i appear to still be good at magic

Went to a draft yesterday at a store I hadn’t been to before. They do $10 drafts, but you play outside pods and rounds are played until there is only a single undefeated player left. So we had around 25-26 players with various numbers of drops throughout the night, and somehow I ended up the only 4-0 O.o which got me a Fanatic of Xenagos FNM promo and 11 packs of Khans :O

I drafted a pretty generic, unexciting Mardu deck, no big bombs but lots of solid creatures and removal. 2 of my matches were really, really close; my round 2 I played against a Temur deck with some really huge creatures (Savage Knuckleblade, 2 Snowhorn Riders, 2 of the 6/5 Craw Wurms) and stuff like Singing Bell Strike, counterspells, etc. I was able to win because my opponent wasn’t keeping track of my land, so I was able to untap my Bell-Stricken creatures at the right time to kill his creatures for free. Both games I won we were both at <5 life on the last turn, so it really could have gone either way.

In the finals, I played against a Jeskai deck with multiple Scaldkins, Jeskai Ascendancy, Sage of the Inward Eye, gross removal cards and Deflecting Palm. I won game 1 because, while he had Ascendancy and Sage out, he wasn’t drawing any spells, so he eventually ran out of steam and I was able to swing through with Shambling Attendants and a +3 Ainok Bond-Kin. Game 2 we had a face-off between Leaping Masters early on that devolved into a board stall with each side having 4+ creatures out. I had revealed a Feat of Resistance to flip my Watcher of the Roost earlier, so once I was able to land Shambling Attendants I started swinging with them while Ainok Bond-Kin prevented him from blocking to kill, since I could Feat to give protection plus first strike. I was at 6, he was at 11, and I finally thought I could win. First, I EOT Burned Away his Efreet, since first strike plus any kind of pump could screw me over. In my hand, I had Arrow Storm, Suspension Field, and Dead Drop, with a couple cards in the yard and about 11 mana. I attacked with my whole team: +1 Attendants, Hordechief, Bond-Kin, Watcher, Pony Brigade, Leaping Master, Hateblade and 3 goblin tokens. He had 4 blockers: a Warshrieker, Leaping Master. Jeskai Student, and Wetland Sambar. I was calculating based on him blocking the Attendants and 3 of my 2-power creatures, but he actually traded/full-blocked all my 2s and too 8, putting him to 3. After combat, I cast Arrow Storm for 5… and he Deflecting Palmed it into me, putting me at 1 >_< He still had 3 cards in hand, but I had enough cards in the yard at this point to Dead Drop, getting rid of his last 2 creatures (Warshrieker and Student). Crossing my fingers, I passed the turn… he drew, and threw down his cards. 4 lands. He’d been bluffing spells the last 4-5 turns >.> but I also didn’t have the critical mass I needed to attack through anyway.

I’ll post a picture of my deck later. Anyway, it was an exciting match and entire tournament for me, I definitely plan on playing there again!


rags – theros block draft – june 5, 2014


Well, after a couple weeks in Portland, I finally made it to a draft! Shout out to The Friendly Local Game Store, which has only been open a couple weeks but looking to build a solid community! The store’s attention to customer comfort, order, and cleanliness reminds me a lot of I’m Board, plus they have $8 casual drafts (no prizes) on Thursdays, so I think I shall be a long-time customer! It is a bit far away from my apartment, unfortunately, but I don’t think any stores are conveniently located near me anyway.

So, draft. I opened a Daring Thief. In hindsight, knowing what else I could have drafted, I probably should have taken it, since it’s kind of ridiculous with Evanescent Intellect. However, I took Whitewater Naiads over it, which is a less risky card that’s got a similar power-level. My second pick was a Hydra Broodmaster, which made me think I might repeat my last Theros draft. However, I picked up 3 Nyx Infusions as well as a Dreadbringer Lampads and 2 Cloaked Sirens, seeing little good in green, solidifying me in UB. Also helped that I got passed a Scourge of the Fleets mid pack. Pack 2 I opened Herald of Torment, which was cool, then wheeled 2 Servant of Tymaret, which, after having played with them, they are pretty insane. I’ll have to pick them much higher in the future. Aside from the Forlorn Pseudamma, I didn’t really get or see anything else interesting in the BNG pack. Theros too felt rather unexciting; I picked up Tymaret first pick, then got passed a Nighthowler, but nothing else fun stood out.

