Changes from last time:
-1 Tangle Wire
+1 Sphere of Resistance
R1: Nick with Combo Shops
G1: Play the Staxx gameplan. Nick concedes after just a couple turns with no permanents in play. Perfect number 1.
G2: Nick pulls ahead and gets a 3/3 Walking Balista into play. That's bad news for the Goblin Welder I've been keeping in my hand. I rip Abrade off the top and kill the Balista. Nick misses the opportunity to Bolt me. Goblin Welder can now weld in a 0/0 - it basically says T: Destroy target artifact. I get a Smokestack into play and Nick's board withers to almost nothing. Eventually, I kill him with a 4/4 Triskelion.
R2: Chad with Rector
G1: Chad plays a Show and Tell and I have nothing in hand that I can put in. It's an Emrakul. I can last 2 turns but one will be without permanents and I scoop.
G2: Do the Staxx thing. No notes other than Chad going 20->19->18->Game.
G3: Chad has turn 1 Emrakul.
R3: Paul with Grixis Theives
T1: Staxx real real hard. Get the turn one kill. Perfect number 3.
T2: Staxx real hard. Even with the match on the line, Paul concedes. We're here to have fun and drink beer, not ache over nigh-impossible games.
R3: Tim with Sylvan Mentor
G1: Only notes is both of us going 20->19->18->Game. Perfect number 4.
G2: Land an early Triskelion and beat down. Perfect number 5.
Good for $20 and a card from the prize pool.
Changes I'd make: IDK. Balance seems like maybe it should be in the board but it sure is sweet in the main on occasion.
Burning wish alongside Baral, seems brutally good.
Erayoooooo! I saw someone ask on fb if Erayo was viable currently. I think so, but this list is nothing like what i imagined a deck with Erayo would be. Noiice.
@mdkubiak I'll let him know. I gave him another lesson in how to play shops yesterday since he obviously did not listen to my first lesson. I told him, I won't loan him decks anymore if he does not play them well.
Only a benighted observer would infer that this was as "response" to the metagame at Vintage Champs, and represents a healthy metagame shift. Rather, it shows that for small events like these, the composition - and strength of the players - matters immensely. The same is true, but to a lesser extent, of the Challenge this past Saturday. It will be a little while until we get to our regularly scheduled programming.
Unlike champs where the strength of the players didn't matter? (sees rich shay and montolio in finals, shakes head). Interesting that they are people who do quite well in the mtgo meta...
Yes, and neither of them played on 10/21. You misunderstood what I wrote, it seems.