After a brief hiccup attempting to secure space from the Days of Wonder/ Richard Borg Collective, Charles and I were able to get up and running, complete with some great standing posters of Ret Talus and Oldin, a complement of chess clocks, and a bunch of note cards.

Starting on Thursday at 3:00 PM Indy time, we ran the Starter Factions Only event, which let you play any faction, but as it appeared when first purchased – no custom deckbuilding allowed.  After four rounds of Swiss, the Filth emerged victorious in a dramatic fashion, with Abomination going 6/6 to crush Krusk.

Here’s a list of the top 5 (Strength of Schedule was used to differentiate like records):


  1. AJ ‘esper88’ 4-0 with the Filth
  2. Cody Stevens 3-1 with the Jungle Elves
  3. M. S. (Ronaldo’s eldest son) 3-1 Phoenix Elves
  4. T. S. (“ “ middle son) 3-1 Sand Goblins
  5. Thenightsshadow’s bro 3-1 Guild Dwarves

On Friday, things went quite a bit smoother, as I had the same space from 10 AM until 6 PM.  Morning was Pick Your Poison, where each player brought two decks.  Before each game, players would take their opponent’s two summoner reference cards in hand and simultaneously reveal which they were willing to let their opponent play.  Despite my worry that this would become a Guild Dwarf/Tundra Orc bonanza, only one person brought that specific team, and ended up dropping after an 0-2 start! 

 The top 6 for this event were:

  1. Joe “Clarissmus” R. 4-0 w/ Deep Dwarves & Benders
  2. Thenightsshadow’s bro 3-1 w/ Phoenix Elves & Shadow Elves
  3. Kyle S.  3-1 w/ Cloaks & Sand Goblins
  4. M. S. (same kid as before) 3-1 w/ Tundra Orcs & Phoenix Elves
  5. AJ ‘esper88’ 3-1 w/ Cloaks & Jungle Elves
  6. Marcus S. 3-1 w/ Vanguards & Guild Dwarves

 Next up was the 4x4 : Four Factions tourney, where players decide in advance which four factions they’ll play, and in which order.  The top 4 finishers were:


  1. AJ (Fallen Kingdom, Phoenix Elves, Tundra Orcs, Benders)
  2. TNS bro (Guild Dwarves,  Phoenix Elves, Shadow Elves, Mountain Vargath)
  3. Thenisghtsshadow  (Mercenaries, Deep Dwarves, Phoenix Elves, Sand Goblins)
  4. Cody Stevens (Sand Goblins, Filth, Shadow Elves, Mercenaries)

On Friday afternoon, it was back to playing one deck for the whole tourney in the Faction Supremacy tournament, only this time, deckbuilding was allowed unlike the first event.  Despite 3 of the top 6 decks being Phoenix Elves, Deep Dwarves emerged victorious at 4-0, and the winner said his closest game was against some noob in a Plaid Hat playing Cave Goblins.


  1. Joe “Clarissimus” R. Deep Dwarves
  2. Sarah D. Phoenix Elves
  3. Stuart D. Guild Dwarves
  4. Cody Stevens Mercenaries
  5. M. S.  Phoenix Elves
  6. Josh M. Phoenix Elves

It was great to see you all there, including some that I saw back at the first GenCon Summoner Wars events back in 2010.  It was also cool to see Ronaldo and his two boys, as he was one who had fallen out of love with the game but came back pretty hard after the Master Set and his 12 year old son was close to winning all 3 events they participated in, losing only to the eventual winner each time.

I’ll start a thread in the forums some time this week to provide additional data and a chance for people to provide feedback for how things can be improved in the future.


joepinion commented:

Yeah, would love to see full results. Could be a great time to start a new faction data table based on the old Google Docs just with tourney results, starting with this one since it's the first big tournament with all 16 factions.

So great to see such a variety among winning factions... James, the results should make you and the rest of the team very proud of yourselves for the playtesting and balancing work you've done!

Posted on 2012-08-21.

glenn3e commented:

Someday I want to see a VG or FK tourney winner. Maybe the 2nd Summoners can help them.

Posted on 2012-08-21.

gamjuven commented:

This year was a fluke. Next year there should be some more "gamjuven"s in those lists, lol. Next year maybe I'll have a dice tower that will funnel better luck than my cursed hands.

Posted on 2012-08-21.

Barliman commented:

Next year I could probably be in the running for longest tournament losing streak :).

I'd be interested in seeing the deck makeup for the customized decks, with commentary from their builders if possible.

Posted on 2012-08-21.

Goblin King commented:

Gotta say, I like the look of those standings, no guild dwarf or tundra orc heavy presence, showing (in my opinion anyways) that their success on the iOS is largely due to them being easy to play.

Posted on 2012-08-21.

thenobleknave commented:

I really liked the Pick Your Poison style, and got Cloak dice for third! I was beat by TNS' bro? Well that makes sense. Did TNS himself only participate in the 4x4?

Congrats to all of the winners, and good games to everyone I played. If anyone wants a rematch on iOS, I'm thenobleknave :)

Thanks for organizing, James! I was going to recommend that you pick up an old 2nd or 3rd generation iPod Touch for cheap to play on the iOS, they're way cheaper than an iPad or iPhone although you'll only be able to play over Wifi.

Posted on 2012-08-21.

thenightsshadow commented:

Let's just say I didn't do too well in Pick your Poison. Yeah.

Posted on 2012-08-21.

Shockma Ranyk commented:

Okay, where's the video of everyone singing? :D

Posted on 2012-08-21.

thenightsshadow commented:

I started the singing randomly on Thursday, and nobody followed up. So I left it as is.

Posted on 2012-08-21.

Shockma Ranyk commented:

Aw, that's disappointing...

Posted on 2012-08-21.

tristak commented:

I went 2-2 in the pick your poison, really wish i had won the first game, i actually ALMOST won against the bender's with the MV

Posted on 2012-08-21.

Scapemage921 commented:

That was a nice read. Glad to see everyone had fun.

Posted on 2012-08-21.


Great job Jexik!! Thank you sooooooo much for picking up the EO duties for these GenCon events. I owe you one...probably two. Put it on my tab!!!

Posted on 2012-08-22.

joepinion commented:

James, any progress on getting the complete results posted in the forums?

Posted on 2012-08-24.

Ronaldo commented:

We had a great time at GenCon. Summoner Wars was definitely the highlight as we played 3/4 tournaments. I was mediocre but the boys played much better than me. Thiago is 10 and he played the title game against AJ in the starter deck tournament. He would have been the champion had he won that game. But a great player like AJ, rolling the way he did in the final is impossible to beat.
Matheus was more consistent and played the title game against Joe in the final tournament.
We had a great time. The tournaments were very well run, Plaid Hat gave generous prizes to all the players 3-1 or better, the participants were invariably friendly.
We brought great memories home. It was great to play some of the strongest players like Joe, AJ, James, Bren and others. The boys were really excited that they friended Cody at GameCenter.
In the iOS, Thiago is 1-1 against Colby!

Posted on 2012-09-07.

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