• WKO Review/Recap: Austin


    WKO Austin ready to go!

    Hi DM Fans! Now that I’ve had a few hours to recover from my trip to Austin for the WKO, I think I’m ready to give a recap of the awesomeness!

    Unfortunately, I was not able to attend any of the Saturday “quick play” events as I had to work, but I heard everything went off great and many Iron Fists, Jokers and Cables were handed out (as well as the other RDW Cards). There was a healthy crowd all night for both drafting and constructed.

    The main event started Sunday at noon, so I showed up around 10:15 to hangout, chat with friends, and maybe get a practice round in. The staff at Dragon’s Lair decided to let us do a quick play constructed at 10:45, so I jumped in with my tournament team and was lucky enough to pull an Iron Fist and Namor.

    Dragon’s Lair and our TO, Matt Jasek, gave us a quick rundown of the rules and let us know that we would be doing 4 rounds with a “playoff” for the 3-1 record people to earn the last few spots in the top 8. 43 People, Ready to Go!

    I faced fun Marvel/DC only team in round 1 and then a Guy/Miri team in round 2. I was able to handle both of them pretty well and move smoothly into round 3. The opponent in round 2 came up from Houston and we had a great chat about his scene down there and was able to chat strategy with him for a bit after our game.

    Round 3 had me face off against Jenn (2-0) who had a Fist Swarm (Kobold and Goblin) and Rare Colossus: Piotr Rasputin. She was able to take out the very capable Philip Campbell and his Guy/Dex Starr team in round 2, so I knew I would have my hands full! Our game nearly went to time, but with a combination of Constantine, Dwarf Wizard and Umber Hulk, I was able to keep her team at bay, weaken her ability to swarm, and swing for lethal near the end. The key to this win was being able to Fabricate 3-5 to keep cycling my Umber Hulk and to force blocks (Giant Spider Global) of her level 3 characters to KO them. Jenn ended up 3-1 and made it to the “playoff pool”, but wasn’t able to advance. I suspect though that she will be a strong player at the PDC States in March!

    In round 4 I faced my personal Kyptonite, Bayne (3-0), who happens to be Jenn’s boy friend, so he was ready to avenge Jenn’s loss! This guy is a great player and it’s always a pleasure to face off against him. He was running a Fist-Swarm-Lantern Ring with Spray (very similar to Jenn’s but with Spray and not Colossus). I was able to hang tough for a bit with a combination of Umber Hulk clearing out his SK’s and lower level characters and using my Dwarf Wizard to nerf one of his swarming characters, but in the end, he was able to anchor his Ring and Spray for the win. Great game!

    I was pleased to find out that based on SoS, my 3-1 was good enough to get me into Top 8 without having to go into the “playoff pool” of 8 other 3-1 players (they did pairings by hand, so it created more 3-1’s than the WES would have, but it worked out great). So with that, I took a much earned lunch!


    Bayne and Charles, both Top 8, doing a "quick play" side event

    Top 8 resumed at 5:30 where I faced Charles who had a really fun Elf Thief-Beholder team. Basically, he would field his Elf’s and use one of my energies to use the Takedown Global to make a troublesome opponents die a villain. He’d then field Beholder and use his first free global to use Magneto’s global to reroll the villain die. Then he’d use the 2nd global to name his next victim a villain and then use his energy to reroll them! He was the first opponent I faced that didn’t have PXG (neither did I!) so it was an old school showdown. Unfortunately for Charles, I was able to get my paladin out extremely early turn 4 due to Transfer Power, which completely foiled his removal plan. I was able to take both games of the Best of Three and moved on to the Top 4! Wonderful opponent and a very creative team!

    In the Semi-Finals I ran into a familiar opponent, Janine, who I split two games at PDC a while back. Flashback - At that PDC, I won game 1 with TP global and she was able to come back and win game 2 on turn 5 to earn us a tie in swiss (it was a best of 3 swiss). She was running the same team as before (Bolt-Ring-Parallax-Spray), so I knew it would be a good one! I was able to hold off the Spray-Ring destruction for a while, but Janine took game 1 pretty swiftly. Game 2 ended up being a classic slug match! I was able to get my Umber Hulk out early and often which stalled her wall and allowed me to get some early combat damage. She was never able to get a Spray out and I was able to get lethal on Turn 5 of time! We then moved into a sudden death grudge match of life to turn 5 for advancement into Finals! We both Red Dragon’d and bought Big Entrances. She was able to get out a SHIELD Agent and 2 SK’s out turn 4 and swung with everything. I was able to distract the Agent, KO the SK with one of mine, and let the 2nd SK though, which put me at 16. At this point I had 2 Giant Spiders in my bag and 1 SK in Prep with 7 SK’s and a Big E about to go in the bag to refiill. All I needed to do was NOT pull the Big E, and I had a chance. Alas, I pulled a SK and…… Big E. Mathematically I couldn’t get enough damage through since she had a ? to distract, so I lost 17-16 after sending in 2 spiders and a SK.

