At this moment in time I own complete playsets of every Ivory-legal card, but I didn't manage to build a deck and ended up just taking the Crane starter I got in the pre-release tournament. To my utter amazement, I still managed to win two games. To my utter hilarity, both games were won by me playing Come One At A Time, a card I'm pretty sure that I have never put into a constructed deck. (Yeah, it's powerful, but so fragile I still don't think it's worth the space.)
I've been a bit nervous about coming back to the ccg after so long, but during the past few weeks I've discovered I still enjoy that slow burn in the back of my mind when I look at the board state, look at my hand, and see that there are possibilities here. I know I still have a lot of lost games in my future, and (ugh!) cardsorting, but now I know that the payoff is still real for me.
One of the funny things that happened over the weekend: On Friday night I was at Bob's (the TO) suite drinking and talking with some of the other early arrivals. There happened to be three other women present, and their names were--and I'm not making this up--Summer, Star, and Jade. I'd had a few rum&cokes by this point so naturally I started complaining about being the woman in the room with the boring name. Bob then announced loudly that for the weekend I would be named Cinnamon so as to fit in with the others. I thought this was very funny so the next morning when I registered for the tournament I used Cinnamon instead of my real name. Yes, I am easily amused.
I have time off reserved for one more Kotei this year. It's more than a month away, so I hope I will be able to get a real deck built for it.