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CardShark Content - Dave Andrews (7/13/2001)

Back to Battle – an Origins Report, Part 2
Dave Andrews

After playing in the first IBC PTQ at Origins, I was pretty happy with the U/G aggro deck, although I was quite concerned that I had run into 3 decks packing Voice of All
Voice of All
Voice of AllSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. As Voice of All comes into play, choose a color. Voice of All has protection from the chosen color.
in 8 rounds, and had lost to 2 of them. Luckily, I had a couple of hours before the 10:00 pm PTQ started to get a good meal at Damon’s and to run back to our hotel to load up on some Wash Out
Wash Out
Wash OutSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
87
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Return all permanents of the color of your choice to their owners' hands.
s for the sideboard. I took Dodecapod
Dodecapod
DodecapodSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Dodecapod from your hand, put it into play with two +1/+1 counters on it instead of putting it into your graveyard.
s out of my sideboard, since I never got a chance to use them and many decks were siding out discard for game 2 anyways. I also removed the Disrupt
Disrupt
DisruptSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Counter target instant, interrupt, or sorcery spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.Draw a card.
s, as some opponents were playing around it during game 2 before I even had the chance to reveal one. I guess Disrupt
Disrupt
DisruptSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Counter target instant, interrupt, or sorcery spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.Draw a card.
is just expected out of the sideboard in a deck with Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s. In addition, Tranquility
Tranquility
TranquilitySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
All enchantments in play must be discarded.
never did anything for me that Rushing River
Rushing River
Rushing RiverSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, return another target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.
or Temporal Spring
Temporal Spring
Temporal SpringSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Put target permanent on top of its owner's library.
s couldn’t have done well enough, and I felt I wanted Confound
Confound
ConfoundSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
for the mirror match and for decks packing more removal than just Vindicate
Vindicate
VindicateSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy target permanent.
.

When 10:00 pm rolled around, this is what I was packing:

U/G Aggro
By Bill Fleming

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: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:Gaea’s Skyfolk
4: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.

4: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.

4:Repulse
Repulse
RepulseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand.Draw a card.

4:Rushing River
Rushing River
Rushing RiverSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, return another target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.

4:Temporal Spring
Temporal Spring
Temporal SpringSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Put target permanent on top of its owner's library.
s
4: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.

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.

10:Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

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


Sideboard:
4:Jungle Barrier
Jungle Barrier
Jungle BarrierSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
6
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) When Jungle Barrier comes into play, draw a card.

4:Wash Out
Wash Out
Wash OutSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
87
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Return all permanents of the color of your choice to their owners' hands.

4:Gainsay
Gainsay
GainsaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Counter target blue spell.

3:Confound
Confound
ConfoundSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Doug Chaffee


Round 1 vs. Corey Kiser-Davis with G/R aggro

Ughh, I started out playing against the worst matchup for my deck. You know something’s wrong when you have more mulligans in a match than damage dealt to your opponent, and that’s with only one mulligan. :( This matchup is not unwinnable with the amazing Jungle Barrier
Jungle Barrier
Jungle BarrierSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
6
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) When Jungle Barrier comes into play, draw a card.
out of the sideboard, but it is very tough, and I didn’t get the draws to win it.

Games: 0-2
Matches: 0-1

Round 2 vs. Steve Zimmerman with Domain

I started this match out with a mulligan, and got stuck on 2 lands for a few turns, but was able to start swinging with Gaea’s Skyfolk, eventually adding a 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 a 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.
to the team. Steve cast 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.
, but I was able to Rushing River
Rushing River
Rushing RiverSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, return another target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.
and Repulse
Repulse
RepulseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand.Draw a card.
my entire team, and when I made the next 2 land drops and redeployed the Gaea’s Skyfolk, Steve packed for game 1.

Game 2 was Steve’s turn to get stuck on only 2 land, while I proceeded to play out 2 Gaea’s Skyfolk and 2 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.
s. If there’s one thing the U/G deck does well, it’s punishing a mana-screwed opponent.

Games: 2-2
Matches: 1-1

Round 3 vs. William Han with B/W Arena
Arena
ArenaSet: Timeshifted
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
3, T: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's choice he or she controls. Each of those creatures deals damage equal to its power to the other.


