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CardShark Content - Adam Fischer (8/4/2001)

PTQ IBC, Gen Con 8/3 – 6th Place

Well, I didn’t qualify but I did manage to make my first-ever PTQ Top 8, so I thought I’d write my first-ever tournament report (of course Marcus Anderson provided just a little pressure).

Anyway, on to the meat of what I’m sure you all want to see. I’ll present the deck commentary first, then summaries of my matches, followed by the overall results of the PTQ.

Main Deck:
4:Blurred Mongoose
Blurred Mongoose
Blurred MongooseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mongoose
Rarity:
R
Number:
183
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blurred Mongoose can't be countered.Blurred Mongoose can't be the target of spells or abilities.

4:Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Red spells and white spells you play cost 1 less to play.

3:Yavimaya Barbarian
Yavimaya Barbarian
Yavimaya BarbarianSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
290
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blue

1:Kavu Titan
Kavu Titan
Kavu TitanSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2G (You may pay an additional 2G as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Kavu Titan comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it and has trample.


4:Raging Kavu
Raging Kavu
Raging KavuSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
262
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)You may play Raging Kavu any time you could play an instant.

3:Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker R and/or W. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the R kicker cost, Thornscape Battlemage deals 2 damage to target creature or player. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the W kicker cost, destroy target artifact.

1:Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.

4:Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.


3:Fire/Ice
2:Scorching Lava
Scorching Lava
Scorching LavaSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Scorching Lava deals 2 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, that creature can't be regenerated this turn and if it would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.

4:Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Rage
2:Prophetic Bolt
Prophetic Bolt
Prophetic BoltSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Prophetic Bolt deals 4 damage to target creature or player. Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of those cards into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library.

1:Ghitu Fire
Ghitu Fire
Ghitu FireSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
144
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You may play Ghitu Fire any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Ghitu Fire deals X damage to target creature or player.


6:Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

6:Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

4:Shivan Oasis
Shivan Oasis
Shivan OasisSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
327
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Shivan Oasis comes into play tapped.T: Add R or G to your mana pool.

4:Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya CoastSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add G or U to your mana pool. Yavimaya Coast deals 1 damage to you.

4:Shivan Reef
Shivan Reef
Shivan ReefSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add U or R to your mana pool. Shivan Reef deals 1 damage to you.

1:Keldon Necropolis
Keldon Necropolis
Keldon NecropolisSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
325
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.4R, T, Sacrifice a creature: Keldon Necropolis deals 2 damage to target creature or player.


Sideboard:
2:Kavu Titan
Kavu Titan
Kavu TitanSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2G (You may pay an additional 2G as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Kavu Titan comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it and has trample.

3:Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.

1:Fire/Ice
2:Scorching Lava
Scorching Lava
Scorching LavaSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Scorching Lava deals 2 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, that creature can't be regenerated this turn and if it would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.

3:Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 1B and/or G. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 1B kicker cost, target player discards two cards from his or her hand. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the G kicker cost, destroy

4:Overabundance
Overabundance
OverabundanceSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one additional mana to his or her mana pool of the same type, and Overabundance deals 1 damage to him or her.


Comments on the deck and some of the main choices made:

1) Why did I choose this deck?

Well, originally I was playing Go-Mar and although I was comfortable with that deck, I was sick of having all of my matches last until the end of the round and always having to watch the clock. It was just too much stress. I wanted a deck that could beat down the opponent more quickly.

2) Why the splash of blue in a RG deck?

The original idea for a RGu deck similar to this one was given to me by my friend Jason and then playtested and tweaked by myself and other friends, in particular my friend Johnny Lai. One of the reasons I liked it so much is that there is no real disadvantage from going into blue except for the likelihood of taking more damage from the painlands – the blue doesn’t slow the deck down at all. This deck cares much more about speed than about pain, so blue seemed the best splash color. Also, splashing blue gives the deck more options than a straight RG build.

3) Two-drops:

I think 12 2-drops are essential for enough speed. The mix of Barbarians and Titans was chosen based on seeing a LOT of blue, and bounce in particular, at the IBC tournament the day before.

4) Only 1 Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.
?

I just think these sit in your hand too often in too many matchups. Besides, Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
ALWAYS seems to name Flametongue, so having only one puts me at much less risk for having dead cards.

5) 4 vs. 3 Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
:

I was NEVER unhappy to see these.

