Quote from Malt_Meister »Quote from fromagedechevre »I did pretty well in Lyon, but don't remember enough of the games for a full report.
R1 against UR Pyro 2-0: French guy, the matchup is just great and he cannot do much.
R2 against Affinity 0-2: Another frenchie who did a couple mistake but it turns out T1 Plating is still pretty good. G2 I flood and manage to do some sequencing mistakes which cut my outs in half, but I draw a couple blanks anyway.
R3 against Mardu Pyro 2-0: The guy made some mistakes in the games, sideboarded very wrong and complained in the end.
R4 against Infect 2-0: He didn't draw any Inkmoth Nexus and without this card the matchup is pretty unwinnable for him.
R5 against Etron 2-0: G1 I play a discard spell only to see 2 Chalices, a Relic, GQ, Mine, and 2 creatures. I'm on the play and take a chalice, hoping to draw an answer to the second one. He draws a temple, plays it and the relic. I play a Shadow and pass with a blue up. He draws a second temple, plays it and the chalice. I draw a tarmogoyf to go with my DS and kill him on turn 4 with a battle rage.
G2 I keep a one lander with street wraith, play a discard spell and see 2 chalices, 1 Dismember, 0 temples and some lands and a creature that I select. I leave both chalices because I have a Maelstrom Pulse and a Grudge in hand. He draws 2 temples but has no pressure while I can't find lands. on turn 4 he plays the second chalice on 2. I draw 2 lands the following turn and Pulse the Chalice, he draws an Endbringer but my triple Death's Shadow hand kills him anyway.
R6 against Tron 2-0: I misscount his lands G1 and give him the out of drawing the last tron piece on the last turn by taking the wrong card with a Thoughtseize, but even if I had played right and taken the Ugin with Thoughtseize the tron piece was still 90% to win him the game there. G2 is uneventful, he doen't have green mana for Thragdaddy and Stirrings and can't get to Tron.
R7 against Shuhei Nakamura on Jeskai Tempo 2-1: An interesting incident happened there. I won G1 just by playing a big Shadow while I knew he had no Burn or answers to DS in hand. G2 I sideboarded wrong thinking he was on a more controlling build and died to snapcaster bolts with 2 D-Stroke in hand. G3 I'm fairly ahead and at some point I cycle a Street wraith in order to get delirium and play Traverse the Ulvenwald. While I'm searching my library, a friend of mine says us to wait and calls a Judge: it turns out I didn't draw with the Wraith and upon learning that Shuhei laughs immediately. The Judge fixes the situation, we both get warnings and I win the game with the card drawn. At the end of the game, the Judge asks Shuhei Nakamura to come with him and my friends tell me he could get DQ'd because his reaction with the judge call seemed to show he was aware of me not drawing the card and just didn't tell me even though he should have. He has a long discussion with the Head Judge and ends up not being DQ'd.
R8 against Jeskai Breach 2-1: He left the combo in even though it's pretty bad against me, and I take down both postboard games with most of my removal out.
7-1 and happy so far, but I have to keep focusing on each game as best as I can.
R9 against Grixis Shadow 2-1 despite me cracking my Bauble during main phase like a noob when we're in Topdeck war.
R10 against the Mirror 1-2: In G3 my opponents discard my Stubs and Discard and Traverses for a land on turn 3: I think about what I can do against the obviously upcoming Lili, Bauble myself and see a thoughtseize on top, and choose not to play any creature thinking he might want to wait for me to have a board. He doesn't and wins with Lili active for more than 10 turns and me not finding any of my 3 answers.
R11 against Storm 2-0. Easy win G1, and he's mana screwed during G2.
R12 against Bogles 2-0 through T1 Leyline G1 because he only had a Kor. G2 He doesn't have a Leyline and Lili crushed him.
R13 against Burn 2-1 thanks to my opponent letting me resolve my Street wraith cycling which let me draw the Stubborn Denial that countered the Helix he had to cast to survive.
R14 against Abzan Aggro (Time Walk Feature Match, it's at the end of the round) 2-1: I'll let you see all my punts live on Twitch, I did a bunch of them.
R15 against Mardu Pyro 2-0: The guy mulled to 4 G2 and wasn't happy about it :/
I end up 10th on breakers, with a PT invite and airfare plus a thousand bucks. Super stoked with this at my 2nd GP ever, and hope I can keep being this lucky in the future and step my game up.
WOW Congratulations on such an impressive run! Now having run so well with your list is there any changes you would make moving forward? I am about to buy into this deck and am really having a tough time with how to put the deck together. I noticed you have a small blue package with Snapcaster etc. and I am wondering if that is something you would recommend in the new meta with some different decks floating around? If you have any tips or an updated build I would really be interested in your opinions. Thanks for any advice you might have!
The Hostage Taker was pretty bad, everytime I drew it I never had the mana and the time to cast it, but this might be because of the sample size.
2 D-Stroke might be too many: Against Jeskai, you don't want to draw 2 most of the time and 2 manas is somewhat clunky. But given how great they are in some other matchups (Etron, Tron, Through the breach decks) I'm really not sure about this one.
Fulminator Mage was great in a lot of matchups, I'm pretty sure most people should play at least 1 and maybe even more. BGx Midrange (Shadow and non-Shadow), Control, Burn, Infect and Big mana decks make up a large percentage of the meta.
I think TBR is great in the Mardu Matchup and we shouldn't sideboard it out, we have to hope to go faster because it's too hard to grind them out and they don't have that many answers to our big creatures (Like 4 preboard and maybe a couple more postboard). Maybe It's even right to side in the 3rd copy but I haven't tried it.
Snapcaster was pretty good but I'm not sure he deserves a spot in the 75, he was often a bit clunky. I never traversed for it, maybe Grim Flayer is just better even though I'm not playing Souls. Even if you're not playing it, I would still play the breeding pool because of the tron matchup, and having 2 blue sources against Field of ruin decks can be critical (unless you're playing a bunch of Tarfires and Terminate which necessitate a Stomping Ground).
I only found myself wanting to Traverse for a Ghor Clan once but I won the game anyway. I'm not sure it's needed unless swarm decks become much more prevalent (It would necessitate a rework of the mana and/or some manamorphoses in the deck).
I was happy with the removal split. I have no idea what I could cut but getting a couple manamorphose in the deck could be great.