2007-08 Precon Championships: Round 5 and the Leaderboard
For the past three years or so that we’ve run Ertai’s Lament, we’ve done a pretty good job of not letting the events of life get in the way of publishing on schedule. That said, while we’ve still managed to post our deck reviews apace, something fell by the wayside this past week. As many of you know, Jimi is expecting twins, and this past week has given us a dreadful scare. Still, an ultrasound today revealed that “Moose and Squirrel” are coming along just fine, and our worst fears have been unfounded. Splendid news, but it does show where our focus has been this past week.
So when Icehawk left a comment this morning asking if the next round of the Championships had hit any delays, I nearly fainted dead away. This past week I’ve had a nagging sense that there was something I’d forgotten to do, but try as I might I couldn’t figure it out. I was even getting the decks ready for this weekend’s matches, but Icehawk’s note solved the puzzle. I’d forgotten to post the midweek thread for the next round of predictions!
So please accept my apologies for the oversight, and we’ll go ahead and get back on track. Ordinarily, we’d have the matches go up on Sunday, but I’m going to push it back a day to give everyone extra time to get their predictions in. Just to be clear, here’s the schedule:
- Friday, 03 May (today): call for predictions
- Monday, 06 May: matches go up
- Tuesday, 07 May: call for next round’s predictions (back on normal timetable)
Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. Now, on to the Championships!
Last week’s matches saw the high-flying Shamanism take on Eventide’s Battle Blitz. The Prediction League was evenly split on the outcome, but while the Treefolk punched hard in the first round they just couldn’t hold up against the Red/White Blitz. acollins1773, who went three-for-three this week, observed, “Shamanism fooled me last week, but the raw power that Battle Blitz is packing is gonna be way to much for it this time.” Indeed that proved to be the case, as Blitz felled the Treefolk in two straight.
Next up we saw Overkill go up against the Goblins deck from Duel Decks: Elves vs Goblins. Another one-sided affair, the mono-Red Goblins proved to be too much for the untested Overkill. Noted past League champion Jenesis, “Goblins is a solid monocolor construction and won’t have to contend with a sweeper-on-a-stick this time,” referring to the trouble the Elves half of the Duel Deck ran afoul of.
Those hoping for a closer match were not left disappointed as the Tinsman Division Finals saw the clash go all three games. Battle Blitz was able to outrace the Goblins for the opener, but the Goblins recover in the second behind a massive Reckless One. With all to play for, it went right down to the wire, but on a one-turn clock and at 2 life Goblins took the win and the division!
Here’s the updated leaderboard.
Congratulations also must go to Brad Hall, Icehawk, Jars Cristobol, Jay Chong, ledvdz, limbonic_art, originalflavorgobias, and Sparky for taking all three points on the day. In addition, the race is starting to see the frontrunner pack break up a little, as only three predictors share pole position (down from seven). With just over half the competition still to play, though, there’s plenty of points to play for.
As always, should you note any discrepancy with your points, kindly bring it to our attention and we’ll sort it out! Now, with the Rosewater Conference nearly settled, we turn our attentions to the Forsythe, starting with the Turian Division.
Here are the upcoming matches for the first round of the Turian. To help our Predictors make their picks, let’s next take a look at each of the disvision’s contenders.
Set: Tenth Edition
Rares: Cho-Manno Revolutionary, Pariah
Detail: Cho-Manno was a legend from Mercadian Masques who led the insurgent Rebels, and fittingly enough this is a mono-White deck with a martial theme. With threats all throughout the mana curve it deviates some from the “White weenie” archetype, and fields a few solid threats in the air. As added insurance, it also runs the classic “bone crank,” the Icy Manipulator. (reveiws: not available)
Colours: Black, Green
Detail: Death March, as the name suggests, is a graveyard/recursion type deck that plays with -1/-1 counters. Thanks to the Quillspike, it even looks to break persist by letting those creatures return again and again- and at full strength. Packed full of creatures with a small supporting suite, this is one midrange deck that truly lives up to its name. (reviews: not available)
Colours: White, Black
Detail: Another Eventide deck, Life Drain instead looks to play with the transference of life. Whether it be through creatures with lifelink or draining effects like Syphon Life, this deck’s spindown life counter becomes a perpetual motion machine. It runs the usual 24/12 split of creatures to effects, and while it’s not the most aggressive deck of the lot the ability to keep itself topped up with life lets it develop nearly at its leisure. (reviews: not available)
Army of Entropy
Colours: Black, Red
Detail: This deck is packed full of Elementals, and turns -1/-1 counters to its advantage. Blowfly Infestation keeps the drain-train going, while the counters keep coming through wither and Scar. Despite the name, the deck runs a leaner mix of creatures than others in its set, but that gives it plenty of room for a robust supporting suite. (reviews: not available)
Colours: Blue, Green
Detail: Much of the “colour-matters Shadowmoor” environment triggers off of the playing of certain colours of spells, and Superabundance shwcases this to the hilt. When every spell you play triggers added bonuses and effects, most any opponent will soon find itself buried beneath a mountain of incremental advantage! (reviews: not available)
Set: Tenth Edition
Detail: This mono-Red deck plays off the customary archetype, with cheap and aggressive creatures backed by a complement of burn spells. Although the Core Set decks tend to be seen as the lesser contenders thanks to a generally lower complexity and power level, there’s not a lot in the field that can long withstand sufficient fire to the face! (reviews: not available)
And there you have it! Thanks again for bearing with the delay, and we’ll resume our exciting pre-con coverage this coming Monday. Don’t forget to leave your predictions for Games 9 and 10 in the comments below!