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The Road to Worlds 2013, Week 8

by James Hoskin, Director of Organized Play

23rd May 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 7.

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 7 Review

Saturday 18th MaySunday 19th May
First Edition (OTF)
Obs De Blijberg
Gordelweg 216
3039GA Rotterdam
The Netherlands
[Results]
First Edition (OTF)
Round Table Pizza
2960 Treat Boulevard
Concord, CA 94518
United States
[Results]
First Edition (OTF)
FanBoy3
17 Newton Street
Manchester, M1 1FZ
United Kingdom
[Results]
Second Edition (Standard)
Telak's Place
Elsa-Brändström-Str. 5
28359 Bremen
Germany
[Results]
Tribbles (Standard)
Round Table Pizza
2960 Treat Boulevard
Concord, CA 94518
United States
[Results]
Second Edition (Standard)
Scott's House
8037 Wilson Woods Road
Mint Hill, NC 28227
United States
[Results]
First Edition (Block OTF)
Scott's House
8037 Wilson Woods Road
Mint Hill, NC 28227
United States
[Results]
First Edition (OTF)
Arby's Restaurant
3185 25th Street S
Fargo, ND 58103
United States
[Results]
Tribbles (Standard)
Arby's Restaurant
3185 25th Street S
Fargo, ND 58103
United States
[Results]

Obs De Blijberg: This New Bajor Regional attracted seven players for three rounds of First Edition action. Everyone's favorite to win; Enrico Evink (enrico81), playing a [Car] Cardassian deck titled "OTF terretorial NL"; didn't disappoint. He was undefeated in all three of his games, to win this title for the third year in succession. In contrast to previous years though, the same players did not finish as runner-up and in third place. Pah-wraith, who normally finishes in third place, was runner-up with a [Kli] Klingon deck titled "Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam!!!" (translation: "Today is a good day to die!!!"); and Arjan Hoek (arjan242), who normally finishes as runner-up, took third place with a [Bor] Borg deck titled "Adapt to that! - Borg Assimilation Deck". Interestingly, Arjan had two modified wins in his first two games. If he could have achieved full wins, he would have finished as runner-up and extended the top-three streak for another year. Other decks played include Federation and Hirogen. Five deck lists and one tournament report can be found on the tournament results page.

Statistics from Obs De Blijberg:

Total achievements awarded26
Most achievements wonEnrico Evink (enrico81) and Rem Boon (Boon of Bolian), with 6 each
Average achievements per player3.7
Biggest ratings gainEnrico Evink (enrico81), up 22 points to 1792
Average rating of all 7 players1526

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionJohnny's Prediction
Enrico EvinkEnrico EvinkEnrico EvinkEnrico Evink

Round Table Pizza (First Edition): Eight players took part in this Risa Regional. After three rounds, David Holtmann (OorylQrygg), playing a [Kli] Klingon deck titled "Block Klingon/Merc attack deck" was undefeated and took the title - his first Regional title in the Continuing Committee-era. Tim Meng, one of three players with just one loss, took second place. This was because he scored full wins, while many of his opponents could only manage modified wins. One deck list can be found on the tournament results page.

Statistics from Round Table Pizza:

Total achievements awarded19
Most achievements wonRichard New (The Guardian) and Rich Joakimson (Outsider), with 4 each
Average achievements per player2.4
Biggest ratings gainDavid Holtmann (OorylQrygg), up 34 points to 1632
Average rating of all 8 players1547

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionJohnny's Prediction
David HoltmannJeremy CommandeurStephen LeeJeremy Commandeur

Round Table Pizza (Tribbles): The Risa Regional double header concluded with this Tribbles Regional, contested by five players. No deck lists or tournament reports have been entered yet. The tournament looks to have been a two-way contest between David Holtmann (OorylQrygg) and Mike (Oddler). David finished in first place with a score of 536,866 Tribbles, while Mike was just over 100,000 behind. No deck lists can be found on the tournament results page.

