R1: Izzet Pheonix 2-0
I will say that this player was using Kiln Fiend over drakes, which is obviously not as good, but they did only play one kiln fiend in the match, and it wouldn't have mattered if it was a drake because it died immediately to a Liliana minus.
I won one game with a kaya ultimate, and kaya was nuts against this deck. I exiled a looting and a phoenix the turn she came in and gained about 8 life with her that game, while building a wall of faeries with bitterblossom.
R2: Abzan Delerium 1-2
I won game 1 because of kaya keeping them off of delerium, exiling the back half of lingering souls, and managing goyfs. I had the token advantage, so it was an easy win.
I had 3 kaya's wraths in the board, but felt that I wanted the 4 inguisitions against them because of liliana the last hope, and I feel it's important to stick a bob or bitterblossom early and wanted to clear the way for that so I only brought in 2. Turns out I should have brought in the third wrath, because it was gas everytime I drew it, and I ended up just dying to multiple goyfs and souls tokens. I think another reason I lost was because the delerium decks tend to only run 19/20 lands because of traverse and bauble, so their topdecks were just better than mine. Having the third wrath (or possibly a 4th) gives us a nice way to catch up in that matchup.
R3 Burn 2-0
Kaya and bell-haunt are obviously incredible here. Bell-haunt made them discard a boros charm, and with gaining the life, and being a 3/4 made it too much for them to handle. Field of ruin is also great against them, because they don't run a basic plains, so you can easily color-screw them.
I think the matchup is very favored for us, and I wasn't scared at any point.
R4 Tron 2-1
This is when I realized I didn't put damping sphere in my deck, and just expected to be 0-2'ed quickly LOL.
I actually won game 1, as you do sometimes against tron with field of ruin in your deck. You take out their land, tear apart their hand, and get lucky as all-hell haha.
Game 2 I took out their land but I flooded really hard, and they just cast ugin on turn 8 and that's game.
Game 3 I took out their land and surgicaled it. They bricked on lands and that's all she wrote.
R5 Hollow One 2-1
This was the BR version of hollow one.
Game 1 I won, again, with a kaya ultimate, in a position where nothing else would have worked, they were at 12, I was on the ropes against an angler and multiple pheonix's, and drained them for 10, and hit them with 2 bitterblossom tokens. Felt great.
Game 2 I died to pheonix's and a turn 2 hollow one.
Game 3 We traded back and forth, I landed rest in peace, but bitterblossom got me down to 2 and we were both empty handed, luckily I drew a shambling vent, and faded a lightning bolt, and won. So I got kinda lucky.
Kaya was great in this league. She obviously does nothing against tron, but gaining life was crucial, and she can take out swiftspears and flameblade adepts, as well as manage lingering souls pretty well. The ultimate is also a real tangible thing. Right now I think she deserves maindeck play, but I can see her being a sideboard option, with the potential unbanning of a certain card.
bell-haunt was good, not amazing, but not bad either. I think it's a good middle ground between the sorins. The lifegain is important, and the discard is pretty gross, liliana into bell-haunt is great. It obviously doesn't line-up well against anglers and hollow ones, but it's good against swiftspears and bobs. I really wish it had deathtouch though. So it's good, I'll keep playing 3, I wouldn't mind going to 4 either.
Kaya's wrath is nuts in this deck, there are times where bitterblossom isn't enough, and being able to kill everything, gain 2-3 life from your random tokens, and then allow blossom to take over the game is really strong. I kind of want to go to 4, but that might be too much with the ammount of combo in the format currently.
Collective brutality just isn't good right now imo, it doesn't do much against phoenix, it only kills a thing against humans (for potentially 3 mana too, yikes) and would rarely tag anything important against spirits, so I don't think I want it. I'd rather have kaya's wrath. You could argue that it's a duress effect as well, but bell-haunt does this better against burn, and we already have 7 targeted discard effects, as well as liliana, and bell-haunt against combo, not to mention some of that combo doesn't even get hit with brutality (kci), so I think I'm cutting it from my sideboard.
I wanted to try out surgical over a rest in peace because I don't see alot of kci on mtgo, and I think with it potentially getting banned, surgical is going to be better since it hits pheonix's and can snag a tron land for the cost of nothing. But rest in peace is just a combo with kaya, and I really want to try to make that happen at least once lol.
Here's what my sideboard will look like now.
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3 rest in peace
3 stony silence
2 damping sphere
2 kambal, consul of allocation
3 kaya's wrath
I kind of want anguished unmaking over fragmentize because it's an out to planeswalkers, but fragmentize is better against burn, and it's cheaper. It could also be disenchant, so it would hit hollow ones. So that's a card I'm unsure of.