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Frites Night at FNM - Josh Howard (3/11/2012)

Hello friends, my name is Josh and I came back into Magic just before the M12 Core Set released due to a friend nudging me back to the game. Before that I briefly played back in high school during Scour
Scour
ScourSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Remove target enchantment from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
ge. With that being said, I am not a seasoned player by any means, but I have played my fair share of events. Now, with that being said, let’s get to the main topic of the day: playing Frites at FNM at my LGS. [Editor's note: That's Local Game Store in case anyone hasn't run into that particular acronym yet]

After receiving a thorough beating at Dark Ascension Game day while piloting G/R Wolf Run, I came to a crossroads of what I was going to play in Standard until I was able to go to my next SGC Open in April. I had been researching some decks that were doing well on the circuit and 4-0ing dailies on MTGO. I felt like I wanted to stay with a midrange aggro build and definitely did not want to play control. I came across Frites, which for those of you who don’t know it is French Rites. This is the deck that the French team piloted at Pro Tour Honolulu. Upon looking at the deck list, it felt like the type of deck that I would like to play because of its awesome raw power. It didn’t hurt at all that the deck had the ability to drop an Elesh Norn, Wurmcoil Engine
Wurmcoil Engine
Wurmcoil EngineSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
M
Number:
223
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Deathtouch, lifelink When Wurmcoil Engine is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, put a 3/3 colorless Wurm artifact creature token with deathtouch and a 3/3 colorless Wurm artifact creature token with lifelink onto the battlefield.
, or Inferno Titan
Inferno Titan
Inferno TitanSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
M
Number:
146
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
{R}: Inferno Titan gets +1/+0 until end of turn. Whenever Inferno Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, it deals 3 damage divided as you choose among one, two, or three target creatures and/or players.
on turn three. After looking at a few different builds I noticed that people were split between running 4 Huntmaster of the Fells
Huntmaster of the Fells
Huntmaster of the FellsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Werewolf
Rarity:
M
Number:
140
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever this creature enters the battlefield or transforms into Huntmaster of the Fells, put a 2/2 green Wolf creature token onto the battlefield and you gain 2 life. At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn, transform Huntmaster of the Fells.
or running 4 Lingering Souls
Lingering Souls
Lingering SoulsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Bud Cook
Text:
Put two 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying onto the battlefield. Flashback {1}{B} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
. The deck I decided to run is as follows:


Creatures
4 Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4 Avacyn’s Pilgrim
3 Inferno Titan
Inferno Titan
Inferno TitanSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
M
Number:
146
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
{R}: Inferno Titan gets +1/+0 until end of turn. Whenever Inferno Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, it deals 3 damage divided as you choose among one, two, or three target creatures and/or players.

2 Wurmcoil Engine
Wurmcoil Engine
Wurmcoil EngineSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
M
Number:
223
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Deathtouch, lifelink When Wurmcoil Engine is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, put a 3/3 colorless Wurm artifact creature token with deathtouch and a 3/3 colorless Wurm artifact creature token with lifelink onto the battlefield.

1 Huntmaster of the Fells
Huntmaster of the Fells
Huntmaster of the FellsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Werewolf
Rarity:
M
Number:
140
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever this creature enters the battlefield or transforms into Huntmaster of the Fells, put a 2/2 green Wolf creature token onto the battlefield and you gain 2 life. At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn, transform Huntmaster of the Fells.


Legendary Creatures
3 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Elesh Norn, Grand CenobiteSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Praetor
Rarity:
M
Number:
9
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
4
Toughness:
7
Text:
Vigilance Other creatures you control get +2/+2. Creatures your opponents control get -2/-2.


Sorceries
4 Unburial Rites
Unburial Rites
Unburial RitesSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Flashback {3}{W} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

4 Faithless Looting
Faithless Looting
Faithless LootingSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Draw two cards, then discard two cards. Flashback {2}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

4 Tracker
Tracker
TrackerSet: The Dark
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Tracker
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
GG, T: Tracker does an amount of damage equal to its power to target creature. Target creature does an amount of damage equal to its power to Tracker.
’s Instinct
4 Mulch
Mulch
MulchSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Reveal the top four cards of your library to all players. Put any of those cards that are lands into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.

3 Lingering Souls
Lingering Souls
Lingering SoulsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Bud Cook
Text:
Put two 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying onto the battlefield. Flashback {1}{B} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)


Lands
4 Copperline Gorge
Copperline Gorge
Copperline GorgeSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
225
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Copperline Gorge enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands. {T}: Add {R} or {G} to your mana pool.

