Greetings fellow nerds! Welcome to a special edition of my FNM blog. Today I attended a Grand Prix Trial event at OMG! Games located in Barrie. It was a five round swiss event with a cut to top four! I gathered my Abzan Aggro deck and met up with some of the fine gentlemen from my LGS Jack’s on Queen.
Round 1: Win in 2 vs U/R Eldrazi
So first off I played against one of my own, Mr. Keith. I didn’t see much of his deck as it appeared to be very high curved and I raced him out early. But what I did see from this spry young gentleman was a plethora of giant eldrazi that were super eager to exile my library and beat my face. Luckily for me I got to end it early before he cast Void Winnower. With that thing on board there goes all my even drop spells…which is about a solid 50% of the deck.
Round 2: Win in 3 vs Jeskai Midrange
This match up was super intense. We went to game three and all three of the games were well fought. I don’t remember much about the first two games but the third was interesting. I was on the play and I took a hand of three land, two Siege Rhino, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, and a Surge of Righteousness. I played lands and passed up until opponent played a Mantis Rider on turn three and declared it as an attacker, I was ready with the Surge and destroyed it. I proceeded to windmill slam Rhino after Rhino then I drew into another Rhino which I played before casting Gideon and ending the game with a crash of rhinos.
Round 3: Loss in 3 vs Dark Jeskai
Round three had me paired with Mr. Nathon, another fellow from Jack’s. We had played each other at the previous nights FNM and he cleaned my clock in two games, but today I managed to take him to three. Game one was taken pretty convincingly by my opponent, with an array of burn spells and tiny prowess creatures. Game two however turned volatile for him as my sideboard tech was in my opening hand. On my turn three I cast Tainted Remedy. He was shocked and slightly appalled at the fact that his own burn spells in combination with Soulfire Grand Master turned all of his burn spells back onto himself. Also, with his Seeker of the Way on board he had to be careful as to when he triggered prowess as it would give the creature lifelink resulting in a bolt to himself. I managed to lock that game down. The third game just got out of hand, I couldn’t handle the Jeskai. Thunderbreak Regent for MVP!
Round 4: Win in 2 vs Esper Control
This round was interesting, to be more precise, my opponent was quite interesting. I sat down at my seat and across the table staring me in the face was this 11 year old kid. He asked me my name to confirm that we had the proper match up and we began our games. Game one was a mad struggle, stretching and striving to get passed the barrage of counter and kill spells the kid was unleashing, but I managed to get there. In between games we got to talking. I asked him what year he started playing Magic, expecting “Oh I started last year…” or “This is my first big event…” he looked me dead in the face and said, “New Phyrexia”. Now for those of you whom are unaware of what that is, it is a set of cards that came out five years ago. This little dude has been playing Magic since the age of six. He told me about the time he went to Grand Prix Quebec City and nearly made day two, which is a pretty big deal, but in the end lost to a world class professional. I was floored, he knew what he was doing and he was good to boot. After our little discussion we began our second game. Things took a turn for the worse for him when he resolved a Painful Truths and a Dig Through Time and hit nothing but land. If you are someone like me that has trouble with math, that is 10 land in a row. It was just straight bad luck on his part.
Round 5: Win in 3 vs Dark Jeskai
I was getting flashbacks. Flashbacks to my previous matchup with a Dark Jeskai deck and it wasn’t looking good for me. Game one and game two were opened by my opponent playing a Dragonmaster Outcast on turn one, which carried him the first game but didn’t aid to his benefit in game three. Game one I managed to squeak out a win, as well as game three. I can’t remember much of this game but I won nonetheless.
Cut to Top 4
Semi-Finals: Loss in 2 vs Abzan Aggro
Both games were super back and forth. I played something, opponent killed it, he played something, I killed it. He played a rhino, I played a rhino. But there was one deal breaker, my opponent had main board Silkwrap. After sideboarding I put up with a decent fight but couldn’t manage to get there.
After the event I hung out with some of the crew from Jack’s, ate some food, shot some pool, it was a fantastic way to end the day. Cheers to Ed, Nathon, and Andrew.
Until next time! Stay salty my friends.