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By: JXClaytor, Joshua Claytor
Jun 16 2016 12:00pm
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I took all of April of 2008 off of Magic, which made me really proud, because well, taking time off from the game not only let me recharge a bit, but it also allowed me to prepare for finals that would be going on that month.  I still playtested, because I really wanted to be prepared for PTQs that season.  If you recall from the last article, I wanted to qualify for Pro Tour Berlin badly. 

I missed the Shadowmoor prerelease, which was fine, I needed to save cash for traveling to qualifiers.  There were not many in the area, and instead of playing in Grand Prix Indianapolis that season, I decided to play in the PTQ that weekend at the Grand Prix.  I was not prepared for Sealed deck, and did not want to be away for as long. 

I did find out that the street my house is on leads directly to city though, which was kinda neat.  It was also kinda bad, because of speed limits, a 2 hour trip took 5.  I did get to see a turkey hanging out in the middle of the road though! 

So I'm ready to take down this PTQ.  Everyone is playing Kithkin, Faeries, or Elementals.  Not me.  I'm much cooler than falling in with the crowd. 

I played Merfolk. 

In the long long ago, when I tricked people that I was good at Magic, I had this knack of finding decks that could attack the metagame.  I had a UR Rorix Bladewing deck for Onslaught Block constructed.  It was incredible against Veggies, Goblins, and Slide.  It was incredibly awful against Beasts.  I was a huge underdog against Beasts with the deck, but because it did so well against everything else in the format, I ran with it.  It was a sea of Beast decks all around me, but I was playing against the rest of the field.  I managed to 4-1 before meeting up with Sam Stoddard in round 6.  I had no idea what he was playing, but when a player better than me offered me a draw, I decided to take it. 

He was on Beasts.  My win and in next round I managed to fade Beasts again, and made the top eight, before losing to Andy Stokinger, who you guessed it, was on Beasts! 

I did the same thing for Grand Prix Atlanta, where everyone was playing Madness, Goblin Bidding, or Mirari's Wake.  I played a solid Reanimator deck that just came in under the radar. 

I love netdecking, and think it is great for the game.  It allowed me to look at the format and come up with very specific answers to the questions other players were asking. 

Merfolk was a lot like the UR Rorix Deck.  It had a great matchup with Kithkin, was great against Elementals, but got stomped against Faeries.  Again I charged into the breach with a deck that was an underdog to the most popular deck in the field. 

Berlin would have to wait, as my fishy friends ran into Faeries in rounds two and four, and it was back to the drawing board for me.  As luck would have it though, the last PTQ of the season would be only remaining chance, as I had a travel rule at the time.  I was not driving more than 8 hours away for a PTQ, despite how badly I wanted it. 

So outside of the PTQ at Grand Prix Indy, I played in three other events before Eventide was prereleasing, I was really enjoying how life was going.  Married and Dad life was pretty cool! 

Let's get to the draft, as I never drafted Shadowmoor, I was told by none other than Rick Longo that I was in for a treat, and he was correct!  This format so far has been a lot of fun!  I've drafted it three times since MTGO came back online, and have went Mono White all three times. The hybrid mana is super cool and taking stuff like Safehold Duo without a Green splash is possible because of Hybrid. 

I dislike the Untap mechanic, Conspire is neat, and Persist is one of my favorite mechanics.  Wither is meh.  I could take or leave it.  This set seemed needlessly complicated, and I can imagine how intimidating it was for newer players. 

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Here is the deck that I played


Here are the videos. 

 

Windbrisk Raptor was a revelation!  What a huge swingy flying threat!  Worldpurge almost made the cut, but I wisely decided against it.   My plan was basically a Blue White flying deck, but you know, without the blue mana!  It worked out well enough to keep me up until 7am to continue drafting the format!  Rick was right, this is quite the treat! 

Next week we add Eventide to the mix, and we'll see how the quest for Berlin ended up. 

Thanks for checking out the article, and good luck in your queues! 
 

4 Comments

Ha, glad you enjoyed it! And by ricklongo at Thu, 06/16/2016 - 20:09
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Ha, glad you enjoyed it! And you even managed to be on my favorite archetype, monowhite, without me even saying anything! :D

I can see myself splitting all of my gaming time this weekend between Shadowmoor and Eternal Masters. Should be fun!

I ended up doing 8 shadowmoor by JXClaytor at Thu, 06/16/2016 - 22:32
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I ended up doing 8 shadowmoor drafts from midnight to the time I passed out at my computer chair. I if I did not have so many things going on today, I would still be doing them.

Yet, I can't pinpoint what by JXClaytor at Thu, 06/16/2016 - 22:32
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Yet, I can't pinpoint what makes this so much fun for me. I really can't.

Hybrid mana, nostalgia and a by Paul Leicht at Thu, 06/16/2016 - 22:46
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Hybrid mana, nostalgia and a well balanced draft set? (Or well imbalanced?)