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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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