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

Hello Avacyn!

Avacyn, Angel of Hope

Wait, I don’t think I have the right to say hello to Avacyn for I was not present at the prerelease event yesterday. My boyfriend and I were too busy with a lot of things. Of course this has nothing to do with personal stuff or Colchester dating. We’re just rushing some online tasks and our MTG funds depend on it. Lol. We’re also planning to buy a new laptop so we really have to work harder. 🙂

With Avacyn Restored officially launched here, I wish to collect all the Angel cards!

[draft]Archangel
Seraph of Dawn
Voice of the Provinces
Angel of Glory’s Rise
Goldnight Redeemer
Herald of War
Emancipation Angel
Bruna, Light of Alabaster
Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
Angel of Jubilation
Restoration Angel
Sigarda, Host of Herons
Avacyn, Angel of Hope[/draft]

Though we’re not able to play at the PR event, we’re hoping to join the release party next week. I wish to grab a booster box, too because it’s been a while since we last pre-ordered one. 🙁

Huntmaster of the Fells from Dark Ascension Prerelease

I guess that’s the only highlight of my Dark Ascension PR... 🙁

Huntmaster of the Fells / Ravager of the Fells

I also got Mikaeus, the Unhallowed from the same pack where I got Huntmaster of the Fells. Pretty lucky with double mythic but that was the end of it.

As for my doubts and sentiments, you can view it here – My Dark Ascension Prerelease Experience

And I just feel like posting the new rares in our card pool (mine + bf’s):
[draft]Huntmaster of the Fells
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
Woodland Cemetery
Falkenrath Aristocrat
Alpha Brawl
Mentor of the Meek
Flayer of the Hatebound
Heretics Punishment
Increasing Ambition
Increasing Savagery
Lost in the Woods
Kessig Cagebreakers
Laboratory Maniac
Skirsdag High Priest
Havengul Runebinder[/draft]

Since MTG Helper plugin is not yet updated with Dark Ascension cards as of this writing, here’s the list:

Huntmaster of the Fells
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
Woodland Cemetery
Falkenrath Aristocrat
Alpha Brawl
Mentor of the Meek
Flayer of the Hatebound
Heretic’s Punishment
Increasing Ambition
Increasing Savagery
Lost in the Woods
Kessig Cagebreakers
Laboratory Maniac
Skirsdag High Priest
Havengul, Runebinder

PS:
I’m looking for Akroma, Angel of Wrath for my EDH deck!

M12 Prerelease

Hello planeswalkers!

DSC01502_M12 Prerelease

Hello walkers!

My boyfriend and I didn’t perform well last PR so I don’t have the guts to post our decklists. I was paired against him on the last round and he let me win. Lol. My only consolation is that I’ve got Chandra the Firebrand on my card pool! Yay! A money rare that covers my PR registration fee.

Lots of Goodies from 3 New Phyrexia Prereleases

Pinkville’s (PINK and MAGIC Convergence Zone) update depends on MTGirl so I better rush my PR post here.

As you may know, my MTG addiction hits again! Right after Friday Night Magic (started at 8PM, finished by 12MN) at Titan Hobby Shop – Libis, I headed to Kapitolyo branch along with 3 other players for the midnight prerelease.

FNM Report: 2-1-1 (Naya Toolbox)

Round 1: DRAW
vs Monogreen Elves: 1 – 1

Thanks to [card]Linvala, Keeper of Silence[/card] for such a loooong game!

Round 2: WIN
vs RDW: 2 – 1

Searing Blaze zeroed my life in game 1. And his Jinxed Idol annoyed me that much.

Thanks to Phyrexian Revoker, Jinxed Idol is forever his! 😀 I’ve got a reserved Refraction Trap, just in case. Game 2 and 3 were mine.

Round 3: LOSS
vs Vampires: 0 – 2

Pressured here! Yeah, misplays. Destined to lose anyway, opponent had the upper hand when he won Game 1 and we’re on the last 5 turns of game 2.

