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The Road to Worlds, Week 3

by James Hoskin, Director of Organized Play

15th April 2010

This article is the third in 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, Week 2.

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. Contact details are at the end of this article.

Week 2 Review

Saturday 10th AprilSunday 11th April
No Regional tournaments 2E (Standard)
CodCon
The College of DuPage
Student Resource Center
425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
United States
[Results]
2E (Standard)
Good Games
Level 1, 195a Burwood Rd
Burwood
NSW 2134
Australia
[Results]
1E (Revised)
COMSSA Common Room
Curtin University of Technology
Kent St
Bentley, WA 6102
Australia
[Results]
2E (Standard)
COMSSA Common Room
Curtin University of Technology
Kent St
Bentley, WA 6102
Australia
[Results]
1E (Open)
Der Andere Spieleladen
Prenzlauer Allee 192
10405 Berlin
Germany
[Results]

CodCon: In a hard-fought tournament, where no player was able to stay undefeated, Michael van Breemen (The Ninja Scot) emerged as the winner. Eric Bieche (biecheer) finished in second place, playing [TNG] Next Generation; and Al Schaefer (ltkettch17) rounded out the top three, playing [Bor] Borg. Al's quick tournament report can be read here. Michael's deck list has yet to be entered, but if his current [Fer] Ferengi / [TOS] Original Series deck is anything like the one he played in Day Two of the 2009 World Championships, it will be a masterpiece of micro-teaming. After rigging the top card of his deck, so that its cost was odd, Michael would try to play three copies of Carolyn Palamas in the same turn. That meant that the opponent was drawing three fewer dilemmas during each attempt that turn, and Michael's personnel were facing very few, if any, dilemmas. This was one of the last tournaments where Michael van Breemen could play one of his infamous micro-team decks; because once Infinite Diversity, and Transport Crash Survivor in particular, is released on April 23rd; this type of deck is going to struggle to micro-team as effectively.

Good Games: An impressive 14 players turned out for this Nekrit Expanse Regional tournament, where each and every player suffered at least one loss. After five rounds, Shane Brierley (Shanebrier) was top of the pile, playing [Voy] Voyager. Kenny Nguyen (blinkkite) finished second, playing [Car] Cardassian; while Dennis Lee took third place, playing [Kli] Klingon. Iron Mike Nugent (Darth Manveru) posted photos of the day here. The most popular affiliation, played by three people, was [TOS] Original Series. Next came [Bor] Borg, [Fer] Ferengi and [Kli] Klingon decks; all played by two people. Shane's deck, titled "Seven Shuffle / Tragic Turn" can be found here, and in his own words it "uses the Seven shuffle trick to set up for Tragic Turn. What, you didn't read the title?"

COMSSA Common Room (First and Second Edition): In between all the "your mum" jokes, and some rake action, four players took part in this double-header. First up was the First Edition Regional tournament, played under the Revised Format rules. Matthew Townsend (thac0276), playing [Kli] Klingon, overcame two [Fed] Federation decks, and one Federation / Vidiian deck to win the title of Nekrit Expanse Regional Champion. Despite Matthyas Kiraly (stoovie) building three of the four First Edition decks, he only managed third place in the first tournament. This was put right in the second tournament, though. Over the three rounds of Second Edition (presumably with everyone playing their own decks), Matthyas was undefeated playing [Kli] Klingon. He pipped the previous year's winner, Robert Dawson (TBT) playing [TOS] Original Series, into second place. The two other decks being played were [SF] Starfleet and [Rom] Romulan.

Der Andere Spieleladen: This tournament was attended by eight players. After four rounds, each player had lost at least one game, and there was a three-way tie for first place. Differential had to be used to separate the players. Andreas Rheinländer (Dukat) won with a differential of +210, ahead of Sebastian Kirstein (Caretaker's Guest) with +195 in second place, and Christopher Coyle with +130 in third.
Please note there is an issue getting these results entered. We are working to fix the problem.

Byes

This week, the following players have won a Day One Round One bye into the Continental Championships:

• Michael van Breemen (The Ninja Scot), winner at CodCon
• Shane Brierley (Shanebrier), winner at Good Games
• Kenny Nguyen (blinkkite), second place at Good Games
• Matthew Townsend (thac0276), winner at COMSSA Common Room (First Edition)
• Matthyas Kiraly (stoovie), winner at COMSSA Common Room (Second Edition)
• Andreas Rheinländer (Dukat), winner at Der Andere Spieleladen

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

Deck Statistics

Of the 30 players that have played in a Second Edition Regional, five (16.7%) have played [TOS] Original Series. None of them, however, has won a tournament. The next most popular affiliations, being played by three (10%) players each, are [Bor] Borg and [Kli] Klingon. So far, neither Mouth of the Wormhole headquarters (Deep Space 9 nor Terok Nor), has been played in a single headquarters deck.

First Edition deck statistics will be included when more results have been entered.

