PH Nationals 2018: DRAFT It Like a PRO!

Hey! It’s been a while since I last posted a tourney report so it really feels like being a stranger in my own home… Jk.
Here’s a quick summary of how my PH Nationals 2018 went:
Standard 3-4
Draft 6-0
Final Standing: 9-4, 58th out of 603 players

Standard Decklist:

I had last minute changes to prepare for the BG and Green Stompy decks so I took out 4 Bomat and added 2 Aethersphere Harvester and 2 Rekindling Phoenix in main board plus extra tweaking of my spells and SB.

RD1: LOSS
1-2 vs Monored Wizards
So hopeless with back to back to back Viashino Pyromancer!

RD2: LOSS
0-2 vs RB Aggro
It was going well during the first game until he gained advantage. I was also 1 mana short to seal the game with Ribbons and so I lost.
Game 2 was a bit frustrating because I got a very good opening hand but it turned out that he got better ones and great answers to mine:
T1 Soul-scar Mage – Magma Sprayed
T2 Scrapheap – Magma Sprayed
T3 Chainwhirler – Unlicensed Disintegration
T4 Chandra – Chandra’s Defeat
HAHAHAHA.

RD3: WIN
0-2 vs No Show
Thank you for the free win!

RD4: LOSS
0-2 vs UW Approach
I somehow missed my Bomats here. But oh well, sacrifices have to be made. All I can say is that I did my best here; taking note of opponents hand/remaining cards after using my Duress and Doomfall yet I could only do so much.

RD5: WIN
2-0 vs UG Merfolk
I’ve used UG Merfolk before so all creatures and tricks are very familiar. Glorybringer also stayed true to its name hence the sweep. 🙂

DRAFTing time!
I’ve been waiting for this and it was as if B-O-R-O-S aggro was written all over my body. I really love this format because I can better evaluate cards on their own while I have them handy rather than constructing standard decks with lots of cards to choose from.
I couldn’t remember my first pick but it must be Electrify or Onakke Ogre just because I knew I must go for R-E-D-W-H-I-T-E. Then after picking 2 Lightning Strike and 1 Shock, Guttersnipe came my way. OMG!
So happy with my deck:

RD6: WIN
2-1 vs GW
Just a typical race and I made it first. Harhar! Thanks to extra Trumpet Blast in the sideboarded games.

RD7: WIN
2-0 vs Grixis Mill

RD8: WIN
2-0 vs UW Control
It was a challenging match and it was big thanks to SB Lightning Mare equipped with Sigiled Sword of Valeron for making it all the way to success.

Day 2 came and I was once again ready to draft Boros!

First pick: Valiant Knight

There were no good removals being passed around in the first 2 packs so I invested on creatures instead. It was a good idea to go for Knights, flyers and vanilla ogre. 🙂 I was quite happy with what I drafted but I still preferred my deck in the previous pod.  My creation didn’t fail me nonetheless so who am I to complain? I finished X-O in the draft format. Huehuehue! Big thanks to my teammates for sharing their ideas during our mock nationals tournament.

Trumpet Blast became my best friend so I added 2nd copy in Game 2 of every match. Must be my lucky spell.

RD9: WIN
2-0 vs BG
My opponent said I have a good deck. Yay! His 6/6 Demon couldn’t even handle my swarm. GG.

RD10: WIN
2-1 vs UW Control
I always see control decks tougher than any other decks so it was like going through hell while trying to play around their counter spells.
Make a Stand and Trumpet Blast came very handy when he got lots of big creatures. I was also very careful with my mana tapping to reserve some for Valiant Knight.

RD11: WIN
2-1 vs RG
Game 1 highlight: Act of Treasoned his Colossal Dreadmaw for critical hit.
Game 2:
T1 Rustwing Falcon
T2 Attack with Falcon. Play Goblin Motivator, Rustwing Falcon
T3 Play Onakke Ogre. Gave haste. Swing with Ogre and Falcons.
T4 Play Rustwing Falcon. Gave haste. All in, swing! Then Trumpet Blast!
This is my favorite explosive hand in the 2-day draft. 😛

We’re back to standard, folks!
RD12: WIN
2-0 vs UR Wizards
I have to commend myself maining Aethersphere Harvester. Helped me a lot to win both games. I was down to 4 and my opponent stopped attacking so I made my move just to gain life and be free from the red zone. I was able to gain 9 life in 3 of my attacks (2 energy from Aethersphere Harvester, 1 from Aether Hub)  then I played another Aethersphere Harvester.
Game 2 was pretty much the same setup. Life gain and flyers for the win.

