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!

Comments

  1. Good job liz. Medyo hirap nga yang matchup sa Mono Red at hindi rin typical build yung nakalaban mo dahil sa Stormbreath Dragon. I think lagay ka ng Ultimate Price sa board para sa ganung matchups.

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