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The GPT was today: Sunday, 25-May-2008 as Robinson’s Galleria.

I’m sad that the GPTs are all scheduled on Sundays.

The deck I brought:

I felt unsure bringing in this deck (or any other deck actually). I’m walking into a tournament again with no playtesting, so it’s almost sure to bite me in the ass. Still, it’s a solid choice; hopefully I could just make some skill matter. I probably should have splashed white for some removal, but I didn’t have time to gather Crib Swaps.

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Round 1: 1-2 Loss vs Monowhite/Kithkin:

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Not a good start. All three games were close races decided by his Thistledown Liege; if I actually did have white and Crib Swaps, they would have been awesome here. I also made the mistake of not boarding in Cloudthresher to handle the Spirit tokens off Spectral Procession, since the Liege makes them a powerful clock. Ironic, since I was winning using the same combo in the draft yesterday.

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Round 2: 2-0 win vs Red Black:

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No surprise here, the matchup is probably something like 90-10 in my favor. In the second game, he played Countryside Crusher off one mountain and two Reflecting Pools. I played, in succession: Oversoul of Dusk (stops the Crusher), Primal Command (bounce mountain to top and search for second Oversoul), Oversoul of Dusk. At that point, his deck had no point of recovery.

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Round 3: 1-2 loss vs Green/white/black:

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His deck is the same as mine, except with more removal. Skill came into play here, but sadly it was my lack of skill Game one was close, but I lost game two to a 4/4 indestructible Vanquisher that suddenly became 7/1 courtesy of Nameless Inversion. I could have blocked the Vanquisher for at least two more turns; I knew he had the Inversion in hand (he revealed it for the Vanquisher) when he attacked with me at six life, still I said “take.” =( Checking the top cards of my library afterwards, I might have won in two more turns, since he was at one life with no fliers and I was going to draw the Shield.

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Final Record: 1-2-Drop

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Sigh. Despite doing well in drafts, I’m on a bad streak constructed-wise. At least the deck is definitely better in block compared to standard; no real bad matchups as far as I can tell. The games I lost were winnable games this time, instead of lopsided matchups. The difference lies in playing skill. Since I still don’t have time to playtest, there’s not much to do but to be more careful in making my decisions.

Next week: Probably nothing, as I can’t play in GPT II due to another appointment.

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