MTG Reporter – 1st PPTQ for 1st PT of 2016, 2nd Place [Edward Eng]

2nd place. Ugh. I'm ready for revenge at the next Modern PPTQ I attend. I love revenge. Who doesn't? Not against people, just against my performance.

Anyways, let's get on to a quick tourney report so you know what happened.

This is what I played.

Naya Burn - Edward Eng

Creatures (14)
4 Goblin Guide
2 Grim Lavamancer
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel

Spells (27)
4 Atarka's Command
4 Boros Charm
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Lightning Helix
3 Searing Blaze
2 Shard Volley
4 Lava Spike
4 Rift Bolt


Sideboard (15)
3 Kor Firewalker
2 Deflecting Palm
4 Destructive Revelry
2 Path to Exile
2 Rending Volley
2 Molten Rain

Round 1: W 2-0 vs. Bant Stuff (1-0)

Scavenging Ooze, Mystic Snake, Mana Leak, Snapcaster MagePath to Exile, and a bunch of other cards I didn't see. Pretty much streamrolled the deck.

Round 2: W 2-1 vs. Jund (2-0)

All close games. Played tight and right as normal. Pressured the board with creatures. Selective use of removal to clear the path. Finished with burn.

Round 3: L 1-2 vs. Merfolk (2-1)

Won game 1 pretty easily. Games 2 and 3 were pretty close. Lost the attrition battle. Combination of cheap/synergistic creatures supported by Monastery Siege, Aether Vial, Spellskite, and some countermagic was a little difficult to navigate.

Round 4: W 2-0 vs. Grixis Twin (3-1)

Opponent mulled to 5 game 1 and got stuck on lands. I won game two with Rending Volley.

Round 5: W 2-0 vs. Naya Burn (4-1)

We were both stuck on one land, but I eventually was able to better navigate the attrition battle backed by burn.

Top 4 Round 6: W 2-1 vs. Infect (5-1)

Game 1 was close. Won with Atarka's Command for exact damage before the crackback. Couldn't apply enough pressure or keep his creatures at bay in game 2. The opposite happened in game 3.

Finals Round 7: L 1-2 vs. Merfolk (5-2)

Rematch of round 3. Barely won game 1 on the back of Eidolon of the Great Revel. I misplayed in game 2 by not waiting for Aether Vial to have two counters before firing off Destructive Revelry; got blown out by Cursecatcher off Aether Vial. Lost the attrition battle. Lost game 3 to light mana and early Monastery Siege. The 'minor' misplay in game 2 costed me the game and match. Yuck.

Looking forward...

This is a decent deck. Tron and Bloom were in the finals of the recent SCG Columbus Invitational. That means a few things. There might be an uptick in popularity with these decks. Or people might play decks like Twin to beat those decks. If people play Twin, Burn is a decent option. Just be prepared to also beat Tron and Bloom if you play Burn. Molten Rain and Path to Exile are probably okay against Tron. Path to Exile and Destructive Revelry are probably good against Bloom.

Message me in the comments below or on social media if you have questions. Thanks.

Peace, love, and good games...

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