6) 3 Fire/Ice:

These were one of the main reasons to play blue. I thought at first I might use the Ice part only 20% of the time, but I ended up using it more like 30-40% of the time. It was used to tap land to avoid counters, to tap big fatties such as Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
s, etc. I would have main-decked the fourth as well but I had to make room for…

7) 2 Scorching Lava
Scorching Lava
Scorching LavaSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Scorching Lava deals 2 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, that creature can't be regenerated this turn and if it would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.
:

For the dreaded U3BlY3RyYWwgLynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
, which was expected (and rightly so) everywhere. Also helped against Nightscape Familiar
Nightscape Familiar
Nightscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
48
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blue spells and red spells you play cost 1 less to play. 1B: Regenerate Nightscape Familiar
s and Pyre Zombie
Pyre Zombie
Pyre ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
R
Number:
261
Artist:
Nelson DeCastro
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Pyre Zombie is in your graveyard, you may pay 1BB. If you do, return Pyre Zombie from your graveyard to your hand.1RR, Sacrifice Pyre Zombie: Pyre Zombie deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
s and even Plague Spitter
Plague Spitter
Plague SpitterSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
119
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, Plague Spitter deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.When Plague Spitter is put into a graveyard from play, Plague Spitter deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.
s (to avoid all my creatures taking 1 when it hit the graveyard). Not to mention that even without the kicker it still kills most bears just fine.

8) 2 Prophetic Bolt
Prophetic Bolt
Prophetic BoltSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Prophetic Bolt deals 4 damage to target creature or player. Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of those cards into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library.
:

The is another main reason to play blue. These are just AMAZING. They come in useful when the deck is in boot-to-the-head mode, especially as they can be cast at the end of the control-player’s turn to either make it through or draw the counter so I can play something else during my turn. Plus, they provide more fuel to keep on burning! I played with the number a lot, but finally decided on just 2 due to their expensive casting cost.

9) Only 1 Ghitu Fire
Ghitu Fire
Ghitu FireSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
144
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You may play Ghitu Fire any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Ghitu Fire deals X damage to target creature or player.
?

Well, basically I found that usually the Bolts are just better, so they replaced the Ghitu Fire
Ghitu Fire
Ghitu FireSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
144
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You may play Ghitu Fire any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Ghitu Fire deals X damage to target creature or player.
s that are usually found in RG decks.

10) Land:

Well, I decided I didn’t want to slow the deck down AT ALL from standard RG, so it was painlands-only for the blue. Also note that the blue is pretty much all on-theme for a standard RG deck, so my version stayed pretty true to the basic archetype. One thing I did do was run 25 land out of 61 cards. I just felt 24 out of 60 was too little while 25 out of 60 was too much. So 25 out of 61 it was! Even though this might sound a little high, I still felt I had too little land a tad more often than I felt I had too much land.

11) Sideboard cards:

Kavu Titan
Kavu Titan
Kavu TitanSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2G (You may pay an additional 2G as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Kavu Titan comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it and has trample.
– for the mirror or anytime I felt I needed more trample damage; also replaced Barbarians when not playing against blue Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.
– for creature-heavy opponents without too much pro-red Fire/Ice – for RG (Fire) or BWG (Fire for the little guys and Ice for the Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
); also replaced Scorching Lava
Scorching Lava
Scorching LavaSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Scorching Lava deals 2 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, that creature can't be regenerated this turn and if it would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.
if kicker wasn’t needed

Scorching Lava
Scorching Lava
Scorching LavaSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Scorching Lava deals 2 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, that creature can't be regenerated this turn and if it would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.
– whenever I needed something REALLY dead

Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 1B and/or G. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 1B kicker cost, target player discards two cards from his or her hand. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the G kicker cost, destroy
– mainly for Domain, though I didn’t see any
all day long

Overabundance
Overabundance
OverabundanceSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one additional mana to his or her mana pool of the same type, and Overabundance deals 1 damage to him or her.
– for control, particularly Go-Mar

MATCHES:

OK, now on to the matches. Unfortunately I have almost no names since I didn’t know I’d be writing this until afterwards, but I played a lot of very good players. I’ll talk about what decks I faced as well as the interesting highlights.

There were 149 players. This meant 8 rounds of swiss followed by a cut to the top 8.

