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This was an extremely grindy game. He had a turn 3 Kira off of cavern. Took 5 cards to kill it, but I eventually did.
Sounds like this is where you already lost the match, lol. How did this happen?
The board state at this point was 7 lands both players. He had a reejery and an adept in play as well as two mutavaults. I had three snapcasters and a spell queller.
He had three cards in hand. At this point I had a cryptic command (that I had just drawn) and a pia and nalaar. I was at 6 life he was at 18. No vials in play.
I can cast the pia or cryptic, but not both. What do I do?
I opted to play the pia knowing the only way I loose is if he has two island walk lords in hand (and I will win if I untapped). But he had both lords in hand. What is the correct play in that situation?
I might be missing something, but aren't you dead to a single islandwalking lord in this boardstate? Reej will pump the lord out of range to be shot down with PnK, and if you shoot down Reej the Mutavaults and Silvergill will get you. In that case holding up Cryptic was definitely the best choice, and if I'm missing something and he did need two lords, I think it would still probably be the best line; good merfolk players should sandbag their lords for a long time against control decks, and they have more islandwalk lords than countermagic. Another big factor would be what you had in your graveyard, as counterbounce snap, snap bolt would have been devastating
In general, i don't even think I'd bring in PnK vs merfolk, as the blocking is hardly relevant and a 4 mana sorcery is really sketch versus them.
Scenario Two: Infect game 3.
I keep a bolt, x2 spell snare, spell queller, 3 land.
My opponent is on the play and turn 1 glistener elf. What is my play? Do I keep up spell snare for blighted agent (which my hand can’t beat) or bolt it?
I opted to wait a turn so I could bolt it And counter s blighted agent. Unfortunately he had the turn 3 kill with pertection. Never got a third turn.
What was the correct play?
As you said later, you should've mulliganned that hand. If you do keep it, definitely bolt the elf in main phase; they only have 4 blighted agents but like 20 cards that protect from bolt
No. The only thing you are missing is I am bad at math...
You are correct. A single lord would have killed me. Should have waited for cryptic.
I though Pia was 3 damage for some reason.