2013 Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game World Champion
Who is Oliver Franke?
Oliver Franke began playing Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game when the game was first released. After organizing a local playgroup for the game, Oliver began competing in tournaments around Germany. He quickly established a pattern of excellence, placing in the German National Championships every year since 2010 and taking second place in the 2012 World Championships. Finally, in 2013, Oliver claimed utter dominion over the Old World, leading his Orc deck to claim the title of 2013 Warhammer: Invasion World Champion.
In His Own Words:
My name is Oliver Franke, and I live in Hamburg, Germany. I have played card games like Warhammer: Invasion for almost twenty years. After years of casual games, I started entering card game tournaments in 2004 with the former Warhammer license. Aside from card games, I play some board games with friends. My other hobbies include running, films, and travel. All this stuff has to be organized around my service as a police officer, which gets a bit complicated sometimes.
On the 2013 World Championship:
In the finals, I played the Polish champion, Jakub Serafin. We had already met in the Swiss rounds, so we both knew the other player’s deck. In this case, Jakub ran an Empire combo deck, which was a really good match-up for me. I had to draw as much as possible to get the necessary cards and give me the best chance of breaking his combo, while he had to hurry to start the combo as quickly as possible.
The highlight of the match was definitely the way we played the game. Jakub reminded me that I forgot to ready my legend, and I put tokens on his quest when he forgot about that. I guess there is no better way to explain how great our community is. Even in the final match of the World Championships, players from different countries play fair together and have so much fun. Thanks to all the members of the community for such good sportsmanship!
On Preparing for Tournaments:
Every race has its own special strengths. All of them are a lot of fun, and testing every faction gives a player a wide spectrum of possibilities for playing this game. At tournaments I play the deck type and race that performed best in the testings.
My preparation for big tournaments usually starts by thinking about the current strongest one or two decks that each race can create. I build these decks and play five to ten matches with each deck, one against each other. In the end, there is usually a deck that won altogether more than the rest. I add a few cards to this deck to answer the expected meta, and the deck is done.
Oliver Franke's 2013 Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game World Champion Deck ListKingdom: Orc
Restricted Card: Wurrzag
Legend (3): Wurrzag (x3)
Units (14): Goblin Raiders (x3), Grimgor Ironhide (x3), Lobber Crew (x3), Spider Riders (x3), Wight Lord (x2)
Support (13): Boar Pen (x2), Mob O’ Hutz (x3), Morglor the Mangler (x2), One Orc’s Scrap (x2), The Liber Mortis (x2), Valley of Many Eyes (x2)
Tactic (17): Ancient Map (x2), Arcane Power (x2), Get ‘Em Ladz! (x2), Get Outta My Way! (x2), Mork’s Teef Ritual (x3), Pillage (x2), Smash ‘Em!, Troll Vomit (x3)
Quest (6): Raiding Parties (x3), Snotling Insvasion (x3)