Oi! How’s it going salters and saltettes? It’s been a wee while since we last spoke. With school picking back up and working two jobs, the blogs are going to be few and far between, but I will attempt to jam as much content in as possible.
Friday January 6th 2017 FNM
So last night I attended my LGS Jack’s on Queen and participated in a modern Friday Night Magic event. I managed to come out on top of the three round event and taking first. Given it was a small event, it still felt good to win.
Face to Face Modern Open
This brings us to today. I traveled from the quiet little town of Wasaga Beach to the hustle and bustle of Seneca College in Toronto to participate in a Modern Open tournament hosted by Face to Face Games. My pilot was Jason Malott, a local level two judge whom was second in command for the event, and his co-pilot was his son Jaden, whom was going to play in the event utilizing a mono-green stompy list. After careful deliberation, not really, I decided to play my Orhzov Eldrazi deck.
Round 1; Win in 2 vs Through the Breach
I am a big fan of playing against grixis colour decks. I don’t now why but the colour combination always works out in my favour. Game one I hit my opponent with an Inquisition of Kozilek and ended up taking out a Snapcaster Mage, but it was what I saw that was the issue…. Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. Needless to say I took game one pretty convincingly. My opponent was visible shaken after the first game, so naturally I inquired if everything was ok. He told me that after casting a Serum Visions he did his scry and kept a Through the Breach on top, but later in his turn he cracked his Scalding Tarn, and shuffled his Through the Breach back into his library. Game two I hit my opponents’ Remand and Cryptic Command with Surgical Extraction. Once all the counter spells were gone I used Infinite Obliteration to remove Emrakul from my opponent’s deck.
Round 2; Loss in 3 vs Affinity
These games were pretty close, but quick. Game one my opponent just ran me over, too many wheenies and not enough removal. Game two I was able to stave off the waves of robotic menaces. I’m going to focus primarily on game three as it was the most intense. It start out quite well for me, I had spot removal for a lot of my opponent’s big things. Disenchant taking care of Cranial Plating saved me for the early portion of the game. So here was the board state. I had a variety of eldrazi creatures on the field, and instead of activating Vault of the Archangel I decided to cast a Thought-Knot Seer and pick the last card out of my opponent’s hand. My opponent had two copies of Darksteel Citadel, Inkmoth Nexus, Steel Overseer, and a Vault Skirge. I was sitting at a comfortable seven life. I had a bunch of ground blockers and felt pretty secure. I pass to my opponent, and he draws his card for turn. He slams Arcbound Ravager, and I know I’m in trouble. He activates Steel Overseer and puts a +1/+1 counter on both Ravager and Skirge. He then proceeds to sacrifice both Citadels to put to more +1/+1 counters on Ravager. He then taps the Nexus to animate it, turning it into an artifact and sacrificing it to Ravager, he does the same to Overseer. He then sacrifices Ravager to itself, and using it’s modular ability, he transferred five +1/+1 counters to vault Skirge making it’s power and toughness seven, exactly lethal. Felt real bad mang. Salt level rising.
Round 3; Loss in 2 vs Jund
Oi oi oi. The MVP of this game belongs to my opponents Dark Confidant. Both games Confidant took my opponent to sub five life, but I could not stick a threat to finish the job. Not much to say about these games, I just got styled on. Salt level reaching critical levels.
At this point I am 1-2 and feeling pretty down. Then my little buddy Jaden runs up and tells me “I’m 2-1!”. Boom, instant second wind. I am so down to crush everyone.
Round 4; Win in 3 vs Infect
Game one my opponent had a turn two kill, but unfortunately for him I was able to clear his graveyard with Relic of Progenitus before he could toss a Become Immense onto his Glistener Elf. Game two my opponent managed to slap me with enough poison counters to take me out. Game three was very back and forth but I managed to pull the game out and take it home.
Round 5; Loss in 3 vs G/R Tron
Normally this is a good match up for me. I was able to take game one pretty convincingly, keeping my opponent off ‘Tron’ by using Ghost Quarter to spot remove Urza’s Tower, Urza’s Mine, and Urza’s Power Plant. Game two was vastly different. Neither of us did much of anything until my opponent was able to play Karn, Liberated. After exiling some of my lands I scooped and we moved to game three. Game three was super rough. He had tron put together on turn three and just went off. Literally nothing I could have done to stop my opponent from dropping World Breaker and Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger. Salt level rising. Salt reaching maximum capacity.
Round 6; Win in 3 vs 8-Rack
Game one was super easy, primarily because my opponent never drew into a copy of The Rack. Game two was a completely different story. My opponent had two copies of the Rack and two copies of Shrieking Affliction, it was at this point I realized Raven’s Crime was a huge crutch that my opponent leaned on for drawing land. Game three I managed to tear all copies of Raven’s Crime out of his library and yard with Surgical Extraction. The only issue now was the fact that I was at two life, had 30+ points of damage on board, and four cards in hand, but couldn’t do anything as my opponent had two copies of Ensnaring Bridge, two Racks, and a Shrieking Affliction. Anything in my opponents deck was lethal; Lightning Bolt, Kolaghan’s Command, or Blightning. My opponent and I went back and forth for what felt like an eternity, but in reality was like four turns each. My opponent drew a variety of discard spells like Inquisitions, Thoughtseize, and Funeral Charm. I had to keep a bunch of land in my hand to prevent the Racks from killing me. We continued for turn after turn until I drew into two copies of Disenchant, which allowed me to destroy both Bridges and swing for lethal. Both my opponent and myself were just glad it was over, the best, most intense game of Magic I have played in quite a while.
Round 7; Win in 2 vs Bant Spirits
I have no idea where this deck went wrong but boy did it go wrong. My opponent kept a two land hand when his hand contained nothing but three drops and just never drew into a third land for the rest of game one. Game two my opponent whiffed twice off of two copies of Collected Company. I felt so bad for the guy, not only did I pick his hand apart with Inquisition and TKS, but whiffing on CoCo just feels bad.
Round 8; Win in 2 vs Burn
I’m going to preface this by saying that if you enter a tournament, please respect the rest of those whom enter it and which to play. My opponent decided to double dip, what I mean by that is that he signed up for a side event while the main event was going on. That’s the issue with On-Demand Events, they fire once they have the appropriate amount of people. After my opponent sits down, but before he gets his deck out, his draft gets called to fire. So we play game one and he just burns me, brutally. All of the burn spells directly to the face. At this point, the judge heading my opponents’ draft event is becoming more and more agitated as he is now calling my opponent specifically over the loud speaker. I sideboard, do my thing and shuffle up for game two. At this point the judge of the side event has located my opponent and is waiting for him, and by waiting I mean staring directly at him to get up and go to the draft table. My opponent opens with a flurry of burn spells, and takes me to three life, I am within the ‘bolt zone’. Now it’s not just the judge waiting for him, but it is his entire draft table. I proceed to take my turns at a reasonable speed, and after my opponent drew lands for three turns in a row he scoops his stuff and says “I concede, I have to go draft.” My opponent marked down that I won in two on the match slip, signed it, shook my hand, and scurried off to his draft pod apologizing profusely. Moral of the story kids, don’t double dip.
After all was said and done I managed to finish in 47th place out of 151 people. I missed prizing by 15 places, which just means I will get it next time! I inquired at the Face to Face Games booth about making some trades and I did 150 dollars worth of trades. I decided to live up to my title image and finally pick up a Godless Shrine Expedition, done by the magnificent Noah Bradley. I also grabbed two copies Thoughseize for the modern deck. Twas an awesome day, certainly some salty moments, but never the less totally worth it.
Stay salty my friends.