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.

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.

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

 

A Tale of Roasted Rhinos and Four Dragons

This is a story of how Van Mamokhan emerged as the GPT Shanghai Champion at GMaster Games. His monored deck trampled the Abzan Houses except for one to whom I had a draw with. The end.

Ok, on to my deck list:

[deck title=Abzan Aggro]
[Lands]
3 Caves of Koilos
2 Forest
3 Llanowar Wastes
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
3 Wingmate Roc
2 Tasigur, the Golden Fang[/Creatures]

[Spells]
2 Sorin, Solemn Visitor
3 Abzan Charm
3 Hero’s Downfall
2 Thoughtseize
3 Bile Blight
2 Valorous Stance
[/Spells]

[Sideboards]
3 Drown in Sorrow
2 Duress
2 Thoughtseize
1 Hero’s Downfall
1 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
1 Nissa, Worldwaker
3 Surge of Righteousness
2 Back to Nature
[/Sideboards]
[/deck]

Credit goes to Conrad Dungan for the mainboard and bf for the sideboard. Thanks guys!
It was my first time using this deck so going undefeated before the playoffs is a feat. Atleast for me.

GPT Shanghai at Gmaster Games

Round 1 ©GMaster Games

RD1: WIN
2-0 vs RG Devotion
Just when he had big creatures like Polukranos and Genesis Hydra, I always had the right removal to deal with them. No game highlights.

RD2: WIN
2-0 vs Abzan Midrange
My oppononent got a game loss penalty for registering incorrect number of cards or whatever the technical term for it. We proceeded to Game 2 and I won.

RD3: WIN
2-1 vs Monored Aggro
Opponent won Game 1 even at one-land play.
SB:
+3 Drown in Sorrow
+3 Surge of Righteousness
-2 Valorous Stance
-2 Abzan Charm
-2 Hero’s Downfall
I won the remaining 2 games and I was proud of myself for delaying his Obelisk of Urd by all means. Well, a Downfall for 1/1 creature was kinda pathetic but I just felt the need to kill them. True enough, when he had 4 lands and 2 remaining Goblins, Urd came. On his next turn, he used [card]Harness by Force[/card] to contol my Anafenza, the Foremost so I got no blockers. I destroyed one of his Goblins with Surge of Righteousness and gained 2 life. Once I’ve got my Anafenza back, I attacked him and “raid” for Wingmate Roc. GG.

RD4: DRAW
1-1 vs Abzan Midrange
His early Thoughtseize left me behind the game. I lost.
Game 2 was a bit exciting. Last 5 turns and he was down to 1, while I was down to 2. So whoever topdecks Rhino wins the game.
He cast End Hostilities to destroy my Rakshasha Deathdealer and Anafenza. I was forced to regenerate Rakshasa and took 1 damage from Llanowar Wastes.
I played another Rakshasa on my turn and he responded with Abzan Charm. Unfortunately, it was an illegal target.
He passed the turn. I attacked for the win.

Quarterfinals: WIN
2-0 vs Monored Aggro

Roast for Siege Rhino

©MTG Tambayan

Semifinals: LOSS
1-2 vs Monored Aggro
I was pretty used to red decks but then it was Van-Van, Laro 2014 Champion. We had numerous matches from before and I’m not even sure if we have a score to settle. Lol.
I won the first game and almost won the second if not for back to back Roast for my Rhinos. Insane topdeck.
Third game was so intense too. He burned every creature I played. He even killed my Sorin twice. A Roast for Tasigur. And Stormbreath Dragon started popping up one after another. He was down to 13 and I was trying to figure out how to kill him with my Siege Rhino, Wingmate Roc and 3/4 Bird Token. I wished I had 2 Abzan Charm so I could swing for the win. But no, I only had one which could only deal a maximum of 12 damage. When he cast his third Stormbreath Dragon, I was doomed. He then showed me the 4th one from his hand. WTF. GG.

A piece of advice from Van – I could have done better by abusing Delve and filtering my graveyard with Tasigur. Yes, I know. There were 2 Hero’s Downfall that I could use but I was so obsessed with Sorins that I didn’t want to delve them away. Of course I’ve considered all the possibilities but sometimes I was too greedy. Lesson learned. But wait, there was only 1 Stormbreath Dragon by that time so I wasn’t eyeing Downfall at all.

