FNM Magic Report 7.24.2009
Still in Wellington, and out of work on time, so I make the 6:30 draft. I get in a 7 man pod and we open packs.
First pack is a Clone and a motley assortment of 1/1 dorks. There’s a diabolic tutor and I take it. In retrospect it may have been worth taking the clone since it was splashable, but I was 100 percent certain I did not want to be in blue, so aiming for black and a bomb searcher was the next best thing.
Pick 2 is Tendrils of Corruption, which is good. Now I just need to see the appropriate creatures.
Pick 3 reveals a Guardian Seraph…. Wait what? I know it’s sort of underwhelming at first, but four cc flying 3/3’s have always been good all the way back to Phantom Monster and Roc of Kher Ridges and Seraph has an incredible ability and is lightning bolt proof. I take it as a signal and go that way.
Then I get passed a Rhino, and three oakenforms… at the end of pack 1 I’m pretty decent green and can go either white or black.
Pack 2 I open Harm’s way, and I’m in white.
1 llanowar elves
2 soul warden
2 blinding mage
1 deadly recluse
1 runeclaw bear
1 palace guard
1 griffin sentinel
1 cudgel troll
1 guardian seraph
1 stampeding rhino
1 craw wurm
1 harm’s way
1 safe passage
2 armored ascension
10 plains (to support those ascensions, I’m not making the same mistake with lands like I did last time!)
Despite my first round of green crazy stuff I didn’t see much on the 2nd and 3rd pack, and when we lay out our decks I see why – my partners on left and right are green! – I guess they didn’t value oakenforms, or else they valued creatures higher- perhaps rightly – despite the fact that I have great board control and double armored ascension I’m still only 13 creatures which is a problem. We’ll see how much in a bit.
===Match 1 vs. Simon playing mono-red===
Simon hasn’t played magic in a few months and says he’s just getting back into the swing of things. A mono red isn’t a bad call in that case.
I lead out with the early bear, and he immediately has a ball lightning to take me down. I get down a soul warden followed by Armored Ascension with 3 plains. 5/5 bear, then 6/6 bear followed by Seraph seal the deal for him.
I keep a hand with Rhino, two Ascensions, excommunicate, and 3 lands. I don’t have an early play, he drops a pyromancer and I excommunicate it for time. I get Rhino, and double armored ascension. 16/16 flying trample rhino he can’t deal with.
We play a couple matches for fun:
He drops a piker and hellhound and I have no blockers. My life goes 18, 10. I drop turn 4 Seraph and my choice is trade with the hellhound or block piker and go to 4. I take 4 from the hellhound and he lava axes me.
I drop early Soul Warden, excommunicate a Goblin Artillery and quickly build up a big army of blockers and he builds an army of attackers. I eventually drop a Griffin Sentinel to break the stalemate. He never points artillery at my soul warden but he does at my face – I’m probably going to win this fight… I get a blinding mage out which holds down a minotaur of his and pacify minotaur #2. Again he could have taken out my warden or mage and it might have been a different game. Instead I draw out the game long enough to drop a rhino, tap his blockers and harm’s way the artillery damage back at his other blockers.
===Match 2 vs. Jason playing B/G.===
I lead out with a Recluse and get an Oakenform. He gets a Wall of Bone with mana to regenerate. I drop bears, but can’t play any white as I draw and play 4 forest . Jason drops a bog wraith and equips it with Whispersilk Cloak, then a troll. Cloak pretty much owns me over time. I don’t have a flyer or Ascension to race.
We both mull to six – I lead out with Soul Warden, Blinding Mage, and Griffin . He gets an Oryx and tries to race me but I have an Oakenform for the Griffin. He draws troll and cloak but it’s too late for him as the soul warden has given me a nice life buffer, and the 4/5 flying vigilance is too big to stop.
Jason starts with Visionary and I have Blinding Mage and Soul Warden. He doom blades the Warden and drops Troll. I cast pacifism on the Troll. He Cloaks the troll (3 times in 3 games!) I oakenform the Mage and race. He casts weakness on the Mage. I oakenform the battlemage again and swing in- I just want to race him, but he casts Entangling Vines!
I get a Rhino, and Armor it up and swing him down to 7. If I draw a plains, an excommunicate, an oakenform, or a fog I have him on my next turn, but it doesn’t happen. I lose the match.
===Match 3 Darcy playing R/G===
I get down Soul Warden, Battlemage and Griffin. He bolts my Soul Warden (?!) so I Armored Ascension my Griffin and beat him down. He tried to Seismic strike my battlemage but I figure I’ll keep it with safe passage – good call as he drops an ornithopter. I suspect a trick and tap it and finish him with griffin. Good thing I tapped, he had a Might of Oaks!
I get down Soul Warden, (20-19) Oakenform it turn 3, (20-15) Troll on turn 4, (20-11) and Oakenform troll turn 5 (20-0)
Looking back – did I value oakenform too highly? I didn’t see many creatures other than the swordsmith but I feel like I made all the right picks. I pack 3 I just didn’t see any green at all and white creatures were slim, but I saw three total armored ascensions which is just bonkers (I took a creature over the 3rd ascension because I realized I was low). I don’t know, Oakenform showed it’s value by turning all my games into very short ones. I did pass that 2nd pack pick 2 Cloak – should I have hated it over the very useful pacifism?
If anything I think I valued Righteousness too highly (though I never got the chance to play it) – I probably should have mained fog – might have bought me time in the racing games since I had no defense, but I considered it “removal”.