Sunday, January 17, 2010

An Old Pro, Revisited

I was poking about the web some more when I finally found information on a female player who got a little spotlight in Worlds 2003. I've always wondered about who the highest profile female competitive Magic players were -- you know, just out of curiosity. I figured there were one or two who made the Pro Tour or something.

Apparently, Eda Bilsel was the Turkish National Champion. Here is a feature match with her facing off against Kamiel Cornelissen. She played UG Madness versus his Wake deck. (She didn't win.)

Apparently some dude on Brainburst proceeded to write an article complaining about all the attention she received, purely for her gender. It's a little rambly and only part of it is relevant. Still, it's interesting these sentiments were published. (Note, he's complaining about the fact she got a single Feature Match with Kamiel, who is high profile enough to warrant his own feature match, and somehow saying Wizards is using her as advertising... or something? I don't know. It didn't make a lot of sense. I'm curious if there were other Feature Matches at other tournaments with girls in them around the same time period. If so, who were they and where were they playing?)

There's no doubt that any female that makes it to a high level tournament like Worlds or, say, Day 2 of a GP, is going to get a lot of attention. It's just an added layer. More people will be interested in watching LSV's games than a random girl's, though. So it won't be too bad. I'm assuming.

Not that I would know. (Sadface.)

See you at GP Oakland and PT San Diego, anyway! I'm not sure what I'll be doing at these events. Playing in side events, most likely. If I do test for Extended I might enter the main event at GP Oakland. We'll see. Feel free to say Hello. I would be very excited to hear from readers! Or meet other Writers! I daresay I will be fairly recognizable without a nametag? If you do grab the wrong Asian girl, I apologize in advance.