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#1 Yipe

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:17 PM

Here are the round 2 pairings from our Highlander tournament.

In this round, the winners played the winners and the losers played the losers from the previous match-up.

Who do you think kept their streak going, and who clawed their way back into the winner's circle to keep their hopes of ultimate victory alive?

1) Nick's "Crazy Cthulhu" vs Gavin's "Skill"

2) Chad's "Straight Jacket" vs Greg's "Darius"

3) Matt's "Lo Pan's Panacea" vs Christian's "Minions of Insanity and Chaos!"

4) Grant's "Can You Spell Mi-Go?" vs Jason's "Femuhlhu"

5) David's "Make Me Go Away" vs Mart's "Miskallaneous, Etc…"

6) Jefferson's "Government Payroll" vs Katherine's "Dreams and Ghouls"

You can find a detailed list of all the decks here:

www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_foros_discusion.asp



#2 Yipe

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:23 PM

NICK (Cthulhu / Hastur)

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GAVIN (Hastur / Syndicate / Shub-Niggurath / Yog-Sothoth)

QUICK GLANCE

Both have character theft and drive-insane effects, but will Nick's more streamlined deck and superior combat icons move too fast and hit too hard for Gavin?  Or will Gavin's protection from terror, character exhaustion, deck search, and card recursion give him the edge again?  This one looks to be a tough fight.



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Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:27 PM

CHAD (Mono-Hastur)

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GREG (Agency / Miskatonic University)

QUICK GLANCE

Chad pulled off an upset in the opening round.  Can he do it again?  This time he's facing a faster, meaner deck with investigation and plenty of indirect character removal.  But, can Greg's limited willpower and big friggin' guns protect him long enough to secure three stories?  Or will he end up in a "Straight Jacket."  You make the call!



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Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:36 PM

MATT (Hastur / Syndicate)

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CHRISTIAN (Cthulhu / Hastur / Miskatonic University / Syndicate / Yog-Sothoth)

QUICK GLANCE

Matt's mafia empire chewed through Mart's mono-Miskatonic deck without too much trouble, but things look different now.

Though it seemed unlikely, Christian's 5-faction fracas proved more than manageable and secured a clear-cut first-turn win.  He faced a tough opponent and came out on top, denying Grant even a single story.  Will Matt's speed stun Christian, or will his sprint deck run out of steam before the do-everything juggernaut that is the "Minions of Insanity and Chaos!"

And for good measure… dun-dun-duuun!



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Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:42 PM

GRANT (Shub-Niggurath / Yog-Sothoth)

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JASON (Hastur / Miskatonic University / Order of the Silver Twilight)

QUICK GLANCE

Neither Grant nor Jason won a story during round 1, so both decks come into round 2 untested.  However, Grant has years (okay months) of Call of Cthulhu experience under his cloak vs Jason's week-long crash-course on how to play his first LCG.

Then again, Jason does have the "Ladies of Cthulhu" on his side.  Will feminine wiles and a bit o' investigation be enough to counter the mystical powers of Yog-Sothoth, or will Jason be asked to leave the Lodge?

On paper it looks like Grant has a distinct advantage here, but he struggled against a multi-faction deck with investigation in the opening round.  Is this a fatal flaw?



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Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:53 PM

DAVID (Mono-Order of the Silver Twilight)

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MART (Mono-Miskatonic University)

QUICK GLANCE

A mono-match up!

Previously, David's deck showed signs of life by securing a story in round 1, whereas Mart's professors were on sabbatical.  Both have investigation and speed, though David's deck is 11 cards heavier which could prevent him from drawing what he needs.

Can the Silver Twilight's tricks - and ruthless sacrificing of their low-on-the-food-chain characters - carry the day, or will Bobby Fisher (aka Chess Prodigy) make a timely appearance and introduce David to his friends "check" and "mate?"

Everyone knows how cutthroat both Lodge and university politics can be, so there's no doubt these two will be going all out for a win.



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Posted 17 October 2012 - 06:05 PM

JEFFERSON (Mono-Agency)

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KATHERINE (Mono-Shub-Niggurath)

QUICK GLANCE

And yet another mono-a-mono match-up.  I must say, I didn't expect to see so many single-faction decks at a Highlander tournament.

A surprise loss last round for both Katherine and Jefferson, each shows up in the second with 1 story to their names so we know their decks have teeth.  The question is, will the horrifying creatures of the All Mother take a bite out of Special Agent Clarkston, or do good and bad no longer matter 'cause he's "the guy with the gun."  Err, shotgun to be exact.

In the end, it may come down to speed and bullets vs stamina.  If Katherine can't accelerate/manipulate her resources to provide an early character advantage, the G-Men may close this case in time for morning coffee and donuts.  On the other hand, if Shub gets rolling this could turn into a long, bloody slog.

 

 



#8 jhaelen

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 09:53 PM

Okay, so let's see if I'm as wrong as with my guesses for the first round

1. GAVIN

2. CHAD

3. MATT

4. DAVID

5. JEFFERSON

One thing I didn't think about much in my predictions for the first round was the more beneficial effect of deck filtering in a Highlander setting: If you're looking for a particular card or card type it could be a great advantage if you can e.g. search the top five cards of your deck for something. Otherwise the chance of getting what you need at the right time is very low indeed.



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Posted 18 October 2012 - 03:35 AM

Let's see if I can be any more accurate this round…

 

 1) Nick's "Crazy Cthulhu" vs Gavin's "Skill"

GAVIN

2) Chad's "Straight Jacket" vs Greg's "Darius"

CHAD

3) Matt's "Lo Pan's Panacea" vs Christian's "Minions of Insanity and Chaos!"

