Pro Tour Berlin 2008 off the beaten path

If you followed the coverage from Pro Tour Berlin 2008, you know that the most-played deck was Zoo, and the most successful deck was Elves, with six of the top eight slots. Looking past the top eight, we see rather more variety rounding out the top sixteen. We have:

  • Ninth place – Tomohiro Aridome, playing Mono-Blue Control (with Azami, Lady of Scrolls)
  • Tenth place – Johan Sadeghpour, playing Goblins (with the Elf-killer, Goblin Sharpshooter)
  • Eleventh place – Philipp Summereder, playing Dredge
  • Twelfth place – Carlos Amaya Troncoso, playing Death Cloud
  • Thirteenth place – Tomas Kannegiesser, playing Mono-Blue Control
  • Fourteenth place – Rashad Miller, playing All-In Red
  • Fifteenth place – Andreas Muller, playing Mono-Blue Control (with extra colors for bigger Engineered Explosives)
  • Sixteenth place – Nikolaus Eigner, playing Dredge

Notice the lack of Elves? Also, notice that three MBC decks and two Dredge decks top sixteened here? Even in its ostensibly “gutted” form, Dredge was able to power its way through a sea of Zoo and Elves to get two people into the top sixteen. I think that’s quite interesting, and worth further analysis.
But I’m not going to do that here. Instead, I’ve dredged deeper into the day two deck lists, to take a look at interesting builds that were off the beaten path and still managed to make day two. Click through to the extended entry for a collection of interesting deck lists with a bit of commentary on each. I’ve posted them in order from least to most successful, to give you an idea how well the deck and its pilot managed to do.

Continue reading

Pro Tour Berlin 2008 — The decklists

Randy mentioned in the webcast coverage that once day two was done, decklists would start appearing in each of the feature matches. So you can now go to the Pro Tour Berlin 2008 coverage and click through to any feature match to see the decklists. I hope they’ll do an aggregate decklist collection as well — all decks would be ideal, but even a day two list would be fun.
Apparently, lots of people were looking for Pat Chapin’s Next Level Gifts list, which you can find here. I was happy to see Shouta Yasooka’s black-blue tron list here.
Of course, if Elf Ball is still viable when the qualifier season for Pro Tour Honolulu 2009 rolls around, expect people to pack a whole lotta hate against it, and deck lists to look quite different.

Watching the web cast

Previously, I’ve just watched the Pro Tour webcast on my computer, but this time around I had access to our nifty setup that has a laptop slaved to a projector and linked through a tuner to feed the audio into some nice speakers. It looks like this, and it’s a great way to watch:
Pro Tour Berlin 2008 webcast
Pro Tour Berlin 2008 webcast

Pro Tour Berlin 2008 — waiting for the top eight

I’m currently being silly and waiting up to watch the top eight for Pro Tour Berlin 2008. This time around, I’m feeding things through m’s tuner, projector, and giant wall screen, which is great — I’m testing it on the final Tournament Center right now.
As for the top eight, props to local Cali guy LSV for making it in at eighth place, and props to Kenny Oberg for piloting his beautifully weird rogue deck into the top eight as well. I’m not necessarily excited about six elf decks in the top eight, but maybe the mirrors will be interesting. At any rate, this ought not to run too long.