MTG Discount Brewhouse Episode 1

Fellow nerds! Today I bring you a special post unlike anything I’ve ever posted about. A good friend of mine by the name of Nathon Cook is an expert in the art of budget MTG deck building, check it out.

MTG Discount Brewhouse

So to keep this short this is what this whole thing is about, modern and standard Magic: The Gathering is expensive if you go by the top tier decks. Often, these decks are so expensive that the bar of entry is beyond what a casual player interested in trying a format can acheive.So my goal is to build deck lists for modern and standard formats to start with that will cost around 100$ CAN that you can take to your local event and do reasonably well. These decks probably won’t take down a GPs or any big events but you could reasonably expect to do ok at your FNM and take down a few games at other events. So next time your local store has an event in a format that you don’t have a deck for and you don’t want to shell out 2500$+ for the last pro tour winning deck, I may have a list for you that won’t break the bank but may break you into prizes.

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Mono-Red Giblins

Mainboard

3 x Krenko, Mob Boss                    6.50 x 3= 19.50
4 x Young Pyromancer                  3.25 x 4= 13.00
4 x Krenko’s Command                0.25 x 4= 1.00
3 x Dragon Fodder                          0.25 x 4= 1.00
4 x Hordeling Outburst                 1.00 x 4= 4.00
4 x Lightning Bolt                          2.78 x 4= 11.12
4 x Battle Hymn                              0.25 x 4= 1.00
4 x Goblin Chieftain                        5.57 x 4= 22.28
2 x Commune with Lava                0.50 x 2= 1.00
3 x Purphoros, God of the Forge  10.00 x 3= 30.00
2 x Magmatic Insight                      1.00 x 2= 2.00
2 x Impact Tremors                       0.25 x 2= 0.50
1 x Tormenting Voice                      0.15 x 1= 0.15
20 x Mountain                             20 x 0.00=0.00

TOTAL: 106.55$

Sideboard

2 x Crumble to Dust                      1.00 x 2= 2.00
2 x Goblin Grenade                        1.00 x 2= 2.00
2 x Massive Raid                             0.15 x 2= 0.30
2 x Smelt                                          0.15 x 2= 0.30
2 x Banefire                                     1.50 x 2= 3.00
1 x Outpost Seige                            1.00 x 1= 1.00
1 x Hall of Triumph                       0.75 x 1= 0.75
1 x Pyromancers Goggles             2.78 x 1= 2.78
2 x Legion Loyalist                         4.18 x 2= 8.36

TOTAL: 20.49$

                            GRAND TOTAL 127.04

So this deck is pretty straight forward, make a bunch of goblin tokens and abuse them. The main plan is to have the Purphoros + Krenko combo going to cause a bunch of damage without attacking, impact tremors acts as additional Purphoros. This deck has the added benefit that it has a very good creature to cards used ratio, so expedite the making a bunch of dudes plan. Battle hymn is really the all star of the deck as it generates absurd amounts of mana that can be used for Purphors’s pump ability when trying to get through on the ground or when combined with commune with lava you can have access to enough cards to solve any board stall. Magmatic Insight and Tormenting Voice is great for avoiding excessive land and drawing into gas when you need it.

In terms of sideboard tech they are all fairly self explanatory the main ones to catch people with are Massive Raid if they board in Ensnaring Bridge or are not keeping your board in check. Outpost Seige if you need a little extra card draw or are using sweepers, Hall of Triumph can push your elemental from Pyromancer if you want to go the aggro rout. Finally the nail in the coffin for token decks is Legion Loyalist or if they are on a heavy blocker stratagy its trample granting ability can push through those final few points.

Also side note all the prices i list will come from Face To Face Games

 

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February 13th 2016 FNM + OGW Gameday

Fellow nerds! I hope all is well! Happy Deadpool week by the way to everyone! Unfortunately, DnD was cancelled for this week so this will be a strictly Magic blog.

Friday Night….Meh

So I played my Abzan Aggro list on Friday night. It has not been working out for me lately so this was really its last chance to impress me. However, as some found the weather to be ‘unfavorable’ we were unable to fire a WotC sanctioned tournament at the best LGS around, Jack’s on Queen.

