Articles tagged with: nationals

T1-2P 1st Place Nationals 2017

First and foremost I want to thank Gabe and Jesse for hosting an amazing tournament, everyone who was able to make it this year, and our Lord Jesus Christ for blessing us with the life of His salvation by His grace and mercy to allow us to fellowship in His kingdom where there is Redemption as we are redeemed and saved!!

Final Previews of Special RoJ

Sorry, folks, I’m running a little behind on getting the previews up for you this week. Last minute details and questions for Nationals have to take precedence. Nationals is less than a week away!!! Can you feel the excitement in the air? I sure can!

2017 National Promo and More Alt RoJ Previews

I’m excited to reveal the new National promo for 2017 today! For many of you this is the first time you’re hearing that The Tabernacle is getting a sweet new reprint. But a few savvy readers found an easter egg we hid here on Land of Redemption a little while back revealing the card title.

The Road to Nationals!

Are you ready for the tournament season? Seen anything you like in Revelation of John?

The meta is certainly sizzling with options and variety as Revelation of John has delivered many great offensive and defensive compliments with all seven of The Bowls of Wrath cards and versatile Seals.

More Fun at Nationals 2017!

Each year the Redemption National tournament is an amazing time! For starters you get to play LOTS of Redemption with a larger variety of people that you can experience anywhere else. You get to meet new people who share your passion for the game. If you’ve attended Redemption tournaments in the past you’ll most like get reacquainted with old friends. That alone is more than enough reason for you to join us in Iowa this August! But just in case you wanted more…

2017 Redemption National Tournament Info & Registration

Your hosts Jesse Foresto and Gabe Isbell are excited to announce the details for the 2017 Redemption National Tournament! Our goal is to have everything you need in the details below. If you have questions that are unanswered, please post them in the comments below so we can address them. It’s likely that someone else will have the same question.

Flashback – My First Nationals: Day 1

2016 Nationals was my first National tournament. I had wanted to do a write-up on my experiences and results, but I never made the time to do it. Then I took a mental break of sorts from Redemption last fall. Well, tournament season 2017 hasn’t kicked in yet, and spoilers for the new 2017 cards haven’t been released yet, so I figure now is as good a time as any. Even though the community’s knowledge and familiarity with the Cloud of Witnesses expansion is vastly improved since Nationals, I believe that we can find ways to improve (even in small ways) when we review past Redemption games.

Where You Been At?

First things first – let’s give a huge round of applause to Scott for keeping things going here on Land of Redemption the past few months! I’m extremely appreciative of his hard work during my extended absence!

Absence? I realize most of you didn’t even know I was gone. Actually I haven’t really gone anywhere but my time investment into this wonderful game of Redemption has been focused on other efforts. So what exactly have I been up to?

CoW Special Borders Explained

For the first time ever Redemption released a special edition set at Nationals for collectors. If you haven’t had a chance to see some of the amazing borders used to enhance the Cloud of Witness cards, I highly recommend that you check out the full set images hosted on our Imgur account!

These new borders are dripping with thematic beauty (literally for some of them)! Today I’d like to take some time to explain some of the hidden features you may not have caught at first glance.

The BoM Deck

Is the “Because of Moses” (BoM) deck really that good or is it all just hype? I’m sure plenty of people have asked this question. I know I was wondering the same thing just a few short months ago. Now that the State, Regional and National tournaments are behind us, I think we have our answer. BoM is for real!

While I’ve dropped the names of some cards and alluded to others, the deck list wasn’t published in my State, Regional or even National reports. The time has come. First I’ll share the list, then give a detailed explanation of card choices below. Without further ado, here it is:

Nationals Report Part 3: The BoM Deck (T1-2P)

Most National tournaments use the same schedule pairing T1-2P and T2-2P together, forcing players to choose between two pretty amazing categories. That makes the choice of what to play on Friday tough for me pretty much every year.

It often comes down to which deck (my T1 or T2) that I feel like I’ll enjoy most. Sometimes it comes down to which category needs another player to keep the count even. But this year the choice was pretty easy for me. I knew I wanted to play BoM!

2016 Nationals Results

Greetings and salutations! Gabe and I apologize for not updating everyone via the blog here as Nats progressed. The church’s guest internet connection wasn’t very stable and the private connection was reserved for the live streaming of games that was done. I was able to provide some results via Twitter and we have now compiled the full standings.

