2007-08 Precon Championships: Round 2 and the Leaderboard
Welcome back to the 2007-08 Preconstructed Championships! We’ve come through the opening round of the Nagle Division, and brace for impact- there be upsets ahead!
The story of the weekend was Tenth Edition. These rather unassuming decks were widely undervalued, a fate not at all uncommon for Core Set decks (and not without some justification). First up for the underdogs was Arcanis’s Guile, which took Sidestep to the mat in only two games. Only three brave souls staked their fortunes to it, and in a field where no one predictor took three points on the day, it paid off in a big way. Observing the carnage, Jay Chong called Guile the “Cinderella story no one saw coming.” Will it be able to continue its run?
Similarly, the removal-laden Evincar’s Tyrrany had its way with the more nuanced Aura Mastery. This was in some ways a nightmare matchup for the Shadowmoor Theme Deck, as removal is an aura’s greatest weakness. It never seemed to be able to get much going, as the mono-Black deck snuffed it time and again. Oh, and Ascendant Evincar showing up in both games didn’t hurt, either. Morten Dall’s instincts proved true here as he wondered if Tyranny might “bulldoze the defenses,” but in the end he cast his lot for Aura Mastery all the same. Close, Morten! Eleven other predictors gave ol’ Crovax the nod here, but Aura Mastery was clearly the odds-on favourite.
As predictable in the other direction was the fratricidal clash between the Elves of Elvish Predation and the Elves of Duel Decks: Elves vs Goblins. Forty of you gave the Duel Decks version the nod, and weren’t disappointed. thesecretasian cited the deck’s higher “consistency and power,” and past champion Icehawk perhaps summed it up best when he said, “mono-Green Elves are a beast.”
Again, nobody cleaned up on points this week, keeping the race very close out of the starting gate! Here’s the leaderboard:
As always, please let us know if you note any errors in the tally, we’ll be happy to confirm.
If you’re new to the competition or towards the bottom of the pack, don’t worry! There are plenty of chances to gain lost ground ahead, it’s still only the beginning.
On that note, here are this Saturday’s matches. If this is your first time in the Prediction League, this second week is a little bit different.
First, you’ll want to predict the winners of Games 17 and 18 in the above brackets. Then, based on your picks of who’s going to advance, you’ll then want to tell us who you think the overall winner of game 25 is going to be- the deck that will be the Nagle Division’s champion! These matches are often where the most crucial points are won and lost, as that third game is the hardest to predict!
Good luck to all!