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The Road to Worlds 2012, Week 13

by James Hoskin, Director of Organized Play

21st June 2012

This is a weekly series that aims to preview upcoming Regional tournaments, review Regional tournaments that have just taken place, highlight winning decks, interview players, and more. Last week's article was The Road to Worlds 2012, Week 12.

How can you contribute to this series? First and foremost, I am relying on results and deck lists being promptly entered into this site. I can't write about them otherwise. Other ways you can help include: taking photos, interviewing players, writing previews, and providing background information. Any other way to help the community be a part of your Regional tournament would be appreciated, too. Contact details are at the end of this article.


Week 12 Review

Saturday 16th JuneSunday 17th June
Second Edition (Standard)
CVJM Kassel e.V.
Wolfsschlucht 21
34117 Kassel
Germany
[Discuss] [Pre-register]

CVJM Kassel e.V. (Regional): Nine players participated in this this Vandros IV Regional that doubled as a warm-up for the 2012 German National Championships. The tournament only began with eight players, as Tobias Rausmann (garetjax) was delayed and missed the first round. Remarkably, he went on to win his games in rounds two, three, four and five; and ended up winning the title with his [TNG] Next Generation deck titled "No REM for cadets". He almost missed out though. Runner-up Matthias Weller (ezrifromds9), also playing [TNG] Next Generation, had four wins too. Sadly for him, one of those wins was modified, so Matthias and Tobias finished the tournament on the same number of victory points. The tiebreakers gave Tobias the victory based on their fourth round game where he beat Matthias. Sascha Kiefer (Sascha Kiefer), playing a [Fer] Ferengi deck, rebounded from losing his first two games to Matthias and Tobias, and won his remaining three games to finish in third place as the only player with three wins. Other decks played included three [Car] Cardassian, [Dom] [DS9] Dominion / Deep Space 9, [Kli] Klingon and [Voy] Voyager. Five deck lists can be found on the tournament results page, and an interview with winner Tobias Rausmann is below.

Statistics from CVJM Kassel e.V.:

Total achievements awarded7
Most achievements wonMatthias Weller (ezrifromds9) and Carsten Weller (cwlborg), with 2 each
Average achievements per player0.8
Biggest ratings gainMatthias Weller (ezrifromds9), up 38 points to 1578
Average rating of all 9 players1508

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionMatthew's Prediction
Tobias RausmannThomas SchneiderTobias RausmannTobias Rausmann

CVJM Kassel e.V. (National): The 2012 German National Championships featured ten players. Thorsten Wanek (JaglomShrek), playing a Dissident [Bor] Borg deck, was undefeated over five rounds; and had to face Tobias Rausmann (garetjax), playing a [Maq] Maquis deck titled "Maquis Tyler style v1.2", in the final confrontation. Thorsten had beaten Tobias in the second round, but the result was reversed in the final, giving Tobias his third German National Championships title in the last five years. Congratulations Tobias! Four deck lists can be found on the tournament results page, and an interview with winner Tobias Rausmann is below.


Interview

This week, Tobias Rausmann (garetjax); winner of one World Championship, three National Championships and seven Regional Championships in the Continuing Committee-era; steps into the spotlight.

James: Starting with the Regional, what decks were you considering playing?
Tobias: I played my cadet deck again for just one reason: To get the Next Generation regular achievement. For me, the "day one" of the German Nationals is always a day to test a gimmick deck or, now, to get a achievement.

James: You played the same deck in two other Regionals this year, finishing second and third. Had you thought about making any changes to the deck based on those tournaments?
Tobias: The games I lost in those Regionals were always close, and I had other decks that performed badly one day and performed well on other days. In the end, I decided against changing the deck.

James: Can you describe how your TNG/Cadet deck works?
Tobias: The deck list is here. The idea is the same as my Worlds day one deck from last year. The biggest difference is the exchange of Restore Errant Moon for Deliver Ancient Artifact after the errata to Restore Errant Moon. This also meant some changes for the equipment and the Science support personnel. The new version has easier Cunning requirements but harder skill requirements.

