So this title might lead one to believe my pre-release was “bad”. It wasn’t bad, but it also was not too great either. Essentially our 2HG bid ended so badly we decided to play in the main event an hour later on impulse. I’m beyond exhausted and playing Magic pretty much since noon so this post is going to be brief.
2HG Decks and Rounds
I played Red/Black Cheese with Ping Effects and my partner played Green/White Midrange
This weird messy photo is the end result of our two decks.
Round 1: Vs Red/White Aggro and Blue/Black Control
Not only did we start the day off with a savage round 1 teamkill, but things were put over the top when our friend busted out the dreaded turn 4 Chandra, Torch of Defiance. We tried to kill it with Hunt the Weak to kill their Aerial Responder with our own, but a Subtle Strike ended that and Chandra killed us in short order afterward.
Round 2: Vs Red/Black Vehicles and Blue/Green Control
We played against the same couple that I’ve encountered at least 5 times now in this city. We played a pretty fair back and forth until the guy played Saheeli’s Artistry to copy our Cultivator of Blades and his partner’s Ovalchase Dragster. They then swung for 12, pumped to 15 by a Built to Smash. Things like that are hard to recover from and from the already dismal tone of this post you can tell that we didn’t.
Round 3: Vs ???
After spending the last 15 minutes of the round configuring new decks for the last round (Blue/Black Control and Red/White Vehicles) we got the bye…
Then in order to kill time until the actual event we played mental magic with our bulk…
Singles Deck and Rounds
I played Black/White Midrange with the bombs of the Skysovereign, Consul Flagship and the Angel of Invention.
Round 1: Vs Bant Midrange
My opponent kept a slow hand game 1 and I took the early lead. He tried to stabilize with Multiform Wonder, but it lost to my creature swarm. Game 2 I again steamroll him, this time due to color issues.
Round 2: Vs Esper Fliers
- Game 1 my opponent gets color-screwed and loses.
- Game 2 I mulligan to 5, struggle quite a bit then lose.
- and finally Game 3 my opponent’s first 6 lands were 5 plains and 1 Aether Hub.
It was a miracle he managed to cast any spells at all.
Round 3: Vs Orzhou Midrange Mirror Match
So we had the same deck right down to both having:
- Scrapheap Scrounger
- Subtle Strike
- Revoke Privileges
Game 1 he got his Flagship established and I lost.
Game 2 I saw my flagship die, but it got me enough value to still win. Game 3 I lose in time after misplaying and not killing his Marionette Master before he managed to kill one of his own artifacts to burn me for game.
Round 4: Vs Gruul Aggro
I agree with my opponent to split, but he asks that we play the match out for the extra pack. I acquiesce before stealing game 1 off my Flagship. Game 2 I just removed his threats until I had board control. My opponent post game that he had a Chandra that never arrived.
So I won 4 packs which I cracked, opening a Torrential Gearhulk that has since been traded away.
It wasn’t a bad day. My roommate opened a Painter’s Servant masterpiece, friends from round one opened Chandra and Sculpting Steel masterpiece. Meanwhile, I can always look back at my Expedition Flooded Grove and recall that my luck had been sent long ago. Still I had a good time overall. Though going to events back to back is very bad for at least my own sanity.
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