Match 1 vs. BR:

I won 2-1. The only really notable thing I remember here was in game 3 we were both drawing LOTS of land. Near the end, I was at 15 and he was at 10. He had 12 land, including a tapped Urborg
Urborg
UrborgSet: Legends
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Bryon Wackwitz
Text:
T: Add B to your mana poolT: Remove first strike ability or swampwalk ability from target creature until end of turn.
IFZvbGNhbm8= he had just played that turn. I was pretty sure he had to have Rage and some other burn in his hand to finish me off next turn. I only had 10 land, but I drew Scorching Lava
Scorching Lava
Scorching LavaSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Scorching Lava deals 2 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, that creature can't be regenerated this turn and if it would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.
to go with the Fire/Ice and 2 Rages I had in my hand to do exactly 10 points to him with 4 burn spells! It turns out I would have been dead next turn, too.

Match Record: 1-0

Match 2 vs. Go-Mar:

I won 2-1. I lost game 1 and in game 2, I had to mulligan and my 6-card hand consisted of 2 lands, Fire/Ice, and THREE Overabundance
Overabundance
OverabundanceSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one additional mana to his or her mana pool of the same type, and Overabundance deals 1 damage to him or her.
! I kept it (though I was unsure as to how it would play out) and played two of the Overabundance
Overabundance
OverabundanceSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one additional mana to his or her mana pool of the same type, and Overabundance deals 1 damage to him or her.
s. I also drew and played a Blurred Mongoose
Blurred Mongoose
Blurred MongooseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mongoose
Rarity:
R
Number:
183
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blurred Mongoose can't be countered.Blurred Mongoose can't be the target of spells or abilities.
to start beating on him. Soon thereafter during his turn, he taps 3 land for nine mana to vindicate one of the Overabundance
Overabundance
OverabundanceSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one additional mana to his or her mana pool of the same type, and Overabundance deals 1 damage to him or her.
s. In response, with just 4 land on the board, I cast Rage with kicker on him! He goes to 1, casts Dromar, but I top-deck Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
and push
through for the win.

Match Record: 2-0

Match 3 vs. BRW:

I won 2-0. Finally, one that didn’t have to go to game 3! Sorry
Sorry
SorrySet: Unglued
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Before playing any spell, if a copy of that spell card is in any graveyard, the spell's caster may say Sorry. If he or she does not, any other player may counter the spell by saying Sorry as it is cast.If any player says Sorry at any other time, Sorry deals 2 damage to that player.
, I don’t remember much from that game…

Match Record: 3-0


Match 4 vs. BWg:

I won 2-1. All I remember about this match was seeing Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
SEVERAL times. Luckily, my opponent was short on mana at least one of those times so I was able to kill the Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
with burn. One time I think I attacked with a kicked Kavu Titan
Kavu Titan
Kavu TitanSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2G (You may pay an additional 2G as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Kavu Titan comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it and has trample.
and then when he blocked used Fire to finish off the Monger (he was tapped out). I believe I also Iced the Monger once or twice.

Match Record: 4-0

Match 5 vs. RGb:

I won 2-0. Almost the mirror, but he added black instead of blue for cards like Addle
Addle
AddleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand and choose a card of that color from it. That player discards that card.
, Slay
Slay
SlaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Destroy target green creature. It can't be regenerated. Draw a card.
, Tsabo’s Decree, Terminate
Terminate
TerminateSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.
, Pyre Zombie
Pyre Zombie
Pyre ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
R
Number:
261
Artist:
Nelson DeCastro
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Pyre Zombie is in your graveyard, you may pay 1BB. If you do, return Pyre Zombie from your graveyard to your hand.1RR, Sacrifice Pyre Zombie: Pyre Zombie deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
, etc. I think he was pretty mana-screwed both games.

Match Record: 5-0

Match 6 vs. Tim Gruneich, playing RG:

I won 2-0 but shouldn’t have. While my deck was metagamed against blue and was definitely NOT metagamed against the mirror match, his deck was VERY metagamed against the mirror. He had 4 Titans, 4 Flametongues, and 1 Shivan Wurm
Shivan Wurm
Shivan WurmSet: Planeshift
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Trample. When Shivan Wurm comes into play, return a red or green creature you control to its owner's hand.
main to my 1 Titan and 1 Flametongue main. After sideboarding he had 4 Wurms going up to 12 of these cards whereas I could only go up to 7. However, he had to double-mulligan game 1 and got mana-screwed game 2 so I lucked out and won. As a side note, I also have to say that this was one of the most fun match-up of the day, with Tim being a very funny and nice guy and us joking throughout the whole match.

Match Record: 6-0

Whoopee! I should be able to draw my last two matches to make it into the top 8.

