Hey kids! Well it’s been a long time but hey, I had a lot going on. I had a relationship, the subsequent end of that relationship, and well other stuff going on. I won’t get too much into the break up stuff, but heck as always I got to tie in my pretend life into my real life as a planeswalker. There was a certain feel of redemption or I guess validation, in other words, I guess a feeling that there are more good things to come magic wise and well other life wise.
The road to recovery began on saturday. Last night, I attended the Jupiter games Legacy Power nine tournament. The prize pool is well ridiculous; I wish 3rd universe had this kind of payout each week.
Top 8 drafts the power nine.
9-16 drafts a set of duals
16-24 drafts the set of fetchlands.
Around $2,000 in prizes.
This is almost as a good as a 5k payout. Legacy players from as far as Columbus Ohio were in attendance. I of course sleeved up my favorite archetype of all time:
4x aether vial
4x goblin lackey
4x goblin warchief
4x goblin piledriver
4x goblin ringleader
4x goblin matron
4x gempalm incinerator
3x mogg war-marshall
2x siege gang
2x warren weirding
1x goblin sharpshooter
4x bloodstained mire
2x scalding tarn
2x arid mesa
4x rishadan port
4x cabal therapy
3x blood moon
At the end of the day, the only card I would change is blood moon in the side, I think Jitte deserves some testing, to get an edge on aggro matchups. The reason why should become apparent. Possibly pithing needle deserves a look too.
Well round one was called after I filled out my decklist...
Round One mono blue Merfolk.
I think every time, I see turn one island aether vial, I get more excited than a kid eating blue waffles. Check them out online if you never heard of them, they are blueberry waffles made by eggo, yum yum. My opening hand was:
Mountain, port, warmarshall, Piledriver, Piledriver, gempalm, and a fetch.
I got a read on him, by seeing a silver gill adept on his decklist. Turn two I baited him by playing war-marshall and he responded by countering with force of will, turn three I played piledriver, and then played another. They sat there and chumped and eventually I was able to kill all of his dudes from sharpshooter and the gempalms I drew off of my endless stream of ringleaders.
The next game was a blur; I just remember blowing him out with pyrokinesis. I hope all of my matches are this easy lol.
Round two 3/4 color control
In the first game, He gets stuck at two lands, and I essentially port him out of the game. His only play was dark confidant, and that quickly got gemplamed. I kept tapping his green to stop mean ole tarmogoyf from showing up.
Game two was probably one of the best of the Tournament. I sided in cabal therapy’s. Turn one aether vial, turn two, I therapy’ed naming tarmogoyf, I got 3 tarmogoyfs, his hand was then land, deed and smother, I then tapped my vial, dropped lackey, and sacked it naming deed.
Ouch, four cards in one turn. I then easily won the game. Cabal therapy is nuts =).
Round three “the rock”
Before the match the guy talked about how he had no clue about legacy, I hoped that continues.
First game I blew him out with lackey, rishadan port and goblins, he kept asking to read all of my goblins, which confirmed his lack of legacy knowledge.
The next game he played some goyfs and a jitte, and well that was all she wrote.
Game three, I kept this hand
Fetch, Goblin Lackey, Goblin Piledriver, Siege Gang, port, gempalm, Goblin Warchief.
Would you keep this hand?
Well I did, and I won turn three. Best summary of a game ever? Ok fine, turn one lackey sigh, turn two, swing, drop siege gang, play piledriver, turn three swing and sac.
Round 4 gw survival
Game one, all I saw was a savannah, a birds, and a forest…yeah I had no idea what he was playing.
Game two, I came out really slow, he got a turn two survival and well that was pretty much it.
Game three, my opening was something like this:
Mountain, Goblin Lackey, Goblin Piledriver, mountain, Wasteland, gempalm, Ringleader.
I got off lackey, and was able to ringleader into good stuff. He once again had a really bad hand.
Nice guy though, but man he played slow. Thought for hours during mulligan and eventually kept.
So 4-0, looking pretty good. If I win two out four, I get prize, If I win the next two, that’s a top 8. So as long as I don’t play zoo, particularly zoo with stoneforge mystics and jitte, I could be quite successful.
Round 5 Zoo with stoneforge mystics and jitte
Well, game one kept a hand with two wastelands and two aether vials, hoping to screw him out of the match. I knew he was zoo from overhearing people talk about him. And well, he fetched for two basics, and played a turn two stoneforge mystic.
Game two, he once again had turn two stoneforge, and well, that was all she wrote. Jitte is retarded
Although as a side note, he got in an argument with his wife on the phone during the whole match, so I guess I kinda did win on the account I didn’t have to deal with that.
4-1 =( in matches
1-0 in not having to deal with angry women.