What to Expect (When You’re Expecting)

There are a number of people traveling to Ohio for the Redemption National Tournament this week. In fact, by the time you’re reading this I’ll probably be on the road with my family. For all you procrastinators out there who haven’t nailed down your deck list yet, I’m going to give some last minute thoughts on what I expect to see in the Type 1 events.

I’ve seen and heard from a lot of players that they’re just getting back into the game after a hiatus. If you’ve been keeping tabs on things here at Land of Redemption then you probably have an idea of what’s good right now. Let’s recap what’s strongest in Type 1.

What Does the Fox Say?

We had a lot of fun giving cohesion to the animal theme during the development of Cloud of Witnesses. Part of what inspired the expansion of Redemption’s animals is Daniel Huisinga’s original submission of Coliseum. Although the animal related ability on Coliseum didn’t last, the animals and related cards were already integrated into the set and we became very fond of them.

Best. Nationals. Yet!!!

My first Redemption Nationals was in 2007. It was such a great time that I’ve been back every year since! But let me assure you, the things that I have the privilege to share with you today are going to help make Redemption Nationals 2016 the best National Tournament yet!!!

The Great National Promo Experiment

Think back to the first time you ever attended a Redemption National Tournament. Your trip to the location may have been an epic tale of heroic struggle and fortitude or it may have been a short trip with little to remember. Either way, as you walked into the venue, you inevitably came to a registration table stacked with possibilities and promos. You paid your entry and then were handed your very first copy of the newest National promo. What did you want to do immediately? Right, put it into your deck immediately so you can show of your newest acquisition. But alas, your dreams were dashed at deck check-in.

A Peek Behind the Curtain – Noah’s Ark

Earlier this week Travis previewed the new Noah’s Ark promo for us. If you haven’t seen that yet be sure to check it out.

There are a lot of decisions that go into making a card. Sometimes they are easy. Other times they aren’t as cut and dry. We were pretty well decided on what Noah’s Ark will do long before Cloud of Witnesses went to print. But there was one rather large aspect of the card that was undecided right up until a week ago.

Winner Card Insight – Confusion (101 Ways)

When I won Nationals in 2015 (read about it here) I got a super cool prize, the ability to create a card! Now you may be thinking “But John, aren’t you a playtester, don’t you already create cards?” Yes, and no. A lot of the set-building happens before I come in. I do contribute from time to time on the creation side, but my focus is more on ability tweaking. Also, we tend to have strong themes in our sets – The Nationals Prize was outside of these lines.

Teams Nationals 2015 1st Place – “Judges, Jars and ‘Gyptians”

I rarely play Teams. Most tournaments I attend run Teams at the same time as my favorite category other than T2-2P, Booster Draft, so I rarely have the chance. In the last 3 years after 2012 Nationals, when the esteemed Matt Brinkman and I ran a pair of 154-card monstrosities to capture 3rd place, I believe I played the category twice in tournaments: 2013 MW Regionals and 2014 Nationals, with little success in either. I was also not originally planning to play this year, but when my brother Justin decided that his success in the previous two days would suffice and he could step in as judge, I ended up teaming up with his planned partner, Martin Miller. Which is something like the Redemption equivalent of Venus Williams coming to you and saying that she will not be participating in a doubles tournament, so you can go ahead and team up with Serena.

T1-2P Nationals 2015 4th Place – “Ruthless Stuff”: Part 1

Having spent most of the past tournament season play testing Persecuted Church cards, when the Iowa State tournament started drawing near I didn’t have a finely tuned deck I wanted to play.

My favorite deck to play was something I call “Ruthless”. It’s an updated version of a deck I was play testing during the development of the I&J starter decks. The offense isn’t really tournament quality though. Despite the name, it actually uses the 4 Ruth Heroes from the starter deck, paired with some judges.

T2-2P Nationals 2015 2nd Place – “Judge Judah”

Nationals record: 3-0 (1 timeout win)

Record in other tournaments: 8-0. Won T2 Only (6-0, 1 timeount) and 1 district (2-0)

Inspiration and Analysis

The inspiration for this deck came about by observing the meta in T2. Many decks that I had seen had at least 3-4 brigades on offense. For example, the ever-popular Judges offenses (including mine!) had Gold, Silver, Green, and often a Teal splash. Disciples always have purple (obviously) and sometimes Red (with Simon the Zealot or perhaps a red Peter and a few centurions) or Green (with Simeon able to band to Peter and John). With the addition of the new set, Clay and Silver made an appearance as well. Then there were Prophets decks with Isaiah, angels and Daniel, and Genesis decks with Captain and Joseph adding colors to the standard blue.

