Dominion Online Championship Quarterfinals Videos

For those who missed the streams, here are the videos of the quarterfinal matches. Congratulations to all the players who have advanced to the semi-finals.

Also, jsh and Skies will play their quarter-final match on Tuesday at 13:00 UTC with Seprix and Qvist commentating.

Dan Brooks vs. gamesou

SamE vs. LazyDog

Mercury444F vs. Sicomatic

 

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Watch the Dominion Online Championship Quarterfinal Streams Live!

This weekend, the four quarterfinal matches will be streamed with commentary. Here is the info for each match:

Saturday at 15:00 UTC with commentary from Philip and E.Honda
Mercury444F (4) vs Sicomatic (12)

Sunday at 0:00 UTC with commentary from funkdoc and vsiewnar
SamE (40) vs LazyDog (81)

Sunday at 20:00 UTC with commentary from Stef and aku_chi
Dan Brooks (2) vs gamesou (58)

Sunday at ??? with commentary from ??? (will update as details become available)
jsh357 (19) vs Skies (59)

Keep in mind that your offset from UTC may be changing by an hour between Saturday and Sunday due to daylight savings.

All the matches can be watched at twitch.tv/dominionstreams

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The Outpost: A Dominion Podcast: Nocturne Previews

Today, we have a special 2 hour+ episode today where Seprix, Beyond Awesome, and tracer discuss the Nocturne cards that were previewed the previous week. Suffering from Nocturne withdrawal, hopefully, this podcast will be your fix.

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Dominion Online Championship Quarterfinal Interview: Dan Brooks

389 players participated in the Dominion Online Championship, the largest Dominion tournament ever! Now, only 8 remain. This is the final interview of the remaining top 8 players. To discuss the championship and all 8 interviews, click here.

Interview With Dan Brooks: Dominion Online Quarterfinalist

Beyond Awesome: What do you think was your toughest match?

Dan Brooks: Going into the tournament, I was most nervous about my ro32 match – it seemed like RTT was a strong player and doing a lot of prep work. In hindsight, the ro16 match against Dingan was quite tough, with some really rough shuffles on both sides. Commentary for these games (and others) is up on youtube.
Beyond Awesome: Tell us a little about yourself. How old are you, where are you from, what do you do?
Dan Brooks: Well, hi! I’m Dan. I’m 27 years old. I grew up in Connecticut, went to college in New York and moved to Southern California for grad school. My current project is developing better battery materials.
Beyond Awesome: How did you get into Dominion?
Dan Brooks: I played my first game in dominion in Philadelphia after a magic tournament. I bought a bunch of Workshops and Villages, but never ended up with any of those Province cards – some things never change!
Beyond Awesome: Most feared opponent on Dominion Online?
Dan Brooks: That’s a tough one. There are a number of very good players that are just too friendly to be scared of. The players that I don’t know are the ones that really scare me.
Beyond Awesome: What are your favorite and least-favorite Dominion cards, and why?
Dan Brooks: I like complicated games with lots of decision points. Black Market, Procession, Sentry, Outpost, and Vassal come to mind. I dislike mid-to-low power level cards that are difficult to build around. Shanty Town, Transmute, Contraband, Embassy, and Golem are on my initial banlist, should the feature become available.
Beyond Awesome: What are your initial impressions of Nocturne, the newest Dominion expansion?
Dan Brooks: It’s a cool set. Heirlooms can change the openings quite a bit and the Night phase is something that hasn’t been explored before. I’m looking forward to the release in November.
Beyond Awesome: What advice do you have for Dominion players looking to get better?
Dan Brooks: First, define what better means to you. It could mean spending an enjoyable evening with friends or it could mean learning to play a complicated engine. There really isn’t a magic formula to making good decisions – you have to look at the options available, evaluate them, and decide which is best for your plan. If you do make a mistake, learn from it. Every little bit counts.
Beyond Awesome: Finally, who do you think is going to win the Championship?
Dan Brooks: That’s a tough one. I think all of the players in the semifinals are strong enough to advance and potentially win the whole thing. I’ve got to root for jsh for being an active community member and LazyDog for having an awesome username. And whatever the result, a big thanks to Stef and the mods for organizing the event and to the community for supporting it.
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Dominion Online Championship Quarterfinal Interview: Sicomatic

