November 6th: I think I have missed the next mailing of player reward cards, but am grateful for something, I may not have got the Hypnotic Spectre, but I only need 2 more events to get a Textless Wrath of God.....
Not only that, but textless Mortify's, and textless Condemn's....all three are in my latest deck, so would go down rather well methinks...Looks like the WoG is the 20 tournament card :p
My deck ended up green and red, with burn from a few spells as well as having Jayla (pitch cards to burn player/creatures) and my green being a few Thalids and Slivers. It was not bad at all tbh, and one of my better decks - having roughly 5 of each of my 'themes' of burn, Slivers and Fungus spells in only 2 colours.
I knew I would only play one, maybe two games at the most, and accordingly my first game went abyssmally as I chucked a hand of 6 land and a thallid to get 6 non lands cards, which I chucked to get 5 non land cards, which I chucked to get 3 land and a thallid. I started to recover slowly, but my opponent had a 2/2 which he (white) enchanted with +2/+2 and flying, then the next round with (red) +2/+2 and cant defend. I had no answer to a 6/6 flier and conceeded quickly to get the pain over with.
The next game went much better, and soon I had an army to attack with, while he had a 3/3 creature which he enchanted as above (again one of a certain card appearing quite often in more than one game) and although we where both low on life, I had the upper hand, and he needed to top deck to win. He didnt, and I won.
The last game went very much like the second, both got creatures out, he AGAIN had both the enchantments out (I still havent even got one of the red or white ones after 2 tournie decks and around 17 boosters to date) and again we were on close life. He then dropped a creature to block one of my creatures that I would have won the game with on my next attack. I needed to top deck to do the one point of damage I needed left before his 6/6 flier killed me next turn, and with 4 burn spells or one of the red Slivers that meant all Slivers can only be blocked by more than one creature I had a good chance. Unfortunatly, my next card was not one of the five that could have helped me, and I couldnt do the extra 1 damage I needed to win.
Good games though! I dropped out, and left to meet my mates up the pub.
Oct 7th: Another event set up by The Games Club in the smaller hotel in Russel Square. I am supposed to be going for a drink with some mates from my old work, but I am accidently dropping in for a booster draft or two first :p
I had a few suspend cards, mostly in black that really helped, Fear 3/3 creatures and also some suspend discard cards, and with my single white Fortify spell, cleaned up the rest of my games to win the 9 points. Its weird how a single card (Fortify mentioned above) can appear in nearly all your games while another (I am looking at you Kedge Kher Kobold Land), doesnt appear in any games at all. Bloody glad it was that way round though, as I won at least half of my games with that one card.
By the third match, both me and Keith had 6 points and needed a win for a prize. I hope to get someone who didnt have 6 points (it can happen) and get a good opponent instead, and pretty soon we are at a 1 all draw. The last game was close, and after he had more or less tapped out, I Foritified (yay!) my lads for the deadly attack and the win. He then turned his morph guy that basically meant he could only go to 1 life, and I was sure I had used all my removal during the game. Then I noticed the Grapeshot in my hand, and that it had Storm, but with no spells that I could cast and redundant land in my hand, I needed a little luck.
I then topdecked a little spell, played it, Grapeshotted the creature and Stormed the next Grapeshot to his head for the win. Bloody good game it was too, and I picked up my 9 points nad 6 boosters as winnings.
The second booster draft went better as I tried to stick to a theme, and picked up a lot of Slivers along the way. My deck sadly ended up being 4 colours (I did have 2 of the sliver BoP's though) and I ended up playing Keith, who took advantage of my 4 colour deck and its wrong Slivers to wrong mana and won the first game. The second was all about the Slivers though, and a Sliver a turn ended the game very quickly, swamping him in 6? turns. The last game went a little longer, I struggled for a colour, and Keith won. No regrets - I couldnt even drop to three colours with the selection I ended up with - must try harder next time!
My third game gave me some problems though, I was 1-0 down, and the life totals where even at around 12 or so. My opponent then forgot his cumalative upkeep on a creature, and I punished him for it. I apologized, saying "...sorry mate, but if I was 1-0 up, I would let it go. As it is, you are winning 1-0, we are even at life, but you have a better board position. I call it." I went on to win the game, and my opponent was a little miffed. Trouble was, he went on to make the SAME mistake another three times in the last game and I called him everytime. He ended up losing most of his board, and I laid the Snow Dragon down and won in the next couple of goes.
Later, as we waited ages, a couple of teenagers who had started talking to me earlier, came and siad they had both progressed onwards. One of them I had played in a friendly, and quickly scooped when I got a rubbish hand, and a few turns of mana problems. They commented they one of them is likely to play me, one had played for ages (well for a teenager) while the other had started less than a year ago. I played the new one, and he tried a few little plays, some of them incorrect as he had got the rules wrong or been explained to him wrongly, and I beat him 2-0. It was'nt quite as easy as it sounded, and the first game could have gone either way, although the second was over within 8 rounds.
With scores of 0-2, 2-1, 2-1, 2-0, I added another 6 boosters to my winnings...
