Zack Wong's Lands
The deck felt great. I didn’t have any byes in the tournament so I knew I was in for a long haul of a day. I bought a pack foil ONS windswept heath to replace my judge foothills but wasn’t able to play it for the event since I had already registered. Darn. I ate a little bit of a bagel sandwich and we were off to the races. I last minute replaced revokers with trackers the night before as an extra hedge against the fair decks, they ended up being great and I missed playing them. Revokers are great in a lot of ways but I figured I was overboarding for the combo MU.
My goal for the weekend is to beat my SeaTac record of 6-3, which didn’t make day 2 back then. I had started out 6-1 without byes but hit two very rough MU’s (Sneak and Reanimator)
R1 Jund 2-1
G1: Fetches basic swamp -> DRS, fetches basic forest plays a second DRS and Hymns, I draw dead to DRS and die.
G2: Punishing Fire keeps everything dead with goyfs held off with maze. He needles and I copy his bayou in response with stage and he names stage. I play Depths and copy it on his EOT and kill him.
G3: I have the turn 2 kill with T1 exploration T2 stage depths go.
R2 TES 0-2
G1: He cantrips a bunch and probes me 3 times before burning wish into a telemin performance. 😐
G2: He mulls to 6, I gamble T1 for a thorn. He rips dark ritual off the top and I die to an Ad Nauseum T1.
I should’ve gambled for chalice and chalice’d 0, since that’s what it’s actually in the board for but I tunnel vision’ed on a tax rock instead.
R3 Elves 2-0
G1: Punishing Fire all the guys, ghost quarter all the basics. Play tabernacle.
G2: I have a sick hand which goes T1 Mox diamond + stage Pfire your guy, T2 grove Pfire your guy, T3 Dark Depths and kill you.
R4 ANT 2-0
G1: We play draw go for a bit and I start to ghost quarter him out. He realizes he can’t wait too much longer and goes for it, and in response to a dark petition with 6 mana floating from LEDs, I rotate bog him since I figure that’s the best line I have to cut him off spell mastery and PiF. I expect to lose to Ad Naus but he didn’t have it maindeck and tendrils me for 14 before passing. I also noted he discarded empty the warrens to the LEDs, so on my turn I rotate again, sacrificing my bog, cast Loam and bog him again and he scoops without any wincons left.
G2: He T1 cantrips, I T1 have Land, Exploration, Tomb, Thorn, followed by T2 sphere and then a 20/20 shortly after.
R5 Elves 0-2
G1: I mull hard this game, down to a super shaky 5 and get hoofed real easily.
G2: I mull to 6 and keep an insane hand if I can find a green source, scry to the bottom. I don’t find it till it’s too late and with chasm in play with Marit lage ready, he drains me for 12 with double deathrite and 4 untap effects after an insane double glimpse turn.
Sucks to lose such a positive matchup and be X-2 so early but I gotta play it out and beat last GP’s performance.
R6 BUG Delver 2-1
G1: I get beat up by double delver and a couple wastelands, force and daze on the loams keep me off action enough to take the game.
G2: He has an early Leovold taxing me out but I take this crazy line where I triple waste + GQ him out letting him draw a bunch of cards but then play tabernacle which kills both of his creatures including Leo. This lets me keep him off mana in spite of the card advantage and i take it.
G3: He has an early Sylvan Library which is great in this MU, but I grind out a 20/20 in turns before some goyfs eat me.
This MU went to time and was against a judge friend from back in the bay. Really close, could’ve gone either way.
R7 BUG Delver 2-0
G1: Punishing Fire the DRS and delvers and ghost quarter keeps his board clean while I make a 20/20.
G2: Kill his early threat and draw go favors me while I have an active Loam and he fails to find action.
R8 Sneak and Show 2-1
Abbie has dropped at this point and I see I’m playing against a Japanese player and make a joke about the combo loving stereotype.
G1: I ghost quarter his basic island 2 times and he gets a third basic so I put him on Omni or sneak. He petals to play a sneak and passes and I try to cut him off mana but he sneaks an emrakul in and drops me to 5. I try to rebuild with a topdecked Karakas but he draws into a second red source and another emrakul.
G2: He plays an early Sneak with no open mana and I Krosan Grip it and Surgical them away. I find Karakas for the show and we play draw go for a while before he blood moons me. I grip it away and make a 20/20.
G3: He mulls to 6 on the play and just says go. I lead with the intent to turn 3 combo but he petal Preordains into basic mountain and city of traitors -> blood moon before i get there. I gamble for Grip and keep it, Grip the moon and make a lage.
Best part of this match was gambling for Grip, my opponent who spoke basically no English goes “Krossssan Griiiipu!”. I actually show him the Grip I search up off gamble even though I didn’t have to, to make it more exciting.
R9 BUG Delver 2-0
G1: Wasteland + 2 Ghost Quarter destroy this matchup early, with Loam and tabernacle sealing the deal.
G2: I get low down to 4 from goyf and angler along with wastelands on the mazes but rotate twice to make a surprise Marit lage on his EOT to steal it.
