December 18 2015 FNM

Greetings fellow nerds!

I SAW STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS TODAY AND IT WAS AWESOME. It was a magnificent piece of film making and JJ Abrams made me proud. The acting was quite flawless and the casting was very on point. The return of old faces and the introduction of new was well balanced and very well paced. Once the movie concluded the person standing in front of me stood up. I recognized him immediately. It was Kripparrian, of Hearthstone streaming fame.

Alright, time for the magic! I’m apologizing in advance I forgot to take detailed notes.

Round 1

Win in 2 vs Red/Green Landfall

Round 2

Win in 2 vs 5-Colour Value

Round 3

Win in 2 vs Super Friends

Round 4

Win in 2 vs Green/White Hardened Scales

All of the games I played tonight were a combination of solid plays on my part. I felt I played well and to the best of my ability. The four of Warden of the First Tree and four of Hangarback Walker are essential to the deck. Siege Rhino is such a bomb I love it. Below is the deck list, feel free to make any suggestions you like!

http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/25-10-15-eVR-abzan-aggro/

No salt in this post tonight. Until next time all you spellslingers!

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December 11th 2015 FNM

Hey nerds,

I’m beginning this post by informing you guys that my grandfather, Edward Waddell, passed away on Thursday December 10th surrounded by his family. He will be gravely missed, that being said he is an amazing man and I couldn’t have wished for a better grandfather.

Robert and I decided to go to our local game shop Jack’s on Queen, to meet with some close friends and play some Magic. Here is a rundown of what conspired last night;

Round 1 – Really…

So finally, after weeks of building my deck I’m ready to play…aaaand I get the bye. I am chomping at the bit and I don’t get to play….really…

Round 2 – Loss in 3 vs Temur-Black

Game 1 – Got starved for white super early. Never drew a white source and it was sadlyfe. I just got rushed and destroyed.

Game 2 – I managed to get out early with a bunch of removal spells. Ultimate Price and Valorous Stance saved my bacon. I stuck a Siege Rhino on turn four. After wards I managed to land Hangarback Walker and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and beats for the win.

Game 3 – Got off to a rough start as opponent landed a morph on turn four. Not thinking anything it, probably a Rattleclaw Mystic, he flipped it revealing a 6/6 trample hexproof Sagu Mauler. I couldn’t deal with it. It had trample, hexproof and it was huge. It just beat my face in…tis sad.

Round 3 – Win in 3 vs Green/White Renown

                Game 1 – I decided to risk it for the biscuit and took a one land hand. I had a solid hand of Warden of the First Tree, and assorted two and three drops. But the one land in hand was a Scoured Barren, and I never drew a second land for the following three turns. It was dreadfully unfortunate, one upside however. My opponent had no clue what I was playing and I knew he was playing green/white.

Game 2 – I straight dominated. He went Topan Freeblade on turn two, so I replied with a Silk Wrap. I controlled his board well and play Hangarback and Hangarback. I just out-tempoed my opponent.

Game 3 – Was very one-sided. My opponent was stuck on two lands for the entire game and I was very on curve. Hangarback on two, Anafenza on three and Siege Rhino on four. Winning games when my opponent never had a chance never feel like winning. #Emptyvictory

Round 4 – Loss in 3 vs Bant Hardened Scales

                Game 1 – Opponent stuck two hardened scales. The counters were crazy, here there everywhere. The things just got out of hand.

Game 2 – I killed all the things, it was brilliant. Ultimate Price, Valorous Stance, it was magnificent. I stuck a Rhino and a Hangarback Walker and just swung for the hills.

Game 3 – The last game I played too safely. I held onto my enchantment removal for fear, I don’t even know. It was just a straight up misplay on my part. I held onto Erase and Dromoka’s Command for way too long and Managorger Hydra just got too big.

Conclusion

Almost every single deck I saw in play last night had one common factor. A wiley little one drop enchantment known as Hardened Scales. This was by far the MVP of the night for many a deck running a muck at FNM.

As a personal reflection I blame the record of tonight on the inconsistency of the deck, as it wasn’t exactly finished and I was missing some crucial components, poor match ups, and on my part, poorly understood workings of the deck itself. A final record of 2-2 is not good enough, especially when one of those wins is a bye.

#50ShadesOfSalt

December 4th 2015 FNM

Hey all!