James: Are there any special tricks in the deck?
Tobias: A new trick that was added after the mission exchange is Richard Galen. When you are facing a wall dilemma, you can use him to give a Leadership personnel all the skills in the mission requirements (this includes another Leadership personnel for all 40 point missions). Then you can use Bridge Officer's Test to get through the wall dilemma without losing any mission skills. Goval is also a nice addition, if your opponent is not playing Transport Crash Survivors.

James: After missing the first round, did you think you could still win the Regional?
Tobias: No.

James: Who was your toughest opponent?
Tobias: Hagen with his Cardassian capture was the toughest matchup. He captured two of my cadets with Evek and, without enough cadets, I was forced to attempt my planet mission first. Fortunately Hagen has just returned to play Second Edition after two years and was not aware of some of the new powerful cards for Cardassians. Otherwise, it would have been much harder to stop his mission attempts.

James: Moving on to the Nationals, why did you decide to play Maquis?
Tobias: This version of the Maquis deck was designed by Tyler Fultz two years ago, and it is still a very strong deck. Normally, only motion pictures Original Series and past Klingon decks have a chance against it. So it was a decision between my Cadets or Tyler's Maquis.

James: Can you description how your Maquis deck works?
Tobias: The deck is a mission solver in combination with all the Maquis personnel denial tricks (Cascade Virus, Stalling for Time, etc.). In addition, it uses Aid Legendary Civilization, All-Out War and the dilemma pile to remove even more of the opponents personnel. Most opponents never have more than six or seven personnel in play at any time.

James: Are there any special tricks in the deck?
Tobias: One trick is This Side of Paradise. You still command personnel on this event and you can put them under the deck after completing Aid Legendary Civilization. So you can hurt your opponent without losing personnel you have in play.

James: After your earned bye, you lost your first game to Thorsten Wanek. What happened?
Tobias: I just forgot about The New Resistance that can be used with the Borg dissidents. I flew my Defiant to his mission and he played the event the next turn. That meant he was able to play a complete crew in one turn. That was too much for my Maquis denial tricks.

James: You then won your next three games, and had to face Thorsten again in the final confrontation. How did you approach that game?
Tobias: I made sure that I never left any of my ships at a non-headquarters mission. I parked my Defiant at his Unicomplex. This made it possible to use the Defiant without leaving the Delta quadrant. I also completed my two planet missions first, without leaving a ship at either mission. This stopped Thorsten from playing The New Resistance, and he had no more than seven personnel in play at any time. In comparison, I had over twenty personnel in play at the end of the game.

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions, Tobias.


Byes

This week, three players won a Day One, Round One bye into their local Second Edition Continental Championships:

Congratulations to all players, and I wish better luck to anyone who didn't make it this time. These bye winners have been added to the list of current bye winners for the Continental Championships and the World Championships here.


Deck Statistics

There were no First Edition Regional Championships this week, and none of the missing information has been entered either, so the statistics have not changed. The total players at First Edition Regional Championships is 125 - an average of 6.0 players per tournament.

The best performing First Edition affiliations to date are [Baj] Bajoran, averaging 10.6 victory points per tournament; Hirogen, averaging 10.0 victory points; followed by [SF] Starfleet, averaging 9.7 victory points. The worst performing affiliations are Terran Empire, averaging 6.0 victory points per tournament; followed by [NA] Non-Aligned, averaging 6.8 victory points; and then [Bor] Borg, averaging 7.0 victory points.

The most popular First Edition affiliations are currently:
1.[Kli] KlingonUsed by 29 (23%) players5 Regional wins
2.[Fed] FederationUsed by 25 (20%) players6 Regional wins
3.Unknown?Used by 18 (14%) players1 Regional win
4.[Fer] FerengiUsed by 15 (12%) players3 Regional wins
5.Dual AffiliationsUsed by 12 (10%) players1 Regional win
6.Triple AffiliationsUsed by 7 (6%) players1 Regional win
7.[Baj] BajoranUsed by 4 (3%) players1 Regional win
7.[Bor] BorgUsed by 4 (3%) players
7.HirogenUsed by 4 (3%) players2 Regional wins
10.[Rom] RomulanUsed by 3 (2%) players1 Regional win
11.[SF] StarfleetUsed by 2 (2%) players1 Regional win
11.[Car] CardassianUsed by 2 (2%) players

There were nine players at one Second Edition tournament this week, taking the total players at Second Edition Regional Championships to 270 - an average of 7.7 players per tournament. Seven affiliations were played this week, the most popular being [Car] Cardassian, played three times. Prior to this week, [TNG] Next Generation had been played by 24 players at 14 Regionals, and none of them had won a title - the longest "drought" for any affiliation with two or more Regional wins.

