Magical Monday 3.23.2015

Welcome back to Magical Monday, hope you had a good pre-release weekend. I spent mine working, ill and winning. I was able to go 4-0-1 at the Arena, I ran our Midnight event so Johny could play. I probably should have bailed as i was starting to feel ill and i am sure staying up all night was the nail in my coffin. As it was i got home a little before 5am and managed to get 4 to 5 ish hours of sleep before i woke up with not able to stay in bed any longer. That tends to happen to me when i am sick, i don’t have the energy to do anything but i can’t just lay in bed.

Around noon, the clan heads to the shop and i open a fairly solid pool, guess i should add i played a controlish Mardu deck. I will try and put up a pic of my final list build but i don’t have the cards handy at the moment. We had enough people to go 5 rounds and i knew that with the way my head was i would be hard pressed to do well.

First round was against my son, who had a solid pool also but i was able to play the control deck. Clearly i won, mostly do to a lot of his guys being Exploit guys and he had a hard time keeping guys around to Exploit with all my removal.

Round 2, was verse the kid(Lucas) that bet the wife round 1. She told me she lost to a Dash deck so i had an idea of what i was against. But lost game 1 due to him just being fast on the beat down and stumbling on mana. I had a lot of 5 mana guys in hand. i brought in what turned out to be my anti Dash package that included 2 Mind Rot and a few low costing cost dorks as speed bumps. I faced a lot of Dash decks on Saturday and anytime i drew a Rot or two the games felt very easy to win.

Round 3, was against another Dash deck (Robert), but i was able to stabilize in game 1 and win a close one. Game 2 was a heart breaker. I kept a 3 white spell with Swamps and Mountains hand vs his mull to 6 with 1 land. I was too far ahead by the time he was able to really develop and i had removal spells in hand waiting for a target. I dislike games like that but my mana issues were to come later.

Round 4, was vs John. John and i are old friends, it was he and another friend that took my game up a notch and together the three of us traveled to play magic. But Chad passed away, John took it hard and focused on school, without them to push me i fell to “rotation sucks” and took a break from the game. But John is back post College grad looking for a “real” job and is back in town until he lands on his feet. Catching up he thought i had left town, when really i fell into DDo…. So round 4, game one was a long one. He was on a green/white list with real fatties. I was able to make a go of it until i punted on a bad attack. Going for a 2 for 1 by attacking with a face down Sandstorm Charger in to his 2 man team i had a  Elite Scaleguard in play had i unmorphed first i would have blown him out forcing a chump block as it was thought i was stable until he ripped a fatty and i missed on removal or a bolster effect to win the game.  Game 2 i brought in my bomb vs grindy match ups, Hedonist’s Trove. Haymaker after haymaker was thrown until was were both had a stable board and 1 card each, But mine was a tutored up Trove thanks to Sidisi eating a random dork. Time was called just after he passed i was turn 0 untapping with Trove. I drew 3 that turn, my own card, his forest and his Segmented Krotiq, attack for a lot. He untaps and plays a pacifism. I draw my Elite Scaleguard play his Ainok Survivalist facedown unmorph eat his pacifism play the land i drew last turn and my Scaleguard allowing me to tap one of guys on my attack for lethal. Super fun game. Giving me a draw vs a win do to my punt.

Round 5, was another good one going deep but my removal was just better then Dan’s guys and i was able to stabilize thanks to a Champion of Arashin and a Echoes of the Kin Tree. I got to rebuy my Champion a couple of times thanks to Kolaghan’s Command and my card advantage was just too much.

Overall the pre-release was a blast. Sure i could hardly move and the room was blistering hot or freezing cold from moment to moment but i think that was on me not the shop. There were some cards that were real standouts i want to just list.

