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April 17, 2013

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2007-08 Precon Championships: Round 3 and the Leaderboard

by Dredd77

Welcome back to our ongoing coverage of the 2007-08 Preconstructed Championships! We’re now about a quarter of the way through, with this past weekend’s action having given us a winner of the Nagle Division. Evincar’s Tyranny proved a surprising upset that caught many of our predictors off-guard, but plenty of points were picked up all the same.

What was it about Evincar’s Tyranny? Certainly it had its work cut out for it against some very strong opposition, but as a Core Set deck it seemed to fly beneath the radar. Aaro79 expressed it well when he noted, “I went with Elves in the last match because Evincar’s Tyranny had lots of removal, but no sweeper… turns out it DOES, actually — it’s just attached to the deck’s namesake. Against a deck that gets a lot of its firepower from 1/1 tokens, Ascendant Evincar is brutal, as seen in that first game. You’ve earned this slow golf clap, Crovax. Nicely done.”

Perhaps overlooked too was the deck’s size. Many noted the abundant removal spells in the deck, but with only 40 cards that package was effectively even bigger.  Will Crovax have what it takes to keep the momentum going? As we turn to the Tinsman Division, we’ll soon find out who Crovax will be going up against for the right to represent the Rosewater Conference in the Grand Final! 

As for our Prediction League, special mention goes to Jars Cristobal, Sparky, and Thatguyjames. All three of them got a perfect record this week, vaulting towards the top of the leaderboard. SPeaking of leaderboards, here’s how it looks after the dust clears on Week 2.

Week 2 Leaderboard

We still have a crowded field at the top, with it being too early yet to see a breakout leader. Indeed, there are plenty of points to play for yet, so if you’re closer to the bottom than the top don’t be discouraged! Fortunes in the Prediction League can change on a dime, and a good streak of guesses can make princes from paupers.

As always, should you note a discrepancy in our accounting, just let us know.

Now, let’s look forward to this weekend’s matches!

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That’s right, there are two byes, meaning that only two points will be up for grabs this week! To assist you with your predictions, here is the dossier on the Tinsman Division’s contenders.

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Battle Blitz

Colours: White, Red

Set: Eventide

Rares: Balefire Liege, Hateflayer

Detail: On the face of it, one could be forgiven for assuming that Battle Blitz was more or less another “aggressive Boros deck” in a long line of aggressive Boros decks, but that would be missing some of the subtlety that Battle Blitz brings to the table. Sure it likes you to attack early and often, but it also makes heavy use of the untap (Untap) mechanic. Attacking creatures have a second purpose as they untap themselves for all sorts of utility tricks, while wither and chroma give it extra impact. (Reviews not available)

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Boggart Feast

Colours: Black, Red

Set: Lorwyn

Rares: Boggart Mob, Mad Auntie

Detail: A tribal Goblins deck, Lorwyn saw Black creep into the Goblin’s colour identity. Thanks to kinship and a plethora of tribal cards that card about Goblins this is a deck high in synergy. Though it can take some time to get going, these Goblins can certainly pack a punch once they get their act together! (Reviews)

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Goblins

Colours: Red

Set: Duel Decks: Elves vs Goblins

Rares: Clickslither, Ib Halfheart Goblin Tactician, Siege-Gang Commander, Skirk Fire Marshal

Detail: For a more traditional look at the Goblin tribe, we have the Goblins deck from the first-ever Duel Decks release. Crammed with Goblins from both the Lorwyn and Onslaught blocks, this is an all-star murderer’s row of the best of what Red’s signature tribe has to offer. (Reviews)

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Going Rogue

Colours: Blue, Black

Set: Morningtide

Rares: Auntie’s Snitch, Notorious Throng

Detail: Just when we were used to the tribal-by-race extravaganza of Lorwyn, Morningtide kicked it up even further by introducing tribal by class! Going Rogue is a deck for the inner sneak in all of us, bringing together Goblins, Faeries, Merfolk and more. Thanks to the prowl mechanic, big effects come at a cheap cost if you manage to get your Rogues through on an opponent for damage, giving this highly-rated deck a real leg up! Will it have what it takes to out-sneak the opposition? (Reviews)