Ranking before the final round: 34th. I was hoping for another win for a chance to be on the Top 16.

RD13: LOSS
1-2 vs Monoblack Zombies
It was a tough match. I was helpless against go big go wide zombies and I want to have this kind of deck post-rotation. Haha!

Sorry, there’s nothing much to learn here. I just wanted to start blogging again and what better way to get motivated than bragging about my X-0 draft in my own blog. 😛

 

Update:

I just claimed my 6 prize packs and I’ve got Bolas!

Nicol Bolas M19

Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Gaming Chairs

For the past couple of years, the buzz about gaming has really intensified. Every major YouTuber or streamer seems to now have a really expensive and high-end gaming chair.

But first of all what is a gaming chair? It’s easy to think that any chair that’s used for gaming might be a gaming chair but it’s so much more than that.

So essentially a gaming chair is designed similar to something like a car or a racing car seat that supports your back and is really comfortable with those long gaming spells. These chairs can vary vastly raging from its build quality to the neck and back support and more. But is getting an expensive chair that those YouTubers seem to use really worth it, so let’s see what’s the difference between cheap and expensive gaming chairs.

Best Gaming Chair

Looking at the expensive variant, one thing you’ll definitely notice is the build and the material quality. Usually covered with real leather, high-quality metal and plastic. A gaming chair is defined by its structure and it might just be the most important thing because it holds everything together and being made out of weak materials means it’s prone to be worn out and out of shape pretty quickly.

[[ Want to know more about inexpensive chairs for gamers? Click here and check ranking of the best ones ]]

So the expensive one is almost certainly made of out of metal or aluminum base as opposed to some hard plastic or nylon.

Next up are armrests, these are really crucial as well, having a dodgy armrest can be really annoying and frustrating. Expensive variants tend to have an extendable and movable armrest to cater to your exact needs. These are covered with the best material to provide the utmost comfort to stay focused on your gaming.

The wheels of the seat are important as well, having frictionless and uninterrupted movement can really add to the experience and a high-end gaming chair is made sure to have the top-notch wheels to glide around when your busy gaming because no one wants to get stuck on a chair that doesn’t move properly after a while.

Also as all the weight of the person is carried out these teeny tiny wheels, so it’s really important that even these are made out of high-quality materials.

Finally, the difference between a cheap and expensive chair can be apparent due to the difference in its craftsmanship, a high-end chair can be differentiated just by looking at it and how it feels.

MTG Cosplay: Oketra, The True

Facebook: ANIMAgic

Jaya Ballard Cosplay Shots by Vic V

While I can simply edit previous post and insert these images, I chose not to. I soooo love these new photos and think they deserve a special spot here in my MTG blog. 🙂

Jaya Ballard with Demo Deck

Jaya Ballard Exhibitor

Big thanks to our good friend Vic!
View more photos and MTG stuff here: ELIZNORN @ TUMBLR

MTG Demo Booth @ CosMania 2015

Last year it was Lizzie Dee, now it’s Jaya Ballard!

Who am I kidding here? It’s the same MTG Demo Team, only bigger. Plus, Wella dressed up as Chandra and yours truly as Jaya Ballard.

Jaya Ballard and Chandra Nalaar

I had the opportunity to play as the frontliner inviting people for the demo, so yes, more photo ops. Lol.

Jaya Ballard with Tokyo Ghoul's Suzuya Juuzou

with Tokyo Ghoul’s Suzuya Juuzou

Jaya Ballard and Mogu Mogu

Mogu Mogu! My fave is coconut-flavored drink!