    The finals found Dan and Janine face off, with Dan taking the event with his Gobby-Parallax and Phoenix Force attack combined with Gamora fist KO global for removal of threats. Congrats, Dan!


    Dan and Janine in the Finals!

    Overall, I was extremely happy with the way I played and how my team worked. It is a challenging deck to navigate at times, but I really love what it’s capable of. I changed out 5 of my 8 slots from my last PDC and added 3 new FUS cards, so it was a frantic week of play-testing!

    I want to thank the folks at Dragon’s Lair for hosting the event and Matt for taking the time to TO - never an easy job! I’ve listed the Top 8 team lists below so that you can take a peek, but here are a few observations:

    - WoL had the most cards used at 15, followed by BFF at 12 and FUS just behind with 10. I think it's one of the first times that AvX hasn’t dominated top lists (4th place).
    - Constantine was the only JL card used.
    - PXG was only on 5 of the 8 teams. Maybe people are starting to rely on the other person having it?? That was my plan!
    - Blink/Distraction was on 5 teams, with Resurrection on half.
    - I personally though that the Half-Elf Bard would be more prevalent, but I only saw it on one team all day (Paul who made top 8).
    - Spray is DEADLY (5 teams). If you have Direct Damage and you hit your spray, your opponent is in trouble. There are counters, but they are 50/50 at best.




    Well, that’s all for me from the Austin WKO. If you were at the Austin WKO, we’d love to hear your stories, crazy combos working, bad beats, or anything else in the comments.

    Be sure to keep checking in all week as the staff will have reviews from Detroit and Orlando, as well as a new Podcast!

    -TheConductr
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Jwannabe's Avatar
      Jwannabe -
      Thanks for the awesome write-up!

      Less Tsarina/ gobby/ hulk than in the past. Happy for the diversity!
    1. CobraCommander's Avatar
      CobraCommander -
      I am very happy that your WKO went very well! Sounds like everyone had a blast.
    1. kaptainkurch's Avatar
      kaptainkurch -
      Can you explain how the "playoff pool" worked? I can't make heads or tails of it.
    1. TheConductr's Avatar
      TheConductr -
      Quote Originally Posted by kaptainkurch View Post
      Can you explain how the "playoff pool" worked? I can't make heads or tails of it.
      Sure thing! There were 4 players that were undefeated through 4 rounds and 10 players that were 3-1. The top 2 players that lost to 4-0 players in round 4 were advanced to the Top 8 while the other 8 players moved into a "playoff Pool." These players faced off against each other until it was down to 2 players. The two winners of that pool advanced as the 7th and 8th players to the Top 8. Hope that makes sense.
    1. Yort's Avatar
      Yort -
      I love these two bits:
      - WoL had the most cards used at 15, followed by BFF at 12 and FUS just behind with 10. I think it's one of the first times that AvX hasn’t dominated top lists (4th place).
      - Constantine was the only JL card used.

      A quick scan only found 1 ASM card as well.

      Impressive that FUS was so well represented despite having been out only a couple of weeks. Here's hoping that future sets are more WoL/FUS and less JS/ASM.
    1. pattom's Avatar
      pattom -
      ... show win deck list :-)
      Nice event !!!
    1. ctuchik's Avatar
      ctuchik -
      Quote Originally Posted by Yort View Post
      I love these two bits:
      - WoL had the most cards used at 15, followed by BFF at 12 and FUS just behind with 10. I think it's one of the first times that AvX hasn’t dominated top lists (4th place).
      - Constantine was the only JL card used.

      A quick scan only found 1 ASM card as well.

      Impressive that FUS was so well represented despite having been out only a couple of weeks. Here's hoping that future sets are more WoL/FUS and less JS/ASM.
      Yeah, the tournament was pretty much dominated by Lantern Ring this go round.

      Granted I made Top 8 cut not using any of the popular options. A Gobby/Tsarina team is what took the trophy home at the end of the day. I think what's happening is that there's just more players showing up that didn't have access to those powerful cards.

      If I had a Gobby, Tsarina, or Hellblazer, I would have used it. The fact that I didn't meant I had to improvise. Those 3 cards are still dominant in the scene and will continue to be unless they get cycled out.

      I think a lot of FUS was from situations similar to mine. WizKids churned out ruling after ruling this last month. It kneecapped 3 different teams that I had intended to run. So with the way timing worked, if I was going to have to learn a whole new deck, I might as well do it with the new cards that were available. At least then, I might have the advantage of my opponent not knowing what my cards did.
    1. migzors's Avatar
      migzors -
      Hey! I think I was the guy you met in round two. I appreciate your help and chatting with you there! I'm looking to make a new team, something with Iron Fist (since he was the most prized possession for me this past weekend). Thanks for your help and kindness, the whole tournament was a lot of fun!