MATT

4) Grant's "Can You Spell Mi-Go?" vs Jason's "Femuhlhu"

GRANT

5) David's "Make Me Go Away" vs Mart's "Miskallaneous, Etc…"

DAVID

6) Jefferson's "Government Payroll" vs Katherine's "Dreams and Ghouls"

KATHERINE



#10 bricks16

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 04:51 AM

 hahaha there is some faith in my deck for round 2.



#11 Yipe

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 06:32 AM

jhaelen said:

Okay, so let's see if I'm as wrong as with my guesses for the first round

jhaelen,

You're missing one match-up:  Grant vs Jason.  Any guess?



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Posted 18 October 2012 - 07:54 AM

Yipe said:

You're missing one match-up:  Grant vs Jason.  Any guess?
Oops, sorry, that should have been GRANT!



#13 Yipe

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 11:54 AM

Interesting choices so far.

I'll post the results tomorrow evening (PST).  If you haven't voted yet, then why not roll the dice?  It's only the fate of humanity we're talking about here.



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Posted 18 October 2012 - 12:15 PM

While we wait on pins and needles …

 

Thanks again to Yipe (Matt) for waking up the forums.

 

Grant



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Posted 18 October 2012 - 12:53 PM

1) Nick's "Crazy Cthulhu" vs Gavin's "Skill"

GAVIN

2) Chad's "Straight Jacket" vs Greg's "Darius"

CHAD

3) Matt's "Lo Pan's Panacea" vs Christian's "Minions of Insanity and Chaos!"

CHRISTIAN

4) Grant's "Can You Spell Mi-Go?" vs Jason's "Femuhlhu"

GRANT

5) David's "Make Me Go Away" vs Mart's "Miskallaneous, Etc…"

DAVID

6) Jefferson's "Government Payroll" vs Katherine's "Dreams and Ghouls"

JEFFERSON



#16 Yipe

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:07 AM

It appears this thread has gotten all the love it's gonna get, so I'll post the scores from round 2 sooner rather than later.

Before I reveal the results, however, I want to thank dboeren, GrahamM, and jhaelen for taking the time to vote. I truly appreciate it. I was hoping a few more board regulars would join us in the festivities, but apparently not.

Now without further delay, here are your winners from round 2!

ROUND 2 RESULTS

1) Nick's "Crazy Cthulhu" vs Gavin's "Skill"

GAVIN wins!

2) Chad's "Straight Jacket" vs Greg's "Darius"

GREG wins!

3) Matt's "Lo Pan's Panacea" vs Christian's "Minions of Insanity and Chaos!"

MATT wins!

4) Grant's "Can You Spell Mi-Go?" vs Jason's "Femuhlhu"

GRANT wins!

5) David's "Make Me Go Away" vs Mart's "Miskallaneous, Etc…"

DAVID wins!

6) Jefferson's "Government Payroll" vs Katherine's "Dreams and Ghouls"

JEFFERSON wins!



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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:09 AM

Here are the standings after 2 rounds of play.

Note that I've added a new category to the scoreboard. I'm tracking not only how many stories each player has won, but also how many they've given up to their opponents.

I think this score will demonstrate which decks were tough to beat even if they didn't win all of their games, as well as those that might have allowed a few early stories against rush decks and then were able to close things out in the long run.

STANDINGS
Matt (2-0 / +6 Stories / -0 Stories)
Greg (2-0 / +6 Stories / -1 Story)
Gavin (2-0 / +6 Stories / -2 Stories)

Chad (1-1 / +4 Stories / -4 Stories)
David (1-1 / +4 Stories / -4 Stories)
Nick (1-1 / +4 Stories / -4 Stories)
Jefferson (1-1 / +4 Stories / -5 Stories)
Christian (1-1 / +3 Stories / -3 Stories)
Grant (1-1 / +3 Stories / -4 Stories)

Katherine (0-2 / +3 Stories / -6 Stories)
Jason (0-2 / +1 Story / -6 Stories)
Mart (0-2 / +1 Story / -6 Stories)



#18 Danigral

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:18 AM

Yipe said:

Here are the standings after 2 rounds of play.

Note that I've added a new category to the scoreboard. I'm tracking not only how many stories each player has won, but also how many they've given up to their opponents.

I think this score will demonstrate which decks were tough to beat even if they didn't win all of their games, as well as those that might have allowed a few early stories against rush decks and then were able to close things out in the long run.

STANDINGS
Matt (2-0 / +6 Stories / -0 Stories)
Greg (2-0 / +6 Stories / -1 Story)
Gavin (2-0 / +6 Stories / -2 Stories)

Chad (1-1 / +4 Stories / -4 Stories)
David (1-1 / +4 Stories / -4 Stories)
Nick (1-1 / +4 Stories / -4 Stories)
Jefferson (1-1 / +4 Stories / -5 Stories)
Christian (1-1 / +3 Stories / -3 Stories)
Grant (1-1 / +3 Stories / -4 Stories)

Katherine (0-2 / +3 Stories / -6 Stories)
Jason (0-2 / +1 Story / -6 Stories)
Mart (0-2 / +1 Story / -6 Stories)

Woohoo! The guy I picked (Greg) is 2-0!



#19 Yipe

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:41 AM

AGoT DC Meta said:

Woohoo! The guy I picked (Greg) is 2-0!

 

Nice choice!  Does anyone else want to get in on this Highlander horse race?

Just imagine it's New York City circa 1986.

We've got trenchcoats and katanas and Queen.

Twelve immortals are poised to beat on each other with big sharp sticks for something called "The Prize" (in this case a limited edition Khopesh of the Abyss playmat).

What more could you ask for?  Just remember, at the end of four rounds there can be only one.



#20 dboeren

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:20 AM

 Gimme a sawbuck on Gavin.






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