Round 4: WIN
vs Tempered Steel: 2 – 0

[card]Hero of Oxid Ridge[/card] for the win! 🙂

Midnight PR time! I was able to pull out bombs from my card pool and manage to construct this deck:

[deck title=BW @ Titan Kapitolyo]
[Lands]
9 Plains
8 Swamp[/Lands]

[Creatures]
1 Abuna Acolyte
1 Fume Spitter
1 Contagious Nim
1 Geth, Lord of the Vault
1 Glint Hawk
1 Kembas Skyguard
1 Memnite
1 Myr Battlesphere
1 Puresteel Paladin
1 Sensor Splicer
1 Shriek Raptor
1 Sunblast Angel
1 Suture Priest
1 Toxic Nim
1 Wall of Tanglecord[/Creatures]

[Spells]
1 Batterskull
1 Dismember
1 Dispense Justice
1 Glint Hawk Idol
1 Grasp of Darkness
2 Grim Affliction
1 Soul Parry
[/Spells]

[/deck]

Sideboards that worked for me:

Mortis Dogs, Apostle’s Blessing, Sylvok Lifestaff, Myrsmith

Misplays:

– Land management… tapping all my swamps for Toxic Nim, giving me no extra black mana to regenerate it.

– Not maximizing Geth’s abilities. 🙁

Finished 1-3. We’re done by 6PM and I went home with two other magic players. I managed to get a 2-hour sleep and a relaxing shower before heading to Eton Cyberpod for the morning prerelease.

My boyfriend and I were both in Flight D. I immediately dropped after getting [card]Koth of the Hammer[/card] and [card]Phyrexian Obliterator[/card]. I forgot about the other rares. I think there’s Torpor Orb, too.

Then I joined again for the next pod, which happened to be in Flight D again. Same table number. Gaahhh. Nothing impressive on my card pool. I even got Venser’s Journal on the last pack, that’s the 10th one ‘coz we have 9 of them at home. Grrr.

Die roll, and then it was “pass 2 to the left”.

Here’s the deck that gave me a 4 – 0 standing.
[deck title=BG (Not Sooo Infect!)]
[Lands]
9 Forest
8 Swamp[/Lands]

[Creatures]2 Bellowing Tanglewurm
1 Blistergrub
1 Contagious Nim
1 Dross Hopper
1 Glistener Elf
1 Insatiable Souleater
1 Leaden Myr
1 Molder Beast
2 Mortis Dogs
1 Perilous Myr
1 Phyrexian Metamorph
1 Pith Driller
1 Spinebiter
1 Thundering Tanadon[/Creatures]

[Spells]1 Despise
1 Enslave
1 Grasp of Darkness
1 Grim Affliction
1 Leeching Bite
1 Mutagenic Growth
1 Sickleslicer
[/Spells]

[/deck]

SB that worked for me:
1 Flesh Allergy
1 Grindclock
1 Relic Putrescence
1 Gremlin Mine

Enslave for the win! Another remarkable round is when Phyrexian Metamorph copied opponent’s Tumble Magnet! I won after tapping his only creature.

I like my midnight PR deck better than this one but for some reason, my standing is not that good as the morning pod. It might be my sleepy head and tired body begging for a bed rest as the dawn approaches.

New Phyrexia Pre Release

My first PR shirt!

I’ll post our NPH cards next time. Have to do a lot of sorting out!

Ready for NPH’s Action!

I’ve joined 3 New Phyrexia pre-release events already but haven’t posted a blog entry for any of them yet. Why not? Such a sweet typhoon to end our day which almost soaked our cards! Good thing, my bag was water-proof and I had my umbrella with me. Still, my boyfriend and I went home wet and dripping all over!

New Phyrexia PR Ticket

Marked as claimed...

Hot shower before anything else!

Updates to follow…

Prerelease Event: Mirrodin Besieged

Mirran VS Phyrexian!

MBS Prerelease

While waiting to be seated on our respective tables

Mirrodin Besieged Prerelease

Round 1: Mirran VS Mirran

I played Mirran while my boyfriend chose the dark side – Phyrexia. Finished 1-3 and 2-2 respectively. 🙁 As if we’re not yet contented, we played our decks against each other at home. Fair fight. LOL. 2-2.
[deck title=We Will Endure]
[Land]
7 Mountains
9 Plains
[/Lands]

[Creatures]
1 Ardent Recruit
1 Bladed Sentinel
1 Blade-Tribe Berserkers
1 Blisterstick Shaman
1 Brass Squire
1 Glimmerpost Stag
1 Golem Artisan
1 Iron Myr
1 Kembas Legion
1 Loxodon Partisan
1 Lumengrid Drake
1 Mirran Crusader
1 Myrsmith
1 Ogre Resister
1 Saberclaw Golem
1 Signal Pest
[/Creatures]

