Yeah, I don't watch the games either. I hated in Top 8 when my son got set up facing me. I prefer him to be set up facing away from me because I don't want him to even be able to see me during the round. But I interrogate my kids afterwards as I have written more and more tournament reports. If you go back and look at the record, you can see how over time my reports have gotten more detailed as my kids have gotten better at remembering the round and describing it after it happened. Further, you can see the difference in detail between my older and younger - My youngest is like, "I drew dead and lost, then he drew dead and lost, then he lost." THANKS, MAN.
Excited to see what everybody will do at Worlds.
I wanted to add an interesting postscript, but I couldn't figure out how to put it in the article: One thing I felt like, after the fact, was that my son felt like "he belonged" after his success. You can say that Aiden's victory was a fluke, but despite my writing and love for my child, very few people probably "feared" him. Our prior success was really three Top 4s at Regionals. We were the "close but no cigar" people. I think he felt like he earned the right to hang out and play with Roan/Christian/Landon and have a voice that could be respected in their conversations where previously he was just the guy that always lost to them at key moments.
Now, I don't think we "broke through" some mythical wall this weekend. We had a decent deck, we had decent matchups, and both my kids ran hot as heck. I think there is a lot of variance and we had a rare instance of taking advantage of it.
But it brought me pleasure to see my kids both so happy - my youngest rediscovering the joy of a card game and my oldest not wanting the weekend to end.