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The Road to Worlds 2013, Week 2

by James Hoskin, Director of Organized Play

11th April 2013

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 2013, Week 1.

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 1 Review

Saturday 6th AprilSunday 7th April
Second Edition (Standard)
Kaiserpalast
Pressather Str. 113
92637 Weiden
Germany
[Results]
Tribbles (Standard)
Kaiserpalast
Pressather Str. 113
92637 Weiden
Germany
[Results]
Second Edition (Standard)
The Pommeler's Rest
198 Tower Bridge Road
London, SE1 2UN
United Kingdom
[Results]
Second Edition (Standard)
Sci-Fi City
6006 E Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32807
United States
[Results]
First Edition (OTF)
OKCoyote Residence
2190 Forest Knoll Drive NE, Apt. #201
Palm Bay, FL 32905
United States
[Results]
Second Edition (Standard)
Super Games Inc.
11060 Alpharetta Highway, Suite 134
Roswell, GA 30076
United States
[Results]
Tribbles (Draft)
Super Games Inc.
11060 Alpharetta Highway, Suite 134
Roswell, GA 30076
United States
[Results]
Second Edition (Standard)
Fantasy Flight Games Event Center
1975 Oakcrest Ave, Suite 10
Roseville, MN 55113
United States
[Results]
Tribbles (Standard)
Fantasy Flight Games Event Center
1975 Oakcrest Ave, Suite 10
Roseville, MN 55113
United States
[Results]

Kaiserpalast (Second Edition): Four players participated in this three round Vandros IV Regional. After two rounds, Johannes Klarhauser (Kaiser), playing a [SF] Starfleet deck titled "Them Hoskin jinxes aint what they used to be no more."; and Flo (Flo), playing a Relativity deck titled "Zeitschiff v0.6" (translation: Timeship v0.6); were both undefeated with two wins each. They faced off in the final round, with Johannes earning a Modified Win to take the title for the second time in three years. Other decks played include [Dom] Dominion and [TNG] Next Generation. All four deck lists can be found on the tournament results page.

Statistics from Kaiserpalast:

Total achievements awarded15
Most achievements wonJohannes Klarhauser (Kaiser) with 6
Average achievements per player3.8
Biggest ratings gainMarkus Eberlein (eberlems), up 15 points to 1347
Average rating of all 4 players1590

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionSean's Prediction
Johannes KlarhauserJohannes KlarhauserJohannes KlarhauserJohannes Klarhauser

Kaiserpalast (Tribbles): Four players participated in this Vandros IV Regional following the Second Edition event. Three of the four players managed to go out at least once over the five rounds, but the highest score was only 201,320 Tribbles - scored by Johannes Klarhauser (Kaiser) in the third round. Johannes was playing a Poison/Rescue deck titled "Clever Pop Culture Reference"; which, as far as I can tell, is neither clever nor a pop culture reference. In the fourth round, Barbara Richter (R2-B2), playing a Go deck titled "Gokartrocker" (Go Kart Rocker?); Poisoned Markus Eberlein (eberlems), playing a rainbow deck titled "Tribble V"; and hit an Antidote to end the round. That put Marcus in second place, just 50,000 Tribbles behind Johannes. The final round saw lots of Battle'ing. So much so that whoever went out was likely to win the tournament. Following a Masaka, Johannes used a Discard to his advantage and was then able to go out a turn later to retain his Tribbles title. All four deck lists and one tournament report can be found on the tournament results page.

Statistics from Kaiserpalast:

Total achievements awarded7
Most achievements wonJohannes Klarhauser (Kaiser) and Flo (Flo), with 3 each
Average achievements per player1.8
Total Tribbles scored953,004
Average Tribbles scored by all 4 players238,251

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionSean's Prediction
Johannes KlarhauserJohannes KlarhauserJohannes KlarhauserJohannes Klarhauser

OKCoyote Residence: The only First Edition Regional of the weekend saw seven players battle for the title of Cardassia Regional Champion. After four rounds, Thomas Kamiura (Bosskamiura), playing a [Baj] Bajoran deck titled "TK - My Love Letter To Hoskin & Sonsteby v1.0 OTF", was the only undefeated player and took the title. This was his second First Edition Regional title in two years. Last year's winner of this Regional; Sean O'Reilly (Jono), playing a [Bor] Borg deck titled "Borg will assimilate your TNG homeworld"; took second place with three wins to his name. Twelve year old Ian Coleman (1ianmario), playing a [Fed] Federation deck titled "[OTF] No Place to Hide v1.2" took third place. Other decks played include [Dom] Dominion, [Bor] Borg, [Kli] Klingon and [Baj] [Fed] Bajoran / Federation. All seven deck lists can be found on the tournament results page.

