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Game Day - Phil's Rambling Rants
October 18th, 2014
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Game Day
The new magic set hit a few weeks ago, which means it was time for Game Day today, and I wished to compete. The first deck I made for this Standard was black/white warriors, and it sometimes did OK, but the more I played with it the less I thought it would go the distance. I tried making a Jeskai shenanigans deck but I did a bad job and it was a dud. Thursday night, thinking I would be playing the warriors deck, I played a few games against Steve Jasper's Abzan midrange deck and he walked over me like a threadbare rug. Yesterday at FNM I lamented that I just didn't have the cards to build an Abzan deck, and Carl agreed to lend me some of the key ones. I also lent him some pieces for a Jeskai deck. I threw the deck together and showed up. I ended up going 3-2, finsihing 6th overall (proving that I don't understand how tiebreaks work, I expected to be several places lower), so I got the top 8 promo card, 2 packs, and a door prize I was happy with, and I had some good matches. So a successful day of magic.

main:
1 Abzan Battle Priest
2 Abzan Charm
1 Abzan Falconer
1 Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
1 Ajani Steadfast
3 Banishing Light
1 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
2 Chord of Calling
4 Courser of Kruphix
1 Elspeth, Sun's Champion
1 Hero's Downfall
2 High Sentinels of Arashin
2 Last Breath
4 Siege Rhino
1 Sorin, Solemn Visitor
1 Suspension Field
4 Sylvan Caryatid
2 Utter End
2 Wingmate Roc

5 Forest
1 Llanowar Wastes
2 Mana Confluence
2 Plains
4 Sandsteppe Citadel
1 Swamp
2 Temple of Malady
2 Temple of Plenty
2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
3 Windswept Heath

side:
2 Abzan Ascendency
1 Bile Blight
2 Deicide
2 Drown in Sorrow
1 End Hostilities
1 Erase
1 Hero's Downfall
2 Mistcutter Hydra
3 Thoughtseize

Match 1, I faced Zach Morlock with his Abzan life gain deck. Game 1 was long and complicated. I made a major misplay, blocking a couple of creatures I didn't really have to block, forgetting that his Bow of Nylea gave him deathtouch, and lost a couple of key creatures. Then he ground me down, and I failed to find answers. I sided in a little more enchantment hate, drew decently for the next two games, and won both, 1-0. Game 2, I faced Sarah Forbes and her Abzan aggro build, eschewing the Courser and Caryatid ramp package in favor of lots of aggro. She rolled over me in two games, 1-1. Match 3, I faced Steve Jasper, playing the same deck that sent my Warriors crying to mommy on Thursday. I won the first game after a little work, but lost the second. Game 3 went to time, and he hit me to exactly 0 on the last turn. So I lost but it was a good match. 1-2. Match 4, I faced Lance McGuiness, who had a Jeskai deck. Game 1 he came out strong with a couple of Mantis Riders and rolled over me. I sided, expecting it to be close to the Jeskai Wins pro deck. Games 2 and 3 he played a lot of weaker cards and I rolled over him. 2-2, still have a chance at a prize! Match 5, I faced Joseph Vahzel (the last name is an approximation, my apologies). He was playing green/red monsters. Game 1, he successfully crushed me under some huge monsters. I sided in a couple of Thoughtseizes and my End Hostilities, and managed to win by removing his threats and flying over. 3-2.

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