2009-10 Precon Championships: The Introduction
Welcome card slingers and sports fans of all ages to the inaugural 2009-10 Preconstructed Deck Championships (or “Precons” for short). This past season has been a very busy time for Wizards, and we’re excited to have a crowded field of decks vying to see who will claim the honours of best in class. Although in future seasons we’ll be looking to anoint a champion at the end of September (right before Standard rotates), we’re just as excited now to throw them in the ring, and see which will be the last deck standing.
2009-10 was a busy season for Wizards! Not only did we have the new core set (M10) and all of Zendikar Block to work with, but we had two Duel Decks, the first-ever Premium Deck Series deck, and a special one-shot release of Duels of the Planeswalkers-themed decks! Our tournament format will be one very familiar to many of our readers- the 32-slot single elimination bracket, and all games from the opening rounds to the final will be best-of-three.
Brief aside: because there were 34 decks contending for the honour of competing, a couple of cuts had to be made. We arbitrarily decided to make those cuts from the Duels of the Planeswalkers decks, which were introductory decks with a lower power level. Still, we wanted everyone to have a sporting chance.
The highest-scoring deck of the lot- Ears of the Elves– was automatically in, but we held a pre-tourney playoff to see who would claim the final two slots reserved. Teeth of the Predator came from behind and knocked out Hands of Flame, while Eyes of Shadow easily held off Thoughts of the Wind to secure its rightful place.
The Championship will be divided as follows. There are two Conferences, the Rosewater Conference and the Forsythe Conference. Each Conference is further divided into two divisions. In the Rosewater Conference, we have the Nagle and Tinsman Divisions. For the Forsythe Conference, you have the Turian and Lauer Divisions. Each deck’s name went into a hat, and they were pulled at random to seed each Division. Here’s a view of the brackets (click on the image to expand the size):
Our coverage will focus on each Division in turn, which we feel is far more easily followed than going from one full round to the next. We’ll give summaries up to the Final Four, when we’ll switch to the full match play-by-play we use for deck reviews.
And with the table set at last, let’s get down to the meal! In our next Championships piece, the eight contenders for claiming the Nagle Division will begin their battles. Anyone care to offer some predictions?