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Lollective Effort

First-picked Collective Effort, ended up red-white with a trio of Brazen Wolvess.

Round 1 was not too rough, opponent had kind of a schizophrenic blue-white madness-emerge-fliers thing. Round 2, opponent had a very good black-red madness deck with Call the Bloodline, Olivia, Mobilized for War, Alchemist’s Greeting, Murderous Compulsion, on and on. I consider myself lucky to have gotten past him. Lunarch Mantle did good work, I have come around on that card and will almost always play one, especially if I can mitigate it a little with an Ironclad Slayer.

Round 3 was the real highlight, though. Opponent was black-red, but I can’t imagine the deck was better than the Olivia deck from round 2. Anyway, I won the die roll and my opening hand was 3 Plains and some red cards. I mulled to a terrible 6, a terrible 5 and then kept a 4 of 3 lands and Field Creeper. On my scry I left a Steadfast Cathar on top. For his part, opponent had also mulled but at least kept on 6.

Then he misses a bunch of land drops and dies to my crappy 2/1’s. That’ll do, Field Creeper, that’ll do.

He wins game 2, so I’m on the play for game 3. I have a good opening hand with Collective Effort. We go back and forth until I get a pretty big blowout:

On his turn 4, our boards are empty and he plays Accursed Witch. I “waste” Fiery Temper on it during his end step, so now I have an Infectious Curse draining me on my turn. I cast Gatstaf Arsonists and pass. Opponent has a Vildin-Pack Outcast as his 5-drop, pass back to me. I’ve made my land drops so on 6 mana I cast Brazen Wolves and then double-escalate Collective Effort to destroy both his Vildin-Pack Outcast and his Infectious Curse and also put +1/+1 counters on my two creatures.

I could have chosen to not escalate for the +1/+1 counters, and then attacked on that turn with the Gatstaf Arsonists but I thought getting them up above 4 toughness, and the Brazen Wolves above 3, would be worth it. From there, my large guys just kept crunching in there.

Got some delicious salt in the chat:


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Salt Road Patrol, Indeed

Just farting around, did a Fate-Khans-Khans 6-2-2-2 queue for funsies tonight and my round 2 opponent got pretty salty. Even though his deck had End Hostilities in it… he was still pretty hostile. The best part was when he re-started the chat with me after round 3.

Your tears are so salty and delicious.

My deck was okay, it was straight black-white; not much in the sideboard. I first-picked the Mardu Strike Leader and got a pair of Reach of Shadows in the next couple picks.

Round 2 guy had End Hostilities but I tried my best to not play into it in games 2 & 3. Round 3 guy ranched me in game one with an Outpost Siege on Khans, he also had Crater’s Claws. Games 2 & 3 I just had a good curve and got under him.

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I’m a sad creature

The context here is that the dude ultimately lost to his clock expiring, after developing a favorable board state. He was attacking with a Necropolis Fiend that I did not have an answer for (at least not in-hand; I did have answers in my deck). He clocked out of the match while one or two swings away from killing me and I guess he thinks it was lame for me to not scoop it up?

I actually really enjoy the unique tension you get in some MTGO matches where you deduce that your path to victory is the opponent’s clock. I know it’s a miserable way to lose – I’ve been there myself a few times, for sure – but it is a sweet way to win when you’re really up against the wall on-board.

I don't deny it.