The Road to GP Salt Lake City

I know, I know, this is a Commander blog, and while I typically don’t play anything but everyone’s favorite singleton 100, I occasionally get the itch for something else, and lately that itch has been big tournaments. I last went to GP San Diego and had a great time, even though I didn’t do very well as far as the tournament was concerned. So, I’ve been keeping my eye on the schedules and found that for some reason, GP Salt Lake City caught my eye. Maybe it’s the chance to win a piece of The Power 9, or maybe just the fact that it is the only standard tournament in the near future that is standard. GP Los Angeles which is MUCH closer to me is block constructed, and that is appealing to me as well, but this one in Salt Lake is just calling to me for some reason. There also happens to be a Star City Games open in Phoenix, AZ, and I may try going to that one as well, but we’ll see.

Sadly, the road to GP Salt Lake City is paved with expenses. For me to fly is too expensive. Driving by myself would be even more expensive, and it’s a 12 hour trip! So I wracked my brain and finally came up with the idea that I could drive… as long as I have some people join me to share the cost of gas. I did some maths and came up with a figure.

So here’ my pitch:

I’m selling rides to and from Salt Lake City, UT for the Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix on May 30-April 1, 2012. We will be leaving from the Beaumont/Banning area of Southern California on Thursday May 29th in the evening, and we will return early in the morning on Monday April 2nd. This puts us at the GP site from Friday morning until Sunday afternoon/evening. Once on site each individual is responsible for their own lodging and transportation. I realize that the transportation part may cause some issues, so we could maybe work something out, but personally I don’t plan on being anywhere other than the GP site and hotel. The cost for this ride is $75, and it is very cheap. I can do it this cheaply because I have a vehicle that seats 7, and I have 5 seats open in that vehicle. If you fly it will cost more. If you drive, even with another friend or three, it will probably cost more… unless you drive a hybrid or something. This is a 1400 mile round trip and will take roughly 12 hours one way.

My costs are so tight on this that if I don’t get a full boat, I don’t think I’ll be able to go at all.

So, please spread the word, and if you are interested, please contact me and we can work out a deal. I am also entertaining the idea of trading the ride for cards that I need, and here’s a list along with what I’m willing to give in value towards the ride:

Sunpetal Grove$2
Woodland Cemetery$5
1 Spellskite: $6
2 Surgical Extraction: $7
Isolated Chapel$8
2 Gideon Jura$8
Garruk Relentless$14
Elspeth Tirel$18
Liliana of the Veil$30
Sorin, Lord of Innistrad$30


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