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The Road to Worlds, Week 6

by James Hoskin, Director of Organized Play

6th May 2010

Regular readers should know that 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, Week 5.

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 5 Review

Saturday 1st MaySunday 2nd May
First Edition (Revised)
Hauptstrasse 35
63864 Glattbach
Germany
[Results]
Second Edition (Standard)
Husky Union Building
University of Washington
HUB 204L, Box 352230
4001 Stevens Way NE
Seattle, WA 98195
United States
[Results]
Second Edition (Standard)
Games-N-Stuff
Diezerpoortenplas 38
8011 VX Zwolle
The Netherlands
[Cancelled]

Hauptstrasse 35: This First Edition Revised Format Regional tournament attracted six players, five of which were participating in their first Continuing Committee-sanctioned face-to-face tournament. After four rounds, Christian Krenz (LuthySloan) emerged as the winner. Christian was playing a Non-Aligned / Federation / Vidiian deck. Benjamin Ahlburg, playing Hirogen, managed to stay undefeated, but a true tie, a full win and two modified wins meant that he only finished in second place. The "experienced" player of the group -- Christopher Coyle (startrekccggeek), playing [Fed] Federation -- was only participating in his second tournament, but he managed a respectable third place. As a matter of interest, he also finished third at the Berlin Regional a few weeks ago. Other decks being played included [Rom] Romulan, [Baj] [NA] Bajoran / Non-Aligned and a second [Fed] Federation. I hope everyone had a good time, and that this group starts holding tournaments on a regular basis.

Husky Union Building: For the second year running, Jason DeShaw (Jaybird) won this Regional. Despite losing in the opening round to J (a relation to Q perhaps?), he won his three remaining games to keep hold of the title of Ferenginar Regional Champion for another year. Jason's deck, titled "Voyager on Fire" has the option of completing four space missions and using The Long Journey Home to win games. It can also go the traditional route and complete a planet mission if necessary. I'm sure that Field Studies will have helped Jason deplete those few extra non-planet dilemmas from his opponents' dilemma piles to make his final attempts that much easier. Of the remaining seven players, the mysteriously-named J (perhaps he/she is third in line behind K and L to become James Bond's boss, M?) was undefeated, but three modified wins meant that he/she could only finish in second place. J was playing a [Baj] Bajoran deck titled "Prayers to the Prophets". Third place saw a tie between Michael van Breemen (The Ninja Scot), playing a [Car] [Rom] [TN] Cardassian / Romulan / Terok Nor deck titled "Triple-HQ Fun" that used Jake Sisko (Reporter Behind the Lines) to mill his opponent's deck away; and Tobyn Smith, playing a [TNG] Next Generation deck titled "Tobyn's TNG". Other decks being played included a second [TNG] Next Generation, [Rom] Romulan (deck list: "Green Men in Pursuit"), [SF] Starfleet and [Car] Cardassian.

Games-N-Stuff: Unfortunately, this Regional tournament was cancelled because of a lack of pre-registrations.

Byes

This week, just two players won a Day One Round One bye into the Continental Championships:

• Christian Krenz (LuthySloan), winner at Hauptstrasse 35
• Jason DeShaw (Jaybird), winner at Husky Union Building

Congratulations to both players, 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

A total of 25 players have participated in four First Edition Regional tournaments. [Fer] Ferengi and [SF] Starfleet have yet to make an appearance, and all four winning decks come from different affiliations.

The most popular First Edition affiliations are currently:
1.[Fed] FederationUsed by 6 (24%) players
2. HirogenUsed by 4 (16%) players
3.[Dom] DominionUsed by 3 (12%) players1 Regional win
3.[Kli] KlingonUsed by 3 (12%) players1 Regional win
5.[Bor] BorgUsed by 2 (8%) players1 Regional win
*excluding multiple headquarters decks

We have now had a total of 104 players at 13 Second Edition Regional tournaments. [TN] Terok Nor is still the only affiliation yet to be represented. [TNG] Next Generation, played by two players this week, is the most popular affiliation without a tournament win to its name.

The most popular Second Edition affiliations are currently:
1.[Kli] KlingonUsed by 13 (13%) players3 Regional wins
2.[TNG] Next GenerationUsed by 12 (12%) players
3.[Bor] BorgUsed by 9 (9%) players3 Regional wins
4.[Car] CardassianUsed by 8 (8%) players1 Regional win
4.[TOS] Original SeriesUsed by 8 (8%) players1 Regional win
4.[SF] StarfleetUsed by 8 (8%) players
*excluding multiple headquarters decks

Week 6 Preview

The complete schedule can be found in this article: Regional Championships Series 2010 Schedule. After a quiet week, there are another five Regional tournaments taking place:

Saturday 8th MaySunday 9th May
First Edition (Sealed)
Chalmers Kårhus
Sven Hultins Gata 4
412 58 Göteborg
Sweden
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
Second Edition (Standard)
The Guardtower
3600 Trabue Road
Columbus, OH
United States
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
Second Edition (Standard)
Legion Comics
3248 Cahaba Heights Rd
Birmingham, AL 35243
United States
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
Second Edition
(Infinite Diversity Draft)
Styx Östersund
Brunnsgränd
Östersund
Sweden
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
Second Edition (Standard)
Grimsby Wargames Society
Sixhills Street
Grimsby, DN32 9EG
United Kingdom
[Discuss] [Pre-register]

Chalmers Kårhus: The only First Edition tournament this weekend is being held in Gothenburg, Sweden. It is an Official Tournament Sealed Deck (OTSD) tournament. An OTSD is included in the entry fee for all pre-registered players. At the time of writing, no one has yet, but please make things easier for organizer Cristoffer Wiker (Smiley) by pre-registering if you plan to attend. Don't forget to bring sleeves with you, if you want to keep your cards in good condition.

The Guardtower: Our illustrious Chairman, Charlie Plaine (MidnightLich), has organised this Regional tournament in Columbus, Ohio. It was his birthday yesterday (Wednesday), so make sure to give him your best wishes when you see him on Saturday. The 2008 Qo'noS Regional attracted eight players. Undefeated winner Jared Hoffman (Mugato) and runner-up Brian Sykes (Armus) both played [SF] Starfleet that day and saw off all comers over five rounds of play. Of the eight decks on show, two of them (25%) used multiple headquarters. Last year, the 2009 Qo'noS Regional attracted seven players. After four rounds, three players were tied on victory points and it came down to the strength of schedule tiebreaker to split them up. Sandy Barnabas (sandy) won, but his chosen deck was not recorded. Jared Hoffman (Mugato), playing [Car] [Rom] Cardassian / Romulan, was second; and Samuel Truax (rafzic), playing [Rom] Romulan, was third. Of the seven decks being played, three of them (43%) used multiple headquarters. This year, there are five players pre-registered so far. Among them is 2008 winner and 2009 runner-up Jared Hoffman (Mugato). Will anyone be able to stop the number nine ranked player in the world from winning this Regional again? Will anyone note that multiple headquarters are popular in this part of the world and pack some dilemmas to take advantage? We'll find out next week!

Legion Comics: The 2008 Cardassia Regional attracted 13 players, and every one of them managed at least one win on the day. Kyle Matusevic (CrimsonTide) was undefeated over six rounds, playing [TNG] Next Generation. Stephen Lanza (lvitalogy) took second place with a [Bor] Borg deck, and Mike Gillespie (kingforaday) was third playing [TN] Terok Nor. Despite there being 13 players, only six different affiliations were used. There was one [Dom] Dominion deck; two each of [TNG] Next Generation, [Kli] Klingon, [TN] Terok Nor and [Rom] Romulan decks; and four [Bor] Borg decks. Last year, there was no Regional tournament held in Birmingham, Alabama, but it is back this year. So far, only one player has pre-registered. If you want to play against the runner-up from the 2004 World Championships, Raymond Linton (RayJ), this is your chance.

Styx Östersund: The home of the Swedish National Championships is the location for this Regional tournament. The 2008 Omarion Nebula Regional saw seven players compete over five rounds. Anna Andersson (Aneaan), playing [Bor] Borg, could only manage a true tie in her final round [Bor] Borg mirror match against Jonas Hoflin (kane), but that was enough to give her victory over second place Johan Hall (geitmeise), playing [Baj] Bajoran. Just like Birmingham, Alabama, there was no 2009 Regional in Sweden. Previous years' results have little relevance to this year's tournament however, because it is being played using the new Infinite Diversity Draft format. It is in fact the first Regional tournament to be played using this format. So far, only one player has pre-registered. There have been seven draft tournaments held at this location in the last 18 months, so rest assured that everyone playing will have experience. Players attending should note that all virtual draft material will be provided for the entry fee.

Grimsby Wargames Society: This is the first year that a Continuing Committee-sanctioned Regional tournament will be held in Grimsby. It may only have a small player base, but its players are committed to playing and have sanctioned 27 tournaments in the last two years. So far, four players have pre-registered for this Saturday's tournament. My brother (Gumbo) and I are taking a trip "oop north" (as the locals say), to beat the two other players and anyone else who turns up. Not that we're trying to get a north/south thing started. Honest. The presence or absence of a report in next week's Road to Worlds article will depend entirely on how well I perform.

Next Week

A review of the results (which may or may not include Grimsby) from Week 6, more statistics, and a preview of the events in Week 7. Beginning with the weekend of May 15th, we are down to just three or four Regional tournaments a week until the end of the 2010 Regionals season.

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