Revenge of the Rhinos

There’s supposed to be no Sunday Gaming for me because I was too tired from last night. But then I woke up at 11 AM feeling refreshed and invigorated. I went online and found a sweet event:

Unfortunately, I didn’t make it in time so I ended up joining a Standard pod using my Abzan Aggro deck.

RD1: LOSS
0-2 vs Temur Midrange
Those DTK dragons killed me! I had a hard time dealing with Thunderbreak Regent and Icefall Regent. And there was always a Stubborn Denial to ruin my plans.

RD2: WIN
2-0 vs UW Heroic
That moment when you have Siege Rhino, Wingmate Roc and 3/4 Bird token then Sorin visited and gave them +1/+0 and lifelink to turn the table… Winner!
Game 2 was a bonus since he was stuck with one land for a while and it was too late to draw his second land.

RD3: WIN
2-0 vs UB Control
I hate blue cards. Playing against control means I have to deal with a lot of counters and removal. Whew. So happy to win the first game!
In game 2, I had an early Fleecemane Lion and it remained untouched. I was expecting a Bile Blight or Hero’s Downfall but there came Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver after his third land drop. He +2 it exiling 1 Rakshasa Deathdealer and 2 lands. It took me long to decide about my first attack. I decided to attack Ashiok with Fleecemane and gave it two +1/+1 to kill the planeswalker. He cast Perilous Vault on his turn. I attacked for 5 damage. He passed the turn and missed a land drop. I played Thoughtseize and his nonlands were Thoughtseize, Dissolve, Perilous Vault, and Ashiok Nightweaver. I chose to discard his Thoughtseize because it was the worst card he could use against me while I’ve got Siege Rhino, Wingmate Roc and Sorin, Solemn Visitor. He got his fifth land and passed the turn. I attacked with my Fleecemane Lion. He took 5 damage. And another 5 damage on my next turn. I wanted to flush his Dissolve and/or activate Perilous Vault real bad. I cast Sorin but he didn’t counter it. But after putting a 2/2 Vampire token, he activated Perilous Vault EOT. When he was down to 9 because of Polluted Delta, I already had 2 Siege Rhinos handy. I just drew Anafenza and cast it only to be countered. Just as planned. He then played his Ashiok and +2 getting 2 Rakshasa Deathdealer and 1 Duress from me. I played the first Rhino making him down to 6. There came his Tasigur and Perilous Vault next. I was hoping for a sweet topdeck and got a third Rhino. The second resolved and he was down to 3. On his turn, he attacked with Tasigur. I blocked just for the lels. He used Ashiok’s second ability for Rakshasa and while it’s on the stack, activated Perilous Vault. Everything was exiled except for Rakshasa. The moment he tapped out, Siege Rhino wanted to charge right away. *poker face* And so the third Rhino zeroed his life.

Thus, the revenge of the Rhinos.
#Sweet

Siege Rhino

 

A Tale of Roasted Rhinos and Four Dragons

This is a story of how Van Mamokhan emerged as the GPT Shanghai Champion at GMaster Games. His monored deck trampled the Abzan Houses except for one to whom I had a draw with. The end.

Ok, on to my deck list:

[deck title=Abzan Aggro]
[Lands]
3 Caves of Koilos
2 Forest
3 Llanowar Wastes
2 Plains
4 Sandsteppe Citadel
4 Temple of Malady
2 Temple of Silence
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
4 Windswept Heath
[/Lands]

[Creatures]
4 Fleecemane Lion
4 Rakshasa Deathdealer
3 Anafenza, the Foremost
4 Siege Rhino
3 Wingmate Roc
2 Tasigur, the Golden Fang[/Creatures]

[Spells]
2 Sorin, Solemn Visitor
3 Abzan Charm
3 Hero’s Downfall
2 Thoughtseize
3 Bile Blight
2 Valorous Stance
[/Spells]

[Sideboards]
3 Drown in Sorrow
2 Duress
2 Thoughtseize
1 Hero’s Downfall
1 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
1 Nissa, Worldwaker
3 Surge of Righteousness
2 Back to Nature
[/Sideboards]
[/deck]

Credit goes to Conrad Dungan for the mainboard and bf for the sideboard. Thanks guys!
It was my first time using this deck so going undefeated before the playoffs is a feat. Atleast for me.

GPT Shanghai at Gmaster Games

Round 1 ©GMaster Games

RD1: WIN
2-0 vs RG Devotion
Just when he had big creatures like Polukranos and Genesis Hydra, I always had the right removal to deal with them. No game highlights.