In the interest of preserving our environment, I think that Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian ArenaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.
should be banned, not because it is too powerful, but because of all the paper it takes to keep track of life. Down, down his life total went as I swung with creatures and he lost life to Arena
Arena
ArenaSet: Timeshifted
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
3, T: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's choice he or she controls. Each of those creatures deals damage equal to its power to the other.
and Ragers. Then back up, thanks to Gerrard
Gerrard
GerrardSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
2
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
-4
Toughness:
+0
Text:
During your draw phase, draw an additional card.
’s Verdict. Down a few more points, then back up via Death Grasp
Death Grasp
Death GraspSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Death Grasp deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.
. My life total, on the other hand, went down only, especially after William cast Desolation Angel
Desolation Angel
Desolation AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
Brom
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) Flying. When Desolation Angel comes into play, destroy all lands you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all lands instead.
. :(

Game 2 just went much better for me, with my Skyfolk and William’s Arena
Arena
ArenaSet: Timeshifted
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
3, T: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's choice he or she controls. Each of those creatures deals damage equal to its power to the other.
pecking him from 20 to 0, without him able to get anything off that my bounce or counters couldn’t deal with. Game 3 I was not so fortunate, as William’s discard left me without an answer for the Desolation Angel
Desolation Angel
Desolation AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
Brom
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) Flying. When Desolation Angel comes into play, destroy all lands you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all lands instead.
, and my lift went quickly from 14 to 9 to 4 to 0.

Games: 4-3
Matches: 1-2

I had no doubts that I could end this tournament at 5-2, but with my losses coming that early, my tiebreaks wouldn’t get me into the Top 8. On the other hand, what better did I have to do in the middle of the night, sleep? Might as well play on and see if 9th-16th gets product again.

Round 4 vs. Nick Eisel with B/U/R control

Nick’s deck was a creaturless B/U/R that was designed to win with 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.
s and kicked 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 Rages to the head, brought out of the grave with Yawgmoth’s Agenda. During game 1, he was able to control my creature assault, and hit me in the head with a 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.
, 2 Rages, and a kicked Rage for the win.

During game 2 I got a Mongoose rolling, and needed only to 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.
his Void
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
when he was at 12 life to be able to finish him before he got up enough mana to start blasting me.

Game 3 I was rolling with Mongoose again, but he revealed a Void
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
off of 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.
that I didn’t have an answer for. Luckily, he didn’t have the land to play it, so I piled lands and another 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.
into the opposite pile, which he took in hopes of drawing into another Void
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
. He never found another Void
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
in time, and I got the match.

Games: 6-4
Matches: 2-2

Round 5 vs. Jason Harrod with the Desolation
Desolation
DesolationSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
George Pratt
Text:
At the end of each turn, each player who tapped a land for mana during that turn sacrifices a land. If a plains is sacrificed in this way, Desolation deals 2 damage to that plains' controller.
Deck

Jason’s deck featured both Desolation Angel
Desolation Angel
Desolation AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
Brom
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) Flying. When Desolation Angel comes into play, destroy all lands you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all lands instead.
and Giant. During game 1, he was able to get a Desolation Giant
Desolation Giant
Desolation GiantSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
59
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) When Desolation Giant comes into play, destroy all other creatures you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all other creatures instead.
to resolve, which I was able to Repulse
Repulse
RepulseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand.Draw a card.
later. When he tried to cast it again, I had 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.
ready. From there, all I needed was a Repulse
Repulse
RepulseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand.Draw a card.
for the upcoming Desolation Angel
Desolation Angel
Desolation AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
Brom
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) Flying. When Desolation Angel comes into play, destroy all lands you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all lands instead.
to wrap up the game.

During game 2, I again had a bounce spell ready when he cast Desolation Angel
Desolation Angel
Desolation AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
Brom
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) Flying. When Desolation Angel comes into play, destroy all lands you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all lands instead.
, which left my forces to finish off the match before he could assemble enough lands to defend himself.

Games: 8-4
Matches: 3-2

Round 6 vs. David Orleman with U/G Aggro

I found myself stuck in a mirror match for this round, which is often decided by the die roll. Luckily, I won that die roll, and so was able to go first, which should mean victory for me. Unfortunately, I forgot to draw more than 2 lands, and get beaten up by David’s critters.

