Quote from HTMPErm, may I know why ratchet bomb?
Quote from Foam-domeGarruk looks immensely fun to play. Can he be run in a mono-green EDH deck?
Quote from RiggerDarksteel relic probably
Quote from foomfoomfoom And by this, I mean the set as a whole. It's one of the weakest I've ever seen.
Quote from KableThe NC finals were UGr Dforce(with Frost&Primeval titan) and a BR midrangey kind of deck.. Just had a bunch of burn with koth, wurmcoil, abyssal persecutor and pyroclasm MD. Dforce got there for the win without a sweat. That deck just had so many answers and ways to lock him out of the game it was rediculous. Looked really fun to play
I played Elves to a miserable 3-5 finish. I was running on 2 hours of sleep followed by a 3 hour drive out there and I think I definitely could have done better.
I also think I played a sub-optimal list because I was too focused on having "catch all cards" against possible rogue decks I predicted I would see, and tuning the MD to have an explosive game 1 which led to a much weaker g2-3. Bad deckbuilding on my part.
My matchups were:
R1-Loss 1-2 U/W control. This was one of my friends from my shop. G1 I get the nuts hand with a t4 kill on the play. G2 I keep a slow hand and he gets me with a DoJ that I just couldn't play around because he had 2x WoO's out but I didn't have an ezuri. G3 I misplay hardcore. It was t4, I have an ezuri and an archdruid in my hand with 3 lands and a 4 elves on the field and he was tapped out. I figued if he didn't have it(I knew he was only running 3 total DoJ in his 75 so I had a chance) I could drop the archdruid now and ezuri next turn and double overrun for the win next turn. He had it and I lost.
R2-Win 2-0 Mono-Green Eldrazi. G1 I get a turn 4 kill and he hasn't played anything relevant. G2 I side in Preservers and he doesn't have an answer to him outside of Ulamog so I get there.
R3-Win 2-1 U/G/B Dredge-a-vine with Skinrenders to fauna for. G1 hes busy fauna-ing for vengevines but doesn't actually get any in play before I overrun him with Ezuri and Garruk. G2 he gets an explosive start with t1 birds, t2 cobra>fetchland>fauna shaman. and its all downhill from there. G3 I win with a double overrun out of nowhere as I'm able to cast ezuri/overrun with archdruid and untap him mid combat with a copperhorn scout to do it again.
R4-Loss 1-2 Valakut. G1 I have a great hand with a t4-5 kill, but my t2 arch druid gets bolted. I draw another on t4 and he doesn't have another bolt and I win on t5. G2 and 3 pyroclasm wrecks me with a bolt on ezuri followed by a pyroclasm the next turn and he just gets there like valakut does.
R5- Loss 1-2 URb pyromancer(with consuming vapors in the main and sadsac in the board). This was another friend from my shop, I basically can't win this matchup because of the ~18 removal spells he runs+more in the board. G1 I get the nuts but I still have to fight to get there. Post board hes got ~22 removal spells/burn in the deck and I can't ever keep a creature on the board between staggershock/vapors rebound and 'clasm. g2-3 I just die.
Was really thinking about dropping here but as its been roughly 6 years since I've been able to go to a "real event" I just wanted to have a good time and play people that I haven't had the opportunity to play back home so I decide against dropping and just finish playing the 8 rounds.
R6- Loss 0-2 RDW G1 he keeps my board clear and gets there. G2 I make the biggest, most embarrassing play mistake of my life and I lose.
R7- Win 2-0 U/W Allies. After an established board my guys are just better and I get an easy 2-0. She gets mana screwed g1.
R8- Loss 1-2 Valakut. G1 I go off with 2x copperhorn scouts and some elves being able to get in early damage and still play all my stuff. G2 and 3 Wurmcoil and pyroclasm take me out of the game.
In short. Wurmcoil Engine is stupidly good, any deck with primeval titan is basically the best deck you can play, Elves just seems to lose to decks that run red, and Black was the most underplayed color at the tournament. There were 2 vampire decks that were at the top tables all day. One of them was in the top8 at X-0 but lost in the QF. Just looked like...normal zendikar vampires...with captivating vampires, consuming vapors and a singleton masticore... I didn't even see mind sludge. Idk how they went X-0 but sometimes you get there.