And so another Preconstructed Championship comes to an end, another deck added to the hall of heroes. It was a hard and bitterly contested contest over the course of nine weeks, and Endless March has much to be proud of. So to do the members of our Prediction League. As much fun as it was to stage this epic competition, it was made all the more so by the participation of our readership. The predictions, the explanations, and the banter back and forth made it a delight and success once again, and we are already looking forward to the next installment this Autumn.
Welcome to the epic finale of the 2005-07 Preconstructed Championships! It’s been a titanic clash of decks from the Ravnica and Time Spiral blocks, Coldsnap, and Ninth Edition, but in the end for all the struggle on the battlefield, only one deck will write its name in the history books and go down as the season’s penultimate champion. The real star of the show has been Time Spiral block. With three of four semi-finalists hailing from that set of decks (indeed, two from Future Sight itself), their imprint on this season has been unmistakable. By the same token, Ravnica decks have surprisingly underperformed. The Golgari aside, all have fallen by the wayside, and seem to have been victim to mana issues as a sort of running “curse” throughout the playoffs.
This is it! At long last, the field has been narrowed from thirty-one decks to a final four. Ove the course of the 2005-07 season, we’ve seen decks from Ravnica Block, Coldsnap, Time Spiral Block, and Ninth Edition battle it out for the right to represent their randomly-seeded divisions in the semi-finals, all for the right for a shot at enduring glory as Champion.
We’ve covered no small ground to get where we are today, and by the end of the day all four divisional champions will have made themselves known. Thus far, we have three ready for their shot at the title. Endless March from Planar Chaos has emerged from the Nagle Division, while Future Sight’s Fate Blaster has come out of the Tinsman. Moving from the Rosewater Conference across to the Forsythe, Future Sight’s Suspended Sentence has laid claim to the Turian. Today, one deck of the remaining four will take its place amongst these three, and next weekend they will clash in tremendous battle for the right to call themselves Champion.
We’re in the home stretch of the 2005-07 season, just one more round away from determining a winner of the Lauer Division and then on to our final day’s big event- the semi-finals, then the championship match! We had three matches on the ticket this past week, thanks to a bye given to Rakdos Bloodsport by random fortune. That means while three decks would be advancing, three still were heading to the showers.
Don’t let its traditional position fool you, for although the Lauer Division plays last in the Championships, the Lauer has every bit the story and tradition of any other division. In the 2008/09 season, it saw Invading Spawn all the way to the finals, where it faced Eldrazi Arisen in a fratricidal struggle for the title. Though it fell short, it repeated the feat in the 2010/11 season with Elspeth, and didn’t make the same mistake twice. Favoured over the unlikely Doom Inevitable from Mirrodin Besieged, Elspeth’s Duel Deck put the match away and the Lauer had its first taste of championship glory.
Welcome back to our coverage of the 2005-07 Preconstructed Championships! This past weekend saw the exciting conclusion to the Turian, the seemingly deadliest division of the season. As it happened, Time Spiral block was the 800-pound gorilla, with a deck from each of its three sets contending for advancement. Looking for the spoil was Coldsnap, the “hidden set” that rounded off Ice Age block.
Last week we saw the opening action in what might be this season’s most dangerous division, and if the results of the first four matches are anything to go by, it’s only going to get harder from here. Intriguingly, Time Spiral block has a representative from each of its sets in the final four squaring off today, while Coldsnap is in with a fighting chance as well. No such luck for Ravnica block or Ninth Edition, which saw their champions fall in battle.
Welcome back to our continuing coverage of the culmination of every preconstructed deck’s hopes and dreams, the Preconstructed Championships! This season we’re looking at the decks of 2005-07, a period of time which saw the likes of Ravnica block, Time Spiral block, the “lost” set Coldsnap, and Ninth Edition. This was a high-water mark in Magic’s history, and Wizards this past weekend shellshocked the community with the exciting revelation that a Return to Ravnica is on the cards for this coming Autumn. Fall will be a big time for some of the current decks as well, for then the decks of Innistrad block, Magic 2012 and a few other premium sets will be girding themselves for their own Championship.
Like the other Divisions, the Turian is young and therefore hungry to leave its mark on the Preconstructed Championships world. In its short history already it has found glory in the 2008/09 season as Dead Ahead powered past Jace’s Duel Deck to claim the title. In all other seasons, however, the laurel of glory has been clutched by the Lauer Divsion, which itself went on to see Elspeth’s Duel Deck take it all in the 2010/11 season. The Turian might be forgiven, then, for feeling a bit like a younger brother, and understandably eager to get out from the Lauer’s shadow.