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Finally getting back into constructed play, I assembled the following 5-color control deck to bring to battle this weekend: Hide DecklistShow Decklist -- Lands 3 Sunken Ruins 4 Reflecting Pool 4 Vivid Creek 3 Vivid Meadow 3 Vivid Marsh 2 Cascade Bluffs 2 Mystic Gate 1 Fetid Heath 1 Vivid Crag 3 Island Spells 1 Celestial Purge 1 Terror 3 Volcanic Fallout 1 Wrath of God 1 Pithing Needle 2 Broken Ambitions 1 Remove Soul 1 Negate 2 Cruel Ultimatum 4 Cryptic Command 4 Esper Charm 1 Liliana Vess 1 Jace Beleren 1 Obelisk of Alara Creatures 3 Mulldrifter 4 Plumeveil 2 Wall of Reverence 1 Broodmate Dragon Sideboard 1 Negate 1 Remove Soul 2 Celestial Purge 2 Wrath of God 2 infest 1 Scourglass 1 Wydwen 2 Kitchen Finks 2 Jace Beleren 1 Mulldrifter Obviously based on Nassif’s deck, but tweaked with some singletons that I like.

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For the record: I hate trading. I realize it’s necessary to the way Magic’s business model works, and I realize it’s part of what makes opening booster packs fun, but make no mistakes about it: I hate trading. Don’t get me wrong, I love Magic. More precisely, I love playing Magic. I want to play spells, to match wits with my opponents, to recover from mana screw, to win from one life, to make bad plays then learn from them.

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I reinstalled MTGO3 last week because I figured I could get some casual play out of it at least. After installation I found out that Conflux release events were this weekend so I might as well play, since I was not able to play IRL at this time. I was hoping MTGO3 had improved by now, and that they had sufficient server loading, etc. to handle the number of players without the servers being crashy and laggy and whatnot.

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At the Conflux release event, we were given posters of the four planeswalkers fighting againt big, bad Nicol Bolas. It got a friend and I talking: could Nicol Bolas actually win against the four planeswalkers? The situation is: Player A controls [Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker][1], at starting loyalty. Player B controls [Ajani Vengeant][2], [Tezzeret the Seeker][3], [Elspeth, Knight-Errant][4] and [Sarkhan Vol][5], all at starting loyalty. Assuming each player has no other permanents and they cannot play any other spells.

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I decided to attend the Conflux release event last Saturday, Feb 7 at Neutral Grounds Galleria. As usual, I still had to go to work first so I didn’t make it in time for the first 32-man flight and had to wait for NG to restock on product for the second flight. Unfortunately, they were short on SoA boosters, so we would be playing sealed with 6 boosters of Conflux. Yes, six.

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It’s my first Magic outing after more than a month of hibernation. Hopefully Conflux shakes up standard and makes Magic more fun again. Let’s go! Usually I have to register an awesome pool and then get passed a mediocre one. I knew it was different this time around when the guy two seats to my right announced he was able to form a good Naya deck from the Shards of Alara packs alone!

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The last limited tournament of the season, it was last week, December 20 at Robinson’s Galleria. The format was Shards of Alara sealed deck. For once, I opened a pretty good pool. Unfortunately, I failed to make the follow through. Decklist and (short) tournament report follows. Creatures 1 Sigiled Paladin 1 Welkin Guide 1 Viscera Dragger 1 Exuberant Firestoker 1 Predator Dragon 1 Ridge Rannet 1 Rockslide Elemental 1 Cylian Elf 1 Mosstodon 1 Mycoloth 1 Wild Nacatl 1 Bull Cerodon 1 Rip-Clan Crasher 1 Steward of Valeron Spells 2 Oblivion Ring 1 Resounding Silence 1 Dragon Fodder 1 Magma Spray 1 Resounding Thunder 1 Skeletonize 1 Soul's Fire Lands 1 Obelisk of Naya 1 Arcane Sanctum 2 Bant Panorama 3 Plains 6 Mountain 5 Forest Sideboard 2 Angelic Benediction 1 Angelsong 1 Dispeller's Capsule 1 Gustrider Exuberant 1 Sanctum Gargoyle 1 Cloudheath Drake 1 Coma Veil 1 Courier's Capsule 1 Covenant of Minds 1 Dawnray Archer 1 Etherium Sculptor 1 Jhessian Lookout 1 Outrider of Jhess 1 Spell Snip 1 Vectis Silencers 1 Bone Splinters 1 Corpse Connoisseur 1 Dreg Reaver 1 Immortal Coil 1 Infest 2 Shore Snapper 2 Undead Leotau 1 Dragon's Herald 1 Goblin Mountaineer 1 Lightning Talons 1 Viashino Skeleton 1 Ooze Garden 1 Resounding Roar 2 Savage Hunger 1 Soul's Might 1 Carrion Thrash 1 Deft Duelist 1 Fire-Field Ogre 2 Goblin Deathraiders 1 Hindering Light 1 Jhessian Infiltrator 1 Kederekt Creeper 1 Sprouting Thrinax 1 Obelisk of Esper 1 Obelisk of Grixis 1 Esper Panorama (The decklist above only lists 39 cards… not sure what the missing 40th card was )

