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The Road to Worlds 2011, United States (West) National Championships Preview

by James Hoskin, Director of Organized Play

12th January 2011

Before the preview of this weekend's United States (West) National Championships, lets take a look at the five other National Championships held in the last month.

National Championships Review

Saturday 11th DecemberSaturday 18th DecemberSunday 2nd JanuarySaturday 8th January
2010 Swedish National Championships
Second Edition (Standard)
Styx
Brunnsgränd
Östersund
Sweden
[Results]
2010 United States (East) National Championships
First Edition (Official)
Arbys #532
4219 West Saginaw Highway
Lansing
Michigan 48917
United States
[Results]
2010 Canadian National Championships
Second Edition (Standard)
University of Alberta
Student's Union Building Food Court
Edmonton
Alberta
Canada
[Results]
2010 Canadian National Championships
First Edition (Official)
University of Alberta
Student's Union Building Food Court
Edmonton
Alberta
Canada
[Results]
2010 Swedish National Championships
Tribbles
Styx
Brunnsgränd
Östersund
Sweden
[Results]

2010 Second Edition Swedish National Championships: Just four players participated in this three round tournament. The conclusion of which, ended up with three players tied for first place. Torbjörn Lindquist (Linkan), playing a [TN] Terok Nor Ruling Council deck titled "SM-lek", beat Jonas Hoflin (kane), playing [TNG] Next Generation, with a Modified Win. Jonas beat Anna Andersson (Aneaan), playing [SF] Starfleet, with a Modified Win; and, guess what?, Anna beat Torbjörn with a Modified Win. It took the seventh and final tiebreaker to separate that set of circular results. Torbjörn Lindquist had the highest tournament rating giving him the edge. Congratulations on your win Torbjörn!

2010 Tribbles Swedish National Championships: Despite being run directly after the Second Edition National Championships, one of the four players dropped out; leaving just three to compete for the first Tribbles National Championships to be held in Europe. It was a very tight affair, with just 104 Tribbles being the difference between the top two players. To show just how close that was, it works out at a miniscule 0.02% difference. In a reverse of the top two from the Second Edition tournament earlier in the day; Anna Andersson (Aneaan), with 588,807 Tribbles; pipped Torbjörn Lindquist (Linkan), with 588,711 Tribbles; to take the title. Congratulations on your win Anna!

2010 First Edition United States (East) National Championships: Just four players participated in this three round tournament. Kevin Markman (Jarod), playing in his first Continuing Committee-sanctioned tournament, won all three of his games playing [SF] Starfleet. Second place was taken by Andrew Bowling (hpotter), playing [Kli] Klingon; while third place went to former World Champion David Bowling (tomek), playing [Rom] Romulan. Congratulations on your win Kevin!

2010 Second Edition Canadian National Championships: Of all five National Championship reviewed here, this was the largest - with five players. Competition was tough over three rounds, but in the end Keith Morris (Foreman) stayed undefeated and won the title. Keith was playing a [Voy] Voyager deck unimaginatively titled "Canadian Nationals 2010." Mark Morris (BaronMorrath), playing a [Baj] Bajoran deck titled "Hold up", took second place. Third place went to Thomas Solway (tksolway), playing a [Rom] Romulan Far-Seeing Eyes deck. Donald Snider (sniderd) - playing in his first Continuing Committee-sanctioned tournament - was fourth, playing a [Dom] Dominion deck titled "Founder Shennanigans"; and Jason (Gauntlet) brought up the rear with a [TNG] Next Generation deck titled "Jason's Deck." Both Keith Morris and Mark Morris have written tournament reports of their experiences. You can read Keith's report here, and Mark's report here. Congratulations on your win Keith!

2010 First Edition Canadian National Championships: Held one week after the Second Edition National Championships, this tournament attracted four players. Thomas Solway (tksolway) was undefeated over three rounds and won the title. Second place, with just one loss to Thomas, was taken by Tara Dubois; playing in her first Continuing Committee-sanctioned tournament. Unfortunately, Thomas' and Tara's deck information has yet to be entered. Mark Morris (BaronMorrath), playing a [Baj] Bajoran deck titled "Bajoran", took third place; while Allen Gould (AllenGould), playing a [NA] Non-aligned deck titled "Double the Pain Relief" came fourth. Congratulations on your win Thomas!