The best performing Second Edition affiliations to date are [Baj] Bajoran, averaging 12.6 victory points per tournament; followed by [Voy] Voyager/Equinox and Earth Space 9, both averaging 12.2 victory points. The worst performing affiliations are [NA] Non-Aligned, averaging 8.7 victory points per tournament; followed by [Dom] Dominion, averaging 9.8 victory points; and then [DS9] Deep Space 9 and [Maq] Maquis, both averaging 10.0 victory points.

The most popular Second Edition affiliations are currently:
1.[TNG] Next GenerationUsed by 51 (19%) players5 Regional wins
2.[TOS] Original SeriesUsed by 22 (8%) players2 Regional wins
3.[Voy] Voyager/EquinoxUsed by 21 (8%) players6 Regional wins
3.Dual AffiliationsUsed by 21 (8%) players2 Regional wins
5.[Car] CardassianUsed by 20 (7%) players1 Regional win
5.[Kli] KlingonUsed by 20 (7%) players3 Regional wins
7.[Rom] RomulanUsed by 19 (7%) players3 Regional wins
8.[SF] StarfleetUsed by 18 (7%) players3 Regional wins
9.[Bor] BorgUsed by 13 (5%) players4 Regional wins
10.[DS9] Deep Space 9Used by 12 (4%) players
10.Earth Space 9Used by 12 (4%) players2 Regional wins
12.[Fer] FerengiUsed by 11 (4%) players
13.[Dom] DominionUsed by 10 (4%) players
14.[Maq] MaquisUsed by 7 (3%) players2 Regional wins
15.[Baj] BajoranUsed by 6 (2%) players
16.[NA] Non-AlignedUsed by 4 (2%) players1 Regional win
17.Triple AffiliationsUsed by 2 (1%) players1 Regional win
18.[TN] Terok NorUsed by 1 (0%) player

There were no Tribbles Regional Championships this week, and none of the missing information has been entered either, so the statistics have not changed. The total players at Tribbles Regional Championships is 143 - an average of 6.5 players per tournament. Excluding preliminary heats, a total of 41,020,147 Tribbles have been scored to date, an average of 286,854 Tribbles per player.

The most popular Tribbles powers in each deck are:
1.GoUsed by 28 (20%) players6 Regional wins
2.Unknown?Used by 26 (19%) players3 Regional wins
3.BonusUsed by 16 (11%) players2 Regional wins
4.RescueUsed by 14 (10%) players
5.PoisonUsed by 11 (8%) players
6.CloneUsed by 7 (5%) players2 Regional wins
7.DiscardUsed by 5 (4%) players3 Regional wins
8.FreezeUsed by 4 (3%) players
9.TallyUsed by 3 (2%) players1 Regional win
10.BattleUsed by 2 (1%) players
10.IDICUsed by 2 (1%) players
10.SkipUsed by 2 (1%) players
10.Clone/Go/IDIC/Recycle/SafetyUsed by 2 (1%) players
10.Clone/Go/UtilizeUsed by 2 (1%) players1 Regional win
15.DrawUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.MasakaUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.ReplayUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.ReverseUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.SafetyUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.ScanUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Time WarpUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.UtilizeUsed by 1 (1%) player1 Regional win
15.Bonus/RescueUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Clone/Draw/Process/ReverseUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Clone/ScoreUsed by 1 (1%) player1 Regional win
15.Clone/TallyUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Copy/Draw/Recycle/ReplayUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Copy/FreezeUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Copy/ReplayUsed by 1 (1%) player1 Regional win
15.Discard/GoUsed by 1 (1%) player1 Regional win
15.Discard/RecycleUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Go/UtilizeUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Toxin/UtilizeUsed by 1 (1%) player