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Overkill

Colours: Red, Green

Set: Shadowmoor

Rares: Mossbridge Troll, Prismatic Omen

Detail: Like we saw with Battle Blitz above, Overkill takes a familiar archetype then gives it a surprise twist! In this case, you get your stock standard Red/Green burn-n-beats, which can overrun a poorly-equipped opponent all by itself. But then its secret weapon are cards that card about the amount of land of a certain type you have in play, paired alongside other cards that play with land types. That Jaws of Stone becomes all the more lethal when all of your lands look like Mountains! (Reviews not available)

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Shamanism

Colours: White, Black, Green

Set: Morningtide

Rares: Leaf-Crowned Elder, Reach of Branches

Detail: The second class-tribal deck from Morningtide brings us the Shaman of the Treefolk tribe. The set’s only three-colour deck, we found it overall to be fairly underwhelming. Still, a grove of Treefolk are nothing to trifle with if given enough time and space to take root and grow! (Reviews)

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And there they are, the aspirants of the Tinsman Division! Don’t forget to leave your predictions for Games 5 and 6, which will go up sometime this Sunday. We’ll happily take predictions anytime up until then, and best of luck to all!

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36 Comments Post a comment
  1. Brad Hall
    Apr 17 2013

    Game 5: Going Rogue
    Game 6: Battle Blitz

    Reply
  2. Apr 17 2013

    1) Going Rogue
    2) Battle Blitz

    Of course, I have no idea of what these decks are supposed to do, so I’m just going on my favored color combinations…

    Reply
  3. Ari
    Apr 17 2013

    Game 1 Going Rogue
    Game 2 Boggart Feast

    I hope I go better this round haha.

    Reply
  4. tenthtechpriest
    Apr 18 2013

    going rogue
    battle blitz

    Reply
  5. Jay Chong
    Apr 18 2013

    Game 1 Going Rogue
    Game 2 Boggart Feast

    Reply
    • Jay Chong
      Apr 18 2013

      Crap, I made an error. My revised prediction:

      Game 1 Going Rogue
      Game 2 Battle Blitz

      Reply
  6. mcc1701
    Apr 18 2013

    Shamanism
    Boggart Feast

    I have experienced shamanism played against me and it is pretty strong. It has decent removal and can accrue card advantage if it wins clashes.

    Reply
  7. Jenesis
    Apr 18 2013

    Game 5 Going Rogue
    Game 6 Battle Blitz

    Reply
  8. Ruaranicus
    Apr 18 2013

    Game 5 – Going Rogue looks pretty strong
    Game 6 – Not really got any idea so I’ll say Battle Blitz, those rares look pretty splashy.

    Only deck I’ve played before in this division is Overkill; my dad picked it up and it’s pretty scary. The Mossbridge Troll is just brutal and I don’t see many other decks having the stuff to get rid of it.

    Reply
  9. Morten Dall
    Apr 18 2013

    1. Going Rogue
    2. Battle Blitz

    The Going Rogue deck sounded interesting, and I think they will overwhelm the Shamans. For the second game I think it will be close, but I think Boros colors will win the race.

    Reply
  10. Apr 18 2013

    5. Going Rouge: Three colors is just too much of a hazard against a deck with the synergy that Going Rouge has

    6. Battle Blitz: Plenty of removal and the ability to attack and block with ease. Gotta give it to the Boros on this one

    Reply
  11. Icehawk
    Apr 18 2013

    Going Rogue
    Battle Blitz

    🙂

    Reply
    • Icehawk
      Apr 20 2013

      off topic, but I have to thank you for these championships. Have really given me a lot of deck ideas and tweak ideas for my various deck, because of them.

