Alex Gellerman is the winner of Darkmoon Faire Los Angeles 2010!
After battling his way to a 7-1 finish in the swiss rounds with an Alliance Hunter deck featuring Avatar of the Wild, one of the dual-class epic abilities in this set, he sat down with an intimidating quarter-finals match to look forward to: a match against Tim Rivera, one of the game's top Limited players and the 2010 North American Continental Champion.
While Alex was plenty familiar with one-half of the epic abilities in this set thanks to Saturday play, he got a chance to play with the other half when he snapped up a shocking third pick Vigil of the Light. This was combined with a second pick Devout Aurastone Hammer in the first pack and a second pick Eranikus in the third pack! Alex constructed an Alliance Priest deck that focused on the raw power of his rares as well as the sheer size of allies like Bayner Cogbertson.
After powering his way through the quarter-finals against Tim Rivera, Alex went on to quickly 2 – 0 Eduardo Rossi – with one of the games involving a turn 4 Eranikus and a turn 5 Bayner Cogbertson! The finals was a showdown between him and Sean Polk, where Alex's removal and a critical mass of allies let him power through Sean in the third game.
But the Darkmoon Faire this weekend wasn't all about Worldbreaker and the main event. With beginner's events running throughout the weekend, the Spectral Safari getting 56 entries on Saturday, and the Lootapalooza event throwing out loot cards like candy to the players, there have been plenty of World of Warcraft TCG fans this weekend that have struck it rich in loot.
Thanks again to everyone who could make it out this weekend! And don't forget - Worldbreaker will be making its official release in stores everywhere on December 14th!
And, of course, congratulations once more to Maryssa and Cynthia Hall, joint Champions in the Costume Contest!
Round 1: Pairings, Standings; Round 2: Pairings, Standings; Round 3: Pairings, Standings; Round 4: Pairings, Standings; Round 5: Pairings, Standings; Round 6: Pairings, Standings; Round 7: Pairings, Standings; Round 8: Pairings, Standings
With the Darkmoon Faire starting to draw to a close, Mike Rosenberg turns from the Championship to the packed Side Events, with the Lootapalooza, Gadgetzan and iPod drafts still in full swing. Who picked up that door prize Spectral Tiger?
This is it... Eight rounds of Sealed Pack play, one of the most challenging Booster Drafts ever with the all-new Worldbreaker expansion, and hard-fought Quarter-Final and Semi-Final matches bring us to the final showdown. Alex Gellerman's Alliance Priest deck faces off against Sean Polk's Alliance Death Knight, and the winner will be crowned Darkmoon Faire Los Angeles Champion!
Cataclysm releases for PC and Mac in less than two days, and as with previous Collector's Editions for World of Warcraft MMO expansions, the CE box contains two heroes you can't get anywhere else. Take a look at Jacob Blackcrest and Kirox Butcherblade inside...
“I don't understand this,” said Alex Gellerman as he sat down and flashed me two cards. One was Eranikus, which he got in the third pack... 2nd pick. “That's pretty shocking, but this one surprises me more,” he said, showing me a Devout Aurastone Hammer. And what happens when it's Hammer time? Read on and find out...
Sitting down for the Top 8 Draft of Darkmoon Faire Los Angeles, Niles Rowland was a man with a plan, but would he have the opportunity to execute it?
The first round of the Top 8 pitted two of the best Limited players in the game head-to-head. Bobby brought the Horde Warrior Jai Dawnsteel to the table while Niles had chosen the Alliance Druid Arturius Hathrow.
It's Illidan's Last Stand here at Darkmoon Faire Los Angeles, and that means that the decks from the March of the Legion block are on their way out. It's the last Cryptozoic-run Core Constructed tournament before the Legion block cycles out. One man ran the tables, his Timmo Shadestep control deck taking him all the way, and Craig Paterson is that man!
The Top 8 has finally arrived and what better place to start than with Robert Victory. You may remember Bobby from his Darkmoon Faire win in Charlotte in 2008. He was able to follow up that win with back to back Limited DMF Finals appearances last year in Indy and Austin.
Today his limited skills will be put to the test as he embarks on his first official Worldbreaker draft!
From the ashes of Cake Draft Masters and The Run Good Club, a phoenix has risen! Daily Metagame is a new World of Warcraft TCG fan site brought to you by Mike Rosenberg and Tim Rivera, and with Tim's run to the Top 8 of Darkmoon Faire Los Angeles, what better time to introduce the site?
