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The Road to Worlds 2013, Week 10

by James Hoskin, Director of Organized Play

6th June 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 9.

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 9 Review

Saturday 1st JuneSunday 2nd June
Second Edition (Standard)
Oliver's Sickbay
Kurt-Weill-Str. 41
06844 Dessau
Germany
[Unsanctioned]
First Edition (OTF)
Arby's Restaurant
7110 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92111
United States
[Results]
First Edition (OTF)
Jazzland
Franz-Josefs-Kai 29
1010 Vienna
Austria
[Results]
Tribbles (Standard)
The Pommeler's Rest
198 Tower Bridge Road
London, SE1 2UN
United Kingdom
[Results]
Second Edition (Standard)
Battlezone Games
4333 Czech Lane, Suite B5
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
United States
[Results]
Tribbles (Standard)
Battlezone Games
4333 Czech Lane, Suite B5
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
United States
[Results]
First Edition (OTF)
Battlezone Games
4333 Czech Lane, Suite B5
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
United States
[Results]
First Edition (OTF)
The University of Washington
Husky Union Building (The Hub)
4001 NE Stevens Way
Seattle, WA 98195
United States
[Results]

Oliver's Sickbay: This Second Edition Vandros IV Regional only attracted three players and was unsanctioned.

Arby's Restaurant: Six players participated in this First Edition Risa Regional. It must have been highly competitive, as Thomas Vineberg (Exon), playing a [Fed] Federation deck titled "OTF TOS OotP 6.1.13", was the only player with two full wins after two rounds. Johnny Holeva (jjh), playing a [Kli] Klingon deck titled "OTF Klingon TNG - JUN 2013", was also undefeated at that point, but a modified win and a true tie left him three victory points behind Thomas. Round three saw the race tighten as Thomas lost to Charlie Plaine (MidnightLich), playing a [Rom] Romulan deck titled "Ken Built This"; and Johnny beat Matt Kirk (CaptMDKirk). In round four, Charlie beat Johnny; and Dan Hamman (SirDan), playing a Vidiian deck titled "OTF Vidiians 5.1"; won again. That meant that any one of four players - Charlie, Thomas, Dan and Johnny - had the chance at winning the title in the fifth round, and the pairings conspired to make two games between the four of them decide the title: Charlie (13 victory points) vs. Dan Hamman (10 victory points); and Johnny (10 victory points) vs. Thomas (12 victory points). In the first game, Dan beat Charlie, and they were both left looking for a tie or result to Johnny in the other game to keep their title hopes alive. It wasn't to be though. Thomas won the game, and took the title - his first First Edition title in the Continuing Committee-era. Congratulations Thomas! Other affiliations played include [Fer] Ferengi. Five deck lists can be found on the tournament results page.

Statistics from Arby's Restaurant:

Total achievements awarded5
Most achievements wonCharlie Plaine (MidnightLich) and JD_Ashley (Holodeckplate_Leader), with 2 each
Average achievements per player0.8
Biggest ratings gainDan Hamman (SirDan) and Charlie Plaine (MidnightLich), up 36 points to 1573 and 1510, respectively
Average rating of all 6 players1555

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionSteve's Prediction
Thomas VinebergJohnny HolevaThomas VinebergDan Hamman

Battlezone Games (Second Edition): 13 players turned out for the first of three Regionals taking place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa over the weekend. They came from far and wide for these tournaments, with five states (Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and North Dakota) represented. Only four rounds were scheduled so the winner would be the only player who could remain undefeated through the entire day. After three rounds, Eric Bieche (biecheer), playing a [SF] Starfleet deck titled "Damaged and Displaced"; and Michael O'Shogay (shagg08), playing a [Dom] Dominion deck titled "Born to Run"; were the last two players with such a record. They faced each other in the fourth round knowing that the winner would take the title. Eric won the game, and the Deep Space 9 Region title. It was his first Regional win in the Continuing Committee-era. Congratulations Eric and commiserations to Michael, who has now finished in the top three places of this Regional for the past four years. Reigning Champion, Al Schaefer (ltkettch17), playing a [Voy] Voyager deck titled "VGer_+_IA_Regionals 2013", started off well, with two wins in his first two games. His form deserted him in the third and fourth rounds though, and he finished in sixth place overall. The other player picked to win, Michael Van Breemen (The Ninja Scot), playing a [Baj] Bajoran deck titled "Bajoran Integrity... on the cheap", suffered just one loss (to Michael O'Shogay) and finished in third place as one of four players with just one loss. Other affiliations played include [Bor] Borg, [Car] Cardassian (twice), [DS9] Deep Space 9, [Dom] Dominion, [Kli] Klingon, Relativity, [Rom] Romulan and [Voy] Voyager. All 13 deck lists and five tournament reports can be found on the tournament results page.

