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FNM: Failing in Modern - Phil's Rambling Rants
June 13th, 2015
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FNM: Failing in Modern
Standard didn't happen this week, and I'm trying to be good and not spend the money on draft, so I tried my Modern deck. The problem with modern is that good decks require many hundreds of dollars worth of cards I don't have, so if I play I'm always running a less good deck that has to compensate by being a bit lucky, and I'm just not. Of course, I seldom play modern because my deck sucks, so I don't have experience playing the format, which gives me a little more disadvantage. Oh well.

main:
2 Artful Dodge
4 Crimson Wisps
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Kiln Fiend
3 Lava Spike
4 Lightining Bolt
2 Manamorphose
4 Monastery Swiftspear
2 Mutagenic Growth
1 Nivix Cyclops
1 Peek
4 Rift Bolt
1 Snapcaster Mage
4 Stubborn Denial
2 Temur Battle Rage

1 Blood Crypt
2 Bloodstained Mire
1 Island
3 Misty Rainforest
3 Mountain
1 Polluted Delta
3 Scalding Tarn
3 Steam Vents
1 Watery Grave

sideboard:
2 Dismember
1 Extirpate
4 Ghost Quarter
1 Pithing Needle
4 Slaughter Games
3 Surgical Extraction

Match 1, I faced Tyler Wheeler with a Collected Company elves deck. Game 1 I got a complete nothing. Game 2, I got him down to 2 life before being buried in Elves. Match 2, Joey Beyer was running Grixis control. Spellskite, Tasigur, and removal for days. Had his life total low, but not low enough, both games. Match 3, Matt Snyder was running blue-white gifts tron. I took game 1 when I hit his Gifts with Stubborn Denial. He won game 2, having enough answers to hold me down until he could gifts into Iona. Game 3, I had him low on life, and he tapped out on his own turn to play Sphinx's Revelation -- a clear misplay which, combined with drawing another bolt, let me swing for lethal. Finally, round 4, Marshall Brennan was playing Amulet Bloom. Game 1, he mulled to 5 and kept with only a bounce land in hand, so I got him. Game 2, I had crap and he got Primeval Titan on turn 3. Game 3 was close. I needed to draw a lightning bolt or a cantrip to finish him, pulled a land. Then he played Prime Time, but he had his one copy of Slayer's Stronghold already in hand so he couldn't give it haste. I got one more turn where I needed a lightining bolt and drew something useless. 1-3 overall.

The sideboard was built around the fact that I've watched Patrick running R/G tron, and it terrifies me -- I wanted a way to beat that deck, so I planned on siding in 4 Ghost Quarter and 4 Surgical Extraction. Well, 3 Extraction and 1 Extirpate because it took me 2 months of actively trying to trade for Extraction to get 3, and I have 1 Extirpate. And I thought that maybe Slaughter Games would give me some hope against combo. But even against the combo decks I faced I didn't bring in the Slaughter Games package, I still think Surgical Extraction is a good card to have, but I need artifact hate. In the main, the Nivix Cyclops has got to go -- 3 mana for a dude without haste is just too slow.

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