I've been trying Amulet Titan for the first time since the printing of Once Upon a Time
. 3 tournaments.
15 players - 5 rounds for Staples/Store Invitational
Round 1 vs. UR Thing.
Disheartening loss. Won the first game easily after landing a Prime Time. Then he played Blood Moon, so I got out 2 Forests. He showed Cryptic Command before he lost, which surprised me. I assumed it was UR Phoenix, but it wasn't. In the next game, he got out Blood Moon and Once Upon a Time and Ancient Stirrings, along with draw steps could not find a single Forest. I had Pact, which I could try Reclamation Sage, but honestly it probably would have been countered and I couldn't pay Pact. In the next game, it was fairly grindy, but it took me a long time to find Pact, then he flipped a Thing, bringing back Snap, then Bolt, Snap Bolt, and the Thing swing killed me. 1-2.
Round 2 vs. Jund Shadow.
He made me discard once, but I was able to get Prime Time to outsize 2 Goys and the Zombies went the distance. In the next game, he mulled to 4 while I mulled to 6. I was able to find the bounceland and I went off on turn 3. 2-0.
Round 3 vs. Grixis Shadow.
I ended up getting a game loss for being 3 minutes late. I didn't realize that they were that strict, especially since my friends and I were discussing the Judge allowing someone to draw a card before resolving an upkeep Search for Tomorrow. In the game, I peel land after land. I already had a land heavy hand. I transmute 2 Tolaria Wests and then draw another Summoner's Pact, but he had 3 Stubborn Denial. No, not Snap/Denial. Three Stubborn Denial. I heard that card was as good against Summoner's Pact as it is BAD against Prime Time. 0-1.
Round 4 vs. UGb Polymorph.
In the first game, I'm pretty sure he has turn 3 Polymorph, but I already have Titan out and am getting value. In the next game, I wait until he turn 3 Polymorphs into Emrakul, the Aeon's Torn. Then I cast Oko, Thief of Crowns
and turn it into Elk, the Aeon's Torn. But he Polymorphs again 3 turns later after killing Oko. I'm thinking...does he have another freaking Emrakul? Nope, he has Iona, Shield of Emeria and it stops the only play I was going to have this game - Tireless Tracker. In the final game, I mull to 4 and don't get off 3 lands. Multiple Azusas punish me for not siding out more than 2. 1-2.
Round 5 vs. Grixis Shadow.
His hands had turn 1 discard, but then weren't the blazingly quickest. The problem? My hands were terrible. I don't see mulling past 5 winning the first game and I kind of wish I kept the 2 land 7 card hand in game 2 - it had 2 non-bouncelands. 0-2.
16 players - 4 rounds for a win-a-box of Modern Horizons.
Round 1 vs. Tron.
Walked him with the Prime Time chain twice. 2-0.
Round 2 vs. E Tron.
Really tough round for me. Dismember my Sakura-Tribe Scout into Thought-Knot Seer into Thought-Knot Seer. I don't draw anything after that. In the next game, he mulls to 6 and his hand is a bit slower. Prime Times get it done. In the final game, I punted badly. He cast Karn, the Great Creator after I created 2 Clues with Tireless Tracker. I didn't have the correct Clues and I forgot to crack them! Stupid. It turns out it was just 2 more lands and he protected Karn with Endbringer and swung for the win. 1-2.
Round 3 vs. Jund.
Suuuuper tough round. I sound like a broken record. I walk him with Prime Time in the first game. I was scared because I was unable to get any Zombies to protect from Lily, but he didn't have it and that's that. In the next game, he just had too much gas. I get stuck on lands. In the last game, he draws the Dark Confidant into Fulminator Mage into more and K Command more. I get stuck on 3 land and lose as Bob gets sooooo much value. 1-2.
Round 4 vs. Tron.
In the first game, I mull and come off slowly. He is able to lock me with his 3rd copy of Karn, the Great Creator, although he Ancient Stirrings for 1 on turn 1.. In the next game, he does a similar thing, but he gets Torpor Orb. I don't care much about that. I get Prime Times and get to work. In the last game, I get the Ramunap Excavator/Ghost Quarter combo and things are great for me. He gets Crucible of Worlds, but Reclamation Sage that. 2-1.
11 players - MNM.
Round 1 vs. Bye.
Round 2 vs. E Tron.
Not much to see. He mulled low and drew poorly. We both had a poor first game, but I turn 6 Prime Time and that's that. This match was a video of inefficacy. 2-0.
Round 3 vs. Tron.
I was just a bit above the curve on him. He was at 12 and had Wurmcoil Engine. I had Sunhome in my hand, so he has to block and take 6. Double strike is strooonk! In the next game, he doesn't get Tron quickly enough. I keep trying to assemble the Ramunap Excavator combo, but I can't. So I chain Prime Times instead. 2-0.
Round 4 vs. E Tron.
Her hand is a bit slower and I am able to play around a little stuff, including Radiant Fountain casting an Engineered Explosives for 1 to destroy Chalice of the Void in response to a Karn, the Great Creator. Then I get Prime Time the next turn and it's hard to beat Prime Time(s) and his horde of Zomberinos. 2-0.
So, 7-6 overall. Trying to get better at playing this again. Every time I stop, I feel like I lose it and it's tough to play with Once Upon a Time.