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October 17th, 2015
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FNM: Hardened Scales meh
I only changed a few cards from last week. Some crummy hands got me to 4th place out of 8 players.

main:
2 Abzan Falconer +2, kinda forgot him when I built the deck
1 Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
2 Avatar of the Resolute
2 Collected Company
4 Dromoka's Command
4 Hangarback Walker
4 Hardened Scales
3 Heir of the Wilds
4 Inspiring Call
1 Lantern Scout -1, for Falconer
3 Managorger Hydra
4 Servant of the Scale
2 Surrak, the Hunt Caller
0 Tuskguard Captain -1, for Falconer
1 Winds of Qal Sima
1 Undergrowth Champion

0 Blossoming Sands -2, cut with extreme prejudice
2 Canopy Vista
10 Forest
5 Plains
4 Windswept Heath
2 Wooded Foothills +2

side:
2 Abzan Battle Priest +2 These, here in the board, are the life gain I need
2 Feat of Resistance
1 Forest
0 Gleam of Authority -1, was a silly idea anyway
2 Hidden Dragonslayer +2, seems useful
0 High Sentinels of Arashin -2, love the card but don't think it was right
0 Hunt the Weak -3, these were placeholders anyway
2 Silkwrap +2, for when I just have to have removal
2 Whisperwood Elemental +1, 1 is silly
2 Winds of Qal Sima
2 Windstorm
(Last week's list only had 14 cards for the board. Not sure what I missed.)

Round 1,Vanessa Nolan was piloting a 4-color Company deck that she didn't seem to understand. I walked over her game 1. Game 2, I was stuck on 3 lands, but was still able to amass a huge board. Then I got pantsed by Deflecting Palm, a card I totally didn't expect. And we went to time. Round 2, Jonathan Benison was running Mardu warriors. He swarmed fairly effectively game 1. Game 2 I made some huge creatures with Hardened Scales and flew over thanks to Falconer. Game 3 I kept a sketchy 6 card hand and never got anything together. Round 3, Joe Izaguirre was running a mono-green ramp deck. I ran over him in two games.

I need to plan my sideboarding a bit better. I also need to trade for another Avatar of the Resolute for sure, probably 2. I'm not quite sure about the lands -- maybe I should cut a land (but the way I draw, I'm reluctant), or maybe I should put in the other 2 Wooded Foothills. I might run one more Canopy Vista if I had it, but having two works pretty well.

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