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 ┬áCafe’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. ­čÖé
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┬áthe 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.

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