Phew! Rallied hard and ended day 2 at 7-2. I go to bed kind of late but eat a small breakfast sandwich and have some juice after ditching the crappy breakfast place in the Westgate after not getting service for 10 minutes after being seated.
R10 Red and Taxes 0-2
G1: T3 magus of the moon followed by sword of fire and ice + jitte ends this one quick.
G2: We play a grindy game but a chalice on 2 shuts off fire and Loam, and he eventually gets a SoFaI on a flickerwisp while I don’t have enough ammo for molten vortex and die quickly.
Sad to lose this one, but this version of DnT is much stronger against lands while probably sacrificing other MU percentages elsewhere.
R11 Dragon Stompy 2-1
G1: He turn 1 chalices followed by double magus of the moon and a blood moon. Nope.jpg
G2: He opens with turn 0 Leyline of the void, T1 City of traitors, chrome mox, blood moon. I have a mox diamond and basic forest and play draw go while he plays double ensnaring bridge and a quicksmith rebel letting the bridge shoot. I gamble for EE and get to EE3 away in a glorious turn then make a lage to take it.
G3: He has an early moon as well as a Chandra, I mise a Grip in my hand for a long time while trying to set up a turn where I can Grip + make token in the same turn. He thankfully flips two lands off Chandra over a few turns which gives me the time I need to safely make the play I was hoping for.
Definitely got lucky here, this matchup is absolutely awful. My opponent mentioned that this was his second loss to lands this tournament and he was feeling pretty disheartened about it.
R12 BUG Delver 1-2
G1: I mull to the saddest 4 cards ever, my 7 was do nothing lands + 2 mox, my 6 was the same minus a land, my 5 was gamblex2, EE, Loam,Exploration. It was not a game.
G2: I do what lands does best and deny everything he has before making a 20/20 at 7 life.
G3: He has double goyf and stops my EE with null rod, and also has 2 DRS + 3 wastelands. Yikes.
Super sad to lose this one, my BUG Delver matches the entire tournament had been great, and this one also puts me out of prize contention. Oh well, gotta go for pro points!
R13 Burn 2-0
G1: I buy myself two turns from double goblin guide double swiftspear with chasm, long enough for me to set up combo.
G2: My opponent gets land screwed on one land and is one point of damage short when I combo out.
Price of progress sucks, but I think the MU is even as we can race and they have no interaction with Marit lage other than Ensnaring Bridge.
R14 BUG Delver (Feat. THREE basic lands) 2-0
G1: He leads with basic forest, deathrite which makes me believe elves, but T2 fetches a basic island and plays delver?! I mana deny him hard before locking him out with tabernacle. He scoops once my Loam resolves for double wasteland ghost quarter while he’s on one land.
G2: He has turn 1 DRS followed by T2 bitterblossom which is annoying. I drop a little low on life keeping triple delver at bay with a maze and recurring pfire. I play a spell during a turn which he dazes which is great, because I crop rotate into a tabernacle and triple waste him cutting him down to 1 mana, while I pfire his only faerie each turn. I stabilize at 3 and he says he’s had enough and packs it up.
R15 Infect 2-1
G1: My opponent leads tropical go which I waste. He plays foothills and passes which leads me to believe infect. I buy myself some extra time to buildup with chasm and he tries to become immense berserk me with it in play…? I end up ghost quartering all of his lands and tabernacling him out.
G2: He leads turn 1 tropical glistener elf. I wasteland his tropical and surgical all of them. Unfortunately his hand is fetch, invigorate x 2, brainstorm, so he fetches forest and hits me for 9 and I don’t have an answer for the next swing. I had a GQ and tabby in hand so if he didn’t kill me there he was most likely dead with no mana producing lands besides pendelhaven and inkmoth. I took a risk keeping the hand.
G3: I make a turn 2 Marit lage but he crop rotations for Karakas. Noble hierarch get a few beats in, but I eventually draw Loam to remake the beast and take him down.
I end 11-4, one win from prizing, but good enough for two pro points and a lot of fun.
– CFB for hosting an awesome GP.
– LV Convention center for being huge with good AC.
– Tracker is still great. I didn’t miss revokers too much. These singlehandedy won me some games.
– Ancient Tomb in the sideboard is gas. Highly recommend it.
– Beat my old legacy GP record and set a new threshold to beat.
– Got my first two pro points.
– Met tons of awesome people and made new friends during my stay.
– Artists were all super nice and I got my BAE playmat signed by most of them.
– That AYCE sushi place was amazing. I wish I just ate there my entire trip.
– Wetzel’s Pretzels IN the GP hall. Yes.
– Krooooosan Griiiipuuuu!
– Wail wasn’t super great during the event. I did board them in quite a bit but I think I’ll try something else in the meantime. I currently went -2 wail + ancient grudge + pithing needle.
– Not buying the $60 and $70 drop of honey on Thursday morning just to spec.
– Getting turn 1’ed twice by TES.
– Mulling to no landers playing the 34 land deck.
– 114F heat outside.
– Not deciding to japanese foil the deck earlier.