Statistics from Round Table Pizza:

Total achievements awarded0
Most achievements won -
Average achievements per player0.0
Total Tribbles scored1,347,164
Average Tribbles scored by all 5 players269,433

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionJohnny's Prediction
David HoltmannStephen LeeJeremy CommandeurRichard New

Scott's House (Second Edition): Nine players participated in this Sector 001 Regional, the first part of a double-header. It was an incredibly tight affair as six players won two or more games over the three round tournament. When the dust settled, the only undefeated player was Christopher Coyle (startrekccggeek), playing a [Car] Cardassian deck titled "Dis Deck is Da Ship! Extreme Capture Edition". Leading the pack of five players with two wins and one loss was Mike Camp JR (geekmaster42), who lost to Christopher in the final round. Host, and birthday boy, Scott Baughman (Neelix), playing an all-printable [TOS] Original Series deck titled "The NEW Originals", finished in third place with the next best strength of schedule. Other affiliations played include [Bor] Borg (twice), [DS9] Deep Space 9 and [Kli] Klingon. Five deck lists and one tournament report can be found on the tournament results page.

Statistics from Scott's House:

Total achievements awarded31
Most achievements wonChristopher Coyle (startrekccggeek) with 8
Average achievements per player3.4
Biggest ratings gainChristopher Coyle (startrekccggeek), up 50 points to 1485
Average rating of all 9 players1490

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionJohnny's Prediction
Christopher CoyleWill HawkinsRyan SuttonScott Baughman

Scott's House (First Edition): The second half of the Sector 001 Regional double header saw two players depart and another arrive for an eight player tournament. It was a day of Rogue Borg and Romulans for most players, with two decks featuring the former and three featuring the later. Everyone's farorite to win, Ryan Sutton (rsutton41), did just that with his [Kli] Klingon deck titled "The Angry Klingons v.2". Ryan was undefeated over three rounds to retain the title he first won a year ago. Nathan Miracle (GooeyChewie), playing a [NA] Non-Aligned deck titled "Erik the Awful"; and Scott Baughman (Neelix), playing a [Rom] Romulan deck titled "Checkmate"; took the second and third spots, respectively. In last week's preview, I mentioned that they were hard to separate, and that proved to be the case in this tournament too. A combined differential of just 45 separated the otherwise tied players. Other affiliations played include [Fed] Federation, [Fer] Ferengi, [NA] Non-aligned and [Rom] Romulan (twice). All eight deck lists and two tournament reports can be found on the tournament results page.

Statistics from Scott's House:

Total achievements awarded23
Most achievements wonRyan Sutton (rsutton41) with 6
Average achievements per player2.9
Biggest ratings gainRyan Sutton (rsutton41), up 21 points to 1734
Average rating of all 8 players1541

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionJohnny's Prediction
Ryan SuttonRyan SuttonRyan SuttonRyan Sutton

Arby's Restaurant (First Edition): Four players played in this three round Andoria Regional. The game of the tournament happened in round two where Chris Volk (volkerii), playing a [Fed] Federation deck titled "The Empire", faced Ben Johnson (mindmage), playing a [Rom] Romulan deck titled "The Neutral Zone is our Domain". Chris won the game, and went on to win the tournament undefeated. This was Chris' second Regional win of the year, and his inaugural First Edition Regional title in the Continuing Committee-era. Other affiliations played include [Bor] Borg and [NA] Non-Aligned. All four deck lists can be found on the tournament results page, and an interview with Chris Volk is below.

