We probably know who our 4 playoff competitors are (though Chris can still tie for a spot by going 2-0 tonight and getting help in the form of a loss by either Rich or Luis), but look how close the battle for last in! If Steve loses then it’s obviously just him, but if Steve beats Chris then all 5 of the other matches feature a player who must win in order to avoid relegation into next season’s play-in tournament.
We will of course play Steve’s match against Chris last, for maximum torture, I mean drama.
We start with the Ochoa v Maher match that was postponed from week 7, but we also have to postpone one match – Pikula v Ochoa – to next week. So we’ll have our normal five matches, but with just one week left after tonight we should have well more than our normal share of drama!
There will be new decklists tomorrow. These will be the final set of the regular season and with everyone scrambling to avoid relegation it should make for quite an exciting show!
This is the last week of the middle trimester, so there will be new decks (possibly with Oath of the Gatewatch cards!) when we return from our 1-week break for the Pro Tour. Before that, though, we’ve got a 5-way tie for 5th – 9th to break. Who will be in contention for playoffs heading into the last trimester and who will be worried about relegation? We’ll find out in week 6.
The big news in week 4 was all the new decklists. 3 Workshop decks, 3 Storm decks, and 2 Mentor decks seem to represent what the league thinks is good in Vintage right now, with Belcher and Delver also in the mix but probably falling more into the “pet deck” category.
You can see all the matches here.
You can see week 3 matches HERE. If you watch only one I recommend watching the absolute clinic put on by Eric Froehlich on how to play a storm deck. The last match is also good, though twitch issues ate a bit of the crucial turn.
Now we all get to submit new decklists for next week!