Predictions

James' AccuracyKris' AccuracyPublic Predictors' Accuracy
27/78 (34.6%)25/78 (32.1%)24/76 (31.6%)

Congratulations go to last week's predictor, Matthew Frid (bandana8472), for becoming only the second public predictor to get 100% of his predictions accurate. He only had one prediction to make though, so Sean O'Reilly remains at the top of the predictors table thanks to his seven correct predictions. To make the competition more interesting, I "threw" last week's prediction (honest!), to help Kris and the public catch me up a little. There are now just three correct predictions between us all. With four predictions to be made this week, the competition is getting tense; and I may regret my decision to use Tyler's predictions instead of Jim's predictions in week six. The fate of the public predicting accuracy hangs in the hands of this week's interviewee Tobias Rausmann (garetjax). Good luck everybody. "Let's get it on!"

Past Public Predictors
Week 10Sean O'Reilly (Jono)7/7 (100%)
Week 12Matthew Frid (bandana8472)1/1 (100%)
Week 6 (b)Tyler Fultz (DJstormtrooper)7/12 (58%)
Week 7Matthew Hayes (karonofborg13)3/7 (43%)
Week 3Ben Hosp (bhosp)2/5 (40%)
Week 5Michael Van Breemen (The Ninja Scot)3/16 (19%)
Week 6 (a)Jim Sharp (jss_hobbie)2/11 (17%)
Week 4Shane Brierley (Shanebrier)1/8 (13%)
Week 1Will Hoskin (Gumbo)0/3 (0%)
Week 2Kenneth Tufts (Worf Son of Mogh)0/4 (0%)
Week 9Al Schaefer (ltkettch17)0/6 (0%)
Week 11Mike Nugent (Iron Mike)0/7 (0%)


Week 13 Preview

The complete schedule can be found in the article 2012 Regional Championships Schedule. There are four Regional tournaments this week:

Saturday 23rd JuneSunday 24th June
First Edition (OTF)
Oliver's Sickbay
Kurt-Weill-Strasse 41
D-06844 Dessau
Germany
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
Tribbles (Standard)
Tjark's Place
Sankt-Josef-Strasse 29
56068 Koblenz
Germany
[Cancelled]
First Edition (OTF)
Jazzland
Franz-Josefs-Kai 29
A-1010 Vienna
Austria
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
First Edition (OTF)
OBS De Blijberg
Gordelweg 216
3038 GA, Rotterdam
The Netherlands
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
First Edition (Revised)
Arby's Restaurant
2815 13th Avenue S
Fargo, ND 58103
United States
[Discuss] [Pre-register]

Oliver's Sickbay: This is the inaugural First Edition Vandros IV Regional to be held in Dessau, Germany. There don't appear to be any previous First Edition tournaments at the venue, or at any nearby venue either. Only eleven German players have a tournament rating, and only four of them have won a tournament. Sebastian Kirstein (Caretaker's Guest) looks to be the clear favorite of the pre-registered players. He is the reigning European Continental Champion, the #1 ranked player in Europe, the #2 ranked player in the world, and has won more First Edition tournaments than all of his fellow countrymen combined. In contrast, Oliver Thust (bashircommander) has three tournaments worth of experience under his belt, and Thomas Weidemann (Thomas Weidemann) has not played a First Edition tournament in the Continuing Committee-era. With all due respect for Sebastian's opponents, I think the phrase "one-sided" may have been invented to describe this tournament. Sebastian to win.

Kris: Sebastian Kirstein to win. Why? The Caretaker collected a Regional title earlier this year via submission, and with another specialty match on the horizon this weekend my big brain says he's poised to continue his impressive winning streak.

Tobias: Sebastian Kirstein, because he is a very good Second Edition player and an even better First Edition player.

There are no past First Edition Regional results at Oliver's Sickbay.

Tjark's Place: Sadly, this Regional has been cancelled due to illness.

