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Skulkin’ on through

First-picked a Haunted Dead and settled into black-white early. I didn’t have any flashy bombs but I had 3x Desperate Sentry into 2x Abundant Maw so I made that play several times on turns 3-4. I also bought back those two cards with Macabre Waltz a few times for some grindin’. I never cast the Murderer’s Axe and always sided it out. That maybe didn’t belong in the deck, I dunno.

Round 1 vs Black-White: We shared some of the same cards, such as Haunted Dead but he also had a Subjugator Angel and a Bruna, the Fading Light. I think his deck was better than mine but I just ran well. (1-0)

Round 2 vs Blue-Red Spells: He had multiple Thermo-Alchemists and lots of good spells. Game 3 I sided in Peace of Mind and it really saved the day. Also I think I must have gotten a lucky misclick or something, because I attacked into his board of plenty of blockers and he just clicked past making any blocks and took lethal damage. He didn’t say anything in the chat window so I dunno what happened but, hey: I’ll take it. (2-0)

Round 3 culminated in a pretty sweet moment. Game 1, he utterly ranched me with Ulrich of the Krallenhorde, I was never in that game. Game 2 I had a good curve of Desperate Sentry into Abundant Maw and Humble the Brute right on time for Ulrich.

Game 3, he had a poor draw, whiffing on Foul Emissary, buying back Foul Emissary with Grapple with the Past and whiffing again while I kept smashing in. Eventually he’s down to 13 or so cards in library and I’m guessing something like 7 of those are lands based on the contents of his board and graveyard. I’ve attacked a few times with Faithbearer Paladin and done some Abundant Maw’ing so I’ve gained a bunch of life. I feel like I’m a million miles ahead.

Then he casts Emrakul, the Promised End.

When he steals my next turn, my hand is Murderous Compulsion, Haunted Dead, Abundant Maw and a land. He eats some of my guys in combat and then casts Murderous Compulsion on my Accursed Witch. He also emerges the Abundant Maw by sacrificing my Faithbearer Paladin.

While the Murderous Compulsion was my only in-hand answer to Emrakul (I could still hope to draw Choking Restraints) it was not really too devastating a sequence. I could survive two Emrakul attacks due to all the life I’d gained, while opponent’s life total was quite low and he was now on the Infectious Curse clock as well.

He did draw another blocker in the form of Swift Spinner but had to take at least one turn off of attacking with Emrakul so that he wouldn’t die on the backswing. I rebought Haunted Dead once, and also drew the lowly Rancid Rats.

Skulk!

I was able to make an attack that put him to 1 and passed the turn, he then died on his upkeep to the Infectious Curse. (3-0)

got 'em