4 Noble Heirarch
4 Shardless Agent
4 Quasali Pridemage
4 Meddling Mage
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Trygon Predator
4 Force of Will
2 Spell Peirce
3 Stony Silence
4 Graffdiggers Cage
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Time Walk
3 Tropical Island
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Windswept Heath
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Black Lotus
4 Ravenous Trap
2 Trygon Predator
2 Path to Exile
1 Thrun the Last Troll
Brief List Discussion: I wasn't planning on playing when I arrived but had I been I would have played 2 ooze and 2 goyf I've found that the ooze is really important vs RUG delver and all too often Goyf is just a guy which isn't what this deck needs or wants. Thrun was something I've been trying for th e landstill match up.
Apologizes if the exact course of events aren't as described below. I did this all off memory and didn't have my notes handy.
Round 1 Sneak and Show 1-0 (2-0)
G1: My opponent is on the play. He lays Mox Sapphire and petal but no land and says something about not wanting to be wastelanded. I take my turn play a land and pass. My hand is FOW, Trygon, Daze, Pridemage, Meddling Mage, Waste, Fetch. On his turn he plays a land and show and tell. I force, he forces back, I daze. The show and tell is countered and he is left with one card in hand (After the match I find out it was Emrakul) I win a few turns later thanks to the waste and primage meddling mage beats.
G2: We trade lands for wastelands early. (I remember having 2 in my opener and drawing a third) On his second or third turn his board is Ruby, Sea, Island. he adds a Mana crypt and plays sneak attack and passes. On the following turn I play a stony silence to cut him off red and waste his sea. He never draws another red source and I soon have a meddling mage on show and tell.
Round 2. Justin with Bomberman (1-0-1)
G1: I end up locking him out of the combo with stony silence, but he goes aggro on me. The game ends with him having 2 Salvagers, 2 Trinket Mages, and 1 Aven Mindsencor in play. I donít see any Goyfs and my 2/2s arenít enough to stop the beats.
G2: He gets a little mana screwed early and to make it worse I keep drawing Pridemages. Which he always seems to have an STP for, but also has a mox in play at the time so while he makes the right play of STPing my pridemage its always a 2 for 1 in my favor. When he does lay a trinket mage or Mindsencor I have removal.
G3: We go back and forth trading removal for guys. I sneak in a noble heirach who does some work. I believe about 10 points of damage, at the end of 5 turns I have noble and he is on 2 life, I ask if my opponent would concede to me and he declines. Its perfectly understandable and I wouldnít have conceded at that point in the even either, but it never hurts to ask.
Round 3 Matt URB Bob Control (2-0-1)
I dont remember much about our games. And it turned out we would play again in the top 8 those are the matches I remeber much better. This was Mattís first vintage event, and it showed in the fact that he was completely amazed that I played daze. He was a great opponent and I know this will not be his first t8.
G1: I get early pressure and never really let go. I end up dazing a key spell.
G2: Early he had artifact mana and top. I baited with a meddling mage which was countered and then played a stony silence off a mox and a heirarch. I remember this game ending with me having 2x stony silence and a graffdiggers cage in play along with 4 creatures.
Round 4 Will Forgemaster Shops ( 3-0-1)
G1: He plays gets titan into play off Forgemaster.., GG
G2: I end up winning but donít remember the game.
G3: My hand is Land, Noble, Waste, Goyf Goyf Trygon Time Walk. I end up going turn 1 noble, turn 2 waste walk, turn 3 trygon, turn 4 trygon, then goyfs join the party. Will is stuck on mana early, but late he canít catch up with double trygon on the board with exalted, and goyfs on the ground.
Round 5 Mike RUG Delver (4-0-1)
A few months ago I would have drawn into the top 8, but Iím currently 2nd seed and would like to be 1st if I can so that I can be sure that Iím on the play. I figure at least I get to see another deck in the top 8.
G1: He keeps what would be a good hand with multiple lightning bolts. I however keep drawing creatures to replace the ones he is killing. A bystander later told me that he kept on drawing his MD artifact removal and lands.
G2: This game we both have creatures but I have the removal. After I clear away a few of his guys he proceeds to draw only lands for multiple turns in a row and my deck gets there.
It was a real shame to win the match this way. I believe his deck is strongly favored game 1 and pretty even afterward, but Matt would have his revenge.
T8 Rematch Matt URB Bob Control
Both games Matt plays a tutor and gets Ancestral Recall which I let resolve. Either game had he tutored for tinker instead it would have been quite a fight and Iím not sure I would have taken the match in 2 games.
G1: Long drawn out game with meddling mages and agents doing most of the work.
G2: He keeps an artifact mana heavy hand, but doesnít seem to have much to do with it early, but DT for Recall and fire it off. on my turn I play anoble heirarch with 1 active force and a daze. I accumulate 2/2s and the game ends with me having to double force a repeal aimed at my meddling mage on tinker. He is at a low life total. he plays time walk with the hope of drawing business but has to pass back and I get there with my little army.
T4 Rematch Mike RUG Delver
Mike gets his revenge. I pretty much get completely blown out by lightning bolts, delver flips, his goyfs to my lack of goyfs. I had been testing his deck for a few weeks prior to this event and definitely need to give it another look. Powerful creatures teamed with removal, counters and recursion is nothing to sneeze at people.
Props: Nick Detwiler and Nick Coss for running a great series of events. Mike Noble for designing a great deck that has gotten me to bubble one weekend and t4 the next. All of my opponents for being great players and gentlemen espeically Matt and Mike who I played twice each. The vintage community at large. I feel very welcome back after a little over a year off playing competitively and am glad to be competing again.
Slops: The LI Expressway for having crazy traffic no matter when you are driving on it.