Round 1, Draw in 3 vs Demir Eldrazi Control

Game one we both mulliganed to six, and I was off to a rocket start, dropping rhino after rhino and swinging with a giant Hangarback WalkerGame two was a completely different story, not only did I draw 26 of my 26 lands, my opponent managed to drop Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger on curve. Game three I made a legitimate mistake, my opponent controlled a Sire of Stagnation, and I idiotically played a land. My opponent had no cards in hand and I was pretty sure I had the win. Now once I played my land, I exiled the top two cards of my library and he drew two cards. These two cards were counters that enabled him to keep me at bay and take me to time.

Round 2, Loss in 3 vs Selesnya Warriors

Game one I totally flubbed. I misplayed my lands, and was unable to access the colours I needed to cast the proper removal spell. I was then playing on the backfoot, and that is not how one wants to play magic. The misplay just put me too far behind. Game two was a different story. I cast Hangarback Walker on turn two, Nissa, Vastwood Seer on turn three, and she flipped on turn seven, followed by a Thought-Knot Seer to ensure I had the win down pat. Game three I had to mulligan, I knew it wasn’t good to being with. I was drawing nothing but land, I drew 23 of my 26 lands. I just couldn’t do anything and got overrun by +1/+1 counters.

Round 3, Win in 2 vs I…can’t remember…

To be brutally honest I have no recollection of what this young gentleman was playing. All I remember is that I lived the dream with Eldrazi Displacer, and Wingmate Roc. On turn five I cast wingmate roc, then on turn six, after attacking with the rocs, I blinked it twice using displacer’s ability, making two more birds. My opponent loved the interaction and we went to game two. Game two I just went turn 4 Siege Rhino, followed by turn five and turn six rhino. I won the game pretty quickly after that.

All in all, I feel I did make some mistakes, as well as I have a habit of drawing nothing but land. Which means I may have to cut down the land count. I will figure something out!

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OATH OF THE GATEWATCH GAMEDAY

I was about 45 minutes early to my Jack’s on Queen for their gameday festivities. The weather was less than desirable so I wasn’t expecting a grand turnout. I was running a little different deck than the night before, it was still Abzan but it was not of my own concoction. A newly found friend of mine, Brendan, was unable to make it to gameday and offered me to play his deck at the event. I loved the ideas he had running in it so we agreed that if I placed first, then I keep the mat and we split the packs.

The deck was Abzan colours but the list contained Oath of Nissa, which is probably my new favourite card, Matter Reshaper, Thought-Knot SeerReality Smasher, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, Sorin, Solemn Visitor, and Ob Nixilis Reignited to round out the deck.

Round 1, Win in 3 because bye

So my first round was a bye, which I’m totally ok with because it’s a win in three and I’m one step closer to the mat!

Round 2, Win in 2 vs Gruul Eldrazi Ramp

Game one I cast back to back Though-Knots, straight up crippling my opponent hand and managing to stick Gideon on turn five. I was relentless in my assault, my opponent didn’t really cast much except for a bunch of fetching for land spells. Game two was just not my opponents’ game, he drew nothing but lands for the entire duration of our game two, which only went about seven turns because Reality Smasher is amazing.

Round 3, Win in 2 vs Mono-Black Semicrats

Game one my opponent had a mitt full of swamps and nothing to play for it. I guess he didn’t pile shuffle because it was swamp after swamp after swamp. I just ran him over with my eldrazi army. Game two was super close, board state was as follows; I had Anafenza, the Foremost, Thought-Knot, and Smasher on board with a total of seven life, my opponent had a Drana, Liberator of Malakir, and two Bearer of Silence with a total of two life. Now people, I’m going to be completely honest, what I did next was disgustingly sneaky. I took notice of my opponent’s hesitation and I muttered under my breath “Oh dude, the counters from Drana…” I said it loud enough to that if he was paying attention then he would take notice, and he did. He said “Oh yea, swing, and go to game three?” In response to the counters being put on the Bearers, I tapped Tomb of the Spirit Dragon to gain two life. That brought me to nine life, and the damage from the Bearers brought me to one. He gave me this look, it was a look of, ‘You jerk’, ‘That was amazing’, and ‘I can’t believe I fell for it.’ He extended his hand and that was all she wrote.