Jaya, Chandra & Associate Brand Manager: Tse

Jaya, Chandra & MTG Associate Brand Manager: Tse

Jaya Ballard and doggie

Just another doggie pic

My Day 1 went like this:

Day 1 CosMania: Just like last year, only better…
The Bad: Ako na ang pinaghalohalong Catwoman, Black Widow at taong grasa.
The Good:
1. Highschool guy fanboys, “OMG! Chandra’s teacher! —– Jaya Ballard ” (Okayyy, not really but way better.)
2. Sophisticated mom: (brows raised while scrutinizing me from head to toe): Kumakain ka pa ba?
Me: Opo. Kakatapos nga lang.
Sophisticated mom: Kakainggit ka. Ang sexy mo. (Palakpak tenga ko)
3. Mom (w/ daughter by her side): Miss pwede ka ba mainterview about cosplay?
Me: Ay hindi po ako talaga nagcocosplay. May event lang ngayon. Try nyo po MTG demo.
Mom: Project nya kasi sa school yung interview.
Me: Wait po. I can guide you sa PR if you have other questions.
Mom: Ah hindi dun na lang. Ang ganda pa naman ng suot mo.
(Me: Oooooohhhhh)
456x insert random encounters
The Best: Oh yisssssssss! YOLO YOLO din pag may time.

Playing MTG with your friends is as fun as teaching the game to others with them. Look at us!

MTG Demo Team 2015

Giggle all the way!

Sunday came and we’re back to business.

Jaya Ballard and Jace Beleren

HHWPW: Double Date soon!

Jaya Ballard teaching Magic

This is how I teach magic…

I really like seeing competitive players. Of all the demo/matches I’ve setup, my fave were matches between siblings. Younger ones were so energetic while older siblings were obviously skilled. I even get LSSed with the little boy’s winning chant against her sister: “Hit me with your best shot! Hit me with your best shot…”

I’m not sure how many demo decks were given away but I’m pretty sure there’ll be lots of new faces to see in different MTG stores and tournaments!

Once again, big thanks to Wizards of the Coast and the entire MTG Demo Team for another great experience.

The fire mages wish to say Hi!

Jaya Ballard and Chandras

Reunion of fire mages!

P.S.
This is how I transformed! #TROLLOLOL
Jaya Ballard Costume

Image credits:
Xrystina, NicaBun, VicV

Back to Abzan Aggro

The release of Magic Origins led me to changing my deck because I don’t like to be Languish-ed. I’ve tried Abzan Midrange, Abzan Dragons, and Sultai Dragons but I wasn’t satisfied with the result. I’ve got a lot of draws and got bored with long games. I had last minute changes before WMCQ 1 and switched back to Abzan Aggro. Prior to that, I was considering UR Ensoul and RDW. But because I haven’t played these decks before, I decided to go for Abzan Aggro which required very little adjustment from the last time I used it. So I said, “Hello Hangarback Walker, let’s do it!”

My WMCQ 1 record was 5-4-1. Not impressive but 110 points made me happy.

There came PPTQ Madrid after the first WMCQ week. I joined Xtreme Hobby  Cafe’s event and finished 16th out of 51 players. 4-2 made it to the prize packs.

RD1: LOSS
0-2 vs UB Control
It just so happened that he got answers to my threat every effin’ time.

RD2: LOSS
0-2 vs Sultai Control
Isn’t it funny when your own Siege Rhino is attacking you? That’s big thanks to his turn 3 Ashiok! Grrr.
Game 2 was a super close fight! He was down to 2 and I was just waiting for Siege Rhino. He had no more cards in hand. I’ve already used 3 Thoughtseize for Languish, Disdainful Strike and Ugin, the Spirit Dragon earlier. But then his Silumgar, the Drifting Death imposed a huge threat. I top decked Elspeth, Sun’s Champion only to be countered by his just drawn Disdainful Strike. Argh. Tick-tick-tick and he won.

RD3: WIN
2-1 vs RDW
Game 3: I was down to 5 and he was still at 14 life. He had 3 creatures while I’ve got Siege Rhino and Fleecemane Lion in play. I was just hoping for any lifegain effect on my turn because I was definitely going to die any moment. (At this point, Raven turned away. I guessed it was really painful watching me like this. LOL.) And as if Siege Rhino wouldn’t enough, I topdecked Sorin, Solemn Visitor. +1-ed and attacked for 9 damage. I’m back to 14 life while he’s down to 5. I passed the turn and it took him a while before he extend his hand.

