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.

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

 

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

Cosmania 2014 – MTG Demo Team

MTG Demo Team with MTG Planeswalkers

MTG Planeswalkers

2 days were soooo rewarding. OMG OMG OMG! Lol. Will update this post soon.

~~~~~~~~UPDATE~~~~~~~~
Check my post here: Sharing the Spark – Lizzie Mentors at Cosmania 2014

When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a teacher. Not because I knew that it was a noble profession, but simply because I was inspired by my educators. Right now, I am not sure if I still want to be one. I’m quite happy spending hours in front of a work laptop during weekdays and shuffling cards during weekends. But there’s one event I’m thankful about which reminded me that teaching comes in many forms – Cosmania 2014. As part of the MTG Demo Team, I had the chance to introduce Magic to new players. It was a great experience – heart-warming, fulfilling and rewarding. But then again this was months ago – sorry for the late blog entry. A lot of things happened between then and now and I couldn’t write when I’m obsessed and cramped. That feeling is finally over, thank goodness. So let me get started by sharing some observations.

Time for Monoblack Aggro

I just realized that I didn’t blog about my WMCQ experience. I was probably dishearten. LOL. My performance in 3 WMCQs was just so-so and I used my UW Devo all throughout.

MTG - WMCQ II with friends

WMCQ II with friends – ©Boom Dizon

The most that I’m happy about was being able to contribute to the MTG community by working on WMCQ I and II metagame breakdown. (Shout out to Raven Knives: THANKS!)

Moving forward, it’s about time to brew a new deck! I was rooting for Temur since the completion of KTK spoilers but because finding the cards I need was a bit challenging not to mention that we didn’t play during Khans of Tarkir prerelease. I have to content myself with my so-called “meantime” deck. You can even call this precon with its funny numbers and card choices. Talk about being resourceful!

[deck title=Monoblack Precon]
[Lands]
22 Swamp
[/Lands]

[Creatures]
3 Bloodsoaked Champion
4 Gnarled Scarhide
3 Herald of Torment
4 Mardu Skullhunter
2 Mogis’ Marauder
3 Pain Seer
1 Spiteful Returned
4 Tormented Hero
2 Ruthless Ripper
1 Erebos, God of the Dead
[/Creatures]

[Spells]3 Bile Blight
1 Hall of Triumph
3 Hero’s Downfall
4 Thoughtseize
[/Spells]

[Sideboards]
1 Agent of Erebos
1 Bile Blight
4 Despise
2 Dark Betrayal
1 Hero’s Downfall
3 Pharika’s Cure
1 Silence the Believers
2 Whip of Erebos
[/Sideboards]
[/deck]

KTK cards are now legal! But I was not supposed to play earlier because I didn’t have any Bloodsoaked Champion yet. I just got lucky to find sellers at the venue just before the tournament started. Sideboard was a bit haywire because I didn’t have any more useful black pieces with me. Added 2 Whip for the heck of making it 15.

RD1: 2-0 vs BW Aggro
*feeling victorious*
Oh yes, I came prepared. Thank you Dark Betrayal, Bile Blight and Hero’s Downfall. Erebos, God of the Dead became a creature in game 2, and just when he thought he could block, I’ve got Herald of Torment and bestowed it for the kill.

RD2: 1-2 vs RW Mid
It was a fair match. My big mistake was keeping one land in Game 3. Actually, it should have worked if he didn’t draw another Propethic Flamespeaker. My plays went like this: 1st turn creat, 2nd – Thoughtseize picking Nyx Fleece Ram, 3rd – Despise picking Propethic Flamespeaker. His remaining cards: 2 lands, 1 Sarkhan, 1 Stormbreath while having 2 lands in play already. I knew it was going to take time before it gets beefy. But lo and behold, he topdecked Propethic Flamespeaker which gave him the total advantage. Just when I drew my 2nd land, I was way way behind the race. Lesson learned: MULL.

RD3: 1-1-1 vs Abzan Midrange
