To start off with, I'd like to talk about the tournament atmosphere. Though I didn't participate directly, I had plenty of time to watch all sorts of players interacting with each other, and playing all sorts of games. There was invitational, trios, narrative, and GT campaigns. If you are one of those individuals who reads the main rumor blogs, or forums, you may be under the impression that these tournaments are a place filled with hatred, anger, and poor gamesman ship. This could not be further from the truth. Everyone was extremely friendly, with lots of comradery, and excellent games. Jeff over at Frontline gaming wrote on article on this, and it's spot on.
Do not base your preconceptions of the tournament scene on forums or rumor sites. You'll be doing yourself a disservice. It's a wonderful time, and you will meet wonderful artists, gamers, and people. I highly recommend it. I learned so much these past few days from all aspects of the hobby...it will take me quite some time to tell you all of it!
Just a quick update today, wanted to send you guys off with a nice video showcasing the size of the GT. I'll have another post tomorrow!