Life is life, and sometimes you don’t get to play cards. One of the big issues with trying to go infinite in a format where the metagame is always changing is that you have to generally do it rather quickly. Single Set Block for instance is an old standby, but it doesn’t start up again until September and if you don’t get in 6-10 daily events a week you have a hard time generating enough tickets to update your deck when the new set rolls. Momir fortunately doesn’t change which makes it a lot better than Pauper or Block in that regard.
Last week I worked 3 days, went to Walt Disney World for two days to celebrate my son’s birthday and then came back to a pile of work topped off by another birthday party. I played zero MTG during that time. I’m getting back after it with a fresh set of hours. This update is actually a couple of weeks smashed together.
Since I have plenty of tickets for now I’m still hoarding GTC Boosters hoping they will go back up. They got briefly over three this week but then a deluge of players cashed them in and they are back to 2.97 as I write this.
I started the week with a quick trade.
-1 Foil Liliana of the Dark Realms
I really had to hunt for a bot to squeeze out that extra ticket. This card really doesn’t have a future economically since she’s either unplayable to her more attractive younger sister (Liliana of the Veil) and will rotate at the same time or more likely bound for a reprint in which case her price drops 30-50% on the spot.
My matches this week were interesting.
Momir Basic Daily Event 4/28/2013
My third round opponent made a play mistake and still managed to get a lucky draw to keep me out of the packs. He was on 1 life, had a Roil Elemental while I had Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed and a Liege of the Pit. He took the Liege and with no way to stop the horse master made an 8 drop and got Avatar of Slaughter. A full strike with all his creatures would have left me at 12, but with the double strike they dropped me to -2 and I lost the third game.
Momir Basic Daily Event 5/6/2013
I lost the first round of this tournament in a very long series. The first game we played I got swamped by card advantage. The second game I got lucky draws but the third game required thinking. My opponent had Duskmantle Seer which was giving us both cards. I had an active Masticore which I would have normally thought about ditching but I didn’t have an answer to the seer yet and I was able to hold him at bay. His 6 drop was Dread which is amazing in this format. Now I was having to keep regeneration mana up but not make drops because I had no other way to block Dread. Eventually with 8 mana open he swung into me with both the Seer and Dread. I had to make a choice to regenerate and kill dread or kill the seer. Not wanting to give him another smash to my face I killed the Seer then failed to draw an answer. Had I left it alone his other creatures could easily have swamped me the next turn due to my feeble board.
I lost the third round of this tournament to Bringer of the Red Dawn. Apparently there are other decent 9 drops than Blazing Archon. My opponent had 2 of them while I had Akron Legionnaire. Those are the breaks.
M13 Draft 5/8/2013
+1 Glacial Fortress
+1 Rootbound Crag
I bought a pre-release token thinking I was going to get to play in the Dragon’s Maze Prerelease but it hadn’t started, so I threw down 3 packs and decided to M13 draft. Unfortunately the client was extremely buggy and I didn’t even get my first two draft picks. The client crashed again when I submitted my deck and I was forced to enter the tournament with my entire card pool as my deck. Needless to say I won no packs and didn’t really even want to try. WotC refunded my two tickets and 3 packs for this draft.
DGM Pre-Release 5/12/2013
+1 Boros Reckoner
+1 Promo Maze’s End
I had a very similar challenge with this pre-release as I did with my M13 draft. My entire pool was placed in my collection. Even with three minutes to sideboard I was unable to pull over 100 cards out of my deck. I dropped out of this tournament as well and filed for compensation.
DGM Pre-Release 5/13/2013
+1 Trostani, Selesnia’s Voice
+1 Ruric Thar, The Unbowed
+1 Promo Maze’s End
I did have to pay $5 to enter this tournament since there was no way to buy the untradable guild mark with tickets. Pre-releases are usually bad EV unless you pull a great Mythic or something. Because the pre-releases ended on Monday 5/13 I ended up playing this tournament at 12:30 AM which was not exactly when I wanted to play. I played a fat filled green based Gruul deck with a solid splash of white for stall and mitigation abilities My thought was if I could get to turn 4 or so I could take over the game with huge creatures.
My first match seemed to make me think this was a great strategy as my opponent who was playing a fast boros deck got me to about 14 life before I started dumping huge creatures on him. I was playing about 6 sources of removal including “fight” cards like Pit Fight and situational cards like Gruul Charm. My second two games of match one resulted in me drawing a bunch of land and no creatures. I only played 17 lands despite my huge curve. I did play a cluestone and a Gatecreeper Vine for ramp, but not having lands wasn’t an issue. My opponent was able to clear out my early creatures and since I was drawing nothing but lands, seal me up with massive beats from his.
This format is a lot faster than I expected. My early game cards in this pool weren’t nearly as strong as the cards in my first pool. One game I thought I had locked down ended up blown out by an overloaded Mizzium Mortars. My overall game record for the tournament was 2-6 which is pretty awful. I haven’t been shut out in a long time. It doesn’t help that Maze’s End is one of the worst promos in a while.
Momir Basic Daily Event 5/13/2013
+6 Gatecrash Booster
In the third game of match 4 I had Master of the Wild Hunt down. To keep his removal ability relevant I played resource denial with Shadow Rats. Out of all the matchups I’m pretty sure I won this match because I followed the Basic Strategy. While my opponent frantically made drops, I ramped back to 8 at the expense of my board. He had a Simic Sky Swallower that I couldn’t wipe away with Wolves but my 8 drops were able to pressure him into blocking. Once I had him on the defensive he couldn’t afford to ramp and I put him away with Devouring Strossus who seems to like the taste of wolf very much.
I ran to the bots to unload some of my draft cards.
-1 Boros Reckoner
-1 Gaze of Granite
Momir Basic Daily Event 5/14/2013
My first round opponent MaxKombo7 was super cool. We played two of the closest games of Momir Vig I have played yet. There is a good chance I lost game two because I took too much damage from Mirran Crusader early on. My rules say don’t trade potentially useful creatures. I certainly would call Brian Stoutarm a useful creature. Unfortunately I was taking 4 damage a round because every card I drew was black. I stopped the bleeding at 8 life.
All of my games in this tournament were very close and required very tight play. If they show up in replay I plan to record a couple of them.
Here is my collection value as of 5/15/2013
|54 Event Tickets||1||54|
|4 M13 Booster||2.64||10|
|35 Gatecrash Booster||2.68||94|
|4 Set(5) RTR Shocks||13.9||56|
|4 Set(5) SoM Fastlands||2.42||10|
|4 Promo Wurmcoil Engine||2.6||10|
|1 Trostani, Selesnya’s Voice||3||3|
|Misc Non-Staples (Mythics/Rares)||2|
|1 Pauper Goblin Deck||16|
|1 Pauper Mono Blue Control Deck||56|
|1 Momir Vig Avatar||10|
|1 Playset of M11 Lands||20|
For those of you following along my starting value was 256 Tix*. Last post’s value was 338 Tix. Today’s Value is 341 Tix.
I adjusted my starting value up by 5 tix to account for the $5 I added to the client to play in the Pre-release. Overall these last two weeks, even scrubbing out of the pre-release I gained objects but my collection value suffered about 20 tickets due to a loss in value of shock lands and a nose dive in pack prices. Time will tell us if holding those packs was a good idea or not.