Played, and lost 2-1. I lost the first – but it was really close at 3 life to each of us. I made a stupid mistake and overlooked the channel ability that was on my direct damage creature – I could have killed his enchanted creature that was 4/4 by dong 4 damage to it with the Sweep ability, and would have continued to ping him to death with my single hoden.
I won the second – he was mana screwed, I had a few creatures out, and then played the killer ZoZu, I only had 5 mana and a few creatures, he had 2 mana and no creatures, so everytime he wanted a land, he took 2 damage from Zuzo, and I carried on attacking.
The last game I was slightly mana screwed, with no black mana and only 4 mountains by turn 7, and he also had better tempo, and so won.
Feral Lightning helped win the one game for me, as well as the mountain-walker, both of them appearing 2 out of the three games.
Round One - Lost - Opponent came 23rd
Played Chris, one of the people I came with - once again I play one of my mates at a tournament. We had all looked at each others decks after the first round, and I knew he had the scary dragon artefact equipment (allowing a 5/5 dragon spirit to come into play, which luckily never came up for the first 2 games.
The first game went very well for me – I had a Hoden out early as well as the Ghost Lit Raider (direct damage creature) within 4 turns, and it only took as long as it did to kill him as Chris had a creature that had extra defence based on cards in hand - a large wall infact. All his other creatures where quickly killed off and I pinged him and mountain walked him to win the first game.
I didn't have the tempo for the second game, and then managed to get into a better poition as I now had 2 of the rats that are bigger when seven cards in hand, as well as activate them. Mid way through the game, Chris was at 8 life, I was at 10, and I thought next turn I thought he would be dead as 2 x 4/3 fear creatures would be attacking. He attacked with his creatures, I let them through as they would do 6 damage, and he dropped an instant boosting them to deal 10 damage, killing me.
For the third game, things went better for me, despite the fact that Chris managed to get the dragon equipment out. I had a few things to get rid of the damage and survive a few extra turns - chump blocking with my flier, was holding a barrel down the mountain, and hadnt drawn the rend spirit yet either. Then I drew the Feral lightning, had the mana to cast it, and the game was over. Won 2-1.
Round Two - Won - Opponent came 27th.
Played and lost 2-0. The first game was close, He was at 6, I was at 3 – but he had a creature that assigned its own blockers, and so cleared out my damage dealing creature and he won. The second game went the same way – better creature tempo, the blocker assigner came out again, and it was over, but again it was close, we where both at 3 life before he killed me.
My opponent was also someone I had played last tournament (and lost against him then) maybe next time its my turn to win?
I left the game at this point, as I wanted to play the booster draft, and with 3 points out of 9, there was no way I could get into the top slots that awarded booster cards - you needed to get 9-12 points to win anything, meaning 3 wins out of 4 minimum. Dropping out, I picked up my pre release card (as shown above). For reference, 9+ points won 6 boosters, and 12 points = 12 boosters.
Round Three - Lost - Opponent came 9th