This week is the last show of the regular season, and Pauper will be our final format.
The Top 3 players make the playoffs, where it will first be the #2 seed versus the #3 seed in a best 2 out of 3 formats match. Then the winner of that match will play the #1 seed in the same best 2 out of 3 formats. Both playoff matches will take place on next week’s show, which is our final show of the season.
You can click on the links above to see the full standing, but here’s a run-down of all the relevant details:
Kenji (7-2) – He has clinched a playoff spot, and the only way he will miss out on the #1 seed and the bye into the finals is if he loses, Gaby wins, *and* Gaby gets 1st place in Brewmaster points this week while Kenji gets 8th or worse.
Gaby (6-3) – She’s in with a win, and could potentially still back into the playoffs with a loss if she wins the Brewmaster points tiebreaker against whoever she winds up tied with.
Paul (6-3) – Very similar to Gaby in that he’s in with a win, and could potentially still make it in with a loss depending on who he winds up tied with, and how the week 9 Brewmaster vote shakes out.
LoadingReadyRun (5-4) – At first it sounds like a tough scenario: They must win, and then they need either Paul or Gaby to lose, and then they need to win a Brewmaster point tiebreaker. However, they actually control their own destiny because 1) They are paired against Gaby, so it if they win then Gaby will have lost and 2) They’re currently winning the Brewmaster standings, and are far enough ahead of Gaby that she can’t possibly catch them. So it’s pretty simple: if they win, they’re in. If they lose, they’re out.
Aaron (5-4) – He must win, and then he needs Paul to lose to Wedge, and then it will come down to Brewmaster points where it’s currently Aaron – 25, Paul – 24. (In this scenario he could still miss if Gaby loses to LRR but finishes ahead of Aaron on Brewmaster points for the week.)
Prof (5-4) – He can win his way into a tie for 3rd if either Gaby or Paul lose, but there’s no scenario where he wins that tie on Brewmaster points, so he is already eliminated from playoff contention.
You really should go watch him deliver his remarks in the videos (especially at the end of round 2 … dear lord!), but here is a handy summary of the Brewmaster points that were handed out by the Wizard for Week 7’s Ironroot Chef decks:
Gaby – 10
Kenji – 10
Marshall – 9
Aaron – 9
Wedge – 7
LRR – 6
GFB – 5
Prof – 2
Paul – 1
Meanwhile, don’t forget to vote in the 5 Flavor Showdowns between the folks who built around the same ingredient.
Players drafted their ingredient in inverse order of Brewmaster standings, and here are the results:
- Wedge – Wandering Ones
- The Professor – Conflux
- GFB – Inspiration
- Gaby – Wandering Ones
- Aaron – Saytr Hedonist
- Paul – Conflux
- MTA – Satyr Hedonist
- Marshall – Inspiration
- LRR – Lich’s Mirror
- Kenji – Lich’s Mirror
You can read the full rules here. It’s going to be awesome to see what people put together!
The voting period has ended and the people say LoadingReadyRun broke it best! Their Storm deck included 6 different banned cards, and went off successfully multiple times on stream. Kenji took second with his Elves!, and used those points to move into first overall in the full season standings. Meanwhile at the bottom of the standings, the two Hypergenesis decks got just as many points as wins, and Wedge’s decision to use his deck name to make fun of the lack of originality in his deck did not work out (or did it?).
LRR – A+
Kenji – A
MTA – A-
Aaron – A-
TGFB – A-
Paul – A-
Prof – B+
Marshall – B+
Gaby – B
Wedge – B-
There are 5 ingredients, and two copies of each are available for the players to draft from (in reverse order of Brewmaster Standings). Players will build Modern-legal decks that contain four copies of their key ingredient.
Watch the ingredients get revealed HERE!
In addition to their regularly scheduled match of Magic each player is also engaged in a Flavor Match against whoever picked the same ingredient they did. The audience will be voting on who did it better. (So you can get two wins this week … or two losses, or probably just go 1-1 and shrug.) As far as Brewmaster points go, The Wizard will be giving those out this week, and we’ve given him permission to go above 10 points if he thinks it is warranted.
Decks will be scored on creativity, boldness, and adherence to the theme of the ingredient. Players were reminded that flavor comes from creating a story theme from ALL parts of the card – name, art, rules, and flavor text.