Posts Tagged 'tournament'

Team Kate and Wills

Let's all play some Standard! Wait, no.

That’s what I  nearly registered my deck as on Sunday 1st May, as a sort of commemorative joke, because the deck that I had brought was in fact Team America. Given that we were at GP London on the weekend of the Royal wedding, however, it just felt kind of wrong. Not to mention that I’m sure many would question whether the list that I ran actually qualifies as a real Team America deck or not. Whatever, a blue/black/green shell that pretty much plays all the best cards that it possibly can (read: Force, Bob, Goyf, Brainstorm, Thoughtseize, Big Jace, Hymn, Wasteland etc.) is the exact kind of deck that I like to play – even if it is full of buzz words like ‘tempo’ that don’t really mean anything. Essentially the combination of cost-efficient card draw, discard, removal and beaters leads to a pretty good deck. Here’s the list:

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Scars Games Day Report

After some testing over the days leading up to the event proved to be fairly positive, I decided to stick with the white weenie Quest for the Holy Relic deck that I wrote about last time. Mathematics is not one of my strong points, but a friend told me that the chances of my having a Quest in my opening 7 were about 49.1%, and on the draw in the first 8 about 56.7%. I can take those odds, once you factor in aggressive mulligans and the like.

Round 1 – Jan (I think) with Valakut Ramp
Game 1 the deck did its thing, got the combo going very early and he scooped on turn 4 with no answers. First game, first nuts draw of the day. I was feeling good about my chances of Top 8’ing this event, as I had Top 8’d every other one like it before that I had attended.
Game 2 wasn’t very long either, as I had an average draw and on about turn 4 my opponent got a game loss for an incorrect decklist, he’d only written 57 of his maindeck cards on his sheet. Felt pretty gutted for my opponent here as he was a nice guy, but you’ve got to check these things. There’s no fun in losing to a stupid technicality and is the kind of thing that can put you on tilt all day.

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Brown spread on brown bread.

My buddy Joe Brown’s MUD (‘mono-brown’) list with which he slayed the Mana Drain Open the other week, taking down some pretty well-known Vintage names in the process.

Creatures (8)
2 Duplicant
2 Karn, Silver Golem
4 Lodestone Golem

Artifacts (34)
1 Black Lotus
4 Chalice of the Void
2 Crucible of Worlds
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
3 Null Rod
3 Smokestack
1 Sol Ring
4 Sphere of Resistance
4 Tangle Wire
4 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Trinisphere

Lands (18)
4 Ancient Tomb
2 Ghost Quarter
2 Mishra’s Factory
4 Mishra’s Workshop
4 Wasteland
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy

Sideboard (15)
4 Leyline of the Void
3 Maze of Ith
2 Powder Keg
3 Relic of Progenitus
3 Triskelion

Idiotically, it took me three times to read this list until I spotted the Trinisphere, and so for a minute I thought Joe had done the unthinkable and cut it. Still, all the spheres you could ever want + loads of mana destruction = big wins, apparently. Good stuff.

Eternal Questions, pt.1

The rumour broke over on a while ago now: a new competitive format is coming, beginning with Mercadian Masques (most probably) and never rotating. A new eternal format, without the prohibitive costs of Type 1 / Vintage or the reprint policy issues and rapidly increasing prices of Type 1.5 / Legacy that have come with its recent surge in popularity (GP Madrid, for example, had… players in attendance). This new format, henceforth referred to as Type 1.M (though I have seen it referred to as OverExtended also) would certainly open up the possibility of new players getting into a relatively affordable eternal format and a place for all those Extended decks of old that perhaps weren’t good enough in a world of Lion’s Eye Diamondoriginal duals and Force of Will.

Some of the most important cards for the format will obviously include Rishadan Port, Mind’s Desire, the affinity mechanic as a whole, the ever present Tarmogoyf, and it will be very interesting to see if Gush is left unrestricted. May have to spend some time looking at this in more detail soon. However, as of PT Amsterdam last weekend, no such announcement has been made. Here we had the first foray into new Extended (or Double Standard, as some have dubbed it) which some saw as the first indication of the new format’s arrival – with so many cards and decks cut from the top tiers in one fell swoop, along with the changes to the reprint policy meaning that nothing on it will ever be reprinted in any circumstances re-igniting many players concerns about the accessibility of Legacy due to price. Given these circumstances, a new eternal format that was much cheaper and easier for players to get into, and one that might receive more official attention from Wizards, seems a very attractive and likely option. Just to reiterate, no such format has been announced – though I sincerely hope that it will be. Keep reading for the tournament report…

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