389 players participated in the Dominion Online Championship, the largest Dominion tournament ever! Now, only 8 remain. Today , we will be posting the last four interviews with the remaining players. To discuss the championship and these interviews, click here.

Interview With Sicomatic: Dominion Online Quarterfinalist

Beyond Awesome: What do you think was your toughest match?

Sicomatic: My toughest match so far was definitely against markus. After being 2-3 behind I ended up winning 4-3. In the deciding game I was lucky enough to be starting player, which certainly helped. I think we both played reasonably well and it could have gone either way.

Beyond Awesome: Tell us a little about yourself. How old are you, where are you from, what do you do?

Sicomatic: My Name is Till, I am 29 years old and live with my girlfriend in Germany, close to Stuttgart. I study Control Theory at the University of Stuttgart and will finish at the end of this year. Currently I am writing my Master Thesis so I should be covered up in work rather than playing Dominion :D.

Beyond Awesome: How did you get into Dominion?

Sicomatic: It was my brother who first showed me Dominion. I remember that we first played it when we visited our parents on a Sunday. After two games or so I realized that it might not be such a good idea to buy Copper all the time. My brother got Seaside later which I also really enjoyed. I saw that there are even more expansion and that this game has great depth. I only later found out that you can play Dominion online. I think it’s safe to say that I would have discovered Dominion sooner or later even without the help of my brother because I love board and card games of all kinds, especially strategically focused ones. I used to play Magic: The Gathering (not competitively though) and I play chess quite a bit.

Beyond Awesome: Most feared opponent on Dominion Online?

Sicomatic: I really don’t know because I don’t have a big history against the top players. I can’t single out a player I do particularly well or bad against. Apart from that I would say that I don’t “fear” any of the players. I like to play against strong opposition, no matter what the result is. You can learn something from them and share your views.

Beyond Awesome: What are your favorite and least-favorite Dominion cards, and why?

Sicomatic: I think my favorite card is Groundskeeper. It’s such a simple card if you first look at it but it’s never easy to decide if you want to get it and if so, when and how many.
Groundskeeper does nothing for your deck until you green. You might load up on them but it might be too late before you can benefit enough from the gained Victory points.
I also always had a soft spot for Caravan, I don’t know why really. Maybe it’s the feeling you get for setting up a potentially good next turn. I think it is also the first Duration card I ever played when I first played Seaside with my brother. Other than that, I think it’s just a good card and adds reliability to your deck. Another card I like a lot is Horn of Plenty. It’s always nice to go for a mega-turn, isn’t it?

My least-favorite card is probably Possession (big surprise, right?). Possession flips a lot of what you know about the game upside down. Suddenly you need to worry about getting good cards into your deck because your opponent might use them. But that’s not the reason I don’t like it. I actually think Possession is fun in some Kingdoms. What I don’t like about it is that you can play it multiple times per turn and get to play consecutive turns for your opponent. Beyond that Possession can lead to stalemate situations (for example in games with Donate) where neither player is willing to do anything constructive. Another card I don’t like is Urchin. Often the players will open with double Urchin and then it’s down to luck whether they connect on turn 3 or 4 or not. There are also some other that I am not a big fan of: Cultist, Rebuild, Swindler, the usual suspect. But I am more or less fine with them.

