Back from the PTQ!

Discussion in 'General CPA Stuff' started by RabidKimba, Aug 26, 2001.

  1. RabidKimba I loathe the undead.

    Yesterday was the PTQ at the War Room in Atlanta, so I decided to go and scrub out with the following pile:

    Calling Rage on the Mage?

    4 Blurred Mongoose
    4 Mystic Snake
    4 Gaea's Skyfolk
    4 Kavu Titan
    2 Flametoungue Kavu
    2 Fire/Ice
    4 Lay of the Land
    4 Repulse
    4 Exclude
    4 Temporal Spring
    4 Fact or Fiction
    8 Forest
    7 Island
    1 Mountain
    4 Yavimaya Coast

    Sideboard:
    4 Gainsay
    3 Confound
    3 Tranquility
    3 Jungle Barrier
    2 Flametongue Kavu

    I usually found myself boarding out 1-2 Facts, 1-2 Titan, and 1 of various tempo cards, and faced no creatureless decks, and 5/7 Blue decks. Unluckily, Confound was COMPLETELY useless, I didn't even board it in once. The deck's title came from about 3 opponents calling "Urza's Rage" on their Meddling Mages, and me trying not to smile. I managed to go 4-3 drop with the deck, the 3 losses putting me out of Top 32 range (180 person tournament!). 2 of my 3 match losses were because of Spectral Lynx and Voice of All, the decks worst nightmare. Now I see why most versions run more burn. I'm not going to write a tournament report, because I didn't take notes, sorry. :(

    Good things about the deck: It's usually very consistent, and doesn't bore you out of your mind playing for 7 rounds.
    Bad things: I had to double-mulligan 3 times! I lost the games that I had to double-mulligan, but I won 2 of the matches. I'd reccomend the deck to you guys, but with the following change to the sideboard:

    4 Gainsay
    2 Mountain
    2 Urza's Rage
    2 Flametoungue kavu
    3 Jungle Barrier
    2 Metagamed slots (I chose Tranquility, because Dark Domain was pretty big that day, and it single-handedly won me a match. :))

    If you're feeling risky, maybe even trade the Gainsays in for the Excludes/FoFs, it probably would have served me better.

    Good luck if you plan on playing the deck, I'm probably going to play it in the 2-slot PTQ on Sept. 15!

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