Meet the Pro: Nick Dorman
This series is your chance to “meet” some of our top players before you have a chance to actually meet them at the tournament tables.
Finishing up our first wave of Meet the Pro interviews is today's article featuring Nick “Lowercase” Dorman, the youngest of our pros and a Top 8 player from last year's National Limited Championships.
He also took down the Seed Block Sealed event at Gen Con last year, netting himself an Xbox 360 and rounding out an extremely successful weekend of Limited Spoils.
What drew you into playing The Spoils?
Everything did, the flavor of the cards, the art, and the fact that you can’t respond to triggers. It all just seemed so right.
Why do you continue to play The Spoils?I continue to play because of how fun it is and how it never gets old. No matter how much I play it is almost always different and never gets dull.
What is your favorite moment related to The Spoils?
My favorite moment would have to be when Dan Sotelo, a fellow member of Team Hopper, played a Hidden Dagger against me for the win at Gen Con 2011.
What is your least favorite moment related to The Spoils?
My least favorite moment is the same as my favorite moment, when Dan played the Hidden Dagger. This is because he told me that he would beat me with it at the beginning of the game and I couldn't stop it.
Where do you play Spoils the most?
Grasshopper’s Comics, home base of Team Hopper.
What is your greatest accomplishment as a Spoils player?
Hard to pin one thing as my greatest accomplishment so I will say it was placing in the Top 4 of every single tournament I played in at Origins 2011.
(Editor's Note: He would have won the iPod Nano Constructed event had he not lost to me, his extremely handsome and bearded older brother. -Terence)
(Double Editor's Note: I just couldn't pass up the opportunity for a quick and easy jab)
What do you hope to see in the future of The Spoils?
More steady and constant set releases so the card pool is constantly changing and bringing new things to the game.
Which trade is your favorite and why?
Gearsmith without a doubt. I love the idea of Micromajigs and I love an Avalanche of them even more.
What play style would you say suits you best?
Control definitely suits me best. I get bored of playing a rush style deck because of how brain dead they can be at times, so I prefer to play a deck with more of a control aspect to them.
Are you a member of any “team?”
Team Hopper, You either ride with us or collide with us.
What is your forum handle?
How long have you been playing Spoils?
I’ve been playing since the beginning of Open Beta and never stopped. Even when the game was on hiatus I still played for fun.
If you could describe Spoils in one word, what would it be?
Awesome. Actually, “some” isn’t enough, so Awe-awholedamnlot.
Do you have any advice for new players?
Keep playing. Never stop playing and constantly keep tweaking your deck. Just because it doesn’t work the first time you play it doesn’t mean it can’t work. Keep changing the aspects that don’t work the way you want them to until the deck works, which could turn it into a completely different deck but just keep playing.
What events are you most looking forward to?
Gen Con 2012 definitely. I love seeing all the players from past years and events, it is always a blast.
What is your favorite Spoils format (constructed, seed constructed, seed draft, 2nd edition limited, etc) and why?
Any form of limited is my favorite. I love Spoils constructed but I am not as good at it as I am at limited. I love the format and play style of limited play, specifically Sealed. Seed Sealed is probably one of the most fun formats I can think of.
What is your favorite card flavor wise and why?
Massive Erecting Golem. If the name doesn’t say enough about the card go read the flavor text.
What is your favorite card play wise and why?
Micromajig Master, because you can’t lose if you play a Micromajig Master on turn one.
Any arch-enemies in The Spoils?
I guess the only person I could realistically think of is Dan Sotelo because we always face each other in the finals of side events and end up splitting the prizes.
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