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Blitzbold @ Dülmen Februar 2004

After missing the January Dülmen tournament because of examinations at university I wanted to be well-prepared for the one in February. Unfortunately, I was not able to gather the people of my play-test circle as a whole even once all the time and was therefore only able to playtest on Friday evening before the tournament. I knew I would not be able to play my own version of MaskNought this time after a friend of mine sold his play set in January and I still only have three Illusionary Masks on my own. (If anyone has a spare one, don’t bother to mail me... )

I thought that it was time to play my Mana Drains in a tournament and not being a fan of Keeper I decided to play Hulk. I tinkered with various versions, ranging from the mana denial version including five Strip Effects, Shamans and Stifles to the B2B versions. Finally the latest Hulk-version by Smennen, which is discussed at length over there at www.TheManaDrain.com, caught my eye. I modified the maindeck and sideboard a little bit, and after the latest modifications at the tourney side this is the deck I finally played:

4 Force of Will
4 Mana Drain
4 Accumulated Knowledge
4 Brainstorm
3 Cunning Wish
2 Intuition
1 Deep Analysis
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Gush
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Time Walk

3 Duress
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Mind Twist
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Yawgmoth’s Will

3 Psychatog
1 Pernicious Deed

1 Black Lotus
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Library of Alexandria
4 Polluted Delta
4 Underground Sea
3 Tropical Island
2 Volcanic Island
2 Island

1 Berserk
1 Crumble
1 Artifact Mutation
3 Red Elemental Blast
1 Rack and Ruin
1 Fire / Ice
1 Blue Elemental Blast
3 Coffin Purge
1 Perish
1 Pernicious Deed
1 Deep Analysis

Especially the Perish in the sideboard seems to be somewhat odd, but given the high number of green creatures in the January T8 I looked for a way to deal with those hordes. I finally found it in the SB of my SuiBlack, and it is especially nice against Troll Ascetic and Nimble Mongoose. Though Pernicious Deed serves the same role, I also wanted an answer for Arrogant Wurms which was as fast as their Madness cost. Blowing up Arrogant Wurms with a Deed requires five mana...

Round 1
Bernhard Kager, BelcherGoblin

I lost 2 games in a row being badly mana flooded. Ancestral Recall revealing Delta, Mox, Tropical Island is not funny when you already have 5 Mana in play and a Piledriver beats you down. I have to admit though, that I made a bad mistake in game 2 when I failed to counter his third turn Seething Song – I was after his combo parts, but he just played Goblin Warchief, Piledriver (costing R) and had R left for his Elemental Blast, countering my Mana Drain for the Piledriver  .
Additionally, a Psychatog is extremely bad at blocking Piledrivers. I think this is a deck which has to be in our testing gauntlet for the next time. I hate loosing to tiny little red men.

0-1, 0 points

Round 2
Xxx, Mono-U

His deck turned out to be random blue cards including Control Magic and the like. He did not have any Force of Wills and even used Myrs for Mana Acceleration. In both games I mana drained a big spell of his (Treachery / Control Magic), followed by a Mind Twist for his whole hand. Berserked Togs sealed both games quickly afterwards.

1-1, 3 points

Round 3
Philip Stirm, UW Landstill

Philip belongs to the wider circle of my play-test group and we therefore IDed. I bet him 4 games in a row without sideboarding, though.
1-1-1, 4 points

