Modern 1K Luzern

February 21 2016

30 people registered for 5 rounds of swiss and a prizepool of 1k CHF. My 75:

4 Arcbound Ravager
4 Master of Etherium
3 Memnite
4 Ornithopter
4 Signal Pest
2 Spellskite
4 Steel Overseer
4 Vault Skirge
2 Thoughtcast
4 Cranial Plating
4 Mox Opal
4 Springleaf Drum
4 Darksteel Citadel
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
4 Glimmervoid
4 Inkmoth Nexus
1 Island

3 Etched Champion
2 Ancient Grudge
1 Dismember
1 Ghirapur Æther Grid
1 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Gut Shot
2 Stubborn Denial
2 Thoughtseize
2 Whipflare

Round 1 GR Eldrazi • 2-0

I played versus a good local player, I remembered seeing him on a Twitch stream of a Modern tournament in Milan on the previous weekend playing RG Eldrazi so I mulliganed for an aggressive hand. He was indeed playing that and I closed the first game simply winning the damage race. Game 2 he did not see any sideboard card but he had a bursty hand which allowed him to resolve a Reality Smasher and then a World Breaker on early turns. I won the game though because of having more flyers he could not block. I remember that on the last turn I could have lost only to double Gut Shot or a single one if I stacked triggers incorrectly, so I played around that too.


Round 2 Affinity • 0-2

I lost the first game because I did not remember that the creatures spawned by Hangarback Walker have flying, and attacked with a few flyers for what I thought was lethal into a fat Walker and then lost. Game 2 was lost once he resolved a Ghirapur AEther Grid and got a 3-4 card advantage out of it.


Round 3 Jund • 1-2

I won the first game with a standard hand thanks to raw speed. On the second game I had a decent hand but without much resilience, it was a very grindy game where I brought him down to 3, with a Dark Confidant in play, faced a Shatterstorm after which the Dark Confidant drew him 2-3 lands in a row. He ended up terminating it to survive and then killing me. On the third game I mulliganed down to 5, brought him very low on life nevertheless but then once the new vampire with lifelink hit the table I had no way to keep up with it. The guy ended up winning the tournament.


Round 4 Affinity • 0-2

Another mirror match, he had busted hands on both games while I was simply slower. I probably should have mulliganed harder in retrospect, but he opened with two moxes in game 1 and he had an aether grid before I did in game 2, so I could not have done much anyway. This game led me to increase the number of aether grids in the sideboard to 2 for the next tournament. After the game he showed me what he sided in which made absolutely no sense to me because he diluted his deck too much (two Thoughtseize, a Stubborn Denial and 4-5 more colored cards). After looking at his sideboard strategy I was a bit disappointed I lost this match.


Round 4 UWR Geist • 2-1

I played versus my teammate, we played so many test games against each other that I do not remember what happened in this series except that game 3 was - extremely - grindy and I snatched victory by poison damage because I drew 3 copies of Inkmoth Nexus



What I have learned:

Read every card, twice.

With the new mulligan rules the first one is almost for free, take it whenever you don’t feel having an explosive hand.

I also have to review how many sideboard slots I dedicate to the mirror match as well as what to board out because losing mirrors sucks. In general unsatisfying results but a very good training for GP Bologna, which will take place in two weeks.

I play Modern and Limited in the area around Zurich, Switzerland. My MTGO username is: `ioctl`.