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The Road to Worlds, Week 13

by James Hoskin, Director of Organized Play

24th 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 12.

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 12 Review

Saturday 19th JuneSunday 20th June
Second Edition (Draft)
Apache Mall Food Court
333 Apache Mall
Rochester, MN 55902
United States
Second Edition (Standard)
Next Level Gamez
118 E Main St
Forest City, NC 28043
United States
German National Championships
Second Edition (Standard)
CVJM Kassel e.V.
Wolfsschlucht 21
34117 Mitte, Kassel
Second Edition (Standard)
CVJM Kassel e.V.
Wolfsschlucht 21
34117 Mitte, Kassel

Apache Mall Food Court: The magic number must be 18! For the third time in a month, a Regional tournament attracted 18 players. Congratulations for navigating the five-round gauntlet of some of the best players in the world should go to Jeremy Benedict (flrazor). This is his first Continuing Committee-sanctioned Regional tournament win, and that is no small feat if you play in Minnesota. Jeremy, who was playing [DS9] Deep Space 9, has posted his final deck here, and lists his best draft picks as Odo (Constable), Riva (Respected Mediator), Yelsar, Stand-Off, two copies of Timescape and two copies of Temporal Conduit. Michael van Breemen (The Ninja Scot) and Mike Harrington (Ajnaran) took second and third place, respectively, with just one loss each. I bet neither player realized the importance of their first-round match, in which Michael beat Mike. Both of these players already have a Day One Round One bye into the Continental Championships, so the second bye awarded at this tournament went to fourth place finisher, and 2008 World Champion, Kevin Jaeger (Hoss-Drone). Kevin's strength of schedule meant that he placed highest of all six players tied with a record of three wins and two losses.

Next Level Gamez: The two pre-registrations mentioned in last week's article turned into a healthy twelve players for this Regional tournament in Forest City, North Carolina. It should come as no surprise to hear that Neil Timmons (ntimmons) wasn't content with two Regional tournament wins this year, and won his third in as many attempts. He would like me to point out that he didn't play [Kli] Klingon in any of those wins. Neil's [Maq] Maquis deck was titled "Maquis 'big' fun", and it took him to four full wins and one modified win. Behind Neil were six players tied with a record of three wins and two losses. Top of that pack were Charlie Beam (Gooch), playing [TNG] Next Generation Cadets; Patrick Krentz (PK of VA), playing [Car] Cardassian; and Greg Hodgin (tomalak), playing [Rom] Romulan. With Neil and Charlie already having Continental Championship byes, Patrick and Greg both won byes at this event. If you want to read more about this tournament, there are not one, not two, but three tournament reports available. You can read about the experiences of Neil Timmons (ntimmons) here, Patrick Krentz (PK of VA) here, and Scott Baughman (Darik), who finished seventh playing [TN] Terok Nor, here.

CVJM Kassel e.V. (Regional): Saturday's warm-up for the German Nationals on Sunday saw 15 players battle it out over six rounds, in which no player managed to stay undefeated. Thomas Schneider (thsch), playing a [Bor] Borg deck unimaginatively titled "Borg"; Tobias Rausmann (garetjax), playing a [Maq] Maquis deck titled "Strange New Weapons DM2010"; and Tyler Fultz (DJstormtrooper42), playing a [Car] Cardassian deck titled "Guests at Makbar's Labor Camp"; all recorded five wins out of six. Unfortunately for Tobias and Tyler, one of those wins was only a modified win, so Thomas emerged as the Vandros IV Regional Champion. Four of the decks on the day were [Car] Cardassian. I wonder whether this made players think about adding more copies of Rescue Captives to their decks for the National Championships the next day.

CVJM Kassel e.V. (National): The first National Championships of 2010 saw 16 players in attendance. Of the 13 players that played in the Regional on Saturday, seven had decided to change the affiliation they were playing for this tournament. You can re-read the live coverage of the tournament here, the highlight of which was Tyler Fultz (DJstormtrooper42), playing a [Maq] Maquis deck titled "Personnel Prevention." Not only was Tyler undefeated over six rounds, but his opponents only managed to complete a total of two missions in that time. Unfortunately for Tyler, there was a final confrontation. Tobias Rausmann (garetjax), playing a [TOS] Original Series deck titled "Kirk on the Bridge (Anti-battle version)", only suffered one loss (to Tyler) in his six games, and was Tyler's opponent. In the final confrontation, Tobias put his experience of playing Tyler in the fourth round to good use and won the game to take the title of 2010 German National Champion for the second time in three years. Congratulations Tobias, and commiserations Tyler.


More than ten players at each of this week's three Regional tournaments saw two byes handed out at each. The German National Championships handed out two byes as well. In total, eight players won a Day One Round One bye into the Continental Championships:

• Jeremy Benedict (flrazor), winner at Apache Mall Food Court
• Kevin Jaeger (Hoss-Drone), fourth place (bye handed down) at Apache Mall Food Court
• Patrick Krentz (PK of VA), tied for second place (bye handed down) at Next Level Gamez
• Greg Hodgin (tomalak), tied for second place (bye handed down) at Next Level Gamez
• Thomas Schneider (thsch), winner at CVJM Kassel e.V. (Regional)
• Tyler Fultz (DJstormtrooper42), third place (bye handed down) at CVJM Kassel e.V. (Regional)
• Carsten Hartmann (HIstoriker), third place (bye handed down) at CVJM Kassel e.V. (National)
• Markus Eberlein (eberlems), fourth place (bye handed down) at CVJM Kassel e.V. (National)

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. This weekend sees the last three Regional tournaments remaining this year for those players still looking to win a bye.

