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CardShark Content - Troy Skinner (8/21/2001)

Detroit PTQ IBC (8.18.01)

This past weekend I attended the IBC PTQ held in Detroit, Michigan. The event was run by Mike Guptil and the folks from PES (Professional Events Services), with the turnout for the event being 122 people! Travis Cullum and I left my house (Marshall, MI) about 8:00 a.m. and set out for the PTQ. After a relatively uneventful trip, we arrived at about 9:30 a.m. and proceeded to register our decks. A quick-glance of the room revealed that virtually none of the Egghead’s (Columbus, OH) team members were present except for Randy Wright. I did get a chance to speak with some of the guys from the Ann Arbor playtest group (Pat Chapin, Bill Fleming, Mike Stewart and Mark Herborholtz) about the B/U/R control deck (Chapin’s deck) and some of the changes I had made to the sideboard. I decided to play Chapin’s deck, I’ve always enjoyed control and Yawgmoth’s Agenda is incredibly powerful (nothing beats re-casting everything in your graveyard). Here is the deck I played:

Chapin and EDT’s B/U/R Control

Maindeck
4:Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.

4 Blazing Spectre
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.

4 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.

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 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.

4 Fire/Ice
3 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.

3 Yawgmoth’s Agenda
2 Recoil
Recoil
RecoilSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
264
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Return target permanent to its owner's hand. Then that player discards a card from his or her hand.


Lands
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.

4 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.
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4 Salt Marsh
Salt Marsh
Salt MarshSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
326
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
Salt Marsh comes into play tapped.T: Add U or B to your mana pool.

5 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s
5 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s
3 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s

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

3 Trench Wurm
Trench Wurm
Trench WurmSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
U
Number:
127
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2R, T: Destroy target nonbasic land.

2 Spite/Malice
2 Lobotomy
Lobotomy
LobotomySet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Look at target player's hand and choose any of those cards other than a basic land. Search that player's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of the chosen card and remove them from the game. That player shuffles his or her library afterwards.

2 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.

1 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 (for the mirror)
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.

1 Crosis the Purge
Purge
PurgeSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target artifact creature or black creature. It can't be regenerated.
r

I opted not to play with 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 simply because this deck is all over the net and I assumed my opponents would play around them anyway. I also chose to not play with 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 and never regretted not having them. For the most part I was pleased with the sideboard except for 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, it was never a factor in the mirror.

Analysis of the Field
The field for this PTQ was not what I had anticipated. Chapin.dec (B/U/R) and Goblin Trenches
Goblin Trenches
Goblin TrenchesSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
2, Sacrifice a land: Put two 1/1 red and white Goblin Soldier creature tokens into play.
(U/R/W) were in abundance. G/R beatdown was present in modest numbers and there were virtually no Solution decks to be seen. There were an assortment of Rogue decks and I believe a couple of them made it into the Top 8.

The PTQ
The tournament gets started in a timely fashion and play begins shortly after 10:00 a.m.

Round 1 vs. Justin Wolbert Rogue Land Destruction
Justin is the younger brother of John Wolbert who is a friend of mine. Justin is playing with Pain/Suffering, Dwarven Landslide
Dwarven Landslide
Dwarven LandslideSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Kicker 2R, Sacrifice a land. (You may pay 2R and sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Destroy target land. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy another target land.
and big fat Nishioba. Justin is able to destroy all of my Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s game 1 and I cant mount any kind of defense, Nishioba shows up and crushes me. Games 2 and 3: Justin is forced to play around my phantom 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 and I’m able to win quite soundly. 1-0

Round 2 vs. Thom Bissell Counter-heavy Dromar
My opening hand Game 1: 3 Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
, I end up shredding Thom’s hand and riding the rats to victory. Game 2: I’m able to force Blazing Spectre through and the Spectre decimates Thom’s hand. Thom was a good sport throughout the match and a really nice guy. 2-0

Round 3 vs. Jared Reeder Mono-Red with lots of burn
Game 1: I can’t seem to find any removal and 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.
s and 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 do me in. Game 2: Jared drops Firebrand Ranger
Firebrand Ranger
Firebrand RangerSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, T: Put a basic land card from your hand into play.
s and Rage Weaver
Rage Weaver
Rage WeaverSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
159
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
2: Target black or green creature gains haste until end of turn. (It may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)
s, I 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.
and gain some card advantage. Jared gets me down to 4 life but a pair of Blazing specters show up and do their job. Game 3: is really close but Yawgmoth’s Agenda wins the match for me. 3-0

Round 4 vs. Pat Chapin Mirror Match
I playtest with Pat in Ann Arbor on Thursday nights and I know I’m in for a rough match.
Game 1: I win the toss and get to go first(huge advantage in the mirror). Pat stalls on mana and I’m able to pull the game out. Game 2: I make a major mistake and tap out for Trench Wurm
Trench Wurm
Trench WurmSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
U
Number:
127
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2R, T: Destroy target nonbasic land.
. Pat is able to get 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.
through and just destroys my hand.
Game 3: Pat’s tech shows up and I just can’t deal with it. 3-1

Round 5 vs. Mark Herborholtz Mirror Match
Damn! I also play with Mark on Thursdays, and get stuck with another tough match. Game 1: Mark gets mana-hosed and can’t recover. Game 2: It is a much closer game, I’m able to lobotomize the Chapin tech and win the match.

Round 6 vs. Daniel Rodeman G/R beatdown
Game 1: 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 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.
bring me down quickly
Game 2: Same result as game 1. I never see Fire/Ice or rats and I go down without much of a fight. 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.
is a major problem for this deck

Round 7 vs. John Dubois U/W/R beatdown with goblin trenches
Game 1: 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.
kills Galina’s Knight and 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.
. John gets goblin trenches into play but Fire/Ice kills his minions as fast as he can make them. Game 2: Spite/Malice gets rid of the troublesome knights and Agenda hits play, game over.

Overall the U/B/R is really strong but G/R continues to be a tough matchup for the deck.
I end up 13th overall and finish out of the prizes.

Props:
All the guys from the Ann Arbor playtest group
Matt and Marcus for their sponsorship
Dave and Travis for making the drive to playtest with me.
PES for running such awesome events

Slops:
Myself for scrubbing out


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