What happening ladies and gents! It’s time we get back into FNM and what better format to play then standard! “But Brad, isn’t Aetherworks Marvel banned?” Well yea, but I made some changes and ran it as is! This is what I decided to bring to the table tonight; Marvel-less Sultai. What I decided to do was drop the Marvels, duh, and brought in some copies of Verdurous Gearhulk, Winding Constrictor, and a new energy dump in Die Young.
Let’s get to the review!
Round 1; Win in 2 vs R/B Aggro
Started off with a really fast list tonight. My opponent was running a variety of small red creatures with haste, supported by black removal spells. Both games were very back and forth for the first few turns, trading Fatal Push for Fatal Push, and Unlicensed Disintegration for Die Young. But both games turn four came around and Verdurous Gearhulk brought my creatures out of Lightning Axe. The super big trampler did his job pretty decisively after that.
Round 2; Win in 2 vs W/G Tokens
My round two opponent was yet another young pup at Jack’s and his deck was madness. My opponent dropped an Anointed Procession on turn three with the help of Channeler Initiate, then proceeded to cast a variety of servo generating spells like Sram’s Expertise, and Servo Exhibition. He would then have a couple copies of artifact interaction cards like Toolcraft Exemplar, Oviya Pashiri, and Master Tinketeer. Game one my opponent managed to get in with Rhonas, a couple of times utilizing a buffed Exemplar to give permission for Rhonas to attack. That was until I brought back a copy of Rhonas for my opponent’s graveyard with Demon of Dark Schemes. Game two was a wee bit closer with my opponent gaining metric butt loads of life with Anointer Priest. But alas I still managed to take the game as my opponent kept animating a 5/5 land with Nissa, Vital Force, and I kept blocking with my Ishkanah, and reanimating her with Liliana, Death’s Majesty.
Round 3; Win in 3 vs W/B Lifelink
Game one I took and awfully dodgy hand and didn’t have a solid play until turn six in the form of Demon of Dark Schemes. All the while my opponent chipped away at my health with an awfully useful copy of Gifted Aetherborn. My opponent was up to 36 life by the time I established a board state. I was at four life at this point and I never dropped below the four. I was constantly generating energy and using it to reanimate my opponent’s Selfless Spirit. It all started when my opponent cast Fumigate and I brought back the Spirit the first time, effectively being a one sided board wipe. Later on in the game my opponent had a copy of Gisela, which I kept at bay with a Demon, and they cast Bruna. Once both were on the battlefield my opponent was threatening a meld and I was not having any of that nonsense. I reanimated my opponent’s Selfless Spirit one last time, sacrificed it, then cast Fatal Push targeting Gisela. Since revolt was active after the Spirit had left the battlefield, I was able to kill Gisela and take game one. Game two was quite lop sided. My opponent had their god hand and I took a one lander. Mistakes were made. Game three I flooded the board with early wheenies, and my opponent didn’t do much. On his turn five he attempted a Fumigate which was met promptly with a Censor, thus closing out the game on my turn.
Round 4; Win in 2 vs Mono-black Zombies
So what happens when a Pro Tour winning deck goes up against the nearly neutered Sultai Marvel? Marvel wins because zombies gets land starved. Game one my opponent had a drastic lack of creatures and drew into two copies of Liliana’s Mastery without the land to play them. Game two my opponent took a mulligan to six, but took a one land hand and didn’t hit a second land source until turn five. After we reported my opponent and I decided to do a ‘for funsies’ game. TLDR; he crushed me in the fun game. If his deck had cooperated with him they would have been super close games. My opponent told me after the game that he had taken first three weeks in a row, so luck was not on his side.
We took first this week ladies and germs! It seems WotC was granting me a boon in compensation for the ban of Aetherworks Marvel. We managed to get our mits on our second copy of the Aether Hub promo, and hopefully I can grab my third this coming Friday.
The Hour of Devastation will soon be upon us, and with that means sweet new cards for us to play with. Since prerelease is in two weeks, I will be doing a rare set review once the full set gets released by WotC. So stay tuned.
Until next time, stay salty my friends.