2013 Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game World Champion
“I’d like to think I’m a fast learner.”
Who is Jeremy Zwirn?
Jeremy Zwirn is a three-time LCG® World Champion. He is the 2013 World Champion for Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game and the 2012 World Champion for both Android: Netrunner The Card Game and Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game.
Jeremy Zwirn picked up Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game only six weeks prior to the 2012 FFG World Championship Weekend, but as he says, the game clicked with him. Early on, he recognized the power of card combinations driven by the High Elf support, Gathering the Winds (Rising Dawn, 10), and threw together a deck based around using these combinations to fuel massive amounts of indirect damage. Several weeks later, his Gathering the Winds deck had seen refinement after refinement, and Jeremy was on his path toward a World Championship final against Oliver Franke of Germany.
That path was not without incident, however, as his burgeoning interest in Living Card Games® led Jeremy to Android: Netrunner, which he picked up just two weeks prior to the World Championship Tournament. Despite his late introduction to the game, Jeremy went on to claim the first ever Android: Netrunner The Card Game World Championship by winning an epic final against Benjamin Marsh. When the first two games resulted in a true tie, Jeremy and Ben battled for control of the net in a third, tie-breaking confrontation that decided a marathon match lasting over four hours!
In 2013, Jeremy built upon his legacy by winning the World Championship for yet another LCG, Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game. He picked up the game shortly after the release of the Yog-Sothoth deluxe expansion, The Key and the Gate, and quickly mastered its intricacies, piecing together elements of three different factions (Yog-Sothoth, Shub-Niggurath, and Miskatonic University) into a refined Yithian mill deck with which he was able to overcome the renowned "Research and Destroy" deck that had earlier claimed the year's European Championship.
In His Own Words:
I’m 31 and from St. Paul, MN. I've played Magic: The Gathering for over eighteen years, and I feel the skills I learned during those years served me well during the FFG World Championship Weekend.
I've also been an avid board gamer for the past five years and attend a weekly game night at the FFG Event Center as well as a monthly weekend-long board game event. Some of my favorite board games are Ora et Labora, Agricola, Dominion, Power Grid, and Egizia. Some of my other hobbies are biking, baseball, music, reading, and designing games.
On Preparing for High-Level Events:
Playtesting is key. You have to know your deck inside and out and what it’s capable of doing. A bowl of Wheaties never hurts either!
On the Android: Netrunner World Championship Finals:
The Android: Netrunner final was the most intense and grueling match I've ever played. The first game of the four hour finals was truly epic. I believe I ran on Ben’s HQ and R&D fifteen consecutive times without finding an agenda. By the time I found six points worth of agendas, I was out of gas; I only had enough credits to break through one of his servers. After he installed a card and advanced it twice, I made my move. I guessed it was a Priority Requisition, but I ended up getting bit by a fatal Junebug!
We both made severe mistakes during game two, and I was very fortunate to win it.
We then played a sudden death final game to determine a champion. I scored a quick five agenda points and focused on breaking through his R&D. As the game progressed, he began to stabilize, but I managed to find the last agenda sitting on top of his deck for the victory!
On the Warhammer: Invasion World Championship Finals:
My opponent, Oliver, and I both were playing powerful High Elf indirect damage combo decks that could win by turn three. I was confident my deck was superior in the matchup because it was faster, and I had defeated him 2-0 earlier in the tournament.
The first game went well as I won on turn three. In the second game, I had a bad draw after a mulligan, and Oliver handed me my first loss of the night. I redeemed myself during the third game and scored another third turn win.