Round 4
Jan Gockeln, WUbr Vengeur Mask

I played first and tried a Duress, which he Forced pitching another Force of Will. I assumed him to hold important cards and played Mox Jet and Vampiric Tutor for Pernicious Deed.
I Mana Drained his 2nd turn Wall of Roots, allowing me to draw more cards with Deep Analysis in my turn. He then played another Wall in his turn, followed by a Survival of the Fittest and a Birds of Paradise. I topdecked Mana Crypt, allowing me to play Pernicious Deed and blowing the world for two. By using the mana provided by the Wall he was able to use his SotF once, fetching Squee.
One or two turns later I laid a Psychatog, which he began to block repeatedly with the nasty Goblin. Another turn later I drew an Intuition which I played to reveal Cunning Wish, Deep Analysis and Accumulated Knowledge to him (one Knowledge was already in the grave). I got the DA, which gave me another Cunning Wish and Hulk finished him.
Beeing a little bit scared because of Phage I boarded 1 Coffin Purge and 1 Pernicious Deed for 1 Cunning Wish and 1 Deep Analysis.
In the second game he mulliganed to six and started with an unspectacular “Tropical Island – go.” I fetched an Underground Sea, laid Black Lotus and Mind Twisted him for 3, effectively shooting him out of the game. He conceded some turns later when I used a Deed to blow up the world, leaving him with no hand cards and only two lands in play.

2-1-1, 7 points

Round 5
Kim Kluck, B2B Hulk

The whole Team CAB played B2B Hulk, which I think is far superior in the mirror match, especially against a 4-color Deck.
My notes are only reasonably for the first game, hopefully Kim made better ones.
In the first game, after Kim having the better start and an early Psychatog repeatedly attacking me for one, he only drew mana. I shot his Tog with a wished-for REB, but he played a second one. Some turns later he conceded to my juicy Yawgmoth’s Will, which he tried to counter but which I was able to protect with FoW.
I lost the second game to an early B2B + Strip Mine. This, combined with 3 Deep Analysis, gave him a huge edge.
I started the third game with a Duress, seeing a mana-light hand an 3 (!!) Back to Basics, a lone Mana Drain (I think). My hand consisted of some more Lands, Mana Drain and an Accumulated knowledge, so I decided to take one of the B2Bs, hoping to be able to counter the remaining ones. Unfortunately, on his turn Kim drew and played Black Lotus casting B2B. Bad luck for me...

2-2-1, 7 points

Round 6
Markus Seine, Vengeur-white

Markus started with Quirion Ranger, but was very mana light. I used Duress on my first turn to get a SotF from him, seeing nothing spectacular in his hand. I Mana Drained an Illusionary Mask of him while the Ranger kept beating me. I took another Mask from him with Duress. Some turns later I resolved Pernicious Deed, which cleared the board. I gushed into Yawgmoth’s Will during the end of his turn and he scooped after I replayed my lands, laid a Psychatog and played Yawg’s Win.
I sided the additional Pernicious Deed for one Duress and proceeded to game 2. This saw him laying 2nd turn Illusionary Mask, which I could not counter, followed by a mystery man with 2 mask counter. I drew some cards meanwhile, and he laid an additional critter face down with 3 counter. I tried to resolve a Pernicious Deed, but he countered by flipping Voidmage Apprentice over, so I played a Psychatog. With him having no opportunity to fetch a Phyrexian Dreadnought and me holding several cards, he told me to show him a Cunning Wish and he would concede. I showed him the one I was holding since the beginning of this game and that was it.

3-2-1, 10 points

Round 7
Daniel Kreutler, TnT

He started with Taiga, Emerald, Ruby, Pyrostatic Pillar. Oops. No good for me... The Pillar was the main reason I lost this one.
I was able to counter his early threads in game two, and laid double Psychatog to hold his eventual Tubbies at bay. After a Deed took a Survival and a Welder from him and a wished-for Rack and Ruin destroyed his freshly weldered Juggernaut he fell to a berserked Psychatog.
In game three he held a less then mediocre hand because of a Pyrostatic Pillar, which I was able to counter. I had an incredibly good starting hand and finished him off within only a few turns.

4-2-1, 13 points

So I went 23rd out of 95 players. Not that bad for a deck I haven’t really been testing with. Loosing to Goblins Round 1 still hurts, that deck has to be tested against. I expected loosing to the B2B Hulk, but I even had a shot at him. The missing two points for at least Top20 are the ones from the ID, but I would always do that again.

So long,

I am happy about any questions and comments, so feel free to mail me:
NOSPAMm-heiduk@gmx.de (you know the procedure...).

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