Byes

The following players have won a Day One Round One bye into the 2011 Continental Championships:

• Torbjörn Lindquist (Linkan), winner at the 2010 Second Edition Swedish National Championships
• Anna Andersson (Aneaan), runner-up at the 2010 Second Edition Swedish National Championships
• Kevin Markman (Jarod), winner at the 2010 First Edition United States (East) National Championships
• Andrew Bowling (hpotter), runner-up at the 2010 First Edition United States (East) National Championships
• Keith Morris (Foreman), winner at the 2010 Second Edition Canadian National Championships
• Mark Morris (BaronMorrath), runner-up at the 2010 Second Edition Canadian National Championships
• Thomas Solway (tksolway), winner at the 2010 First Edition Canadian National Championships
• Tara Dubois, runner-up at the 2010 First Edition Canadian National Championships

These bye winners have been added to the list of current bye winners for the 2011 Continental Championships and the 2011 World Championships here.

National Championships Preview

Friday 14th JanuarySaturday 15th JanuarySunday 16th January
6:30pm: Side Event
Second Edition
(Race to the Alpha Quadrant)
College of DuPage
Building M, Room 165AG
425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn
Illinois 60137
United States
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
10am: 2010 United States (West) National Championships
Second Edition (Standard)
College of DuPage
Building M, Room 165AG
425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn
Illinois 60137
United States
[Discuss] [Pre-register]
12pm: Side Event
Second Edition (Virtual)
College of DuPage
Building M, Room 165AG
425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn
Illinois 60137
United States
[Discuss] [Pre-register]

The 2008 United States (West) National Championships attracted 20 players in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. On a day with twelve different headquarters combinations represented, [Voy] Voyager/Equinox being the most popular; Nat Kirton (Nate Jeezy), playing a [TNG] Next Generation deck titled "I am big. It's the pictures that got smaller.", was victorious in all six rounds. Unfortunately for him, there was a final confrontation. Nat got to play Mike Harrington (Ajnaran), who he had already beaten in the fourth round. This time; Mike, playing an [TOS] Original Series deck titled "none", was victorious and crowned National Champion.

The 2009 United States (West) National Championships moved to San Diego, California; where it attracted 15 players. A number of affiliations played have not been entered, but of those that have, [Bor] Borg was the most popular - appearing three times in the top five places. Visiting Australian, Chris Clarke (ZodoJats) took the title, with five wins in five rounds using his [TNG] Next Generation deck titled "West Nationals '10 First Place". There was no final confrontation this year, so second place finisher Johnny Holeva (jjh), playing a [Bor] Borg deck titled "Big Fat Borg Deck - 2010", had no chance to repeat Mike's feat from the previous year.

This year, the United States (West) National Championships continues its tour of the country, ending up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. At the time of writing, four players have pre-registered for the Race to the Alpha Quadrant warm-up event on Friday. 15 players have pre-registered for the main event on Saturday, and just two plan to attend Sunday's Virtual Format side event. Of those 15 pre-registered players, the five travelling from Minnesota, will outnumber the four local players from Illinois. Other states represented will include Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Michigan and Ohio. Mike Harrington (Ajnaran) and Jared Hoffman (Mugato) are currently ranked in the top ten players in the world, and shoudl be considered favorites. Mike won the United States (West) National Championships in 2008, and the North American Continental Championships in 2009; while Jared was runner-up at both the United States (East) National Championships in 2009, and the North American Continental Championships in 2010. Both players have the pedigree, and despite the stiff opposition, I find it hard to look at anybody else when predicting the winner. As for the winning deck, I'll go with the winner of the last two United States (West) National Championships: [TNG] Next Generation. Good luck to all participants.

2011 Regional Championships

The application process for the 2011 Regional Championships will be announced by the end of January. Now is the time to remind your local Tournament Director that you are interested in playing in a Regional Championship, so that he or she knows to apply.
Just remember: pestering them to apply will eventually work!

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