I was in a situation where I had to win the next 2 games versus the mirror match, one of which I had to go second. I hoped that the Confound
Confound
ConfoundSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
s I put in my sideboard were as good as I had hoped they would be, and it turned out they were. I got 2 Confound
Confound
ConfoundSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
s off in game 2, once when he tried to Repulse
Repulse
RepulseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand.Draw a card.
his critter after damage was on the stack and once when he was trying to bounce a critter of mine. Game 2 was mine easily after going first and having the additional sideboard tricks.

I was pretty nervous about Game 3, as he was going first, which is vital in this matchup, but the Confound
Confound
ConfoundSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
s came through fabulously, giving me 7 total counters for 2 mana and giving me solid card advantage. Game 3 was close, with David bringing me down to 6, but the Confound
Confound
ConfoundSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
s carried me through.

Games: 10-5
Matches: 4-2

Round 7 vs. Travis Cullum with U/G Aggro

In the last round, I got matched up versus one of the guys I had come to Origins with, and we were playing identical decks, although he had not changed his sideboard at all between tournaments. Unfortunately for Travis, this just wasn’t his night, as even without the Confound
Confound
ConfoundSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
advantage, things didn’t go his way at all. I won game 1 thanks to utter skill (die-rolling), and during game 2, Travis get stuck on 2 lands for far too long.

Games: 12-5
Matches: 5-2

So, after 7 rounds, I finished at 11th place. For this PTQ, however, there were only 78 participants, so there was no product for 9th – 16th. I guess some Magic players really do value sleep.

Kiet once again managed to pilot the deck into the Top 8, this time drawing in at 5-1-1. I watched his first match vs. Craig Wescoe’s R/G/w/u beatdown deck, which had some elements of the R/G beatdown, but with additions such as Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin LegionnaireSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Goblin Legionnaire deals 2 damage to target creature or player. W, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.
, 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.
, and Lightning Angel
Lightning Angel
Lightning AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
108
Artist:
rk post
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and TAP the turn it comes under your control.) Attacking doesn't cause Lightning Angel to tap.
. That Lightning Angel
Lightning Angel
Lightning AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
108
Artist:
rk post
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and TAP the turn it comes under your control.) Attacking doesn't cause Lightning Angel to tap.
turned out to be Kiet’s doom, as his lineup of 3 Jungle Barrier
Jungle Barrier
Jungle BarrierSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
6
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) When Jungle Barrier comes into play, draw a card.
s were unable to stop it from flying over, ending Kiet’s second Top 8 run in the first round again.

Kiet and I caught a shuttle back to the hotel, and gratefully crashed into our beds for some much-needed sleep. We only got a few hours, though, as check-out time was at 11:00, and we had decided that since Marcus had slept after leaving Friday night’s PTQ early, he would be driving us home that night after Saturday’s adventures were over.

Saturday afternoon found 4 sleepy card players wandering through the vendor area. Marcus was promoting Card-Shark and explaining the website’s benefits to any dealers or players who were interested. Kiet was in search of a Mox Sapphire
Mox Sapphire
Mox SapphireSet: Alpha
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Add 1 blue mana to your mana pool. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.
, which he ended up picking up for around $120. Travis and I just checked out some of the games available, and appreciated some vendors’ ingenious selling methods. A couple of vendors had hired professional models in skimpy outfits to push their games on the pathetic masses of girlfriend-lacking dice-chuckers.

Hottie: “I haven’t played a board game since Candyland, but I think that Troll Battalion is the best game on the market today.”

Gamer: “Oooookaaaaaay.” Reaches for the wallet.

Eventually, 4:00 rolls around and it’s time for the 3rd PTQ to begin. I considered switching decks, but figured it wasn’t time to mess with what seemed to be doing pretty well so far.

