So yesterday, I played in the M12 Launch Party at Legion Games out in Burnsville, MN. I was visiting my family back in MN, so I got to check out the new store. It’s kind of in a dumpy area, but so was the old store. The parking situation seems a bit sketchy for stuff like PTQs, but I think I remember seeing a “Add’l parking in the back” sign. It’s a bit further from Cty Rd 42 and all those food options, although there is a Taco Bell, a Famous Daves, and a great local Chinese place called House of Wu nearby.
Here is the sealed pool I opened. I’m quite confident I built the best deck with the following list:
Alabaster Mage Arbalest Elite Archon of Justice Auramancer Griffin Rider x2 Griffin Sentinel x2 Oblivion Ring Pacifism x2 Peregrine Griffin Stormfront Pegasus x2 Aven Fleetwing Chasm Drake Mind Unbound Negate x2 Phantasmal Dragon Sphinx of Ulthuun Greatsword Swiftfoot Boots Glacial Fortress [foil]
I know the Griffin Riders are a bit sketchy, but since I had 3 griffins and was already going for skies, I didn’t think the bulky Mastodon or Harbor Serpent would really fit well with my deck, and I didn’t want to maindeck 3 Negates. I could see a case for Crumbling Colossus, but I’m not sure Wizards could have possibly printed a better Act of Treason target; I have played against people playing the Colossus, and was never concerned with it on the field.
I wish I had some good stories to recount, but I went 4-0, 8-1 on games, losing only to a bad tap-out (I equipped Swiftfoot Boots on my Griffin Sentinel+Greatsword when I had Alabaster Mage out. If I hadn’t equipped, I’d have had 2 mana open for either lifelinking or Negate, the latter which would’ve prevented my loss to Fireball). Every other game consisted of me playing flyers and beating down, or me curving Griffin Rider > Griffin Sentinel > Phantasmal Drake > Archon of Justice. One longer game had me drop a Mind Unbound into Sphinx of Ulthuun with Negate backup… that was kind of gross. I didn’t hurt that my last 2 opponents both mulled on both games and got stuck on land. However, it was a 20-man pod, so I got paired down in the last round and negotiated a bad split (the prize split would either be 8-1 or 4-4), going with a 5-4 split. I should’ve either declined a split or pushed for a 6-3/7-2, since I was the one with the power.
Also, there were 2 RW decks in the pool with Chandra+Gideon. Pretty sick rips for them, I’m slightly miffed that I didn’t really get any money.