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i’m so good at m13

Sign #1 that I’m a really good player: M13 draft. Pack one, open Thragtusk + foil Staff of Nin. I almost slammed the Staff, decided to look at the rest of the pack, boggled my eyes, and took the Thragtusk instead :X. Sign #2: Pack two, open Thundermaw Hellkite after taking a bunch of good red things in pack one. Just for good measure, after having picked 2 Farseeks and an Evolving Wilds, pack three, open Odric and take it, thinking I can splash for him.

Yeah, this was one of the most ridiculous draft decks I’ve ever gotten, topping the triple Volcanic Geyser one I had a few weeks ago, probably on par with my BW Allies deck during ZEN/ZEN/WWK (Hada Freeblade, Kazandu Blademaster, 3x Bojuka Brigand, Join the Ranks, Tomb Hex, Journey to Nowhere, etc.) or UB zombies during 3x ISD (T2 Walking Corpse, T4 Moan of the Unhallowed, T5 Undead Alchemist, swing for 6, mill 2 creatures and make 2 more zombies; get to 8 and slam Army of the Damned).

Evolving Wilds, Forest x8, Mountain x7
Goblin Arsonist x2, Arbor Elf, Prey Upon
Elvish Visonary, Mogg Flunkies, Flinthoof Boar, Searing Spear x3, Farkseek x3
Arms Dealer, Centaur Courser, Mwonvuli Beast Tracker, Flames of the Firebrand
Bladetusk Boar, Goblin Battle Jester, Primal Huntbeast
Thundermaw Hellkite, Sentinel Spider, Thragtusk, Turn to Slag

Relevant sideboard:

Volcanic Strength x2, Plummet x2, Smelt, Mindclaw Shaman, Chandra's Fury

I definitely had a game where I went T1 Goblin Arsonist, T2 Mogg Flunkies, T3 Arms Dealer, T4 Goblin Battle Jester :D

things that make dan angry


Turn 1: Forest, Arbor Elf

Turn 2: Mountain, Flinthoof Boar, activate haste, attack for 3 (17)

Turn 3: Mountain, attack for 3, Goblin Battle Jester (14)

Turn 4: Mountain, cast Flames of the Firebrand to dome for 3, falter his only blocker, attack with Boar and Goblin for 5, cast Titanic Growth before damage for 4 more damage (2)

Pass the turn, show him Volcanic Geyser, accept the concede.

let’s fling some bones!

So somehow I went undefeated in tonight’s FNM. I had a pretty solid deck, I won’t lie, but it was pretty mediocre compared to some of the other decks I saw being piloted… First pick Burden of Guilt was pretty facepalm (crap rare, crap uncommons, my first-pick choices were either Burden of Guilt or Death’s Caress), second pick Farbog Boneflinger set me into black/white. I picked up a couple Loyal Cathars, Gather the Townsfolk, Skirsdag Flayer, and went to town.

Burden of Guilt, Undying Evil

Avacynian Priest, Loyal Cathar x2, Skirsdag High Priest, Skirsdag Flayer, Silverchase Fox, Gather the Townsfolk, Skillful Lunge, Bonds of Faith, Moment of Heroism

Screeching Bat, Midnight Guard, Falkenrath Torturer, Village Bell-Ringer, Voiceless Spirit, Rebuke

Galvanic Juggernaut

Farbog Boneflinger x2, Morkrut Banshee, Harrowing Journey

Not sure how I got there, especially since mid pack 2 I was getting stone nothing, zero black or white cards in the pack, so I started taking the random blue uncommon bombs after getting a last-pick Tower Geist in DKA. I ended up having enough in BW to not need to splash, but I didn’t have a lot of confidence in my small creatures.

