Thursday, August 4, 2011

Draft Report - Jul 30, 2011

Group A

- Naka (RG Aggro) 3-0, 6-0
- Érico (RG Aggro) 2-1, 4-2
- Hugo (WG Control) 1-2, 2-4
- Lula (WU Control) 0-3, 0-6

Group B

- Mateus (BR Aggro-Midrange) 2-1, 5-3
- Vitinho (BG Aggro) 2-1, 4-2
- Jão (UB Control) 2-1, 4-3
- Kamila (UB Aggro-Control) 0-3, 1-6

Since we had 8 people, we split them in two groups. I'll post and comment the deck with the best performance of each group.

RG Aggro

7 Mountain
5 Forest
City of Brass
Treetop Village
Raging Ravine
Terramorphic Expanse

Goblin Patrol
Twinblade Slasher
Sylvan Safekeeper
Jackal Pup
Magus of the Scroll
Plated Geopede
Kavu Predator
Fauna Shaman
Ironclaw Orcs
Boggart Ram-Gang
Avalanche Riders
Phantom Centaur
Siege-Gang Commander

Lightning Bolt
Burst Lightning
Boar Umbra
Arc Lightning
Sulfuric Vortex
Pulse of the Forge

A very straightforward RG Beatdown list, with an aggressive creature curve (5-5-1-3-1) and efficient burn to remove blockers and provide range. Two gamebreaker enchantments that fit perfectly were used as finishers: Sulfuric Vortex and Manabarbs. Except for these enchantments (a tech that has been used before), the plan is the same as always: curving 1 and 2 mana creatures to put on pressure and keep it for as long as possible. Then, sit back and sling burn at the opponent.

This build was quite consistent but had the recurring problem of RG aggro - struggling against early defense and life gain. Since it burns its resources so quickly, it's easy for RG Beatdown to run out of fuel if they are not carefully managed. This list has a better than average "gas tank", though, falling back to Pulse of the Forge, Siege-Gang Commander, Fireslinger, Magus of the Scroll and Fauna Shaman after the first attacks have been performed.

BR Aggro-Midrange

7 Mountain
7 Swamp
Rakdos Carnarium
Akoum Refuge
Blackcleave Cliffs

Goblin Bushwhacker
Blood Knight
Dauthi Horror
Stigma Lasher
Phyrexian Rager
Dauthi Marauder
Tuktuk the Explorer
Vampire Nighthawk
Necrotic Ooze
Faceless Butcher
Rakka Mar
Fire Servant
Jiwari, the Earth Aflame
Ob Nixilis, the Fallen
Carnifex Demon

Kor Dirge
Chandra's Outrage

A simple yet very effective BR Aggro-Midrange deck made of 19/23 creatures and 4/23 removal spells - limited taken to its bare bones. The mana curve is high, peaking at 4 and 5, meaning the deck wins by attacking slowly and relentlessly, instead of overrunning the opponent with tempo like dedicated aggro decks.

As is usual of BR Midrange, a suite of 2-for-1s (Nekrataal and Shriekmaw) combined with must-remove threats (Ob Nixilis, the Fallen, Jiwari, the Earth Aflame, Fire Servant) grind down the opponent, forcing him to use 1-for-1 removal while you play your 2-for-1s. This strategy worked great against aggro, since it simply outclasses the aggro deck's creatures after the first assaults. Against classic control, though, the creature removal is not so effective, the most problematic threats will be countered, and, most importantly, mass or repeatable creature removal will be devastating.

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