RD2: WIN
2-0 vs Abzan Midrange
My oppononent got a game loss penalty for registering incorrect number of cards or whatever the technical term for it. We proceeded to Game 2 and I won.

RD3: WIN
2-1 vs Monored Aggro
Opponent won Game 1 even at one-land play.
SB:
+3 Drown in Sorrow
+3 Surge of Righteousness
-2 Valorous Stance
-2 Abzan Charm
-2 Hero’s Downfall
I won the remaining 2 games and I was proud of myself for delaying his Obelisk of Urd by all means. Well, a Downfall for 1/1 creature was kinda pathetic but I just felt the need to kill them. True enough, when he had 4 lands and 2 remaining Goblins, Urd came. On his next turn, he used [card]Harness by Force[/card] to contol my Anafenza, the Foremost so I got no blockers. I destroyed one of his Goblins with Surge of Righteousness and gained 2 life. Once I’ve got my Anafenza back, I attacked him and “raid” for Wingmate Roc. GG.

RD4: DRAW
1-1 vs Abzan Midrange
His early Thoughtseize left me behind the game. I lost.
Game 2 was a bit exciting. Last 5 turns and he was down to 1, while I was down to 2. So whoever topdecks Rhino wins the game.
He cast End Hostilities to destroy my Rakshasha Deathdealer and Anafenza. I was forced to regenerate Rakshasa and took 1 damage from Llanowar Wastes.
I played another Rakshasa on my turn and he responded with Abzan Charm. Unfortunately, it was an illegal target.
He passed the turn. I attacked for the win.

Quarterfinals: WIN
2-0 vs Monored Aggro

Roast for Siege Rhino

©MTG Tambayan

Semifinals: LOSS
1-2 vs Monored Aggro
I was pretty used to red decks but then it was Van-Van, Laro 2014 Champion. We had numerous matches from before and I’m not even sure if we have a score to settle. Lol.
I won the first game and almost won the second if not for back to back Roast for my Rhinos. Insane topdeck.
Third game was so intense too. He burned every creature I played. He even killed my Sorin twice. A Roast for Tasigur. And Stormbreath Dragon started popping up one after another. He was down to 13 and I was trying to figure out how to kill him with my Siege Rhino, Wingmate Roc and 3/4 Bird Token. I wished I had 2 Abzan Charm so I could swing for the win. But no, I only had one which could only deal a maximum of 12 damage. When he cast his third Stormbreath Dragon, I was doomed. He then showed me the 4th one from his hand. WTF. GG.

A piece of advice from Van – I could have done better by abusing Delve and filtering my graveyard with Tasigur. Yes, I know. There were 2 Hero’s Downfall that I could use but I was so obsessed with Sorins that I didn’t want to delve them away. Of course I’ve considered all the possibilities but sometimes I was too greedy. Lesson learned. But wait, there was only 1 Stormbreath Dragon by that time so I wasn’t eyeing Downfall at all.

X-1-1 without a decent sleep and proper meal wasn’t bad at all not to mention that it was my first time piloting this new deck. More practice!

No “Dragons” of Tarkir Prerelease at GMaster Games

DTK PR straight from my (graveyard) shift!

Dragons of Tarkir without a single dragon in my pool. ATARKA, wherever you are, lend me your power!

My first choice was Dromoka just because it’s Dromoka. But after skimming through CFB’s DTK PR Primer I wanted to go Kolaghan. TLDR. I didn’t want to be of the same brood as Raven so I finally picked Atarka hoping it goes with a pink/purple dice. (But it didn’t so I ended up trading my orange dice to a cuter purple one.)

My deck:
[deck title=No Dragons of Tarkir]
[Lands]
1 Scoured Barrens
2 Plains
6 Mountain
7 Forest
[/Lands]

[Creatures]
1 Den Protector
1 Ainok Survivalist
2 Guardian Shield-Bearer
1 Glade Watcher
1 Whisperer of the Wilds
1 Dragon-Scarred Bear
1 Qal Sisma Behemoth
2 Atarka Efreet
1 Daghatar the Adamant
1 Salt Road Ambushers
1 Summit Prowler
1 Aerie Bowmasters
1 Segmented Krotiq
1 Stormcrag Elemental
[/Creatures]

[Spells]
2 Atarka’s Command
1 Pacifism
1 Roast
1 Tail Slash
1 Bathe in Dragonfire
1 Revealing Wind
1 Sarkhan’s Rage
[/Spells]

[Sideboards]
1 Display of Dominance
1 Surge of Righteousness
1 Fate Forgotten
1 Pinion Feast
1 Revealing Wind
1 Twin Bolt
X DTK
[/Sideboards]
[/deck]

RD1: WIN
2-1 vs Atarka
He was pretty confident with his morphed 5/5 creature. But I was lucky enough to draw Roast. Now his calculation was all messed up and he had to concede when I dealt my first 9 damage to him with Atarka Efreet and my 2/1 creature.
Game 2: Hi killed me with an overwhelming number of flying creatures. 1 Revealing Wind wasn’t enough.
Game 3 is a giveaway. He was stuck with 3 lands while I had a great tempo.

