Hall of Fame
It has been 15 years since the start of Goat Format, so we here at GoatFormat.com want to take a moment to honor the true legends of Goat Format. We are proud to announce the GoatFormat.com Hall of Fame and its inaugural member, Max Suffridge.
It is difficult to put into words exactly how big of a deal Max Suffridge was in 2005. Suffridge didn't just win the United States National Championship that year; he single handedly defeated two larger-than-life dynasties and ushered in a new era of competitive play.
In the months leading up to US Nationals, the narrative of the tournament scene had revolved around a rivalry as old as time itself: west versus east, old versus young, Comic Odyssey versus Overdose. Suffridge broke the mold at Nationals by claiming first place over both of those teams, a virtually unprecedented feat at the time, with wins over Bryan Coronel, Rhymus Lizo, Brent Yetter and Miguel Garcia. Representing DuelistGroundz and the now-legendary-but-then-unheard-of Alpha Omega, he carved out a new space in the metagame for online players who had long hungered for their days in the spotlight.
As one of the eight Goat Control decks in top 8 of US Nationals, Max was certainly on the right side of the metagame for that event, but he went a step further by teching his deck out for all of the decks that were expected to make a splash that weekend. Many forget that aggressive decks -- Beastdown, Zombies, and so on -- were widely considered the decks to beat going into Nationals that year. Max was the only competitor in Top 8 that responded in kind with main decked copies of Gravekeeper’s Spy and Swords of Revealing Light. He even logged into DuelistGroundz during the early Revival era to remind everyone that was netdecking his list at the time to cut Swords of Revealing Light, because it was specifically main decked for Aggro and was no longer an appropriate metagame call.
Suffridge was remarkably ahead of his time. Cards like Abyss Soldier, Thunder Dragon and Skilled White Magician were already on his radar by SJC Indianapolis, long before they became as widespread as they are today. Almost none of the breakout decks of the modern era would have taken him by surprise.
So without further ado, we are naming Max Suffridge the first member of the GoatFormat.com Hall of Fame. We'll be posting more information on how the Hall of Fame will work in the coming weeks, so you'll definitely want to stay tuned. But for now, it's all about Max, and rightfully so.
Rest in Peace Max Suffridge 7/1/85 - 10/10/17
5/1/2020 05:55:04 pm
Max, you deserve it bud. Not only a great duelist, but super friendly and always a joy to be around. You are missed old friend. A legend if I ever met one.
5/4/2020 02:50:05 pm
Thank you for this. On behalf of Max's family, friends, and fellow Alpha Omega teammates, we all really appreciate you taking the time to put this together. Max is always with us, and not a day goes by we dont think of him.
5/4/2020 09:53:33 pm
Thank you for honoring my brother. He taught my mom, sister and I how to play and always let us tag along to tournaments. I told all my friends how my brother was the best in the country. You have no idea what this means to our family who feel his loss daily. Cheers to the GOAT! May a "Heavy Storm" rain down in his honor.
5/10/2020 08:13:25 am
Thank you for this article, Max was a special kind of person that excelled in everything he did and is truly missed by his friends and family
5/9/2021 03:10:57 pm
This is truly a place of brotherhood, this was a beautiful memorial!
10/16/2021 12:56:39 am
On facebook when I get 'in the day' posts and I see you brother I think about all the time we talked about stuff. It wasn't a ton but enough for me to consider us pretty good pals. Feels like just yesterday on dgz brother. This ones for you.
11/18/2021 02:05:38 pm
I met Max at Worlds 2005 and he was one of the nicest guys I have ever met, we hung out the whole time with Miguel (another lovely guy) and even to this day remember how friendly and welcoming he was.
2/18/2022 12:15:45 am
LEGENDS LIVE FOREVER ❤️
9/10/2022 08:42:20 pm
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