Here's my Tourney update for 02 September 2012:
Round 1: Paired against a G/R aggro (Huntsmaster of the fells and company). I'm cursed in round 1's at this shop. Always lose. Always due to mana screw/flood/bad mana something. Great guy to play against. One of those who truly enjoys the game. He offered some suggestions, I brain worked. Now contemplating Sorin, Lord of Innistrad s place.
Loss 0-1 (0-2 in games)
Star of the game: Nothing really hit the field on my end. So I'd have to say Gravecrawler .
Round 2: Paired against a B/R zombie variant. Game 1 he saw nothing but Dragonskull Summit . My zombies did their thing and I won the game. Game 2 similar situation. He led off with Dragonskull Summit . I gave him a Gravecrawler . He played a swamp and a blood artist. I gave him 2 damage, a Gravecrawler and a Diregraf Ghoul . He played another Blood Artist and had the game when he played a third and blocked with a couple. I cast Tragic Slip to get rid of one(I had 2 myself) and swung through next turn for lethal. Win Game 2.
Win 1-1 (2-2 in Games)
Star of the game: Tragic Slip .
Round 3: Paired against a sort of RDW style deck. Game 1 he starts off with Vexing Devil , I take the 4 and play a Swamp and Gravecrawler . He takes his turn to play something I don't remember. I recall getting hit with Chandra and a couple other burns. All in all I ended up winning on the back of Geralf's Messenger and Diregraf Ghoul . He made a silly play when he reverberated Lingering Souls . That was fun. Game 1 was mine. In game 2, he kept a hand with 0 land. I think he didn't really care about it that much, so it was just zombie shenanigans from the start.
Win 2-1 (4-2 in games)
Round 4: I got paired with another person playing mono red. He played a very similar deck though played more critters, not as much burn. I really want to build it now though. Either way, game 1 I saw Vexing Devil and a dragon that was hitting for 2. Hellrider also came around to play but it wasn't enough. The game was close with lethal coming from either side when their turn came up. I had the turn, though so I swung for lethal into tapped critters and no mana. Game 1 was mine. Game 2 was better start for him as I mulliganed to 6 and still had a shady hand. No turn 1 drop. He took his turn, Stromkirk Noble coming out to play first. I drew into land with nothing but a Blood Artist in hand to cast T2. He got a couple damage in with Stromkirk Noble and I managed to draw Highborn Ghoul on T2 so I cast him. Stromkirk Noble got Murder ed and I began to get my guys into play. Only a turn or so late. Play continued on both sides, I killed a Chandra by attacking it and worked on taking out my opponent. Around T6 or so I top decked a Mortarpod and swung for all but 1 of my opponents life and 4 mana open or so. He took some damage from the attack(bringing him to the 1) and I dropped Mortarpod and pinged for the win.
Win 3-1 (6-2) in games.
Star of the game: Mortarpod .
Overall a good showing and the second time I have Top 4'd a tourney at that shop with this deck.
Top 4 split the box and I took home 10 avacyn packs.
+1 from me. B/W Zombies has to be my favorite zombie variant out there. I noticed in your last tournament you said you were cursed and always lost the first round, which is funny, because I am also cursed with the same thing. I can never win round 1. But quick question. Did you have Sorin in here? He could be good here. The emblem might be just a final push for the win, or vamp tokens for blockers
I have been tossing around the idea of utilizing Sorin in this build actually. I honestly am not even 100% sure why I haven't even really tested him yet. I think planeswalkers are just strange to me(I played from Mercadian Masques up to Fifth Dawn and just started back up again with Avacyn Restored) and I tend to shy away from them for that reason.
It's funny, the curse. I don't know what it is. I cannot win round 1.
Also, agreed. B/W Zombies is definitely leaps and bounds for me more fun than the typical builds(B/R and B/U). I tested both and I definitely enjoyed the feel of B/W over the other 2 a lot more. Thanks for the +1.
I'd run Sorin in there as a 2x of at least. You won't need him every game, but if you get him, he will help you if you need it.
Definitely a good idea. I hope Orzhov treats you well with this when Gatecrash comes out!
Ditto! Again, I appreciate the suggestion. Only helped me with my sorin decision a lot more.
I'd take out highborn ghoul for disciple of Bolas.
Why not White Mike and Black Mike? lol Seriously though
Restoration Angel might be really good! I love the 3/4 Flier blinking another creature!
I have indeed tried Restoration Angel . I actually used it before I realized Cloudshift was a thing. The only issue I had with Restoration Angel was the 4 mana cost. I enjoyed using Cloudshift a lot more, if only because it allowed me to keep up early/consistent pressure without breaking my mana at the 4 mark. Cloudshift allowed me, on the same turn I would cast Restoration Angel , the ability to still get off a Murder or other things necessary. In a deck that doesn't really plan on having much extra mana open, turn by turn, Cloudshift fits the curve a LOT better. There were many times I would cast Cloudshift on card:Geralf's Messenger just for more early damage against other aggressive decks.