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May 8, 2011


2008-2009 Precon Championships: The Introduction

by Dredd77

Last November, we ran the 2009-10 Preconstructed Deck Championships, which pitted that season’s crop of precons against one another through four Divisions, until the exciting series final left only one deck standing: Rise of the Eldrazi’s Eldrazi Arisen. A tremendous success, we’re already looking forward to the upcoming season this Autumn, but in the same vein we’re also wanting to go back in time to previous seasons and anoint winners there as well. Thus we are excited to announce the commencement of the 2008-09 Precon Championships!

For the 2008-09 season, we have a much-smaller pool to draw from as there was no Core Set or large-scale supplemental product release like the Duels of the Planeswalkers. As a result, most of the early brackets are byes. As before, seeding is completely random, and will use the same Conference/Division structure.

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.

Although quieter than the year following, you still had a good number of products to choose from in the 2008-09 season. Alara block brought in fifteen decks, then you had two Duel Decks releases (Jace vs Chandra and Divine vs Demonic). This yields the following bracket array (click on it to expand):

As is customary, 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 that, we’re off! In our next piece we’ll begin with the Nagle Division. Think you can predict the winners? Post your thoughts in the comments!

20 Comments Post a comment
  1. web8970
    May 8 2011

    I’m curious how Esper vs Esper will turn out 😉

    • mart
      May 8 2011

      I think esper will win that.

  2. Icehawk
    May 8 2011

    That’s a lot of byes.

    I don’t know who to bet on. Only decks I know are the ones reviewed here and the Duel Decks.

    Chandra should do well I think, but I don’t think Divine or Demonic unless they get some lucky pulls will go far at all.

    The Bant vs Bant I’m really interested in. I love Bant. First deck I ever built without using a precon as a base was a Bant deck. I’m putting my money on March. Would love to see one of them go all the way.

  3. troacctid
    May 8 2011

    That is definitely a lot of byes. How did that happen?

    • May 8 2011

      When we did the 2009-10 block, you had the following sets and numbers of decks: ZEN (5), WWK (5), ROE (5), DD: PvC (2), DD: GvL (2), DotP (5), M10 (5), PDS: Slivers (1), and Planechase (4), a total of 34 decks.

      For 2008-09, there just happened to be a lot less released: ALA (5), CON (5), ARB (5), DD: JvC (2), DD: DvD (2)… and that’s it! Total of 19 decks. There’s no Core Set for this year, as 10th Ed launched in 2007. There was no “Multiplayer” product, as Planechase was the first of its kind (at least, in quite awhile). There was no Premium Deck Series, as Slivers was the first. And there was no supplemental “Duels of the Planeswalkers” type of release to add a few more decks to the pool. In short, a very no-frills year. That means we either make it a contest of 16 teams with no byes, or keep the same base-32 structure.

      Because we’d reviewed all the decks that participated in the first competition, we could make the worst-rated decks battle out for those last 2 slots (trimming from 34 to 32 decks). Because we haven’t reviewed many of the decks this time around (yet), it seemed unfair to aribtrarily cut three, so we let random chance instead carve their fate.

  4. Varo
    May 8 2011

    Control and Manipulate. Jace’s deck for the win. Nuff said.

  5. Tony
    May 8 2011

    I cant say I know much about any of these intro decks, but I do know 41 card decks tend to have the advantage over 60 card decks. I think its going to be “Unnatural Schemes” VS “Bant on the March” with “Bant on the March” taking the Nagle division!

  6. Stric9
    May 8 2011

    Like I said, I’m betting on Chandra’s deck. Of course, I went all in on the Allies deck and it got stomped on so I could be wrong. Ironically, Chandra will face Jace if Jace wins its first bout. But, yes, I always bet on burn.

  7. web8970
    May 9 2011

    Will there be something like an official betting game? Just for fun reasons of course …

    • Icehawk
      May 10 2011

      Nothing stopping us for all posting our predictions for each match up and giving our kudos to whoever gets the most right. ^-^

  8. Tony
    May 10 2011

    I just copied the bracket array and put all my predictions down using a paint program. Just glad I did this before the first results! Now to sit back and watch how right or wrong I am.

    • Tony
      May 10 2011

      Unnatural Schemes VS Bant on the March
      Bant will win

      Esper Artifice VS Grixis Undead
      Esper will Win

      Dead Ahead VS Naya Domain (yeah you heard right)
      Naya will win

      Naya Behemoths VS Divine
      Naya wins again

      Rosewater Conference:
      Bant on the March VS Esper Artifice
      Bant on the March wins

      Forsythe Conference:
      Naya Domain VS Naya Behemoths
      Naya Domain wins

      The winner of everything:
      Bant on the March VS Naya Domain
      Naya Domain FTW

      of course, thats just my opinion

  9. Icehawk
    May 10 2011

    My Nonobjective Prediction:

    Jace will face Bant on the March.
    Bant will win.

    Bant will beat Grixis twice.
    Esper Artifice will beat the Air.
    Bant will beat Esper.

    Bant Exalted.

    Dead Ahead will face Candra’s.
    Candra will will advance.

    Naya beats Jund.
    Siege will beat Jund.
    Siege will then go on to beat Naya.

    Candra will beat Eternal Siege.

    Bant Exalted will weather Candra’s blaze.

    Lock it in. Wrap it up. Let’s go Bant!

    Oh, the list has an error. Naya Beh is from Shards not Conflux. Noticed it when I was looking up these Alara decks.

    • Tony
      May 10 2011

      “Oh, the list has an error. Naya Beh is from Shards not Conflux. Noticed it when I was looking up these Alara decks.”

      LOL, I saw that too! OK, since you did it, I’ve gotta post mine too

  10. Stric9
    May 10 2011

    Nagle: Jace vs. Bant. Jace FTW.
    Tinsman: Grixis Undead vs. Esper Air. Esper Air FTW.
    Turian: Chandra vs. Dead Ahead. Chandra FTW.
    Lauer: Jund Primordial vs. Jund War. Primordial FTW.

    Jace vs. Chandra. Chandra FTW.
    Esper Air vs. Primordial Jund. Esper Air FTW.

    Chandra vs. Esper Air. Chandra FTW.

    • Tony
      May 11 2011

      That would be Jace VS Esper Air and Chandra VS Primordal Jund for the conference matches

      Your finals could still be the same though

      • Stric9
        May 11 2011

        Thanks. My bad.

  11. Ethan Fleischer
    May 11 2011

    I’m calling it for Jace’s Deck. I readily admit that I know ntohign about most of these decks. Goooooo Jace!

    • Jun 11 2011

      Now that the finals have been won, looks like you got the closest, Ethan!


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