Monday, October 21, 2013

Post-Theros Game Day Coverage

So, Saturday was Theros Game Day along with the "Face the Hydra" event.

The Hydra deck was a very interesting take on Magic, and I was lucky enough to be able to purchase one to use to play with during the event and any time after.

But this post isn't about that part of the event. This is about Game Day.


Every Game Day, I take an event deck, modify it, and then play it, and I always seem to wind up doing well with it. This time, I came in 2nd (the third game of the Top 2 match came very close with 8 life and 5 life.)

Anyway, let's look at the actual deck of the Theros Event Deck, and then my modifications.

Theros Event Deck (White/Blue)

Creatures

x2 Ascended lawmage
x2 Banisher Priest
x3 Battlewise Hoplite
x3 Dryad Militant
x1 Fabled Hero
x3 Hopeful Eidolon
x2 Imposing Sovereign
x1 Lavinia of the Tenth
x3 Lyev Skyknight
x1 New Prahv Guildmage
x1 Precinct Captain
x1 Skymark Roc
x1 Soldier of the Pantheon

Land

x4 Azorius Guildgate
x1 Hallowed Fountain
x5 Island
x14 Plains 

Other Spells

x2 Dauntless Onslaught
x2 Detention Sphere
x2 Gods Willing
x1 Ordeal of Heliod
x2 Ordeal of Thassa
x2 Pacifism

Sideboard

x2 Arrest
x2 Gainsay
x2 Gift of Orzhova
x2 Glare of Heresy
x2 Negate
x3 Solemn Offering
x2 Triton Tactics
[SOURCE] - Trick Jarrett, Magic Arcana, "Theros Event Deck Decklist

Modified Event Deck (White/Blue)

Creatures

x3 Hopeful Eidolon
x1 Dryad Militant
x2 Soldier of the Pantheon
x2 Imposing Sovereign
x1 Precinct Captain
x1 New Prahv Guildmage
x2 Banisher Priest
x1 Fabled Hero
x1 Frontline Medic
x1 Daxos of Meletis
x3 Lyev Skyknight
x1 Heliod, God of the Sun
x2 Ascended Lawmage
x1 Skymark Roc
x1 Lavinia of the Tenth

Land

x1 Azorius Guildgate
x4 Hallowed Fountain
x14 Plains
x5 Island

Other Spells

x2 God's Willing
x1 Ordeal of Heliod
x2 Ordeal of Thassa
x2 Pacifism
x2 Dauntless Onslaught
x2 Detention Sphere
x1 Sphinx's Revelation

Planeswalkers

x2 Elspeth, Sun's Champion

Sideboard

x2 Triton Tactics
x2 Glare of Heresy
x2 Gainsay
x2 Negate
x2 Arrest
x3 Solemn Offering
x2 Gift of Orzhova

So the first round I played, I went against a Black/Red/Green deck (which I'm still not quite sure the purpose) and I swept against that. Opponent was a kid I've helped with decks and talked through Magic history with (explaining storylines and such)

Second round, I went against Mono Black Devotion (with some splashed white in the sideboard). I got destroyed by that deck. More on that later. Opponent was a friend of mine with awesome deck builds, and one of the better players at the local store.

Third round, I went against Bant Hexproof Enchantments (One game I almost lost if not for a Detention Sphere targeting Ethereal Armor). I swept that match. Opponent was another of the better players at the store.

So, I get seeded 7 in the top 8 as a result (15 players). Seed 2 is none other than Mono Black Devotion. Rematch time! I won that 2-1 because he got some bad draws in game two and three. On to Top 4.

My Top 4 match was against a Boros aggro deck. I swept that match too. Opponent was a kid who, while had a good deck, made some bad plays. Boros Charm could have eliminated some of my board, but was instead used to take down 4 life after I was using lifegain.

Top 2 Match was against Mono Blue Aggro, and yes, this is a thing. Think Master of Waves, Nightveil Specter, Thassa, and assorted other cards, this was pretty difficult. Opponent is one of the better players in the store as well, but he hadn't been around lately. I lost 1-2, but still walked away with store credit.


Honestly, there were some things I could have done (like used Judge's Familiar from RTR and duplicats of other cards, buti think I did pretty well considering I just changed only 6 cards in the entire deck. But Daxos of Meletis is very powerful, and both Detention Sphere and Lavinia of the Tenth have saved me many times on Game Day. Definitely a good deck, worth buying and modifying with other White/Blue cards that could benefit you.

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