Raven thought I lost. And so I told him how lucky I was to draw Sorin.

RD4: WIN
2-0 vs UW Heroic

Managorger HydraManagorger Hydra for the win. It was as if the Hydra didn’t care about opponent’s deck.
Game 1 it was 8/8.
Game 2 it was 4/4 and attacking together with Siege Rhino. I already Thoughtseized his Glare of Heresy. Then I’ve got another Siege Rhino.

RD5: WIN
2-1 vs Abzan Midrange
This is my favorite match for the entire 6 rounds. 🙂
I really love MTG because it’s like problem solving to me. (Math and Physics word problems are my favorite!)

I thought I was going to lose in Game 2 when he already had 2 Siege Rhinos. We’re both down to 5. I had lots of cards in my graveyard including Abzan Charm and Hero’s Downfall while my Siege Rhino and faced down Den Protector were in play. In his end of turn, I braved whatever he might have with 2 mana available. That could be Dromoka’s Command or Bile Blight but I felt that whether he has the answer or not, I will still do the same thing. I megamorphed Den Protector and returned Abzan Charm from graveyard to my hand. On my turn, I used Abzan Charm to put 2 +1/+1 on Den Protector before attacking. He scooped his cards and we proceeded to Game 3.

My best play here was when I used Dromoka’s Command.
Here’s the scenario..
He attacked me with his Tasigur and Hangarback Walker 2/2. I had 2 Fleecemane Lion and Hangarback Walker 2/2 as well.
I blocked Tasigur with my Hangarback Walker and 1 Fleecemane Lion. The other Fleecemane Lion blocked his Hangarback.
Before damage dealing, he cast Bile Blight on the Fleecemane Lion blocking Tasigur. I responded with Dromoka’s Command: +1/+1 to my Hangarback and the blighted Fleecemane to fight Tasigur. It resolved. I took no damage and got 3 Thopter Tokens plus the other Fleecemane Lion while only 2 Thopter tokens was left to him. Unfortunately, time’s up in the round and there was a call for last five turns. He just conceded so I won.

RD5: WIN
2-0 vs Mardu Midrange
Managorger Hydra was so consistent in both games. But oh well, there were Lightning Strike and Crackling Doom for that.
My timely Thoughtseize picked his Infinite Obliteration in Game 2. My deck did the usual stuff and it went well for me.

My Abzan Aggro is back for good. See you in WMCQ 3 and I’ll just post my decklist after that event. Lol.

Which MTG Card Reminds You of Me?

I had the time of my life on Facebook the other day. LOL. Thanks to awesome MTG players!

It all started with boredom and migraine… I literally wanted to bang my head against the wall. And no, I couldn’t take any sleeping pills or pain reliever because the doctor said so. I just finished my 2-week medication and my neurologist wanted me to have a followup checkup only that I didn’t have the time yet. Probably next week.
Naming a card that reminds me of them is pretty easy. I know them personally and when I choose the card for someone, it’s either it looks like that person or the card played a special role in our games/lives. I remember some with the last card I bought from them. LOL. Others by their Commanders. And some because of their favorite or most hated card. As long as there’s a card that reminds me of them, I don’t have to give any reason. Afterall, it’s my wall. 🙂

Thanks to nested comments, the thread is more organized. I can directly reply to people without tagging their names. It seems that these are the crowd’s favorites judging from the “Likes” (View Full FB Post):

Then I asked them the same question…
MTG Question: Which MTG Card Reminds You of Me?

