TheAnnihilator wrote: ↑
1 year ago
So you're not a Bant Snow fan?
Last match of this league is up now btw.
Not at all. The mana base looks atrocious and I don't trust myself to have turn 1 Arcum's Astrolabe every game.
Checked it out. That was some real Magic. It's tough beating a Bant Snow draw like that, especially with a good player. I feel like Bant Snow is the current best deck.
Played in a 10 person FNM tonight. Went 3-1 for 1st place.
Round 1 vs. Hardened Scales.
Don't laugh. These were fairly close games. I go off on turn 3 on the play in Game 1. In the next game, I lose to Inkmoth Nexus on turn 3. The final game is super close. I used 2 Force of Vigor, got 2 Karn, the Great Creator out and they died, used Reclamation Sage, EE for 2, and drew Titan right on the turn that mattered before I died to Ravager shenanigans. People forget how good that card is. 2-1.
Round 2 vs. 8 Rack.
The first game is pretty annoying. I know what I'm up against. I keep a fairly medium hand, but don't draw any acceleration, so it's slow. I have him on the ropes around turn 4, but he draws 2nd Smallpox, Liliana of the Veil, Ensnaring Bridge, and then Liliana of the Veil. He didn't need that last one. Those 3 cards left me in the dust. In the next game, his Bob blocked a Sakura-Tribe Scout, which confused the heck out of me. I almost didn't even attack to bluff having a land to put into play. It turns out he doesn't know Modern well and told me that he thought I'd try to put damage on him fast. He definitely should have 100% not blocked with Bob. I end up winning in the mid game after he doesn't do a 2nd Smallpox, I draw an untapped land to land Titan, and he can't recover after that. In the last game, he misses 2 land drops and is stuck on 1. He draws and play Torpor Orb before I Titan, but he doesn't have follow up and I Pact for a 2nd Dryad and swing him to death. 2-1.
Round 3 vs. Jeskai.
Super long game, but I get a Karn to get a Walking Ballista for 3, leaving 4 mana up for a possible Mana Leak in his last card or pumping the Ballista. It can kill his Queller to get back Summoner's Pact. He goes for PtE. I kill Queller and keep The Royal Scions
off ultimate. I end up squeaking this one out in the end. The next game, I have a fairly gassy hand and he doesn't have much but T3feri into Supreme Verdict. I made a huge mistake too, taking bounceland over Castle Garenbrig, then drew another bounceland and had to discard a land, lol.
After that, just double Bolt for Dryad and a Path for Titan while I search up many Titans. I played this one pretty poorly as well, doing my 3rd Summoner's Pact for Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath
, then not casting it because I had better things to do. Got a lot of Zombies in this one. 2-0.
Round 4 vs. Red Prowess.
He rolls a 12. He goes turn 1 dude into turn 2 Runaway Steam-Kin
. I think, whew, no Kiln Fiend cuz I'd be dead. But he goes off on turn 3, casting 2 Light up the Stage, 2 Lava Dart, Manamorphose, some direct damage, and then Bedlam Reveler
. I got thoroughly wrecked and didn't draw Amulet to speed up my hand. In the next game, I kept a fairly loose one against a deck that SBs Blood Moon. Radiant Fountain, Simic Growth Chamber, Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath, Dryad of Ilysian Grove, 2 Ancient Stirrings, and Summoner's Pact (for Rec Sage if needed). On turn 3, I am only able to choose one. I do Dryad because if I get Mooned, I need Forest to cast him. I never draw a Forest this game and Blood Moon #2 hits and then more. 0-2.
I was the only 3-0 going into round 4, so it made sense I'd get 1st on tiebreakers. Pretty nice evening, but I could have played better in Round 4 and Round 3 for sure. I'm so used to playing poorly in Round 1 and then tightening up, but it was different this time.
*BTW if you're really bored, I played on camera at cardforgegaming on twitchtv. I was on in rounds 2 and 3. Don't mind me pointing at the draws that my opponent had in Game 1. My friend came over and was talking %$#% (jokingly of course, but still) to me for losing and I had to tell him that I can't beat 2 Smallpox with most decks and that Lily into Bridge into Lily got me.