Everywhere I looked, I saw colors aplenty. Which is why when I was looking through my collection, and stumbled upon Broken Cisterns, I thought that it would make a nice counter to the wide-open meta.

Nationals 2015 Day 3 – Reflections From a Judge

Nationals 2015 was awesome for many reasons. Most importantly, I got to see many friends whom I had not seen in quite a while as well as meeting a few friends in person for the first time. Another thing that made it awesome was that Chris was an excellent host, and the only complaint I had about the facilities was that I kept losing my sense of direction in the hallways that all looked exactly the same—I think I finally figured them out, but then we left 15 minutes later…

Nationals 2015 Day 2 – T1-2P Interviews and Outcomes

During Day 2 of Nationals 2015, I judged both the T1-2P and T2-2P categories.  As the ‘main event’ each year, I decided to interview those who made the Top Cut and get their thoughts on the state of the meta in this game.  Top Cut was determined after 7 rounds of Swiss-style gaming, with the top 8 players moving on to a single-elimination bracket (with a third place game added) to determine an overall winner.

After their matches, I asked them each the same questions, and here were their responses.

Champion Advice – How to Maximize Your Sealed Deck

At 2015 Nationals, I ended up winning the Sealed Deck category with a slightly unconventional deck (relied on defense and lasting to end-game for a close win).  I ended up with a 6-0 record, but only a +8 Lost Soul differential (won 2 games 5-3 and 4 games 5-4).  As such, I could not afford to make a single mistake, and I was going to have to do so against the top player left in each round, who I could not rely upon to make mistakes either.  After a lot of thought, I put together a list of things that I would say to players wondering how to avoid mistakes in Sealed, though a lot of this applies to constructed categories as well.

T1-2P Nationals 2015 2nd Place – “Spirit Thing”

First off I want to say thanks to Chris and the TN group for hosting another awesome National tournament. The T1-2P was a total blast this year and finishing second feels like a great accomplishment. The field was stacked with great players from all over the country. I will post a deck list on the forum soon but will tell you I ran an angels and demons deck that I named “Spirit Thing”. The only human in the deck was Foreign Wives.

Nationals Update – Day 2

This will be a small update, just to get information in your hands. The event went until 8 PM today. Afterwards there was a large group dinner where the fun and fellowship continued.

Our very own Dayne Maust judged all 3 events today. I know he’s working on a great day 2 summary including player interviews. Expect that ASAP.

Type 1 – 2 Player was won by John Earley who played an amazing Abom, Watchful Servant lock deck.

Type 2 – 2 Player was won by Justin Alstad who was playing a form of Judges and Assyrians.

Type A was won by Forest Isbell who played Angels and Philistines.

We will share pics and more with you as soon as we can. Tomorrow is going to be another fun filled day and then we have a long drive home.

Nationals Booster Draft Primer: Part 2 – Rares

Do you plan to play in the booster draft at Nationals? Will you be drafting with the new Persecuted Church cards anytime in the near future? Are you just curious about the new cards and can’t wait to hear more?

Join us for this two part podcast where three of the Redemption play testers discuss their thoughts on drafting with the new cards!

Click one of the links below to listen to part 2 – rares

Nationals Booster Draft Primer: Part 1 – Commons

Do you plan to play in the booster draft at Nationals? Will you be drafting with the new Persecuted Church cards anytime in the near future? Are you just curious about the new cards and can’t wait to hear more?

Join us for this two part podcast where three of the Redemption play testers discuss their thoughts on drafting with the new cards!

Click one of the links below to listen to part 1 – commons

Win a Chance to Create Your Own Card!

Have you ever had an idea for a card that you thought would be really cool if you could make a card for Redemption? When you’re having your quiet time in the Bible, do you ever get distracted because the scripture sparks a cool card idea? When you’re playing the game, have you ever thought that your favorite deck or theme is missing an ability that would really make it fun or help you deal with a certain problem? Having visited the card creation section of the message boards I know we have a lot of creative players out there with good ideas. Now is your chance to make that great idea a reality!

Redemption National Tournament

This year the Redemption National Tournament is taking place at Meridian Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN from Thursday, July 30 to Saturday, August 1st. Unlike some other games, you don’t need to qualify to participate, it’s open to all players of any age!

If you’ve never attended a Redemption tournament, let me assure you, it’s probably unlike any competitive event you’ve participated in. The environment is casual, with the primary focus being on fun and fellowship. It’s a gathering of old friends and new ones, sharing their love of this exciting game that’s based on God’s word.