Game 1 was an easy win for me. In Game 2, my creatures drowned in sorrow. That was after I have Thoughseize-d his 1 Drown in Sorrow in hand. Lucky draw for him. Still, I shouldn’t have overcommitted. Game 3 was an extra long game because of his early blockers and life link – Sylvan Caryatid + Hopeful Eidolon, Agent of Fates + Eternal Thirst. Time’s up!

RD4: 2-0 vs Abzan Midrange
Opponent mulled to 5 and when I played Thoughtseize, he only had Elspeth, Sun’s Champion and 4 lands. Next Thoughtseize, I caught his just-drawn Sorin, Solemn Visitor. He then conceded after taking some damage from my attacking creatures. I was actually not sure what he had in his deck so I blind sideboarded with 4 Despise and 1 Hero’s Downfall. My spot removals dealt with his Courser, Rakshasa Deathdealer and Siege Rhino effectively. Perfect timing. And as for his 2 Sylvan Caryatid as blockers, it didn’t matter at all with my Mogi’s Marauder.

RD5: 2-1 vs UW Control
Opponent was able to take control of the game in as early as game 1 so I have to concede and make up for my loss in game 2. It took me a lot of patience and hard work to zeroed his life. Too much delays coming from Last Breath and Crippling Chill. In game 3, my deck ran smoothly that even if the opponent had End Hostilities, it won’t be enough to stop me from winning. LOL. I had enough threats in play while my hand is also fully loaded. My deck was quick enough to prevent him from playing his Resolute Angel. Too late.

Finishing 6th (out of 29 players) with this “meantime” deck wasn’t bad at all. 🙂

Hello UW Devotion!

And so I feel the need to splash another color… Hello UW Devo!

Because I don’t post tournament reports right away, I tend to forget my matches. The most that I can share today is my decklist after finishing first in last Sunday’s standard event. In fact, I was not even sure how many games it took us per match.

Record courtesy or planeswakerpoints.com (and I just included their decks):
RD1: Win (+3) Santos, Dansky (BUG Control)
RD2: Win (+3) Luces, Jonathan Justin (Monoblack Devotion)
RD3: Draw (+1) Unknown, Unknown (either Esper Control or Monoblack Devotion – because his name is “unknown”, I had a hard time recalling his deck)
RD4: Win (+3) Basilonia, Anthony Brian (Monoblack Devotion)
RD5: Win (+3) Lee, Jefferson (Jund Monsters)

[deck title=UW Devotion]
[Lands]
14 Island
4 Hallowed Fountain
4 Temple of Enlightenment
3 Mutavault
[/Lands]

[Creatures]
3 Judge’s Familiar
3 Cloudfin Raptor
4 Tidebinder Mage
3 Frostburn Weird
4 Master of Waves
4 Nightveil Spectre
4 Thassa, God of the Sea
1 Ephara, God of the Polis
[/Creatures]

[Spells]1 Dispel
1 Ajani’s Presence
1 Bident of Thassa
1 Jace, Architect of Thought
2 Rabid Hybridization
2 Detention Sphere
1 Banishing Light
[/Spells]

[Sideboards]
1 Domestication
2 Ajani’s Presence
1 Dispel
1 Dissolve
1 Negate
2 Ratchet Bomb
1 Detention Sphere
1 Jace, Architect of Thought
1 Jace, Memory Adept
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Banishing Light
1 Rapid Hybridization
1 Cyclonic Rift
[/Sideboards]
[/deck]

Ok, I guess there’s nothing to do here. Might just go into details real soon.

P.S. Broken numbers (especially the creatures), I know!

Monoblue is Still Alive

Monoblue is not yet dead! My 3 consecutive top 8s in weekend tournaments proved it.

Feb 16, 2014: Magic Grand Prix Trial – Melbourne 2014
Players: 26
Place: 8th
Standing: 3-1-1
RD1: MonoRed 2-1
RD2: Monogreen 1-1
RD3: Monored Devotion 1-2
RD4: Esper Control 2-0
RD5: Monoblack Devotion 2-0

Feb 23, 2014: Standard Tournament
Players: 27
Place: 1st
Standing: 4-0-1
RD1: Monoblack Devo 2-1
RD2: UWR Control 1-1
RD3: Esper Control -1
RD4: RW Burn 2-1
RD5: Monored Devotion 2-1

March 1, 2014: Magic Game Day – Born of the Gods
Players: 39
Place: 6th
Standing: X-1-1
RD1: Monoblack Devo 2-0
RD2: Golgari Aggro 2-0
RD3: UW Control 1-1-1
RD4: RG Monsters 2-0
RD5: Golgari Aggro 2-1
RD6: Monoblack Devo (Splash White/Blue) 0-2

Top 8 Play offs:
Quarterfinals: RG Devo 1-2

