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November 21, 2012

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2011-12 Precon Championships: Round 8 and the Leaderboard

by Dredd77

Only two weeks remain until the 2011-12 Preconstructed Championships draw to a close with the crowning of a winner, and this past weekend saw us move one step closer to seeing a victor in the last of the four divisions, the Lauer. An Intro-Pack-heavy field went to battle with a pair of premium decks, and at the end of it only four emerged from the fray.

The opener was a fratricidal battle of Intro Packs from Avacyn Restored, with the aggressively-minded Fiery Dawn looking to topple the Angels of Angelic Dawn. Two-thirds of our predictors gave the nod to the latter, and were rewarded with a point. Said top-of-table favourite Jenesis, “Boros might come flying out of the gate in one or two games, but it will be the flying Angels that carry the day.”

Next it was Nicol Bolas’s turn in the pit, as his Duel Deck was put to the test against Dark Ascension’s Dark Sacrifice. Most had Bolas taking it at a canter, but Dark Sacrifice was the little deck that could! Jay Chong was one of the few who had faith in the White/Black deck, focusing less on its own strengths and more on the Dragon’s weaknesses. “Although Bolas has lots of removal, the mana base will hobble the dragon.” Indeed it was to be the surprise upset of the day, and Dark Sacrifice advances!

Far less in doubt was the fate of the Avacyn Restored Event Deck, Humanity’s Vengeance. Support of the deck was near unanimous as almost nobody saw any hope for Relentless Dead. “Zombies are good,” opined mcc1701, “but not event deck good.” outhouseinferno took a flavourful approach, saying “spoiler alert: the humans win in the third set.” Now the sole claimant to the divisional favourite, there may not be much that can stop it!

For the final match, Grave Power from Dark Ascension took on Magic 2012’s Mystical Might. Another surprise, about one-third of the Predictors had faith in the Blue/White deck to advance. Joked Icehawk7, “because when their powers combine, here comes Captain Planet!” The joke was on Grave Power, however, as the deck just couldn’t string together enough cards to find the victory it so desperately sought.

Turning now to the Prediction League, we find Jenesis still holding on to a slim lead, but having put a little more room between herself and the pack behind her. Euphet and outhouseinferno are hot on the heels, but with six more points to play for the prize package is still very much up for grabs. Here’s how the updated table looks:

As for those final six points, well, three of them will be up for grabs this Saturday as the Lauer Division concludes. For those participating in the League, we’ll want predictions for each of the three following matches in the comments of this thread:

Who will win Games 23 and 24, then go on to claim Game 28 and the right to contest the Forsythe Conference? We’ll find out this Saturday! Good luck to all predictors.

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  1. mcc1701
    Nov 21 2012

    Angelic might will beat Dark Sacrifice. Dark Sacrifice’s strength is in fliers, which Angelic Might will trump.

    Humanity’s vengeance will beat Mystical Might. Both are the same colors, but it is a loosely focused intro deck vs a strong and very focused event deck.

    Humanity’s Vengeance will be winning the 3rd match as well.

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  2. tenthtechpriest
    Nov 21 2012

    23: Angelic Might
    24: Humanity’s Vengeance
    28: Humanity’s Vengeance

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  3. Jon S
    Nov 22 2012

    A tough one, especially since I did poorly on the last round.
    My picks
    Angelic Might
    Mystical might because of cheaper creatures
    Angelic might for the win!

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  4. errtu
    Nov 22 2012

    1. Angelic Might
    2. Mystical Might
    3. Angelic Might

    no particular reason, other than that I would like Angelic vs Mystical 🙂

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  5. Diennea
    Nov 22 2012

    1. Angelic Might
    2. Mystical Might
    3. Mystical Might

    I love illusions.

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  6. Varo
    Nov 22 2012

    Game 23: Dark sacrifice
    Game 24: Mystical Might
    Game 28: Mystical Might

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  7. Icehawk7
    Nov 22 2012

    Angelic Might
    Mystical Might
    Angelic Might

    Will it happen? We’ll see, but I know I’d like it.

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  8. servant of yawgmoth
    Nov 22 2012

    angelic
    humanity
    angelic

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  9. Nov 22 2012

    23: Angelic Might
    24: Mystical Might
    28: Mystical Might

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  10. DomaDragoon
    Nov 22 2012

    Angelic Might
    Humanity’s Vengeance
    Humanity’s Vengeance

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  11. Jay Chong
    Nov 22 2012

    Dark Sacrifice
    Humanity’s Vengeance
    Humanity’s Vengeance

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  12. Jenesis
    Nov 22 2012

    23: Angelic Might. Both decks are removal-light. The Angels have shown that they can weather early game rushes, and have to jump through far fewer hoops to hit their stride in the lategame.
    24: Humanity’s Vengeance. Though lacking in air presence, the Event Deck has better rares and higher consistency.
    28: Humanity’s Vengeance. With almost as many removal spells as Might’s entire noncreature suite, this one should belong to the Humans.

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  13. Nov 23 2012

    Angelic Might
    Humanity’s Vengeance
    Humanity’s Vengeance

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  14. Just
    Nov 23 2012

    Angelic Might
    Humanity’s Vengeance
    Humanity’s Vengeance

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  15. Grue
    Nov 23 2012

    Not much time left. It’s time to toss the dice…

    Dark Sacrifice
    Mystical Might
    Mystical Might

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  16. level7
    Nov 23 2012

    23: Angelic Might
    24: Humanity’s Vengeance
    28: Humanity’s Vengeance

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  17. Limbonic_Art
    Nov 23 2012

    23: Angelic Might
    Angelic Might already showed us what it is capable of. Even when facing a deck it is somewhat weak to (early agro), it can still hope to win. Dark Sacrifice does not have the tools to conquer Angelic Might as it is slow and needs to bid its time to get its engine working. Angelic might just needs to stall until the late game and overwhelm with its big angels.
    24: Humanity’s Vengeance
    This is a “good stuff deck” as it was already identified in the review. Its potent removal suite will be able to break the lllusions and troublesome fliers. Mystical Might will put up a good fight, it will be tough to win. But in the end, superior removal, strong soulbond pairings and in general more consistency will triumph.
    28: Humanity’s Vengeance will triumph over big angels if it wins through big illusions. Better early game than Angelic Might, and ways to clear its fewer army of angels compared to the overhwelming amount of small weenies with double strike/lifelink/flying or whatever else they are given. It can even copy creatures with Phyrexian Metamorph and tap them with Gideon’s lawkeeper. The wall of Angelic Might will not be enough unfortunately, although I’d love to see angels win it all.

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  18. Nov 24 2012

    1-Angelic Might
    2-Mystical might
    3- angelic might

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  19. Nov 24 2012

    At this point I don’t win with sane predictions.
    Angelic Might
    Mystical Might
    Angelic Might

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  20. Nov 24 2012

    Dark Sacrifice
    Mystical Might
    Mystical Might

    Reply
  21. Jacopo Sassi
    Nov 24 2012

    Dark Sacrifice
    Humanity’s Vengeance
    Humanity’s Vengeance

    Reply
  22. stric9
    Nov 24 2012

    Angelic Might
    Humanity’s Vengeance
    Humanity’s Vengeance

    Reply

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