Final Fantasy had its first major tournament on the 20th of May with the TCG regionals held here at IQ Games Centre. The competition was a fiery as Ifrit with players coming form all over the region to compete for a sport at nationals.
The day was full of ups and downs and players battled through the 6 rounds of the swiss for a spot in the top 8 and to really put thre skills to the test. With the top 8 game we saw a trending pattern of lightning cards and lighting decks taking a top spot, a lot of use of the Al-Cid onion knight combo and Amon's nasty dull lock. The top 4 cut decks were showing this in full swing with 3 of the 4 decks being either mono lighting or using a mix of lighting cards.
The final came down to Stephen Douglas with mono lighting vs Lyndon Osbourne's Ice lightning lock, but after a a tough battle (with plenty of discarding from both players!) Stephens deck won the day. Prizes were given to the winner and to the top cut players, with participation prizes for everyone who entered. Two special awards were also given out for the best deck (most fun/interesting deck) to Ross Silcock and the sportsmanship award for generally being a good sport which went to Lewis Carter.
All in all it was a great event and everyone seem to enjoy themselves, It was very interesting to see the wide range of decks people had created from the minion swarm of Golbez to the frustratingly fun Palom and Porom deck. I look forward to the next event to see what fun and interesting decks people bring and hopefully the next one will be even better!
(Written by Niall!)