Last month I played my "new list" to a second place finish at Mythic Games. This month, I did the same exact thing. I've been playing in two local events a week with the deck as well as a bunch of games online and have been having a lot of success. I think for the time being that I've found the sweet-spot with the hybrid list (who knows how long that'll last for). Below you can find the deck list I played at the event.
- 4 Infernal Tutor
- 4 Brainstorm
- 4 Ponder
- 4 Gitaxian Probe
- 3 Cabal Therapy
- 3 Duress
- 3 Burning Wish
- 1 Empty the Warrens
- 1 Past in Flames
- 1 Ad Nauseam
I found that I wasn't getting enough value from my Xantid Swarms to make them worthwhile for the moment - they just weren't being used enough. I also found that with Past in Flames in the main deck, along with Empty the Warrens and the Ad Nauseam, that the second sideboard Massacre was simply too much revealed damage off of Ad Nauseam. I wanted a cheaper, cost efficient way of handling Sanctum Prelate (usually names two or four). Chain of Vapor does this while dealing with Sphere of Resistance effects, but isn't great against Chalice of the Void. In an ideal world, it would be a card that's great against Chalice of the Void, Sanctum Prelate and taxing effects - but that doesn't exist at the moment.
I've been having moderate success with Surgical Extraction, which helps with the common Reanimator match-ups online as well as the Storm mirror, Miracles, Dredge and plenty of others. I've been sideboarding it frequently, I'm pretty happy with this change.
Round one: **BYE**
Bye from finishing in the top 4 from the previous month.
0-0 | 1-0
Round two: Pat MaHoney with Burn
Sideboarding: -4 Gitaxian Probe, -1 Ad Nauseam, +2 Abrupt Decay, +2 Chain of Vapor, +1 Tendrils of Agony.
2-0 | 2-0
Round three: Alex Bianchi with Miracles
Sideboarding: - 4 Ponder, -2 Chrome Mox, -1 Empty the Warrens, +4 Abrupt Decay, +2 Surgical Extraction, +1 Tendrils of Agony.
4-0 | 3-0
Round four: Nick Cummings with Food Chain
Sideboarding: -1 Empty the Warrens, +1 Surgical Extraction.
6-1 | 4-0
Round five: Thomas Swan with Tezzerator
6-1-1 | 4-0-1
Round six: Eli Kassis with Miracles
6-1-2 | 4-0-2
Top eight: Nick Cummings with Food Chain
8-2-2 | 5-0-2
Top four: Zhu Zimu with 4c Chalice Loam
Sideboarding: - 4 Ponder, -2 Duress, +4 Abrupt Decay, +2 Chain of Vapor.
10-2-2 | 6-0-2
Finals: Lucas Barta with Eldrazi
Sideboarding: - 4 Ponder, +4 Abrupt Decay.
10-4-2 | 6-1-2
- Games: 10-4-2
- The Die Roll: 3-0
- Mulligans: 3
- Empty the Warrens Wins: 2
- Ad Nauseam Wins: 2
- Past in Flames Wins: 5
- Natural Storm Wins: 1
Honestly, I provided an abridged version of my day because my day wasn't worth describing in detail - I had it pretty easy. If you look at the numbers above, you'll see that I really abused Past in Flames against these slower decks on the day and then against the Chalice of the Void based decks I used Ad Nauseam and Empty the Warrens more.
I had a slight misplay in the finals game one that cost me the game, but lessoned learned – carefully examine things before you make an action. Even if it's been a long day.
This post is really here to provide an updated deck list as well as to show the continued success of the main deck Past in Flames and Cabal Ritual. If you missed it, Rodrigo Togores also went 5-0 in a MODO league with the deck.
Thanks for reading, feel free to drop me a message or ask a question using the contact form below. Any questions will likely be featured in an upcoming TES Mailbox article.
Can't wait to see everyone at GP:Louisville in January.
Until next time, keep storming!