Saturday, October 27, 2012

[JT] CGC: The one where I go Game Day...

Game Day was today, yaaaaaaaay!!!
You know the deal, just did a Google search.

So, you already know what deck I played today, but here is the exact list since it's gone through a few mutations since the last time I talked about it...

-Creatures (17):
Deadeye Navigator x4
Angel of Serenity x1
Lyev Skynight x4
Dungeon Geist x4
Geist of Saint Traft x2
New Prahv Guildmage x2

-Planeswalkers (2)
Tamiyo, the Moon Sage x2

-Spells (18):
Detention Sphere x3
Oblivion Ring x1
Feeling of Dread x4
Azorius Charm x4
Sphinx's Revelation x3
Think Twice x3

-Lands (23):
Hallowed Fountain x4
Glacial Fortress x4
Plains and Island x15

Redirect x3
Negate x2
Syncopate x2
Purify the Grave x2
Oblivion Ring x1
Ghost Quarter x2
Fiend Hunter x2
Detention Sphere x1

I have decided that I no longer pilot this deck.  I now navigate it.  So let's take a look and see how well I navigated it today.

Round 1 versus Wu Humans: He would beat me down to a low life before my deck could come on line in both games.  Then with my tapping and detaining, he couldn't make another attack.  Mixed in with his own deck stalling on him, I was able to bash back for a win, 2-0.

Round 2 versus Wu Humans:  Played out pretty much the same as round one, except his deck was built a bit better, and I couldn't claw back fast enough.  Loss, 2-0.

 Round 3 versus Golgari:  While I beat my opponent this round fairly soundly, he had me worried at a few points.  He would have either a Vampire Nighthawk or a Slitherhead (enchanted with a Rancor) with a Vraska, the Unseen that I had to prioritize my attacks and stall on, dragging the game out longer.  He actually got my life down fairly low both games (as in I won with 1 life left in game 2).  Win, 2-0.

Round 4 versus Bant Ramp: This was a fun round.  I want to preface this round with the fact that I saw this guy playing against a RUb Delver deck before the tournament, and he flooded ... hard.  We even had a little exchange about it and how he at least got it out of his system now before the tournament.  He came back with how with his luck, it will still happen....  So Game 1 he is flooding hard.  I'm bouncing and tapping all of his threats (Armada Wurms, Thragtusks, etc.).  I drop Angel of Serenity and he scoops.  Game 2, he ramps out and crushes me before I can get much in terms of a board presence.  Game 3, he starts to flood, but is keeping me from getting in for damage by Terminus'ing and Azorius Charm'ing my creatures while I'm tapping and O-Ring'ing/D-Sphere'ing his threats.  At this point though, he is flooding BADLY (He Sphinx's Revelation'ed for eight... and drew seven lands and a Farseek).  He then drops a Sigarda, Host of Herons on me.  I feel the game slipping away, until he lets me untap with a Deadeye Navigator soulbonded to a Dungeon Geist.  He swings in with Sigarda, I block and blink, saving my Geist (and me).  He drops Angel of Serenity, targeting my three creatures (including a Lyev Skyknight), I blink both Deadeye Navigator and Dungeon Geist, dodging the Angel's effect.  He Terminus'ed out of desperation, and I just followed up with another threat to end it.  Win, 2-1.

Round 5 versus RWB Control:  Game 1, I couldn't get anything to stick and he burns me out with Pillar of Flame after getting a Tamiyo Emblem.  Funny side note, I kept wondering how the hell he was able to end up with Cyclonic Rift's in his hand after bouncing back my stuff three end phases in a row, until I remembered he had the emblem -_-.  Game 2, I sided into a more control build via my counterspells, Redirects, O-Ring, and D-Sphere.  This turned into a long "Land, go." game.  There were sooo many D-Sphere's on the board.  Unfortunately, things got so drawn out that I couldn't deal with his tech'ed in Niv-Mizzit, Dracogenius and his pinging ability, especially after I made the stupid mistake of trying to Negate his Supreme Verdict *head desk*. Loss, 2-0.

So that's 3-2 overall, good enough for 8th place and three packs (our shop has a low prize pay out, but it's a guaranteed two packs no matter what).  I am once again surprised by how well my deck performed, and I am so happy with it.  I had considered making this the last time I pilot... err, excuse me... navigate the deck for now and focus on something that might be a little bit more competitive, but after today, there is no way I can do that.  I'm definitely keeping at this.  I have a few tweaks in mind, but can't really focus on any in any meaningful way right now, so I will hold off on that for now.

I really want to hear about how your Game Days went as well.  What did you run?  Any great matches?  Or even just awesome interactions.  Let me know in the comments.  In the meantime, I'll be tweaking this deck.

No witty sign off. Just... later!

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