Final PT Valencia roundup — Melissa DeTora

I mentioned Melissa DeTora in an earlier post linking to coverage of her match against Quentin Martin. In the podcast coverage, Melissa says that she’s played in four Pro Tours so far, and “hasn’t done very well.”
She did quite well at PT Valencia, making the cut to day two and ending her run in 54th place (of 422 participants — the biggest individual PT ever), taking down a $610 prize for her efforts. I believe this makes her the first woman to cash in an individual Pro Tour (women have cashed in a Team Pro Tour and in some Grand Prix events).
Melissa’s track record on the day:
Round 1: Won 2-0 over Juan Lucena of Spain
Round 2: Won 2-0 over Naoki Sakaguchi of Japan
Round 3: Won 2-1 over David Brucker of Germany
Round 4: Lost 1-2 to Yuuta Hirosawa of Japan
Round 5: Lost 0-2 to Kamiel Cornelissen of the Netherlands
Round 6: Drew 1-1-1 with Zac Hill of the United States
Round 7: Lost 0-2 to William Ljungberg of Sweden
Round 8: Drew 1-1-1 with Quentin Martin of the United States (covered here)
Round 9: Drew 1-1-1 with Tony Martins of France
Round 10: Won 2-0 over Antti Malin of Finland (impressive win)
Round 11: Won 2-0 over Matt Hansen of the United States
Round 12: Lost 0-2 to Frank Karsten of the Netherlands (a very honorable loss)
Round 13: Lost 0-2 to Saul Aguado of Spain
With three drawn matches, it looks like Melissa ran into a few too many control versus control matchups. It seems like she had a pretty good handle on her Gifts-Rock build, and it’ll be interesting to see if her skills apply in the other formats of upcoming PTs. She’s been playing long enough that I wasn’t willing to look through all the relevant PT records to see if she has a “best” format.
Congrats to Melissa, and maybe we’ll continue to see her up in the scoring ranks with the likes of Paul Cheon and Zac Hill (both of whom she outscored).

2 thoughts on “Final PT Valencia roundup — Melissa DeTora

  1. The draws also have something to do with Melissa being the slowest player in United States history. On turn five of our extra turns–after I had called a judge over to watch for slow play and had repeatedly urged her to stop tanking with every Sensei’s Top activation–I had a Platinum Angel and a Sundering Titan in play, and she was at thirteen. She had literally no permanents.

  2. Yeah, I realized that must be the case (well) after I posted this from hearing your interview with Rich Hagon in the Valencia podcasts, and from a couple other things I read. That’s unfortunate, as it’s awfully frustrating to get stalled out by slow play — intentional or not. I used to hit this problem every so often in competitive Mechwarrior play, which has the same “really needs a chess timer” problem that Magic has.

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