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May 7, 2013

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2007-08 Precon Championships: Round 6 and the Leaderboard

by Dredd77

After a slight bump in the road, the Preconstructed Championships are back on track. It will take much more than a hetic week to sideline the power and the glory of a season’s worth of precon decks battling it out with eternal glory and supremacy, as they look to scribe their name in the book of champions.

Yesterday saw two matches play out on the sands of the arena floor. First, Tenth Edition mono-White deck Cho-Manno’s Resolve pitted its combat skills against the recursive shenanigans of Death March. The Eventide deck was the clear favourite, with very few staking their fortunes to Cho-Manno and his revolutionary zeal. In making his pick, Errtu drew upon past experience. “I have seen too many core decks win against all odds,” he noted, “I’m betting this one will be the same.” Although it went to three games, Resolve managed to get the job done when it assembled its brutal combo of Cho-Manno, Revolutionary enchanted with Pariah.

Next up we had another Eventide deck, Life Drain, going up against Shadowmoor’s Army of Entropy. This time Eventide wouldn’t be denied. With our predictors more or less evenly split, Life Drain shut out its opponent in two straight, winning with a silly amount of life. Credit to two of our competitors, necrotyr and Triumph, who managed to pick up both points on the day. This managed to move them up to the top of the table, but we still have yet to see one person break out of the pack. Still, Triumph’s pair of points let him draw level with the leaders. 

Here’s the updated leaderboard!

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As ever, if you catch a discrepancy kindly let us know and we’ll correct it.

For this weekend’s precon action, we have two more matches for your bloodthirsty enjoyment! For those participating in the Prediction League, there are three points on offer.

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Make sure to leave your picks for the winners of all three games. If you’d like a refresher on the decks, be sure to check out our deck primer from last week’s article. The nex tround of matches goes live this Saturday, so you have until then to get the predictions in. Best of luck to all!

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  1. ledvdz
    May 7 2013

    Hard one here…
    21) Life drain
    22) Kamahl’s Temper
    27) Life Drain
    Yes, I like Life Drain a lot.

    Reply
  2. May 7 2013

    21: Life Drain – Plenty of hard removal, ways to beat the pacifism, and big fliers to clog the skies. Life Drain takes this one down no questions asked

    22: Kamahl’s Temper – While Superabundance has some pretty wicked good threats with decent card draw it has no real removal to speak of. Never underestimate a mono red deck that packs fistfuls of haste and burn when it goes up against a removal-less opponent. Temper slams this one home.

    27: Life Drain – Anyone who has played a lot of mono red knows there is nothing worse then a deck that gains a ton of life as your opponent. And when that is the whole point of the deck, forget about it. Life Drain FTW.

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  3. tenthtechpriest
    May 8 2013

    21 cho mano
    22 superabundance
    27 superabundance

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  4. Jenesis
    May 8 2013

    21) Life Drain. Resplendent Mentor is a brutal trump that Cho-Manno has no way to get rid of, while the same can’t be said of Pariah against Life Drain’s robust removal suite. Worst case scenario, if Life Drain manages to stabilize the board, it can pull out a win by decking.
    22) Kamahl’s Temper. Speed and burn will prevail over a gimmicky slow deck.
    27) Life Drain. Although Temper is a more focused construction than Army, it’s still at a disadvantage against a deck that can gain colossal amounts of life. Kamahl might steal a game if its signature legend hits the board, but without the Evincar’s tutoring power I don’t see it happening twice.

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  5. Jay Chong
    May 8 2013

    Life Drain
    Kamahl’s Temper
    Life Drain

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  6. Darksamus
    May 8 2013

    Life drain.
    Kamahl temper.
    Life drain.

    Reply
  7. desmond b
    May 8 2013

    Well the only way i can catch up is with upsets, I have lived as few dared to dream!

    Cho-Manno
    Kamahl’s Temper
    Kamahl’s Temper

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  8. Varo
    May 8 2013

    Game 21: Cho-Manno
    Game 22: Kamahl’s Temper
    Game 27: Kamahl’s Temper

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  9. Icehawk
    May 8 2013

    hmmm.

    Cho-Manno. It may be a long shot, but it’s not like it hasn’t surprised me before!
    Kamahl’s Temper coz even Red Kamahl is cool.
    Cho-Manno. Another heated battle. Another potentially long shot.

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  10. servant of yawgmoth
    May 8 2013

    life drain
    kamahl
    life drain

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  11. May 8 2013

    Here’s to hoping we end up with the best combination of deck names:
    – Cho Mannos Resolve
    – Kamahls Temper
    Semifinals
    – Kamahls Temper

    We need a suitably nasty sounding name to face off against Evincar’s Tyranny.

