After working like a horse during my internship it was time to play
some Magic again. Duelmen is to far away to be reached easily from
where I live at the moment, so I decided to give the monthly tournament
at Karlsruhe a try. I do not have much time for Magic in general at the
moment, so I decided to go with a deck I’ve been playing for some time
now and which I played successfully at a small Type 1 side-event at GP
Vienna: MeanDeath. One might argue that this is not a deck one should
play when being a bit off lately, but I felt comfortable with it. After
looking through some recent T8 decklists from Karlsruhe I decided to
make some minor changes to both the Maindeck and Sideboard. Final
advise for the Sideboard came from Kim Kluck (thanks again!).
Here is the list I finally took to the tournament:
2 Forbidden Orchard
4 City of Brass
4 Gemstone Mine
1 Tolarian Acedemy
1 Black Lotus
1 Chrome Mox
1 Lion’s Eye Diamond
1 Lotus Petal
1 Mox Diamond
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
1 Memory Jar
1 Sol Ring
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Mind’s Desire
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Time Walk
4 Dark Ritual
4 Death Wish
1 Demonic Consultation
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Yawgmoth’s Bargain
1 Burning Wish
1 Wheel of Fortune
2 Elvish Spirit Guide
3 Xantid Swarm
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Hull Breach
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Time Spiral
2 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Tendril’s of Agony
1 Yawgmoth’s Will
1 Darksteel Colossus
Kim argued that you want to play some solid draw when faced with a
control deck and convinced me to try out a pair of Thirst for Knowledge
in the board.
Red Elemental Blast was also a last minute choice.
Now on to a short report.
Markus Quandt - Oath
He starts with a fetchland and passes the turn. I play a turn 1
Duress and see nothing of relevance despite a Mana Drain which I take.
He drops another Flooded Strand and passes again. In my turn I play
Ritual, Duress, Tinker for Memory jar and kill him with Tendrils.
Knowing what he is playing because of the Drain and a Forbidden
Orchard I board in 3 Swarms and 1 Red Elemental Blast for Death Wish,
Hurkyl’s Recall, Rebuild and Mox Diamond.
My early Demonic Tutor catches a Counter of him. I later drop a
Swarm, he has no Oath, I attack him Wish for Yawgmoth’s Win and combo
Marco Weber – Control with Crucible Kombo
He starts with a lot of Brainstorming, but does not find much mana
despite a Fetchland, Ruby and LoA when he is down to 4 cards. He
finally manages to play Demonic Tutor. I try to Wish, but he plays
Ancestral Recall in Response and has a Force of Will. He then drops a
Fastbond and I am becoming aware of something ugly… I then start to
combo, playing Mana Crypt, LED, Dark Ritual and Hurkyl’s Recall
targeting me, but which he counters. With plenty of Mana I then cast
Burning Wish for Tendrils and burn him for exactly 14 life he is on as
a result of Fetching and Forcing.
Again 3 Swarms and 1 Red Elemental Blast come in.
He opts to start and drops some fast Mana. My hand is mediocre but
I decided to keep it because of Mystical Tutor and Brainstorm. He
counters the Mystical, and the Brainstorm reveals nothing of relevance.
He the drops and activates Jester’s Cap – removing my lone MD Tendrils,
Burning Wish and a Deatch Wish, leaving only 2 Death Wish for winning!
Two of his wastelands then take care of my Mana, but only after I am
able to drop a Swarm. He mourns and tells me he boarded out his Swords
to Plowshares… but he solves that problem with Cunning Wish. I play
Burning wish for Hull Breach in my next turn, but he just smiles and
plays another Cunning Wish, getting Blue Elemental Blast. I scoop when
he Tinkers out Darksteel Colossus. And shows me 1another Force of Will
in his hand.
My hand is mediocre again, but I hesitate to mulligan because I am
on the start and do not want to fall back on cards too far. My
Brainstorms are shitty again while my opponent proceeds to drop his
tutored-for Fastbond, Zuran Orb and Crucible, going up to 100,000 life.
He drops a Future Sight one turn later, but I want him to kill me
actively because time is called. He finds a Cunning Wish and forces me
to draw 100 cards.
Peter Sieb – RG Beats
He drops some early dudes like Mox Monkey and Kird Ape and beats me down to 14 before I combo him out.
He drops a first turn Shaman again, while I ritual out a first turn
Necropotence and draw 6 additional cards. I decide to Tendril him for
14 to buy some time because his men where of better quality this time
and he also drew some burn. I take another 7 new cards and kill him via
Burning Wish for Will.