Statistics from Battlezone Games:

Total achievements awarded27
Most achievements wonJon Carter (pfti) with 7
Average achievements per player2.1
Biggest ratings gainEric Bieche (biecheer), up 78 points to 1630
Average rating of all 13 players1587

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionSteve's Prediction
Eric BiecheMichael Van BreemenAl SchaeferMichael Van Breemen

Battlezone Games (Tribbles): Twelve players stayed on after the Second Edition Regional to contest this Deep Space 9 Regional. The first pod of six players was dominated by Brian Leonard (MrVorlon), playing a Toxin deck titled "World War Tribble". With two of his opponents playing Discard, he was able to score 674,473 Tribbles and take first place. Michael Van Breemen (The Ninja Scot) took second place having scored 472,574 Tribbles with his Go deck made entirely of real cards titled "All of these were in a box... That makes it a deck, right?". There were similar scores at the top of the second pod, which was won by Edward Pigman (jindrak), playing a Discard/Rescue deck titled "what I run when I have no time to build new decks". He had a score of 644,315 Tribbles, and finished ahead of Jon Carter (pfti) in second place with a score of 430,112 Tribbles from his Go deck titled "My first Tribbles". The results for the final tables were either entered incorrectly, or are quite remarkable in that the lowest scoring player at the top table scored more than the winner of the second table - meaning that the entire field was ordered by Tribbles scored. Brian Leonard won the title with a score of 829,651 Tribbles, helped by him scoring big money from Toxin in four of the five rounds. Casey Wickum (MrCub21), playing a Utilize deck titled "I Played Utilize Again" took second place with a score of 740,549 Tribbles. Other powers played include Bonus, Clone (twice), Replay, Battle/Score, Assimilate/Poison/Score and Scan/Utilize. All twelve deck lists and two tournament reports can be found on the tournament results page.

Statistics from Battlezone Games:

Total achievements awarded8
Most achievements wonJeremy Huth (9of24) with 4
Average achievements per player0.7
Total Tribbles scored5,342,161
Average Tribbles scored by all 12 players445,180

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionSteve's Prediction
Brian LeonardJeremy BenedictEric BiecheMatthew Hayes

Jazzland: This First Edition "Borg Region" Regional attracted four players, one of whom was playing in their first tournament. The deciding game happened in the second of the three rounds, where Stefan Slaby (Winner of Borg), playing a [Bor] Borg deck titled "obsessed"; defeated Julius Melhardt (Clerasil ToB), playing a [Fer] Ferengi deck titled "clone of Matthew Kings tng ferengi". Both players went on to win their final games, so Stefan took the title and Julius finished in second place. This was Stefan's first First Edition Regional victory in the Continuing Committee-era. He can add that to the list of six Second Edition Regional victories he already holds. Other affiliations played include Hirogen and [Rom] Romulan. All four deck lists can be found on the tournament results page.

Statistics from Jazzland:

Total achievements awarded22
Most achievements wonStefan Slaby (Winner of Borg) and Martin Felber (Enabran), with 7 each
Average achievements per player5.5
Biggest ratings gainStefan Slaby (Winner of Borg), up 40 points to 1606
Average rating of all 4 players1522

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionSteve's Prediction
Stefan SlabyJulius MelhardtJulius MelhardtStefan Slaby

The Pommeler's Rest: Four players turned out for this Omarion Nebula Tribbles Regional. Two were vastly experienced, and the other two had one previous tournament between them. Tribbles is a great equalizer though, and the experienced players ended up taking first place and last place. Going into the final round, there were less than 20,000 Tribbles between William Hoskin (Gumbo), playing a Scan deck titled "London Regional"; and Stuart Marsh (SAM2000), playing a Copy/Replay deck titled "MTMT Recursive No-Go". With time running out, Stuart Score'd on William and he gave up 10,000 points. That would be as close as Stuart would get to the title though, as William lasted the final few turns to take the title. Other powers played include Go (twice). All four deck lists and one tournament report can be found on the tournament results page.

Statistics from The Pommeler's Rest:

Total achievements awarded6
Most achievements wonStuart Marsh (SAM2000) with 5
Average achievements per player1.5
Total Tribbles scored1,178,117
Average Tribbles scored by all 4 players294,529

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionSteve's Prediction
William HoskinJames HoskinWilliam HoskinJames Hoskin

