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An NAIC Recap, What Made 1st–3rd Unique, My Own Tournament Report, and Reflections on Losing Your Head
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“Pop!” goes the balloon (and my hopes for a deep NAIC run…).

Welcome back SixPrizes readers! It’s great to be home again and writing this article. The North American International Championships have come and gone and we’ve seen some of the best players in the world bring innovative new ideas to tackle the tournament head-on (or head-off, if playing Blacephalon), with Stéphane Ivanoff taking home the gold for the second year in a row! There were some crazy decks that made their way to the forefront and even decks that I had previously discounted as ever being good, like Baby Blacephalon, take a share of the limelight. Spoiler Alert: For those who don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook: I played Baby Blacephalon.

Let’s break down the madness of the weekend and discuss why I decided to “clown around,” shall we?


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