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I’m on vacation, so it means I actually have time to hit FNM. I sleeved up the Kithkin deck (no more Blightning for me!) and headed over to Robinson’s Galleria (Getting robbed along the way fyi). Nothing surprising, I managed to make 3-1, good enough for fourth place and four packs with crap rares inside. My loss was to the mirror match, most probably due to my lower card quality, as I had only 1 planeswalker in my deck.

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I actually initially thought that there would be a PTQ this weekend. When I found out there would just be a normal Standard tournament the night before, I assembled a deck quickly. I went with Blightning Beatdown:

Unfortunately, things did not go well for our hero. Tournament report follows.

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The PTQ was last Sunday, November 17 at Robinson’s Galleria. As per usual, I opened and registered a pretty good pool with 2 [Battlegrace Angel][1] and [Tezzeret the Seeker][2] . The pool I got passed to me and the deck I built below: Lands 1 Grixis Panorama 1 Naya Panorama 1 Plains 3 Swamp 5 Mountain 4 Forest Creatures 1 Skeletal Kathari 1 Viscera Dragger 1 Hell's Thunder 2 Hissing Iguanar 1 Jund Battlemage 1 Algae Gharial 1 Cavern Thoctar 1 Jungle Weaver 1 Manaplasm 1 Rhox Charger 1 Blood Cultist 1 Carrion Thrash 2 Goblin Deathraiders 1 Kresh the Bloodbraided 1 Rip-Clan Crasher Spells 1 Oblivion Ring 1 Resounding Silence 1 Skeletonize 1 Soul's Fire 1 Branching Bolt 1 Jund Charm 1 Obelisk of Grixis 1 Arcane Sanctum Sideboard 1 Angel's Herald 1 Ethersworn Canonist 1 Excommunicate 2 Knight of the Skyward Eye 1 Marble Chalice 1 Soul's Grace 1 Welkin Guide 1 Call to Heel 2 Cancel 1 Cloudheath Drake 2 Coma Veil 1 Jhessian Lookout 1 Outrider of Jhess 1 Resounding Wave 1 Sphinx's Herald 1 Vectis Silencers 1 Banewasp Affliction 2 Deathgreeter 1 Immortal Coil 1 Resounding Scream 1 Scavenger Drake 1 Shadowfeed 1 Shore Snapper 1 Bloodthorn Taunter 1 Exuberant Firestoker 1 Goblin Mountaineer 1 Incurable Ogre 1 Viashino Skeleton 1 Volcanic Submersion 1 Lush Growth 1 Resounding Roar 1 Soul's Might 1 Topan Ascetic 1 Carrion Thrash 1 Fire-Field Ogre 1 Kederekt Creeper 1 Kiss of the Amesha 1 Qasali Ambusher 1 Rakeclaw Gargantuan 1 Sigil Blessing 1 Waveskimmer Aven 1 Obelisk of Bant The pool had decent removal, but no big game-winning bombs.

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Just kidding. I don’t have a draft cap or anything. I went drafting with our would-be GP Taipei contingent last November 12 (Wednesday). I actually almost never play sanctioned matches outside of the weekend tournaments, but I was a bit tired from work and wanted to blow off steam, so I went ahead to Robinson’s Galleria and waited a couple of hours for the 8-man draft to fill up. I opened with Cruel Ultimatum as my first pick, then got a couple of white weenies (Akrasan Squire and Sigiled Paladin) before getting a 4th-pick Agony Warp.

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Tournament was last November 2 at Robinson’s Galleria. The format is Shards of Alara sealed. Because the store lacked tourney packs, the tournament was split into two halves; one half would get 1 tourney pack + 2 boosters, the other half would get 5 boosters. I played in the tourney pack half. My pool and decklist to follow. Basically, I played Naya again, splashing blue for (this is ridiculous) 2 Kederekt Leviathans!