Man, sometimes life gets super busy you know? School and work and work and school. I’ve been working for the past two weekends so I haven’t attended FNM. Last night I was able to go to FNM, however I am in between decks at the moment so instead of chronicling my own games I sat myself with my brother and decided to spectate his! He is running his own red/blue Sphinx’s Tutelage deck.

http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/10-08-15-ru-tutelage/

Round 1 Loss in 2 vs Abzan Aristocrats

Game 1…Opponent Is Abzan aristocrats. Opponent has solid board state. Plays Zulaport Cutthroat and Robert has a board wipe in hand. Flips his Jace. Opponent gets a cutthroat and a Nantuko Husk on board. Robert scoops as he’s stuck on five land and was just overwhelmed by creatures.

Game 2…Robert is on the play. He seems to be off to a strong start with double Tutelage by turn four. Things take a turn for the worse as opponent drops two Cutthroats consecutively. He died that turn.

This blog is about salt for a reason. Abzan aristocrats is the cheesiest easy faceroll deck to play in my opinion. The deck plays itself and happily suicides into the enemy team. The deck has basically zero counter play as all of the cards are cheap costing, and once you get a Nantuko Husk and Cutthroat on board you can’t do any removal as one can just sack their entire board in response.

 

Round 2 Win in 2 vs Jeskai Black (Token version)

Game 1…Opponent was on the play. Robert drops turn two Jace. Turn four opponent has done nothing but played land. Unsure if a heavy curved deck or just getting flooded. Opponent plays Ob Nixilus on turn five. Robert combos Alhammarets Archive, Tutelage and Treasure Cruise… he is at 18 life and his opponent’s deck is halved. The following turn combos Pyromancers’ Goggles, with archive, and draw cards.

Game 2…Opponent has the play. Robert sticks a jace, flips it, and a tutelage. Opponent has a Jeskai Ascendancy out. Opponent casts Sorin, Solemn Visitor. Robert combos out a variety of draw spells. Leaving his opponent with a quarter of his deck left. Robert plays another Jace, combos with tutelage, flips his other Jace. GG

Round 3 Win in 3 vs Jeskai

Game 1. Robert has the play. Decides to keep a one land hand.

Opponent plays Jace, Robert burns it. Opponent plays another Jace. Robert is in a bit of a pickle, sitting on two Magmatic Insights and no land in hand. Opponent has a Mantis Rider and Jace on board. Robert has Tutelage and Monastery Siege. Opponent double Jeskai Charms and swings with rider for the kill.

Game 2…Robert is on the play. Robert plays a Tutelage. He has a Pyromancers’ goggles in hand, with double Magmatic Insight. Robert has about a quarter of his opponent’s deck in the graveyard. Robert now has half of his opponent into the mill zone. Opponent plays Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and begins pumping out minions. Robert has appeared to stabilize! AND HES DONE IT! On to game 3.

Game 3…Opponent is on the play and Robert takes a two land hand. Opponent plays a Jace and Seeker of the Way, Robert responds with a Radiant Flames. Robert drops his second Tutelage. Robert drops to two life…it’s game time. He drops to one life in order to cast a duo of draw spells. Robert mills him out with exact mill. EXACT! GOODNESS GRACIOUS!!

Round 4 Loss in 2 vs Black/White Good Stuff

Game 1…Opponent has the play. Opponent lands two Cutthroats, a Hangarback Walker, Brave the Sands and a Sorin…Robert has no card draw spells nor Tutelages. Opponent plays a Wingmate Roc after attacking. Robert is at seven life and this first game doesn’t look good. He double Send to Sleeps his opponents creatures…This game is still pretty shady. It’s Roberts turn eight and there is no Tutelage in sight. And Robert totally would have won but he triggered Jace’ wrong ability.

Game 2…Robert is on the play. Robert finally draws into a tutelage, but his opponent has a 2 counter Myth Realized, 1 counter Myth Realized and two 1/1s. HE KEEPS MANA OPEN TO COUNTER A SORIN….GETTER DONE ROBERT. Robert goes for the gutsy play and drops an Archive instead of keeping counter mana open. Opponent is on the beat train…Robert may have this if he sequences his casts properly. Combos Treasure Cruise, with archive. Robert disperses a 4/4 Myth Realized as his opponent casts Ob Nixilus. Robert has a mitt full of cards, yet nothing to draw with. If he had casted goggles, then his Tormenting Voice it would have been eight draws instead of four. Robert was not gaining his extra life off of his Archive. He would have gained his six extra life that would have guaranteed the victory.

So overall Robert went 2-2 and landed 7th place. Unfortunately, prizes were only handed out for top six! But Robert had a grand time and I enjoyed testing modern and EDH. I will hopefully manage to get my hands on the cards I need for next weeks FNM and then I can get back to the usually scheduled programming!