Round sixUG Survival
Game one, I win the roll. I go turn one lackey, he plays land go. I swing in drop warchief off of lackey, drop two piledrivers. He untaps, looks at it and scoops. He didn’t have a single creature in his hand.
Game two, he begins to start survivaling out his vengevines, I stop him with extirpate. You remember that card from last match that owned, well guess who showed up. Jitte is retarded.
Game three, well this the most well, I guess the judge decided this one. I went turn one, I named survival off cabal therapy, got one! I saw Jitte, and few creatures, no force of will. Two turns later. I play Goblin matron grabbing incinerator, it resolves, I then sack the Matron to therapy….
“yeah sure *smiles*”
“alright I will name Jitte”
“oh wait force of will”
“no it just resolved.”
“no I didn’t know you played it”
Now in the real world of magic, there is no way that spell didn’t resolve. However, the judge saw it differently, he saw it as a lack of player communication, which I don’t think I’ve could have been more clear. The force of will was allowed, and the coming jitte well cost me the game.
Either way, I shook on it with him. I will probably file it under him not paying attention, rather than something more malicious. Still in a big match you should be paying attention. I did wish him luck...
0-1 too bad calls
Well it’s do or die time, I really hope I can get a good match up out of the next round….
Round seven u/b merfolk
Game one, he plays underground river and pass, I go turn one lackey. He plays mutavault. Right
now I have him on fish, but I am not 100% sure. I play Goblin Piledriver, no response, I hold lackey so it doesn’t activate and block. No port or waste. Next turn I swing in, and gempalm incinerate his vault. After it becomes a 2/2, but before declare blockers. I get a ringleader, from that point I just smash him.
Game 2, I don’t remember this game at all, but I win, so hey my bad guys.
Round 8 Affinity.
Game one, this game was soooooo tight. Like tighter than robin hoods tights tight, like he was a soprano for a reason tight.(and yes I know I could have used a perverted joke, ok fine opposite of goblin matron tight). The match started off with him mulliganing down to five. He started out with memnite, opal, land, ravager, the next turn he played cranial plating, ouch! That’s a better five than the 1998 Bulls. All I could do was muster up a mogg war marshalls and slowly block. A ringleader came later, and eventually siege gang helped me to it. Eventually, I had piledriver, matron, and a sharpshooter in hand. He had plating, 3x myr enforcers(one untapped), ravager, and an ornithopter(untapped) on board no hand. My board had 4 tokens, warchief, and siege gang. He was a 18, I was 7. All I could do was matron for a gempalm and hope that would buy me a turn. He swung in with all of his enforcer and the ravager(he knew I had gempalm and siege gang to stop onithopter from going in). I block with three of my tokens and let an enforcer through, I am at 3. Eot I gempalm his onithopter. Next turn I go in with matron, Sharpshooter, siege gang, warchief, a token and a freshly played piledriver. That is exactly 17 damage plus a goblin sack from siege gang was the game.
Game two, a lil different complexion. He went first, and dropped ancient den and thoptor. I wastelanded his land. He then laid down nexus and passed. I promptly wastelanded that on my turn. From there I had port and slowly beat in with goblin tokens, holding my ringleader back because I wanted to port his lands.
And that was well all she wrote….
Well not really…6-2 and 14th gets me a play-set of volcanic islands.
This was a great finish in a high level tournament, but it definitely made me think about well I guess the whole rest of my life. For those who don’t want a heartwarming speech go look up those blue waffles I talked about. Anyway before this things in my life weren’t going too great. The Jets got shut out by the packers, broke up, my job turned down my request for a raise, and the 3rd reic…I mean the Republican Party took Congress. That got me thinking, life’s a lot like magic, there’s always times when you succeed, and there are always those times when you mess up or someone makes a bad call. The point is well, keep playing cards. Life always finds a way to balance things, but if you keep working at trying to succeed, more often than not you will. Life is about fighting through adversity, at many points in the tourment I thought I was done. After round 5, I was almost on tilt from the bad call. However, you got to balance your emotions and play strong through the times when your ahead AND the times your behind. At the end of the day, if you have a good set of friends and a good head thats a top 8 in my book. (ok, lame but you get my point lol).
Robert Greene for not only driving me but for the bad lands
Lil bear for texting me about magic while his was busy.
My 7th round opponent for turning in the correct results for me
Jupiter games for being a great legacy scene.
People who sleeve up merfolk
Goblin Lackey, for well, being awesome
Santonio Holmes, for well, being awesome
This guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVtEX1J7tXQ
People making bad calls
People who sleeve up zoo with stoneforge mystics and jittes.
And this girl: http://www.bluewaffle.net/
Anyway until next time…