Deck Statistics

No First Edition Regional tournaments this week, and no updates for the tournaments with missing information, means that the deck statistics have not changed.

The most popular First Edition affiliations are currently:
1. UnknownUsed by 15 (32%) players2 Regional wins
2.[Fed] FederationUsed by 7 (15%) players
3. Multiple AffiliationsUsed by 5 (11%) players1 Regional win
4.[Dom] DominionUsed by 4 (9%) players1 Regional win
4. HirogenUsed by 4 (9%) players
6.[Kli] KlingonUsed by 3 (6%) players1 Regional win
7.[Bor] BorgUsed by 2 (4%) players1 Regional win
7.[Rom] RomulanUsed by 2 (4%) players
7.[SF] StarfleetUsed by 2 (4%) players1 Regional win
10.[Baj] BajoranUsed by 1 (2%) players
10.[Car] CardassianUsed by 1 (2%) players
10. KazonUsed by 1 (2%) players

45 players at three Second Edition Regional tournaments this weekend, sees the total number of players rise to 279. That makes for an average of 8.5 players at 33 sanctioned tournaments. [Maq] Maquis had a good showing this week, with a Regional win in North Carolina, and the runner-up spot at the German National Championships. That leaves just Earth (Home of Starfleet Command), and [TN] Terok Nor as the only two affiliations/headquarters without a win to their name this year. The unknown deck statistic has risen sharply this week because the majority of players at the draft in Minnesota have yet to declare which affiliations they were playing.

The most popular Second Edition affiliations are currently:
1.[TNG] Next GenerationUsed by 31 (11%) players3 Regional wins
2.[Kli] KlingonUsed by 26 (9%) players3 Regional wins
3.[Bor] BorgUsed by 25 (9%) players4 Regional wins
4.[TOS] Original SeriesUsed by 23 (8%) players1 Regional win
5.[SF] StarfleetUsed by 22 (8%) players2 Regional win
6.[Car] CardassianUsed by 21 (8%) players1 Regional win
6. UnknownUsed by 21 (8%) players1 Regional win
8. Multiple AffiliationsUsed by 19 (7%) players4 Regional wins
9.[Rom] RomulanUsed by 15 (5%) players1 Regional win
10.[Voy] Voyager/EquinoxUsed by 14 (5%) players5 Regional wins
11.[Dom] DominionUsed by 12 (4%) players1 Regional Win
12.[Baj] BajoranUsed by 11 (4%) players1 Regional win
12.[Maq] MaquisUsed by 11 (4%) players1 Regional win
14. Earth (Home of Starfleet Command)Used by 8 (3%) players
14.[Fer] FerengiUsed by 8 (3%) players1 Regional win
16.[DS9] Deep Space 9Used by 7 (3%) players2 Regional wins
17.[NA] Non-AlignedUsed by 3 (1%) players
18.[TN] Terok NorUsed by 2 (1%) players

Week 13 Preview

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

Saturday 26th JuneSunday 27th June
First Edition (Revised)
Paradox Comics & Cards
26 Roberts St
Fargo, ND, 58102
United States
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
Second Edition (Standard)
Münchner TradingCard Treffen
Grafinger Straße 6
81671 München
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
First Edition (Sealed)
Wahoos of Cupertino
19626 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Cupertino, CA 95014
United States
[Discuss] [Pre-register]

Paradox Comics & Cards: Last year, the 2009 Deep Space 9 Regional attracted four First Edition players. No deck information has been entered, but Jody Lamb (joedlaw) was undefeated and won the tournament. Chris Volk (volkerii) finished second, Matthew Hayes (karonofborg13) was third and John Tomaszewski took fourth. This year, Matthew and Chris have pre-registered already. Who else will show up? We'll find out next week!

Münchner TradingCard Treffen: This is the final Second Edition Regional Tournament of the year, and the first Continuing Committee-sanctioned Regional tournament to be held in Munich. There are no previous tournaments to look at for predictions, but we can be assured of a number of top players in attendance. As Munich is around 60 Kilometres (40 miles) from the Austrian border, there is a good chance that top German players will be joined by top Austrian players to battle it out. In fact, two of the five pre-registered players so far will be making the trip across the border. If you are planning to attend, please pre-register or let judge Johannes Klarhauser (Kaiser) know about your plans, as there is a small chance of a change of venue. Please see the tournament description for more details.

Wahoos of Cupertino: The honor of running the last Regional tournament of 2010 is held by The Continuing Committee's former First Edition Director, Jeremy Commandeur (Commandeur). Sunday's First Edition tournament is free to enter. Players are asked to bring their own set of the 20 Official Tournament Sealed Deck (OTSD) cards. They will then be given a Deep Space 9 starter deck, at least seven Deep Space 9 booster packs, a smattering of other booster packs (from a pool including Alternate Universe, Q-Continuum, First Contact and The Dominion), the six Second Anthology cards, the eight Starter Deck II cards, and the twelve Warp Pack cards. All that will remain is to build the best deck available from all of those cards! There are only three players pre-registered so far, but last year's Revised Format tournament attracted 15 players. Let's hope for a similar attendance this year.

Next Week

A final review of the results from Week 13 and the final set of deck statistics. Fans of this series need not worry though, as The Road to Worlds doesn't end next week. Much like the James Bond movies, this series WILL RETURN! I'll be previewing and reviewing the Continental Championships in July and August, and the World Championships in October.

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