This month, Top Tier Tactics readers squared off on Xbox Live to determine who could claim the throne as the greatest Duels of the Planeswalkers player of all time.* Deck variation wasn’t hugely surprising, with the perceived power of Dodge and Burn and Lords of Darkness earning representatives quickly. But equally popular was Avacyn’s Glory, the monowhite deck that took our PC tournament by storm in August.
By the semifinals, everything except Avacyn’s Glory and one other deck, Deadwalkers, had been eliminated. I’d always been an advocate of using Deadwalkers as a soft counter to Avacyn’s Glory, but hey… I also though Dodge and Burn would have done a better job at squashing armies of humans.
Oh So Deadly (AG) managed to push Sprngpilot (DW) out of contention for first or second place, making the final matchup another Avacyn’s mirror with QuitefranklyNO1. Big shocker: Avacyn’s Glory won that match, though it was a close 3-2 grand finals victory for Oh So Deadly. Slightly more surprising: Sprngpilot went on to eliminate FullZangetsu (AG) in a 3-1 victory for third place.
Looking back on the entire bracket, it appears Sprngpilot’s Deadwalkers pile didn’t face an Avacyn’s Glory matchup until the loser’s finals. While that’s interesting from a statistical point of view, I think it also speaks volumes to the sheer power of the monowhite monolith that it was the only deck capable of halting Sprngpilot’s momentum!
None of this of course takes away from the accomplishments of Oh So Deadly (first place) or QuitfranklyNO1 (2nd place), who managed to plow through the tournament with great success. Congratulations to all our podium finishers on their achievements, and thank you to everyone who played in the event!
* This is not an official title, so don’t go putting it on your resume or anything.