With the deck sleeved and D20’s in pocket I set off to Ace Comics & Games Annerley. Friday Night Magic had a fantastic turnout with three draft pools going, and with a substantial number of standard players, the competition was fierce. Modern, Commander, trading, and even sealed were all part of the fun. I even picked up a couple of older dragons for my collection between rounds. After the games were over I managed to catch up with some of the winners of the night.
Pratik, 1st Place, Reanimator
So first up congrats on the win, what deck did you play tonight?
Pratik: I played four colour Reanimator
So Renanimator, obviously a known archetype doing quite well at the moment, what made you want to play it in this meta, and what adjustments have you made to the deck?
Pratik: Basically I noticed over the past few weeks a bant flash deck has been winning, so to beat that, well to beat all the control decks I wanted to play four “Sire of insanity” main deck. Just all in aggressive, 8x mana dorks, 4x Sire, 4x angel of serenity, 4x craterhoof, all on 21 lands.
Oh wow really? I don’t think I have seen Reanimator dip below 23 lands.
Pratik: Yeah only 21 lands, but that’s because the only spells I played were, 4x faithless looting, 4x mulch, 4x grizzly salvage, so I am able to maximise the mana that I do have every turn.
So what is your favourite card in the deck? You have brought up Sire a number of times is that something you splashed for?
Pratik: Yeah definitely, Sire of Insanity is probably the best card in the deck; it’s the card that allows me to get out of all the tough spots. Whenever I am losing, I play Sire and we both discard our hands. Whenever we have empty hands I will always come out ahead, because almost all of my cards have flashback.
So how did your games go tonight, any notable matches?
Pratik: I played against Aristocrats round one, which I thought was a bad match up, but I basically just got out Angel of Serenity as early as possible, they then have to use their removal to get their creatures back from the angel, play Sire while all their creatures are back in their hand and they have to discard them.
There is a lot of discussion and hyperbole surrounding the new Legend’s rule, what do you think of it?
Pratik: I guess it is more interesting to me, especially when it comes to planeswalkers, which I love to play. Just the thought of playing Liliana; usually you use her to edict, and then your opponent ignores her because they expect you to have to discard before you can edict again, so they let her live for the turn. So you can edict her, next turn tick her up one and discard, play another Liliana and edict again, which would be pretty cool!
Well Thank you for your time, and again congratulations on the win.
Due to the number of standard players there were actually two winners for night, the other one being Barnet playing Naya Midrange, his interview is posted as audio just below in the sound cloud link.
Barnet enjoying the spoils of victory
2x Aurelia the Warleader
4x Boros Reckoner
4x Avacyn’s Pilgram
1x Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
4x Huntmaster of the Fells
4x Restoration Angel
2x Ruric Thar, the Unbowed
3x Mizzium Mortars
4x Searing Spear
1x Garruk, Primal Hunter
2x Cavern of Souls
2x Clifftop Retreat
2x Kessig Wolf Run
4x Rootbound Crag
2x Sacred Foundry
4x Stomping Ground
3x Sunpetal Grove
4x Temple Garden
1x Garruk, Primal Hunter
4x Loxodon Smiter
1x Oblivion Ring
1x Pithing Needle
2x Rest in Peace
2x Selesnya Charm
4x Voice of Resurgence