2004 Championships: 2nd Place
The 2004 Star Wars TCG Championships have come to pass, crowning Adam Dittmer as the ultimate victor! Our congratulations to Adam, and our thanks to all those who made the journey to take part. Top 8 results were as follows:
Today, we also present deck lists and comments from Adam's final opponent, 2nd place finisher Jeff Simmerman.
Light Side: Junkyard Chewie
"My Light Side deck was a Junkyard Chewy deck (Reanimator) with some minor modifications. I felt this was the strongest possible deck; for one build you could place many powerful Character Droids (i.e., Guri (A) and IG-88 (A)), as well as a number of excellent support Droids (R2-D2 (G) and Leebo (A)) for help in other arenas. I had a good Space arena, and my Ground arena had to be able to beat Bespin units for speed.
"My Chewy deck did well against the particularly difficult Trade Federation/Nute Gunray Swarm decks. I saw them frequently in the Final Eight."
Dark Side: Forced by the Dark Side
"My Dark Side deck was designed primarily as a Force-Denial/Lando's Influence deck to take care of Chewy Reanimator decks and Han's Promise/Jedi decks."
"I playtested against Chewy and Han's Promise decks, and the Dark Side deck won about 60% of the time at 30 build. I played my Light Side Chewy deck and regularly won 90% of the time at 26 build. This deck was still more successful than it was at 24 build. I did come across these decks at Gen Con.
"I played well and faced some really good competition. God blessed me with good draws and I seemed to get more than my fair share of breaks. One of the most noteable things I remember was how fatiguing the Final Eight was. One game I ended up forfeiting because I just completely missed paying an Upkeep on Virago (A). Another game I won because a very capable opponent had forgotten that he had retreated in the Ground arena; then, after I had attacked with all my Space units, he had only an Overload Droid Starfighter DFS-1VR left in the Space arena. Instead of attacking with one dice and having the game continue (this was the third game of the match), he overloaded and attacked one of my Space units and killed himself, forgetting that I still had Space and Ground units in those arenas. This was about 10 pm. I made it to the final round, when it was 2 am. We had started at about 10 am the day before with no breaks.
"Another break I got in my first round: I was just starting a third and deciding game against a very good opponent when time was called. We would only have 4 Force and no build because we were going into overtime. He had the Space arena and I had the Ground arena. In the Character arena, he had a LIN Demolitionmech (which you tap to do two damage to every other Character in the Character arena). I had a Darth Sidious (D): 5 power, 6 hits, and "Pay 3 Evade 2". He had a Yoda (E) in his Reserve arena (tap and prevent 2 damage to one of your units). My predicament: unless I could roll 3 out of 5 all three turns, I was going to be out of Force and dead, as he continued to tap and give me damage. Fortunately I had a Lando's Influence in my hand, and brought the Demolitionmech over to my side before the end of the turn (after which the Demolitionmech would go back over to his side). I used my last 2 Force to Dark Sacrifice the Droid and win the game.
"My special thanks to a number of Team Force Infinity members that gave me some sage advice for the finals.
"The Team Bus crew were particularly challenging to play against. Their playing prowess was only exceeded by their courtesy and sportsmanship.
"Finally I am grateful for my two sons, David and James (he qualified for the championship, and finished 22nd in the tourney). They were the competition that allowed me to extensively playtest these decks."
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