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FNM: Standard happened - Phil's Rambling Rants
August 1st, 2015
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FNM: Standard happened
I was hoping that if I played constructed the curse which has been on me since the third round of the first prerelease I played in for Origins might let up. It didn't really, I still drew very poor hands.

This is the same Abzan deck that I've been carrying. I tweaked a couple of things since I played it last.

3 Abzan Charm
1 Abzan Falconer
1 Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
1 Ajani Steadfast
1 Anafenza, the Foremost
1 Bile Blight
3 Courser of Kruphix -1 -- needed to cut something
1 Den Protector +1 -- seemed like I should be running this
1 Dromoka's Command
1 Drown in Sorrow
1 Elspeth, Sun's Champion
1 Hero's Downfall
2 High Sentinels of Arashin
1 Ivorytusk Fortress
1 Last Breath
1 Murderous Cut
4 Siege Rhino
1 Sorin, Solemn Visitor
4 Sylvan Caryatid
1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang +1 -- finally remembered to add him
1 Utter End
2 Valorous Stance
1 Whip of Erebos
1 Wingmate Roc -1 -- Tasigur seemed better than another 5 drop

1 Caves of Koilos +1
1 Evolving Wilds
4 Forest
1 Llanowar Wastes
2 Mana Confluence
2 Plains -1
3 Sandsteppe Citadel
2 Swamp
2 Temple of Malady
2 Temple of Plenty
2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
2 Windswept Heath

side:
1 Banishing Light
1 Bile Blight
2 Deicide
2 Drown in Sorrow
1 Erase
1 Glare of Heresy
1 Hero's Downfall
3 Thoughtseize
1 Tormod's Crypt
1 Utter End
1 Whip of Erebos

Round 1, I faced George Hickman who has a mono white deck based on bolster, outlast, and +1/+1 counter synergies. On the draw with 6 cards, which is where I was in the first and third games, it got out of control before I could deal with it. Ruond 2, Chris Koester was playing a bue/red token deck. His goal was to have Pyromancer's Goggles out and cast Howl of the Horde with raid to make 5 copies of a burn spell. He managed to do it, but I'd managed to gain a ton of life with Sorin, so it didn't kill me. I won that one. Round 3, Lance McGuinness was running mono red goblins. He ran me over game 1. I boarded in 2 Drown in Sorrow, Bile Blight, and Banishing Light, taking out the expensive planeswalkers, Ivorytusk Fortress, and Last Breath. I then mulled down to 5, and died to a Piledriver with a Valorous Stance which I should have taken out instead of the Last Breath in my hand. And that was it -- we only had 8 people.

At least I got a good door prize.

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