Monday, April 19, 2010

My Prerelease Deck

As the seconds ticked away, I became increasingly aware that I would actually be able to attend prerelease. For months, I had been planning to go. Then disaster struck, and a family get-together threatened to put an end to all of my carefully laid plans.

I absolutely love Magic. But when the family needs me, there is only one response! Well, at least one right response. Sometimes it takes me a while to get there.

Before I know it, I'm out the door. I have exactly 41/2 hours to be back home before the car leaves to see my parents-in-law. Plenty of time to blast through a prerelease.

I get there, register, sit down and wait. Hmmmm. The judge says go. I open my packs. BEHOLD! A beam of sunlight blasts through the ceiling of Misty Mountain Games. I am seared in its unflinching luminescence. This is quite possibly the best sealed pool I've ever opened in my life.

This is the deck I made.

Pathrazer of Ulamog
2 Deathless Angel
2 Knight of Cliffhaven
2 Caravan Escort
Wall of Omens
2 Champion's Drake
2 Skywatcher Adept
Sphinx of Magosi
Venerated Teacher

Lay Bare
2 Regress
Hyena Umbra
Eland Umbra
Time of Heroes
Survival Cache
Nomad's Assembly
Traitorous Instinct

2 Prophetic Prism

1 Evolving Wilds
8 Islands
6 Plains
1 Mountain

Wildheart Invoker
Ondu Giant
Nema Siltlurker
Haze Frog
Might of the Masses
Leaf Arrow
Joraga Treespeaker
Daggerback Basilisk
2 Living Destiny
Spider Umbra

Zulaport Enforcer
Nirkana Cutthroat
Zof Shade
Curse of Wizardry
Bloodrite Invoker
Suffer the Past
Dread Zone
Null Champion
Gruul Draz Assassin
Inquisition of Kozilek
Pawn of Ulamog
2 Induce Despair
Bloodthrone Vampire
Contaminated Ground
Death Cultist

2 Flame Slash
Goblin Arsonist
Disaster Radius
Lagac Lizard
2 Spawning Breath
2 Battle Rampart
Lust for War
Kiln Fiend
Rapacious One
Raid Bombardment
Vent Sentinel

2 Luminous Wake
Glory Seeker
Affa Guard Hound
Lone Missionary

Fleeting Distraction
Reality Spasm
2 Frostwind Invoker
2 Merfolk Observer

The Games:

I get my levelers on the ground, and then they start leveling! Most of my creatures fly, and so my strategy is to power over the top of any resistance and defeat my opponents before they get set up. I have 1 counter, 1 Narcolepsy and 2 Regress for taking care of any problems. I figure the absolute worst fate for a leveler or eldrazi with umbras is Regress or Narcolepsy. Very Powerful!

1st Match. 0-2
My opponent is playing red/green. We are both color screwed at the beginning of the game, and I eventually pull out of it faster than him. The second game he makes a bunch of Eldrazi tokens and then summons Hand of Emrakul. I cast Regress. I whittle him down and then eventually Traitorous Instinct his Brimstone Mage.

2nd Match. 0-2
This is the mirror match. My opponent is also playing White/Blue Levelers. It is very, very close both games. He has the benefit of a couple of Reinforced Bullwarks. Somehow, I just manage to squeak through more damage than him. Part of the equation was having a huge Deathless Angel preventing him from getting his creatures through. 2nd round I stabilized at 4 life, and pulled out a win.

3rd Match. 0-2
I should have lost at least one of these matches. My opponent was mana-flooded both games. The first I won with little resistance. The second, he gets down Ulamog's Crusher, equipped with Hedron Matrix. I take 16 damage and manage to kill him after regressing the Crusher and overwhelming a defensive net of  Cadaver Imps with my Levelers. He was at 3, I was at 4.

4th Match. 0-1.
We intentionally draw. He gets 6 packs, I get 6 packs.

So undefeated until the last Match. All in all, I thought I was really lucky both in card selection and my opponent's hands. Sometimes you get all your ducks in a row.

I spent the rest of the weekend smiling, thinking of double Deathless Angels. Such fun. 

Anyway, if you have a better deck for my card pool, please let me know!

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