Arby's Restaurant: This is the fourth year that this First Edition Andoria Regional has been organized. Previous years have seen either four or five players participate. Only one player has pre-registered so far, but tournament organizer Matthew Hayes (karonofborg13) is expecting around six to eight players on the day. Of those players, Matthew has the best First Edition winning percentage of 74%. Chris Volk (volkerii) is hot on his tail though, with a winning percentage of 72%. Ian Parmenter (Peers) follows them with a 58% winning record, while the other players have lost more games than they have won. Matthew and Chris are very closely matched, and I suspect one of them will take the title. Matthew has a higher rating, but Chris has a slightly better winning percentage in constructed tournaments. The telling statistic, though, is their head-to-head record. Of their 14 previous meetings, Chris has eight wins and Matthew has six. My gut says Chris may just edge this one.

Kris: Matt Hayes to win. Why? The man's a former Regional Champion in his own right and was recently named Pro Wrestling Illustrated's comeback wrestler of the year following his recent surge in T2E. With last year's title holder Bam Bam Berhow now outta the picture, my sources tell me The Animal will likely run wild across Newfoundland once again.

Tobias: Chris Volk to win.

Past Regional results at Arby's Restaurant:
2011, won by Jerad Berhow (Jerad) playing [Kli] Klingon.
2010 (alternate venue), won by Matthew Hayes (karonofborg13) playing [SF] Starfleet.
2009 (alternate venue), won by Jody Lamb (joedlaw).
2008, not played.

Jazzland: This First Edition "Borg Region" Regional was rearranged from earlier this month. It is the second year this Regional has been organized, with five players participating last year. The local playgroup don't appear to have played a First Edition tournament since last year's Regional. Julius Melhardt (Clerasil ToB) won then, and he has won more tournaments than all of his potential opponents combined. He also has won more tournaments than he has not won, which is an impressive feat. The only other Austrian player with a First Edition tournament win to his name is Stefan Slaby (Winner of Borg), but he has only beaten Julius once in four attempts. Stefan may be the reigning Second Edition European Champion, but Julius looks to have the edge when it comes to First Edition. Julius to win.

Kris: Julius Melhardt to win. Why? The man's won four out of seven brawls he's participated in and is the reigning Regional Champion, winning gold in that very same arena last year. History is gonna repeat itself this Sunday, mark my words!

Tobias: Julius Melhardt to win.

Past Regional results at Jazzland:
2011, won by Julius Melhardt (Clerasil ToB) playing [Fed] Federation.
2010, not played.
2009, not played.
2008, not played.

OBS De Blijberg: This is the second year that this New Bajor Regional has been organized. Six players contested the title last year, and five have pre-registered for this year's event so far. Of the nine players in the region with a tournament record, the top two rated players stand out: Enrico Evink (enrico81) and Arjan Hoek (arjan242). Enrico has won over half of the First Edition tournaments he has entered. Arjan hasn't won as many, but he still has some tournament wins to his name. Both players have won Regionals in the past; Enrico has three titles, to Arjan's one. Both also have impressive winning percentages: Enrico's 83% to Arjan's 63%. When it comes to beating Enrico, Arjan has the most wins against him of any player Enrico has faced. It all boils down to Enrico being the favorite though. Enrico to win.

Kris: Enrico Evink to win. Why? Double E's already collected Regional gold this year, and with referees prone to distraction inside the squared circle don't be surprised if he hits an Acoustic Equalizer to claim another title. Ain't he great, Gorilla?

Tobias: Enrico Evink to win.

Past Regional results at OBS De Blijberg:
2011, won by Enrico Evink (enrico81) playing [Fed] Federation.
2010, not played.
2009, not played.
2008, not played.


Next Week

A review of the final four Regional Championship results of the year, one final interview, enough statistics to drown a statistician, and the 2012 Regional Championships award ceremony. If you want to nominate a category or an individual for an award, check out this forum post, Don't forget your black tie!

Don't forget, the 2012 Australian Continental Championships also begins on Sunday. Look for coverage on Twitter and Facebook as well as this website.

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