Modern Hero Pt. 7 A New Direction

Hello everyone and welcome to the newest chapter of Modern Hero.  I am back this week after a week off from hero to work on my new series of Magic on a budget.  Just a reminder that Modern Hero will now be a bi-weekly article with MoaB also being bi-weekly.  So here we are in week 7 and have gone from a sixty dollar mono black zombie modern deck to where we are now which is below.

BW Zombies

Dread Wanderer
Diregraf Ghoul
Gravecrawler
Wayward Servant
Tidehollow Sculler 
Gifted Aetherborn
Lord of the Accursed
Geralf’s Messenger 
Victim of Night
Cast Down
Smuggler’s Copter
11 Swamp
1 Plains
Caves of Koilos
Isolated Chapel

SB
Rain of Tears
Tormod’s Crypt
Pithing Needle
Doom Blade
Disenchant

 

Let’s look at the budget after our last upgrades.

Credit – 43.50
Cash – 20.00

We have a lot of flexibility right now with what we have available to us.  But before we get to that lets get to our tournament reports.  I am going to try a different format.  Let me know what you think.

 

Tournament Report Sunday July 8th

 Round 1 2-0 Duston BW Eldrazi and Taxes
Round 2 1-2 Doug KCI
Round 3 2-1 Joe Bant Knightfall
Round 4 2-1 Brad Kiki Grixis

Round 1 BW Eldrazi and Taxes

Game 1
He seemed to have kept a slow hand.  I was on the draw and able to get down a couple of my one drops followed up by Smuggler’s Copter and Lord of the Accursed.  The game ended with me at 16 life.

Game 2
On the draw again.  One drop into one drop backed by removal into Copter and it was a quick game.

Round 2 KCI

Game 1
I was on the draw game one.  I was able to land four one drops over the course of the first 3 turns and get him before he got set up.

Game 2
On the draw.  Got down double one drop and chipped in for damage to get him down to 6 before he landed Wurmcoil Engine.  I was dead within a few turns.

Game 3
On the play I got down two one drops and….essentially the same thing happened here that happened in game 2.  No removal from my side and it was a sad round.

On a side note.  The Meta at my LGS has went more towards KCI and Lantern.  There are usually 4 or 5 players mixed between those two decks.

Round 3 Bant Knightfall

Game 1
Good ole Joe B.  Seems like every week we are at the same event we get paired up one way or the other.  I am on the draw here and mulligan down to 5.  I come out with a couple one drops followed by Gifted Aetherborn(This card I am a huge fan of).  That combined with a couple removal spells and it was a quick game.

Game 2
On the draw.  He ended the game at 1 life.  He was able to control my early creatures and then he dropped a Thrun, the last Troll on turn 4.  It was over not long after that.

Game 3
On the play.  A mulligan to 6 and then this went more like game one.  Three one drops backed by removal.

Round 4 Kiki Grixis

Game 1
This whole match was a total grind fest that could have gone either way.  I am on the play on a mull to 6.  I finally get to see Wayward Servant shine in this one.  I get it turn two and start cascading into more zombies while controlling his side of the field with removal.  I got four or five servant triggers in this one.

Game 2
On the draw I got him down to 8 before he stabilized and Kiki’ed me out of the game.

Game 3
On the play.  Grindyyyyy…..  This almost went to time.  It was a matter of play a guy kill a guy from both sides.  I was able to bring him down and finish him off with a three Geralf’s Messenger triggers.

So we have another 3-1 finish which is good for another fifteen in store credit.  Which brings our totals to this.

Credit – 53.50 after 5 dollar entry and adding the 15 credit.
Cash – 20.00

Tournament Report July 18th

 Round 1 Bye (Free win)
Round 2 1-2 John Lantern Control
Round 3 2-1 John Infect
Round 4 2-0 Randal Mono Black Devotion

Round 1 Bye
I took this time to play test storm.  I just finished building it before I hit the shop.  Which is pretty amusing because a lot of folks was watching and put me on storm for the event.

