AggroZombies beat ZombieBidding in the latest E-League Championships, the Top 8 decks of which can be found here: http://www.e-league.com/decks.php?view=35 Semifinalists were a Bad Form and RW Control deck, and quarterfinalists were three RW Control and 1 MWC, a deck whose demise has been greatly exaggerated, apparently, but I still don't like it. If you like MWC, splash red for Rifts and Starstorms main, and Decrees of Annihilations and Shocks side, and you're on the road to the Maher deck, which seems much better. But, people will continue to play MWC throughout the seson. Maybe it's Dawn Elemental, or maybe it's because kids just like the name "Teen Girl Squad." Whatever, I just think there are better decks. What say ye? Has Zvi's "War on Evil" (i.e., War on Goblins) come to fruition? Maybe so. Rumor has it Goblins went to the freezer, found it packed with Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, and ate the whole thing. More likely, my good buddy Will Reiffer's metagame shift predictions have come true. With everyone predicting the GODness of Goblins, RW Control came to the fore "in response," and wily veterens of metagame shifts saw the opportunity to crush THAT deck with Zombies. That, and people just shamelessly netdeck Champion's decks. Why not? Not in Top 8: Slide. Why not? Possibly, it's too difficult to play, or was unpopular in this event. It's not Wildfire/Tinker difficult, but we'd be crazy to ignore it. Back around the turn of the 19th century, I would lose to Slide with Goony Goblins first game, then I brought in my board of 3 Vortex and 4 Stabilizers and games 2 and 3 were easily won. As for me, I still lean to BW Control. There is no such thing as "the mirror" with it (I hate mirror matches), considering the wildly different builds we're seeing. Methinks it will have it's time in the sun around mid-season (but ... is that time now? ... already?) when people stray away from Goblins, then come back to Gobbos toward season's end, as sideboards ignore them. Ignore them? Maybe, but, Starstorms, Knights of Silver, Decrees of Pain, Infests, and Vengeances do very bad things to Goblins, and I don't see any of those cards disappearing off the radar throughout the season. Congrats, Gen'l Zvi, your War seems to be going very well. Rakamir T-3 days before the OnBC PT New Orleans (Sin City!) PTQ season begins July 30, 2003 Good luck, everyone!