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October 11, 2011


2010-11 Precon Championships: We Have a Winner

by Dredd77

When we first began the Preconstructed Deck Championships a year ago, we knew we wanted to get to a place with it that engaged you, the reader, but we weren’t quite certain how. We gave it some further thought the next time, for the 2009-10 Champions, and were encouraged when a number of you continued to leave predictions for each match. Third time lucky, as they say, we’re thrilled with the format- and turnout- for this inaugural contest event, and you can be sure we’ll be doing it this way going forward.

Our thanks to everyone who tried their hand at prediction! It was close right up to the end, but to no-one’s surprise Icehawk came through at the end to claim the winner’s spot. With a very strong 65% prediction rate, he’s the grand prize winner of an Innistrad and M12 Intro Pack.

Sadly, we’ll have to wait until a year from now to run the 2011-12 championships, but as we did last time we’ll be going back in time for the next. Which season is on deck? You’ll just have to wait and see, but we’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a pretty exciting one! And yes, decks will be on offer for the giveaway, just as now.

Given that it takes about two months to post a Championship in this format (less for earlier years when we didn’t have anywhere near as big a field as we do these days), the question next becomes how often do you want to see them? We have a lot of fun doing them, but we don’t want it to become ordinary or mundane. Kindly share your thoughts on the sidebar survey, and we’ll see what folks have an appetite for!

Here’s the final leaderboard. Again, congratulations to Icehawk (we’ll be in touch), and thanks to everyone else for making it such a blast.

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Varo
    Oct 12 2011

    Congratulations Icehawk!

    I really like precon championships, but what i really like is entering the site and finding that there are new articles to read; so, whatever they are, keep them coming!

  2. errtu
    Oct 12 2011

    Congratulations Icehawk, and thanks Jay for hosting the tournament 🙂 Very very cool indeed.

    Btw, did the avg number of visitors increase during/after the tournament?

  3. Icehawk
    Oct 12 2011

    Wow. o.O How did that happen? I thought for sure going 1/3 the last round would have done me in. Wozers.

  4. MiniLuv
    Oct 12 2011

    Nice job Icehawk! I seem to remember that you pulled ahead early in the game and kept the lead=]

  5. thewachman (Mr. Suitcase on MTGCast)
    Oct 12 2011

    In the other section I suggested after 32 decks are ready to go. This way you always have a perfect bracket.

  6. Jon S
    Oct 12 2011

    Congrats icehawk! I have no problem seeing thsi as a yearly event as it gives you an opportunity to showcase each deck. I too read this site for the articles and in depth reviews but understand the want to change it up from time to time to keep it fresh as well. About the only other thing , which is already sort of done with the Whispers articles, is have some other guest articles, which would help take some of the weight off of you.

  7. Oct 14 2011

    Grats Icehawk! It was a ton of fun. Wish I could repick a few, but hey, tied for second isn’t too shabby!

  8. signofzeta
    Dec 2 2011

    I have a suggestion. I think that it would be more fair to separate intro packs from event decks and other stuff.

    I have a better way to handle this. Each year, there are 20 intro packs. Each intro pack will play a 23 match season. Each intro pack will play against each intro pack from the same set twice, and once from each other set. The earliest intro pack elegible is the core set intro packs, and the latest once elegible are the third set block intro packs.

    Wins net them 2 points, A loss nets them 0 points, and a Tie nets them 1 point each.

    To find out the 12 intro packs that are entered into the “playoffs”, The intro pack with the most points in each set gets seeds 1 to 4 in order of the number of points they have. Seeds 5 to 12 are then used for 8 of the remaining 16 intro packs, and are seeded according to the number of points they have.

    The matchup goes as follows:

    Seed 5 vs Seed 12
    Seed 6 vs Seed 11
    Seed 7 vs Seed 10
    Seed 8 vs Seed 9

    After that round is over, the winners are reordered so that the lowest seed plays the highest seed, until it gets to the middle. So let’s take some winners from the previous round.

    Seed 5, Seed 11, Seed 10, and Seed 8 won.

    Now for the next round, it goes like this:

    Seed 1 vs Seed 11
    Seed 2 vs Seed 10
    Seed 3 vs Seed 8
    Seed 4 vs Seed 5

    Seed 11, Seed 2, Seed 8, Seed 5 wins.

    Next round would be as follows

    Seed 2 vs Seed 11
    Seed 5 vs Seed 8

    After this, there would be only 2 left, and that is the finals..

    Sep 12 2012

    I would really love to see you do a Duel Deck Championship. Take every duel deck in existence and run a tournament. Love the site, keep it up.

  10. Sep 12 2012

    Whens the next Precon Deck Championship?


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