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Bracket #13: Testing Packmaster

Before I get started on last week’s Live SolForge Tournaments, I would like to congratulate Pion on his Forum Community Tournament 5 victory.  Pion defeated SeomanReborn in a battle of similar Tempys-Rush decks that both took advantage of Rageborn Hellion’s strength and used Alloyin as a secondary faction.  They were the only two such decks in that tournament; it was a clever and ultimately successful deck design.  In fact, this type of deck is still a reasonably viable deck on the client (although admittedly it is not as good as the dominant Uterran Packmaster Growth deck we are seeing so often—see below for more details on that).  If you haven’t tried to take advantage of the synergy between Rageborn Hellion, Alloyin General, and Ionic Warcharger, I would recommend that you do so.

Now, last week there were two different live tournaments.  The two tournaments had virtually identical structures, with one key difference.  In one, PC Community Tournament 3 (PC3, sponsored by Forgewatch), players were allowed to use any card that they wanted.  In the other, the SolForge Packless Tournament (I’ll call it Packless from now on, organized by Kit), all cards were allowed except for Uterran Packmaster.  This allows for a bit of a test: both tournaments were being played under the same metagame, with the same cards and rule-sets.  How much would the banning of a single card affect the deck composition of the participants and finalists? Read More »

Bracket #12: Live Tourney 2 and Forum Tournament 6 Swiss

PC2: The Rise of Grimgaunt-Growth Hybrids

On Saturday, Forgewatch hosted the second live PC Client SolForge Tournament (PC2 from now on).  There were 16 participants for this event.  Each round was best two games out of three (or first to two wins in case of ties), although the tournament as a whole was a single-elimination format.  No cards were banned, and I served as Tournament Organizer, with some organizational assistance from Racecar0.  I would also like to thank grim2103, who did an insightful live commentary on the streams during the tournament.

kbs666 won the event, playing what was clearly the dominant deck of the day: a Uterra-Nekrium, Grimgaunt-Growth Hybrid deck.  (You can see the full decklists here.) Similar decks were also played by the third and fourth place finishers, SeomanReborn and Kovayaro, respectively.  zrandles finished in second place, using a Tempys and Nekrium removal- and direct-damage heavy Dragon Stall deck; zrandles got particularly good usage out of Firestorm and Flameshaper Savant (and, of course, Scorchmane Dragon). Read More »

Bracket #9: The Tournament 6 Decklists: Bring Out Your Dead

Community Tournament 6, Swiss Round 1 is complete, which means that it’s time for my usual Tournament Field Breakdown article!  (You may now commence the singing and dancing, the trumpets and libations!)  As usual, I’ve posted the full decklists in a publicly available spreadsheet.  (I would also like to thank all of those who sent me there decklists; it helps make this column much easier to write and ensures that the data is as accurate as possible.)

This is the first time in a very long time that we’ve used essentially the same card pool for consecutive tournaments.  This gives us the opportunity to see how the metagame has evolved, by comparing the decks from T6 with those from T5.  (Note that there were a small number changes to the the card pool, and those did have an effect on the metagame, although I’ll save that full discussion for the conclusion.)  So for the rest of the column, I will note in parenthesis besides each number what the corresponding data was from previous tournament*.  (In other words, if there are 23 Nekrium players in T6 and were 18 in T5, you might see an entry that looks like Nekrium: 23 (18).) Read More »

Bracket #7: Tournament 5 Swiss Wrap-Up

The Swiss Rounds for SolForge Community Tournament 5 are finally over.  First off, let me congratulate the Top 8 Finalists, in particular, SeomanReborn who went undefeated using a Rageborn Hellion deck with Alloyin as his secondary faction.  (For an explanation of the different deck types, see Bracket#3: Breaking Down the Tournament 5 Field.)  As for the other finalists:

  • Cerebral Paladin (4-1): Robot deck; Nine Alloyin cards, plus Cull the Week
  • JDLaT211 (4-1): Hellion deck; Ten Tempys cards, plus Cull the Week
  • Noetherian (4-1): Grimgaunt deck; Even Tempys/Nekrium distribution
  • Thechynd (4-1): Grimgaunt deck; Tempys-heavy, with a few Nekrium cards
  • Tristan (4-1): Dragon deck; Alloyin-heavy, with a few Tempys cards
  • SkyAnemone (3-2): Grimgaunt deck; Nekrium-heavy with a few Uterra cards
  • Dragon (3-2): Grimgaunt deck: Nekrium-heavy with a few Tempys cards

More broadly, of the 15 people who finished with winning records in the Swiss Rounds, here is the deck-distribution:

  • Two Dragon Decks, both playing the Alloyin-Tempys variant
  • Four Grimgaunt decks; three playing Tempys, and one playing Uterra
  • Six Hellion decks; two playing Alloyin, one playing Uterra, and three playing the “pure” variant (i.e. Tempys only or Tempys plus Cull)
  • Three Robot decks, all playing the “pure” variant (i.e. Alloyin-only, or Alloyin plus Cull) Read More »

The Bracket #6: The Future of SolForge Organized Play

In the land of SolForge Forum games, there are basically five ongoing or recurring organized play events: The Community Tournaments (organized by Racecar0), King of the Hill (or KotH, organized by SkyAnemone), Limited Events (organized by Cerebral Paladin), Ranked Play (organized by grim2103), and the Alternate League (organized by EldrosKandar).  Ranked Play and KotH both seem stable for now.  Ranked Play matches will likely continue in this form as long as forum games are on-going; eventually, hopefully, Stoneblade Entertainment (SBE) will implement some kind of ranked system and take over ladder management.  As for KotH, again I expect this event to continue in basically its current form for as long as there are forum games; once we have a client with online multiplayer, Sky (or someone else) will likely start up a new KotH list, if there is sufficient interest.

The future of the other three events, however, is not quite as clear.  So, I asked the creators of each of these three events what they had in mind, both in the short-term and in the long-term. Read More »

The Backet #3: Breaking Down The Tournament 5 Field

SolForge Community Tournament 5 has begun.  And because I’m just that kind of guy (for better or worse), I’ve put together a spreadsheet with everyone’s deck lists.*  Hopefully you find that scouting report useful as the tournament moves forward. Read More »

SolForge Site Down For Maintenance 12-22-12 (Update 2)

The SolForge forums are down for maintenance!  That means we’ll be getting our new forums (and maybe new homepage) soon!  Feel free to use this post to keep each other company whilst we wait for things to come back up!

Update #1: Kibler tweeted that “there is a website update coming that may be interfering with forum function”.

came back up while I slept. It looks awesome! Go check it out!

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