Quote from Apocalypso »Hey Guys, im back from Bilbao. Finished 10-5 and was featured on "Spicy Day 2 Decklists" on the Coverage Twitter by CFB:
I will post my Matchups and Results and some lessons regarding the current metagame learned in this Event. I wont have time for a full Tournament report but Maybe you guys can Profit a bit from my experiences.
R3: 2-0 UR Phoenix (he went Top8)
R4: 2-0 UR Phoenix
R5: 0-2 Abzan Midrange
R6: 1-2 UR Phoenix
R7: 2-0 Titanshift
R8: 2-1 Titanshift
R9: 0-2 Burn
R10: 2-1 Humans
R11: 2-0 Tron
R12: 0-2 Humans
R13: 2-0 Dredge
R14: 1-2 Burn
R15: 2-0 UR Phoenix
The Maindeck Hurkylls was the best call i could have made. In 3 Matches against Phoenix they surgicaled my Retract when i cast the first one and i was only capable to win these Matches, because i could redraw into a hurkylls one time and the other two times i passed the turn, dropped the 2nd dude and then digged with the returned O´s to find hurkylls for the reset to kill them. As Long as Surgical is Maindeckable we Need to run hurkylls main and a Minimum of 2 noxious. I also blanked one surcical with a noxious and could win this way.
Fragmentize overperformed as an sideboardcard, especially vs Burn. Both Burn-Opponents i faced Day2 had 3-4 copies of cindervines + Eidolon. With that in mind we can no longer board for the old silence + Combo plan but have to go for fragmentize+path+echoing truth.
I won most of my game ones with kills in turns 3-5, because i was Patient enough to wait for them to tap out. If we loose game 1 most matchups are Looking Pretty dire. Humans won vs me with T2 thalias and i dont Think, that repeal is the correct mainboardchoice for this meta. Yes it can be a mini retract, which is nice to have, but Echoing truth deals with hatepieces in a more efficient way and it also hurts decks like Dredge, Affinity or phoenix a lot. It can also be a nice hurkylls/retract Impression, in one game i returned 3 paradise mantles with an E-Truth to then draw 6 Cards from them and win it.
Noxious Revival also overperformed for me, be it countering surgicals, making fetch-onelanders keepable or recurring the engine after they tap out for their first removal when on the Play. With the London Mulligan in Mind i would consider going up to 3 Noxious maindeck, as i expect a rise in decks like grishoalbrand and therefore even more surgicals (+ we can remove grisel to fizzle goryos with NR).
If i had to make any changes at the Moment i would go with -2 Repeal +1 E-Truth +1 Noxious Maindeck. I basically never used the repeals for plain redraws, because we then have to show them which deck we are, so the advantage of a cantrip is gone for this card. Sideboard was okay, with less Control than before we might want -1 Silence and +1 SwanSong/E-Truth/Fragmentize. The Rest was quiete fine. SwanSong never came up as a relevant Card but it felt nice to draw one while going of to Combat any unexepected Thing they might do. I was sceptic beforehands but marit convinced me that it is good and having one in Hand against both my titanshift opponents made me really happy (even though they never shifted ).
Overall a good Tournament with a well Performing deck, that i enjoyed to Play a lot, but neither cash nor glory could be achieved this time, because our bad matchups are really really bad.
I saw that CFP post. I didn't realize it was you. Congrats on the solid performance! I went 9-6 at GP Portland with the deck, so 10-5 is definitely a solid finish. Posting 3-1 vs UR phoenix is also impressive. From my experience, it seems to be a pretty good matchup, so I'm glad to see you have similar results. Def some bad beats, but at least you managed to avoid death shadow. I imagine the azban midrange matchup was a slaughter =[. With humans, the match is all about thalia. If it's answered, we win, otherwise they do.
I've been on 1 echoing truth MD for a bit, suggested by xboxgregory. I've been really happy with it, and think it's a good change. I think you need to add burrenton forge-tender to your sideboard. I play 3 currently, and it is a house vs burn. Drop one early to stall them. Sometimes it can be equipped with a sigil for 2-4, and you just beat down. It additionally acts as an answer to both eidalon and cindervines, while forcing them to draw skull crack or lose.
Good points on noxious. I might bump it up to two again. I've also been considering adding 1 ghurapur aethergrid MD. I'm always happy to draw it post-SB, and it can act as a half-decent engine. Swan song is great. I agree that it's not always used, but I feel so much more secure having one in my hand. Overall, your performance was great. Cheeri0s requires nerves of steel to pilot at large events due to how swingy and polarizing it is. Day 2 isn't easy to make (you were the only cheerios player), so once again, great job!
On a side-note, MTGO will be testing the london mulligan for a month, starting April 10. I will be sure to stream a few leagues of cheerios during that time, and will keep this thread updated with those times and dates. My list will be slightly modified, running 4 repeal main, to deal with all the eldrazi stompy decks that I'm sure will be running around.