RD2: WIN
2-0 vs Atarka
Atarka’s Command for the Win!
We’re on a stalemate for long since we’re both Atarka having lots of creatures on board. And then I accidentally dropped/revealed my Revealing Wind which changed his gameplay. I was hoping he’d go all in so that I could strike back in one swing. Not happening.
At long last he had more and bigger creatures than me so he decided to attack leaving just one blocker. I was “forced” to play Revealing Wind (since that is the obvious thing to do). My turn came and this was my chance to swing. I attacked with everything, he blocked with one creature then I played Atarka’s Command for the win. +1/+1 to all creatures and 3 damage to opponent. Lethal.

In game 2, he was ahead of the game. He was pressuring me and I was down to 8. I only had Dragon-Scarred Bear in play. But then I was able to setup with 2 morphed Atarka Efreet. I only attacked them by the time I had 6 mana. No blockers. Megamorphed both and he took 14 damage in one swing. 🙂
He passed the turn so I assumed he’s just going to block my next attack. I attacked with my 3 creatures, all of them we’re blocked and meant to die even with Atarka’s +1/+1. I just did it for 3 damage hoping that I’ll get another burn spell later on. I had no other choice but to pressure him and push the damage or else I’d die. Top deck: Den Protector. 5 lands in play and my two cards in hand were a Forest and a Plains. Played Forest. Cast Den Protector, as a morph creature. Megamorphed targetting Atarkas’s Command. Same mode as earlier. GG.

RD3: LOSS
1-2 vs Kolaghan
There’s nothing special about our game 1 and game 2. The decks just worked right. Game 3 was a little tight since it is the deciding game. I mulled to 6 while he kept his opening hand. He aggresively attacked me with his Dash creatures until he was able to cast Boltwing Marauder. I Pacisfism-ed it on my turn. Only to be exploited for Rakshasa Gravecaller on his next turn. While he got 2 extra Zombies, I only had Qal Sisma Behemoth and another creature. I was in the red zone in no time so I had to block his all-in attack. As expected, he got Volcanic Rush. Then it took him longer to decide on his action. Finally, he cast Butcher’s Glee for his Zombie killing my Qal Sisma Behemoth and gaining 7 life. It messed up my calculation since I’ve got Atarka’s Command in my hand. Then I was down to 6 with only 2 creatures. I couldn’t force the damage yet since he had blockers. I decided I will wait for one more turn. Only if I could. He attacked again with 2 creatures. I considered all the possibilities and I was sure that if I block 1 or both, I won’t have a chance to win in my next turn since my creatures will get killed. Also, blocking with only 1 creature is the same as not blocking at all IF he has a burn or pump spell since I will die anyway. I gambled with no blockers and lose. It was a nice game indeed.

RD4: WIN
2-0 vs Kolaghan
Fastest match of the day. I had great opening hand and draws on both games.
Best cards here were: Qal Sisma Behemoth, Atarka Efreet, Sarkhan’s Rage, and of course Atarka’s Command.

MVPs: Atarka Efreet and Atarka’s Command
Most used SB: Surge of Righteousness

I finished X-1 but still no impressive cards. Finally got dragons from the prize packs namely Pristine Skywise and Dragonlord Dromoka. I also got Stratus Dancer. It was a fun PR especially that I’ve got to play with my friends and immediate MTG family. LOL. I’m so proud of our MTG-born son, Aki. Congratulations my dear! Number 1!

Dragons of Tarkir Prerelease

Photo opp with the Certified Elders’ Killer #DTKPR Aki X-0, Others X-1 — with Shion-Aki Riu B. Manaloto, Raven Knives and Pong Deriquito

And here’s to FAMAS award without the red carpet. Semi-paparazzi! Thank you GMasters! (Nice place and people + free food and drinks.)

Planeswalker Couple - DTK PR

Planeswalker couple. Only to be ousted by the upcoming prodigy! ~ Archie

The family that plays together, ends up in the top 3 together. – ST Estrella