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Call of the Wild

Here I am again, la la la. You're probably sick of hearing this opening. Let's try this again...

The sun shines bleakly on the Saskatchewan prairie, trying to melt those last few pockets of snow and ice hidden in the nooks and crannies of Regina's urbia. (There is no suburbia, Regina is just a pile of legos smacked in the middle of nowhere) It's amazing how trillions upon trillions of tons of imploding hydrogen nuclei can look pale and insignificant, but there it is, not even raising a shadow on the wall.

Meanwhile, the exhaust fan in the kitchen is sucking the stale air out of the apartment, and I can feel the cool, fresh air being sucked into the place on the top of my head. Which tells me in no uncertain terms that despite the wild appearance of my mane, it's thinning up there. Missy even joked about the 'bald spot I try to keep covered.' Huh? I have a bald spot? I feel around the top of my head, I can't feel scalp. I know my forehead keeps getting bigger all the time, and it's thinning, but I don't consider myself anywhere near the bald category.

She's on my mind a lot, these days, Missy. You have no idea how wonderful it feels lounging in jammies (or not) with someone my own age, with a very similar mindset, sipping coffee, consuming mass quantities, with no one under 50 in sight, or earshot! I'm so excited to pick up dog poop again, to finish cleaning up the deadwood, to hang more pictures; It's hard to explain.

A lot of you are probably thinking WTF is he talking about? That [REDACTED] ain't fun?! Some of you might get it. Sure, picking up dog poop stinks. I'm carrying around a bag of poop, filling it with more poop. There's no pooper-scooper, so I use rubber gloves. And I always miss one that ends up on the bottom of my boot. Cleaning the deadwood out of the trees is a pain, they haven't been done in years (decades?), and I'm only about a quarter of the way through. I always end up with sticks and bugs in my hair, and more than a few scratches on my arms and face. But when she comes out and lights up because the poop is gone, or gives me a big hug and grabs my tushie because the trees look so beautiful, it's so worth it.

My big project for the weekend (besides the poop), is the dog run leads. I tightened it up Boston's lead last time I was there, but I really want to get a good tension on it. I also want to put up the 2nd run, which is currently drooped all the way to the ground. That 2nd run can also be used a 'drapeline' to enclose the patio from prying eyes when I surprise her with a backyard fire in the firepit on Saturday.

Yes, you read that right. Saturday. I'm heading back out to those rolling grasslands Friday evening, arriving back home just around midnight. We're going to phone ahead when we're about 20 minutes out, so there's going to be food waiting on the table when I get there. Just like I try to spoil her, she tries to spoil me.

Blarg. As I was sitting here thinking what to write next, I ran my hand across my face. I left my razor at Missy's, and since I use an electric, I haven't shaved since I've been back in Regina; I have the beard thing going now. I'm not a very hirsute individual, I can count my chest hairs on one hand. With three weeks of growth, my face still looks scruffy, not like I'm growing a beard. I suppose it might (look like a beard instead of simply unshaven) if I shape it, but it usually take me about a month before my facial hair changes from scruffy to beardy. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to keep the beard or shave it off.

Anyway. The secret project I was mentioning last week is rolling right along, and falling into place nicely. Not that it's really much of a secret, but I'm not making any official announcements until April 20. This is the historic precedent for these types of announcements, and I am not going to vary from tradition. Well, maybe a little. You'll see. 

 

Overdrive!, which started on July 4th, 2011, is the original Modern format Player-Run Event! In fact, Overdrive! is even older than Modern, having started out as an event in the Overextended format. Overdrive! is a single elimination event: two men enter, one man leaves. Registration is done via Gatherling. You can find more information at the main event thread here

 

 

Overdrive! #177
Players: 8
Champion: Pulskas / RDW White Lightning
Runner up: deluxeicoff / Simic Infect
Decklists and results from all Overdrive! events can be found here.  

