Last night a close friend of mine asked me if I wanted to accompany him to nearby anime convention today. Living by my time-tested motto of
I went with him to the Steven’s Institute of Technology in Hoboken. I’ve been to a couple of cons in my day. Though this was the 1st and only time I’ve entered 3 separate tournaments at one such an event.
Constructed Yugioh (11 am to 2 pm)
Round 1: Vs Six Samurai
Game 1 He went turn 1 Naturia Beast followed by turn 2 Armades and I lost very quickly. The only out in Nekroz to a turn 1 Naturia Beast is a Nekroz of Decisive Armor backing a Dance Princess of the Nekroz. I did not draw either in time.
Game 2 I went turn 1 Clausolas and Unicore and beat him down to 800 life pretty fast. However he used 2 Fiendish Chains to stun my Trishula and my Gagaga Cowboy while establishing a Shien. The game then devolved into a stalemate where neither of us could advance, (him stunned by Clausolas, me stunned by Necrovalley). Somehow we went into time and I scooped after giving him both too many cards off a Book of Eclipse and realizing that I couldn’t win in time (or survive honestly).
It was a very aggravating match, but it’s made me realize I need a lot more innovation for Nekroz (and some more practicing). Also this tournament was using the April 1st banlist so I had to replace my Snatch Steal, Vanity’s, Preparation of Rites and Hidden Armory with cards I pilfered from my Gem Knight deck:
All of which were sub-optimal to say the least. Oh yeah I brought my Gem Knight deck to play casually at the con. I only got to use it against a Hero player before the tournament started. Anyway, getting back on track.
Round 2: I got a bye woohoo
Round 3: Vs Lightsworn
Game 2: I threw up the Djinn-Lock turn 1. By the time he outed that it was too late.
After the Yugioh ended I signed up for an EDH tournament. It was 2 4 player free for all matches where the winner and runner-up would form the pool for the final 4-player free for all. I knew my EDH deck probably couldn’t win, but I knew it would be interesting nonetheless.
EDH Tournament (3-4 pm)
I play a “Super Friends” EDH deck, which essentially means I play a deck of planeswalkers. This deck is very inconsistent, but I’ve come to love it. This is easily my favorite Magic deck.
Ok, so the 1st highlight of this match was the Karona player using a myriad of cumulative upkeep cards combined with Eon Hub (one of these being Glacial Chasm). This allowed him a myriad of cool effects with no cost. Though I have to give the award to the Surrak player who created an infinite mana loop with the cards Palincron and Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger (I now will fear the card Tooth and Nail for the rest of my life). Essentially after going infinite he drew half of his deck with Shaman of the Great Hunt before killing us all with Shaman of the Forgotten ways (as no one else had a creature on board)
The Karona player was arbitrarily decided by the dice to be 2nd place and my role in the EDH tournament ended there.
Dealer’s Room Trip/A Wild Card Game Appears(2 to 3 pm)
So with spare time I had before the EDH tournament I went to the dealer’s room (alone), which was in the school gymnasium. While there I somehow didn’t find anything to burn more money on. Eventually though I ran into a booth showing off a new card game. These 2 brothers were debuting the card game they made together and I got to play the game designer right then and there.
The game is called New Era All Stars. How it works is each player chooses either a Hero or a Villain character to play as before taking turns fighting each other (through dice roll offs). The loser of the roll reveals a star card and draws from the main deck (these cards are perks, weapons and supports). I played as the Red-Haired guy on the front, while the designer played as the Evil Blue-Haired Megane (to the right). I was really ecstatic because by somehow combo-ing a support bomb with a card that equalized our stars I beat the game designer when I was up 3 stars to his 0. The pair were really cool guys so I bought the game on the spot. They even gave me a discount and some cards from the second set too!
Dragons of Tarkir Draft (4 to 7 pm)
I entered the last draft of the event too (because I couldn’t help myself)
My Draft Deck:
This is first time I abandoned G/W since DTK dropped. However, my 1st pack 1st pick was Atarka’s Command. After which I opened in pack 2 a copy of the same card that killed me in EDH Shaman of the Forgotten Ways. I now have a slight love for R/G (though Atarka flavor still perturbs me). Oh I didn’t actually play Soulfire Grandmaster, I just couldn’t pass a $10 card.
Round 1: Vs Atarka (Mirror Match)
Game 1 Surrak, the Hunt Caller appeared on turn 3 thanks to Whisperer of the Wilds. I then proceeded to wreck his field after he made multiple suicidal attacks (sending creatures out to attack when I had an obvious blocker).
Game 2 he opened up with Deathmist Raptor which rivaled Surrak in terms of providing earlier game damage. However, my Formidable triggers off of Surrak won me the game.
It was my opponent’s first draft though I didn’t learn this until after the games.
Round 2: Vs Kolaghan (Actual)
I lost Game 2 when Fate Reforged Kolaghan showed up.
Game 3 my opponent opened with Flamewake Pheonix as I built up bodies before swinging for 9 damage on turn 5 (again thanks to Forerunners). I later won with Atarka’s Command for game.
Round 3: Vs Sultai (Stampeding Elk Herd)
So my deck gave up the ghost this round as I got mana screwed both games. This left his Elk Herd to beat me unopposed game 1. Game 2 I again was brutalized by Elks when he used Flatten on my only creature.
I took second place though and won 3 DTK packs! My MVPs were Bathe in Dragonfire and Tail Slash both of which I used in every game (I was passed a total of 3 copies of both which made them both pretty consistent). I only wish I saw more than 1 Glade Watcher.
I’m beyond exhausted, but it was a very fun day. I’m glad I went and I hope to return to this very small, but very cool convention in the future. Thanks for reading. I guess this post revealed what decks I play, though I have a lot waiting around in my room to discuss over the next few days. However, that can wait for now.