With the Tinsman Division having been settled last weekend, we’re about halfway done as we turn our attention next to the Forsythe. As before, we’ll return to the Rosewater Conference clash for our final Precon Playoff piece when the Champion is crowned. In a result that came as something of a surprise for many, Mirrodin Besieged’s Doom Inevitable managed to outlast its opponents and proliferate its way to victory. In doing so, it defeated New Phyrexia’s Feast of Flesh, which itself had triumphed in the opening round against an Archenemy deck and looked to be a strong contender.
Certainly our predictors had by and large expected a different result. The successful prediction rate this time was only 35%. To be fair, the weeks where a Division are divided have something of a curveball built into them. In most matches, both contestants are known. However, to get all three points a predictor must not only guess the outcomes of both lead-up matches, but then must choose which one they think will take it all. Pick wrong in the first two matches, and unless you hedge your own bets by choosing a third deck, you’re walking away empty-handed.
Welcome back to the exciting conclusion of the Tinsman Division! Last week eight contenders battled it out in the arena for the honour of representing this storied division, and four of them saw their dreams dashed in a first-round exit. Now the remaining four are back for the final three games to determine which one deck will contend with the Knights Duel Deck for domination of the Rosewater Conference, and a shot at the championship! With the 2009-10 Precon Champion having come from the Tinsman (Eldrazi Arisen), the pressure to perform is on. Which will be the last deck standing?
Today’s matches promise to be furiously contested. In the first bracket we have Doom Inevitable, the proliferation/living weapon deck from Mirrodin Besieged. To advance it’s going to need to get through Metalcraft in a battle which fittingly pits the Mirrans against the Phyrexians. In the day’s other bracket we have Feast of Flesh, a removal-heavy New Phyrexia construction taking on the last remaining Core Set deck in the Rosewater Conference, Breath of Fire.
As all four are Intro Pack decks, so one could fairly say that regardless the winner the hardest challenge lies ahead when it takes on Knights. But today, we’ll only be deciding the winner of the Tinsman Division, and what better time than the present?
Last weekend’s opening round of Tinsman Division action stumped our reader-predictors! The opening round of the Nagle Division saw a 61% accuracy rate in picking the winners of the matchups. Once the top four decks advanced to fight it out for the division, the predictions moved up to 67% accurate. Round One of the Tinsman? Forty-four percent. Without question, the relative lack of a steamroller powerhouse in the vein of War of Attrition helped explain the drop, but it’s also interesting to see how it affected the leaderboard.
In the short history of the Preconstructed Championships, the Tinsman Division holds a place of high honour, for it was from here that the inaugural champion arose. In a story that gives hope to underdogs everywhere, Eldrazi Arisen battled its way through rare-filled opposition, first a Duel Deck, then a Planechase deck, and finally a Duels of the Planeswalkers deck to give it the right to appear in the finals. There it met Invading Spawn, and in the end this gauntlet forged a champion. And while the next season (2008-09, for we go backwards as well as forwards) added little silverware to the cabinet- its champion was vanquished by Jace’s Duel Deck- the Tinsman is hungry for victory and eager for glory. Will they be the first division with a repeat win?
What a weekend we had with the Preconstructed Deck Championships! In what will surely be one of the most startling upsets of the tournament, the Knights deck from Duel Deck: Knights vs Dragons first took down their archrival Dragons, then went on to defeat the Event Deck War of Attrition in a tense match that went the distance to three games. Many had hopes, but few had believed that Knights would emerge triumphant against so powerful a foe. Alas, the same could not be said for poor Deadspread, another underdog who fell as expected to War of Attrition.
And we’re back with the exciting conclusion of Nagle Division action! Last week eight decks lined up for their shot at glory. Four were defeated, and today another three will be sent home. Only one deck will have earned the right to represent the Nagle Division in the semifinals, aiming at a chance at immortality.
On the one hand, we have a Duel Decks recreation as Dragons takes on Knights. Dragons saw off an Archenemy deck in a fratricidal matchup, and stands poised for the double. The Knights had a slightly easier go of it, stepping over the smouldering corpse of a Mirrodin Besieged Intro Pack.
Welcome back to the midweek coverage of the 2010-11 Preconstructed Championships! This past weekend brought us some heated and furious action in the opening round of the Nagle Division as the first eight decks took to the field.
In the all-Dragon opener, Dragons defeated Scorch the World with Dragonfire, while the favoured Knights trounced the Mirrodin Besieged Intro Pack Battle Cries. This sets the stage for a Knights vs Dragons round two, each deck purpose-built to defeat the other. Who will earn victory’s favour and contest for the divisional banner?
Today coverage of the eagerly-awaited 2010-11 Preconstructed Championships games begins! We’ll observe the customary order of beginning with the Nagle Division in the Rosewater Conference, and by the end of the day half of the field will be swept away by the tide of defeat. We have some new faces this time around, Event Decks straining at the bit to prove what they’re made of. Can the rest of the field withstand them to claim the ultimate prize- the ability to stand in the Hall of Champions as the best of your class!
The first round of exciting Precon Playoff action should be coming to you this weekend, so it’s time to start making your predictions! Here are the first round matches:
For the third time, we are descending into the battle arena with a season’s worth of contenders to battle for supremacy and determine the last deck standing! Having come to the end of the 2010-11 Season with the release of Magic 2012 (and Innistrad right around the corner), it’s time to crown a champion to stand beside 2008-09’s Dead Ahead and 2009-10’s Eldrazi Arisen. This time, though, there are some new faces vying for dominance, and the field is much more competitive.
To be sure, we have no shortage of decks lining up to do battle this season, coming in at the perfect number- 32! This time around, we’ll be looking at them in terms of tiers, to give you an idea of who the frontrunners look to be, and which decks are going to need a little extra luck- and a few upsets- on their path to glory.