Checked my ratings (not including Coldsnap matches), and I have 1596 points, and have had as high as 1626, and have had 13 events. Coldsnap makes 14, (and I reckon I will be back to around 162x with my Coldsnap 9 points) so one event more to get another lot of textless cards, and 6 more to get my premium card (Foil Hyptontic Spectre..) Now ranked 1384th in England, where 1626 points would have placed me at 887th, some 600 places closer to the top.
...slipping son, slipping...
Less said about this the better I think I really didn't have enough of anything to make things work I originally started with red/black/white as I had some nice black removal, and then went Green/red/white with a splash of black.
I started well in the first game, but hit a brick wall when my opponent (one of the first girls I had played) laid a creature that could steal creatures with counters on them. Playing mass graft creatures, I was locked out totally. The second game went no better, and I conceded when I knew I was going to lose.
The next match I went against someone playing u/w/g, and I was hit with many fliers and other creatures (I had removed the black from my deck and it did start to work better) and despite having only three colours and mana fixers, got hammered for the lack of white mana, losing shortly after.
Next game was identical to the first mana screwed & so I conceded. I do not concede lightly, but know if my situation is not good, and I do think heavily on it and what I can draw to try and get my out of trouble before doing so. The way I see it, if I need mana and then a few lucky draws, I would rather let me and my opponent have time to get ready for the next opponent, and with the games I had, if I was to continue, I needed it.
I think even with the correct mana I would have lost the first game, but the second was a joke, sitting on key cards with lots of the wrong mana I am sure I could have made a much better go of it, and possibly won, for it to then go to the wire for the third match.
I dropped at that point in the Ravnica tournament I came 4th in my flight, and in Guildpact I came 10th - both times winning cards, and here I will be lucky if I was not bottom.
My first pick was very non committal, as the pack to me was empty of anything, so I took the multicoloured artefact creature, more because it was gold despite being artefact (uncommon), and I had seen a white enchantment that gave a creature +1/+1 for each of its colours and thought it may be a combo.
The next few packs passed lead me to white/blue and then blue/green as I picked up many many fliers such as Azorious First wing (white/blue) 2/2 flier for 2 mana with protection from enchatments, and a Assualt Zeppleid blue/green 3/3 flier with trample for 2gu. I also picked up the excellent blue/white guildmage, who can tap cratures or counter activated abilities.
The first game went on for a very long time I think we had only just finished the first game while others had played all the first round games. We both played u/g/w, and he had 3 creatures that could tap my creatures until my guildmage hit the table and started countering the ability. Soon I managed a greater lockdown then him, and my mass of fliers took the first game.
The second game went very quickly as I laid a turn 2 First wing, turn three first wing, turn four Zepplied, turn five zepplied, and my opponent jokingly said
are you allowed to attack with 10 points of flying damage on turn 6?.
I won the next match 2-0 as well, again with the first game taking the longest, with the second storming through quickly through mass fliers.
My third match was against r/b, and he had 5 cackling flames (3 damage or 5 if hellbent) which removed my fliers as quickly as I cast them. The next game went very close, but I couldn't get the last bit of damage quick enough I had held him up for a while and he was at 5 life. He then managed some creature removal and swung to attack to do the 13 damage he needed to kill me.
Coming 2nd , I won 3 boosters.
I had enough time as I had dropped early in the tournament, and so went for a second Booster draft. I like the booster drafts in the smaller sets, you get to take cards that make good little decks in colours you choose, rather than the less limited pool of the tournament (where you end up with loads more Ravnica anyway.)
Went red/black after opening an Avatar of Discord (to match my Pre-Release card), and then ended up with many nettling curses (enchantment that causes loss of life when creature attacks or blocks.) Flaring Flame Kin was an excellent additional card that I grabbed a couple of, gaining many abilities when enchanted, including trample and +2/+2 and fire-breathing.
My opponent had many defender creatures, and the first game was very slow for me, and he eventually won. The second game in contrast was over quickly - I started off and with the Flamekin enchanted with a little +2/-1 enchantment, killing my opponent within 4 turns with my 6/3 trampling firebreather. The last game went close to the wire, and with us both on 8 or 9 life each, we where both topdecking furiously. I drew an enchantment for my Flamekin, and attacked - he either dies, or blocks with all his creatures including his nettling cursed creature, losing them all and dropping to 1 life.
He choses to block (natch) but in the next three turns, I cannot draw a card to do the last 1 point. He then draws a fireball type card (a rare?) and does the 6 damage he needs to kill me. 2-1 to him.
Disension cards picked up at tournament: 6 rare, 42 Uncommon, 130 common
Cards sold at the tournament, paid for the whole day (Tournament & 2 drafts)
Dissension: Red/black land, multicoloured land
Ravnica: 2 x U/B land, B/G land, 2 x R/W land
Anyway, checked my 'stats' and I have 1609 points, and am currently ranked 1134 in England, which is not too shabby methinks...
Three weeks to Dissension.....
January 21st: Back to the Royal National Hotel in Russel Square we go, where the three of us are to go for the Guildpact sealed deck pre-release, and then enter the team event later in the afternoon.
I did not bad, and came 10th in my flight (4) with 9 points, meaning I won 6 Boosters. The Sea Monkeys however, did not far too well, and Me, Mike and Keith lost each of our games when we played Sleep When You Are Dead, made up from players I have played a few times before, and all very good at it.