Tournament Report: SCG IQ 10/14/17

As always here’s the decklist first and foremost.

Round 1 Jeskai Control 2-1

So my first round opponent seemed pretty new to the deck. That’s fine by me, it was pretty obvious when he tried to Bolt my Bitterblossom and Snap flashback a serum visions on my end step.
It was also pretty obvious because he countered my first lingering souls while allowing my 2 Intagible Virtues, Sorin, and Zealous Persecution to resolve that he had no clue on how to play the match up.

-4 Path
+3 Duress, +1 Anguished Unmaking

Game 2 my opponent and I grinded it out with him as the winner after he drew a furious slew of bolts to burn me out from 14.
Game 3 opponent figured out the match up and used his counter spells wisely, but he couldn’t find a sweeper to answer my board in time for him to stabilize and lost to the 1/1 fliers.

Round 2 Abzan Midrange 2-0

So I do a turn 1 Thoughtseize on the draw and I see 4 lands and a thragtusk (He turn 1’d an inquisition to take my Liliana). Cool, I spent the match chumping the thragtusk with Faeries and just turned Spirits sideways until he died.

0 no cards in or out

Game 2 I went straight value on him riping token after token spell and holding up flashbacks and a Spectral when my opponent jams a Runed halo that he named Spirit with. I call judge the judge pulls out her phone read the first ruling on Runed Halo on gatherer that say:

“Runed Halo gives you protection from each object with the chosen name, whether it’s a card, a token, or a copy of a spell. It doesn’t matter what game zone that object is in.”

And says my opponent can in fact name spirit. Well I topdeck a Gideon and just beat my opponent down with Gids a Shambling Vent and a Srin Vampire for the win.

THERE’S A SCANDAL HERE BOYS!

Later that round the judge, TO, and another judge who was playing in the tournament confirmed that my opponent could not name Spirit and apologized. Either way I would’ve won the match anyways with how my opponent drew, but cool.

Round 3 Jeskai Tempo 2-0

So there’s this guy named Spencer Ridgeway who basically won an IQ last weekend. Totally let this other guy borrow that same Jeskai list. I really like the list myself, but I’m also super practiced vs Jeskai decks in general. Basically I discarded the relevant counter spells I cared about about and steam rolled him. That said he did play pretty well, but he couldn’t stop the hype train.

-4 Path
+3 Duress, +1 Zealous Persecution

Opponent didn’t have a Spell Snare when I checked with a Virtue. I windmill slammed Spectral, checked for a counterspell with thoughtseize on turn 4 played a second virtue, survived the turn 6 anger with a Zealous, GG win game. Sorry i rolled right over you man.

Round 4 Burn 1-2

I got the rare game 1 win vs burn with Virtue liliana, and Spectral and beating my opponent down.

-4 Bitterblossom, -3 Thoughtseize
+2 Timely Reinforcements, +1 Zealous persecution, +3 Duress, +1 Sundering Growth

So I’ve seen a lot more burn decks lately playing Ensnaring Bridge, so I figured I’d try the Sundering Growth instead of the 4th Bitterblossom. I still lost game 2 since my opponent had the literal nuts vs me and got me before i could even think about doing anything.

Game 3 I kept a no token hand that had Liliana, Inquisition, Fatal Push, Duress, and 2 lands scrying a land to the bottom. procedded to not only not draw tokens, but I didn;t draw removal, Auriok Champion, or even another walker. #salt on top of that my opponent of course played an Ensnaring Bridge.

I think I need to rework my game plan for the burn match up as it’s not really in my local meta.

Round 5 Dredge 1-2

Game 1 went stupid long as I landed plenty of token spells, but didn’t really draw into any anthems until late, but I ended up the winner anyways for this game.

-2 Inquisition, -3 Thoughtseize
+2 Rest in peace, +1 Zealous Persecution, +2 Lost Legacy

Game 2 I yet again kept a reasonable looking hand that didn’t have any token spells in it, but it was also a mull to 5. I didn;t have a RiP either. My opponent kinda just did his thing and beat me.

Game 3 I had a really decent hand, but still no RiP and my opponent did the dredge thing where he went Cathartic Reunion into all his Prized Amalgums in play on turn 2. I couldn;t keep up at all and he just wrecked me big time.

I need to test this match up more anyways, I dropped my third RiP since i felt it wasn’t necessary. Here to hoping my breakers don’t suck and I win the next round!

Round 6 8 Rack 2-1

Game 1 my opponent puts me on the play. Obvious tell. There’s literally only 1 way to beat 8 rack, tats build up 4 lands and discard all your lingering souls and just STOP PLAYING THINGS OUT OF YOUR HAND. That said i couldn;t assemble that game 1 and lost as a result.

-4 path
+1 Sundering Growth, +1 Zealous Persecution, +2 Lost legacy

I took the draw and got my 4 lands and a Bitterblossom drew a Sorin after a good while and just wrecked my opponent.

-3 Fatal push
+3 Duress

So I’m on the play this time around, with of cource a opening hand bitterblossom and Sorin, with conveniently 2 lands and 2 Lingering Souls. Opponent doesn’t have the Thoughtseize and relies on Wrench mind and Raven’s Crime to try to shrink my hand. Nono opponent, I just steamrolled right over him.

End of Swiss

I placed 10th with a Game win percentage of 63% and a Opponent Match Win percentage of……. 42%

My Round 1 and 2 opponents both literally went 0-6 and thus made all my efforts fail. I guess I just need to do well in Cincinnati next weekend.

Overall I liked the re-inclusion of Auriok Champion in the deck, I’m not sure the 4th Bitterblossom is correct, but 12 token spells is the bare minimum I would go. I might trade it off for a Raise the Alarm, which while it’s a kinda decent card just has massively under performed in the last weeks testing. It would be nice if there was a 2CMC version of Midnight Haunting we could play I guess I should just live with the Soldiers maybe.

Overall the deck just felt powerful in the meta I played in today, and I don’t regret my choice as usual. The modern meta has basically grown more diverse in fair decks IMO. I aven’t really seen decks like Storm, Titanshift and such really dominating like they did a month ago.

One more card I want to really consider more nowadays is Sorin, lord of innstrad, but my walker slots are really filled to the brim right now. Plus I already average one judge call for my token stack that many opponents confuse for a second deck. (I have about 60 or so tokens) per event.

I really do suggest Pros possibly should take a look at this archetype.

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