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…)

[deck title=Abzan Aggro]
[Lands]
2 Caves of Koilos
3 Forest
2 Llanowar Wastes
1 Mana Confluence
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
2 Courser of Kruphix
3 Surrak, the Hunt Caller
2 Warden of the First Tree
[/Creatures]

[Spells]
2 Sorin, Solemn Visitor
2 Surge of Righteousness
3 Hero’s Downfall
3 Dromoka’s Command
1 Bile Blight
1 Drown in Sorrow
1 Ultimate Price
[/Spells]

[Sideboards]
1 Bile Blight
2 Drown in Sorrow
2 Duress
2 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
1 Heros Downfall
2 Mastery of the Unseen
1 Nissa, Worldwaker
3 Thoughtseize
1 Ultimate Price
[/Sideboards]
[/deck]

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.

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