4 Blackleave Cliffs
4 Razorverge Thicket
Razorverge Thicket
Razorverge ThicketSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Razorverge Thicket enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands. {T}: Add {G} or {W} to your mana pool.

2 Darkslick Shores
Darkslick Shores
Darkslick ShoresSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Charles Urbach
Text:
Darkslick Shores enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands. {T}: Add {U} or {B} to your mana pool.

1 Sunpetal Grove
Sunpetal Grove
Sunpetal GroveSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Jason Chan
Text:
Sunpetal Grove enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest or a Plains.{T}: Add {G} or {W} to your mana pool.

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

1 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

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

1 Kessig Wolf Run
Kessig Wolf Run
Kessig Wolf RunSet: Innistrad
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
243
Artist:
Eytan Zana
Text:
{T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {X}{R}{G}, {T}: Target creature gets +X/+0 and gains trample until end of turn.

1 Ghost Quarter
Ghost Quarter
Ghost QuarterSet: Dissension
Color:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
173
Artist:
Heather Hudson


Sideboard
3 Ancient Grudge
Ancient Grudge
Ancient GrudgeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
143
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Flashback G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

2 Thrun, the Last Troll
Thrun, the Last Troll
Thrun, the Last TrollSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Troll Shaman
Rarity:
M
Number:
92
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Thrun, the Last Troll can't be countered. Thrun can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control. {1}{G}: Regenerate Thrun.

1 Spellskite
Spellskite
SpellskiteSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
159
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
{(u/p)}: Change a target of target spell or ability to Spellskite. ({(u/p)} can be paid with either {U} or 2 life.)

1 Surgical Extraction
Surgical Extraction
Surgical ExtractionSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Text:
({(b/p)} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.) Choose target card in a graveyard other than a basic land card. Search its owner's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as that card and exile them. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

2 Slagstorm
Slagstorm
SlagstormSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
75
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Choose one — Slagstorm deals 3 damage to each creature; or Slagstorm deals 3 damage to each player.

1 Ratchet Bomb
Ratchet Bomb
Ratchet BombSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
196
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Text:
{T}: Put a charge counter on Ratchet Bomb. {T}, Sacrifice Ratchet Bomb: Destroy each nonland permanent with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Ratchet Bomb.

1 Grave Titan
Grave Titan
Grave TitanSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
M
Number:
97
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Deathtouch Whenever Grave Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, put two 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens onto the battlefield.

1 Acidic Slime
Acidic Slime
Acidic SlimeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.) When Acidic Slime enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact, enchantment, or land.

1 Corrosive Gale
Corrosive Gale
Corrosive GaleSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
({(g/p)} can be paid with either {G} or 2 life.) Corrosive Gale deals X damage to each creature with flying.

1 Ray of Revelation
Ray of Revelation
Ray of RevelationSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Doug Chaffee

Text:
Destroy target enchantment. Flashback G

1 Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur
Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur
Jin-Gitaxias, Core AugurSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Praetor
Rarity:
M
Number:
37
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash At the beginning of your end step, draw seven cards. Each opponent's maximum hand size is reduced by seven.



First, let’s talk about the sideboard here. This sideboard was formatted for the metagame at my LGS. I was expecting to see a few home brewed decks, some version of tokens, B/U Zombies, and a few other aggressive decks. The Ancient Grudge
Ancient Grudge
Ancient GrudgeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
143
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Flashback G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
s were key most of the night after game one to deal with Nihil Spellbomb
Nihil Spellbomb
Nihil SpellbombSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
187
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
{T}, Sacrifice Nihil Spellbomb: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard. When Nihil Spellbomb is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may pay {B}. If you do, draw a card.
and Grafdigger’s Cage. I was a big fan of Slagstorm
Slagstorm
SlagstormSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
75
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Choose one — Slagstorm deals 3 damage to each creature; or Slagstorm deals 3 damage to each player.
over Day of Judgment
Day of Judgment
Day of JudgmentSet: Zendikar
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
9
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Text:
Destroy all creatures.
here because I didn’t want to wrath my board after I dropped an Elesh Norn if I was in trouble. Now let’s talk about the matchups. At my LGS we play 5 rounds of Swiss and pay out the promo card for the winner.


