Today’s I’m a Bad Magic Player Series comes from a Daily Modern Event I played on Magic Online. I was testing out the recent American Scepter deck that won the last Online PTQ and Modern Premiere Event – it’s really quite a fun deck with lots of awesome Isochron Scepter + any awesome 2-cost instant like Lightning Helix action.
Just one flub tonight, but it was a big one. Remember, if you learn from my mistakes you won’t get caught being a badmagicplayer!
Think about the possibilities before you get greedy, greedy, greedy –
What is better than one Isochron Scepter with an imprinted Lightning Helix? Obviously TWO Isochron Scepters both imprinted with Lightning Helix! At least that’s what I thought in Round 2 of the event. My opponent started with a forest and Treetop Village and was stuck on those lands for a couple turns while I ran out the first Scepter/Helix machine. Then he played a mountain and passed the turn, and I ripped the second Scepter with the other Helix in hand. Thinking this must be some jank red/green deck I hadn’t seen on the PTQ/Premiere event decklists that just wasn’t getting started, I dropped the second machine and started slinging some awesome 12-pt life swings each turn….until he played Twilight Mire and quickly Maelstrom Pulse’d the Scepters……fail.
I had completely forgotten about one of the most frequently played decks in the format (and one I had alot of experience playing against when it was in Standard) and ignored the possibility that the Mountain and Forest were merely a Jund player experiencing the Grand Screw. I lost a game that would otherwise likely have been an easy win if I had just played one Scepter at a turn, and lost the match in a semi-close game 3. In other words, that screw up cost me the round. Doh!