Battlezone Games (First Edition): With the Illinois contingent of players only staying for one day, seven remained to battle it out for the third Deep Space 9 Regional title of the weekend. As with the Second Edition tournament on Saturday, this was being run over the minimum number of rounds to find a winner. Winner takes all! Heading into the final round, Jon Carter (pfti), playing a [Baj] Bajoran deck titled "Bajoran drink up and have a party with friends."; and Jeremy Huth (9of24), playing a [Bor] Borg deck titled "Selling Free Candy"; were both undefeated and due to play each other. Jon's key placement of Executive Authorization at Earth bought him a couple of turns. That, combined with a double turn from Collect Metaphasic Particles gave him ample time to work his way through four missions for the win. This was Jon's second Regional win in the past 14 months. While Matthew Hayes (karonofborg13) didn't have the best time at this Regional, but he gets a special mention for reaching the milestone of playing in 200 tournaments (since achievements began) at this Regional. Other affiliations played include [Baj] Bajoran, [Fed] Federation, Hirogen (twice) and [Rom] Romulan. All seven deck lists and two tournament reports can be found on the tournament results page, and an interview with Jon Carter is below.

Statistics from Battlezone Games:

Total achievements awarded19
Most achievements wonAmber Van Breemen (Marquetry) with 7
Average achievements per player2.7
Biggest ratings gainJon Carter (pfti), up 38 points to 1645
Average rating of all 7 players1557

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionSteve's Prediction
Jon CarterJon CarterJordan LeungJon Carter

The University of Washington: This First Edition Ferenginar Regional attracted eight players, three of which were playing in their first Continuing Committee sanctioned tournament. After four rounds, no one was undefeated. In fact, three players had one loss each. Kurtis Correia (CmdrSpork82), playing a [Bor] Borg deck titled "borg deck" finished in third place as a result of two modified wins along the way. Kenneth Tufts (Worf Son of Mogh), playing a [Fer] Ferengi deck titled "FMO British invasion style", had one modified win and ended up in second place. J (The Mad Vulcan), playing a [Rom] Romulan deck titled "History of the Star Empire in the Mid to Late 2360s", achieved three full wins, and was crowned the champion as a result. This was J's first Regional title in the Continuing Committee-era. Other affiliations played include [Car] Cardassian, [Fed] Federation (twice), Klingon/Cardassian Alliance and Vidiian. All eight deck lists and three tournament reports can be found on the tournament results page.

Statistics from The University of Washington:

Total achievements awarded24
Most achievements wonRichard DeLashmit (benericardus) with 8
Average achievements per player3.0
Biggest ratings gainJ (The Mad Vulcan), up 31 points to 1616
Average rating of all 8 players1556

WinnerJames' PredictionKris' PredictionSteve's Prediction
JKenneth TuftsKenneth TuftsKenneth Tufts


Interview

This week, First Edition Rules Master Jon Carter (pfti), winner of the Deep Space 9 Regional in Cedar Rapids, Iowa steps into the spotlight.

James: Congratulations on your win Jon. What decks were you expecting to face?
Jon: Looking at the list of players there were two things that stood out as near certainties regarding the other decks I would see. Based on both his handle (9of24) and our play history, I knew Jeremy Huth was going to play Borg. With his hectic life making hard for him to build a deck, I suspected Jordan would return to his old favorite – the Hirogen. The Van Breemens could be playing most anything, as long as it netted them achievements. I didn't know what to expect from the Northerners, although Mr. Hayes' handle (karonofborg13) further confirmed my need to be ready for Borg. I also expected that someone would be playing Ferengi Military Operations, or that I needed to be ready for battle.

James: Which decks you were considering playing?
Jon: About two weeks out from the Regional, I started to think about what to play. My deck needed to be able to handle Delta Quadrant/Next Generation speed, battle, and Borg shenanigans. Since I had just lost all of my Delta Quadrant player and victor achievements, my first thought was to pull out one of my two decks from American Nationals-East. The Hirogen deck was still totally built and I knew was fast and mostly safe from Alpha Quadrant battle. I was really worried about Borg (Jeremy had caught me off guard with Borg tricks to keep me from winning the last tournament we played in). So I built a Kazon deck with Raptor One. I figured this would mess with assimilators and Harness Particle 010 decks, but in my one playtest game I wasn't in love with it. So I went to the chat room. Ken Tufts and I talked for a while and he suggested an old Bajoran deck he played last Regional season. I put it together and really liked the way it drew. It was about this time I also learned we were putting out the Ferengi Military Operations errata in June, so under the temptation to give it one last glorious weekend I threw the cards to build it in my bag. Throughout the Second Edition Regional on Saturday, I had four decks I was deciding between. On Sunday morning I ditched the Ferengi because I didn't want to put it together, and I felt a bit dirty using it just because I knew errata was coming. I also scrapped the Kazon. I did put Drone Control Room in my Hirogen deck in hopes of gaining draws, interference, and an under-seeded mission in the Alpha Quadrant to easily beat You Are a Monument. Finally, as the pairings were drawn, I flipped a coin and it landed Bajoran. Part of me still thought Delta Quadrant was a better meta choice, but I decided to go with the one I had been practice drawing all week. Seems like it worked out for me.