With the day almost over, the Spectral Safari still had one big moment coming up... The announcement of the lucky winner of the Spectral Tiger door prize! Who would be the lucky player, and just how much could the judges milk that moment? There's only one way to find out...
Want to see what a Darkmoon Faire Top 8'ing Worldbreaker Sealed Pack decklist looks like? Well, we've got 8 of them right here!
We have our Top 8! Read on to find out who made it out of that initial 186 player field!
It's Round 7, and two giants of the game are battling it out for that undefeated record and guaranteed spot in the Top 8! Matt Markoff and Tim Rivera may both be representing the Horde today, but that won't mean a less bloody contest by any stretch.
Ian and Mike Sloan came to the Darkmoon Faire after seeing a news announcement on their home server of Shadowsong. One Safari excursion later, and Ian will be the talk of the server with one of the first Mottled Drakes in the game!
After traveling all the way from China to Darkmoon Faire Los Angeles, Justin Xing is sitting on 5 wins after Round 6. Phillip Martin grabbed a few words with the man who must, surely, have racked up the most Air Miles to play today!
The gunslinging tables of Darkmoon Faire Los Angeles are almost entirely obscured by the bodies of the fallen. And one lady is responsible for more than her fair share... Michael Sacco managed to convince Alexstrasza the Life-Binder (also known as Christina Estrada) not to destroy him for long enough to grab a quick interview.
Joint victors in the Darkmoon Faire Costume Contest, Cynthia Hall and Maryssa explain the work that goes into a Spectral Tiger-winning costume, and why you want to head to BlizzCon next year!
Round 5, and two undefeated players are battling it out for that perfect 5-0 record! Pittsburg's Pat Eshghy and China's Xiqiang Xing enter the arena, but who will make it out alive?
With the Darkmoon Faire Championship in full swing, it's time to take a look at a different kind of competition entirely... The Darkmoon Faire Los Angeles Costume Contest! You may have caught glimpses of some of the competitors in the Facebook Photo Coverage, but we have the entire line-up for you here! With loot and glory on the line, whose efforts will be rewarded?
The World of Warcraft MMO and TCG have always been closely linked, and the players in the Darkmoon Faire Beginner Tournaments are living proof! Michael Sacco went to find out how some of them had come to be with us today.
One man at the Darkmoon Faire has already seen more Sealed Pack pools than most, and he isn't even playing! Damien Dufresne has been one of the go-to guys for those looking for a second opinion on their decks, and he shared some of his thoughts with Mike Rosenberg.
The Crafting Redemption Program is dead, long live the Archaeology Crafting Program! Worldbreaker brings an all-new, streamlined Redemption system that should make it simpler than ever to get hold of those crafted trinkets and toys we all crave...
Tim Rivera, our second Deckbuilding featured player, goes into battle with Brian Feinberg. Dragons and Worgen and Goblins, oh my!
How far would you go to to make sure you're up and ready for registration at the Darkmoon Faire? I'm betting not as far as Kyle McGinty and Matt Okimoto!
In our first Feature Match of the day, Darkmoon Faire Champion David Bodimer takes on Eric Buckendorf. It's Goblin vs Worgen in this battle of the new Worldbreaker races!
Darkmoon Faire Las Vegas Champion David Bodimer is next up for the Sealed Pack deckbuilding gauntlet. What does he think of his pool, the format, and his chances?
Our first deckbuilding feature sees Tim Rivera taking on the challenge of assembling his first ever Worldbreaker Sealed Pack deck! Will he be done in time? Will he be putting up the 'Here Be Dragons' sign? Check inside and find out...
The Player Meeting has just concluded here at Darkmoon Faire Los Angeles, and Cryptozoic's Ben Drago just showed off a sneak preview of the new World of Warcraft TCG website!
With a flood of new cards about to shake up the World of Warcraft TCG landscape, what do some of the best and brightest think of the cards they've seen so far?
As the Darkmoon Faire gears up to unleash the Worldbreaker expansion, what are some of our waiting players most hoping to see when they crack those first packs? We wanted to know, and now so can you!
The Day 1 introduction from Darkmoon Faire Los Angeles 2010.
Worldbreaker has landed at Darkmoon Faire Los Angeles! For all the event information you might need, read on!