RDW White Lightning
Pulskas, Overdrive! #177 Champion
Creatures
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
4 Goblin Guide
1 Grim Lavamancer
4 Taylor Swiftspear
13 Creatures

Other Spells
4 Boros Charm
4 Lava Spike
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Lightning Helix
4 Rift Bolt
4 Searing Blaze
2 Shard Volley
4 Skullcrack
28 Other Spells
Lands
4 Arid Mesa
4 Bloodstained Mire
3 Mountain
3 Sacred Foundry
1 Stomping Ground
4 Wooded Foothills
19 Lands

Pulskas brought RDW White Lightning to the brouhaha, and burned out Izzet LD Tempo, Burning Zoo, and Simic Infect to emerge as Overdrive! #177 Champion.

deluxeicoff brought Simic Infect to the dance, and proceeded to infect RDW Burn and Abzan Midrange before falling to RDW White Lightning.

Simic Infect
deluxeicoff, Overdrive! #177 Runner-up
Creatures
2 Blight Mamba
4 Blighted Agent
4 Glistener Elf
4 Ichorclaw Myr
1 Necropede
3 Spellskite
18 Creatures

Other Spells
4 AEther Vial
1 Apostle's Blessing
4 Groundswell
4 Might of Old Krosa
3 Mutagenic Growth
4 Rancor
4 Vines of Vastwood
24 Other Spells
Lands
4 Breeding Pool
4 Forest
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Misty Rainforest
2 Pendelhaven
18 Lands

 

 Terra Incognita

It has been said of Modern: "The most important thing about Modern is [its] diversity. It's by and far the most open format right now, there are huge tracts of land no one has explored. It's the new frontier of competitive Magic.", and "The nice thing about Modern is that the format is very open. There's a lot of room to explore and find decks that can work".

To hammer home this point, here are maps from some recent explorations:

Jund
wildabeast49, 4-0 MODERN DAILY #8124912 ON 04/06/2015
Creatures
2 Huntmaster of the Fells
2 Kitchen Finks
2 Olivia Voldaren
2 Scavenging Ooze
4 Tarmogoyf
1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
1 Thundermaw Hellkite
14 Creatures

Planeswalkers
3 Liliana of the Veil
3 Planeswalkers

Other Spells
4 Abrupt Decay
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Maelstrom Pulse
2 Terminate
2 Thoughtseize
18 Other Spells
Lands
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
1 Blood Crypt
3 Bloodstained Mire
1 Fire-Lit Thicket
2 Forest
2 Overgrown Tomb
3 Raging Ravine
1 Stomping Ground
2 Swamp
1 Twilight Mire
2 Verdant Catacombs
2 Wooded Foothills
24 Lands

 

 

Tarmogoyf

 

 

Jeskai Geist
greatnate, 4-0 MODERN DAILY #8124912 ON 04/06/2015
Creatures
4 Geist of Saint Traft
3 Restoration Angel
4 Snapcaster Mage
1 Thundermaw Hellkite
3 Vendilion Clique
15 cards

Other Spells
1 Batterskull
2 Electrolyze
1 Forked Bolt
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
4 Path to Exile
4 Remand
20 Other Spells
Lands
2 Arid Mesa
4 Celestial Colonnade
3 Flooded Strand
2 Ghost Quarter
1 Hallowed Fountain
2 Island
1 Mountain
1 Plains
1 Sacred Foundry
3 Scalding Tarn
1 Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep
2 Steam Vents
2 Sulfur Falls
25 cards

Sideboard
1 Celestial Purge
2 Counterflux
2 Engineered Explosives
2 Kor Firewalker
1 Negate
2 Sower of Temptation
1 Spellskite
2 Valorous Stance
2 Wear // Tear
15 cards
Geist of Saint Traft

 

Well whaddaya know?

I haven't really looked at the decklists from the Dailies in quite a while, so when I took a glance and saw Jund back in the mix, I did a little happy dance. The last time I was paying attention to the Modern meta, Jund had fallen out of favor. It's nice to see that some things don't change. Much. Jund is one of those things.

I see that a few additions from Khans block made it into the deck; but then again, Tasigur has been showing up in a lot of Rock/Abzan decks.

Again, not a new deck, but our old buddy Geist, along with his gal-pal Angel, hanging out with Snappy, some fairies, and a dragon. What could possibly go wrong?

Not a whole lot, apparently, as this 4-0 finish attests.

Some interesting tech here in the manabase with Shinka. This nifty land gives a Legendary creature (such as Geist or Clique) first strike. This is not an insignificant thing!

Other than that, it's a pretty straight-forward Jeskai Geist deck.

 

 

 

 

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