Match 7 vs. Tuli Jakobsen playing RGU turbo-rage-obliterate:

We chose to ID, as he was also at 6-0. We played it out for fun, though, and he beat me 2-0, even though I think this match-up SHOULD be slightly in my favor. It was rather notable though as I had not seen a deck similar to his previously. It had lots of the sac-lands, Blurred Mongoose
Blurred Mongoose
Blurred MongooseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mongoose
Rarity:
R
Number:
183
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blurred Mongoose can't be countered.Blurred Mongoose can't be the target of spells or abilities.
, Mystic Snake
Mystic Snake
Mystic SnakeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Mystic Snake any time you could play an instant. When Mystic Snake comes into play, counter target spell.
, Exclude
Exclude
ExcludeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Counter target creature spell.Draw a card.
, Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
, Fire/Ice, Ghitu Fire
Ghitu Fire
Ghitu FireSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
144
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You may play Ghitu Fire any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Ghitu Fire deals X damage to target creature or player.
, Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Rage, Obliterate
Obliterate
ObliterateSet: Invasion
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Obliterate can't be countered.Destroy all artifacts, creatures, and lands. They can't be regenerated.
, and maybe some other stuff as well. Both games he didn’t even cast the Obliterate
Obliterate
ObliterateSet: Invasion
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Obliterate can't be countered.Destroy all artifacts, creatures, and lands. They can't be regenerated.
– just raged me to death after burning away my creatures.

Match Record: 6-0-1

After this match there was some mix-up with the pairings. I first got paired against down someone who needed to play and was a bit worried (though I would still likely make it in to the top 8 even with a loss) but then the pairings were changed.

Match 8 vs. Aaron Breider playing RG:

We chose to ID, as he was at 6-1 with good tiebreakers and was almost certain to make it in to the top 8. I remembered Aaron from GP Detroit a few months back where he smashed me in sealed deck format. We play one game for fun and I win.

Match Record: 6-0-2

The final standings are posted and I’m 3rd so it’s on to the Top 8.

Quarterfinals vs. Aaron Breider playing RG:

I think my chances are almost even for this matchup, but the first game I can’t get past 3 mana and die quickly. The second game I mulligan into a hand light on 2-drops but heavy on burn and think I’ll be OK but then Aaron drops a Blurred Mongoose
Blurred Mongoose
Blurred MongooseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mongoose
Rarity:
R
Number:
183
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blurred Mongoose can't be countered.Blurred Mongoose can't be the target of spells or abilities.
followed by a second Blurred Mongoose
Blurred Mongoose
Blurred MongooseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mongoose
Rarity:
R
Number:
183
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blurred Mongoose can't be countered.Blurred Mongoose can't be the target of spells or abilities.
and I quickly die. I’d like to point out though that this match was much more fun and good-natured than I thought my first PTQ top 8 match would be.

So I’m number 6 after all that and at least get a box and a pin for my troubles. I guess I’ll have to try again Saturday in the next PTQ...

As for the overall results of the PTQ, here they are as best as I could tell:

Quarterfinals:

Aaron (RG) beat me (RGu)

Sam Black (GWU) beat Tim Gruneich (RG). Sam was playing an interesting deck with Pheldagriff, Noble Panther
Noble Panther
Noble PantherSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
R
Number:
257
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
1: Noble Panther gains first strike until end of turn.
, Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
, and lots of pro-red and pro-green creatures. I had played against him the day before and his deck was a NIGHTMARE for RG.

Joshua Woodworth (Go-Mar?) beat Ryan Strand (No-Mar?)

Tuli Jakobsen (Turbo-Rage-Obliterate
Obliterate
ObliterateSet: Invasion
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Obliterate can't be countered.Destroy all artifacts, creatures, and lands. They can't be regenerated.
) beat Mike Fitzpatrick (RGb)

Semfinals:
Aaron beat Sam
Tuli beat Joshua

Finals:
Aaron beats Tuli in 3 games to qualify for PT New Orleans. Congrats Aaron!


RECAP:

Basically, I did as well as I could have hoped. Although the event seemed like it was rather RG-heavy, the IBC tournament the day before was
extremely blue heavy and I peaked over at the Top 8 of the GP Denver trial that was going on and ALL of the 5-6 decks that I saw were playing lots of blue. So I guess the metagame is still anyone’s call.

Thanks to everyone that helped out, especially Jason for the initial idea, the folks in Columbus, particularly Olwen, for the playtesting and tweaking, and Johnny for the final tuning. Oh yeah, and Marcus for cheering me on and getting me to write this report.





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