Round 2 John Lantern

Game 1
On the draw.  He hits turn three Ensnaring Bridge and I scoop it up because I have no way of dealing with it.

Game 2
On the play.  I drop multiple one drops and Disenchant the bridge he played on his end step to finish it up.

Game 3
On the draw he gets me in the lock by turn 4.  I had considered playing it out with Wayward Servant on the field.  His four Codex Shredder though made that impossible.

Round 3 John Infect

Game 1
On the draw.  I played a one drop to match his Glistener Elf and then held up for removal.  Turn 3 with me already at 2 infect he plays Vines of Vastwood kicked.  I try to Cast Down and he comes up with Blossoming Defense.  Just gross.

Game 2
On the play I get down one drop, two drop, and see enough removal to keep his field cleared.

Game 3
On the draw.  Repeat game 2.

Round 4 Randal Mono Black Devotion

Game 1
On the Draw I get a couple one drops to match his Phyrexian Arena.  His hand is still a little slowish and I get him to 5 before he plays Gary.  I take him down a turn later.

Game 2
On the draw.  This game proves to me that Victim of Night needs to be changed.  He had Gray Merchant and Vampire Nighthawk.  But I was still able to finish it with two Tidehollow Sculler, two Gravecrawler, and two Lord of the Accursed.

Another 3-1 finish good for another fifteen.  So let’s look at our numbers again and then we will talk upgrades.

Credit – 63.50 after 5 dollar entry plus 15 credit.
Cash – 40.00(After 20 dollar boost)

Before we take a look at upgrades let’s take a step back and look at how it is going since the start.  Over the course of seven events so far I have scored credit in 5 out of 7 of them.  Which for a deck that started out at sixty dollars and has had multiple upgrades I would say that this is working fairly well.  Plus my record in all of the events is 16-8-1.  That’s a 66% win percentage.  I will take that all day long.

As it goes with playing modern.  Yes it can be an expensive format if you are playing a Tier 1 deck all the way down to Tier 2.5ish.  Starting with a 100 dollar budget you can go in several different directions.  Be it tribal with Zombies, Goblins, Humans, and even Knights.  And then build from there.

Upgrades

              This I have given some thought as to which direction to continue to take.  I considered sticking with BW Zombies and evolving it into more of a Julien Berteaux with Dread Wanderer, Gravecrawler, Bloodghast, Tidehollow Sculler, and support cards like Lingering Souls, Path to Exile, and discard spells.  However, after some research I feel like incorporating some real monsters into.  With that I am going to start working towards bringing this motley crew to party.

 

BW Eldrazi.  Now I know it is going to take a little more time and can’t be all done at once.  So my purchases this week are aimed to start going that way.  While still maintaining the strength of the zombies.

4 Path to Exile – 8 apiece 32.00
4 Inquisition of Kozilek – 5 apiece 20.00
2 Fatal Push – 6 apiece 12.00

Total 64.00

A quick review of the remaining budget.

Credit – 0
Cash – 39.50

After acquiring these and making changes here is where we are.

Dread Wanderer
Diregraf Ghoul
Gravecrawler
Wayward Servant
Tidehollow Sculler 
Gifted Aetherborn
Lord of the Accursed
Geralf’s Messenger 
Path to Exile">Path to Exile
Cast Down
Smuggler’s Copter
11 Swamp
1 Plains
Caves of Koilos
Isolated Chapel

SB
Tormod’s Crypt
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
Doom Blade
Disenchant

 

I removed the Victim of Night from the main in favor of Path to Exile.  Going to be a wait and see as to how it goes.  The sideboard is a little clogged.  But with the metagame as it is where I mainly play it fits pretty well.  More removal, discard for combo/control, Tormod’s Crypt for graveyard shenanigans, and Disenchant for my Lantern/KCI/Affinity players.  That’s it for me this week.  Drop me a line and let me know how I am doing or what you would like to see going forward.  Next week I will be back with another Magic on a Budget.  And between now and the next Modern Hero the plan is to hit 3-4 events and keep grinding.  Have a good weekend and I will see you back next week.

 

 

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