I placed 9th in the FNM T2!
Michael Malovich (Crimson Mage)
FNM at Rainy Day Games on the 12th
21 people participated in 4 rounds of swiss, then divided into the top 8
and the 2nd tier single elimination rounds.
3x Desolation Angel
4x Death Grasp
1x Wrath of God
2x Phyrexian Arena
4x Spectral Lynx
2x Ghitu Fire
1x Shivan Dragon
4x Orim's Chant
2x Voice of All
2x Sulfurous Springs
2x Caves of Koilos
2x Battlefield Forge
Match 1: Round 1- Newspaper vs. Mono-Green Stompy
A good matchup for this deck, I got really good hand against it, starting
with a Plains, the Swamp, then Spectral Lynx. Surprisingly I didn't see any
Blastoderms in his deck, but I did see a few elves and a Rhox or two hit the
table. Needless to say by the time I had 2 Lynxes and a Voice of All pro green
out the game was mine.
Pretty much the same as above, only I Voided away all of his birds and
elves and had 2 Lynxes, gotta love em.
Match Record: 1-0
Match 2: Round 1- "Newspaper" vs. R/W Land Destruction
This one was an easy win for him, he kept me at 2 or 3 lands the entire
time, the only thing I was able to get out was a Lynx and he killed it right off
with 2 Shocks (Regenerate, kill).
This one was much closer, he didn't appear to draw much land destruction so
I was able to get to my 5 or so land breaking point, voiding away all of his
hand, taking a few of his creatures, good stuff. Who would have known that when
he Ghitu Fires me for 10 it would hurt so much? Before he did that though, I had
put out a Phyrexian Arena, so I was drawing my two cards every turn, and most
importantly losing my 1 life. 5 turns before the end I'm at 5 life, he can't do
anything because he doesn't have any burn (go Void!). I pray and pray to get a
Death Grasp to not only kill him, but to kill him before I die (I had plenty of
mana). It doesn't happen unfortunately, I kill myself on my upkeep. Happily
giving him the win.
Match Record: 1-1
Match 3: Round 1- Newspaper vs. Fires
I didn't do too badly this game. I came in here fearing fires the most,
since I can't target those darn Blastos. This game was really close until the
very end, I got out my Lynxes, and he got out his blastos, I was doing really
well for a while. So what if he played Restock to get a Rage and a Blasto back?
I can take it. Next turn> So what if he plays Restock to get another Blasto
and the Rage he used on me back? I can take it! 2 turns later>> Apparently
I couldn't take the 3rd (yes 3rd, by 6th turn...) restock as he proceeded to
double Rage me while I was at 6. Game goes to him.
Ah, another very close game. He drew a much worse hand, without any
Restocks. After taking a few hits from Blasty, down to about 12, I get out my
Lynx, and he cries with a look of wild insanity in his eye. Rage me, down to 9,
ok. Blasty dies... he draws elves and land for the next 4 turns while I proceed
to beat his head down with a Lynx and a VoAll pro Green. 2nd to last turn,
his... I'm down to 6 from a very timely Rage to my head. He's down to 8 from all
the beatin' going on. He smiles with devilish glee as he draws Restock from his
deck, instantly using it on his 2 Rages in the graveyard (1 discard, the other
to my head). I start to feel that woosy feeling. Okay, this is super crunch
time. I pray and pray. I draw my card, and attack. Fog?! What the hell?! I start
to cry, he's at 5 land and next turn he's going to kill me! Looking at my hand,
suddenly it dawned on me. The card I drew was a Death Grasp. Quickly counting my
lands up, 11. I gave a sigh of relief as I play Death Grasp for 8 Dmg to him. He
goes wild-eyed. Panics, starts looking frantically at his and the board. He knew
his mistake, playing the fog. He was tapped out except for 5, if he had had 1
more I would have been double Raged and lost. He bows his head, and I take a
This goes very different, as he sideboards HEAVILY against me. I soon know
what as his deck has switched from fires to green/red land destruction beatdown.
I'm kept at 2 lands and beat over the head with 2 blastos. Never had a chance.
Match Record: 1-2
Match 4: Round 1- Newspaper Vs. Machinehead
Put a long story short, Machinehead did what it was supposed to do. I
didn't have any hand during most of the game thanks to 2 Spectres and his life
was at 47 to a new Degasanctuary I saw him play.
We fought on the board a few times, killing creatures and destroying lands.
But what really clinched this one for him was he destroyed my only Black source,
which left me with 2 Voids and a Terminate in my hand, which quickly got scooped
away by 3 Spectres. Needless to say I lost the match, but spied another weekness
in my deck. Prone to land destruction.
Match Record: 1-3
Surprisingly enough, this was enough to place me in 9th place. I didn't win
anything, but I came away knowing a few things to look out for. However, I fear
now that Odyssey will be in the next T2 tourny up here. They have their fun,
I'll have mine. Should I go Red/Black, or keep with Black/White/Red.. or go
Black/White? Hmmm... we shall see.
Rainy Day Games, their new store is huge. I know all the people by name,
and when I walk in the owner mysteriously knows how much money I have on
That Fires player for making split second decisions and rushing the game
along because he was "hungry" (he had been hungry for every match before then
Wizards for making Blastoderm.
I hope you guys have had fun learning from my mistakes. I'll try to write
reports as soon as I can (if you like them...). My E-mail is
Mage_Mage@hotmail.com if you want to E-mail me with any suggestions for my deck
or any advice on gameplay, or just other stuff. Have fun Magic Players, for we
are the few, the proud, the intelligent.
-Michael Malovich (Crimson Mage)