Foul-Tongue Shriek – much better then it looks on paper. This kind of reach is nasty in fast decks.
Impact Tremors – Same as above. This is a card i want to build around now something fierce.
Enduring Victory –  is a beating. Know this card is out there. It was the final nail in my coffin that first game vs John.
Echoes of the Kin Tree –  is one of the cards you want in a long game.
Hedonist’s Trove –  Not all rares are good and not all good rares are good all the time. In the right matchups this is gold!
I will try and write a few times this week. Lots of lists in my head and i want to share my sealed from this weekend and the wife’s. I think her pool was a much harder build and want to see if there was a better list for her to run.


Magical Tuesday 3.3.15

Welcome back. Looks like it is our favorite time of the year once again, spoiler season. Think that most of you out there don’t need any help finding sweet spoilers and brewing, but that is what i am here for right?

So far there is one card that stands out from the pack for me, Stratus Dancer.

I am drawn to this card i think because of a pet deck idea i have had for a while now. The Trail of Secret Plans deck that i have written about a few times now. Here is a link to the last time i wrote about the idea. 

But i never put the deck together. Even though more then 1 person has asked that i do so and see how it playes. Why not try it? There was a lack of pure power, but this card. This card is powerful. This is just the kind of thing that the all morph all the time deck needs to be competitive. A morph that just puts people on the back foot with the question do i need to play around that 2/2?????

I think i like adding white to add Abzan charm and maybe the white free morph in the sideboard for the red decks… But that feels too slow to really battle them.

Speaking of red beat down feels real good in today’s meta at least in my local meta anyway. Red 1 drops followed up with hording outburst seems super strong right now.  There are 2 win a boxes this month. Might have to try something new and try to take one of them down.


Well i need to save and get this out not to be another day late.



Magic Monday 2.23.2015

Welcome all.

Have you heard about the Tiny Leader format? It seems to be taking Kansas by storm. Seems like all the shops around here has started to support this new format. It seems cool to me, all the perks of commander or EDH as us old guys might call it, with out a lot of the BS that i don’t love of the older format.

I have been working on some lists or at least conceptual ideas that i might form in to actual decks. And i want to share one with you all today. So many years ago i was just ending one of my long breaks from Magic and i was getting back in to Magic and one of my favorite sets just hit, Mirrodin.

Disciple + Ravager and a ton of disposable income artifacts often destroyed people in the way back.

So if we have a ton of cheep artifacts and artifact men like Arcbound Work, Steel Wall, and some older guys like Phyrexian Walker, Shifting Wall. Fun draw card spells like the different baubles, Chromatic Star/Sphere/Terrarion just for the hell of it. But if you start down the path of free or super cheep spells wouldn’t it be nice to do some thing like add a storm element? Grapeshot or Brain Freeze action could worked in with ease. Add in Ashnod’s Altar, Culling the weak, Dark ritual along side Cloud of Faeries/Frantic Search to fuel draw X spells and you might have a real mill sub-theme going on here. Just don’t forget your Glimpse the Unthinkable!  Adding in blue is worth wild any way as there are some great little monsters to help with this theme, like Master of Etherium, Tidehollow Strix Skill Borrower, Trinket Mage and Sygg, River Cutthroat and you are real close to your 32 ish non land cards.

I don’t know how well it will work yet. But i will be trying to put this thing together in the coming weeks. When i get it finished and get a few games under my belt i will let you know how it goes.

Well once again i ended up taking longer to look up and insuring that i spelled all the card names right and it is Tuesday…. Oh well i am not changing the name now.



Magical Tuesday (Because i was sick) 2.17.2015

Welcome to this edition of Magical Monday Tuesday, i was under the weather yesterday and my head was screaming. But lets talk about magic.

This weekend was solid one for the Gurobo family. The wife took down the FNM draft with a sweet mono black deck. The shop was drafting M15 btw, a format that i really think is a fun draft format with a lot of different decks available to good drafters. Remmie, the son, drafted a sweet deck as dropping a match to blue fliers a theme that will run through weekend.

