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Wednesday 1E Roundup - 27 FEB 2019

by Charlie Plaine, Acting Director of First Edition

27th February 2019

Temporal Benefactor

Welcome to the Wednesday 1E Roundup, a weekly column looking back at the past week in the world of First Edition as well as a preview of the week ahead. If you've got an event coming up and you'd like to be featured in this column, feel free to contact me at cplaine@gmail.com or on the forums via PM to MidnightLich.

Author's Note: Please forgive me for not having a column last week! I had one complete and ready to post, but an error caused it to be deleted. That, combined with being quite ill on Wednesday and Thursday, left me unable to rewrite the column. From now on, however, I'll be keeping copies on my local hard drive.

The Big News
The first major event of the year, the Manassters 2 Trek Masters Series event, takes place on Sunday, March 3rd. Hosted by Ben Hosp (bhosp) in Manassas Park, Virginia, the eleven (11) pre-registered players - a possibly others - will vie for the first championship title of the year. It's a tough field, with Michael Van Breemen (The Ninja Scot), Robin Honeycutt (robin1234), Austin Chandler (Darksabre) and Ben Hosp all in the Top 50 in the world. Brian Sykes, in 53rd, and Lucas Thompson, in 82nd, mean that over half the field ranks in the Top 100 players. But don't count out anyone else that's pre-registered, either! Mark Panna (Shambinks) is one of Robin's regular sparring partners. Phil Schrader (pschrader) has seen his 1E stock rising of late. Bruce Parrish (Captain Parrish) and Josh Sheets (prylardurden) are known to play odd or unusual decks that can throw curve balls, and DocJedi doesn't seem to have played much, but I never count anyone out.

There's a discussion and predictions thread on the forums where you can weigh in on who you think will win. How will the removal of Quantum Incursions affect the deck choices? Or, did the ban come too late to let people change direction? Will Temporal Benefactor and [22] decks take the top spot? Or have people developed answers to these powerful decks? Next week, we'll find out.

This Day in Trek
Four years ago today, a legend left this earth: Leonard Nimoy. The man who originated the role of Spock, famously proclaimed he was not Spock before growing to accept the role and declaring he was Spock, died on February 27th, 2015. Mr. Nimoy passed away at the age of eighty-three (83) from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after a lifetime of heavy smoking. Nimoy played the role in two (2) series as well as eight (8) movies, and provided guidance and advise to Zachary Quinto who played Spock in the reboot movies. Ethan Peck, who will be playing Spock on Star Trek: Discovery, did not get the same opportunity. Rest in peace, Mr. Nimoy.

Tournament Reports
Friday evening saw a "Sealed Warp Speed Voyager-logo Deck Lottery event (with a little bit of No Such Thing As Luck), because there's no technical limit on the number of weird formats you're allowed to smush together" event take place in St. Paul, Minessota, hosted by James Heaney (BCSwowbagger). Six (6) players played and swapped decks every round, with player Kevin (Kerlingonoas) coming out on top. This looks like it was a lot of fun, and is going to be part of a regular series of Friday-night tournaments - I can't wait to see more.

On Sunday, there were tournaments on opposite sides of the United States. In Auburn, Washington, Michael Van Breemen (The Ninja Scot) played his Kazon Research deck to a win against host Justin Ford (Resistance-is-futile) and regular Richard DeLashmit (benericardus). The tournament prize was awarded based on differential, as all players had nine (9) victory points.

In Brooklyn, New York, four (4) players enjoyed "excellent food and beer" and some First Edition where player Jules came out on top. All four players - Jules, Christopher Ghiorzi, Fire@Will, and Jack Johnson - appear to be new to CC-era play, which is incredible. Thanks for playing and reporting your results - we'd love to see your deck lists!

Daniel Matteson's "PaQ Attack" online sealed event has ended, with Kris Sonsteby taking the top spot. His triple-treaty deck, called All You Gotta do is Say 'Earmuffs' to Him... is available to look at, as is Joe Kallstrom's. Those will be useful if you ever have a sealed event in your area. Kris came out on top of a three-way tie, again due to differential; Greg Dilon (Latok) and Austin Chandler (Darksabre) just narrowly missed the top spot.