Statistics from OKCoyote Residence:

Total achievements awarded26
Most achievements wonRobert McGinty (creon1690) with 5
Average achievements per player3.7
Biggest ratings gainThomas Kamiura (Bosskamiura), up 33 points to 1698
Average rating of all 7 players1503

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionSean's Prediction
Thomas KamiuraDaniel MattesonDaniel MattesonDaniel Matteson

Super Games Inc. (Second Edition): Five players played in the round-robin Cardassia Regional. The players were using two [Kli] Klingon decks, two [SF] Starfleet decks and a [TNG] Next Generation deck. The decisive game of the tournament happened in round three; where Nick Culpepper (macgyver221), playing a [Kli] Klingon deck titled "Props to Kris (LORE)"; defeated Nic Brautigam (Atlbravesfn3), playing a [TNG] Next Generation deck titled "TNG 3 Mission Solver". It sounds like the game was over very quickly as Nic only managed to stop one of Nick's four mission attempts. Nick happened to have the exact skills needed to overcome Tsiolkovsky Infection at his space mission. He then had three personnel killed by Whisper in the Dark at his first planet mission, but could still complete it with the four remaining personnel. Then, at his final mission, The Sword Of Kahless gave Nick just enough cunning to overcome Sylvia and complete the mission. Both players would go on to finish the tournament with four wins and one loss, but Nick's victory over Nic allowed him to retain his title for the second year running. Four deck lists and two tournament reports can be found on the tournament results page.

Statistics from Super Games Inc.:

Total achievements awarded18
Most achievements wonNic Brautigam (Atlbravesfn3) with 8
Average achievements per player3.6
Biggest ratings gainNic Brautigam (Atlbravesfn3), up 32 points to 1628
Average rating of all 5 players1596

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionSean's Prediction
Nick CulpepperNick CulpepperNick CulpepperNick Culpepper

Super Games Inc. (Tribbles): Four players contested this Cardassia Regional, which was a cube draft. Sadly, the decks were disassembled before deck lists could be written, so there is very little to report on. Nick Culpepper (macgyver221) writes in his report that he went out in rounds 3, 4 and 5 with 3,131 Tribbles, 234 Tribbles and 2013 Tribbles respectively. These low scores offer one reason why Nick, with a final score of 205,279 Tribbles didn't win. The eventual winner was Jason (tantive4), with a score of 423,265 Tribbles. One tournament report can be found on the tournament results page.

Statistics from Super Games Inc.:

Total achievements awarded3
Most achievements wonJason (tantive4), Kevin Reitzel (draven88) and macgyver (macgyver221), with 1 each
Average achievements per player0.8
Total Tribbles scored949,789
Average Tribbles scored by all 4 players237,447

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionSean's Prediction
tantive4MasterOb1Kevin ReitzelKevin Reitzel

Guest reviewed by Kris Sonsteby (LORE):
Fantasy Flight Games Event Center (Second Edition): Despite winter in Minnesota going kicking and screaming, this Andoria Regional attracted 18 players for the second straight year. With invaders from Iowa, North Dakota, and Canada evenly numbering trueborn participants, the competition lived up to the area’s lofty standards as nobody went undefeated; and, after five rounds of play, 290 ratings points had changed hands. All but four (Cardassian, Ferengi, Non-Aligned and Terok Nor) affiliations were represented, with no affiliation being played more than twice. Following a final round True Tie against Mike Harrington (Ajnaran), playing a [Maq] Maquis denial deck jokingly titled "Starfleet Dabo"; and a third round Modified Win over Kris Sonsteby (LORE), playing a Motion Picture themed [TOS] Original Series deck titled "Take Over Monty... I'm in the Bag"; Nat Kirton (Nate Jeezy), playing a [DS9] Deep Space 9 attribute reduction deck titled "Terms of Enrampagement", was declared the victor based on strength of schedule. Nat's win marks the eleventh consecutive year someone new has won this Regional Championship since the dawn of Second Edition, as dating back to 2003 no player has ever repeated as champion. However, as if in counterpoint, the event itself saw plenty of history repeating, as an identical player total (18) led to another three-way tie in victory points (17) atop the standings. Kris also finished in the exact same spot (3rd) as he did last year. If nothing else, at least he’s consistent. 17 deck lists and seven tournament reports can be found on the tournament results page, and an interview with Nat Kirton is below.
Thanks Kris!

