2010-11 Precon Championships: Round 6 and the Leaderboard
This past weekend saw us kick off the Turian Division in the Forsythe Conference, and it showed once again that you can never count any deck out. Our predictors did a great job this week, with a 61% accuracy rating- the highest in the competition so far. Still, the round was not without its share of upset. Nearly everyone guessed that the brutal Event Deck Rot from Within was going to dispatch Trample Civilization Underfoot- though the brutality with which it did so surely caught even this commentator by surprise. Most also rightly tabbed Tezzeret to prevail over Magic 2011’s Stampede of Beasts, making this a very black day for Green fat. And while it was a bit more divided, we still had a majority of predictors feel that New Phyrexia’s Life for Death would carry the day against Scars of Mirrodin’s Relic Breaker, and they weren’t disappointed.
The last match, however, was the kind upon which fortunes are wagered and lost. All but a few had every confidence in Into the Breach- the mono-Red Event Deck from Mirrodin Besieged- to put Archenemy’s Bring About the Undead Apocalypse to a final, blissful slumber… but it was not to be. In a match that went all three games, Apocalypse shocked the spectators with a remarkable triumph fueled by some slick graveyard recursion.
For the monkeywrench that this threw into our predictors’ best-laid plans, there was one who did manage to call all four matches this week. Hats off to nathan_shipley for a clutch performance that puts him right near the front of the pack. Remember, it’s not just bragging rights that are in play- the winner of the contest at its conclusion (the predictor with the most right guesses) wins a gift package consisting of an Innistrad and a Magic 2012 Intro Pack! We still have more rounds to go, but the ongoing narrative is this: who- if anyone- will be the one to dethrone Icehawk? Icehawk jumped out to a lead in the opening week and has never looked back. This week he managed to extend his lead by one more point, giving him a little more breathing room at the top, but it’s far from over and anything can happen.
Here’s the updated leaderboard:
With that in mind, let’s next present this coming Saturday’s matches. This being the next round of the Turian, of course, that means there are only three points up for grabs this time. Please leave a comment with your predictions for who will win Games 21 and 22, and then who will win the third match when the winners of the first two games square off against each other!
If you’d like a little more background on the decks, you might check out their reviews in our archives or decklists on the mothership. Best of luck to all participants, and we’ll be back with more exciting playoff action this Saturday!