2005-07 Precon Championships: Round 8 and the Leaderboard
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.
In our opener, Army of Justice pushed Sliver Evolution to three games before falling before the tribal might of the Time Spiral deck. Said Jay Chong, “Pacifism doesn’t play well against slivers. The only way slivers will lose is if it stumbles on mana. Betting on the opposition to get unlucky is not a winning game plan.” Indeed, the Ninth Edition deck couldn’t find enough solutions, and when it tried to stall out the ground game, the Slivers simply went over the top in a match-clenching alpha strike!
In the second game, Golgari Deathcreep turned in a commanding performance to advance past Kjeldoran Cunning. Lia called this one: “Minimal removal and limited creatures against a deck that has removal and recurring creatures fixes the match. Mana problems notwithstanding, of course.” This was a fair summary of the match, as the Golgari were able to dredge answer after answer.
What’s a game day without a surprise? The underdog Dead Again managed to pull off the unthinkable against heavy favourite Code of the Orzhov. Although he bet against them, Jacopo Sassi had this insight: “The only hope for Dead Again is to start with a good opening hand, keep the pressure high and destabilize the Orzhov, denying them the opportunity of a successfull stall.” With the mono-Black sticking to its game plan, it was able to overcome its natural disadvantage and get there!
There was some movement at the top of the table this week, while errtu shot into contention with the day’s only 3-for-3 performance. Here’s how the new leaderboard looks:
As for this Saturday’s matches, we have the following on schedule:
Predictors, please leave your picks in the comments below. We’re looking at three matches- the result of each of the two above, as well as the winner of the game between them to determine the winner of the Lauer Division. Best of luck!