Sorry, I’ve been too busy to post my weekly tournament results. @_@ I bet you could imagine how my matches went considering that Monoblue Devotion is a pretty popular deck. Rather, was???

It all started with ProTour Theros and then the trend goes on. Actually, I’ve never imagined myself playing a blue deck. Not my color. Really. But because I qualified for Laro 2013: Sparta Cup using Kibler’s RG, I had to grab a ready-made deck real quick for the event. I was punished for my last minute preparation. Finished 3-4 and the rest was history.

Moving forward, I learned how to use the deck and loved it ever since. Here’s my decklist for the 3 tournaments mentioned above. I used to pilot the original build in previous tourneys (October 2013 – early Feb 2014) with just few SB modifications.

[deck title=Monoblue Devotion]
[Lands]
21 Island
3 Mutavault
1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx[/Lands]

[Creatures]
2 Judge’s Familiar
4 Cloudfin Raptor
4 Tidebinder Mage
4 Frostburn Weird
4 Master of Waves
4 Nightveil Spectre
4 Thassa, God of the Sea
[/Creatures]

[Spells]1 Dispel
1 Ratchet Bomb
1 Bident of Thassa
1 Domestication
2 Jace, Architect of Thought
2 Rabid Hybridization
1 Cyclonic Rift
[/Spells]

[Sideboards]
1 Domestication
3 Gainsay
1 Rapid Hybridization
1 Dispel
1 Negate
1 Dissolve
1 Ratchet Bomb
1 Jace, Architect of Thought
1 Bident of Thassa
1 Jace Memory Adept
2 Cyclonic Rift
1 Curse of the Swine[/Sideboards]
[/deck]

Why cut 2 Judge’s Familiar for a Dispel and Ratchet Bomb?
Metacall. My choice. I was having a hard time dealing with Pack Rat, Mistcutter Hydra, Sphinx Revelation and a lot of instant spells. And… it worked!

Taking a Break from MTG

Striving to win? Why so serious? Ooops, that’s not me! I’m one of the happy-go-lucky MTG players lately. Eversince my bf built me a Naya Blitz deck, I became active in playing MTG again. I kept on grinding… sadly, not to the top. Not yet!

I just came from an FNM earlier and my standing sucks. 1-3-1. That draw was brought about my major misplay! Uh-oh… And the 3 losses?
vs Esper Control : 0 -2
vs Esper Control : 0 -2
vs Junk Reanimator: 0-2

I won over one Junk Reanimator match and drew it with URW control. At times like this, I really need lots of things to distract me. Err, something that will make me forget about my mistakes and not so good luck. I’ll blog about my common misplays next time once I’m over it. For now, enough playbacks!

So, what am I up to? Blogging, Facebook, and food. LOL. These are some of the things that make me happy. They help me forget something and make the most out of my ‘waiting time’ or ‘boring day’. What about blogging? Just like what I’m doing right now. Blabbing about MTG or something else. The bonus is when I get paid for it. Hahaha. And Facebook? Oh yeah,it’s one of the reasons why people tend to procrastinate. Facebook offers a lot of things that’s why I have no regrets signing up for an account. I love how the social network helps me in promoting my blogs. It’s easy to communicate or keep in touch with family and friends, fun to play games and share anything you want.

When I want to unplug from bothering thoughts, one of the things I do is play online. It doesn’t have to be MMORPG or other popular games, Facebook apps are good enough. Tetris, SIMS Social, Backyard Monsters, Farmville, etc are some of the Facebook games I played. And there’s something new I’d like to share: LetterUp!

LetterUp Facebook

While you guys might be enjoying 4 pics 1 word and logo quiz apps on your smartphone, LetterUp is also worth-trying. Challenge your brain in this crossword game! It’s fun to get high scores by forming words strategically. Pretty much like scrabble.

If you’re up for the challenge, invite your friends and start playing LetterUp on Facebook: https://apps.facebook.com/letterupgame/

Play LetterUp
For more information about the game please visit https://letterup.com/
Don’t forget to check the game rules. You’ll learn a lot from there including letter distribution and points.