Lo and behold! Their comments are quite entertaining (View Full FB Post):

Liliana of the VeilHornet QueenElves of Deep ShadowJokulmorderGo for the throat
Teysa, Envoy of GhostsElspeth, Knight-ErrantThoughtseizeRoastTamiyo, the Moon Sage
Argothian EnchantressWindwright MageMaster of WavesEternal WitnessPacifism
Learn from the pastChandra, PyromasterFleecemane LionPhyrexian DreadnoughtCarrion Feeder
Stoneforge MysticThassa, God of the SeaHellriderMonastery Swiftspear

I have so many personalities. LOL. And these:

The next time I’m bored, I’ll just read this post again. And even if I grow older, for sure this post will still make me smile…

DTK Game Day Killing Spree

Because Thunderbreak Regent was at stake, I expected that Game Day was going to be tough with everybody aiming for a set (including me). LOL. So I tweaked my deck few hours before the tournament with a must-win mindset. As usual, I’ve got no sleep nor a decent meal coming from a graveyard shift. Hehe.

Here’s my new list (boyfriend didn’t approve some of my card choices especially the broken numbers but I prefer it this way and it has to be my way just because…)

I got my first Thunderbreak Regent from GMaster Games and I planned to get 3 more by attending late afternoon and next day  events. Original plan was:
Saturday: (1)GMaster Games and (2)XHC
Sunday: (3)GMaster Games and (4)Spiral Valenzuela

DTK Game Day Loots

DTK Game Day Loots

Matches Summary:
There was nothing remarkable about my matches except that my main Surge of Righteousness did a great job. Just as I thought, it won’t go to waste knowing that local meta is red and Abzan.

RD1: WIN
2-1 vs BW Warriors

RD2: WIN
2-0 vs Jeskai Aggro

RD3: LOSS
0-2 vs Monored Aggro

RD4: DRAW
ID vs Monored Aggro

Quarterfinals: LOSS
0-2 vs RG Dragons
This was my second time losing to RG Dragons. #Sweep
So if ever I’ll be changing decks, I might consider this one. Or maybe Atarka Red. 🙂

Lowering the curve was actually the best approach to deal with hyperaggressive decks. I didn’t feel the need for Wingmate Roc and Tasigur all throughout the games.

Did I manage to get a set of Thunderbreak Regent? NO. A lot of things were waiting at home and we couldn’t afford to stay late outside. Too many household chores, too many stressful things. Then we woke up late on Sunday giving us no chance to make it to the tournament. So much for my original plan. *sigh*

Overall, I was happy with my deck performance and DTK Game Day loots. Hoping to grind more in the next few days! Of course I have to make few more adjustments based on my tournament results, meta, and bf’s suggestions.

1000 Moods of Magic

This is a summary of the week that was…. work, magic and everything in between.

Women's Mood

Feeling entertained

I’ve found a good read online and I can totally relate to the author – Things My Male Tech Colleagues Have Actually Said to Me, Annotated
We’re the same in a sense that I’ve been working in a male environment since OJT days up to this point since technology is my expertise. But unlike her, I don’t make sacrifices for Llorothaag.

Feeling fooled

Much of being trolled to think that it was past April 1. I clicked on hot girl’s thumbnail on Facebook not knowing that it was linked to the many funny faces of Nicolas Cage. #Sucker

Feeling excited

I encouraged my friend Ed to join Team Well Played‘s Hoodie & Shirts Giveaway and so he did. Here’s our entry!

Jeskai Ascendancy Funny Version

Grieving…

My boyfriend’s grandma passed away and it was a very sad news to the family. While she was really old, no one’s prepared for it. There is no such thing as timely death.

Sick…

I was sick since Thursday and a bit worried about my weekend. It might mean I have to stay at home. #Boring

Feeling content

I was ranting about how unlucky my summons were but a guild member assured me it was fine.
M1: You know the secret to happiness?
Me: Contentment?
M1: Lower expectations. LOL
#TrueStory
Well, I’ve been playing Summoners War for 1 and half months and some people think I’m lucky to have these monsters:

Summoners War

Feeling accomplished

Finally got a Dark Death Knight. #B1Forever

Summoners War Dark Death Knight

Feeling a little better

… because I’ve got my daily dose of magic on a Black Saturday.

