2014-15 Precon Championships: Round 6 and the Leaderboard
And it’s another week of exciting precon action in the books, folks! Four matches this past Saturday whittled the Turian Division down to four, and there were some real surprises in the arena! How did they fare- and how did our predictors do?
First, the Magic 2015 Intro Pack Will of the Masses took on the Green Sample Deck from M15. When you talk about the “wisdom of the crowds,” this is a shining example- not one predictor picked the Green Sample Deck to win. League leader icehawk had a simple rationale:
Looks like a fun deck to me.
And it was! Every predictor had the fun of taking a point in the standings off this match, and Will of the Masses advanced to this Saturday’s divisional finals.
Next up, the Fate Reforged Clash Pack Deck, Power, went up against Speed, a Duel Deck. Opinion was more split here, with only two-thirds thinking the Duel Deck would be able to go the distance.
Here’s what Jeskai_angel had to say.
I pick Speed to win. It looks like a solid aggro / token deck. Speed does have some weak cards, but they still do something, whereas Power has durdly chaff like Annul and Taigam’s Scheming that does next to nothing. Also, Power Versus Speed totally sounds like the name of a Duel Deck product.
Next up was one of the two Commander 2014 decks, Guided by Nature which got far less popular support against Khans of Tarkir’s Temur Avalanche. Interesting fact: the top four players on the standings all picked this one correctly- and everyone else went the other way. Again with Jeskai_angel:
I pick Guided by Nature to win. I think Guided by Nature is likely to play out as an aggro deck, with more and better sources of ramp and card advantage than the Temur will be able to muster (notwithstanding their cool Morph cards – shoutout to my buddy Woolly Loxodon!).
Finally, the most underdog win of the day was the mono-Blue Peer through Time, contending against Fate Reforged’s Unflinching Assault Intro Pack. Only one predictor, ubur, picked the mono-Blue deck for the win. In fact, ubur got all four games correct, the only one to do so this week, and vaulted up the standings into real contention. Proof that one good week can keep you in the hunt, even if you’re lower in the pack!
Alas, no good quote here, as ubur didn’t expound on the pick, but here’s the current standings!
As always, if you feel there’s a discrepancy, please let me know and I’ll be happy to fix it. As for this week’s games, here are the ones to pick. You’ll want to predict the winner of each game, and THEN pick the winner of the division as the two winners face off.
Game One: Will of the Masses versus Speed
Game Two: Guided by Nature versus Peer through Time
Game Three: Winner of Game One versus Winner of Game Two
Leave your predictions below, and best of luck!