Battle for the National Team

Yes, we know, it took us almost two whole weeks to report about the first and latest WMCQ in Zürich. But here we are and we have some juicy stuff for you! Number crunching, photos, deck lists and of course some winners!

So let’s get started. We had 60 players showing up for the main event, which is more or less exactly 50% of all the qualified players. This meant we played six rounds of Swiss and then a cut to Top 8. Though competition as most probably already a score of X-2 meant you were out!

Start of the round
And the round has started!

The WMCQ was also for most of the players the first tournament with the new Policy kicking in (we talked about this earlier). So the HJ of the Event, Jeremie Granat (Swiss L3 Judge) made some announcements about that. But let’s say this in advance: The new policies were accepted very well and did not lead to any major issues during the day. Do you have any feedback on that? We would gladly listen!

But homemediamagazine.com before we delve into the the Top 8 some general impressions of the event:

Beside the main event there were also some side events going on. Quite a success when we look at the numbers: From 10 am people were battling in some Commander action (18 players in total) and beside some 8-man drafts the 2HG-Sealed event at noon attracted 12 teams to open some packs and fight for some more!

But back to the main event: The new policy showed it’s effect in the last round, as most of the matches had been played out, instead of an intentional draw due to the new play/draw-Rule in the Top 8. So that’s what the standings for the Top 16 looked like after the Swiss rounds:

Rank Name Points OMW%
1 Rusconi Matteo 16 61.11
2 Arndt, Marcel 16 56.11
3 Bertoni, Nicolas 15 47.17
4 Duport, Olivier 14 62.96
5 Blumer, Yann 13 74.81
6 Bohny, Nico 13 57.41
7 Rozza, Luca 13 56.24
8 Fehr, Christian 13 53.64
9 Turrian, Kévin 13 52.91
10 Rahm, Dominique 12 67.78
11 Schmid, Mattia 12 62.22
12 Luescher, Sascha 12 56.67
13 Idelfonso, Diony 12 56.48
14 Künzler, Matthias 12 50.87
15 Reymond, Pascal 12 48.28
16 Sormani, Reto 12 48.28

So that was our Top 8:

Okay, and that’s what the Bracket looked like:

Matteo Rusconi Christian Fehr Marcel Arndt Yann Blumer
Christian Fehr
Marcel Arndt Marcel Arndt
Luca Rozza
Nicolas Bertoni Nicolas Bertoni Yann Blumer
Nico Bohny
Olivier Duport Yann Blumer
Yann Blumer

Yes, you see it right: Yann Blumer wins the first WMCQ of Switzerland and is therefore our first team member for the World Magic Cup at GenCon! He won in the finals against Marcel Arndt despite the fact, that both players faced each other already during the Swiss rounds and Marcel could get away with the win back then. But Yann didn’t let history to repeat itself and got the victory!

Winner picture you ask? Sure, we have that:

Yann Blumer wins!
Yann Blumer wins the first WMCQ in Switzerland! He seems to be quite happy about it - who wouldn't?

We also have all the Top 8 Decklists for you. Not all of them ready yet, but they will follow soon in the forum. For now we just have the list of the winner:
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Creatures
4 Champion of the Parish
4 Doomed Traveler
4 Hero of Bladehold

Spells
4 Gather the Townsfolk
2 Go for the Throat
4 Honor of the Pure
4 Intangible Virtue
4 Lingering Souls
4 Midnight Haunting
2 Oblivion Ring

Lands
14 Plains
4 Swamp
4 Isolated Chapel
2 Vault of the Archangel

Sideboard
4 Angelic Destiny
2 Day of Judgment
1 Oblivion Ring
1 Elspeth Tirel
2 Celestial Purge
2 Stony Silence
1 Vault of the Archangel
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Gideon Jura
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That is it for now. If you have any feedback, questions, remarks and critics, feel free to share it on our forum.