TK's (bosskamiura) event ended with Michael Van Breemen in the top spot, piloting a KCA deck called Another tournament, Another Thong... I mean Tong. The only other deck posted is also a KCA deck called You Turn Away... You're Back for More that Kris Sonsteby piloted to 3rd place.

If you played in any events, scheduled or unscheduled, formal or casual, let us know! Send me an email or a private message, and I'll be happy to advertise your event or games to the world in a future column. My contact information is at the bottom of every column each week.

Mr. Spock (The Trouble with Tribbles)

Tournament Previews
While the Trek Master Series events are the biggest show this weekend, they aren't the only shows. Our Director of Organized Play, Kris Sonsteby (LORE) is running a league event on Saturday in Roseville, Minessota. Four (4) players are preregistered to play OTF Constructed, including Top 50 players James Heaney (BCSwowbagger) and Mr. Sonsteby himself. Robert Petersen (Hobie) and Justin Kaufman (CrimsonRavage) round out the preregistrations.

Monday, 4 March, sees the kick off of another of Thomas Kamiura's (bosskamiura) online league events. This OTF Constructed event shows five (5) pre-registered players, with both Jon Carter (pfti) and Kris Sonsteby in the Top 10 worldwide. One thing to remember is that the first Monday of the month is when errata and ban list updates usually take place - keep that in mind!

If you have tournaments coming up, feel free to schedule them in our tournament system so I can promote them in future articles.

Championship Previews
I've covered this weekends Manassters 2 event in today's headline (see above), but I wanted to let you know that starting next week, I will be taking over The Road to Worlds series (for First Edition) from Lucas Thompson (edgeofhearing). This series has long focused on the results of championship level events, and will continue to do so as part of this column. So stay tuned for next week's edition!

Looking further ahead, "Spring Break Masters" on Saturday, March 30th will be the next championship level event to watch. Four (4) players will be taking part in the Silver Tin Draft sealed event. I have it on good authority that several other players plan on making the trip to enjoy the weather in Southern California, including yours truly. In future weeks, we'll bring you details on how the Sealed Silver Tin Draft works, and what you can expect.

We'll keep you updated on these, and future championship events, as the season unfolds.

In Other News

Love is in the Air
As my column was eaten by the digital grus last week, I'd like to reveal the two love-themed combo submissions I got for my Valentine's Day contest. First was Corbin Johnson (corbinq27), a veteran 1E player, former 1E designer, and all around outstanding human being. His favorite combo is leading off with Female's Love Interest & Garbage Scow, following it with Talosian Cage, and finishing with Matriarchal Society. I hope you have Christopher Pike or a whole lot of females to get past that!

The second submission was from First Edition Errata Manager Matthew Zinno (commdecker), who likes to throw this gender-related combo in his capturing decks: Socializing with the Staff, then Kidnappers, then Matriarchal Society. I like that, and I will be stealing it.

I've decided to declare both of you winners, and will be sending each of you a care package. Expect some private messages from me shortly, and your prizes in March!

First Edition March Madness
Last week, we kicked off a tournament to determine which 1E card will reign supreme. Sixty-four (64) cards enter, but only one card will leave! There were a few upsets in the first week, mostly when a referee card was seeded against a non-referee card. Will there be similar upsets in this week's Beta and Gamma quadrant voting? Click here to cast your votes, and don't forget to enter your email address for a chance to win a complete set of Tournament Promo Series N!

That's all for this week's roundup of First Edition news and events. For more news, you can follow The Continuing Committee on Facebook, Twitter, or bookmark our front page. News about upcoming First Edition projects can be found in the most recent Project Status Update from December 2018. If you've got an event coming up and you'd like to be featured in this column, or if you have comments about this column's content, feel free to contact me at cplaine@gmail.com or on the forums via PM to MidnightLich. Until next week, may you expand your power in the universe and live long and prosper.

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