Once there, we met up with those mad idiots who had got even earlier trains, and registered for the pre-release tournament. The tournaments were standard constructed (which means we were each given about 90 cards (in this case made up of 3 Guildpact boosters and a Ravnica tournament pack), and then had an hour in which to build a 40-card deck). I managed to open a pair of foil rares, which was nice.
I ended up building a red-green-blue deck, which lost most of the games I played and resulted in me netting last place. Such is life.
Most of the games involved me suffering from a lack of mana in the right colours (that'll teach me to play a tri-colour deck). My first opponent spent most of the time poking me to death with a Courier Hawk, and destroying my Wee Dragonets as soon as they appeared. Things went a bit better with opponent number 2, where I won one of the three matches by virtue of replicating Gigadrowse 3 or 4 times and then slapping him with lots of creatures while his stuff was tapped.
The third round was even more fun: I played one of my Hooligans with no artifacts on the table. "Ah good, it's safe to play this signet now". I then play my other hooligan, and much to his chargin blat the signet. What makes it funnier is that I managed this in the next match against him as well.
All in all, it was a good day out and I've managed to increase my collection of cards, as well as gain a fat pack thanks to signing up for a DCI number. Now all I need to do is to sort out these trades.