Oh no not my Blood Moon

This bike meme slays me. Maybe I’m a jerk, but as the guy in the comic says: whatever.

I made a version applicable to my own life situation:

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Blue-Black Barely

The format continues to stress me out, but I got a 6-3 with this blue-black deck:

I was 5-3 going into the 9th match, but I got there in game 3. Opponent gave me a Cancel off of a Sword-Point Diplomacy in the late game, which surprised me. When I cast it a couple turns later on his Charging Monstrosaur he said in the chat “I thought I exiled that?” I was like “Nope.” so maybe that was a misclick on his part that benefited me. Hey, I’ll take it, and MTGO shows the exiled cards and whatnot so *shrug*

My pool supported a few different “okay” decks that I employed in various situations. I had a mediocre green-white dinosaurs pile that I sided into against a bigger deck… and I got myself into this situation:

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The Definitive “Women in Magic” Thinkpiece

The topic of Women in Magic, specifically the question of why there are so few, has been a point of contention for essentially as long as organized play has existed. Every couple of years a new writer tries their hand at examining the issue. This time around we have a piece from Daniel Fournier and a response from Matt Sperling.

Agree or disagree with those pieces however you please but above all, fear not! I am here now to provide the definitive thinkpiece on the topic.

Here goes:

Chicks and dudes like different kinds of stuff.

And that’s okay.

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Finally got one, sheesh

I finally achieved a good result in an Ixalan Sealed League, after posting multiple 5-4’s, 4-5’s and even a 3-6! This sealed format sucks, I only keep playing it because my core love of Magic is so strong. (i.e. I am addicted)

Anyway, I went 7-2 with this red-white no-synergy deck, splashing black for Vona, Butcher of Magan.

I’m very happy to get a 7-2 with this pool. One match I lost was to a black-white vampires deck; I maybe blew myself out in a game by attacking into Bright Reprisal mana after working hard to stabilize against opponent’s wider board. In my defense, I had not yet seen a Bright Reprisal from him at that point in the match, but I know enough of the the cards in the set now that I could have noodled out “okay if he has Reprisal here I lose.” The other loss, I just got outdrawn and overpowered, no biggie there.

I’ve lost a lot to tribal/archetype decks, which is kind of why I don’t like the format. Pools that contain a tribal precon will beat up on non-synergistic “normal” sealed decks. Of course that’s just another type of variance but I think it widens the gaps between the good/better/best decks. In an average format, you can maneuver your “okay” deck to beat a “very good” deck but in Ixalan it sometimes feels like the opponent is playing a Modern Bogles deck against you.

Some single-card notes: I wouldn’t first-pick it or anything, but Tocatli Honor Guard was actually pretty great in multiple situations. Unless it’s really bad for my own deck’s ETB effects, I think I’ll always maindeck it when it’s in my pool and I’m playing white. It nerfed many Explore creatures and Imperial Aerosaurs, not to mention some rares like Rowdy Crew.

Thaumatic Compass was great; I had not previously played with or against it. Clearly it’s helpful if you’re splashing a color as I was here. It gives you a midgame mana sink until it flips and is obviously strong after turning into Maze of Ith.

I’ve had Sunbird’s Invocation in a couple of pools now and I’ve loved it. You have to find a turn where it’s safe to pay six for no immediate effect, but after that investment you’re in value town. Maybe I’ve just been lucky, but I think I’ve only whiffed on a Sunbird roll one time.

So, yeah, the format sucks but I’ll keep playing it at least a little bit because I’m a hopeless fiend.

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Suxalan Sealed

This is me after posting losing records in like six consecutive sealed leagues:

I accept responsibility, to a degree, for my poor performances but I think this sealed format kind of sucks.

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Our ride’s here!

You maybe had to be there for this, but trust me it was hilarious at the time.

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First tries at Ixalan Sealed

Did an Ixalan prerelease at the nearby LGS but pretty much pooped the bed, nothing interesting to report. I fared better in my first online sealed league, however, opening a strong red-white pool including a planeswalker:

I finished 7-2 so I was quite pleased with that. I think I punted one game/match but I’ll forgive myself. Random musings: I happened to face a lot of blue-green decks, like 7 or 8 of the 9 were? Something absurd like that. Probably just a weird variance thing. I mulled often, I thought my curve looked good but my losses came down to not hitting 5 lands and dying with powerful 5’s rotting in my hand. The conditional removal is funny – had multiple board states where opponents had several 3/x’s and I had Legion’s Judgment stinking up my hand. I never had the cajones to try playing Goring Ceratops even though I could kinda see it maybe fitting in the deck (i.e. haste it with Otepec Huntmaster).

The last game of the last round, I was far ahead on life total (opp was actually on 1 life for several turns) but we got into a stalemate on board and I couldn’t quite close it out. He got down a Fleet Swallower and attacked, getting a Traumatize effect. My immediate next topdeck was a Sure Strike for exactsies on a trampler through his blocker. I love a good results-oriented lul 😀

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