2010, 2011 Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game World Champion
"I am a vampire and…"
-Trevor the Vampire
Who is Timothy Lyons?
Timothy Lyons first began playing Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game late in 2009, just before the release of The Corruption Cycle. Since then, he’s been winning championships across the Midwest, both for Warhammer: Invasion and A Game of Thrones: The Card Game. Timothy proved his undeniable skill by leading his armies to victory in the Old World, not once, but twice, in 2010 and 2011. Although his favorite races are the Skaven and the Lizardmen, Timothy loves playing every factions in Warhammer: Invasion, and enjoys experimenting with the different tactics each faction can employ.
- A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Iowa Regional Champion – 2012
- Warhammer Invasion The Card Game World Champion – 2011
- Warhammer Invasion The Card Game Gen Con Classic Tournament Winner – 2011
- Warhammer Invasion The Card Game Minnesota Regional King of the Hill Winner – 2011
- Warhammer Invasion The Card Game Minnesota Regional Champion – 2011
- A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Iowa Regional Championships Top 8 – 2011
- Warhammer Invasion The Card Game World Champion – 2010
- Warhammer Invasion The Card Game Gen Con King of the Hill Winner – 2010
- Warhammer Invasion The Card Game Minnesota Regional Championship, Runner Up – 2010
In His Own Words:
I live in Iowa City, Iowa with my beloved wife and my beloved guinea pig. We have a strong gaming community in our area that has allowed me to stay competitive at larger events over the years. I have been an avid card player since the mid ‘90s, currently playing both A Game of Thrones: The Card Game and Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game. I also run our local Blood Bowl league which is one of the largest in the Midwest.
On Preparing for Tournaments:
There is a very strong LCG community in my area for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game. Most of the local Warhammer: Invasion players really play A Game of Thrones primarily so it is a bit of a challenge to get some intensive practice before big events. Normally I will try to get them to play some Warhammer: Invasion with me by playing some A Game of Thrones: The Card Game with them.
On the 2010 and 2011 Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game World Championships:
At the time of the 2010 World Championship, Repeater Bolt Thrower (Path of the Zealot, 27) decks were dominating the meta. I don’t generally enjoy playing combo decks like that, usually preferring to play a more balanced strategy. I decided to play a Dwarf deck that had a heavy focus on resource denial, playing both Demolition! (Core Set, 23) and Burn it Down in an attempt to remove the early resources that Bolt Thrower decks need to get started. This proved to be a successful plan, since I didn't lose a match to a Bolt Thrower deck all day. My strategy led to extremely long and intense matches, but in the end the Dwarves were triumphant. I had a standing bet with a friend of mine that if we ever became World or National Champion in anything that we would get a tattoo commemorating the event, and I was true to my word, getting a tattoo based on the Dwarf faction symbol.
For the 2011 World Championship, I felt that Empire decks and Destruction rush decks would be the likely strongest builds. I decided on a Dark Elf deck that was very strong against rush decks with powerful control cards like Offering to Hekarti and Sacrifice to Khaine. I added in some early hand destruction cards such as Beastlord Rakarth (Signs in the Stars, 75) and Shades to hopefully disrupt the powerful Empire combos based around Judgement of Verena. During the event I ended up playing against several Orc rush decks on my way to the finals. In the final match I faced a pretty strong Dwarf deck fairly similar to the style of deck I had played in 2010. I was able to come out on top due to the strong unit removal I had available from Offering to Hekarti as well as the combination of Slave Pens and Wight Lord.
Timothy Lyon's Champion Card:
In honor of his victory at the FFG World Championship Weekend in 2010 and 2011, Timothy worked with the FFG LCG staff to design the cards Mannfred Von Carstein (The Inevitable City, 18) and Reprimand (Cataclysm, 30)!