Week 3 Preview

The complete schedule can be found in this article: Regional Championships Series 2010 Schedule. This week's "Super Saturday" features five Regional tournaments, and there is a sixth on Sunday:

Saturday 17th AprilSunday 18th April
First Edition (Standard)
Philadelphia Airport Hilton
4509 Island Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153
United States
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
First Edition (Open)
Restaurant "Peking"
Brabantse Turfmarkt 78
2611 CP Delft
The Netherlands
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
Second Edition (Standard)
Philadelphia Airport Hilton
4509 Island Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153
United States
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
Second Edition (Standard)
Tower of Games
1400 Kempsville Rd
Chesapeake, VA 23320
United States
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
Second Edition (Standard)
Dragon's Den
5403 W. 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
United States
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
Second Edition (Standard)
Hotel Hamm
St.-Josef-Str. 32
56068 Koblenz
Germany
[Discuss] [Pre-register]

Philadelphia Airport Hilton (First and Second Edition): These tournaments form part of a weekend of gaming being held at the Philadelphia Airport Hilton. In addition to the First Edition Romulus Regional being held on Saturday, there will also be impromptu First Edition tournaments throughout the weekend. There will also be plenty for Second Edition players, too. Saturday features a six round Warp Speed format tournament, followed by a four round Team tournament. They should be enough to warm everybody up for Sunday's Second Edition main event: The Romulus Regional. As well as Star Trek, there will also be Star Wars events being held at the same venue. If you have any old Star Wars cards you want to trade for Star Trek cards, this is the place to do it.

Restaurant "Peking": Last weekend saw the first Continuing Committee sanctioned First Edition Regional to be held in Germany. This week, it is The Netherlands' turn to hold their first Continuing Committee sanctioned First Edition Regional. Pre-registration for this Open Format tournament will start at 12:00, with proceedings scheduled to begin at 12:30. The entry fee of 15 Euro also covers three drinks. After the tournament, players are invited to stay and eat together at the restaurant.
Please note that there are a maximum of 20 places available at this tournament. Pre-registered players will have priority entrance over players that have not pre-registered.

Tower of Games: The 2008 Sector 001 Regional featured twelve players. The results show that [Dom] Dominion and [TNG] Next Generation decks were the most popular, each being played by two players. John Corbett (KillerB) was undefeated in the five round tournament playing [TNG] Next Generation and was victorious. Last year, the 2009 Sector 001 Regional featured eleven players. While there were still two [Dom] Dominion and two [TNG] Next Generation decks being played, there were three [Kli] Klingon decks on show. Neil Timmons (ntimmons) began his journey to become World Champion by winning this tournament with his [Kli] Klingon deck. In the last two years, this Regional tournament has attracted a total of 23 players. With seven players already pre-registered, there is a good chance that more than ten players will participate, and that multiple byes into the Continental Championships will be awarded.

Kris Sonsteby (LORE) previews the South Dakota Regional:
Dragon's Den: The 2009 Deep Space 9 Regional saw ten players, several of whom traveled to play, battling it out during blizzard conditions to crown the first Deep Space 9 Regional champion. In the end, three players were tied atop the standings: Kevin Jaeger (Hoss-Drone), playing a [Kli] Klingon B'aht Qul Challenge two mission win deck; Kris Sonsteby (LORE), playing a [SF] Starfleet / [NA] Non-Aligned speed solver; and Jody Lamb (joedlaw) playing a [Voy] Voyager / At What Cost? solver. In spite of the fact that Kevin lost to Jody, who in turn lost to Kris, who in turn lost to Kevin, the Strength of Schedule tie-breaker went to Kevin who successfully defended his home turf. It will remain to be seen if Kevin can pull out the repeat, though. This year, Kris is bringing backup in the form of fellow The Big Goodbye team members Nat Kirton (Nate Jeezy) and Mike Harrington (Ajnaran), who will all be gunning to take Kev's title from him, while at the same time keeping Jody from bringing it home to Fargo.
Thanks for the preview Kris!
Following the Regional tournament, the second annual "Quad B Championship" will take place. Prove your skills across multiple disciplines (Bucks, Balls, Bowling and Beer) of time wasting! More information can be found on the discussion page.

Hotel Hamm: This is only the second year a Regional tournament has been run in Koblenz. Last year, the 2009 Vandros IV Regional drew ten players. A wide variety of decks were played; including [TNG] Next Generation, [Kli] Klingon, [Baj] Bajoran, [Fer] Ferengi, [Voy] Voyager, [NA] Androids, and [DS9] Deep Space 9; but the winning deck, played by Tobias Rausmann (garetjax), was a [Rom] Romulan Wariness deck. There are a total of eight players pre-registered, including Tobias. Can anyone beat him this year?

Next Week

A review of the results from week three, more statistics, and a preview of week four's events. The weekend of April 24th and 25th sees six Second Edition tournaments taking place. Besides the four Standard Format tournaments, there are also two Virtual Format tournaments.

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