In utter pain from fucking myself up by slipping on a train track, I wake up, exercise, drive to a train station and make my way to Osaka. Some friends ask. how I am, and that makes me feel a bit better, even though my knees are killing me.
I sit down for round one and here we go.
Round 1 - Esper (?) Spiritblade (?)
I question if this was Esper because I only saw Black mana sources but no Black cards. Game one I get a turn three kill with them only showing some Aether Vials. Game two I mulligan to six with one land and some cantrips, but they go too fast and I don’t see land two. Game three I fucked up. It’s my turn. I have Baral out, extra Baral in hand. I cast Manamorphose and end up with an Echoing Truth in hand. I cantrip again into nothing, so I cast the Echoing Truth, hoping to bounce his two Vials. I get hit with Force of Negation. Really, since my cantrips were instant speed, I should have responded to the triggers with the bouncing. It snowballed from there and a Spirt Queller carrying a Sword of Fire and Ice does me in. It’s easy to forget new cards. 1-2 and I’m 0-1.
Round 2 - 8Rack
Yup. 8Rack. My opponent was a friendly guy who tore apart my hand and killed me with The Rack before I could do anything. Well, game two he died to an Aria of Flame, but game three he was too fast. Storm needs cards to win. 1-2 and I’m 0-2.
Round 3 - Burn
He plays a Swiftspear. I can feel myself squirm in my seat. He plays an Eidolon. Fuck. His turn four he swings, hits me with a Lava Spike and leaves one untapped. He does not kill my Electromancer. I dance around the Eidolon, building up enough storm to Grapeshot his board and then finish the combo. Game two he gets a Swiftspear and then plays Kor Firewalker. It did gain him a chunk of life, but I did not have the tools to make enough goblins soon enough to take the game. The third game, however, was almost exactly like the first. Only this time I felt more secure as he found himself stuck on one land. Burn, baby, burn. 2-1 and I’m 1-2.
Round 4 - Snow Saheeli
He leads off with a Snow-Covered Forest into an Arcum’s Astrolabe and I’m confused. Next turn comes a Snow-Covered Island and Stoneforge Mystic. Wait. Well, that’s Astrolabe for you. Teferi comes the next turn and things go downhill. I make some moves here and there but then he untaps, plays his sixth land, casts Felidar Guardian, blinks a land and casts Saheeli. He points to Teferi. Oh, I know, friend. I know. Game two I keep him off the combo for a while but don’t find the action I need to win. This felt like a betrayal. 0-2 and I’m 1-3
Round 5 - Bant Eldrazi
Game one I get a nice clean win on turn three but games two and three I am dominated by Thought-Knot Seer. I mean, Eldrazi Temple lets them hit on turn two thanks to a turn one Noble Hierarch. And when they get multiples? Yuck. My opponent did get a warning for casting one off of the Temple when they had a Damping Sphere out. It didn't matter because they could have just used the Hierarch as well, but I shouldn’t have missed it. We cannot win them all. 1-2 and I’m 1-4.
Round 6 - Bant Eldrazi
Haha! Revenge! Game one I mow down his field of double Noble Hierarch and Stoneforge Mystic, leaving him with one land and buying me enough time to combo. Game two he goes down to five cards and although he is able to drop a Thought-Knot Seer to take my Baral, my Serum Visions let me scry another one under a ritual, so after my opponent taps out to hit me with a Reality Smasher I am able to combo off for the win. We can win some of them. 2-0 and I’m 2-4.
Round 7 - Twiddle Storm
The first two turns make this seem like a potential mirror match until he cycles a Lonely Sandbar. I play it carefully and Remand some a cantrip of his to have enough cards to go off turn three. Game two I am holding a Remand again but he finds a Lotus Vale and gets out Niv-Mizzet, Parun. Whoops? I did have three bears at this point, however and managed to carefully stack it so I made a lot of mana with Past in Flames on the stack so that even if he wipes out my reducers I can do something. I find a Grapeshot, kill Niv-Mizzet, remand my Grapeshot and then finish him off. That required some fancy play. Winning doesn’t make me the smarter person. 2-0 and I’m 3-4.
Round 8 - UW Control
I felt like I played well most of the day, but this matchup always makes me feel like a dumbass when I get locked out. Geier Reach Sanitarium and Narset just locked me out of my draw step when I ended up being hellbent. That sucked. It sucked hard. I think I could have played this better, but in my defense I was tired, it was round eight, I wasn't playing for any prizes and my knees hurt. Fucking Narset, though. Losing doesn’t make me the dumber person. 0-2 and I’m 3-5.
Not a winning record, but I did win a fair number of games and I felt like I played fairly well. Modern is done for me for the foreseeable future, though. I don't think there are any more events until the end of the year MMM event. I only really felt bad about how I played versus UW control, but I can also barely remember that match so I'll just have to practice some more.
Definitely had fun and am glad that Storm is my deck of choice.