Epic 5K Coverage

We hosted the first Designed Deck $5,000 championship for Epic this weekend. A total of 40 players attended the event – a bit less than I expected (my guess was 60) but in line with what Rob and others had anticipated. A number of Epic pros such as Will Morgan and Tim Capes traveled from outside the region while most (about 30) of the players were from NY, NJ, PA and CT. 5K Florida champion and YuGiOh pro Jerry Wang was considered a favorite to win the event but failed to make top 8 this time around. He made up for it on Sunday, by winning free airfare to 5K in California this September.

Perhaps the saddest story of the weekend was that of 5K MA winner Jason Tien. His flight got canceled, stranding him in an airport for close to 20 hours. He ended up arriving in Brooklyn toward the end of the day on Saturday, way too late to participate. Jason graciously volunteered to write up some feature match coverage of the later rounds, and it will be posted soon at epictcg.com

On the brighter note, Epic designer Rob Dougherty was on hand talking freely about the future of the game, upcoming set, and gunslinging against all comers with some wacky decks. Anyone who played Rob got a free token card while anyone who managed to beat him got a complete set of all 7 tokens. A Hall of Fame Magic player, Rob was not easy to beat even though he was playing with intentionally casual decks.

In the finals it came down to Marc Paschover vs Tim Capes. Marc hails from a Magic background and once represented Belgium (where he used to live) as part of the national team at a World Championship. In addition to being one of my oldest friends personally, Marc has been a Kings Games regular since day 1 so of course it was great to see him do so well. Tim Capes is a Vs System pro from Canada who is active and well-known in the Epic online community. It was great to see him again (last time I met Tim, our teams split in the finals of a Vs System 10K championship). Tim and Marc split in the finals and played it out for the title, bragging rights and the Doom promo card and trophy. It was an exciting match that went on for about an hour and lasted all three games. In the end, Tim’s Unstoppable deck persevered against Marc’s control build 2-1.

Below are the top 8 deck lists from the event:

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Tim Capes

3x Frankenstein’s Monster
3x Echoing Mage
3x Obliterate
3x Living Nightmare
3x Dreaded Judge
3x Dimensional Incompatibility
3x Imposter
3x Charmed
3x Can’t or Won’t
3x Food for Thought
3x Determination
3x Confiscate
3x The Facilitator
3x Ambush

3x Anything but That
3x Compromise
3x Seaside Cave
3x Now
3x Quick Strike
3x Take Cover

Sideboard

3x Bladed Vampire
3x Giant Spider
3x New World Order
3x Madness Demon
3x Mithril Armor
——————–

Marc Paschover

3x Jason
1x Mr.Hyde
3x Facilitator
2x Dreaded Judge
3x Fire Breathing Dragon
3x Echoes of Despair
3x Execution
3x Food for Thought
3x Nightmare’s Past
3x Can’t or Won’t
3x Confiscate
3x Dimensional Incompatibility
3x Forgotten Wisdom
3x No
3x No Escape

3x Muse
3x Priestess
3x Sage
3x Werewolf
1x Relentless Chant
3x Anything but That
2x Nullifier

Sideboard-

1x Dreaded Judge
3x Charmed
3x Echoes of Martyrdom
3x Echoes of Inspiration
2x Rend
3x Mithril Armor
——————–

Daniel Ketani

3x Can’t or Won’t
3x Forgotten Wisdom
3x No Escape
3x Food for Thought
3x Ring of Speed
3x The Facilitator
3x Call of the Wild
3x Deep Thought
3x Doppelganger
3x Graft-Steel Thoughtkeeper
3x Salvage
3x Mithril Armor
3x Echoing Mage

3x Exhume
3x Nightrise
3x Deathblow
3x Compromise
3x Now
3x Thought Stealer

sideboard-

3x Frankenstein’s Monster
2x Charmed
3x Obliberate
3x Gold
2x Dimensional Incompatibility
2x Nightmare’s Past

———————

James Kandziolka

3x Can’t or Won’t
3x Forgotten Wisdom
3x No Escape
3x Food for Thought
3x Ring of Speed
3x The Facilitator
3x Call of the Wild
3x Deep Thought
3x Doppelganger
3x Graft-Steel Thoughtkeeper
3x Salvage
3x Mithril Armor
3x Echoing Mage

3x Exhume
3x Nightrise
3x Deathblow
3x Compromise
3x Now
3x Thought Stealer

sideboard-

3x Frankenstein’s Monster
2x Charmed
3x Obliberate
3x Gold
2x Dimensional Incompatibility
2x Nightmare’s Past

—————————

Colin Deicke

3x Charmed
3x Gold
3x New World Order
3x Frankenstein’s Monster
3x Obliterate
3x Knowledge
3x Ring of Speed
3x Food For Thought
3x Diamond Golem
3x Dimensional Incomatibility
3x Can’t or Won’t
3x No
3x Forgotten Wisdom
3x Graft-Steel Builder

3x Exhume
3x Relentless Chant
3x The Shield
3x Anything but That
3x Compromise
3x Thought Stealer

Sideboard-

3x Spontaneous Combustion
3x Mithril Armor
3x Nightmare’s Past
3x Rend
3x Warped Space

———————

David Hanna

1x Deep Thought
3x Echoes of Inspiration
1x Crystal Ball
3x Begone!
3x Dimensional Incompatibility
3x Enlightenment
3x Graft-Steel Thoughtkeeper
3x Guns Lots of Guns
3x Knowledge
3x Blue Dragon
3x Mithril Armor
3x Pegasus
3x Return Home
3x Spirit of Yesterdays
3x Raise the Dead
2x Book of Secrets

3x Druid
2x The Hard Way
3x Tranquil Retreat
3x Compromise
3x Muse
3x Naturalist

Sideboard-

1x Confiscate
3x Forgotten Wisdom
3x Leave Me!
3x Never
3x Timekeeper
1x Reality Check
1x The Shield

——————

Fredrick Chang

3x Frankenstein’s Monster
3x The Facilitator
3x Dreaded Judge
1x Necromancer Lord
3x Imposter
3x Nentack
1x Mr. Hyde
3x Echoing Mage
3x Dominator
3x Confiscate
3x No Escape
3x Food for Thought
3x Dimensional Incompatability
3x Ambush
3x Charmed
1x Ring of Speed

3x Thought Stealer
3x Comprimise
3x Seaside Cave
3x Take Cover
3x Now
2x Nullifier
1x The Shield

Sideboard-

2x Echoes of Inspiration
2x New World Order
3x Nightmare’s Past
3x Mithril Armor
1x Echoes of Calm
1x Ring of Speed
3x Archangel

——————

Noriyuki Ayukawa

3x T-Rex
3x Fire Breathing Dragon
2x Frankenstein’s Monster
1x Necromancer Lord
1x The Herald
1x Mr. Hyde
2x Hunting Raptors
3x Spontaneous Combustion
3x Force of Nature
3x Rend
3x Ambush
3x Charmed
2x Forgotten Wisdom
2x Can’t or Won’t
1x Pay Tribute
3x Firespitter
2x The Facilitator
3x Food for Thought
2x Dimensional Incompatibility

3x Lizard Guard
3x Relentless Chant
3x Now!
3x Compromise
2x Night Rise
1x Nature’s Renewal
3x Seaside Cave

Sideboard-

2x Salvage
2x New World Order
2x Smash
2x No Escape
2x Timeripper
2x Warped Space
3x Time Out

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