It’s Grand Prix time! In just a few hours I’ll be heading down to Oriole City to get my Magic on. Grand Prix weekends are totally awesome, and I HIGHLY recommend everyone attend at least one in their lifetime. It’s incredible to see 1200+ players in one event, and there are endless side events for all formats (limited and constructed) to jump into, if the main event isn’t your style. There are artists signing and altering cards (like the Sol Ring in my earlier post), and “famous people” like Magic R&D members can be interrogated over a match or two.
If you’re at the GP, be sure to pick up one of our INSANELY AWESOME t-shirts, modeled below by yours truly, for only $20!
By wearing this purple goodness, your misplays and mistakes will be automatically be absorbed by the shirt, so you’ll play perfectly all weekend! (not really, but you should still get one anyway!)
I’ll be Twittering, or Tweeting, or whatever it’s called, all weekend from my Twitter account @badmagicplayer (you can also follow the feed on the main page over to the right). Among my general observations, I’ll be tweeting how I’m doing in the main event, which will surely involve some misplays and punts. After all, I am a BadMagicPlayer!
What am I playing, you ask? Well I’ve been a big fan of mono-green aggro lately, equipping some mana dorks with swords and hitting heavy with Dungrove Elders. But something was missing to balance out the deck, and I think I’ve figured it out…adding Red!
Huntmaster of the Fells seems way too good to not be played right now, and I also have a sadface when my Daybreak Rangers flipped without a Birds of Paradise available to activate the fight ability. Dungrove Elders, while really good in the long game, just don’t equal the power of Huntmaster’s awesome card advantage and consistent activations of the flipped Ranger’s ability.
Also, adding red allows for a few Kessig Wolf Runs to be dropped in, giving my deck the ability to get those final points of damage in against any deck, instead of relying solely on Bellowing Tanglewurm or Sword of War and Peace.
Here’s the list I’m currently content with playing this weekend:
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Strangleroot Geist
3 Huntmaster of the Fells
3 Daybreak Ranger
1 Thrun, the Last Troll
1 Bellowing Tanglewurm
1 Acidic Slime
4 Green Sun’s Zenith
3 Phyrexian Metamorph
4 Sword of War and Peace
4 Garruk Relentless Sideboard
4 Corrosive Gale
Land 3 Act of Aggression
4 Copperline Gorge 3 Surgical Extraction
4 Rootbound Crag 1 Viridian Corruptor
2 Kessig Wolf Run 2 Naturalize
14 Forest 2 Sword of Feast and Famine
I could also see myself throwing in a couple Dismember somewhere in here, since they are good at removing other Huntmaster of the Fells and help to deal with the spirit lord that has become very popular. I would likely lose a Garruk and a Strangleroot Geist for 2 Dismembers.
I want to thank Todd Maddock, recent Pro Tour Hawaii competitor (an interview is forthcoming!), and Cardstomp.com, a brand new epic online Magic shop, for providing me with the cards to compete this weekend! You guys are awesome!
What is that I hear in the distance…..(skip to :30 for best results)
It’s quite possible I’ll be audibling to 5 Dollar Goblins instead! I made a friendly wager that if my friends pay my entry fee for the main event, I’ll play the deck. Well, they’re pretty close to coming up with the money, so it’s quite possible that this list I wrote about earlier will be in my hands starting Round 1.
It would be hilarious if magical fairy land happened and I actually did well with this crappy deck. I think if I went 6-0 or something I’d get punched by my opponents when they lost to Goblin Fireslinger and Goblin Grenade. Oh the humanity! Or should I say, the Goblinity!
Check in with my twitter feed tomorrow morning to see which deck I get stuck with – green/red aggro, or 5 Dollar Goblins!