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Updated Nov. 23, 2012

2012 WBC Report  

 2013 Status: pending 2013 GM commitment

Chad Weaver, PA

2012 Champion

Event History
2009    Arthur Field     236
2010    Arthur Field     140
2011     Randy Buehler     112
2012    Chad Weaver     127

Euro Quest Event History
2009    Sceadeau D'Tela     52
2010    Edward Fear     49
2011    Haim Hochboim     54
2012    Sceadeau D'Tela     42

 Laurels

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Arthur Field       SC    10     90
   2.  Sceaudeau D'Tela   NC    12     52
   3.  Haim Hochboim      is    11     50
   4.  Chad Weaver        PA    12     40
   5.  Randy Buehler      WA    11     40
   6.  Edward Fu          NY    11     40
   7.  Rob Renaud         NY    11     38
   8.  Edward Fear        NY    10     30
   9.  Andy Latto         MA    10     26
  10.  Derek Glenn        KY    12     24
  11.  Laura DeWalt       MD    11     24
  12.  Nick Ferris        MD    12     20
  13.  Jon Senn           PA    11     18
  14.  Cal Doughan        PA    12     16
  15.  Lee Nguyen         PA    12     16
  16.  John Fanjoy        VA    09     16
  17.  Jason Pollock      PA    10     15
  18.  Andrew Emerick     CT    12     12
  19.  Dan Eppolito       CA    11     12
  20.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    11     12
  21.  Bill Crenshaw      VA    10     12
  22.  Helen Powell       MD    09     12
  23.  Luke Koleszar      VA    10     10
  24.  Doug Galullo       MD    12      9
  25.  Mary Ellen Powers  VA    11      9
  26.  Michael Eustice    PA    10      9
  27.  Rob Kilroy         PA    12      8
  28.  Tom DeMarco        NJ    09      8
  29.  Jeff Mullet        OH    11      6
  30.  Dan Gottlieb       NY    10      5
  31.  Steven LeWinter    NC    12      4
  32.  Aidan Czyryca      MD    11      4
  33.  John Ostrander     NY    09      4
  34.  Alexandra Henning  PA    09      4
  35.  Ziad Munson        PA    10      3
  36.  Donna Davis        PA    12      2
  37.  Donna Dearborn     MD    09      2

2012 Laurelists                                                  Repeating Laurelists: 0

Derek Glenn, KY
2nd

Cal Doughan, PA
3rd

Nick Ferris, MD
4th

Rob Kilroy, PA
5th

Loc Nguyen, PA
6th

Arthur Field, SC
2009-10

Randy Buehler, WA
2011

Chad Weaver, PA
2012

That's a lot of Dominion players ...

Laura DeWalt and Chris Kizer wend their way through the first round.

 Melody Thompson and Steve Packwood in a semifinal. See, there is life after 1776.

 Loc Nguyen and Rob Kilroy formed the winning half of this semifinal but neither advanced.

Ruling a smaller Dominion ...

Local Boy Makes Good ...

The tournament format continued to evolve, with only slight changes. The primary change was the return to the base Dominion set for the preliminary round, and the simplification of the advancement rules to the quarterfinals. The expansions continue to be integrated into the tournament, with the quarterfinals featuring Intrigue, the semifinals Prosperity, and the Final consisting of a mix of the base game, Seaside, and Alchemy. We continued to use GM determined card sets, rather than random draws prior to the event. This seemed to work well again, as there were no time issues that required adjudication, although one table only managed to complete one game and chose not to start a second game they could not finish. This resulted in a total of 63 games played in the round.

Preliminary Round:
For the first time, we had enough games for everyone. This allowed for a field of 127 players over 32 tables with only one 3-player game. The statistics for this round continued to follow the trends seen in previous years. The effect of starting turn order remains evident with only 14 wins out of the 63 games coming from the fourth position, while there were also 19 second place finishes from the last turn position, so over half of the players managed a top two finish from the last position. With the scoring system now favoring a top two finish more heavily, advancing continues to be more about consistency between the two games, than about an 'advantageous turn order'.

Ending conditions still favored Provinces over all this year, but it was very set dependent this time. Of the 46 games that recorded an ending condition, 28 ended by province exhaustion and most of those were in the first set. The second set which had Gardens in the mix, was much more likely to yield a 3-deck finish, rather than provinces, almost always including Gardens and Moats in those piles.

The tournament did seem to favor consistency of play this year as there were 11 two-time winners in the preliminary, along with 18 players with a first and a second, and nine with two second place finishes. This means that over 60% of the players who qualified for the quarterfinals had finished in the top-two in both games, regardless of their turn order.

