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Changes made to focus a little more on the life gain part of the deck. The idea behind this is to have a steady flow of life coming in to keep up with aggro decks.
-1x ((Bloodsoaked Champion))
-1x ((Anafenza, the Foremost))
-2x ((Wingmate Roc)) - just too hard to get in my local area.
+1x ((Erebos, God of the Dead))
+1x ((Ajani, Mentor of Heroes))
+1x ((Sorin, Solemn Visitor))
+1x ((Siege Rhino))
Also fixed up the land base.
I went to my LGS for a Legacy Event on Friday and went 3-0-1, splitting the prize pool with my opponent. I noticed a few cards that seemed to be a bit lackluster in too many matches:
Spirit of the Labyrinth, I like the card, however, it is a removal magnet - almost more so than Thalia, and with slightly less reach than her, so I am going to bring her down a copy.
Flickerwisp, I already dropped two of the four as many times when I drew them, I needed something more game-changing. Although, they are still helpful in many cases, so I am going to leave them at 2.
Tower of the Magistrate, I played in in almost 20 games between tournaments and practice. I never used it, maybe it's too niche, so I am dropping it.
Phyrexian Revoker, I found there were too many times where I had little or nothing to name, or the opponent just didn't care, so I am dropping him to three. He is good, but maybe not enough for a playset.
Cards that did well or over-performed:
Serra Avenger I didn't realize the value of this card until after the FNM. She is an amazing beatstick, I might bring her up to a 3 of.
During the GP, I couldn't find all the cards for my sideboard, so I ran an Auriok Champion. This card was amazing, I playing against a UR Delver with Young Pyromancer and she made the tokens become a hinderance to my opponent as I equipped an Avenger with SoFaI and swung overhead until he was bloody.
Cards I feel are necessary:
Aven Mindcensor. Too many fetches, not enough hate.
Sword of Light and Shadow. The lifegain is not to be put down, and pro-white can really help against the mirror, and the numerous Jeskai Stoneblades. But that could just be me.
-2Baloth Woodcrasher -
-1Prophet of Kruphix
+2Polukranos, World Eater
+2Nylea, God of the Hunt
A lot of people have been commenting on the fact that I should remove Sultai Ascendancy, and that my mana base is too slow. I do not want to do that in theory, I wanna playtest before doing so. I'll be weary of that in FNM and pay close attention to my tempo. I thank everyone that has pointed that out!
I invite new comments to concentrate on other things please :)
Went first at FNM for the first time ever and I was very proud. This build has been doing better than I had hoped it to. While it was a small night with only nine people playing, there was four rounds and enough to make me feel proud to earn first.
Match 1: Abzan Midrange/Dredge
My opponent's deck mostly focused around Hornet Queen and Siege Rhino with a small flavor of Ashen Rider and Resolute Archangel with Whip of Erebos. Game one he beat me when I didn't have enough answers to his Hornet Queens soon enough and was able to chip me down and finish me off with a whipped Siege Rhino. Games 2 and 3 I sided in Doomwake Giants to take care of Elvish Mystics, Satyr Wayfinders, and Insect tokens, as well as a blocker for Siege Rhino. After making it to turn 8 game 2, I countered what would be his only threat, an Ashen Rider. Game 3 went similarly when I had a Doomwake Giant out, used Extinguish All Hope, and gained perfect field control. 2-1
Match 2: Sultai Midrange
I'll say here that this deck is very good against Midrange decks. It's hard for it to lose against them as you'll have plenty of time to stock your hand while they set up their board. Reaper of the Wilds was able to give me a little trouble, forcing two removal spells out of my hand game 1, but after taking care of it, there was little else that could hurt me. Game 2 went very similarly, I just had the perfect board control and answers to his creatures. 2-0
Match 3: R/B Aggro (kinda)
I'm not really going to talk about this one. Someone who said they were coming didn't show up and someone not that good was playing in place of them, and well, yea. 2-0
Match 4: MUD
I was playing against one of the people in my playgroup for the finals, so we were both perfectly well aware of how each others decks worked. He knew I had the upper hand preboarding, and tried to dig game 1 with Dictate of Kruphixes, but failed to find any good answers while I was able to keep stable with boardwipes and Silence the Believers for any Thassa, God of the Seas. Game 2 he kept a questionable hand with one too many land, and didn't really hit any threats, while a Doomwake Giant swept away his field and kept punching until an AEtherspouts came down, which didn't matter much since I had a Pearl Lake Ancient in my hand. 2-0.
So a very satisfying night, going 4-0 and 6-1. Doomwake Giant has been something I have been keeping in the sideboard since I don't have Drown in Sorrow, but they have been working better in this deck and I'm going to be keeping them in for the future.