Match Report - Return to Ravnica Prerelease
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She had an awesome U/G Werewolf deck. Nearly had her in the first game with a grave of creatures, zombies on my side and a Havengul Runebinder feeding them, but she cast Gnaw to the Bone and went up 12 life (from eight). I was at 8. I had to play defensively and poke at her, but she eventually get transformed dudes with Cobbled Wings and Full Moon’s Rise trampled my sole filer.
Second game I was out-tempo’d solidly.
Her: Come over here and play my crappy Red/Blue deck.
I start off nicely with an Appetite for Brains and peer into her not very impressive mulliganed five card hand. I proceed to wallop her with Demonic Taskmaster turn three with Rush of Blood, along with Essence Harvest when she keeps it tapped down with Crippling Chill. She then gets fliers and stabilizes into a win. With Soulbound First Strike Fliers. Daww.
I then do the same plays on turn three except I have removal this time. Win game two rather handily. On to game three.
Starting on the draw with two lands, one 1 cmc equipment, off color removal, and the rest on color creatures with cmc 3 or higher, I prey for a Mountain. It comes up turn three allowing me to cast Demonic Taskmaster. I get in twice before she hardcasts a Vanishment from her hand. She manages to stall out until she gets a Tyrant of Discord with destroys (at random) both my creatures and finally settles on my single Mountain, extinguishing any hope of me casting my Hound of Griselbrand and winning the match. At. Random. :-(
I played Red Deck Wins (of course), the build you see on the top decks of the week on the MtG website, plus a few little tweaks I added.
Impressive job on landing the Shrines, by the way. Mana Barbs is interesting for that.
Last night started off pretty poorly. When we got to the store I managed to drop all of my dice on the floor so I spent about 10 minutes trying to find them all.
A guy who was obviously pretty new to Magic showed up playing this deck that had cards from like, Alliances in it. Seeing this, I managed to talk him into playing my Red Deck Wins since he didn’t actually have a standard legal deck. He ended up going 3-2, which just goes to show that RDW takes no skill at all.
Originally I had wanted to play mono black control, but Gary didn’t come through with the Massacre Wurms and Obliterators, as he had to come directly from work to make it on time, so I decided to swap some cards around in my MBI and give it another fair chance.
I’d say it turned out pretty well.
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