James: What tweaks did you make to Ken's deck?
Jon: In talking to Ken, he said if this deck had any major weakness it was battle. You just had to hide at Bajor and hope you could sneak through your other missions when your opponent was too far away. I thought about lots of little additions I could make to get around that. I almost added Miles so I could Near-Warp Transport people in. I also looked at other people who are free plays. I asked Ken about other draw engines or Deep Space 9 shenanigans, but he said they all were just wasting bodies that should be out attempting missions. In the end, all I did was move the Referee cards to the new Q's tent (slimming the deck and creating room in the tent for a Masaka Transformations). I also threw in a Regenerate in case someone essential died (turns out I didn't need it since 75% of the people are just for dilemma busting and you can solve most missions with the same 2-3 people). I also put in a Space-Time Portal just in case of Cytherians or battle (Dr. Telek R'Mor was my last download if General Quarters was in play, so I had time to decide if I needed him or the Space-Time Portal). In the seed deck, I took out Time Travel Pod since it is no longer legal. I also used my own dilemmas. Ken had used a Medical drain strategy. I had used this before and just didn't think it had what I needed, so on Sunday morning I picked 19 dilemmas that would go in whichever deck I played. I just went with some of my favorite combos.

James: Can you describe how your deck works?
Jon: The deck is fairly straight forward. Except for Dr. McCoy and the Second Edition backwards-compatible folks, pretty much everything plays for free. You want to make sure you get out two Resistance personnel on the first turn (part of why I added the Masaka option). You then use Bajoran Resistance Cell and Kivas Fajo - Collector to draw cards and play them out. As soon as you have four people (almost always turn one) you start attempting with non-essential crews. If Dead End is at Insurrection that is okay since you may be at Bajor for a turn or two while you wait for a ship. If it is at Bajor, hooray for a double turn when you solve Insurrection.

James: Are there any special tricks or combos in the deck?
Jon: Mainly using Dr. McCoy and Guinan to cheat through popular dilemmas.

James: What was your dilemma strategy?
Jon: I just went with the combos that I trusted to slow people down. Nothing too fancy, just using what worked for me in past tournaments.

James: Round one versus Jordan and his Hirogen must have brought back memories of Nationals. Did that game in January influence how you played this game?
Jon: Mostly, since I wasn't in the Delta Quadrant this time, I knew I had the advantage with You Are a Monument. He would need four missions to win, so if I could just be fast I would have it. I got attempting on turn one, and was moving fast. Once I got to attempting my final mission I knew I was fine, even if I didn't solve. Since he was at seventy points, I put my second Q the Referee on the table. Being able to In the Zone and You Are a Monument made sure I had two more turns to try to win.

James: You wrote in your tournament report that you were lucky when you let Jordan have "the item", and when you didn't. Can you expand on this?
Jon: Basically, I didn't let him play his Karr, costing him some good skills, and at least once I let him play a Mutation when he had nothing to discard, meaning he shuffled his Defend Homeworld and another seed card into his deck. Further, since all of his missions were 35 points or less, I wasn't afraid to give him some points, since as long as I didn't give him over 20, he should still need four missions to win.

James: How did your other two games play out?
Jon: My game with Justin was most defined by his bad draws. He was able to Love Interest my McCoy away from a Plague Ship to kill some guys, but he never really got what he needed to get past my opening walls. Because of this I just ground through dilemmas, while he searched for a combo he could at least get into. In my other game, Jeremy was indeed playing Borg. My deck was designed to have 15 points to loose, but Jeremy took 18 forcing me to a fourth mission. Luckily for me, my third was insurrection and the combination of unstopping and a bonus turn, meant he did not get to go again before I finished the fourth. The real winner of this game was me breaking up my combos to make them more anti-Borg. I put Executive Authorization first at Earth followed by a Kelvan Show of Force. Because of this I killed Locutus, costing Jeremy a couple of crucial turns spent trying to set up Stop First Contact.

James: Who was your toughest opponent?
Jon: I would have to say Jordan, mainly because the other two decks had some bad luck and just got overly delayed against this very fast Bajoran deck.

James: Now the tournament is over, how would you improve the deck?
Jon: It was really good. Ken knows his stuff. I think I would take it out as is.

James: If you could create an achievement, what would it be?
Jon: Right now, probably an Equinox deck for First Edition, mainly because I am sad I lost my Delta Quadrant achievements.

James: Do you have anything else to add?
Jon: A Calculator? Sorry that is just the first thing that came to mind when I read the question.

Thanks to Jon for answering these questions, especially that final question. In all the interviews I've conducted, you're the first who thinks he is a comedian.


Byes

This week, four 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, three 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 20 Regionals where you can earn one.


The Road to Worlds 2013, Week 10 continues in part II.


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