August 14th, 2011
Been on lots of travel lately, so I haven’t gotten to play much, which is why I haven’t filed a report in a while—and why this one is so late. I have played in a few events since the M12 release party, but not many. Played UB Control in a standard on July 25th, went 3-1 in Swiss lost in the top 4 to the mirror. Played CawBlade August 2nd, went 2-2 in Swiss but made the cut to the top 4 anyway, then lost to UB Control. I also played in an M12 draft at Superstars in San Jose (home of ChannelFireball), drafted what should have been a stupid good deck (2x Doom Blade, 2x Pacifism, 3x Sorin’s Thirst, 2x Stormfront Pegasus, 2x Serra Angel, Sengir Vampire, splash red for Fireball) but lost to Angelic Destiny and then color screw in round 3.
Anyway, Game Day. Not a huge turnout, so 4 rounds of Swiss cutting to top 8. One think I haven’t played in a while is an Exarch Twin list, and I have a playset of Birthing Pod, so I thought I’d give @Smi77y’s TwinPod list a try, with a few tweaks:
I’ll have some comments on some of the cards at the end of the report. I should also note that my 10-year-old son Simon played a Goblin build with a singleton Tuktuk as well. He went 2-2 and missed the cut, but I was happy to see him win a game against another Goblins/RDW build by Grenading his own Tuktuk and taking control of the board with the generated 5/5.
Anyway, the report…
Round 1: Jacob, playing RG Infect
Game 1 he kept a one-lander and didn’t draw out of it in time. Game 2 I stumbled a little on land and lost to a Glistener Elf that was pumped and Assault Strobed. Game 3 we both had good land and had a real game of Magic (how about that). I was never able to combo off, but I did manage to get out both Titans and that locked it up.
1-0 matches, 2-1 games
Round 2: Jason, playing WU Illusions
Game 1 I ramped into an early Frost Titan and then followed up with an Inferno Titan and took it down. Game 2 I lost on an epic misplay on my part. He had Gideon Jura out, and I dropped an Inferno Titan. He copied it with Phantasmal Image, and when I swung, like a moron, I directed all the damage to Gideon and traded with his Illusion. Why I didn’t target the Illusion withe one of the damage I’ll never know. Anyway, I lost that game because I’m an idiot. Game 3 I actually won a strange way… swinging with Lotus Cobras. He stalled and only ever got out Illusions, I had my little guys and a couple Arc Trails, and won with a weenie rush. Weird.
2-0 matches, 4-2 games
Round 3: Jeff, playing RDW
I have a tendency to play decks that struggle with RDW, so I never look forward to this matchup. However, no problem here. Game 1 I combo’d off on turn 4. Game 2 I got a turn 2 Spellskite that slowed him down enough for me to get out a Birthing Pod and start working up the chain (yay Kazuul) and grind it out. Lowest my life total got was 15.
3-0 matches, 6-2 games
Round 4: Tony, playing UB Control
ID since we were both guaranteed a spot
Quarterfinals: Jeremiah, playing Kuldotha Red
Game 1 I mulled to 5 and lost, as he just came out too fast. Game 2 he also came out really fast, but I managed to stabilize on the back of an Arc Trail, a Spellskite, and a Baloth and then combo’d off. Game 3 he got the god draw, and on turn 1: Memnite, Memnite, Ornithopter, Kuldotha Rebirth the Thopter. Awesome. I was not able to stabilize quickly enough and lost with an Exarch out but no Twin for it. Grr.
3-1-1 matches, 7-4 games
I really like this deck a lot and will be sad to see pieces of it rotate out.
Comments on specific cards:
• Tuktuk the Explorer was very good.
• Urabrask the Hidden wasn’t particularly good. Maybe against another Exarch Twin deck, but in the main, I’d rather have had Acidic Slime every time.
• Solemn Simulacrum was fantastic. Ramping land and a card, and then Pod’ing into Slime, well, that’s awesome.
• Master Thief was also pretty much useless. If your environment is really full of swords then it could be great, but I definitely wouldn’t main deck it again.
• Arc Trail and Spellskite were absolute winners out of the board. Kazuul was also good as well.