I’ll be honest: Last night I wasn’t too happy with my playing. My deck was awesome, but I made several mistakes that I don’t feel like I should have made. I’m usually fairly aggressive when it comes to mulligans, but for some reason in my second match I spazzed and kept a pretty much unplayable hand. I also had several good cards in my sideboard that I kept being debating about putting in/ taking out. As a result I asked for advice when I probably could have trusted my gut. It didn’t cost me any games, but I realized I am getting to the point where my deck building is fairly strong, and getting advice from other players might not be the best idea anymore. Or if I do, I shouldn’t just take their word on things, I should think about it myself.
The deck listed here is the deck I ended the night with. At one point I had both Angelic Edicts in and Aerial Maneuver instead of the Executioner’s Swings. I also started the night playing the Shadow Alley Denizen over the Gutter Skulk, which I think I liked better. At one point someone suggested I should take out the Vizkopa Guidmage, and I actually did. Luckily, I didn’t lose the match I played without it, and as soon as I put it back in it won me a couple games — once you can pay for both abilities, it’s pretty powerful, especially when you give the 4/4 Angel from Urbis Protector lifelink. I wish I’d had a chance to cast Grisly Spectacle, but I never drew it. (That card is so good, most of the pros at the PTQ in Pittsburgh said it was the best card to open in a sealed tournament, and I got it really late in the draft!). The Merciless Eviction saved me from Assemble the Legion once, but the second time my opponent cast the Legion, I was not so lucky.
Overall, last night was fairly successful for me. I’m proud of my winning record (2nd week in a row going 3-2 and getting 14th place and this time I actually played for all three wins!), and I know my drafting skills have gotten a lot better, especially lately. Hopefully I keep getting better!
All for now,
What cards would you have played from my sideboard? Would you have changed anything?