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The Road to Worlds, Week 10

by James Hoskin, Director of Organized Play

3rd June 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 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 8 Review

Saturday 29th MaySunday 30th May
First Edition (Open)
McDonald's Kallangur
Anzac Avenue
Kallangur, QLD 4503
Australia
First Edition (Open)
Arbys #532
4219 W Saginaw Hwy
Lansing, MI 48917
United States
[Results]
Second Edition (Standard)
Universal-Card-Tools
Bismarckstr. 87
28203 Bremen
Germany
[Results]

McDonald's Kallangur: Unfortunately, I have been unable to confirm whether this tournament took place or not. The results have not been entered, and my requests for information have gone unanswered.

Arbys #532: This week's review isn't going well. Last minute cancellations, including reasons like mandatory overtime and early childbirth, meant that only two players turned up for this tournament. Consequently, this tournament was unsanctioned.

Universal-Card-Tools: At first glance, it doesn't look like there are any results for this tournament either. However, they have been entered on open-cards. That site provides less detail for analysis, but I can tell you that open-cards user "Roga Danar" was undefeated over four rounds, and won the tournament using a [Dom] Dominion deck. If that player uses the same handle on this site, then congratulations go to Michael Mittelstedt. The runner-up was Tobias Rausmann (garetjax), playing [TOS] Original Series. Third place was taken by Carsten Hartmann (HIstoriker) with a [Bor] Borg deck. Other decks being played include [Fer] Ferengi, [Kli] Klingon and a second [Bor] Borg.

Byes

This week, an unknown number of unknown players won a Day One Round One bye into the Continental Championships:

• unknown player, winner at McDonald's Kallangur
• unknown player - possibly Michael Mittelstedt (Roga Danar), winner at Universal-Card-Tools

Congratulations to all 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. There are now only 13 Regional tournaments remaining this year for those players still looking to win a bye.

Deck Statistics

No First Edition results this week means that the deck analysis remains the same as last week.

The most popular First Edition affiliations are currently:
1. UnknownUsed by 15 (37%) players2 Regional wins
2.[Fed] FederationUsed by 6 (15%) players
3. Multiple AffiliationsUsed by 5 (12%) players1 Regional win
4. HirogenUsed by 4 (10%) players
5.[Dom] DominionUsed by 3 (7%) players1 Regional win
5.[Kli] KlingonUsed by 3 (7%) players1 Regional win
7.[Bor] BorgUsed by 2 (5%) players1 Regional win
8.[Car] CardassianUsed by 1 (2%) players
8. KazonUsed by 1 (2%) players
8.[Rom] RomulanUsed by 1 (2%) players

The win for [Dom] Dominion this week in Bremen, Germany was the first for that affiliation. There are now just five headquarters missions that have not yet won a Regional tournament by themselves.

The most popular Second Edition affiliations are currently:
1.[TNG] Next GenerationUsed by 22 (12%) players3 Regional wins
2.[Kli] KlingonUsed by 20 (10%) players3 Regional wins
3.[Bor] BorgUsed by 19 (10%) players3 Regional wins
4.[TOS] Original SeriesUsed by 18 (9%) players1 Regional win
5. Multiple AffiliationsUsed by 17 (9%) players4 Regional wins
6.[SF] StarfleetUsed by 15 (8%) players1 Regional win
7.[Car] CardassianUsed by 13 (7%) players1 Regional win
8.[Rom] RomulanUsed by 10 (5%) players
9.[Dom] DominionUsed by 9 (5%) players1 Regional Win
9.[Voy] VoyagerUsed by 9 (5%) players3 Regional wins
11.[Baj] BajoranUsed by 8 (4%) players1 Regional win
12. Earth (Home of Starfleet Command)Used by 6 (3%) players
12.[DS9] Deep Space 9Used by 6 (3%) players1 Regional win
12.[Maq] MaquisUsed by 6 (3%) players
12.[Fer] FerengiUsed by 6 (3%) players
16. UnknownUsed by 5 (3%) players1 Regional win
17.[NA] Non-AlignedUsed by 2 (1%) players
18.[TN] Terok NorUsed by 0 (0%) players

