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.