A Tale of Two tournaments.

Hello and welcome back everyone!

Firstly i’ll apologise for being quiet, the title likely gives it away, but last week I was solely focused on the 2 tournaments I had coming up. The first was a PPTQ that was on my “home turf” and the second was the Scottish Store Championships that I was attending playing for West End Games. So today I look to give you the decks that I played and a rundown of the tournaments and how they went.

So, for the PPTQ I played Esper Gift (shocker, right?) I still believe that this deck is very strong and am really comfortable playing the deck. Here is my list for reference:

ESPER GIFT – RONNIE

LANDS – 23

Aether Hub

Concealed Courtyard

Drowned Catacomb

Fetid Pools

Ipnu Rivulet

Island

Swamp

 

CREATURES – 29

Minister Of Inquiries

Walking Ballista

Seeker’s Squire

Kitesail Freebooter

Trophy Mage

Angel Of Invention

Hostage Taker

Gonti, Lord Of Luxury

The Scarab God

Champion Of Wits

 

SPELLS – 8 

God-Pharaoh’s Gift

Gate To The Afterlife

Fatal Push

 

SIDEBOARD – 15

Duress

Kitesail Freebooter

Vraska’s Contempt

Fatal Push

Negate

1 Jace’s Defeat

Cataclysmic Gearhulk

Dreamstealer

Walk The Plank

 

That’s the deck I played for the PPTQ, after there being 6 temur decks in the top 8, I changed some cards but I will get to that. So the first tournament.

ROUND 1 – VS MARDU VEHICLES – 1-0

This matchup is interesting, it certainly gets harder after board as they get to bring in Rampaging Ferocidon. Game 1 I managed a turn 4 gift and made a 6/6 angel, that locked up that game. Game 2 my opponent has the Mardu curve and I just die, not even close and Game 3 was really close and it came down to me just killing all his creatures and him having only vehicles in play which gave me time to kill him. A thing to take away from this round is a judge call that happened. My opponent has a Veteran MotoristBomat Courier and a Heart Of Kiran in play, he crews the heart and attacks with his courier and says “attack, trigger my courier, yeah, attack with this” so I say “only the courier aye?” (aye is yes in Scottish, we need the dramatics here) and my opponent says “no with heart also”. Now he had resolved his trigger and only attacked with courier, so i shouted the judge (this wasn’t the first time in the 3 games for what it’s worth) and it was ruled that my opponent hadn’t attacked with the heart as no motion etc was made. I mean, I was far ahead in this game anyway. So lesson learned, always announce attacks. I take this game 2-1.

ROUND 2 – vs JESKAI APPROACH – 2-0

Really not much to say here, my opponent got a game loss due to leaving a sideboard card in when we were deck checked I got double gift in play and won fairly quickly. I took this down 2-0.

ROUND 3 – VS TEMUR ENEGRGY – 3-0

This one was quite close, and is the closest matchup I find with the deck. Game one my opponent (my best friend) concedes to a Scarab God that he has no answer to. Game 2 I fall behind as he steals my angel with his own Scarab God. Game 3 the match goes to time. He casts memory, I get the better hand then kill him. 2-1.

ROUND 4 – ID GET FOOD

ROUND 5 – ID WAIT FOR TOP 8.

QUARTERFINALS – VS TEMUR ENERGY – 2-0

Game 1 my opponent mulls to 5, he died, game 2 my opponent mulls to 6, I freebooter him and he has nothing but lands and attunes, he then goes runner runner bringer hydra. It gets close but he cant answer gift and I win.

SEMIFINALS – VS 4C ENERGY (REMATCH FOR ROUND 3) – 1-2

Game 1 is very similar to last except I scoop to the scarab god. Game 2 I manage to get gift online and eventually win. Game 3, I activate minister 3 times and also mill myself with rivulet and hit 2 creatures, I flood I die. GG. The salvation factor here is he is my best friend and he eventually takes down the tournament! Win Win.

So a top 8 isn’t too bad right? I had a blast on the day and thought I played particularly well.

 

Onto the Sunday now where its the team event. For reference I play gifts again but my build is slightly different.

ESPER GIFT – RONNIE

LANDS – 23

Aether Hub

Concealed Courtyard

Drowned Catacomb

Fetid Pools

Ipnu Rivulet

Island

Swamp

 

CREATURES – 29

Minister Of Inquiries

Walking Ballista

Seeker’s Squire

Yahenni, Undying Partisan

Trophy Mage

Angel Of Invention

Hostage Taker

Gonti, Lord Of Luxury

The Scarab God

Champion Of Wits

 

SPELLS – 8 

God-Pharaoh’s Gift

Gate To The Afterlife

Bontu’s Last Reckoning

 

SIDEBOARD – 15

3 Kitesail Freebooter

Vraska’s Contempt

Fatal Push

Negate

Deadeye Tracker

 

Dreamstealer

Walk The Plank

The idea we had was that we wanted to be solid vs temur across the board. Kevin wanted to have a last reconing deck and I seen a 5-0 list that played these 2 in the deck. So we tried it. Let me just say that  yahenni super impressed me all day and couldn’t see playing gifts without it now. Anyway onto the tournament.

ROUND 1 – VS MARDU – 2-1 – OVERALL  1-0

I spend a couple minutes deciding an attack – I was dead either way if he had anything or if i didn’t attack, so I did and I drew what I needed and he whiffed and I won the game.

ROUND 2 – VS MARDU – 1-2 – OVERALL 2-0

This match came down to a crucial turn where i misplayed and my opponent took the game. Not much to say, focus more. Luckily my team did us justice this round.

ROUND 3 – VS UB GIFT – 2-1 – OVERALL – 3-0

I had the deadeye tracker in the board which won me game 3. My opponents deck was really interesting as a side note, but it goes to show the power of Angel of invention as your primary gift target, my opponents was Archfiend Of Ifnir.

ROUND 4 – VS UW GIFT – 2-0 – OVERALL – 3-1

Unfortunately the other members of the team lost, they saved me earlier this time I couldnt repay the favour, I believe our approach deck got triple negated from Temur. Not much we can do.

We got the ID in round 5 to secure us #3 seed going into top 4.

QUARTERFINALS – VS UB CONTROL – WIN

I win my game due to dreamstealer and deadeye tracker. Game one I had a disallow from gonti and got to disallow my opponents scarab god trigger which as sweet and also won me the game. This round we were relying on our jeskai deck to win as the team was 1-1 Kevin cast a Charging Monstrosaur and alongside Gideon Of The Trials he took the game in short order.

FINALS – VS MONO RED – LOSS

Our Mono red deck got bested again by mardu (RR had no abrade) our jeskai deck lost the mirror and I lost to RR.

Congrats to Highlander games defending the title, get em next time.

 

As a whole I had an absolute blast playing with team WEG, I look forward to next year where I will hopefully get the chance to play again and we will certainly bring it home!

Feel free to leave any comments or questions and I will do my best to answer! Also if you haven’t already leave the FB page a like and share! This community is only growing!

Until next time.

Ronnie.

 

 

 

 

 

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Aaron "Ronnie" Brown

Aaron "Ronnie" Brown

Hi! I'm Aaron Brown, more know as "Ronnie". I'm from north Ayrshire in Scotland. I have a 2 year old daughter and a very supportive fiancée. I aspire to play magic for the Scottish national team and to one day play on the Pro Tour.

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