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.
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.