Saturday, May 7, 2011

New Phyrexia Prerelease

I love Phyrexia, they are my favorite villains in the MTG universe and one of my general favorite things in the game. I love this set, and it was tons of fun to play. Just don't kill yourself with phyrexian mana like I did in game one. Went 3-1, only loosing when I got mana screwed.

// *** Main Deck *** //

// Creatures
1 Leaden Myr
1 Immolating Souleater
1 Phyrexian Hulk
1 Vulshok Replica
1 Spikeshot Elder
1 Oxxidia Scrapmelter
1 Batterskull
1 Porcelain Legionnaire
1 Moltensteel Dragon
1 Slash Panther
1 Wing Splicer
1 Viral Drake
1 Entomber Exarch

// Removal and misc
2 Grim Affliction
2 Volt Charge
1 Ratchet Bomb
1 Sylvok Lifestaff
1 Mycosynth Wellspring
1 Conversion Chamber
2 Parasitic Implant
1 Mindculling3 Island
6 Swamp
8 Mountain

// Sideboard tech
1 Ogre Geargrabber
1 Blistergrub
1 Flamborn Hellion

// *** Unused Sealed Pool ***//

// Black
1 Dross Hopper
1 Tainted Strike
1 Bleak Coven Vampires
1 Postmortem Lunge
2 Vault Skirge
1 Moriok Reaver
1 Dementia Bat
1 Contaigious Nim
1 Ichor Rats

// Red
1 Ruthless Invasion
1 Ogre Menial
1 Melt Terrain
1 Kuldotha Rebirth

// Blue
1 Spined Thopter
1 Gitaxian Probe
1 Twisted Image
1 Neurok Invisomancer
1 Volition Reins
1 Stoic Rebuttal
1 Defensive Stance
1 Arm with Ether
2 Numbing Dose

// White
1 Blade Splicer
1 Sensor Splicer
1 Sunspeaker Shikari
1 Auriok Edgewright
1 Kemba's Skyguard
1 Marrow Shards
1 Seize the initiative
1 Fulgent Distraction
1 Loxodon Wayfarer
1 Apostle's Blessing
2 Remember The Fallen 

// Green
1 Ezuri's Brigade
1 Tangle Angler
1 Blight Mamba
1 Cystbearer
2 Viridian Betrayers
1 Leeching Bite
1 Triumph of the Hordes
1 Copperhorn Scout
1 Wing Puncture
1 Glissa's Scorn
1 Tel-Jilad Defiance

// Brown
1 Mycosynth Wellspring
1 Soliton
1 Heavy Arbalest
1 Accorder's Shield
1 Strider Harness
1 Golden Urn
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Echo Circlet
1 Culling Dias

Probably could have splashed white, but I opted for the Grixis deck. Was really good, had a lot of removal.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

last MSS draft

Well, this is the last draft that I'll be doing in MSS, since New Phyrexia is next week. I think I went out with a bang though, drafted mono black jank infect. Saw a lot of removal and couldn't decide on a second color.

// Creatures
4 Blackcleave Goblins (don't be hatin')
2 Plague Stinger
1 Scourge Servant
1 Ichor Rats
1 Ichorclaw Myr
1 Moriok Replica
1 Painsmith

// Removal
1 Trigon of Corruption
1 Virulent Wound
2 Grasp of Darkness
2 Spread the Sickness
1 Go for the Throat

// Equipment and misc
1 Morbid Plunder
1 Flayer Husk
1 Grafted Exoskeleton
1 Strider Harness
1 Copper Carapace 

// Sideboard
4 Mountain
2 Vulshok Replica
1 Galvanic Blast
1 Turn to Slag
1 Concussive Bolt
1 Flight Spellbomb
1 Razorfield Rhino
1 Pierce Strider
1 Magnetic Mine
1 Cystbearer
1 Neurok Invisomancer
2 Tainted Strike
1 Exsanguinate
1 Spine of Ish Sah
2 Instill infection

Probably my funniest draft ever. I wound up playing a very control type deck. The spine of Ish Sah and Instill Infections were in and out of the deck constantly. I would basically ping away all the myr I saw, kill all the other stuff, do my best to match my removal to their creatures. And then, once they've been stripped of fatties, I would win with a geared up plague stinger or black cleave goblin. Funnest play of the night was morbid plundering a Moriok Replica to draw more cards. Total of six cards over three turns or so, and that CA won me the game.

I honestly thought I was alone in black for a long time. I kept seeing grasps table and spread the sicknesses late into the pack. I saw a guy with a blue leaning blue/black deck who happened to be sitting two spots to my left, but I hardly noticed. Well, I should have noticed the creatures dry up. But I got caught up in some conversation in pack two and forgot to monitor my creature intake. If I had gone green and dedicated infect at this point, I would have done much better. Maybe I would have gone 4-0 instead of the 3-1 that I got. I'm always really timid about going infect though.