My second match ended up going to time in a draw after I lost game 2 to Increasing Confusion. He was able to equip Butcher’s Cleaver on Deranged Assistant and then Preyed Upon my undying-ed Voiceless Spirit to put him to 15; on the last turn, I would have been able to deal 12 damage, so that was slightly frustrating. I did get to dream crush in round 3 after being paired against the only 2-0 in our pod and winning out in 2 games. However, because my first-round opponent was the 0-3 in the pod, my tiebreakers tanked and I got 2nd place :( I haven’t won a FNM foil in quite a long time, and I don’t have much confidence in this format…

PS: I should note that of the 3 packs for draft and 5 prize packs from getting 2nd, the best card I opened was a Thalia. Meanwhile, another guy in a different pod cracks a foil Snapcaster in draft, then a Huntmaster, Mikaeus, and Drogskol Reaver in his prize packs. Any day now, karma! I’m waiting!

apparently lingering souls is good

First time I “won” a draft in a long time, going 2-0-split at Pegasus tonight. My deck wasn’t amazing, but I felt like I generally played very tightly and made the most of any advantage given to me. I was in a 10-man pod, first-pick Lingering Souls, passing a Hellrider, second pick Wakedancer passing a Flayer of the Hatebound (guy on my right took Gather the Townsfolk over it… I guess that’s justifiable?). I took most good black cards I saw, but the guy on my left still somehow ended up in blue/black. *shrug* Who knows. The draft was kind of a trainwreck all around; my first pack was 4 white cards, 3 black cards, 2 red cards, 3 green cards, and 1 each blue and artifact cards… I opened a Victim of the Night pack 2 and got passed another one, then opened a Dearly Departed pack 3 and between packs 2 and 3 got mid/late Mausoleum Guard, Rebuke, and Galvanic Juggernaut.

8 Plains, 7 Swamp, 2 Forest

Blazing Torch, Wolfhunter’s Quiver, Burden of Guilt

Silverchase Fox, Loyal Cathar, Victim of the Night x2

Gavony Ironwright, Lingering Souls, Village Bellringer x2, Chapel Geist, Markov Patrician, Wakedancer, Rebuke

Galvanic Juggernaut, Abbey Griffin, Mausoleum Guard, Abattoir Ghoul

Gallows Warden, Unburial Rites

Dearly Departed, Feed the Pack

Relevant Sideboard:

Selfless Cathar, Manor Skeleton, Somberwald Dryad, Intangible Virtue, Trepanation Blade, Crushing Vines, Hollowhenge Scavenger

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zombie apocalypse!

So, at today’s I’m Board draft, where we did an odd DKA-DKA-ISD draft (no one knows why), I drafted a pretty hilarious theme deck – zombies! I certainly passed a lot of good/better spells merely because there was a combo card in the pack to take instead :P

Swamp x8, Island x5, Forest x2, Evolving Wilds, Grim Backwoods

Gravecrawler, Dead Weight

Think Twice, Mayor of Avabruck, Highborn Ghoul

Armored Skaab, Headless Skaab, Secrets of the Dead, Chosen of Markov, Markov Patrician, Reap the Seagraf x2, Tribute to Hunger, Ghoulraiser

Galvanic Juggernaut, Briarpack Alpha

Farbog Boneflinger x2, Relentless Skaabs Death's Caress, Morkrut Banshee

Geistcatcher's Rig, Zombie Apocalypse

Noteworthy cards not in the deck: Bitterheart Witch, Curse of Misfortunes, Curse of Thirst, Curse of Oblivion. If I had gotten the Curse of the Bloody Tome on the wheel, I definitely would have played it. Deranged Outcast was taken pretty early as well (2nd pick Briarpack Alpha, didn’t see much green after that). Increasing Ambition also didn’t make the cut.

You bet your burgers I shouted out “ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!!!” every time I played it ;) It even won me a game, getting back Relentless Skaabs and Farbog Boneflinger while killing off Gatstaf Shepherd and Woodland Sleuth to stabilize at 6 life :D