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GPT Bangkok #4 *1st*

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Grand Prix Bangkok happens three weekends from now, and I’ve already booked the flight and hotel. All I need now are byes!

The fourth GPT here was yesterday, Sunday Aug 2 at Robinson’s Galleria. The format is M10 Sealed and I found myself faced with the following sealed pool:

This was only my second time with M10 Sealed, but the pool looked pretty solid to me. Having a planeswalker is a big deal, so I was already sure the primary would be green. The question was the secondary color. White offered [Blinding Mage][2], [Serra Angel][3], a solid curve of creatures and the fantastic [Safe Passage][4]. Black gave us a lot of removal, plus some solid evasive creatures. Red and blue gave us some good cards but seemed a bit shallow, so I was left choosing between black and white.

In the end white got the nod for the secondary, with black as tertiary splash for 3 kill spells off one swamp. I really like [Safe Passage][4] in this format as it helps defend against random Overruns.

Here’s the list I played:

Yes, I left [Divine Verdict][6] in the board. I’m brilliant that way.

Quick match reports!

Round 1 vs UW with lotsa fliers and ground stallers. Table 33

Game 1 I got attacked twice by a Sage Owl and won with 18 life.

Game 2 I board in Windstorm, and get a 3-for-1 during his attack, but somehow he recovers with 2 Wind Drakes that go all the way.

Game 3 We had an interesting judge call. I had a 4/4 trampler attacking into a 3/5 [Siege Mastodon][7]. I play [Harm’s Way][8] bouncing 2 damage back to the Mastodon, do I get to assign one trample damage or not? Judge ruled that I did not and that was fine since I wasn’t sure. The 1 damage ends up not mattering as I lose to 2 2/2 fliers again. (The judge later told me that after thinking about it he wasn’t very sure about the ruling either)

Round 2 It’s a bye! What?

Round 3

Game 1 we start off both with G/W but then I start playing Doom Blades and take the game.

Game 2 He suddenly lost his plains and gained swamps. I lost to a [Kelinore Bat][9], how embarrassing. Post-game discussion: Ba’t nag-iba ka ng kulay?, Hahaha

Game 3 Garruk shows up turn four, and from there it’s basically 3 for 1’s to win the game.

Round 4

Game 1 He plays Overrun on turn five with 3 creatures on the board and me at 16. I [Doom Blade][10] away a guy and drop to six. On my turn, I play another removal spell and a blocker, and he’s out of gas from there.

Game 2 I board in a 2/3 forestwalker that never gets answered and it takes the game.

Round 5

I don’t remember much, but I took the win in 3 games. In one game he played turn four [Whispersilk Cloak][11] and turn 5 [Ant Queen][12] Yikes! Luckily I drew the [Borderland Ranger][13] who got the swamp for the [Doom Blade][10] before he got equip that thing.

Round 6

Such a close 3 game match. His deck had Overrun, Fireball, 2 [Prodigal Pyromancers][15], [Dragon Whelp][16], [Howl of the Night Pack][17], et cetera. I had to board in more removal, including Weakness of all things. In game three I kept a hand with 5 lands and Garruk, and just won with infi beast tokens.

Round 7 Intentional Draw

Woo! 5-1-1 is good enough for top 8, which means I get to draft!

Pack 1, pick 1: [Baneslayer Angel][19]. I never really looked at the rest of the pack!

Pack 3, pick 1: I chose [Armored Ascension][20] over [Sunpetal Grove][21]. Heh, not a raredrafter. Ended up not using the aura though. =/

I think I passed too many evasive guys. My draft deck ended up U/W, ground stall + fliers with light permission.

Among the top 8, there were only two of us going to Bangkok, so my quarters opponent graciously gave way and the finals opponent agreed to prize splits, et cetera.

The only relevant match was against the semis where the other guy was playing Blue Black.

Semifinals

Game 1 I start with [Soul Warden][22] He starts with turn 2 [Sage Owl][23] and turn 3 [Hypnotic Spectre][24]. I play [Ice Cage][25] and follow-up with [Griffin Sentinel][26]. From there we start racing; he has a numerical advantage but my Warden gains me in the neighborhood of 12 life. I bring him to one but forgot to counter a crucial [Phantom Warrior][27] that meant I would not survive the next turn.

Game 2 He plays 2nd turn [Sage Owl][23]. It seems he’s sided in [Alluring Sirens][28] which makes a bunch of my [Illusionary Servant][29]s pretty bad. Somehow I manage to counter the relevant spells and run him out of gas to steal the win.

Game 3 He plays 2nd turn [Sage Owl][23]. I joke about asking for a deck check on those Owls. I’m losing badly, stalling at four lands. I’m at five life and about to die the next turn when I draw my fifth land. “You have one card in hand right?” I ask him. Hoping he has no removal left, I play the [Baneslayer Angel][19]. He draws no Doom Blades or Tendrils and the angel is impossible to race with, so I take the game from there.

Although the draft and the actual quarters match was more luck than skill, a win’s a win, so I posted on Twitter as soon as I got home.

19 days remain until Grand Prix Bangkok

[2]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Blinding Mage [3]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Serra Angel [4]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Safe Passage

[6]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Divine Verdict [7]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Siege Mastodon [8]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Harm's Way [9]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Kelinore Bat [10]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Doom Blade [11]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Whispersilk Cloak [12]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Ant Queen [13]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Borderland Ranger

[15]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Prodigal Pyromancers [16]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Dragon Whelp [17]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Howl of the Night Pack

[19]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Baneslayer Angel [20]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Armored Ascension [21]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Sunpetal Grove [22]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Soul Warden [23]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Sage Owl [24]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Hypnotic Spectre [25]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Ice Cage [26]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Griffin Sentinel [27]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Phantom Warrior [28]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Alluring Sirens [29]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Illusionary Servant

Comments

Comment by Aleks on 2009-08-03 23:22:57 +0000

Congrats (again)!

But I think the judge was correct. Resolution of Harm’s Way’s effect would only occur after combat damage assignment right? So during assignment, you cannot assign trample damage since there’s not enough damage for it to be lethal.

Comment by Dee Barizo on 2009-08-04 00:46:43 +0000

Congrats on the win 🙂

I thought about how I would build your sealed deck before I looked at your actual build. My build was very close to yours – just off by two cards. I would’ve gone -1 Assassinate, -1 Runeclaw Bear, +1 Rampant Growth, and +1 Divine Verdict. I like going with consistency over power especially if my deck is already pretty good.

Also, in your draft, I’m surprised you didn’t play Armorer Ascension, Gorgon Flail, and Magebane Armor. Those three cards seem better that Cancel, Negate, and Whispersilk Cloak.

Anyways, good luck at the Grand Prix!

Comment by roy on 2009-08-04 08:10:45 +0000

@Dee I only had 14 creatures, I didn’t want to be stuck with too many cards that relied on having creatures in play. Cancel and Negate were pretty good for me in the actual games. Since my opponent turned out to have ground stall guys (Wall of Frost, etc) also, Magebane Armor would have been pretty bad.

Whisperslik Cloak is by far the best of those 3 equipment, since a cloak on a baneslayer angel is basically game.

Thanks for the comment!

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