Quarterfinals:
With the simplified qualification rules, we had 60 players qualify to advance, but only 41 appeared for the second round. So we had the same number of players as last year, despite the simplification that I hoped would draw more people to the second round. Despite that setback, we did have the same field size so we did not lose any players to the rule change either.

With 41 players, we had 11 quarterfinal tables playing two sets of Intrigue Expansion cards. As before, experience seemed to show in this round as familiar players such as Rob Renaud, Laura DeWalt, Loc Nguyen, and Brandon Bernard all emerged from their tables with either double-wins, or a first and second. There were a number of new names as well though showing that the gap may not be as wide as it had been in previous years.

Semifinals:
With the automatic advancement of the quarterfinals, the semifinals was the first time we had a 'cut' to see who would advance to the round of 16. The cut-off was at the ten advancement point mark (either first and third, or two seconds), with five such players making the cut with the two lowest scorers becoming alternates. As in past years, however, only 15 qualifiers appeared, allowing one alternate, Roni Breza, to advance into the illustrious company. We've had alternates advance almost every year, and I cannot emphasize enough the importance of attendance if you really want to play.

This year, the semifinals featured the introduction of the Prosperity expansion with two sets of ten cards. Tables were more competitive than ever, with only Nick Ferris accomplishing a double win to gain the Final. A feat that is even more impressive when you consider that regulars Brandon Bernard and Rob Renaud were both at the same table, along with Hein Hundal.

At the next table, Rob Kilroy, Melody Thompson, Steve Packwood and Loc Nguyen had a really rough round. Loc just edged Rob in the first game by two points, while Melody ran away with the second for a nine-point victory over Rob. This left Rob and Loc both with 10 tournament points. Rob beat Loc for top space at the table by, ironically, the same two-point margin by which he lost the first game. Now Rob and Loc had to await the outcome of the other tables to see if they would qualify to advance.

At the third table, Chad Weaver, Sarah Beach, Laura DeWalt and Roni Breza had what was probably the closest game of the round. Chad ended the first game with the use of Forge and discarding two Bishops to pick up the last Province. This was clearly a smart play for Chad as it allowed him to move up to second in the game with 38 points to Sarah's 40. With Laura at 36 and Roni at 35, Chad would have been in last place were it not for this play. It proved to be critical for him as he won the second game, thanks to managing the King's Court - Mountebank combo three times in the round. The combined first and second place finishes moved him ahead of both Rob and Loc to assure his place in the next round.

That just left Table 4, where Derek Glenn, Natalie Beach, Russell Johnston and Cal Doughan resided. Derek took the first game in a close battle with Natalie, while Cal took a nine-point victory in the second game. This left both Derek and Cal with the same 10 tournament points as Loc and Rob at Table 2. The scores at this last table though were considerably higher than those at Table 2 - allowing both Cal and Derek to advance.

Final:
The Final consisted of two mixed games. The first would be five cards from Seaside, along with five base game cards. The second saw the introduction of the Alchemy expansions, with five cards from it and another five from Seaside.

For Game 1, the cards in play were Cellar, Embargo, Workshop, Ambassador, Lookout, Bureaucrat, Moneylender, Island, Laboratory and Explorer.
Random seating gave Chad Weaver the first turn in Game 1, followed by Nick Ferris, Cal Doughan and Derek Glenn. The first two turns were pretty similar for the players with Chad and Nick both going Silver and Moneylender for their purchases. Cal picked up a Workshop instead of the Silver, while Derek went for an Ambassador over the Moneylender.

Chad's deck worked well for him as Turn 3 saw him pull his Moneylender, Silver and 3 Coppers -- allowing him a very early Gold purchase. On the same turn though, Derek revealed his strategy as he used his Ambassador to get rid of two Estates, and gave

Estates to his opponents while adding a Cellar to his deck. Nick got his Moneylender/Silver combo the next turn to gain a Gold and remain even with Chad.
Derek though continued with his Ambassador strategy, ridding himself of his last Estate on Turn 5, and using his Cellar on Turn 6 to draw the Ambassador again and start discarding Coppers as well now. By this time, Chad had gained a second gold.

