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3-1 at FNM, Quarterfinals loss (0-1 in elims) —March 11, 2017
For the trial run with this deck, I actually went 3-1 in preliminary rounds and made the top 8 (there were 19 at FNM this evening in Standard format)! I lost in quarterfinals, but it was close and I had the opponent worried!
Round 1: U/B Eldrazi, lost 0-2. Not a great start. Big creatures with a small amount of control. I didn't get any combos in hand. I had a few mana issues in both games, and I ended up holding all creatures in the first game and all tricks/effects in the second game, not both at the same time. I did manage to put a scare into my opponent in the first game, but had 2 mana for several turns in game 2 and it just wasn't enough.
Round 2: B/R Eldrazi, won 2-0. Young kid, deck had severe problems. The first game he had some good removal and burn, but it just wasn't fast enough. My deck fired on all cylinders. Second game, he was mana flooded like nobody could believe and it was an efficient win.
Round 3: B/R/W weenie speed deck with vehicles, won 2-1. Idea was to use Lupine Prototype and small creatures like Toolcraft Exemplar and Inventor's Apprentice with cards like Consulate Dreadnought. This deck was easily his worst nightmare-- deathtouch and I could kill his creatures/vehicles with Clear Shot and Nature's Way, and with removal like (sided in) Fatal Push and Natural State. I won the first game handily, lost the second with only 3 mana but got him down to 6 life, and easily won the third game.
Round 4: U/R Fevered Visions/Wizards tribal, won 2-0 (against one of my best friends). He got mana flooded (after started mana screwed) and ran out of spells as I curved out okay (not great) and managed to get creatures out and use the combat tricks like Larger Than Life and Nature's Way to great effect. Second game, he was completely mana screwed, with only two mana for most of the game-- until my last couple of turns-- and I curved out almost perfectly: Gnarlwood Dryad to Gifted Aetherborn to Drana, Liberator of Malakir to Gonti, Lord of Luxury and it didn't get any better for him.
Quarterfinals: 4 color copy cat, lost 1-2. Won the first game and used Gonti, Lord of Luxury to steal a Saheeli Rai. Deck functioned well. Second game was a mana stall at 3 mana for a long time, but it was a grind and he eventually top-decked a Felidar Guardian and pulled the copy cat trick and I didn't have an answer. Third game I had 2 mana in hand and kept, and until my last turn those were the only 2 mana I got-- 1 G and 1 B. Problem was that I had 2x Gifted Aetherborn in hand and no way to play them with what was eventually 3x Clear Shot in hand. I finally got that third land right as he got the Felidar Guardian and I managed to clear shot it. I drew a 4th land, played it, then gambled and played a Gifted Aetherborn. I should have been patient because he played another cat and that was the end. I had him down to 6 life and I was at 18. Very unfortunate.
Two cards that shined a lot: Gonti, Lord of Luxury and Nature's Way. Stealing a card and casting it annoyed opponents. Taking out opponent's creatures with Nature's Way, then my creature having vigilance and trample until end of turn, worse.
People were pretty impressed with the combos in the deck, and I got a lot of compliments on the deck. I made some very, very good players sweat and I actually beat a couple of very good players with very strong decks. I am pleased with this deck and will likely try it again soon at FNM.
It's very cool! It seems like it would be very deadly against most aggro decks. My only worry would be control. Do you have an answer to Fumigate?
Heroic Intervention would be good for sideboard to help you take on anything with heavy removal or mass removal.
I really like it though!! +1
March 9, 2017 12:32 p.m.
Spinifex, interesting idea! I didn't know about this card. I'll definitely tinker with it. Thanks for the suggestion!
March 10, 2017 12:05 p.m.
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