2011-12 Precon Championships: Round 2 and the Leaderboard
Welcome back to the 2011-12 Preconstructed Championships! This past weekend saw the first round of exciting deck-on-deck clashes as the eight contenders for Nagle Division glory took to the field to stake their claim on glory. On another battlefield, the readers taking part in this season’s Prediction League waged their own struggle for supremacy. There’s a treasure trove of prizes in play for the winner, and every point counts! Of course, with a total of twenty-eight matches to go, it’s still anyone’s game!
In our opening match, the Commander deck Devour for Power was utterly crushed by Hold the Line, the mono-White Event Deck from Innistrad. Virtually every one of our predictors had this one down as a solid win for the favourite, and they weren’t disappointed. Said Jacopo Sassi, “Low curve, tremendous consistency, TWO Mirran Crusader, 8 pieces of removal…it’s simply too much for a Commander deck, loaded with bombs, but slow and unreliable.” Outhouseinferno summed it up much more simply: “hahaha.”
Next up was another Commander deck, taking on Entangling Webs from the Magic 2012 Core Set. Most expected the Core Set deck- with its simple consistency- to solve the puzzle, but Political Puppets provided the first big surprise on the day. Said 2010-2011 Prediction Champion Icehawk7, “I’m afraid the spiders will be stuck on the wall and unable to climb over them. The spiders will have a chance, but with each passing turn, the walls will get higher and harder to overcome.” And so they did, with Puppets claiming victory in two straight games.
Game 3 proved another difficult one to call, with Innistrad’s Vampires taking on Mirror Mastery, the third and final of the day’s Commander selections. Would this be another surprise victory, or would Commander field a losing record for the opening round? Remarked DomaDragon, “Also a hard match to call, since Carnival of Blood seems so underwhelming and Mirror Mastery really needs a Commander to be good. I guess I’ll side with the hopes that consistency will beat sheer power.” Although it took going to the full three matches to do it, the Vampires indeed carried the day.
Finally, we saw our first Duel Deck entrant in Ajani’s deck, the clear and heavily-picked favourite over Innistrad’s Human-themed Repel the Dark. Jon S bucked the trend and backed the latter. “Two color vs three color? I like Ajani’s deck but I don’t think it will fare well here.” Repel the Dark put Ajani in the catbox with a two-game sweep, and so advances to the next round.
After the first week, here’s the Prediction Leaderboard!
As always, if you note a discrepancy, please don’t hesitate to let us know and we’ll be happy to correct it.
If you’re just joining us, don’t hesitate to jump right in! There are plenty of matches yet to go, and weeks ahead to make up any lost ground and contend for the champion of the Prediction League. Who will stand next to Icehawk7 and gobias as this seasons winner? Will it be a new face, or will either past Champion claim a second scalp?
On that note, here’s the next round of matches. A Divisional winner will be crowned this weekend, so we’ll need three predictions this time: the winner of the first game (Game 17), the winner of the second game (Game 18), and the overall winner of the Division (Game 25).
Three points are up for grabs- best of luck to our predictors!