1st Match: Mono Green (2-1)
I felt that this matchup was pretty favorable for the Frites deck. However, this Mono Green deck was a little bit on the home brew side. This was later proven when he landed a Primordial Hydra
Primordial Hydra
Primordial HydraSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hydra
Rarity:
M
Number:
189
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Primordial Hydra enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, double the number of +1/+1 counters on Primordial Hydra. Primordial Hydra has trample as long as it has ten or more +1/+1 counters on it.
on me in game one. But with cards like Elesh Norn and seeing multiple Inferno Titan
Inferno Titan
Inferno TitanSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
M
Number:
146
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
{R}: Inferno Titan gets +1/+0 until end of turn. Whenever Inferno Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, it deals 3 damage divided as you choose among one, two, or three target creatures and/or players.
s in two of the three games I won the match soundly.

2nd Match: Grixis
Grixis
GrixisSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Text:
Blue, black, and/or red creature cards in your graveyard have unearth. The unearth cost is equal to the card's mana cost. (Pay the card's mana cost: Return it to the battlefield. The creature gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.) Whenever you roll {C}, put target creature card in a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.
Control (0-2)

I use Grixis
Grixis
GrixisSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Text:
Blue, black, and/or red creature cards in your graveyard have unearth. The unearth cost is equal to the card's mana cost. (Pay the card's mana cost: Return it to the battlefield. The creature gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.) Whenever you roll {C}, put target creature card in a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.
here loosely, because the red splash was solely for Faithless Looting
Faithless Looting
Faithless LootingSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Draw two cards, then discard two cards. Flashback {2}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
. After two very slow hands and after making my mulligans inefficiently, the match was not very close. I feel that the U/B matchup is very bad without cards like Autumn's Veil
Autumn's Veil
Autumn's VeilSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
162
Artist:
Kekai Kotaki
Text:
Spells you control can't be countered by blue or black spells this turn, and creatures you control can't be the targets of blue or black spells this turn.
out of the board.

3rd Match: R/G Artifact Destruction/Homebrew (2-0)
The third matchup was against a homebrew that was mostly trying to Liquimetal Coating
Liquimetal Coating
Liquimetal CoatingSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Johann Bodin
Text:
{T}: Target permanent becomes an artifact in addition to its other types until end of turn.
all of my permanents and blow them up with Ancient Grudge
Ancient Grudge
Ancient GrudgeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
143
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Flashback G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
s, Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
s and other artifact hate. However, Frites was just too fast for his deck with a turn three Elesh Norn and a turn five Inferno Titan
Inferno Titan
Inferno TitanSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
M
Number:
146
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
{R}: Inferno Titan gets +1/+0 until end of turn. Whenever Inferno Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, it deals 3 damage divided as you choose among one, two, or three target creatures and/or players.
.

4th Match: B/W Tokens (2-1)
This match was actually against one of my play testing partners. We actually have had plenty of play testing matches between these two decks and it is very close to 50-50 here. If Tokens sticks too many anthem effects to where their creatures cannot die to an Elesh Norn, you are toast. Thankfully this time I was able to either blow the anthems up or wrath the board with Elesh Norn or Ratchet Bomb
Ratchet Bomb
Ratchet BombSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
196
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Text:
{T}: Put a charge counter on Ratchet Bomb. {T}, Sacrifice Ratchet Bomb: Destroy each nonland permanent with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Ratchet Bomb.
and snuck away with the win.


Unfortunately, I was unable to stick around for the fifth and final matchup because I had plans for later that evening and had to be up early the next morning. All in all, I felt the deck played very well against most of the aggro matchups out in the field right now, but the deck does not do well against U/B control without sideboard answers. I did feel like I would make a few changes to the deck that I played. One change would be the one Huntmaster of the Fells
Huntmaster of the Fells
Huntmaster of the FellsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Werewolf
Rarity:
M
Number:
140
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever this creature enters the battlefield or transforms into Huntmaster of the Fells, put a 2/2 green Wolf creature token onto the battlefield and you gain 2 life. At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn, transform Huntmaster of the Fells.
. I would most likely drop this for the fourth Lingering Souls
Lingering Souls
Lingering SoulsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Bud Cook
Text:
Put two 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying onto the battlefield. Flashback {1}{B} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
. In addition, I would try to find two slots in the board for Autumn’s Veil and add the fourth Elesh Norn main deck. This is a deck that I would consider very confidently whether playing at your LGS FNM or at the next SGC Open Standard Event.


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