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FNM - Phil's Rambling Rants
December 22nd, 2012
07:30 pm

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I played vamps again in FNM. I went 3-1, but with the loss in the first round my tiebreaks were awful and I finished 5th out of 16.

Only a couple of tweaks to the deck from last week.

Here's the deck:
1 Bloodline Keeper
1 Bloodthrone Vampire +1
4 Falkenrath Aristocrat
1 Falkenrath Noble +1
1 Necropolis Regent
2 Olivia Voldaren
1 Rakish Heir
4 Stromkirk Captain
4 Stromkirk Noble
2 Typhoid Rats
3 Vampire Nighthawk
0 Vampire Nocturnus -2
2 Zealous Conscripts +1 (was missing from last week's list but I had 1)
1 Bonfire of the Damned
0 Chandra, the Firebrand -1
1 Cremate
2 Dreadbore
1 Mark of Mutiny
2 Murder
1 Slaughter Games
2 Traitorous Instinct -1
4 Blood Crypt
1 Cavern of Souls
4 Dragonskull Summit
5 Mountain
1 Rogue's Passage
9 Swamp

sideboard:
1 Cremate
1 Grafdigger's Cage
3 Pillar of Flame
2 Rakdos Charm
2 Rakdos's Return
2 Sever the Bloodline +1
2 Slaughter Games -1
1 Tormod's Crypt
1 Ultimate Price

What I changed: I decided that the deck just wasn't black enough for Vampire Nocturnus to be a good bet, so I cut them. I wanted more sac outlets and to lower my curve a bit so I threw in a Bloodthrone Vamp. I thought about Blood Artist but decided to go with the four-drop version that's a useful creature as well. I cut Chandra because it just doesn't seem like it's usually worth waiting until turn 5 to drop the Aristocrat so that I can fork the treason on turn 6, and I maindecked 1 Slaughter Games because it seems like there's no downside. I replaced the one from the sideboard with a second Sever the Bloodline because I only had 3 copies of Slaughter Games.

Match 1, Damon Hebert was playing R/W/U flash. Game 1 I was a little slow out of the box, I had him down to 6 when he got the first Sphinx's Revelation, and I couldn't do much from there. Game 2 he had too much control at the start and got a Runechanter's Pike with far too many spells in his yard. Match 2, Chad Easley was playing a R/U Delver deck. Game 1 he kept a hand with 1 land, drew one more turn 1, and no more until I killed him. Game 2, I rolled over him with a couple of Stromkirk Captains and some other creatures. Match 3, Sarah Hubble was playing G/W tokens, and they didn't come out very strong, I beat her in 2. Match 4, Andy Forbes was playing something controlly, it had Lingering Souls, it had Sphinx's Revelation, it had Snapcaster, it had Jace, Memory Adept. Game 1 I mulled to 6 and then took him down with a turn 1 Noble and some other vamps. Game 2, he got his control on and milled me with Jace. Game 3, I beat him down with 2 Vampire Nighthawks.

I was fairly pleased with my record, but disillusioned when I finished 5th, the worst you can do when you go 3-1 out of 16.

I'm not quite sure what I need to do to improve the deck. I think the mana curve is a bit too high; I need to find a way to fit in a couple more 2 drop creatures, but cutting anything is difficult. Perhaps I'll cut the Necropolis Regent -- I don't think I've played him yet, but I can't recall even drawing him more than maybe once or twice.

I stayed for afterdraft, it wasn't very late. I drafted RTR, AVR, DKA. The RTR pack had nothing aweseome in it so I took the Slaughter Games because I wanted to have 4. I got passed a foil Cryptoplasm that I drafted because hey, it's a foil rare and kind of cool, and I decided that red blue and black was enough colors so I ignored the other two, except that I grabbed a Leonin Abunas that was about pick 7 from the repack that someone was using instead of a regular draft pack. I didn't get anything awesome in my later packs, and ended up with a motley collection of creatures with little synergy and far too little removal. Match 1, game 1, TC got an infect creature and the thing that gets +1/+1 for your poison counters. I had my bomb, Kruin Outlaw, but I couldn't keep it on the field, and by the time I found one answer, he had another big creature. Game 2, I got a Drill-Skimmer and copied it with Cryptoplasm, so I had 4 power of shrouded flyers that he couldn't block and won. But we went to time before resolving game 3. Match 2, Marc Hoover had a real deck and rolled over me. 0-1-1 after two rounds, I dropped and went home.

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