I started very poorly, mulliganning to 6 and still not a good starting hand compared to my previous games. My Opp had a very nice start while I continued to draw nothing to help. I paused for a lengthy time at one point with a bad board position and 12 life and wondered whether to conceed - better than to carry on and show cards that had not been played yet that may help me in the other games. I played on, but only for one more turn before conceeding.
The next game was far better. We both started well, and my opp was a good player and I had one of the best magic games for a while, with both of us trading equally with no mistakes made on either side.
I had the upper hand at one point before I walked into Gleam of Resistance (+1/+2 to all creatures and untap them) and when he had the advantage I drew removal and burn to get rid of his creatures. I finally manage to swing things back to my side, and win with just 6 life left.
Game three starts and again we both have very good opening hands. He is hitting more often but with less damageing creatures while my large lads come down to equal the damage race. With his Scepter of Dominance (white Icy manipulator) holding one of my large lads down every turn or one of his smaller creatures chump blocking things are at a stale mate and we both draw cards furiously trying to get the advantage.
I then get to the mana I need and after a mass attack to try and get a few points of damage through, wrath the board with Martial Coup and leave 7 soldiers in its wake. I made a mistake at this point, taking mana over from the attack stage as I had originally created 8 soldiers - my opp pointed this out next turn, so I dropped one and took mana burn for one.
I attack with all but 2 soldiers, he taps one with Scepter and attacks with a couple of cretaures. I am holding a Qasali Ambusher (2/3 flash creature if you have a plains and forest) in hand as reserve and he attacks with 2 creatures. I block one with the soldier and the one that will do fatal damage is blocked with my Qasali Ambusher - but he is also holding triksy and removes my Ambusher before it is assigned as a blocker to get the damage in to win. A brilliant brilliant game and hope he did well in the rest if the tournament.
Result: 2-1 Loss.
As usual with Pre-releases, I drop when I get a loss to go Booster Drafting.....