(Photos from Fantasy Flight Games Event Center in the Regionals 2013 Photo Gallery)

Statistics from Fantasy Flight Games Event Center:

Total achievements awarded46
Most achievements wonNat Kirton (Nate Jeezy) and Justin Kaufman (CrimsonRavage), with 6 each
Average achievements per player2.6
Biggest ratings gainNat Kirton (Nate Jeezy), up 56 points to 1842
Average rating of all 18 players1605

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionSean's Prediction
Nat KirtonMike HarringtonMike HarringtonKris Sonsteby

Fantasy Flight Games Event Center (Tribbles): 14 players contested this Andoria Regional, twelve playing the full Second Edition/Tribbles double-header, while two fresh-faced players joined in having missed the Second Regional earlier in the day. There was a wide variety of decks, but rainbow/IDIC decks were the most popular, with Go decks the second most popular. Two pods of five players and another with four players formed the preliminary rounds. Pod one was won by Nat Kirton (Nate Jeezy) with 322,564 Tribbles, and Kris Sonsteby (LORE) took second place with 234,260 Tribbles. Pod two saw Ben Johnson (mindmage) win with 382,113 Tribbles, and Jeremy Benedict (flrazor) narrowly took second place with 375,524 Tribbles - just 1659 Tribbles ahead of Mike Harrington (Ajnaran) in third place. Pod three was a much higher scoring affair, with Chris Volk (volkerii) and nine year old Elliot Parmenter taking the top two spots with 1,001,665 Tribbles and 816,557 Tribbles respectively. With Kris relegated to the second table on account of his lowest score, the remaining five players met for the final. As with his first pod, Chris Volk outscored the rest of the final table. He scored 901,452 Tribbles with his Clone/Go deck titled "bait and switch". Ben Johnson took second place with his rainbow deck titled "Like George Takei this deck came out of the closet!". Twelve deck lists and two tournament reports can be found on the tournament results page

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(Photos from Fantasy Flight Games Event
Center in the Regionals 2013 Photo Gallery)

Statistics from Fantasy Flight Games Event Center:

Total achievements awarded5
Most achievements wonIan Parmenter (Peers) with 2
Average achievements per player0.4
Total Tribbles scored7,796,462
Average Tribbles scored by all 14 players556,890

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionSean's Prediction
Chris VolkMike HarringtonNat KirtonSteve Nelson

The Pommeler's Rest: Five players participated in this Second Edition Omarion Nebula Regional. With all local players for only the second time in this Regional's six year history, the winner would get to brag that he was "the best player who lives near London". Round one threw up the first surprise of the day as Nicholas Yankovec (nickyank), playing a [Dom] Dominion commodity deck titled "Regional Commodities"; defeated James Hoskin (RedDwarf), playing a [TNG] Next Generation deck titled "The Cheese Board"; 100-5 in just 22 minutes. The shocks continued in round two, as Nicholas was defeated 100-0 by William Hoskin (Gumbo), playing an Earth Space 9 deck titled "Earth Space 9". Then, to the surprise of everyone, James defeated William in the fourth round. That left the title up for grabs. In the end, Nicholas snatched it with four Full wins, ahead of William with three Full Wins and one Modified Win. Other decks played on the day included [Baj] Bajoran and [Dom] Dominion. All five deck lists and three tournament reports can be found on the tournament results page

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Statistics from The Pommeler's Rest:

Total achievements awarded20
Most achievements wonNicholas Yankovec (nickyank) with 8
Average achievements per player4.0
Biggest ratings gainWilliam Hoskin (Gumbo), up 14 points to 1691
Average rating of all 5 players1590

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionSean's Prediction
Nicholas YankovecJames HoskinWilliam HoskinNicholas Yankovec

Sci-Fi City: The final Regional of the weekend saw nine players contest the chance to become the Second Edition Cardassia Regional Champion. Three-time past winner of this Regional, and 2011 World Championships runner-up, Geoffery Peterson (Madred) returned to the game having not played in eight months. In his words, he "had to look up a few rules to remember how to play." The mark of a good player was that this didn't phase him in the slightest. Geoffery went on to win three games and was possibly only one turn away from winning his fourth with his [Bor] Borg deck titled "Dusting off the 'hammer". That game was the tournament decider against Thomas Kamiura (Bosskamiura), playing a [TNG] Next Generation deck titled "TK - My Love Letter To Hoskin & Sonsteby v1.0"; in round three. Thomas worked his way through three Tragic Turn-inspired massacres, and three follow-up assimilations, but used Flaw in the Plan twice to keep himself in the game. When time was called, Thomas only had one personnel in play, but skilfully used his dilemmas to prevent Geoffery's two teams of personnel from completing his mission for the win. Other affiliations played include [TN] Terok Nor twice, [Car] Cardassian, Earth Space 9, [TNG] Next Generation, [Kli] Klingon Treachery and [SF] Starfleet. All nine deck lists and four tournament reports can be found on the tournament results page

