I'm Jeremy, the new Warhammer champion (thanks Timothy for letting someone else win one of these ). I want to thank FFG for running a fantastic event and thank each of my opponents for being great competitors, especially Oliver. I realize there's controversy over the tournament and I really don't consider myself "The World Champ". To earn that title I feel one must go through Europe. I played a cheesy but powerful High Elf deck which can be found here: http://deckbox.org/sets/263636
First, I'd like to clear a few things up. There are rumors going around that I played Building Plans for Judgement of Loec. This is untrue. Each Judgement was found via Valorous Mages which weren't seen because the video wasn't wide enough. I also took damage each time from Temple of Vaul - I prefer to use dice instead of damage/resource tokens However, I did forget to corrupt Envoy from Averlorn via Warpstone Excavation but it had no effect on the game. My mistake.
Instead of doing a play-by-play recap I'll discuss how I came up with this version and my thoughts on it.
I started playing Warhammer about six weeks ago. While browsing these forums I read about a Gathering the Winds combo and was intrigued - I hadn't realized combo decks were viable in Warhammer. I searched for a decklist but couldn't find a single one, so I threw together a crude list. It had Heroic Task (hiding Star Crown Fragments), Prince Althraan, Lore Seeker and many control cards like Mage of Loec, Drain Magic, Echoes of Magic and Flames of the Phoenix. I didn't have anyone to playtest with so I would repeatedly goldfish it to see how fast it could combo out. It was slow, inconsistent, and unable to mulligan because of Heroic Task.
For my second version I cut most of the previously mentioned cards and added more spells. Gathering the Winds is the heart and soul of this deck and I needed to focus around it. I still used Innovation as my restricted card and it worked fairly well, but I figured it was too unreliable. Desecrated Temple and Long Winter are highly played cards that counteract it, among more niche cards like Grimgor and Will of the Electors. I decided to try Warpstone instead and never looked back.
I came across Building Plans while looking through some cards and immediately added three copies. This underrated card fits perfectly in this deck - there's nothing like hitting two Gathering the Winds off of it. I cut the Contested Villages and replaced them with Watchstones. A single Watchstone and GtW let you win out of nowhere and make the deck truly explosive. I cut all the control cards and distilled it into pure combo - instead of controlling my opponent I would just kill him. With this version I would consistently win on turn three and second turn wins were not unheard of.
I added three Master Rune of Valaya because the American metagame is notoriously random. I figured there would be many rush decks (there were at least four Call the Brayherd decks) and the Runes would be insurance. I trimmed it down to six total units to prevent DE and Chaos from picking too many of them off and to make room for more supports for Building Plans.
Besides facing the mirror match, the only deck I feared was DE with Jealous Eyes, Hate, Maranith, and random discard. The Eyes can shut GtW down and are difficult to play around. First turn Hate can be a Time Walk against this deck. Maranith will mess up your Scroll of Asurs and if all three of your Eltharions get discarded you can't win. I was confident against Chaos control since this deck can win from an empty board in a single turn.
I would consider this deck one the most powerful Warhammer decks of all time. I've never played Christmas Tree, VTHC, or Reclaiming the Fallen but I think Arcane Winds would definitely hold its own. That being said, errata for Gathering the Winds is coming and justifiably so. This deck warps the metagame and is unfun to play against. I'm sorry if I tainted the World Championships but sometimes it takes winning at the highest level to force changes, and now change is a comin'.
I had a great time hanging out with Lukas, Christian, Thomas, and Michal after the tournament and envy the Warhammer scene in Germany and Poland (maybe someday they'll fly an american to Europe for a big tournament ).
Thank you all!