Grixis Reflect/Refrain Aggro deck profile (Force of Will locals report)

I went to the Redcaps FoW tournament yesterday. I built a deck in under 30 minutes, which I’m dubbing Reflect/Refrain Grixis Good Stuff. The deck was really weak. Mostly it’s just a pile of cards I liked for one reason or another. Like my Dark Alice deck is had serious problems closing out the game. Though it had a good idea at its core…

Main Deck:

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J/Ruler:

  • Reflect/Refrain

Resonators:

  • Guinvere, the Jealous Queen x4
  • Nyarlathotep, the Usurpur x4
  • Lancelot, the Knight of Mad Demon x4
  • Hastur, the Unspeakable x1
  • Rukh Egg x4
  • Rasputin x4
  • Hera, Goddess of Jealousy x3

Regalia:

  • Laevateinn, Demon Sword x4
  • Artemis Bow x4
  • Change the World, Orb of Illusion x4

Spells:

  • Demonflame x3
  • Flame of Outer World x2

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Stone Deck:

  • Magic Stone of Moon Light x1
  • Ruler’s Memoria x4
  • Little Red, the Pure Stone x1
  • Magic Stone of Scorched Bales x4

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Side Deck:

  • Vlad Tepes x1
  • Barrier of Shadows x3
  • Falltgold, the Dragoon x1
  • Deathscythe, the Life Reaper x3
  • Flame King’s Shout x2
  • Susanowo, the Ten-Fist Sword x2
  • Robe of the Fire Rat x3

 

Why?

I just put good cards into a deck. I went into this wanting to play Hera, Goddess of Jealou more than anything else. I also wanted to play Nya (nickname) since it’s my favorite card in the game. This deck however lacked a strong end game plan (win condition). I just wound up in boardstalls or failed to push that last points needed for game. The core strategy of this deck was based on siding into Bahamut game 2 to disrupt y opponent. THIS ACTUALLY WORKED. I caught all of my opponent’s off-guard, but each game I had too many dead cards in my board to take full advantage of Bahamut.

 

Match-Ups

I’ll be brief, because it’s 4 in the morning.

Round 1

Vs Melgis

I Flame of Outer World his Melgis and he loses quickly afterwards. Game 2 he gets color screwed and Bahamut defeated quickly.

Win 2-0

Round 2

Vs Reflect Faires

I got overwhelmed game 1 by Vivianne, Lady of the Lake. Game 2, I surprised my opponent with Bahamut and gained an early advantage with Barrier of Shadow (which effectively killed Change the World, Orb of Illusion). However I ended up losing after a long grind war.

Loss 0-2

Round 3

Vs Blue/Red Vlad

I scooped game 1 after our a 20 minute boardstall. Once again Bahamut got me within one turn short of lethal.

Loss 0-2

 

What I learned

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Ok so to actually explain my plan. Game 1 I play Reflect and then swap to Bahamut game 2, since there’s no real my opponent would switch to Blazer. This should catch the opponent offguard. In practice Bahamut dealt absurd damage and almost won me every game 2. Of course in hidnsight cards like Nya and Rasputin are dead weight in Bahamut so a more streamlined (Mono-Red) version is probably more solid.

Also Reflect/Refrain is shockingly hard to play well and I learned alot from my opponents over the course of playing it all day. I’m torn at the moment because on the word hand it’s a definite problem that this card is the best J/Ruler in the meta (game), but also it’s such a versatile (powerful) card also. Still that’s a topic for another day.

Thanks for reading as usual.

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