      Reply
      • Apr 23 2013

        Glad to hear it. Thanks for your continuing participation! That’s awesome that they inspire deckbuilding, we get the bug ourselves quite often

        Reply
  12. Darksamus
    Apr 18 2013

    Game 5: Going Rogue.
    Game 6: Battle blitz

    Reply
  13. Apr 18 2013

    I’m leery of 3-color theme decks, especially considering Shamanism is putting in 2 plains for 2 non-critical spells. The Boggart have good synergy, but so does Blitz. With so many hybrid mana spells, Blitz isn’t as susceptible to the mana issues which plague many theme decks.

    Game 5: Going Rogue
    Game 6: Battle Blitz

    Reply
  14. Varo
    Apr 18 2013

    Game 5: Shamanism
    Game 6: Battle blitz

    I think Shamanism has a good chance to stall the game against the rogues and then win through attrition. On the other hand, battle blitz seems a bit better that the goblin deck.

    Reply
  15. Desmond B
    Apr 18 2013

    Game 5: Going rogue
    Game 6: Boggart Feast

    I have a soft spot for the rogues deck

    Reply
  16. Grue
    Apr 18 2013

    Game 5: Going Rogue
    Game 6: Battle Blitz

    Reply
  17. Zack
    Apr 18 2013

    Game 5: Shamanism
    Game 6: Boggart Feast

    Reply
  18. Game 5: Going Rogue
    Game 6: Battle Blitz

    I’d love to vote for the Shamanism deck – the Treefolk look cool. However, past evidence suggests the Rogues are surprisingly proficient lumberjacks.

    Reply
  19. ChrisBro.55
    Apr 18 2013

    G5: Going Rogue
    G6: Battle Blitz
    I can’t see game 5 going the other way. Game 6 could be close but hopefully Battle Blitz will come through.

    Reply
  20. Jon S
    Apr 18 2013

    Game 5 Going Rogue. If the original match up was anything to watch, the rogues walked all over the trees.
    Game 6 Battle Blitz- that deck appears to be very fast compared to Boggart Feast.

    Reply
  21. Apr 18 2013

    Yeah, hell yeah! 😛

    Going Rogue and Battle Blitz are gonna be facing off after this first round in the Tinsman Division, I’m guessing 🙂

    Reply
  22. errtu
    Apr 19 2013

    1. Shamanism – I think it’ll do better than Going Rogue, despite having one extra color, it packs much better spot removal cards which will hopefully give it the edge it needs.

    2. Boggart Feast – Goblins are aggressive and fast and will overrun the Eventide deck if it gets enough of the little critters on the table in time, especially with Mad Auntie present.

    Reply
  23. Apr 19 2013

    Battleblitz
    Going Rogue

    Reply
  24. servant of yawgmoth
    Apr 19 2013

    going rogue
    battle blitz

    Reply
  25. Apr 20 2013

    5 – Going Rogue
    6 – Battle Blitz

    Reply
  26. spheniscine
    Apr 20 2013

    5 – Going Rogue
    6 – Battle Blitz

    Reply
  27. Limbonic_art
    Apr 20 2013

    5 – Going Rogue
    6 – Battle Blitz

    I feel that match 5 is no contest for Going Rogue, since the match was played out before and Going Rogue is one of the best decks this season has. Battle Blitz against Boggart Feast could be more even, but Blitz has more removal and tap tools and Boggart has only a few pieces of removal. Battle Blitz is also strong, it even gave a match to some of my constructed decks as is. A force to be reckoned with.

    Reply
  28. aaronaut
    Apr 21 2013

    1) Going Rogue
    2) Battle Blitz

    Not sure if it’ll pan out, but going with my pet choices here. 🙂
    -aaro79

    Reply
  29. Sparky
    Apr 21 2013

    5) Going Rogue
    6) Battle Blitz

    Reply
  30. Athena
    Apr 21 2013

    5. Going Rouge (MOR)
    6. Boggart Feast (LRW)

    Reply
  31. Yawgmoth
    Apr 21 2013

    Game 5: Going Rogue (MOR)
    Game 6: Battle Blitz (EVE)

    Reply
  32. Karnival
    Apr 21 2013

    G1. Going Rogue G2. Battle Blitz

    Reply
  33. Apr 21 2013

    Going Rogue
    Battle Blitz

    Reply

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