Beyond Awesome: What are your initial impressions of Nocturne, the newest Dominion expansion?
Sicomatic: All in all I like it. Heirlooms are great and I am looking forward to seeing what the others will do. I am not really sure yet what to make of Boons and Hexes. I think Boons are fine, they do little good things for you. Hexes on the other hand can be Devastating one time and do nothing the next time. Locusts can trash your City Quarter without a replacement or to add insult to injury you might get a Ruin for it. Others are harmless: Most of the time you don’t care discarding an Action or Treasure and you even care less doing so in your buy phase.

Beyond Awesome: What advice do you have for Dominion players looking to get better?

Sicomatic: 1) Carefully analyze the Kingdom. Is there Trashing, +Buy, Draw, Attacks?
How does the availability of these components or the lack thereof influence how I want my deck to look like?

2) Learn from your mistakes: When you experience a crushing loss, don’t blame it all on luck. Rather, try to figure out what you did wrong.

3) Learn from the best: There are lots of good players discussing Dominion either here on http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/ or on Discord or on Reddit. If you prefer to watch: Go on Youtube or Twitch and check out the very best players giving their thoughts while playing.

Beyond Awesome: Finally, who do you think is going to win the Championship?

Sicomatic: Dan Brooks is the favorite to win the tournament, but all the remaining players are very good, so anything can happen!

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Dominion Online Championship Quarterfinal Interview: Mercury444F

389 players participated in the Dominion Online Championship, the largest Dominion tournament ever! Now, only 8 remain. Today , we will be posting the last four interviews with the remaining players. To discuss the championship and these interviews, click here.

Interview With Mercury444F: Dominion Online Quarterfinalist

This interview has been edited for clarity.

Beyond Awesome: What do you think was your toughest match?

Mercury444F: DG`s game because it was the only race in the seventh round.
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Dominion Online Championship Quarterfinal Interview: SamE

389 players participated in the Dominion Online Championship, the largest Dominion tournament ever! Now, only 8 remain. Today , we will be posting the last four interviews with the remaining players. To discuss the championship and these interviews, click here.

Interview With SamE: Dominion Online Quarterfinalist

Beyond Awesome: What do you think was your toughest match?

SamE: Coming into the match, I’d have to say my Round 6 match against Burning Skull. However, in middle of the matches, the closest I’ve come to being eliminated was going down 3-2 to jimbo3 way back in Round 3 before I fought back and won games 6 and 7.

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Dominion Online Championship Quarterfinal Interview: jsh

389 players participated in the Dominion Online Championship, the largest Dominion tournament ever! Now, only 8 remain. Today and tomorrow, we will be posting interviews with the remaining players. To discuss the championship and these interviews, click here.

Interview With jsh: Dominion Online Quarterfinalist

Beyond Awesome: What do you think was your toughest match?

jsh: The match with Cuzz went very poorly for me at first, but I managed to turn things around. I anticipate tougher matches ahead.
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Dominion Online Championship Quarterfinal Interview: gamesou

389 players participated in the Dominion Online Championship, the largest Dominion tournament ever! Now, only 8 remain. Today and tomorrow, we will be posting interviews with the remaining players. To discuss the championship and these interviews, click here.

Interview With gamesou: Dominion Online Quarterfinalist

Beyond Awesome: What do you think was your toughest match?

gamesou: First, none has been easy, even in the first rounds. I have strong memories from my round 4 decisive match against Psyduck, where I had a deck of only 10 Silvers after Donate/Raid, and couldn’t do anything else that buying Provinces while hoping his engine will fail. Games with asymmetric strategies are the most exciting.
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Dominion Online Championship Quarterfinal Interview: LazyDog

389 players participated in the Dominion Online Championship, the largest Dominion tournament ever! Now, only 8 remain. Today and tomorrow, we will be posting interviews with the remaining players. To discuss the championship and these interviews, click here.

Interview With LazyDog: Dominion Online Quarterfinalist

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Beyond Awesome: What do you think was your toughest match?

LazyDog: Every match was not easy for me, but the most impressive one was vs. breppert game 5—Tomb, Watchtower & Castle game. It seemed never ending.
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