||[Jan. 7th, 2011|09:04 pm]
Brought my U/W blink control deck tonight to a paltry 13 person FNM. It was 4 rounds split to Top 4.
Round 1: Chris with Valakut Ramp
Game 1: I won the die roll and went first. I don't remember exactly what happened, but I didn't take any damage, and my opponent went from 20 to 16 to 8 to dead. I know a Colonnade was involved, and most likely a Sunblast Angel too.
Game 2: He started off with a turn 2 Khalni Heart Expedition. I was faced with a dilemma on my second turn. I could either throw Luminarch Ascension out there, or hold up mana to counter a potential Cultivate. I chose the latter, and was rewarded when he tried to cast Cultivate. I then threw out the Ascension, and luckily all he did on his turn was play another Expedition and a land. He cast Inferno Titan, dealing me three and keeping Ascension off of four counters for another turn. I cast Journey to Nowhere on it, and Mana Leaked a Terrastodon that threatened to blow up both enchantments and something irrelevant. He responded with a free Summoning Trap, which got a Primeval Titan and two Valakuts. I used my second Journey on the Primeval Titan, and Tectonic Edge two of his three Valakuts. My Ascension is active now, but all he needs to do is find a mountain to kill me, as I'm at 2. Thankfully, my bud Jace TMS comes aboard to fateseal the way clear for me, and my angels get there.
Round 2: Josh with R/B Aggro
Game 1: I won the die roll and went first. He mulliganed to a one-land 6 card hand. I cast Spreading Seas on that land, and he didn't see a second land until it was way too late.
Game 2: He had a fast start with Goblin Guide and Kiln Fiend. He adds Perilous Myr to the field, and I remove Kiln Fiend with Celestial Purge. Unfortunately by the time I find a Day of Judgment I'm at a low enough life total where two bolts kill me.
Game 3: He keeps another slow hand, with his first two lands as ETB tapped Dragonskull Summits. I make both of them islands. He tries to keep my land count down with some Tectonic Edges, but I find enough lands to eventually cast Frost Titan. Unfortunately he can't do anything with so few red sources and I win.
Round 3: Ryeland with Boros
Game 1: A turn 1 Goblin Guide and a turn 2 Squadron Hawk quickly sent my life total down. My Wall of Omens was sent on a Journey to Nowhere as the beats kept coming. Thankfully, every Goblin Guide attack netted me a land from the top of my deck, so I could get to my answers faster. He got me to 4 before I was able to kill his board with Sunblast Angel. He instantly regretted using his only Journey to Nowhere on my wall, as I quickly lowered his life total with the angel. I got down a Frost Titan also, and he couldn't come back.
Game 2: His first play was a Stoneforge Mystic grabbing a Basilisk Collar. I played Wall of Omens, but that was soon brought down with a Cunning Sparkmage/Basilisk Collar combo. On my turn I cast Journey to Nowhere on the Sparkmage. He spent the next 6 turns pinging me with his Mystic, while I made all of his Plains into Islands. As the board state progressed, I added a Tumble Magnet and a Glimmerpoint Stag (resetting the Magnet) to my side, and he added another Mystic and Sword of Body and Mind to his. I Condemned one, and kept his other tapped with the Magnet while providing beats with my newly cast Frost Titan (which unfortunately couldn't tap down his pro blue/pro green Mystic.) I quickly worked his life total down to a reasonable number, and used up the last of my magnet counters in the process. His last attempt at a comeback was countered, and I barely got the game. He later showed me his hand, which consisted of two Journey to Nowheres and a Revoke Existence, which would have undoubtedly exiled my Journey on his Sparkmage.
Round 4: Ryan with U/W Control. Draw.
We split Top 4. The prize support is 5 packs to 3 people, 6 packs to one person, and two FNM promo Everflowing Chalices. I end up trading a win for an extra pack and the promo, which is quite fine with me. My friend and I both open one pack. I get Serra Ascendant and a foil Dragonskull Summit, and he gets Chandra Nalaar. We agree we'll use the rest for some pack wars later in the week.
So all in all a very good night, and week for that matter. I just finished my tax preparation class, so I can finally make some money doing taxes part time. I also have a friend who is trying to get me some work as a bouncer at the club she works at. As well, I have a friend and his fiancee who may be moving in as well, so I could have a lot more money coming in soon. Just have to get a full time job and I'll be golden. Peace.