[Spells]
1 Assault Strobe
1 Burn the Impure
1 Liquimetal Coating
2 Masters Call
1 Phyrexian Rebirth
1 Revoke Existence
1 Sword of Feast and Famine
[/Spells]

[Sideboards]
1 Strata Scythe
1 Revoke Existence
1 Soul Parry
1 Bladed Sentinel[/Sideboards]
[/deck]

[deck title=All Will Be One]
[Land]
8 Swamps
8 Forest
[/Lands]

[Creatures]1 Blughtwidow
1 Copper Myr
1 Flensermite
1 Flesh-Eater Imp
1 Geth, Lord of the Vault
1 Ichorclaw Myr
1 Phyrexian Rager
1 Phyrexian Vatmother
1 Plaguemaw Beast
1 Rot Wolf
1 Scourge Servant
1 Sylvok Replica
1 Tangler Angler
1 Tangler Hulk
1 Tel-Jilad Fallen
[/Creatures]

[Spells]
1 Black Suns Zenith
1 Flayer Husk
1 Flesh Allergy
1 Morbid Plunder
1 Mortarpod
1 Strata Scythe
1 Unnatural Predation
2 Virulent Wound
[/Spells]

[/deck]

Tickets for Mirrodin Besieged Prerelease

Oh yeah! I’m so excited for the weekend. I choose Mirran over Phyrexian! Can I beat my boyfriend’s selected faction? Hehe. We’re at war. *wink*

Mirrodin Besieged Prerelease MTGirl

Mirrodin Besieged Prerelease Tickets

Scars of Mirrodin Pre-release

My boyfriend and I managed to register on time for the afternoon flight in the first day of Scars of MirrodinPre-release. We had our lunch first and head to our assigned seats. Flight E seemed to have issues with players since few just dropped and we didn’t have enough head count. As a result, we waited for two more players from the other pod. There came the die roll with “pass two to the right” result. I reluctantly passed mine. Though I didn’t have any chased or money rares there, I was able to build a decent deck in my mind. Tic-tac-tic-tac and the two players who just joined in were still filling up their card checklist. Their cards were supposed to be passed to my boyfriend and me. Finally we got hold of them! Guess what… the judge just called out loud to declare “last 15 minutes for deckbuilding”! I wasn’t even done checking  the new cards that I’ve got! And when my boyfriend said that there should be additional time for us two, the judge said that it has been considered already! Oh well, I guess I really have to play the first few cards that caught my attention while browsing.

Scars of Mirrodin PR

Time's up!

I told my boyfriend how disappointed I was with my new card pool and the deck that I’ve made. I was still 0-2 after two rounds. I was tempted to drop the game but we then decided to play with our decks until we finish the four rounds. Good enough, I won the last two rounds. 2-2 standing is really a so-so performance!

Here’s the deck that I played with. Pfffft! Not impressive!
[deck title=SoM PR Deck]
[Lands]
8 Islands
8 Swamps[/Lands]

[Creatures]1 Argent Sphinx
2 Bleak Coven Vampires
1 Blistergrub
2 Corpse Cur
1 Corrupted Harvester
1 Darkslick Drake
1 Ichorclaw Myr
1 Leaden Myr
1 Painsmith
1 Scrapdiver Serpent
1 Precursor Golem
1 Thrumming Bird
1 Vector Asp[/Creatures]

[Spells]1 Accorders Shield
1 Bladed Pinion
1 Golem Foundry
1 Grasp of Darkness
1 Ratchet Bomb
1 Relic Putrescence
1 Tainted Strike
1 Tumble Magnet
1 Volition Reins
[/Spells]

[/deck]
I still got two booster packs! The last one has [card]Ratchet Bomb[/card] and [card]Hand of the Praetors[/card] foil!

Though I did not get any planeswalker, I was still happy at the end of the day! We had a great time with the PAPETS (Sesame Street Conspirators) and it was also our 37th monthsary. The two of us had our own loving moments past midnight!

SSC at SoM Afterparty

SSC SoM Afterparty @ Muchos