Statistics from Arby's Restaurant:

Total achievements awarded8
Most achievements wonBen Johnson (mindmage) and Justin Kaufman (CrimsonRavage), with 3 each
Average achievements per player2.0
Biggest ratings gainBen Johnson (mindmage), up 42 points to 1410
Average rating of all 4 players1542

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionJohnny's Prediction
Chris VolkMatthew HayesJames HeaneyMatthew Hayes

Arby's Restaurant (Tribbles): The second half of the Andoria Regional double-header broke new ground. It was the first Regional on record not to award any achievements to its players. It was also the first Regional whose results exactly duplicate those of another Regional held on the same day - namely the First Edition Regional held at the same venue. Chris Volk (volkerii), playing a Battle/Clone/Go deck titled "bait and switch" scored 902,383 Tribbles to take the victory. With most Tribbles decks featuring lots of different powers, Chris' deck is remarkable in that it only features five powers - Antidote, Battle, Go, Clone and Safety. In a high-scoring game, Ben Johnson (mindmage) took second place with 577,570 Tribbles; Justin Kaufman (CrimsonRavage) was third with 531,355 Tribbles and Matthew Hayes (karonofborg13) came in last place with 411,233 Tribbles. That would have been enough for Matthew to earn the Not So Low Ball achievement, except that he already had it! Other decks played include IDIC/Rainbow (twice) and Assimilate/Poison/Score. All four deck lists can be found on the tournament results page, and an interview with Chris Volk is below.

Statistics from Arby's Restaurant:

Total achievements awarded0
Most achievements won -
Average achievements per player0.0
Total Tribbles scored2,422,541
Average Tribbles scored by all 4 players605,635

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionJohnny's Prediction
Chris VolkChris VolkJustin KaufmanJustin Kaufman

FanBoy3: This First Edition Omarion Nebula Regional attracted five players for a round-robin tournament. The tournament deciding game happened in round three, when Danny Nuttall (nuttersuclan), playing a [Fer] Ferengi deck titled "Beyond the Unholy Grave", faced Niall Matthew (sexecutioner), playing a Vidiian deck titled "Doctor Sulan and his bag of space AIDS....". Niall must have been hoping to improve on his one win over Danny in 15 attempts with a constructed deck, but it wasn't to be. Danny won that game, and his next two, to take the Regional title away from last year's winner Niall. This was Danny's second Regional title in the Continuing Committee-era, and it also marked his tenth tournament win in a row. Congratulations Danny! Other affiliations played include [Fed] Federation, [Rom] Romulan and [Baj] [Fed] Bajoran / Federation. All five deck lists and three tournament reports can be found on the tournament results page.

(Photos from FanBoy3 in the Regionals 2013 Photo Gallery)

Statistics from FanBoy3:

Total achievements awarded12
Most achievements wonDanny Nuttall (nuttersuclan) and Stuart Marsh (SAM2000), with 4 each
Average achievements per player2.4
Biggest ratings gainNiall Matthew (sexecutioner), up 50 points to 1507
Average rating of all 5 players1553

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionJohnny's Prediction
Danny NuttallDanny NuttallDanny NuttallDanny Nuttall

Telak's Place: The final Regional of the weekend, a Second Edition Regional, took place in the Vandros IV Region. Four players participated, among them 2010 World Champion and pre-tournament favorite Tobias Rausmann (garetjax), who was playing a [Dom] Dominion Commodity deck titled "Kaufrausch" (translation: "Shopping Spree"). Tobias performed to expectations and won all three of his games to take the title, his eighth Regional title in the last five years. Michael Mittelstedt (Roga Danar) took second place after winning his two games that weren't against Tobias. Other affiliations played include [DS9] Deep Space 9 and [Voy] Voyager. Two deck lists can be found on the tournament results page.

Statistics from Telak's Place:

Total achievements awarded12
Most achievements wonTobias Rausmann (garetjax) with 6
Average achievements per player3.0
Biggest ratings gainTobias Rausmann (garetjax), up 11 points to 1872
Average rating of all 4 players1575

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionJohnny's Prediction
Tobias RausmannTobias RausmannTobias RausmannTobias Rausmann


Interview

This week, Chris Volk (volkerii), winner of back-to-back Regionals in Fargo, North Dakota talks First Edition and Tribbles.

James: Congratulations on your win Chris. Let's start with First Edition. Which decks were you considering playing?
Chris: First off thanks for having me, and good luck to the players in the next week. I only considered the deck I played and a Non-Aligned deck which I really didn't have ready. The Non-Aligned one had more tricks and was, I feel, the better of the two, but I couldn't quite motivate myself to finish building it.

