2011-12 Precon Championships: Round 3 and the Leaderboard
And just like that, we’re one division down with only three to go as the Innistrad Event Deck Hold the Line storms to victory over the outmanned and outgunned Carnival of Blood. As for the Prediction Leage leaderboard, well… that’s another story entirely!
For one thing, we saw a fairly static board as every last predictor bet hard on Hold the Line. This meant that everyone playing took 2 points right off the bat- but that left a joker in the deck in the form of the other matchup, Carnival of Blood versus Hold the Line. It was Innistrad all over the place as the decks clashed for the right to take on the waiting Event Deck, and nearly everyone picked the latter based on its strong showing. Those who picked up points here tended to go more on a whim than with any hard evidence, though it certainly paid off. Diannea picked it “just to change the trend a little,” while signofzeta picked the Vampires to advance because that was the only one of the two decks he’d played with.
As for the barnstorming Hold the Line, table-topper Jay Chong noted, “Mono colored aggro event deck versus three color…control?” Grue gave the hapless Political Puppets some respect in saying “Puppets can be surprising, but I don’t think it will be enough to win this one.” Lastly, Robin infected us with an earworm in observing that “Toto wrote a song about this deck.”
As for the Leaderboard, the rising tide of Hold the Line lifted a great many boats, but thanks to the right call on Carnival of Blood tenthtechpriest jumped from the pack to share glory at the top of the table. Still, with only seven matches done, there’s all to play for and all to win!
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Now, we move on to the Tinsman Division, the other half of the Rosewater Conference. Here’s a look at this weekend’s thrilling clashes!
For this week’s Prediction League, yuo’ll want to pick a winner for each of these four games. To help you in your decision, here’s some background on the eight contenders for Tinsman glory!
Blood and Fire
Colours: Black, Red
Set: Magic 2012
Detail: Bloodthirst, the original Gruul mechanic as featured in the Gruul Wilding Theme Deck from Guildpact, received a fresh coat of paint in Magic 2012 as the set’s returning mechanic. Blood and Fire plays a steady stream of creatures that get bigger when your opponent has been dealt damage in the same turn, and a number of unconventional ways to get that damage across the table. (Reviews: deck, play)
Bound by Strength
Colours: Blue, Green
Set: Avacyn Restored
Detail: Built around the soulbond mechanic, Bound by Strength promises to overwhelm your opponent with creatures that only get better when they team up with one another. Massively creature-heavy, this deck is one to watch as it’s capable of some fast lines of play that can catch a slower opponent off-guard. (Reviews: deck, play)
Colours: White, Black, Green
Rares: Acorn Catapult, Alliance of Arms, Attrition, Awakening Zone, Celestial Force, Chorus of the Conclave, Dark Hatchling, Hex, Hornet Queen, Hour of Reckoning, Karador Ghost Chieftain, Scavenging Ooze, Spawnwrithe, Storm Herd, Symbiotic Wurm, Teneb the Harvester, Vish Kal Blood Arbiter
Detail: The Commander decks have been havign a rough go of it, but will Counterpunch be the deck that redeems them and restores their fortunes? Capable of churning out a large number of token creatures before ‘harnessing the poweer of growth’ to go large, it might be just the tactic that works. (Reviews: deck, play)
Colours: Blue, Black, Green
Detail: Innistrad’s other Event Deck, Deathfed relies on filling up your graveyard as fast as you can, then playing outsize cards that get more powerful the more you’ve ‘stocked the larder.’ It has a “stall and buildup” approach, and can punish your opponents for letting you live too long by cleaning up with a massive Splinterfright or a horde of Spider tokens off of a Spider Spawning. (Reviews: deck, play)
Set: Premium Deck Series
Detail: Another of the competition’s darlings is the last of the Premium Deck Series line. After Graveborn, no more of the all-foil constructions will be printed by Wizards. But what a bang to go out on! This deck packs a ton of fat from all five colours, then uses Black reanimation spells to bring them into play with a speed that’s almost unfair. (Reviews: deck, play)
Colours: White, Blue
Detail: Another Intro Pack deck, Spectral Legions harnesses the tribal power of Spirits, taking flight to the air in a skies-heavy construction. Packed with Spirits and other creatures that spawn them, the evasive haunts and ghosts will be the stuff of nightmares for any opponent! (Reviews: deck, play)
Set: Magic 2012
Detail: Vampire Onslaught is perhaps the most controversial Event Deck ever released. A farewell love letter to one of Zendikar block’s premier tribes, there was very little Magic 2012 in the deck itself, and most of it left Standard a few short months later. Nevertheless, Wizards managed to craft a highly-focused tribal deck that packs in a ghoulish arsenal of strong creatures that synergise with lethal efficiency! (Review: deck, play)
Colours: White, Blue
Set: Duel Decks: Venser vs Koth
Detail: Although Venser met an untimely end in the Scars of Mirrodin storyline, his memory lives on in this Duel Decks release themed around flickering permanents and enters-the-battlefield creatures. It also has a subtheme involving unblockability and ‘saboteur’ effects that trigger when creatures damage an opponent, giving Venser an entire arsenal of tricky shenanigans. (Reviews: deck, play)
And there you have it! Good luck to all participating, and we look forward to seeing your picks in the comments below. As always, leaving a little blurb about why you chose a particular deck to win is a great way to get yourself into one of our writeup articles! The matches go live this Sunday, and predictions will be accepted up until the very last moment before.