend refers to Bristol?
Testing: It's definitely a good idea to test for these events as much as possible, as knowing your deck inside out, having a good idea of the cards your opponents may be playing in theirs, and how to sideboard/play a given match-up is very useful.
As such i suggest we start trying to organise this starting soon.
In tandem with the above point about testing, i'm keen to organise who is going to which qualifiers as early as possible, so we can share rides/travel together. I am sure numerous threads will pop up a couple of weeks before each qualififying date, but in the interests of stalking you all and being anally retentive i can always make a spreadsheet of who is going to which events if you all give a list? :D
A great reason to try and qualify for Nationals, and to keep going at it after several failed attempts, is the great camaraderie that develops through the season between the group of players you'll end up travelling with. I know i had a great time last year travelling to various events, which was how i got to know many of you in the first place having just moved down to London. It's for this reason that arranging to travel together is such a good idea, IMO.
Reading - Venue is right opposite the train station, so exceptionally easy to get to (a half hour journey from Paddington.
Oxford - If same venue as last year, a 15-20 min walk or bus/taxi from train station, and parking very limited. Kevin Horsley is a good TO, and by April will be a new father, so don't forget to congratulate him.
Gravesend - The only qualifier on a Monday (bank holiday) this will likely be day 3 of TO Glen White's legendary Gravesend Weekender event, which comes highly recommended. Camping outside a Magic venue and 3am drafts make for an interesting weekend...
Milton Keynes - Kev + FInbarr run their events from a Toby Carvery about 5 mins taxi from the train station, which does a KILLER sunday lunch. If you're not feeling it that day and aren't doing so well in the main event, i definitely recommend dropping to get a roast and a draft in! :P
Some of us at Nats last year, look how much fun we are having! You could have this much fun too!
Re: Grixis Control. I went 1-5 with it last year at Nats. I was being sarcastic :)