While Chad and Nick had similar strategies, Chad's was working slightly better for him as he got the first Province on Turn 8. Turn 9 saw Derek's full strategy come to light though as he purchased a Curse for his deck. Turn 10 provided Chad with a second Province, as Derek gained his first. Derek's strategy was looking good, as his deck was much smaller and tighter, and he started gaining Provinces every other turn. Nick's and Cal's decks were not as fast as Derek's though. Nick only got his first Province as Derek went into high gear, and Cal was two turns behind Nick. Chad's deck was slowing down due to the Curses and Estates from Derek's Ambassadors, but his early Provinces and Island purchases kept him in the game. As it went into the end game, Nick's deck finally came into its own as he gained a Province and three Duchies in quick order. Cal managed a few Provinces, but could only gain Estates on his off turns. Chad only gained one more Province, but managed two Duchies (the same as Derek), along with three Estates.When Cal ended it by purchasing the last Province on Turn 22, Chad was just two points ahead of Derek (32 to 30). Cal and Nick were left behind with slower decks and only 23 and 20 points respectively.

Game 2 offered players the choice of Vineyard, Lighthouse, Haven, Herbalist, Fishing Village, Alchemist, Caravan, Golem, Wharf, and Possession to compose their decks.

In a déjà-vu move, the first two players (Derek and Cal) started the game in the same manner -- with a Potion and a Fishing Village. Nick had the 5-2 Copper split so he went Haven and Wharf, while Chad opted for currency with a Potion and Silver. Nick added the Potion to his deck on Turn 3 to match the others.
Alchemists, Fishing Villages and Wharfs were the fashionable picks for the next few turns, until Cal started the "Possession war" on Turn 6, quickly followed by Nick and Chad on the same turn.

Derek ignored Possession and instead took Gold on Turn 7. It was a move he would soon regret as Chad used a quick Possession draw to pick up another Possession using Derek's deck, after purchasing a Gold of his own. Cal's first Possession of Nick only gained him a Lighthouse, while Nick's first Possession of Chad earned him a Vineyard. But it was Chad who was making out best -- through a combination of Derek's solid build, and luck to seemingly be able to Possess Derek at the right time. Turn 10 saw Chad purchase the first Province, and then use Possession on Derek again to gain another Province and a Gold. Possessions on Turn 12 (for a Province and a Vineyard), Turn 14 (for a Vineyard) and Turn 15 (for another Province and a Caravan); along with purchases of a Duchy and a Province on his own; made Chad the clear leader. The only question was where the others would finish.

Despite Chad's Possessions, Derek's deck still served him well as he gained Provinces on Turns 13, 14 and 15. However, it was Cal's end game of Gold on Turn 15, Province on 16, Province on 17 and a Possession of Nick on 17 for the last Province that moved him into second place. Chad won the game handily with 52 points, while Cal's last Possession netted 29 points compared to Derek's 26 and Nick's 24.

The two victories gave Chad the clear tournament title, while a second and third each for Cal and Derek required a comparison of total points, where Derek just barely topped Cal for second place.

The Future:
I would like to again thank everyone for participating. The games moved smoothly this year, with no real issues or questions about the structure. The help of other volunteers such as Jason Levine and Lisa Gutermuth was instrumental. For the first time, sufficient games were not an issue -- although it was close, so it is still important to bring a copy if you want to play.

For those who did not hear, I do not know about my ability to attend next year, but I will be endeavoring to stay involved and be working with someone this year to try to provide a consistent feel to the tournament in the event that I am not there. I certainly hope to continue to add new expansions to the tournament (Cornucopia and Hinterlands are next), but the original set and Intrigue will remain the main sets for the preliminary and quarterfinals just because they are more readily available (as they are the stand-alone sets).

The biggest issue this year remains the 'in-game tiebreaker'. I've heard everything from adding more tiebreakers, to just allowing the tie and equal tournament scoring. As always, I value these comments and suggestions, and will once again weigh and discuss them. Any and all changes will be included in the event preview, along with a list of the card sets that will be used. So make sure to check the web site when the events are posted, and so you can be better prepared than your opponents for next year's tournament!

Sara Beach, Chad Weaver, Roni Breza, and Laura DeWalt in a semifinal that was won by Chad to advance.

Cal Doughan and Derek Glenn both advanced from this semifinal over Russell Johnston and Natalie Beach.

 Hein Hundai, Rob Renaud and Brandon Bernard were swept by Nick Ferris in this semifinal.

 GM Thomas Browne oversees his finalists ... none of whom had ever reached a Final previously.
2012 Euro Quest Laurelists

Sceadeau D'Tela, NC
1st

Andrew Emerick, CT
2nd

Nick Ferris, MD
3rd

Doug Galullo, MD
4th

Steven LeWinter, NC
5th

 GM      Tom Browne  [4th Year]   NA
   thomas.browne@gmail.com   NA

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