Hey everyone! It's been a busy month, and our Organized Play team has handed the blog over to me for this week to keep you up to speed on all things related to event coverage.
A few weekends ago, 305 players traveled to Las Vegas in order to compete in the 2012 North American Continental Championship. 305 became 96 by the end of the Day 1's Core Constructed competition (9 rounds), and by the end of the the second day's drafts, 16 players remained. Of those 16 players, 12 of them chose to represent the Alliance, while 4 Horde players remained.
In the end, it was long-time gamer Matthew Spreadbury who was crowned the champion. For Matt, this was a big win. Not only did he break his curse of never getting past the Quarter-Final round on Sunday (despite a high number Sunday appearances), but he went beyond just breaking his curse by winning the whole thing! He was one of 10players who showed up to battle it out on Sunday.
Speaking of Jaral, the Worgen Hunter was easily the deck of the tournament. Its combination ofand gave the Hunter ways to end the game out of nowhere. The much talked about – and much feared – deck hit a wall of Hunters in Las Vegas, and the infamous Paladin deck was brick-walled from placing anyone on Sunday. Only Jason Newill, who chose to go with the -powered Alliance Paladin, was the only holy warrior to battle his way into Sunday's matches, and he was quicked outed by one of the three Horde Mage decks that pushed through to the final rounds of the tournament.
The Top 16 decklists for the 2012 North American Continental Championship can be found here. It's good for one last look at the Core format before Tomb of the Forgotten makes its way into people's decks. How will the latest set shake things up?
That question will be answered this weekend in Beijing, when the 2012 Asia Pacific Continental Championship begins. Jonathan Lee-Mars will be on-site, and he'll bring us the latest deck tech that Asia's players have cooked up with Tomb of the Forgotten factored into Core. Coverage will begin Thursday night (roughly around 6-7pm PST).
Be sure to check back regularly this weekend for updates on what's hot out of Uldum at the 2012 APCC!
And check back later today for a CZE Tour announcement. Our schedule is shaping up, and it's going to be an exciting Summer for the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game!