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Statistics from Sci-Fi City:

Total achievements awarded23
Most achievements wonGeoffery Peterson (Madred) and Joseph Bazemore (Cmdr Xym), with 6 each
Average achievements per player2.6
Biggest ratings gainThomas Kamiura (Bosskamiura), up 29 points to 1847
Average rating of all 9 players1566

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionSean's Prediction
Thomas KamiuraGeoffery PetersonEric RobinettGeoffery Peterson


Interview

This week, guest interviewer Kris Sonsteby (LORE) poses the questions to Nat Kirton (Nate Jeezy), winner of the Andoria Regional in Roseville, MN.

Kris: Matter of Time had lots of meta-changing cards. How did its release affect your choice of deck?
Nat: It didn't really affect the deck I chose to play, but I wanted to at least be ready for Relativity. Despite our area's general reputation of playing lots of dual headquarters, I didn't expect to see many; and none of the cards were really great fits for my deck, so it was worth the risk to run it without them.

Kris: Which decks you were considering playing?
Nat: Other than the deck I played, I considered big Romulan, Voyager, Ferengi... all solid choices I have played in the past; DS9 without the attribute denial, and a Cardassian deck that isn't quite ready for the World to see yet.

Kris: What decks did you expect to face?
Nat: I thought Kris would play Starfleet or Original Series, I also expected to face a lot of our local players' standard designs (i.e. Steve Nelson's Maquis or Romulan). I also had a pretty good idea what Mike was going to use pre-tournament as we had practiced against each other a little bit leading up to it; and I, for sure, had to be ready for a lot of Federation and speed decks of any color.

Kris: Can you give a brief description of how your deck works?
Nat: The dilemma pile's main focus is on attribute denial via The Clown: Bitter Medicine, Programmed Compulsion, and Zero Hour. Optical Delusion helps set up Zero Hour by way of Under Siege, and Khan Noonien Singh is draw deck support to help lock my opponents out of planets.

Kris: Are there any special tricks or combos in the deck?
Nat: Optical Delusion into Under Siege and then Zero Hour is the obvious one; dropping Khan off on planets is another. Skill tracking is huge for Bitter Medicine, but basically it’s the combination of all of the cards to make it impossible for my opponent to complete planet missions.

Kris: Did you learn anything about your deck from playing the DS9 Under Siege team before?
Nat: Playing DS9 in last year's league and in GenCon at side tournaments certainly helped, as it enabled me to learn how the deck did attempted missions best (i.e. ideal micro-teaming groups.) Though the dilemma pile was totally new, but playing it with a draw deck I had experience with allowed me to focus more on the opponent's side of the table than if I had tried something completely new.

Kris: How did the tournament play out, from your perspective?
Nat: In many games, I was able to give zero dilemmas or only dilemmas that return to my pile to make mission attempts fail, so the pile did its job. Mission attempts worked fine, albeit it was not the fastest deck in the field, with George Primmin and Odo both playing key roles. Specifically, the deck did what I wanted to do in my first four games against strong opposition, which was key. In the fifth game, against Mike Harrington, I had to take a different approach where I went after missions as fast as possible rather than wasting resources trying to lockout Aid Legendary Civilization.

Kris: Who was your toughest opponent?
Nat: Mike Harrington was probably my toughest, as his Maquis had access to Stalling for Time which meant he had an easy counter to Khan, but none of my games were easy. Although I got three full wins, only one of my five games didn't go to time and that was against Frid who was playing Cadets. That being said, there were several other people in attendance that I didn't play who would have been a challenge from what I overheard afterwards, but in a big field anything can happen.

Kris: Now the tournament is over, how would you improve the deck?
Nat: I would probably change a few dilemmas to focus it a little more (e.g. The Clown: Go Away was used sparingly, but Bre'Nan Ritual was amazing), and maybe tweak the draw deck to make it more efficient. On a related note, I am interested to see how other people can potentially adapt and/or improve the design themselves.

Kris: Do you have anything else to add?
Nat: Just that I’m excited to see what other people have been coming up with all winter and what other strategies prove successful this Regional season. Oh, and the look at Matt Frid's face when I flipped over Limited Welcome in our game when he attempted with 17 was priceless!

Thanks to Kris for asking the questions, and to Nat for answering them.


The Road to Worlds 2013, Week 2 continues in part II.


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