|Titania version 2 with my new Inquest Life Counter :)|
|FBB Bees for the win :)|
The first round I was paired against Bob, who tends to play a pretty fast mono blue deck. So when I got a hand with 1 land after shuffling and rifling my deck plenty of times, I took a mulligan, which cost me a card and made me end up with NO land, so another mulligan, and I ended up with this.
|Well, fuck this, I guess...|
So, not a great opening of the tournament. As noted before I think there might be something in the way I shuffle. I tend to both rifleshuffle multiple times and do a normal shuffle in between, and there are plenty of games were I end up drawing either no lands or 6-7 in a row in games. Perhaps I should just quit rifleshuffling. Some of my opponents think it's weird to rifle an OS deck anyway because of the cards. perhaps they're right. The aweful first mulligan experience made me decide to keep this, since there are 10 blue mana sources in the deck, which means I should get one in the first 5 turns on average.
|Okay, a bit less land would have been nice..|
My second round was not much better on the drawing department. Since there are more mana sources of each color in the deck than actual colored cards, you would expect to be able to play them most of the time, but that was not so in this game.
I started off with a hand with a lot of mana, and an Abyss. Since Wouter tends to play creature decks, I decided to keep it and see if it would work. Even if he were off to a very quick start, the sol ring and the mox would help me to keep up.
This did get me started with some other cards though, like a Jayemdae Tome and an Icy Manipulator, so, all was not lost. After I while I started developing the lots of permanents boardstate that this deck likes.
After this round, it was time to get something to eat. I had opted to not eat dinner at the hotel, so I could have a walk out of the establishment and go look for something easy to eat. It turned out some of my fellow oldschoolers needed a snack too, so we had the walk together. With Snackbars, food can be pretty bad or pretty good, and this one turned out to be pretty good.
After dinner, it was time for round 5. I was paired against another quick agro/controlish deck, or so I figured after I saw turn 1.
Fortunately, I was able to take out the Efreet, which prompted my opponent to go for a quick refill of his hand with TimeTwister.
What was really great about my opponent was that he had actually put Uthden Trolls in his deck, which he said were not as bad as he had expected. I had them in my deck last year, and I can speak from experience they're pretty okay to play with, I don't really understand why they're not played more often.
I was able to stall my opponent a bit with mishra's factory, which made me able to build up a bit more momentum with artifacts.
He took out several of my artifacts, but eventually the disenchants run out, and I was able to play more and more permanents. Up until the point I thought I would go for it, and played Titania's song with mirror universe in play :) My opponent tried to psionic blast it, and I pointed out it is a 6/6 with the song out. I asked if he wanted to target something else, and he took out my 4/4 icy manipulator. That left me with an option to hammer him with the mirror, which is exactly what this deck likes to do :)
The second game, my opponent was really, really fast.
I was mind twisted for 4 on turn 2, which is something I particularly hated since my deck had one of those runs where I did get a decent land draw. But that was all gone after the mind twist :( God, I hate that card.
I decided to play a couple of more turns, to see if land would show up, otherwise I would just quit this game and go for a third. I was not very happy when I drew I fellwar stone with only one land in play, but fortunately, I was able to play it the next turn with the workshop, and an Icy after that, tot start stalling.
I could stall long enough that I could build up some momentum. Unfortunately, my Serra switch trick had not worked, because my opponent had kept his swords to plowshares in his deck, so most of my creatures were removed pretty quickly. That meant the game took a long time, but in the end, I was able to finish the game with an artifact army.
So, I went into round 6 3-1-1, not that bad. I was at table 9, which meant there would be no chance to reach the top 8, because of time reasons, the organisation had decided to go to top 8 after round 6 instead of 7. The problems with the pairing had taken too much time and that meant the finals would probably be close to midnight even with 6 rounds. I noticed I was playing something resembling the deck during the game, which meant I was in for a long and grindy game.
I got a Jalum Tome working, which meant I could do some sifting through my deck. My opponent played a moat, which meant I would have to get rid of that to not lose. And, I also needed to take care of his tome, so I would have to be very critical on which I used my disenchants. I chose to kill the tome first. My opponent played a Shivan Dragon, which I took care of with my Abyss. He also countered my Jayemdae tome. Bummer.
I tried with winter orb, but that was unfortunately also countered.
Seeing no creatures, my opponent decided to just disintegrate me for 10+
Eventually, I would have to need to try something. So I played two winter orbs and balance, with no cards in my hand to see if he would counter it. He did not. He did have a lot of artifact mana though, so I would have to work hard to keep him locked in.
My mirror Universe was disenchanted, so that was not a good sign. It did mean the winter orbs were still working :)
Then, my opponent tapped out for a braingeyser.
I took my chance I had been waiting for, regrowthed the mirror and played time walk. If only I had had the Titania's song then. But that was not the case.
I had to keep digging through my deck, and them my opponent decided to disenchant my Abyss and play mahamoti djinn. With 3 Icy Manipulators, that was not really a problem.I transmuted for a Jayemdae tome and kept digging.
Just when I had figured out that I would win (I had just 7 cards in my library, and one of them was a disenchant and I would be able to tap his blue mana and use strip mine, so I was certain I would get it through, my opponent asked if we could please, please draw, because he really needed to piss and was really, really tired. He was even willing to concede at that moment. Knowing I would have won and since there was no chance of a top 8, I told him a draw was fine and he could go to the bathroom.
So, after the first 2 round, I thought the deck performed in a horrible fashion, but later on it showed that if you have pretty normal land draws, it actually is quite a force to be reckoned with. It shows it can even beat the deck with a reasonable draw. Not bad. It had been quite a long day by then, so I was not that sorry to not be in the top 8 actually :) Chris needed to drive home after we would have reached my house, which would mean he would have to drive until after midnight. Not a bad moment to drive home then! It was a pleasure as always, thanks to all that showed up, and especially to Ron for organising such a terrific tournament. It was great! Thanks and until next time!
|A tourist picture of Chris :)|