Ransac once again plays in another one of these tourneys: Pt. Cheesecake

Discussion in 'Casual Decks/Variants/Etc' started by Ransac, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. Ransac CPA Trash Man

    Played in another tournament at Mr. Cards 'n Comics. The deck is pretty much the same as last week, except for the sideboard. Here's the list:

    4 Boggart Ramgang
    4 Ball Lightning
    4 Jund Hackblade
    4 Goblin Outlander
    4 Tattermunge Maniac
    4 Figure of Destiny

    4 Flame Javelin
    4 Lightning Bolt
    4 Magma Spray
    2 Tarfire

    4 Dragonskull Summit
    4 Graven Cairns
    4 Auntie's Hovel
    11 Mountain


    3 Chaotic Backlash
    3 Volcanic Fallout
    3 Doom Blade
    3 Deathmark
    3 Pithing Needle

    The big change comes from the addition of the Pithing Needles in the sideboard, which I traded for with cards from my winnings last week. Here we go!

    Round 1: vs. Jason (ended up either 1-2 or 0-2 drop) with WUB Lark
    Game 1 didn't let me see much of his deck, as he had to mulligan down to 4 (ouch). I don't have the fastest start in the world, but an Outlander and Hackblade start beating down until I burn him out for the win. I wasn't sure what I was playing against, so I sided in the Needles and Doom Blades. He dropped fallout on turn 3 or 4 and started to drop Wall of Reverence, Reveillark, Sower of Temptation, Mulldrifters, I scoop.... that game was a bit embarassing for me as I didn't realize that the Reveillark gets back things that go to the graveyard at the same time. Game 3 saw a Goblin Outlander and Hackblade drop quickly, but he Pathed the Hackblade. I took advantage of him tapping out for Jace to drop a Ball Lightning to get him at 10. He dropped a Mulldrifter on 5 and I Ball Lightninged again, dropping him to 2. It was over when I flashed the Javelin.

    1-0, 2-1

    Round 2: vs. Kyle (ended up 3-2) with Merfolk
    I thought I had the advantage in this matchup, but I make the mistake of overcommitting to the board by playing 2 Ball Lightnings in one turn to attempt a win. He played Sage's Dousing on the second one and dropped some more things to clutter the board. I had him at 4, but never drew any burn. Game 2 when Maniac, Hackblade, Ball Lightning to have him on the early ropes that he can't recover from. Game 3 saw each of us mull to 6, but he never sees a River Guide and I overwhelm the board bash in for the win.

    2-0, 4-2

    Round 3: vs. Kevin (ended up 4-1) with 5 Color Control
    This is the first time I had played against 5CC since my first month here and I thought I was in for a quick match. Fortunately, I was. The decktype is too slow and can't activately recover from the 13-16 point beatings I can create with frequency. He sides in a lot of hate (Fallouts, Firespouts, Pithing Needles for the FoD's) and never sees any of it. It's hard to win when you untap on turn 4 with 4-7 life.

    3-0, 6-2

    Round 4: vs. Oliver (ended up 2-2 drop*) with WUG midrange
    This is pretty much a nightmare matchup for me. He plays Honor of the Pure and Wilt-Leaf Liege, which gets a lot of creatures out of burn range. He also has Dauntless Escort, Knotvine Paladin, Kitchkin Finks and Baneslayer Angel to make thinks hard. I managed to overwhelm him in Game 2 with an early Outlander, Hackblade (which gets Pathed) and Ramgang, but Game 3 was never a consideration. Funny that the game with 1 Outlander was a blowout but the game with 3 Outlanders was a horrible matchup for me. Under normal circumstances, I'd be 3-1, but I conceded a match to Oliver a few weeks back to increase his chances of prizing out and (considering how I'd be undefeated going into the final round) he decided to repay the favor by giving me a 2-0 match win. Oliver is awesome.

    4-0, 8-2

    Round 5: vs. Vince (endedup 4-0-1) with Kithkin
    We realize we're the only undefeateds left and agree to draw and split the prize ($40 in store credit each). Yet, we decide to play anyway to see what would've happened. Game 1 is a blowout Kithkin beating with 3 Wizened Cenn's and Honor of the Pure facing down a facely Pathed out board on my side. Game 2 follows my standard Maniac, Hackblade, Ball Lightning beating and it's easy from that point on. Game 3 is a bit unfortunate as he had to mull to 5. I Magma Spray away his early Stallwart and have a Maniac, FoD and Hackblade swinging on turn 3, with Lightning Bolt (first time I draw it all night) to deal with a potential threat. He plays a Spectral Procession instead and I Bolt his face, swing with everything the following time (taking out two tokens) and dropping an Outlander. I seal the game after that.

    Officially: 4-0-1, 9-3-1. Unofficially, 5-0, 10-3.

    The end standings have me in 2nd place, as Vince had better tie-breakers than I did. But I feel comfortable claiming that I won this tournament (shared win). This deck went 5-1 last week and 4-0-1 (with some friendly help) this week. I feel happy with this decklist and hope to continue doing well with the list for weeks to come.

    I promised Oliver I'd hold a pack of Magic 2010 out of my winnings for him, but I opened up some cards in my other packs that he might want instead.

    Ransac, cpa trash man
  2. Shabbaman insert avatar here

    Goblin outlander seems too tiny to win the matchup all by himself. It's a pity there isn't something like rancor or jitte around (although that would probably help the decks you play against more than it would help you). Maybe you could try Black knight in place of Tattermunge maniac.
  3. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    Looks like you're doing quite nicely in these things... :)
  4. Ransac CPA Trash Man

    Tattermunge Maniac is one of the MVP's of the deck, as is turns on my potential turn 2 Hackblades. I find myself siding out 1 Maniac when I side cards in and I'm on the draw, but otherwise I need the four. Though, I agree that they seem less important in this matchup (on the draw). Black Knight is okay, but it's very black mana intensive. I wish I had a board sweeper for fatties.

    Ransac, cpa trash man
  5. Ransac CPA Trash Man

    Just thought you guys would like to know that since I came back to competitive play back in late April, my DCI constructed rating has jumped over 120 points and is the highest it has ever been. I give credit to the preparation I took before playing (about a month of studying the metagame and decklists) and to the feedback I've received from my reports here.

    Ransac, cpa trash man
  6. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

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