Saturday, was Fate Reforged Gameday. I had planed to use the artifact agro deck but Remmie decided that he wanted to use it so i moved over to the red/white burn list i have been playing/writing about for a while now. And the wife took the temur deck i have been working on for her.

Thankfully there were enough people that we didn’t have to face off right away, in fact the wife and boy didn’t have to play each other until the simi-finials, where the wife took the boy down and proceeded to take down the tournament.

Sunday was our Store Vs Store match with Midnight Games in Hutchinson, an event that had slipped my mind until Saturday. Groan…. I was already starting to notice that bug that took me down Monday. But we pushed on. Wish the wife would have came along, her hot streak might have carried over for one more event as it was we got rolled instead.

I ended up drafting a 2-2-0 deck, either taking a fast 2 games or a punishing game 3. But i think my deck was build wrong until the third match were i cut a land for a 6 mana spell. I had the mardu agro deck and i thought i would win with my curve just being super low and attacking as often as possible, but 17 lands and 3 4 casting costing spells was just not enough power for when the game went long. And drawing the 5th land plus was a death-nail. But cutting a land and adding in the red uncommon dragon gave me some possible end game. But really all it did was get countered one game but it did clear the counter out for my red siege which i decided is amazing.

So other then getting sick and some family drama it was a really fun weekend of family magic fun.

So lets look at something new, this is a list i have taken right off and i think it is fairly good. I don’t love the sideboard but other then that i really think i would enjoy this thing.

4 Chromanticore
2 Pharika, God of Affliction
4 Satyr Wayfinder
3 Sidisi, Brood Tyrant
2 Silumgar, the Drifting Death
4 Soulflayer
4 Sylvan Caryatid
2 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
1 Torrent Elemental
Creatures [26]
4 Commune with the Gods
3 Hero’s Downfall
2 Murderous Cut
1 Sultai Charm
Spells [10]
1 Bloodstained Mire
2 Forest
1 Island
2 Mana Confluence
1 Mountain
4 Opulent Palace
1 Plains
3 Polluted Delta
2 Swamp
4 Temple of Malady
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Windswept Heath
1 Yavimaya Coast
Lands [24]
Deck Total [60]

3 Bile Blight
2 Crux of Fate
2 Disdainful Stroke
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Sultai Charm
3 Thoughtseize
1 Torrent Elemental
2 Treasure Cruise
Sideboard [15]



Magical Monday 2.2.2015

Earlier today i popped into my local game store, to check in and see if there was anything i needed to take care of on the website and/or the like. And while i was there i was asked what i liked in standard for this weekend.

With out a second thought i said my red/white deck. I feel that it got a ton of cards with Fate. But i talked about it a lot last week. But then i said i was drawn to the idea of the Temur Ascendancy Combo deck that was “found” this last weekend. I feel that my Yisan deck could be warped into such a deck with ease and i also think that i could keep Yisan and his silver bullets in the sideboard for when it is the best deck.

So after an afternoon of looking at lists and debating on how i could best make this shell my own i have the following:

3x Elvish Mystic
2x Sylvan Caryatid
4x Voyaging Satyr
1x Sage of Hours

3x Courser of Kruphix

4x Karametra’s Acolyte

1x Nylea, God of the Hunt
2x Polukranos, World Eater
4x Temur Sabertooth

1x Mistcutter Hydra
4x Genesis Hydra
1x Surrak Dragonclaw
1x Sandsteppe Mastodon

1x Crater’s Claws
3x Singing Bell Strike
4x Temur Ascendancy

3x Forest
2x Mana Confluence
1x Mountain
4x Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
2x Temple of Abandon
3x Temple of Mystery
4x Wooded Foothills
3x Yavimaya Coast

So i have to assume you have an idea as to how this goes off but let me try to run it down in a nut shell.

Temur Ascendancy gives haste, untapper/Nykthos or Karametra’s Acolyte (for 7) + Singing Bell Strike or Temur Sabertooth equals lots of mana. All the mana in the world in fact. Then you can use things like Genesis Hydra to play any number of guys until you have a killing team or one trample Mistcutter Hydra at 100/100 for the solo win.