Cut to Top 4 – Semi-Finals, Win in 3 vs Rakdos Dragons

The game one started off with myself casting Thought-Knot and just controlling my opponent’s hand with Transgress the Mind. I was burned, his reality was smashed but I managed to squeak out this win. Game two hit me like a ton of bricks, I sideboarded in the wrong cards. Spatial Contortion is apparently useless against Thunderbreak Regeants. I just lost real bad. Game three was pretty good for me. I cast a Reality Smasher on turn five as per usual and he took five. On my opponent’s turn he cast Exquisite Firecraft at my Smasher, so he had to discard a card, he then targeted it with Wild Slash, forcing him to discard yet another card. It was a straight four for one, welcome to value town yo. The next few turns were intense, back and forth, playing nothing but lands, he played a creature and took me quite low. I drew into Oath of Nissa, played it and looked at the top three cards. I revealed Reality Smasher and cast it right away, attacking and finishing him off. GG.

Finals, Loss in 3 vs Gruul Eldrazi Ramp

Game one was some excellent play by my opponent, I Thought-Knoted his one threat in his hand, World Breaker. He cast Kozilek’s Return the following turn but it only tickled my creatures. I played another Thought-Knot and Smasher and took him to one. The following turn my opponent cast another World Breaker, and triggered Kozilek’s Return’s ability, wiping my board and allowing him to draw two cards. The then cast Ulamog on the following turn to ensure that I could not come back and finish the game. Game two I got off to a slow start with my opponent controlling two Sylvan Advocates, they were both 4/5. Once again I did the whole bait thing. He was going to pass his turn but I said, “Not going to swing?” in a tone that was basically, ‘Cmon dude I’ve got no blockers’. So he attacked with one, I responded to him declaring attacks by animating Hissing Quagmire and blocking one of his 4/5s. The land was not hidden, it was all by itself away from the stack of basic lands I had accumulated. I then managed to scrape the game back with Reality Smasher, and Gideon. Game three was looking to be so good. My opponent had to mulligan to five and reluctantly kept. My hand was so on curve, Matter Reshaper, Thought-Knot, Smasher, double Transgress the Mind, and two lands. I kept, and was on the draw. I played my lands and this is when I realized there was an issue, I had no black or colourless sources in my hand. Oh, I’ll draw into them right? Wrong, ten turns of playing a plains or forest and passing, mitt full of black and colourless spells. My opponent had a different issue, all the land but nothing to spend it on, by the time I played Gideon, he dropped Ulamog, and I just couldn’t deal with it once it was on board. After I extended my hand, I looked at my next few draws, black source in four more turns, I was doomed from the start.

I guess that’s the karma though, playing someone else’ deck will only get you so far. Well played to Kyle MacDonald.

gameday

StarCity Games Invitational Qualifier

Fellow nerds! I hope you all are doing well. I apologize for the lack of posts recently, life has been busy. But never the less I have come to supply you with your weekly dose of much needed sodium, and thus offloading of mine. Let us begin!

All the Magic

So Friday night came around and I attended my weekly FNM at Jack’s on Queen. I was running the good old Abzan Aggro deck. It just wasn’t a good night, I wasn’t feeling the magic, you know? I went a total of 2-2 and placed seventh, one spot from prizing. I don’t know what had gotten into me but my games felt super empty, maybe turning to the dark side of Abzan wasn’t the best idea. I played against mono-white good stuff (loss in two), colourless eldrazi (win in two), temur-black dragons (win in three), and finally black-colourless (loss in three).

It was after FNM I was approached by our local level 1, soon to be level 2, judge Jason Malott. He informed me that he was headed down to a Starcity Games Invitational Qualifier on Sunday, I was down, but the event was modern so I wasn’t entirely sure that I would be playing in the main event. I was sent two deck lists from one of our local modern players, let’s call him Nathon…because that’s his name. One was a super janky list known as Zombie Hunt, which consists of four Zombie Infestation, four Treasure Hunt, and 52 land. Given the hilarity that would ensue if the deck went off I considered it, but the inconsistency really threw me for a loop, so I decided on a mono-red goblin list. After adding Impact Tremors into the deck for extra ETB triggers, I decided to give this list a try. Bright and early Sunday morning I crammed into the car, helmed by our judge himself. I was sardined in the back seat with Nathon, and Spencer, while Urborg personified was in the passenger seat, here’s looking at you Ed. We arrived at The Hairy Tarantula and began testing our modern decks. I was super nervous, it was my first modern tournament and I didn’t know the deck very well, but I played it anyways.

