Etched Champion is usually the reason I lose to affinity, been having a pretty bad run against affinity as of late. Heading into GP OKC I am definitely going to be ready for that matchup. In the main I am running a Grim Lavamancer and a Kalitas (which is not amazing but decent enough vs affinity if we can slow them enough, great vs ravager and races favorably). In the sb i plan on running the following options vs affinity: 1 damnation, 2 grudges, 1 kozileks return, 1 anger of the gods and 1 shatterstorm. I'd like to add another k return and cut anger just bc it is such a great answer for everything they have except ravager but its hard to justify when anger is so much better vs coco, humans, dredge and other aggro decks... so thats my conundrum at the moment
I would cut the Shatterstorm for another KReturn. Why would run want Shatterstorm is the question? KReturn is good vs other matchups as well, and most of the times KReturn kills a Champion. (the only way I could think of would be Welding Jar or Ravager, if he puts a counter on the Champion in response)
I like the list but why not cut a bolt for lavamancer.
Push is way more powerful in this meta and the lavamancer can act as a reoccurring bolt. Lavamancer and Lilliana the lost hope will also allow you to take down 3 toughness creatures.
How about replacing the thrun with a 2nd kitchen finks? Finks is good against control alas well bc it's a for 1 if they don't have path. In addition I like brining it back from the graveyard with Liliana the lost hope. 2 in the sideboard also is an easy sideboard decision against decks where rabblemaster is weaker.
I have been going back and forth between BG rock and BG with a white splash for stony silence and lingering souls in SB
Thoughtseize, Lilly is often enough disruption to throw them off their game plan. If they manage to get an Eldrazi down push, pulse, go for the throat take care of them. At the same time if I draw into ghost quarter it slows down tron if they are building towards it even though they replace it with a wastes. I often find them time walking themselves with an expedition map rushing to get tron or a temple while they leave my Bob on board with a dismember or balista in hand.
While doing all of this goyf gets bigger than their creatures and our threats + disruption takes game 1
Game 2 Most Etron players over side board and bring in relics and chalice. I always side out my inquisitions and depending on the build I will take out some fatal pushes and actually leave in 1-3 abrupt decays depending on my build. This allows me to ignore the chalice but also destroy it if I need to and also destroy a relic. This really takes them off their game and the Etron deck turns into a clunky mid range deck and they end up stuck with fatties in their hand.
At first I was very surprised that I was dominating but week in and week out of consistently 2-0 them.
Cards that have been most impressive in the matchups are a mix of the following
Bob-often they leave unanswered
Lilly of the Veil-bomb against them
Kalitas-very good against matter reshapers and hangerbacks that they bring in post board
Ghost quarter-its not a bomb but it makes them stumble
Fulminator mage-not a bomb but makes them stumble
Lingering souls-chumps matter reshaper so don't have to kill it and let them gain a card
Stony silence-even if you don't get it early it shuts down balista which is worth it. Also shuts off relic
I know this is a Jund board but the BG cards can be added to Jund to help those matchups
just returned home from the mkm series in prague this weekend and decided to do this small writeup of my experience. I went there by friday and stayed in prague for 4 days. On Friday I played a modern grand trial which would give winners byes for the main event, but I did not very well during the trial, it was 2-3 drop. But it didn't bother me too much, I found it great to being able to play some matches before the actual main event, to reduce stress and get a feeling of how the tournament functions. Also, you could play a different decklist on that trial compared to the main event, which was also pretty nice.
For the main event, I registered this list after all:
In that tournament where 296 people, which meant 9 rounds of swiss, followed by a top 8 cut off.
Round 1: Elves (won 2-1)
My opponent said it was the first time that he played elves in a tournament, but he played quite well. Luckily for me, I did find an early Lavamancer which helped me in game 1, which I won. Game 2 I was overrun by a timely Ezuri + pump topdeck, and I didn't have enough removal and blockers for staying alive.