Round 1 vs. Mark Herberholz with U/G/B

I love driving all the way to Columbus to play against players I get to see every Thursday evening. Mark was playing U/G/B with some similar elements to the U/G deck I was playing, but with toys such as Vodalian Zombie
Vodalian Zombie
Vodalian ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
286
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from green
and Spite/Malice. Vodalian Zombie
Vodalian Zombie
Vodalian ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
286
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from green
was tough, and the 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.
he had in the sideboard for my 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.
s was trouble too. Our match went to 3 games, and was basically decided on 1 factor. I hadn’t been particularly secretive about how good Confound
Confound
ConfoundSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
was in the mirror or semi-mirror match, especially with those people that I usually play with. As a result, I’m pretty sure Mark sided out targeted spells such as Repulse
Repulse
RepulseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand.Draw a card.
for games 2 and 3. In game 3, when I had an early Skyfolk and Titan to his early 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.
and Vodalian Zombie
Vodalian Zombie
Vodalian ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
286
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from green
, I decided just to let the Spitter ride, never blocking or taking any action to get it out of play. I knew that having bounce spells while he had sided his out would probably win the race, and other than making my Mongooses dead cards, the Spitter would be working for me. The only real concern I had was the possibility of Undermine
Undermine
UndermineSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
282
Artist:
Massimilano Frezzato
Text:
Counter target spell. Its controller loses 3 life.
turning the advantage in his favor, so I tried to avoid casting any more spells than necessary to just barely win the race. This plan worked out for me, with the occasional Rushing River
Rushing River
Rushing RiverSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, return another target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.
and Repulse
Repulse
RepulseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand.Draw a card.
on his 2 Vodalian Zombie
Vodalian Zombie
Vodalian ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
286
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from green
s giving me the advantage I needed to squeak out the win.

Games: 2-1
Matches: 1-0

Round 2 vs. James Waters with B/R

I hate to be the guy who blames losses in his tournament report on mana-screw, but I definitely took my share in this round. In game 1 I started with 2 lands in hand, and didn’t draw any more. In game 2 I drew more land, but they were all forests for far too long. This was a disappointing follow-up to the hard fought match in round 1.

Games: 2-3
Matches: 1-1

Round 3 vs. Matt Schaub with B/W Arena
Arena
ArenaSet: Timeshifted
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
3, T: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's choice he or she controls. Each of those creatures deals damage equal to its power to the other.


For games 1 and 2, we played “Who Gets the Better Draw,” and took turns winning, bringing us to a long game 3. We traded Skyfolk hits for Lynx
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.)
hits, and Repulse
Repulse
RepulseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand.Draw a card.
s for Vindicate
Vindicate
VindicateSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy target permanent.
s. Unfortunately, Matt was able to get out an early Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian ArenaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.
, and I wasn’t quite getting in enough beatdown to make me comfortable with all those extra cards he was getting. Eventually he played a Desolation Angel
Desolation Angel
Desolation AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
Brom
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) Flying. When Desolation Angel comes into play, destroy all lands you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all lands instead.
that I was able to bounce back to his hand, but with his Arena
Arena
ArenaSet: Timeshifted
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
3, T: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's choice he or she controls. Each of those creatures deals damage equal to its power to the other.
, he was able to recover faster. Matt dipped as low as 2 life with my game winning Gaea’s Skyfolk on the table, but he had drawn too many cards to not have a Death Grasp
Death Grasp
Death GraspSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Death Grasp deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.
in his hand, and was able to Grasp me to 1 and himself back to safety. Shortly thereafter, a Lynx
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.)
put my life total to 0.

Games: 3-5
Matches: 1-2

There I was, at 1-2 again, feeling once again that I could probably win out, but knowing that I wouldn’t have the tiebreaks to get in. This time, however, I decided it was time to drop. It turned out to be an excellent choice, as I was able to catch most of the Smithee Awards. For those who haven’t checked this out before, it’s a hilarious awards ceremony for B-movies with fun categories like Worst Special Effect, Worst Science, Best One-Liner, and Most Inane Dialogue. It was tons of fun, and I’d recommend it to anyone attending Origins in the future.

When we headed off on our 5 1/2 hour car ride, I was exhausted, and feeling a strange mixture of disappointment and satisfaction. I had really hoped for a bit better performance than missing out on Top 8 for 3 PTQ’s in a row, but on the other hand, it’s pretty hard not to have a good time at Origins. All my opponents were excellent sportsmen, the games were fun and exciting, and I had a total blast.


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