Oliver Salten – powered Goblins with Ankh of Mishra and Pyrostatic Pillar
Our decks got checked and we get 12 minutes additional time. No comment on this…
My first turn Duress gets a Pillar from him. He lays a Gorilla
Shaman and passes the turn. On my turn I play Land + Sapphire, double
Dark Ritual, Sol Ring and Timetwister with BBB floating. I am only able
to play Mana Vault and pass the turn. He then lay Black Lotus, saccs
for RRR, casts Lackey + Reckless Charge and attacks. Good for me forgot
to play his Pyrostatic Pillar before the attack so he takes mana burn
and only drops a Siege Gang Commander for the lackey’s ability. In my
turn I proceed to play Mind’s Desire for 6, netting me all cards I need
to finish him.
I board out Hurkyl’s Recall for Darksteel Colossus.
He starts with Ancient Tomb, Mox Diamond and Mana Crpyt and plays
Ankh of Mishra and Pyrostatic Pillar! To be honest, Pillar is a card I
personally fear more than Trinisphere when playing this deck… Those two
cards weren’t too bad, but my opponent topdecks Black Vice, Forcing me
to drop some landy and playing some spells to empty my hand a bit. I
hope him to die by his own crypt, but he has a Gorilla Shaman eating
the dangerous Sol Ring and I scoop the game on 6 life.
I Duress him and see a relatively slow hand of him with only a
Pyrostaic Pillar which could get dangerous, so he doe not need it. My
opponent draws, smiles and proceeds to play Lotus + Ancient Tomb and
drops Siege Gang Commander. Ups. My hand is not good enough for that
and I hope to get something useful from a Mind’s Desire for 3 I manage
to play. Mind’s Desire reveals ESG, Duress and Dark Ritual. I play the
ESG for blocking purposes and Duress a Reckless Charge off him. After I
exchange the ESG with the Commander he drops a Mogg Fanatic, Gorilla
Shaman and Blood Moon. Enough is enough
Sebastian Georges – Goblins with Ankh
Look at my starting hand: Black Lotus, LED, Lotus Petal, Dark Ritual, Mind’s Desire, Death Wish, Gemstone Mine.
Do I need to say more? Mind’s Desire for 13 after Death Wish for Yawgmoth’s Will does everything…
Again Darksteel Colossus comes in for Hurkyl’s Recall.
He starts with a first turn Mogg Fanatic while I play a first turn
Sol Ring. My Brainstorm the next turn nets me Mox Jet and Mana Vault,
which I Tinker away for Darksteel Colossus my next turn and which kills
a Piledriver of him during his attack. The Colossus then proceeds to
trample him do death.
Maik Hoffmann – TPS
I watched Maik playing before and he made some pretty bad mistakes,
which we discusses about. Nevertheless I hoped him to be
I start and Duress away his Yawgmoth’s Will. He draws, drops a Polluted Delta and passes the turn.
I decide to put some pressure on him since his hand did not contain
to any other spells of relevance but 2 Brainstorms, Mox Pearl and Black
Lotus and hardcast Elvish Spirit Guide. To be honest, my hand did not
leave me much better options. My opponent plays eot Vampiric Tutor,
draws and plays…Yawgmoth’s Bargain. But despite being tapped out he
tries to go off instead off refilling his hand and wait a turn. He
proceeds to draw 19 cards, mourns, drops and Island and 2 Moxes and
plays Timetwister. Then he scoops…
In come 2 Swarms and REB for Death Wish, Hurkyl’s Recall and Mox Diamond.
In my second turn I play Crypt, Emerald, Lotus Petal, a second land
and cast Mind’s Desire. When he play’s Force of Will I only ask him
which copy he wants to counter and slaps his own forehead… Mind’s
Desire nets me Xantid Swarm, Gemstone Mine and Necropotence…
I refill my hand with a lot of good stuff and finish him off after the insect’s attack.
In the end I placed 7th out of a comparably small field of 35
competitors. Nevertheless the field was of relative high
competitiveness and I met some guys I have not seen since they stopped
going to Duelmen because the price structure is getting worse and worse
The deck worked great most of the time. I am probably missing some
practice with it especially when it comes to mulliganing. The deck is
far from being a no-brainer, and playing it effectively starts long
before turn 1.
Cutting the Crop Rotation for Rebuild was a mistake for the
metagame, but the last tournaments had quite a lot of Mishra’s
Workshop, so I nevertheless think it was the right call.
Thirst for Knowledge is a nice idea for the Sideboard, but I
always rather wanted the Elemental blast to allow for a more aggressive
playing style and eventually upping the storm count. Thirst for
Knowledge will get the boot again, making room for Symplify and
possibly Naturalize. Orim’s Thunder would also be nice, but can not be
fetched with Burning Wish and is a bit expansive also.
I was not able to follow the discussions on TMD about this deck,
so maybe I missed some evolutional steps. I will try to do my reading
homework, but am nevertheless happy about any comments and
You can reach me under NOSPAMmemail@example.com
Have fun playing the game,
Geschrieben von Blitzbold