I went into the weekend with every intention of playing mono black. It was the deck I had the most play testing time with and felt the most comfortable with. I felt like I had solid match ups across the board. In saying that, I sleeved up mono blue. After watching Will test with it and crush everyone, I chose to jump on the bandwagon…Great choice! Here is a short round by round report.
Round 1 – 5 Color Slivers
Game one had me curving out perfect after a turn 1 and 2 Thoughtseize. Outraced the pesky slivers to victory. Game 2 didn’t see lands, and got crushed in 5 turns. 5 turns for slivers to kill pretty convincingly…Didn’t see that coming. Game 3, see game 1.
Round 2 – Esper
Games 1 and 3 were a testament to why you play mono blue. The deck is just relentless! Game 2 I got cocky and overextended into a Verdict. Not too much else to say about these matches.
Round 3 – Mono Red
Round 4- Mono Red
I lumped these 2 rounds together because I was demolished in both game ones. When red decks get the nuts you get toasted. 3 cards won 4 games…Tidebinder Mage, Wall of Frost and Thassa. I sided in 2 Walls and 2 Claustrophobia and they shutdown the red onslaught.
Round 5 – Barely Boros
WAY too fast. Round was over in 17 minutes. Something about turn 1 Boros Elite, turn 2 Boros Elite Mutavault, turn 3 swing out…seems pretty good. He had all the answers, Banisher Priest did it’s banishing, and it was just plain old miserable.
Round 6 – Junk Midrange
Another fast game one loss had me doubting my choice of blue. Came back with a bang game 2, and a timely Rapid Hybridization on Ghost Dad saved me game 3.
Round 7 – Mono Blue
Not much to say about this round….Bittersweet. Played against my buddy Will. I drew everything, he didn’t. (Editor’s Note – While the draws weren’t there and Thassa abandoned the cause, your lines of play were flawless my friend. gg.)
Round 8 – Draw into top 8!
In my top 8 match, I was paired against my round 5 nightmare. The match lasted a little longer, but ended in the same result. It’s pretty tough to beat 3-4 Banisher Priest’s a game. Going forward I’m going to work on the aggro match up by maybe splashing another color.
Thanks to the team for support, especially Will who tested the doors off Blue.
Stay tuned to Kaboom for more tournament reports, deck techs, videos and more! 2014 is going to be an awesome year!