Get the MTG
not to play control or why didn't I play a creature
By Matthew Hudson
March 11, 2001 Gravesend, Kent UK
Monthly type 2. 15 players
Okay, I admit it I am now completely
magic'd out. Between trying to see if
Planeshift could offer my 'Defiant Zone' deck (see my
report here on the Pojo)anthing useful without turning
it into a Fires copy
and trying to break Forsaken City I had had enough of
Magic by the time the
monthly T2 came.
Luckily, a one of the regulars at Gravesend, James
McCafferty, sadi that I
could borrow his U/W control-millstone deck. Great,
thought I, now I have
decent chance of winning..
Unfortunately, I didn't get a copy of the decklist (and
since it wasn't my
deck I don't think that James would like me to post it
anyway). However, the
highlights were as follows..
4 Wrath of God
3 or 4 Story Circles
1 Nether Spirit
some more counters, card drawing, a disenchant or two
and a couple of Orim's
I played a quick warm up game against Fires which I won
and then it was off
into the rounds. 15 players, five rounds of swiss with a
cut to the top
Round 1 - Mark with U/W mill.
Hmmmmm..Mirror match up first round this could be fun. I
lost the dice roll,
Mark went first. Around turn 5 had a counterspell war
over Marks millstone
which I lost due to a daze. Mark then went on to mill my
I sided out the routs and a couple of WoGs for
more counters (gainsay I
think) and an additional millstone..
I play a turn 2 millstone. Mark copies. Turn three and
mark hits my
millstone with dismantling blow. Okay I hold my counters
and think that I
have another two millstones in the deck and I'll win
with them both (I think
that Mark only plays one in his deck). End of my turn
and Mark mills away a
millstone.hmmm this just got difficult. Mark takes his
trun and lays a land
and plays a Story Circle black. I draw land. Mark then
mills again and there
goes the other millstone.Okay now I can't win. The
nether spirit I have may
well show up but will never get past the Story circle
and I know that this
deck doesn't have Recalls. Well done Mark!!
Matches 0 - 2
Rounds 0 - 1
It's not all bad, I'll drop into the lower half of the
draw, which should
mean I get some easier games.
Round 2- Graham with R/B/u discard/burn.
Here we go then. All I have to do is get out two Story
circles and mill to
After drawing my intial seven card hand I hand two
circles, some counters
and two land. Fine. I'll draw a land in the first couple
of turns and
stabilize on turn 6 at about 6 life I figured.
Turn 6 and I've still got two lands even though
I've drawn and cast three
Accumulate Knowledges. I die next turn to a seal of
A mana hand with a story circle and a millstone in my
opening hand means I
mill away happily..
See Match 1 above. Except I lasted to about turn 10 or
so when I dies to a
kicked Urzas's Rage.
Matches 1 - 4
Rounds 0 - 2
Now I'm starting to doubt whether this borrowing a deck
I have never played
was a good idea.
Round 3- ??? with U/B discard.
Sorry, my memory's lasped (Ha. Ha) again with your name.
Planeshift familiar beatdown does me in with two
Doomsday Spectre backup to
help. I didn't see any counters or circles for this
entire game end of
Lose the counter war over a Spectre. Lose the game to
familairs and the
spectre.Don't think I can handle another game of magic
in my life ever
Matches 1 - 6
Rounds 0- 3
Round 4 - Bye!!!
Yipee, my first 'win' of the day!!! I watch James play
his game with his fun
deck. However, I expect that his opponent is the
luckiest player every. He
apparently draws and plays three terrors and three giant
growths within two
turns.At this point all I have to say is that the guy
should, if he was that
lucky, go and buy a lottery ticket this week. But on the
more dramatic side
all I can say is that cheating never wins friends.
Round 5- Sean with fires.
Okay I match I can probably win..
He goes off and I lose when after casting two Knwoledges
and a Fact or
Fiction I can't find a WoG or Rout to save my sorry
I lose to the turn 4 Wurm after I had absorbed away the
turn 3 blastoderm.
live and learn I suppose.
Matches 3 - 8
Rounds 1 - 4
Well what can I say. I could blame not knowing the deck
(errrr, no), I could
blame the fact that I had only played one game with the
deck (err rr, no); I
could say that James is a lousy deck builder (No
Well I have to say that I must be the worst U/W in the
area (yeah that
sounds about right). However, I did win the consolation
prize of a box of,
wait for it, blue and white commons.
Next month I'll go back to playing the Defiant Zone or
something I'm working
on that invloves the Skyship, Weatherlight and dragons.
Just enough time for the usual slops and props..
All of opponents for not ripping my inability to play
James for the loan of the deck. I'm sure it plays
excepionally well in your
Whoever donated the box of white commons. I now have
enough white and blue
commons to build lots of U/W decks..
Me for the idiotic way I played all day.
If you read this far then thanks. Please send me
creature decklists to the
e-mail address below. I don't ever want to play a U/W
mill deck again..