The Sage of Hours + Sandsteppe Mastodon allow you to talk all the turns to try and find the combo if you have a Temur Sabertooth and lots of mana but no Ascendancy but really it is a way to counter a Ætherspouts. I will go again thank you.

Overall, this is my kind of deck. Complected with lots of right and wrong plays that i can try and use to out play my opponents. Best of all other then the Temur Sabertooths and the Sandsteppe Mastodon this deck was totally standard legal a few weeks ago and no one saw it.



Magical Monday 1.26.2015

Welcome once again to my Magical Monday. For those in the know this last weekend was my LGS’s first Modern TCGplayer tournament, which was both my brain child and my first real opportunity to show off my deck design skills by winning a large event.

Unfortunately, i both failed to win which hurts. But the event was not the large event i was hoping it would be, which REALLY hurts. Release events for us are not big turnout events, but i guess they are large for our surrounding game shops as we only had 2-4 out of towners and a lot of our normal people decided that they would rather work then help make us the place to be for magic tournaments. Sigh…

* note, I have received some feedback letting me know that my word choice left something to be desired by those that had to work vs make it to the event. I want to be clear, i totally understand. Obligations are just so for a reason. I did not mean to make anyone feel like they are not supporting the LGS if they had prior obligations to attend work or whatever. I just wanted to say that people had to work and that that took away from the expected turnout.

I was able to draw into the top 4 being one of the two undefeated players. So that was nice.  But i made a deck registration error giving me my first game lost of the day and then in the simi finals to boot. Where i mulled to a solid 6, stumbled on lands for too long and just got beat to death by a 3/4 flyer. Thankfully, the gentleman that defeated me was able to win out so i can’t feel too bad, i did only drop one game it just happened to be a 2 for 1.

Let me be a lesson to you all kids. Someone will loose to mis-registering their deck. Don’t let it be you.

Okay now that the main event i was planing for is over i want to share my list and see if you all have suggestions.

A few quick notes, i felt that the best deck was delver so i wanted to beat that and i feel the best cards in the format are Thoughtsieze, Young Pyro, Lighting Bolt and Lingering Souls. With the best card draw being Bobs.  Yep see how Delever is the best deck… I know i often make no sense even to myself.

Mardu Delver…

4 Thoughtsieze
4 Lighting Bolt
2 Darkblast
4 Lighting Helix
2 Lingering Souls (This was my deck reg error, thought i cut 1 for Liliana but guess i didn’t and had 3 in my deck)
2 Crackling Doom

1 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Dark Confident
4 Young Pyromaster
3 Pack Rat
2 Butcher of the Horde

2 Seismic Assault
4 Liliana of the veil

Lands including 1 Mutavault 8 fetches 3 basics and a lot of shock lands. Other then the one game where i only had a fetch and a Mutavault my lands were not an issue.

Overall the deck ran like a charm. Each card won me a game and were nuts at different time. Sure Seismic Assault was a bit of a hedge for decks running Blood Moon or those games were i want to flood out or vs a deck with as much removal as i had. Crackling Doom was for Boggles and Affinity. Nothing says “F you too” as when they go all in and you Doom them.

If the tournament was tomorrow would i change anything? Well anything other then that registration error?

Not really. The deck just ran well until i was due to lose one, it is not the decks fault that i had to win both games and couldn’t. You can’t win every game.

Personally i feel that this deck gives you the best option to out play any deck. Has game one hedges vs every deck i could thing of other then Jeski combo. To win that you have to get lucky and Thoughtsieze the right card at the right time. Although Darkblast can catch a Jeski player with their pants down as well as Crackling Dooms. But it is a hard match up. If the deck lives though the loss of Cruse.

Well that was it. Next week i hope to have some new Standard lists ready for you all.