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PTQ-Kobe

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So, I played at PTQ Kobe at Robinson’s Galleria last Saturday. First things first: First thing I do when I get passed a Ravnica Block sealed deck is to check the decklist to see if I got passed a shockland. Incredibly, I was passed not just one, but two! That in itself paid for the registration fee, but I still wanted to get a decent finish in the PTQ. Unfortunately, aside from the Temple Garden and the Blood Crypt, I didn’t get that many “wow” cards. Unable to resist what good cards I had, I actually played all five colors: I put in black for removal, put in blue for Helium Squirter (that thing is insane), green for beats, splashing white for Pollenbright Wings and splashing red for Ogre Savant.

Unfortunately as I realized later, I was so elated by having two shocklands and was in such a hurry to play that I forgot to check my curve. It readily became apparent in later games that I was playing with a sort of negative curve – most of my good cards were in the 5 to 6 mana range. On hindsight, I suppose I should have put in the Boros weenies. This proved my undoing in both matches that I lost to quick creature rushes. One match ended in a draw, but I just gave the guy the win anyway. (Note to self: Never do that again. Mercy is for the weak!) I went home not just a bit sleepy (having woking up at 5:30 am) with a 2-3 record.

Must practice more. Unfortunately, the only practice outlet currently is MTGO which is both expensive, and not quite as indicative of the actual environment.

Decklist follows:

1

Temple Garden

1

Blood Crypt

1

Simic Growth Chamber

1

Izzet Boilerworks

1

Selesnya Sanctuary

4

Island

5

Swamp

2

Forest

16 Lands

1

Thoughtpicker Witch

1

Plaxmanta

1

Mourning Thrull

1

Restless Bones

1

Azorius Herald

1

Simic Ragworm

1

Mortipede

1

Demon's Jester

1

Enemy of the Guildpact

1

Ogre Savant

1

Ghor-clan Savage

1

Streetbreaker Wurm

1

Helium Squirter

1

Tattered Drake

1

Vedalken Dismisser

1

Rootkin Ally

16 Creatures

1

Boros Signet

1

Clinging Darkness

1

Repeal

1

Gather Courage

1

Disembowel

1

Vigor Mortis

1

Brainspoil

1

Pollenbright Wings

8 Other Spells

Sideboard

1

Boros Garrison

1

Duskmantle, House of Shadow

1

Glass Golem

1

Bloodleter Quill

1

Selesnya Signet

1

Dimir Signet

1

Azorius Signet

1

Gruul Signet

1

Veteran Armorer

1

Nightguard Patrol

1

Conclave Equenaut

1

Divebomber Griffin

1

Auratouched Mage

1

Caregiver

1

Leave No Trace

1

Wojek Siren

1

To Arms!

1

Sundering Vitae

1

Gatherer of Graces

1

Goliath Spider

1

Simic Initiate

1

Terraformer

1

Zephyr Spirit

1

Drake Familiar

1

Eye of the Storm

1

Mimeofacture

1

Nettling Curse

1

Train of Thought

1

Scorched Rusalka

1

Indentured Oaf

1

Psychotic Fury

1

Dogpile

1

Smash

1

Goblin Fire Fiend

1

Sparkmage Apprentice

1

Sell-Sword Brute

1

Fencer's Magemark

1

Taste for Mayhem

1

Psychic Drain

1

Vigean Hydropon

1

Vigean Intuition

1

Scab-clan Mauler

1

Boros Recruit

1

Thundersong Trumpeter

1

Guardian of Vitu-ghazi

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