FNM BUG Mid-Range

For the past couple of weeks I had been trying to play the Golgari Aggro decks that had been appearing place, but not having much luck with them.  So this week, with more time off to look at lists and really get an idea of what I wanted to play in this format, I finally decided to give BUG Mid-Range a go.

I used Jeff Hoogland’s List, which you can go see easily and read about his path to getting to the list, for FNM for a few reasons.  My store has a lot of aggro players or Esper Control players.  This deck gave me the ability to switch gears in order to handle one over the other a little bit better.  I wasn’t going to be getting rid of any Erebos or Thassa, but I would make it a lot harder for them to turn on.  Another reason is that I had all the pieces available to me.  I was missing one Hero’s Downfall, but that was easily replaced by a Putrey with the added benefit of killing multiple Spears that way.

Round one was against a Boros Devotion deck that leaned to the Red side.  I got in there with a Nightvale Specter and wound up exiling a Mountain and a Stormbreath Dragon.  I had a Cartyiad on the board, so I could have played the Stormbreath Dragon at any point with that, but for whatever reason that did not click.  Instead, Prognostic Sphinx got there  as I chipped away at his wall of Boros Reckoners and Ash Zealots.  For the second game I sided in Doom Blade and Ultimate Price for the Putrefy and one Downfall so that I had cheaper removal.  I also brought in the extra Golgari Charm in order to have some Regen power.  I won the next game and the round pretty quickly.

Round two was just straight Red Devotion, however he couldn’t seem to get it going.  I used a similar sideboard plan and killed a lot of his creatures by Monstering Polukranos.  He won the second game when I kept a bad hand, but I was able to fuse Far/Away by using Ashiok’s abilities.  Using the -2 to grab a previously exiled Burning Tree Emissary and then doing the rest was just very satisfying for some reason.  Otherwise, it was Polukranos in this game that just trampled over with some aid of a Sphinx.  Jace was also important in these games because it made a lot of his guys ineffective attackers unless they were unleashed, which then prevented him from chump blocking in many cases.

Round three was against someone who normally played Esper Control so I was pretty sure that is what I would be going up against.  Then suddenly, there was a pile of white weenies on the board.  Good thing I had a handful of Golgari Charms to deal with the Solider of the Pantheon, Daring Skyjek, and Imposing Sovereign.  Once I stabilized we were golden, it was just the initial issue with Solider gaining him life.  I brought in the same number of removal, plus the Ratchet Bombs to take care of the Solider’s.  I took out two Ashiok’s since I wouldn’t be able to cast anything from his deck and Nightvale was doing his job fine.  Game two was much of the same, but with the Ratchet bomb I not only used Golgari charm as a board wipe, but had a back up on board that made him hesitant to play other items. Jace was also important in this match up since It allowed me to dig for the cards I needed, like Charms, Ultimate Price, and Nightvale Spector.

It was nice to go 3-0 again, something I haven’t done since rotation.  I seemed to have finally found my groove in this format, just in time for it to change.  One thing I would want to change in this deck is having a Vraska in the sideboard, although I’m not sure where yet.  At least for my stores meta, she is very good and people often don’t expect her either.  I had a lot of fun and go to use cards that are definitely underestimated in my opinion.

A tough lessoned learned in Metagame monitoring

During FNM I decided to test a new deck that I had built on my own.  It was UWR Mid-Range.  I didn’t really look at other decks while building this and just kinda went with some mechanics I wanted to play with.  Which was flying and control.  The original build had Geist of Saint Traft included, but at $30 a piece, I felt that was ridiculous and made some last minute adjustments to the deck.

It did not preform as well as I hoped it would.  I was rather upset with it really.  But I figured I had learned a lot going up against the Esper Token deck, and Selesnya deck, and the one match I won which was super all over the place.  I made some adjustments and looked forward to the Charleston GPQ on Sunday.

Little did I realize that in my lack of research, just about everyone was running some sort of midrange deck.  Most of which included some form of UWR control or a Thragtusk variation.  The only win I had was a bye.  I wasn’t pulling the creatures I’m used to pulling in one of my Aggro decks and despite me starting off well I was constantly bested because I didn’t have 4 Geists(traded for 2, so it was a slight improvement on my deck) or 4 Restoration Angels.  Or even more depressing, I took out all the Thragtusks, and then would have them Supreme Verdict my Thundermaw Hellkite.

So I’m not sure what my plan is for December.  I may make some updates to my B/G exalted deck that seems to never let me down.  I’m still kind of emotionally recovering from Sunday, but I know I’ll be okay.  I have lots of opportunities to look forward to and lots of other things to keep me busy.

Other than that, not sure how much else you’ll hear from me this week.  I have a mid-term, a paper, plus the normal work due.  Not to mention my best friend got engaged so I will be busy keeping her sane as she starts the crazy planning process.  I hope everyone is doing well and would love to hear anything you did over the weekend!

Weight off the shoulders

I am done with my first Master’s Course!  And I got an A in it!  Woo hoo me!  I feel awesome right now.  Even though I only got a C on my final, all of my projects were just so awesome I did awesome anyway.  So I feel a lot better about myself.  At the same time I have to be careful not to become to self assured.

 

In other news, while I’ve been having a lot of fun with Ravnica, I’m not doing so well with it.  I’m going to try a normal draft this weekend and see how we do, but ultimately I want to just take my constructed decks and play with them.  At the same time, I know most of the people netdeck and that is never a fun thing to go up against time and time again.  So I’m in an interesting spot.  Not sure how to really fix it either.

 

Last weekend was awesome with the brownies though!  Everyone loved them and they really looked cool.  All I did was use the little sugar crystal sprinkles in the guild colors while the brownies were still warm.  They melted in just enough but were very distinct.  Then each container got a little picture of the guild symbol on it as well.  I think I will need to back for FNM more often.  It was relaxing to say the least.

My hands did not want to be steady, but here is Selesnya!

I missed out on taking a picture of Golgari…they got devoured before I got to it.

I also got the rest of my awesome dice!  Now a have a complete set of tie die!

How totally awesome are they!?

Oh and then car shopping.  Went to the Chevy dealer Sunday and did not quite fall in love with either the Sonic or the Spark.  The Sonic was okay but I couldn’t get it with cruise control without going to the ultimate package.  That seemed weird to me, and was more money then I wanted to spend.  I went home and thought about it, did some research, and saw that the Kia dealership had some left over Rio5’s and Soul’s so I decided to go take a look.  They come with cruise control after all.  I still loved the Soul, but I did not really enjoy the Rio5.  They also convinced me to try a Forte Sedan Eco.

 

I was sold.  It had everything I wanted and a 2.0L engine.  That is like, the best of all the worlds.  Good gas mileage but still has pick up!  And it is comfy!  And adorable!  And satellite radio!  And bluetooth!  ZOMG!  Plus it was pretty cheap.  I like cheap.  So here it is!  I need a name for it still…

New car is adorable! Any naming ideas?

But that has been all…Probably update tomorrow with some deck ideas I’m working on and my opinion of the Mechromancer.  If not tomorrow for the Mechromancer, probably sometime over the weekend :D.  I also have come Comic book reviews to catch up on if people still want them.

 

❤ Rei