Week 10 Preview

The complete schedule can be found in this article: Regional Championships Series 2010 Schedule. There are four Regional tournaments this week:

Saturday 5th JuneSunday 6th June
First Edition (Revised)
Arby's Restaurant
7110 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111
United States
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
Second Edition (Standard)
Battlezone Games
85 North Center Point Road
Hiawatha, IA 52233
United States
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
Second Edition (Draft)
Cafe Insider
Reindorfgasse 17
1150 Wien
Austria
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
Second Edition (Standard)
NordCon
Pachthofschule
Beim Pachthof 15
22111 Hamburg
Germany
[Discuss] [Pre-register]

Arby's Restaurant: The only First Edition Regional tournament this week takes place in San Diego, California. Last year, the 2009 Risa Regional attracted six players. It must have been a tough tournament, because over five rounds, only four of the 15 games resulted in full wins. Eventual winner Rogue Shindler (SirRogue), playing [Baj] Bajoran, only managed one full win. Runner-up Thomas Vineberg (Exon), playing [Car] [Dom] Cardassiian / Dominion, only managed one full win as well. Franklin Kenter (MilesStuntDouble), playing [Fed] Federation, did achieve two full wins, but his losses to Rogue and Thomas meant that he could only finish third. This year there are five players pre-registered. Only one of those played last year, so perhaps we can expect fewer Modified results this year?

Battlezone Games: This is the first Continuing Committee-sanctioned Regional tournament in Iowa. Previous tournaments in the state have been held at a player's residence, but it looks like the decision to use a store for this tournament was a good choice. There are currently 14 players pre-registered, including out-of-state players from Minnesota and Illinois. Just one more player is needed to make this the second biggest turnout at a Regional tournament this year. Will the locals be able to fend off the number three ranked player in the world, Mike Harrington (Ajnaran)? We'll find out next week!

Cafe Insider: Wein, Austria sees Project Transwarp starter decks get augmented by drafted virtual boosters for this Second Edition Regional tournament. The 2008 Borg Regional in Wein attracted eleven players. Stefan Slaby (Winner of Borg), playing [Bor] Borg, was undefeated over six rounds to take the title in this constructed tournament. Last year, the format of the 2009 Borg Regional was changed to Project Transwarp Draft, and attendance increased to twelve players. Peter Machovits (Pille1701), playing [DS9] Deep Space 9, only lost one of his five games and won the tournament. Behind him were five players tied on the same number of victory points. The other top decks last year were [TNG] Next Generation, [Voy] Voyager, [Fer] Ferengi and [Kli] Klingon. The three decks at the bottom of the pile were [Maq] Maquis, [Bor] Borg and [SF] Starfleet. All Project Transwarp decks and virtual draft material is being provided by the organiser. Which Project Transwarp deck will come out top this year?

NordCon: Last year, the 2009 Vandros IV Regional at NordCon attracted four players. Just like the tournament this past Sunday in Bremen, Michael Mittelstedt (Roga Danar), playing [Dom] Dominion, was undefeated and won the tournament. Second place was taken by Tiemo Mittelstedt, playing [TNG] Next Generation. Third place was taken by Holger Janusch (remataklan), playing [Voy] Voyager. And fourth place went to Thomas Vorwerk (Borgified Tribble), playing [TNG] Next Generation. At the time of writing, zero players have pre-registered, so we shouldn't really speculate on who will win. I'll give it a go though. I predict the winner will be ... German!

Next Week

A review of the results from Week 10, more statistics, and a preview of the events in Week 11. The weekend of June 12th and 13th sees Second Edition Regional tournaments in Delaware, Denmark and England.

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