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And I’m back!

January 6, 2010

Sorry for the hiatus, my faithful reader. (This isn’t me attempting to form a bond as though I’m speaking to you directly, my stats indicate that I have roughly one reader)  I work in the liquor industry, and people like their booze come Christmas time.  But now I’m back, and I have time to do what I do.  So here’s what you missed in the magic career of Kyle.

I proved that it’s possible to build a deck that has a good game against Jund.  However, I also proved that most decks that can beat Jund don’t stand a chance in the current, hyper-agressive metagame by piloting my pacifism deck to an abysmal 1-4 drop at states.  But I beat Jund!

I churned out a large number of standard decks, none of which have much use, and grew a bit disdainful of the current card pool.

And then Extended.  I managed to successfully tinker with an old archetype and pilot it quite well at the first Seattle PTQ of the season. I went 5 and 3, and the last loss was entirely due to a missed optional trigger, when I had the game entirely won.  Unfortunately, the surprise factor was a huge part of my good run, so I don’t really feel ready to share my list with the public quite yet.

Speaking of extended, time to talk about my thopter foundry deck.  As you probably know, the archetype has picked up and taken on a life.  My version of the deck is very narrow and probably not the best version to play.  I was building in a vacuum, and the meta has taken the idea and improved upon it vastly.  The articles I wrote on it are still instructive, as they contain valuable information on building combo decks from scratch, but please don’t use the decklist.  It’s an embarassment.


Hey wait a second.

September 28, 2009

I have an extended deck.  I had high hopes for it.  It’s a pretty powerful beast in casual, but there are too many decks in the format that checkmate it to waste any amount of effort.  Whilst considering what I could do to it to make it better with new zendikar cards it occurred to me:  I can make this deck standard legal.

Pardon me while I cackle maniacally.

A game for the books

September 27, 2009

It’s Saturday the 26th. I’m in the BCIT cafeteria, at the  Zendikar prerelease.  Round 3 game 3.  I’m packing a solid agressive white/red deck.  I’ve got a good low curve, a small amount of burn, 3 plated geopedes, a day of judgement and am eternity vessel.  I’ve got 4 lands in my hand, five in play, a kor skyfisher that’s managed to whittle down my opponent.  I’ve got a pillarfield ox, an eternity vessel, and a day of judgment in hand.  I’m trying to pretend I’m flooded, and it’s working.

My opponent plays a land, breaking his ior ruin expedition, draws two cards, finally giving him some more creatures to play.  He drops two guys, and comes at me for four.  It’s wrath time.  It’s pretty clear by the look on my opponents face and the way he’s been playing that he has one spell in his hand, max.  I’ve got this, right?

An ally hits the board,   no biggie.  Another ally hits the board.  The guy’s now packing some beef.  No worries, I play the eternity vessel, putting no less than 16 counters on it.  Considering I have3 lands in hand, I’m sitting pretty.

Then come the barrage of allies.  With explorer’s scope and good card draw, he keeps pressure on me, wreaking havoc with a murasa pyromancer.  My spidersilk net-equipped ox does a brilliant job of keeping the pressure off, occasionally eating an attacker.  Every so often I draw a creature or removal spell, and whittle the guy down to 2 life.

Ultimately, with an aura and +1/+1 counters, my opponent ends up with a 6/6, and comes at me swinging, turn after turn.  Luckily, I’m mana flooded.  Turn after turn, my life reset to 16.  I got down to 3 once, only to play yet another land.  I’m playing a mad game of stall until my last burn spell comes up.  It never came.

I won when my opponent decked himself.