Round 3 was pretty close, I tried to hold up removal for Ezuri or Archdruid, but my opponent just build up a board with small creatures and 2 Shaman of the pack, which hurt me quite a bit. I had 2 Goyfs and one ooze. Goyfs where only 2/3s because the GYs only had instants and creatures in it. I then could cast my Anger keeping my goyfs alive and killing all of this creatures. I also pumped my ooze out of Anger range, only letting 1 creature in the yard because otherwise my goyfs would have died (falling back to 2/3 and then dying through the Anger dmg). This made me won the first round.
Round 2: Jeskai Control (lost 0-2)
Pretty tough matchup and my opponent played it really well. I had multiple Bobs, but my opponent had removal for each and everyone of them. I could not resolve a LoTV either. And the games all did last too long which got to a point where my opponent took over. I am wandering if keeping hand without discard is ok to do against control. The hands I kept felt overal "ok", but quite a bit clunky (like only some 2 and 3 drops and 2-3 lands). I don't know if this is a keepable hand against control. What do you guys think? Not sure this was my mistake.
Round 3: Affinity (won 2-0)
At the beginning of the tournament my deck felt mostly clunky at times, either having too many lands or too few of them, but starting with this matchup my deck started to play flawless. It was just great. I had everything I needed to destroy my opponent. It was not even close.
Round 4: Merfolk (won 2-1)
I was a little bit surprized to see merfolk at the tournament. All the matches where pretty interesting. Spreading Seas and Kira are all very annoying cards to deal with. I could remove one Kira with a Decay and had extra lands to maintain my black sources, but one game my opponent overrun me with lords. For the other 2 games, I had enough removal to keep his board mostly clean, which is highly important here.
Round 5: Naya Zoo (won 2-0)
This matchup can be tough sometimes, since this deck runs a coupld of PWs which are hard to answer, but key here is to deny mana ramp. So killing mana dorks is highly important. I managed to do so and took both games easily due to this.
Round 6: Abzan (won 2-1)
I lost the first game because of Souls and then Rhino for the win. The other 2 games was a grindfest. In game 2 I got ahead with an early goyf and LtLH, my opponent played Souls + flashback, but at this poiint Souls are not very good anymore, he had to use all the tokens for jump blocking. Also LtLH was MVP here.
Round 7: Grixis Control (draw)
I am still not sure you want to cut discard after g1 or not. Hitting Snapcaster is so crucial in my opinion. I cut Pushes and Decays instead I think, bc those cards won't hit anything relevant. They only have Snapcaster and delve creatures. I brought in my Spellbombs and CB, as well as Finks. All games where a grindfests. In the end, my opponent didn't find a threat and countered all my threats I tried to resolve. Ended up in a draw.
Round 8: Abzan (lost 0-2)
This Abzan list was a annoying one including multiple Tasigurs, which are tough to deal with. I tried to resolve Bobs and Goyfs, but my opponent had 3 LoTV in a row to kill all of them. In the second game my opponent resolved an early Tasigur and began to grind me out with his activations. I just could find removal for him. I was quite pissed because if I would have won this game, top 8 would have been possible at this point.
Round 9: Mono White Death and Taxes (lost 0-2)
Since top 8 was not possible anymore after the last round, I did not pay too much attention anymore. There was also no chance of winning any prizes at this point. I therfore lost both games.
So all in all I ended up 5-1-3 during the main event. I would have tloved to at least reach top 8, but with almost 300 people battling there, its quite tough. Overall I am still happy for the record, after all I won more rounds than I lost. And all people I met gave me credit for running traditional Jund again, which was quite nice.
Concerning my SB, I was not really satisfied with the Fulminators and the second Damnation. According to the metagame breakdown, the topdecks were Grixis Shadow, Affinity and the GBx midrange decks. No sight of Tron or Eldrazitron, which was fantastic.
I am not sure I want to keep the Olivia in the MB now, I need to change a few things I think. I will definitely return next year with Jund!
Thats it for now, take care
Thanks for the report as well. I have been torn on how to properly sideboard Lilliana the last hope properly. When playing against junk what do you take out for Lilliana the lost hope? How do you sideboard against this matchup?