*Lily and Aether Vial nonbo so I chose Lily over Vial.
Test vs R/g Satyr, 0-1.
Satyrs are pretty limited in selection. I'm surprised he could jam the 20 minimum into his deck!
I was winning but then our TO announced registration... My test partner wouldn't budge so I just scooped.
Round 1 vs B Zombies, 2-0.
SB: +3 Leyline of the Void, +1 Spreading Seas. -4 Ancestral Visions.
In game 1, I saw graveyard recursion. Leylines arrived too late in game 2 to make a difference.
Round 2 vs B/w Knights, 2-0.
He didn't like my True-Name Nemesis (held off his army) or my Underground Seas (too expensive.)
Round 3 vs (Dason Lee) B/w Vampires, 1-2.
I named this opponent b/c of all 4 black decks I've faced tonight, Dason was the smartest since he also ran 4 Witch's Vengeance. Kudos!
He seemed to think Ancestral Visions was broken. I disagree since it left modern's ban list. I would run Ponder instead, if I could, *shrugs*
Even though I lost, I felt my deck was more consistent due to all the card draw (Ancestral Visions, Benthic Biomancer, Brainstorm, Silvergil Adept.)
Round 4 vs B/w Vampires, 2-0.
Post match, I gave him budget card advice, such as:
-add 4 Evolving Wilds, 4 Terramorphic Expanse, 1 Plains. His deck only had 4 Godless Shrine to cast his 4 white cards.
-add 4 Sign in Blood. It's a cheap cantrip that can trim 1-2 lands from your build. His deck also gains life.
After round 4, there were no undefeated players. There were four 3-1's.
-1st tiebreaker criteria: we all defeated each another so we all had no superior opponents.
-2nd tiebreaker criteria: I finished w/a game record of 7-2.
Since I had the best game record of the 3-1's, I got the nod into 1st place.
Notes: Every time I test Tribal, I give my partner the choice of Fish or Faeries. They always choose Fish. They always lose. The feedback I get is, "Fish lacks interaction." Hopefully someone here can 'deck clinic' this list!
Tested Faeries vs Vampires, 1-0.
Tested Giants vs Vampires, 0-1.
Round 1 vs Bant Spirits, 2-1.
If I researched this format, I may have boarded +2 Llawan, Cephalid Empress, -2 Ponder, which I did later in Round 3.
Round 2 vs Gruul Werewolves, 2-0.
I considered boarding Submerge but didn't since I never saw an actual Forest card from him. Afterwards he told me due to his 'budget duals,' I made the correct call.
*I've once had a 1 Plains/1 Enlightened Tutor opening hand and had to ship it back b/c of no Vault of Whispers to fix my mana screw. When something bad happens, you never forget.
-If you win the die roll, ALWAYS choose to draw, instead of play. Reason being, discarding turn 1 (off 8 cards in hand), then turn 2 land + Reanimate, is the fastest way to get a Giant in play. It's also surprisingly reliable.
-As you'd expect, most opponents WILL choose to play first, given the choice. It feels good knowing you will get the turn 1 discard you want, no matter who wins the die roll!