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“Clearly Chris Woltereck was one of the best players in the room, and probably could have won the tournament with a ham sandwich.” – Gerry Thompson on Cruel Control winning the 25-Oct SCG 5k Standard Tournament

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2nd Trial for Taipei was last Sunday, October 17 at Robinson’s Galleria. I open to register a very mediocre pool while the rest of the guys at my table open awesome pools with lots of bombs. “Gee, I hope we don’t keep this pool.” The judge comes over, rolls the dice and we keep our pools. Awkward. Lands 2 Crumbling Necropolis 9 Plains 1 Mountain 5 Forest Creatures 2 Akrasan Squire 1 Ranger of Eos 1 Rockcaster Platoon 1 Sighted-Caste Sorcerer 1 Sigiled Paladin 1 Yoked Plowbeast 1 Jund Battlemage 1 Ridge Rannet 1 Vithian Stinger 1 Cavern Thoctar 1 Court Archers 1 Drumhunter 1 Jungle Weaver 1 Wild Nacatl 1 Steward of Valeron 1 Woolly Thoctar Spells 1 Oblivion Ring 1 Magma Spray 1 Resounding Thunder 1 Sigil Blessing 1 Obelisk of Jund 1 Quietus Spike Sideboard 1 Angel's Herald 1 Angelsong 2 Dispeller's Capsule 1 Sunseed Nurturer 1 Call to Heel 2 Cathartic Adept 1 Coma Veil 1 Courier's Capsule 2 Jhessian Lookout 1 Kathari Screecher 1 Mindlock Orb 1 Outrider of Jhess 1 Spell Snip 1 Tortoise Formation 2 Blister Beetle 1 Bone Splinters 1 Dreg Reaver 1 Dregscape Zombie 1 Executioner's Capsule 1 Skeletal Kathari 1 Undead Leotau 1 Goblin Mountaineer 2 Lightning Talons 1 Thorn-Thrash Viashino 1 Thunder-Thrash Elder 1 Volcanic Submersion 2 Behemoth's Herald 1 Godtoucher 1 Sacellum Godspeaker 1 Savage Hunger 1 Soul's Might 1 Agony Warp 1 Blightning 1 Fire-Field Ogre 1 Hindering Light 1 Kederekt Creeper 1 Necrogenesis 1 Punish Ignorance 1 Sprouting Thrinax 1 Tidehollow Strix 1 Obelisk of Esper I guess I pretty much misbuilt the deck.

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I haven’t had a top eight result in a while. Thank goodness for limited season! I registered a deck that I would have loved to play, with highlights such as Caldera Hellion, 2 Oblivion Rings and 2 Resounding Thunders, plus a lot of good blue/black stuff. Of course, we pass the card pools and here’s the one I ended up playing: Lands 5 Plains 2 Island 1 Swamp 1 Mountain 5 Forest 1 Bant Panorama 1 Jund Panorama 1 Naya Panorama Creatures 1 Cavern Thoctar 1 Court Archers 1 Druid of the Anima 1 Mosstodon 1 Naya Battlemage 1 Broodmate Dragon 1 Deft Duelist 2 Qasali Ambusher 1 Stoic Angel 1 Waveskimmer Aven 1 Resounding Thunder 1 Guardians of Akrasa 1 Knight of the Skyward Eye 1 Sanctum Gargoyle 1 Sigiled Paladin Spells 1 Obelisk of Esper 1 Obelisk of Grixis 1 Infest 1 Bant Charm 1 Oblivion Ring 1 Resounding Silence 1 Scourglass Sideboard 1 Obelisk of Jund 1 Banewasp Affliction 1 Blister Beetle 1 Dregscape Zombie 1 Glaze Fiend 1 Onyx Goblet 1 Puppet Conjurer 1 Shadowfeed 1 Undead Leotau 1 Cancel 1 Coma Veil 1 Courier's Capsule 2 Fatestitcher 2 Jhessian Lookout 1 Outrider of Jhess 1 Sphinx's Herald 1 Behemoth's Herald 1 Cavern Thoctar 1 Cylian Elf 1 Gift of the Gargantuan 1 Godtoucher 1 Ooze Garden 1 Resounding Roar 1 Blightning 1 Carrion Thrash 1 Goblin Deathraiders 1 Prince of Thralls 1 Sangrite Surge 1 Sigil Blessing 1 Sprouting Thrinax 1 Swerve 1 Bloodpyre Elemental 1 Dragon Fodder 1 Dragon's Herald 1 Goblin Mountaineer 2 Lightning Talons 1 Ridge Rannet 2 Soul's Fire 1 Volcanic Submersion 1 Angelsong 1 Guardians of Akrasa 1 Welkin Guide 1 Yoked Plowbeast The exalted theme is pretty good and I was glad for a chance to try it out.