PPTQ Milwaukee at GMaster Games

My throne… ©GMaster Games

Don’t expect a detailed report. I was kinda sick and too sleepy to remember (coming from my graveyard shift as usual). I used the same deck from last week with slight changes as follows:
Main:
– 1 Bile Blight
+ 1 Ultimate Price
(I’ve got no Dromoka’s Command yet for Valorous Stance’s slot.)

SB:
-2 Back to Nature
-1 Surge or Righteousness
+2 Master of the Unseen
+1 Ultimate Price

PPTQ Milwaukee
RD1: WIN
2-0 vs UB Control

RD2: WIN
2-1 vs Abzan Aggro

RD3: LOSS
0-2 vs RG Dragons

RD4: WIN
2-0 vs Abzan Midrange

RD5: DRAW
ID with 4-color combo

Quarterfinals: Conceded to my good friend Roy.

Notable cards from my prize packs: Atarka’s Command, Deathmist Raptor.

Feeling hyper

Cheers to Sunday gaming! It’s nice to see my friends again. LOL. And I went crazy upon seeing the altered Ajani’s Pridemate with four seasons of Hello Kitty!

Four Seasons of Hello Kitty - Altered Ajani's Pridemate

Four Seasons of Hello Kitty

Feeling stupid @ XHC’s GPT Kyoto

RD1: LOSS
1-2 vs Monored Aggro
I let my Wingmate Roc died to Roast. I must’ve been very hungry by then thinking about nothing but roasted chicken. How could I let it happen? Actually, we’ve been in a complicated sitch since it involved my boyfriend who was a spectator of the match. I took all the responsibility of that illegal play and still won Game 2. GG on Game 3. I didn’t stand a chance with Eidolon of the Great Revel after missing my 3rd land drop. It was too late for Drown in Sorrow.

Feeling more stupid

RD2: DRAW
1-1 vs BW Warriors
I wasn’t able to shake off the feeling of being too stupid…. so let’s welcome another mistake. Since my Fleecemane Lion has been swinging freely for 2 consecutive turns, I assumed he didn’t have any Bile Blight. Prolly not yet. And I overcommitted with my second Fleecemane Lion. Both met a blighted ending on his turn.

Feeling demoralized

RD3: LOSS
1-2 vs UB Control
This is the worst misplay I’ve ever done. Most stupid that I couldn’t forgive myself. Using Elspeth, Sun’s Champion’s second ability to destroy Silumgar, the Drifting Death while I had a 4/4Elemental creature from Nissa, Worldwaker? WTF ran through my head?! Maybe, all of my brain cells died with so much frustrations earlier. My sanity has forsaken me. And I decided I’m going to drop.

Feeling guilty

For the first time, I didn’t walk the talk. Last week, this was my comment on xalmendarez’ blog post:

MTG Blog Comment

As much as I wanted to continue playing, I was too certain that I won’t do any better. I promised myself to make it up with lots of playtest the following week. I was too scared to look into my boyfriend’s eyes because I knew, he was going to say a lot of nasty things. I talked to my friend instead, “Pong, what’s the plan?” He got 2 losses already and wanted to drop as well. I told him I wasn’t ready to listen to a nagging boyfriend for I might break down any moment…

Feeling rewarded

I was thankful Raven has been considerate and didn’t say a thing. Whew. We just sat down and started opening packs. I bought something for my deck (Please disregard foil Lose Calm and the other side of Morph token):

Dromoka's Command

Feeling positive

We headed to SM Megamall from XHC for our usual Sunday late magic with cosplayer friends. There I got my much needed summer lovin’ and care from my girl friends. I also got a choco mango crepe from them after dinner! #SweetTreat

Feeling creative

Our craziness kicked in! Meet Wasabi guy.

Wasabo Guy Easter Egg Hunt

Green eggs ahead… ©Mayoko

I made his balls and cover them with parsley because it was Easter Sunday and I wanted them to join the “egg hunt”. Tinn almost died laughing. LOL

Feeling blessed

We parted ways at around 10PM. Raven and I had our second dinner at local tapsihan and we found a stray kitten on our way home. He brought it with us and I named it Django.

Thank you for reading. 🙂

P.S.

As suggested by Pong, I’ll be changing my pink sleeves with RTFC soon. Read the F-ing cards because reading is tech!

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