X-1-1 without a decent sleep and proper meal wasn’t bad at all not to mention that it was my first time piloting this new deck. More practice!

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

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!

UW Humans January 2012 Statistics

This post (supposed to be weekly tournament report) has been long overdue so I can no longer recount the highlights of my matches. Just wanna share some quick stats and deck transition. The very first version of my Humans deck can be found here.

For January, I’ve used UW Humans five times in the following events:
1/04/12 Wednesday Standard @ Ongkeco’s Hobby Shop: 2-2
1/07/12 GPT Kuala Lumpur @ Eton Cyberpod: 5-2
1/08/12 Sunday Standard @ SM North: 2-4
1/14/12 GPT Kuala Lumpur @ Eton Cyberpod: 5-2
1/21/12 GPT Kuala Lumpur @ Eton Cyberpod: 4-3

Weekly Changes (Progressive) and Results:
1/07/12 GPT Kuala Lumpur @ Eton Cyberpod: 5-2

Main:
-1 Gideons Lawkeeper
-1 Sword of War and Peace
+1 Day of Judgement
+1 Mikaeus, the Lunarch

SB:
-1 Dismember
-1 Angelic Destiny
+1 Sword of War and Peace
+1 Day of Judgement

UW Illusions 2 – 1
RDW 2 – 0
Kessig Ramp 0 – 2
UW Illusions 2 – 0
RDW 2 – 1
UW Humans 0 – 2
UW Illusions 2 – 1

1/08/12 Sunday Standard @ SM North: 2-4

SB:
+1 Gideon Jura
-1 Grand Abolisher

UW Humans 2 – 1
RDW 2 – 0
MBI 0 – 2
RDW 1 – 2
Wolves 1 – 2
UW Delver 0 – 2

1/14/12 GPT Kuala Lumpur @ Eton Cyberpod: 5-2

Main:
+4 Champion of the Parish
+1 Angelic Destiny
-3 Mana Leak
-1 Sword of War and Peace
-1 Mikaeus, the Lunarch

SB:
-1 Geist of Saint Traft
-1 Gideon Jura
+2 Mana Leak

UB Control 2 – 0
RDW 0 – 2
UB Control 2 – 0
UW Delver 0 – 2
RDW 2 – 0
Kessig Ramp 2 – 1
GW Tokens 2 – 0

1/21/12 GPT Kuala Lumpur @ Eton Cyberpod: 4-3

Main:
-1 Champion of the Parish
-1 Leonin Relic-Warder
+1 Grand Abolisher
+1 Divine Offering

SB:
-1 Grand Abolisher
+1 Nihil Spellbomb

Kessig Ramp 2 – 0
Solar Flare 2 – 1
UW Humans 0 – 2
Tempered Steel 1 – 2
Puresteel 2 – 0
Jund Kessig 2 – 0
UB Control 1 – 2

And this is my current deck pre-Dark Ascension:
SB:
-1 Nihil Spellbomb
+1 Revoke Existence

Deck List:
[deck title=UW Humans]
[Lands]
4 Glacial Fortress
1 Island
3 Moorland Haunt
12 Plains
4 Seachrome Coast[/Lands]

[Creatures]
3 Champion of the Parish
4 Doomed Traveler
2 Fiend Hunter
3 Geist of Saint Traft
2 Gideons Lawkeeper
3 Grand Abolisher
4 Hero of Bladehold
1 Leonin Relic-Warder
4 Mirran Crusader
[/Creatures]

[Spells]2 Angelic Destiny
1 Day of Judgement
4 Honor of the Pure
2 Oblivion Ring
1 Sword of War and Peace
1 Divine Offering
[/Spells]

[Sideboards]
2 Celestial Purge
1 Day of Judgement
2 Dismember
1 Divine Offering
2 Mana Leak
1 Negate
1 Oblivion Ring
1 Revoke Existence
1 Sword of War and Peace
3 Timely Reinforcements[/Sideboards][/deck]

PS: Here’s my tally sheet…

UW Humans January 2012 Performance

Notes:
1. Most of my losses are against more aggro decks while most wins come from control matches.
2. My wins from RDW are mostly sideboarded games.
3. Most UW Illusions deck have evolved into UW Delver.