I’m tired out after a long day. I did not open anything absurd or expensive. I ended up playing difficult grindy match-ups all day. Now admittedly every game (with rare exception was fun). I’m going to do this in a needlessly fast manner due to being tired, apathetic and wanting to move on.
I played Green/Black Elves with no real pay-offs. My deck was very slow, but had many neat tricks.
Round 1: Vs Blue/Black Reanimate
I assembled the engine of Wirewood Symbiote + Heritage Druid + Plague Witch x2 + Civic Wayfinder to bounce Civic Wayfinder every turn to keep searching lands to dump to Plague Witch. I eventually drew into Blood Artist and slowly took down his whole board. Game 2 we boardstalled until he won by retracing…
Call of the Skybreaker 3 times…
We started game 3 in time, but he got colored-screwed while something something Huntsmaster and Juggernaut crushed him.
Round 2: Vs Blue/White Tempo
I didn’t open like any low drop creatures and then he played Jareth, Leonine Titan. I couldn’t block it or attack. I died very fast. Game 2 I only had Blood Artist until turn 5 due to a mana flood. I lost again quite handily managing to fight back until Jareth came back.
Round 3: Vs Temur Cascade
My opponent had a foil Malestrom Wanderer, a Shardless Agent and a Bloodbraid Elf. I stalled for a while using the bounce Civic Wayfinder combo to block the wanderer, but his deck was eons stronger than mine. It was no contest.
Round 4: Vs Bant
Both games were won for me by Deathrite Shaman. He Force of Willed it game one, but I used Gravedigger to recur it then took over the game with it. Game 2 we entered a boardstall where Deathrite combined with Maze of Ith prevented hm from attacking while pinging him down. I took him from 14 to 0.
Round 5: Vs Green/White Enchantress
Game 1 my opponent mulls to 6, never draws a 3rd land while I curb out perfectly so he loses very fast. Game 2 he manages to Faith’s Fetters + double Pacifism to make his Yavimiya Enchantresses huge. I am taken to 4 life at this point mostly after missing an easy chance to kill his Mother of Runes turn 1. So my opponent was the most honorable guy I met all day, because after searching his deck he releases that he’s short a card and calls a judge on himself. The judge has him shuffle a random card from his pool into the deck and we keep going. I’m okay with this due to wanting to keep playing. Anyway to make a long story really short a combination of Blood Artist + Phyrexian Gargantua pull me back from 4 to 10 and him from 16 to 0.
Round 6: Vs Jeskai Fliers
So after a long fight game 1 I lose to Jace, the Mind Sculptor. Then game 2 he gets mana-screwed, but my clock is so terrible he draws out of it.He tries to stablize with Jace at 4 life, but Blood Artist finishes him before he can complete a miracle. We go into time game 3, but I get color-screwed and lose to multiple flying attackers.
And so ends the story of how I got 28th place out of 64 at the PPTQ…
While I am totally underwhelmed by today I have to admit it’s only because I didn’t open any high value cards. I’m very happy that many of my friends opened well, one of whom got 4th place at the event. EMA is a weird format. There’s a surplus of busted things that can happen and cards that are really annoying to fight. Also I have 7 Heritage Druids now after opening 2 of them today (This is what happens when you get another pack or fun afterwards). I want to take a photo, but I can’t be bothered right now. The takeaway from this is that Magic tournaments are fun, but this one was way too competitive, expensive and grueling.
And that’s all the whining I needed to do. Thanks for bearing with me.