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Assembly Winter 2016 took place this weekend in Helsinki, Finland. Synthetic took home the €1,400 first prize by beating Vortex 4-1 in the final. The format was best of five Conquest with a ban. In the final, players were also allowed to revive one deck.


The tournament featured eight invitees and eight online qualifiers, which produced a strong field. There were several new names in the event, but all were accomplished players who had come through tough qualification stages. Many of the qualifying players also had strong ladder credentials.

The top two from each group qualified for the single elimination knockout. The group stage results were as follows:

Group A: Torlk (2-0), Orange (2-1), ixxii (1-2), Hefish (0-2)
Group B: Synthetic (2-0), Vortex (2-1), MaynardTCox (1-2), Powder (0-2)
Group C: Blackout (2-0), Technogoose (2-1), Wampie (1-2), ThatGuy (0-2)
Group D: Spo (2-0), Kalaxz (2-1), Finneri (1-2), Ersee (0-2)

In the quarter-finals, Vortex, Blackout, Spo, and Synthetic all progressed to the next round with 3-1 victories.


Semi Final 1: Blackout vs Vortex


Blackout brought a lineup designed to pick on Paladin: Freeze Mage, Rogue, Patron Warrior, and Druid. Vortex brought Secret Paladin, MalyLock, Freeze Mage and Druid. Vortex banned Warrior, Blackout banned Druid.

Vortex took a 1-0 lead, beating Freeze Mage with his Warlock. The key game was the second one, where he defeated Rogue with his Paladin deck, which nullified the key to Blackout's lineup. Vortex then managed to overcome Druid with his Freeze Mage to take a 3-0 win and advance to the finals.


Semi Final 2: Synthetic vs Spo


Synthetic brought an aggressive lineup. His decks were Druid, Tempo Mage, ZooLock and Secret Paladin. Spo brought RenoLock, Rogue, Freeze Mage and Secret Paladin. Both players banned Druid.

The players traded blows in the first two games. Synthetic getting a win with Tempo Mage against Freeze Mage, and then losing with Zoo against the same deck. He then exposed one of the weaknesses of Reno Jackson decks, as his Zoo and Paladin both got wins against Spo's inconsistent curve.
 

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Final: Synthetic vs Vortex


The final was an intriguing matchup. Vortex was the champion at Assembly Winter 2015, as well as a semi-finalist in the Summer event. Synthetic on the other hand had no major tournament achievements behind him, but was the first EU server Legend in October 2015. Both players banned Mage.

Synthetic took the first game with Zoo against Paladin. He then won the mind games by reviving his Zoo straight away to get a rematch in this favoured matchup. Things did not work out as expected though, and Vortex levelled the match at 1-1. The comeback was short-lived however, and Synthetic's lineup ran through Vortex's MalyLock to take the title 4-1.

Players were allowed to change decks after the group stages, but Synthetic stuck with the same decks on both days.

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Sottle's guides to Fast Druid, Tempo Mage, Zoo, and Secret Paladin can be used to help with the above decks if you were considering trying them.

The VoD's of the event will be available on Raven's YouTube later in the month.
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