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  12. Grue
    May 8 2013

    – Life Drain
    – Kamahl’s Temper
    – Kamahl’s Temper

    Reply
  13. robertds413
    May 8 2013

    Life drain
    Superabundance
    Life drain

    Reply
  14. Brad Hall
    May 8 2013

    Game 21: Life Drain
    Game 22: Kamahl’s Temper
    Game 27: Life Drain

    Reply
  15. May 9 2013

    Life Drain wins, only to face Kamahl’s Temper… And still Life Drain wins against it! Well, that’s what I think anyway. 🙂

    Reply
  16. Ruaranicus
    May 9 2013

    No mucking around this time, core set decks all the way. Very impressive performances and it’s worth the shot.
    21: Cho Manno’s Resolve
    22: Kamahl’s Temper

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    • Ruaranicus
      May 9 2013

      Oops, posting from the mobile.
      Game 27: Kamahl’s Temper

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  17. 21: Life Drain. Pariah only stops damage — not life loss — so even if that combo gets assembled, I think the Eventiders can still take it.
    22: Kamahl’s Temper. Kamahl’s fire and friends should be too fast for Superabundance to stabilize.
    27: Life Drain. Like Jenesis said, lifegain is the bane of a burn deck. That said, it’s no gimme — Life Drain’s pilot will have to tread carefully around hasty creatures and burn.

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  18. Game 21: Life Drain has a superior removal package, with several spells that can eliminate the redoubtable Cho-Manno. It also has direct damage. And a couple of beefy flyers to help compete up above. Cho-Manno still has the advantage of smaller deck = greater consistency, but I think Life Drain takes the win.

    Game 22: Superabundance…huh. I guess it just wins by building up a huge swarm of creatures? I don’t see much in the way of win conditions (Invert the Skies, I suppose). Kamahl’s Temper, though, wow! Some of the best burn / removal I’ve seen in a precon. Kamahl’s Temper for the win.

    Game 27: So, Life Drain vs. Kamahl. I can easily imagine this going either way…Life Drain wins a long game, Kamahl wins quickly, Life Drain has remove and direct damage and air power, Kamahl has burn and haste, Life Drain has life gaining, Kamahl small-size consistency…SO…I rolled a d20, even for Life Drain and odd for Kamahl. I got an even number… I pick Life Drain to eek the win over the nonetheless high-quality Kamahl precon.

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  19. errtu
    May 10 2013

    1. Life Drain
    2. Kamahl’s Temper
    3. Kamahl’s Temper

    Red deck wins!

    Reply
  20. May 10 2013

    21 – Life drain
    22 – Kamahl’s temper
    27 – Life drain

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  21. ChrisBro.55
    May 10 2013

    G21: Life Drain
    G22: Kamahl’s Temper
    G27: Kamahl’s Temper. If they were both 60 card decks I might have gone with Life Drain. I’m hoping Kamahl has quicker access to his haste and burn

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  22. Limbonic_art
    May 10 2013

    21: Life Drain
    Life Drain is a solid deck with many good elements. It also has some filler and unimprisive cards, while Cho-Manno has more consistency by being a 40-card construction. Life drain is till packed with impressive removal in Unmake, Recumbent Bliss, Soul Reap, and the very conditional overpriced Safe Passage that is Endure. Impressive life-gain and an air army will prevail over Cho-Manno, but it might take the match to game three.

    22: Kamahl’s Temper
    The tenth edition theme decks have been quite impressive, this one has a removal suite not only as good as blacks Evincar’s Tyranny but could be better since it can also finish off a wounded opponent. Superabundance is not a bad deck but it does not have any direct removal in the simic colors. All it has are tap effects and some sorcery-speed combat tricks, it will be hard to prevail over a 40-card deck with alot of burn. Easy win for the red deck
    27: Kamahl’s Temper
    I will be honest, I love Life drain and want it to win but I am going the safer bet here. Although red decks hate lifegain strategies, it has a total of 7 pieces of removal, 5 which can finish off an opponent on the verge of death. Beacon of Destruction and Blaze have the potential to be the largest and can get rid of Divinity of Pride or Archon of Justice. Kamahl himself is a lightning bolt on a stick, if he stays he will be able to kill all of Life-Drain’s targets one by one. The real prolem that Kamahl will face is life drain’s 2 rares and the impressive 6-card removal spells that Life Drain has. Prodigal Pyromancer and Bogardan Firefiend will also kill off all the little one toughness creatures Life Drain has. The tenth edition decks have been so solid that it will be hard to win against them, especially the monstruosity that Kamahl’s Temper is.

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  23. Yawgmoth
    May 10 2013

    Game 21: Life Drain (EVE)
    Game 22: Kamahl’s Temper (10E)
    Game 27: Kamahl’s Temper (10E)

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  24. Sparky
    May 10 2013

    21) Life Drain
    22) Kamahl’s Temper
    27) Life Drain

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  25. Karnival
    May 10 2013

    G21. Cho-Manno G22. Kamahl’s Temper G27. Cho-Manno

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  26. Athena
    May 10 2013

    21. Cho-Manno’s Resolve (10E)
    22. Superabundance (EVE)
    27. Superabundance (EVE)

    Reply
  27. May 11 2013

    Life Drain
    Kamahl’s Temper
    Kamahl’s Temper
    Taking a chance on the final.

    Reply
  28. spheniscine
    May 11 2013

    21 Life Drain
    22 Superabundance
    27 Superabundance

    Reply
  29. Zack
    May 11 2013

    Life Drain
    Kamahl’s Temper
    Kamahl’s Temper

    Reply

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