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