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Author Topic: Highlander tournament at Helsinki Safe Haven 20.9.2008    (Read 3211 times)
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« on: 28-09-2008, 12:58:59 PM »

24 people played 6 rounds on a 60 minutes round time a small scale HL-tournament at Helsinki organized by Safe Haven. The winner Aleksi Väänänen played BR-Goblins, which was a slightly tuned version from the previous build he piloted to victory at the Ropecon highlander earlier this year.

Standings:

Rank   No.   Name                    Points    OMW%   PGW%   OGW%   P/W/D/B
1   17   Väänänen, Aleksi   16   64,8148   73,8095   60,2653   6/5/1/0
2   1   Notkola, Miikka   15   59,2593   66,6667   54,7660   6/5/0/0
3   25   Tuomi, Sami   13   53,7037   63,8889   54,3162   6/4/1/0
4   16   Sjöblom, Max   12   65,7407   69,2308   58,9120   6/4/0/0
5   10   Leung, Tomi   12   58,3333   60,0000   54,8247   6/4/0/0
6   20   Timonen, Jussi   12   56,4815   56,2500   53,2845   6/4/0/0
7   7   Ihonen, Juha   12   47,2222   64,2857   46,7394   6/4/0/0
8   9   Hänninen, Kari   12   41,6667   62,5000   42,3810   6/4/0/0
9   3   Niemi, Joni   9   59,2593   50,0000   55,9440   6/3/0/0
10   18   MJH            9   58,3333   50,0000   56,4484   6/3/0/0
11   13   Railio, Juha   9   53,7037   57,1429   51,0185   6/3/0/0
12   15   Pyyhtiä, Tuomas   9   52,7778   42,2222   52,5743   6/3/0/0
13   12   Schalin, Ville   9   50,9259   52,3810   52,0319   6/3/0/0
14   14   Malm, Karri   9   47,2222   50,0000   50,4355   6/3/0/0
15   8   Ihonen, Joonas   9   44,4444   48,8889   43,1481   6/3/0/0
16   22   Toikka, Seppo   6   64,5833   55,5556   58,3333   4/2/0/0
17   23   Salama, Tero   6   53,7037   40,0000   51,9114   6/2/0/0
18   19   Valori, Kim   6   44,4444   38,4615   43,5450   6/2/0/0
19   21   Lagerspetz, Simo   3   66,6667   42,8571   63,4921   3/1/0/0
20   5   Flink, Jesse   3   61,1111   26,6667   56,1755   6/1/0/0
21   11   Remitz, Johannes   3   45,8333   40,0000   45,4545   4/1/0/0
22   4   Niemi, Miikka   3   43,3333   27,2727   46,8620   5/1/0/0
23   24   Jokela, Aleksi   3   40,0000   23,0769   41,6090   5/0/0/1
24   6   Ampuja, Sauli   0   44,4444   0,0000   50,0000   3/0/0/0

Meta was largely control heavy with the exception of couple of RGs, WW and lone MeatElf. As an exception, Juha Ihonen played an interesting combo deck with lots of land tutors, untap effects, and time walks. Another interesting take on deck design was Valori's Gifts-Loam, which was built around black shell with green and blue splash, utilizing Worm Harvest and Raven's Crime alongside other more powerful spells.

Deck lists were not collected so the observations were made only from seats near me. I constructed more or less a casual PrisonStaxx build which kept me busy anyway:

1 Academy Ruins
1 Ancient Tomb
1 Argivian Find
1 Argivian Restoration
1 Badlands
1 Basalt Monolith
1 Bayou
1 Blinkmoth Well
1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Candelabra of Tawnos
1 Capsize
1 Chrome Mox
1 City of Traitors
1 Coalition Relic
1 Collective Restraint
1 Crop Rotation
1 Crumbling Sanctuary
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Crystal Vein
1 Darksteel Citadel
1 Darksteel Ingot
1 Defense Grid
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Enlightened Tutor
1 Fact or Fiction
1 Fellwar Stone
1 Fire/Ice (Fire)
1 Flooded Strand
1 Frantic Search
1 Garruk Wildspeaker
1 Gemstone Mine
1 Gifts Ungiven
1 Gilded Lotus
1 Glimmervoid
1 Goblin Welder
1 Grim Monolith
1 Icy Manipulator
1 Island
1 Intuition
1 Karn, Silver Golem
1 Life from the Loam
1 Mana Drain
1 Masticore
1 Maze of Ith
1 Mind Stone
1 Mindslaver
1 Mishra's Factory
1 Mishra's Helix
1 Mishra's Workshop
1 Mox Diamond
1 Null Brooch
1 Pendrell Mists
1 Phyrexian Furnace
1 Plateau
1 Polluted Delta
1 Prismatic Lens
1 Propaganda
1 Reflecting Pool
1 Regrowth
1 Reshape
1 Ring of Gix
1 Rings of Brighthearth
1 Rishadan Port
1 Rushing River
1 Savannah
1 Scrubland
1 Seat of the Synod
1 Sensei's Divining Top
1 Smokestack
1 Snow-Covered Island
1 Static Orb
1 Strategic Planning
1 Taiga
1 Tainted Pact
1 Talisman of Dominance
1 Talisman of Progress
1 Tangle Wire
1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
1 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Thoughtcast
1 Thran Dynamo
1 Time Spiral
1 Time Vault
1 Transmute Artifact
1 Trash for Treasure
1 Trinket Mage
1 Tropical Island
1 Tundra
1 Underground Sea
1 Upheaval
1 Vindicate
1 Volcanic Island
1 Voltaic Key
1 Wasteland
1 Wildfire
1 Windswept Heath
1 Winter Orb
1 Wooded Foothills
1 Worn Powerstone
1 Zuran Orb

Sorry for the shitty alphabethical format, but that's the best I can do with my deck builder of choise now. I was positively suprised by the 12th. spot given the casual nature of the deck. The games tend to take longer with that build and especially games against aggro took time as board locking had to be gained inch by inch. Strangely enough, I didn't play against much controls. I chose the deck as was under an impression that the round times would be 70 minutes, but I guess a large turnout of players changed plans just before the tournament. Also another argument for choosing the deck was that this was probably the last time Time Vault can be played as ban of the card may be imminent due to the power-level errata.
Total board lock downs were reached a couple of times in form of Icy Manipulator, Rings of Brighthearth and Winter Orb + shitload of mana. In both games opponents scooped before the kill condition could be introduced in order to save time.
 
In couple of games the deck surprised by a fast early game combo in form of second turn Time Vault and a consequent third turn Rings of Brightheart = endless turns. Prior to tourmanent I tested the deck briefly against RG and Skies and the results were OK with 50% percent of games won. The deck is very sporadic: Some times I've got first turn Tangle Wire, second turn Masticore or something, sometimes I just draw mana artifacts and nothing else.

I lost my games against the combo build of Ihonen, RG, and some other deck I can't remember now.
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