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I hit the first flight at Eastwood City last Saturday, September 27. Here’s my sealed pool: Lands 1 Arcane Sanctum 1 Bant Panorama 1 Crumbling Necropolis 1 Savage Lands 4 Plains 4 Island 5 Forest Spells 1 Obelisk of Esper 1 Courier's Capsule 1 Resounding Wave 1 Branching Bolt 1 Sigil Blessing 1 Magma Spray 1 Oblivion Ring Creatures 1 Cloudheath Drake 2 Kathari Screecher 1 Kederekt Leviathan 2 Druid of the Anima 1 Drumhunter 1 Jungle Weaver 1 Mosstodon 1 Naya Battlemage 1 Mayael the Anima 1 Rafiq of the Many 2 Steward of Valeron 1 Bant Battlemage 1 Yoked Plowbeast Sideboard 1 Relic of Progenitus 1 Bone Splinters 1 Deathgreeter 1 Dregscape Zombie 1 Glaze Fiend 1 Onyx Goblet 1 Puppet Conjurer 1 Skeletal Kathari 1 Undead Leotau 1 Viscera Dragger 1 Call to Heel 1 Cathartic Adept 1 Courier's Capsule 1 Etherium Astrolabe 1 Etherium Sculptor 1 Fatestitcher 1 Outrider of Jhess 1 Spell Snip 1 Tortoise Formation 1 Godtoucher 2 Lush Growth 1 Mighty Emergence 1 Manaplasm 1 Ooze Garden 1 Savage Hunger 3 Soul's Might 1 Topan Ascetic 1 Wild Nacatl 1 Grixis Panorama 1 Blightning 1 Grixis Charm 1 Kederekt Creeper 1 Kiss of the Amesha 1 Necrogenesis 1 Qasali Ambusher 1 Realm Razer 1 Rip-Clan Crasher 2 Tidehollow Strix 1 Bloodpyre Elemental 1 Dragon's Herald 1 Exuberant Firestoker 1 Goblin Mountaineer 1 Lightning Talons 1 Ridge Rannet 2 Thorn-Thrash Viashino 1 Vithian Stinger 1 Volcanic Submersion 1 Akrasan Squire 1 Angelsong 1 Dispeller's Capsule 1 Excommunicate 1 Gustrider Exuberant 1 Marble Chalice 1 Soul's Grace 1 Sunseed Nurturer The pool was pretty good, decent removal and I built the deck around fatties (Naya, obviously).

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Catching up on my tournament reports now: Sep 7, Pre-Alara Triple Treat (Prerelease passes at stake) I’m playing the same deck as I did in the GP Manila Day Two PTQs. Round 1 vs 5-color merfolk: 2-0 win. Round 2 vs Kithkin (mirror match) 0-2 loss. I generally don’t know how to play the mirror match. Round 3 vs 5-color control: 1-2 loss. His build was too strong against Kithkin; in addition to Firespouts and Hallowed Burials, he also had Soul Snuffers.

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Grand Prix Manila 08 has come and gone and is in the history books. While the Wizards official coverage gives you the play-by-play and the results, I’ll see if I can’t provide any interesting stories about my first constructed Grand Prix event. For the PTQ on day two, I decided to just use the Kithkin build we made for Paul, except that I put in Stillmoon Cavaliers maindeck, taking out Knight of Meadowgrain.

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Grand Prix Manila 08 has come and gone and is in the history books. While the Wizards official coverage gives you the play-by-play and the results, I’ll see if I can’t provide any interesting stories about my first constructed Grand Prix event. ** Day One Tournament Report ** As mentioned in the previous post , I’m playing QnT and I hope to fight aggro decks all day long. ** Round 1.

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… starts next week. Taking a break from typing up my Grand Prix Manila blog entries, here’s my prediction for the type of manafixing we’ll see in Alara: Grixis Land Land (Common) T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 2, T: Add RBU to your mana pool. Whenever you would add G or W to your mana pool, add 1 to your mana pool instead.

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