Gamesday M14 @ Sun Island Cafe 11/8/2013
After the National Day break, it was back to playing magic! I decided to continue using Boros Champs..and added in a pair of :
1. Pesky enchantments like detention sphere and oring
2. Ratchet bomb
3. Assemble the legions
So I hitched a ride from my buddy, got down to the shop...and within the first 5 minutes...went into the top 8!! So free loot due to a lack of players! This however, turned out to be my only joy of the day...as I went into a horrid 0-3 placing! Added in to the fact that I was waylaid by a really irritating spectator. ( note to self: Goodbye Sun Island)
And reporting as usual:
Game 1 (1-2) : vs B/W Blood Baron Zombie midrange
Round 1 saw me stalled on a single land for 5 turns...despite pulling into 2 champions of the parish. Wasn't long before I was simply crushed by the zombies.
Round 2 saw a singular fiendslayer paladin take the game, riding on 2 slayer strongholds!
Round 3 saw the arrival of blood baron...and without any real sort of answer, my early pressure slowly dissipated and fizzed.
Game 2 (1-2): vs U/W control
Round 1: turn 2 terminus, turn 4 verdict into aetherling.
Round 2: curve into sublime - game.
Round 3: a series of azorius charms, celestrial flare, verdict and aetherling ended the game.
My sideboard was starting to feel really shaky. Burning Earth was not so stellar...
Game 3 (1-2): vs B/W/G tokens
Round 1: between thragtusk, advent of the wurm and intangible virtue..i was given the smack down!
Round 2: curve into silverblade and win!
Round 3: collective blessing resolves with a whole load of spirit tokens, VOR and thragtusk on board.
To sum it up, I had really horrid match ups today. Blood baron is something my deck cannot deal with at all cost ....and the same can really be said of aetherling. The sideboard tech of burning earth also pales when the meta decides to avoid going the tri-colours route. This has really prompted me to consider these two cards. In addition...I appeared to land flood at times..perhaps cutting 24 lands might be the proper call? Time to return to the drawing block!
At the end of the day...my reports are to aid in my development as a competitive player. While the match-ups were fierce...I personally felt that I was relying too much on a sb plan B of burning earth to overwhelm my opponents. The meta in Sun Island was fundamentally very different to that in Gameshaven...and I ultimately didn't prepare myself. In addition, my inability to read decks that I hadn't come across cost me dearly...and U/W control returns to give me nightmares!