2007 Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game World Champion
“You don't have to have the best deck to win – if you play mistake-free, you always have a chance to win.”
Who is James Black?
One of Cthulhu’s dedicated servitors, James Black began playing Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game the day the demo set for the collectible game’s Arkham Edition came out online. He was the second person to post on the original message boards, right after Fantasy Flight Games CEO, Christian T. Peterson.
Throughout the course of his long study of the eldritch arts, James has enjoyed a great deal of success in Call of Cthulhu tournaments and managed to seize the title of World Champion in 2007.
Additionally, James has twice volunteered his services as a tournament official at Worlds, in both 2009 and 2010.
In His Own Words:
I am an avid fan of all things Cthulhu. I reconnected with my wife-to-be on my way home from Gen Con 2007, the year I won Worlds, so it was a pretty good year all around! I am now happily married to my wife Deanna and have a beautiful baby girl named Gabriella Marie; they are my world. I have two cats and a dog and love them all dearly. When I am not gaming, or playtesting one of FFG’s wonderful games, I like to write, spend time with my family, and exercise. I am a chemist by trade and currently live in Dayton, Ohio.
Why Cthulhu Is His Favorite Faction:
I like the control and destruction they offer. I never feel like I am out of a game when I am playing this faction; there is always a chance to come back.
On the 2007 World Championship:
I was the only mono-Cthulhu player at the 2007 Worlds, up against “Infinite Discard” and “First-Turn Rip-Off” decks, which were the favored decks to beat. I beat future 2008 World Champion Scott Ferguson in the preliminary rounds, going 4-0 in the prelims and 6-0 overall.
I used the Cthulhu ritual, Dream Summoning, to play characters fast and Revealed of Ra to rush stories. I also made an unbeatable combo out of Assistant to Dr. West and Mentor to Vaughn. In the finals, against John Sweigart’s Shub-Niggurath rush deck, I used Assistant to Dr. West to get a Ghoul Khanum out of John's discard pile and rush at the stories for the win.
With his World Championship victory in 2007, James earned the right to design a Champion Card, Descendant of Eibon (The Terror of the Tides, 75).