James: What decks did you expect to face?
Chris: I expected some form of the massive free play/draw engine that is the result of the top tier TNG decks. I also figured I'd see some form of Borg or another. Aside from that I'm not really attuned to the meta and wasn't sure what to expect.

James: You hadn't played since The Sky's the Limit was released. Did you have to alter your deck at all because of the new cards?
Chris: I added two copies of Ablative Armor to the deck to get around the self-controlling dilemmas. Aside from that, I wasn't really concerned with anything else I saw when I looked over the new cards.

James: Can you describe how your deck works?
Chris: It's really just a solver. It uses free plays where it came with Office of the President, and gets its card draw from Suprise Party and The Traveler: Transcendence.

James: Are there any special tricks or combos in the deck?
Chris: There weren't a lot of tricks to the deck. Just some dilemma combos that were set up to filter Diplomacy out of my opponent's decks. That, of course, was coupled with copies of Q-Net and Admiral Kirk.

James: What was your dilemma strategy? And, do you have a favorite combo?
Chris: Mostly it was to stop the Diplomacy personnel and then make them die. Hence the deck name. Based on the empire having a lack of diplomacy. That said, my favorite combo was: Make Us Go, The Swarm, then Cytherians.

James: How did the tournament play out, from your perspective?
Chris: Before the final round we all knew that it was pretty much up for grabs, the exception being Matt. I had to beat Matt to win, but if I lost the winner of the other game would have won the tournament. I was simply lucky that Mr. La Forge gave me insight as to what was coming during the duration of the day.

James: Who was your toughest opponent?
Chris: I was anxious about playing Hayes, especially when I learned he was running Borg. I don't like facing Borg in First Edition. But, the toughest game was against Justin, who held me to a modified win in a seesaw game.

James: Now the tournament is over, how would you improve the deck?
Chris: For as often as I play First Edition, I'm not certain I'll be inclined to play the deck again anytime soon. Pair that with the deck needing the element of surprise for it to work and it's just not foreseeable that I will run it again soon. Any modifications to the deck will come when I play it next, if I do.

James: Moving onto Tribbles, your deck could be described as either Go/Clone or Battle. Which aspect do you think is more important to your deck?
Chris: While reading the last article, I was wondering which category my deck would be lumped into. I really think it's more about the Go/Clone side of things. That said if someone were to watch me play with it I think they'd be surprised at how I run the deck. It comes with a learning curve.

James: Is there a reason you aren't using cards from the recent expansions in your deck?
Chris: I felt that the cards from the recent expansions didn't quite mesh with the way I want my deck to run. Though I could really enjoy muttering "BaH!" every time I get skipped and dropping a 100k into my play pile.

James: What Tribbles decks did you expect to face?
Chris: Maybe Go/Rescue. I don't play my Tribbles decks based on what I expect to face. I view it more as a social game that doesn't require too much planning. Of course that might be part of the appeal as well.

James: Now the tournament is over, how would you improve the deck?
Chris: You don't fix something that isn't broken. I have no intent to "improve" the deck I ran.

James: If you could create an achievement, what would it be?
Chris: "Pity the fool!", awarded to a player for holding every other player in the game to the pity Tribble.

James: Do you have anything else to add?
Chris: Shameless plug: Hoping to see all reading this in Fargo late next month for the upcoming rainbow draft. Also there are whispers of some Volk guy in South Dakota on the 25th...

Thanks to Chris for taking the time to answer these questions.


Byes

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

And, two players won a Day One, Round One bye into their local Second Edition Continental Championships:

And, two players won a 100,000 Tribble Headstart into their local Tribbles Continental Championships:

These bye winners have been added to the list of current bye winners for the Continental Championships and the World Championships here. For everyone who didn't win a bye, there are now only 37 Regionals where you can earn one.


The Road to Worlds 2013, Week 8 continues in part II.


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