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13 people showed up for the event and I placed 12th. I lost first round to esper artifacts featuring Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas. We went to three, and he managed to pull out a win with Wurmcoil Engine. Round two was the most infuriating game of Magic I have ever played. This gentleman was playing land destruction…he would play turn one land, Birds of Paradise. Turn two, play a fetch then cast Boom, targeting his own fetch and my land, then retaining priority, cracked his fetch. This happened two out of the three games we played. Like, how much do you have to sell your soul to the devil to play a deck like this. How much of a fun leech do you have to be? This dude is probably a riot at parties. My third round I played against a gentleman whom had never played at a modern tournament before, but low and behold we get slapped with a random deck check. Both of our decks were seized and searched for authenticity. During the lull in the action my opponent told me that he had been issued a game loss in round one because he didn’t have a deck list. I felt for the guy but at the same time it is competitive REL and you should know better. After a couple minutes our judge returned and slapped another game loss on my opponent, apparently he had filled out a deck list after round one, but was still missing 15 cards from his main board. My giblins made short work of his mostly standard abzan deck. Fourth and final round was the closest game of Magic I have ever played, first game was mine, second was his, and the third was oh so intense. We were both 1-2 and chomping at the bit. He started with two turn two Delver of Secrets. We went back and forth, vomiting creatures and throwing Lightning Bolts. I took him to one life, one measly little health point. I just couldn’t get there, I extended my hand and that was it.

All in all I traded some stuff, started building my own modern deck. I will link both my standard deck and my modern deck below.

Abzan Eldrazi

Black Eldrazi

The Adventures of Durk

So I ventured out to my LGS Jack’s on Queen on Wednesday evening to partake in a rather, different experience. Jack’s on Queen hosted a Dungeons and Dragons campaign to which I thought I’d attend. I got there early because I needed some assistance in creating my character. I decided on a half-orc barbarian by the name of Durk Hammerhand. There was myself, a dwarf barbarian, a gnome druid, a human druid, a devious human rogue, and lastly an elf that thinks she is some sort of paladin/cleric?

Anyways, we were all gathered by a city guard and asked if we wanted to work a sketchy job for some gold, we were all dirt broke, so we obliged. We were guided through a celebratory city, to a latrine hole, in which was propped half of a corpse. We were informed that the foreman of the new sewer system was found like this this morning, half eaten. So us, the intrepid explorers delved deep into the under-construction sewers to discover what had attacked this man. After a time of searching, and slaying of dozens of dog sized rats, we stumbled upon a wine cellar, which was quickly ransacked by the alcoholic gnome and dwarf. The team found a ladder and ascended it into what appeared to be a small house. They encountered what turned out to be a “Were-rat”. A large battle ensued, the beast could regenerate blade wounds, but could not heal magic. After what felt like hours of stabbing the thing over and over again, the creature shape-shifted back into human form, and surrendered smugly. After turning him over to the authorities, the party was given their gold, but with no way to prove that this man had anything to do with the murder, he was released.

That is where the story has gone thus far. I can’t wait to continue next week and see where the adventure takes us.

On a D&D sidenote, my LGS is hosting a create your own adventure contest. I’ve had this idea in mind for a while, and I’ve already started making the plot line. Stoked!

The Legend of League

Yo, league is so toxic right now. After the ranked reset, all of the platinum ranked players have been dropped to high silver low gold, and have been seated next to actual silver ranked players. I’ve been trying to do nothing but multiqueue because the less feeders on my team the better, but it hardly helps. The more you queue with, the harder your random feeds. SALTIMODIUM!

I’ll see you nerds later! Until next time, draw well, enjoy life, and DON’T FEED!