2011-12 Precon Championships: Round 6 and the Leaderboard
For those fighting to the last in the Prediction League, these are heady days. As we move week to week towards our final goal of determining a preconstructed Champion for the 2011-2012 Season, every point is crucial. A fourth of the way through the Forsythe, four decks have advanced. Now that the dust has settled and the arena floor mopped…how does the field look now?
From an initial field of over twice that, there are twenty-five bold souls still hanging in with the Prediction League, eager to win fame, glory, and their choice of one of our spectacular prize packages. With so much hanging in the balance, every prediction becomes a painstaking thing. For instance, only about half of our predictors called the first match correctly, an Event Deck battle between Illusionary Might and Death’s Encroach. Though many were certain the mono-Black Zombies could carry the day, the Illusions proved surprisingly strong and nimble. “Time to outthink those pesky Zombies!” was the battle cry of Illusions backer (and previous Prediction League champion) Icehawk7.
Our next match was one of those that takes most folk by surprise, but it’s a great way to nip an unexpected point if you happen to be right! Predicted Stric9, “Based purely on my desire to see angels, dragons, and demons come to life. Even with undying, if one lands, it doesn’t mean anything when you’re facing a one-sided beatdown.” Indeed, the Commander deck triumped over the Innistrad Intro Pack, and hopes to redeem the spotty performance of its kin in previous rounds. As for stric9, he was the only member of the League to claim all four points this week, so congratulations to him!
Although many didn’t seem to love the Duel Deck release itself, most backed Koth to prevail over Eldritch Onslaught. Sadly for fans of the Izzet-coloured flashback deck, it never got its engine going and fell in straight defeat. Ezra the strange opined, “It looks pretty close but I think that this deck has the removal to take out all the few creatures of Eldritch Onslaught. Lets see if Koth can hammer the opposition.”
Finally, Spiraling Doom was the rare deck that recieved full, unanimous backing from the predictors. signofzeta had perhaps the most amusing motive for backing: “Spiraling Doom, cause I don’t think that Grab for Power can get it’s 3 artifacts on time, and without them, I don’t think it stands a chance. And besides, Spiraling Doom has “Doom” in it’s name. I mean, it’s Doom. I predict that Spiraling Doom will win the division just because it has “Doom” in its name.”
After the latest round of predictions, we have a clear leader atop the table. Jenesis has broken free of the pack, but by the slimmest of margins- a single point! With this being a ‘wildcard week,’ with three matches deciding the division, can the lead last?
As always, kindly alert us to any discrepancies and we’ll happily investigate!
Finally, here are this weekend’s matches. Please choose one winner for each of the three games. Good luck to all!