MTG Game Days are a lot of fun. They tend to be a far more casual affair than other sanctioned events, and yet they are worth double the Planeswalker Points of a regular tournament. This tends to lead to a fairly diverse player base turning up to these things with the more serious and competitive players rubbing shoulders with newer or more casual players, and everyone having a good time.
Our regular Gauntlet Contributor – Kuso was originally going to cover this event but the silly chap not only tore a ligament while playing indoor soccer he then went and slipped down the stairs and twisted his knee. So, with a Tournament Organiser running the event and a casual staff member minding the till I was actually able to participate in the event AND cover it for BTGN.
Everyone having fun.
The event was Standard Constructed and run over four rounds. It was definitely a casual day, the event was scheduled to start at 1pm, however plenty of people where still chowing down on hamburgers from the fish and chip store next door, so the first round didn’t kick-off until about five past.
I was running a purely M14 block deck, based around the use of Path of Bravery and Angelic Accord. There is a bunch of white life-gain stuff in M14 which makes this very viable. Apart from two Path of Bravery I was running no other rares or mythics.
I managed to do alright, although nothing as spectacular as my last effort at the M14 pre-release. While I was in the bottom half, I was pretty happy with the fact that I had stolen a game and given trouble to a number of very competitive decks chock full of pricey rares and mythic’s. Ultimately I resulted with: 2-0, 1-2, 1-2, 0-2
Barnet (Left) Head Judge (and Rules Adviser) watches over a match in progress.
We had a little controversy during the day with our Head Judge, Barnet being called into action. Barnet is currently an official ‘Rules Adviser’ and is studying to take his Level 1 Judge soon. One player had allegedly scooped his cards (indicating a conceded match?) and then ‘unscooped’ them. To be honest I didn’t get all the details but ultimately (after much discussion) the decision was made for the player to lose the game as a result (He still went on to 2-1 the match).
A lot of people had banked on previous Game Day winners or some of Gauntlet’s more competitive players taking the day, such as Mike, Clarky or Little Chris. The big upset though was when Ben (of previous BTGN fame) claimed the playmat and the day. I think I can safely say there was a fair bit of surprise at this turn of events. Check out Ben’s decklist further down the article.
The top eight all snagged a special full-art Goblin Diplomats and everybody walked away with a special full-art Hive Stirrings which I know Rhys will put to good use (He has three decks – Sliver Legacy, Sliver Modern and Sliver Standard).
Overall the day was a success and I think everybody had a really good time. Onwards now to THEROS!
Winner of the day – Ben.
4x Blood Artist 2x Deathrite Shaman 4x Diregraf Ghoul 4x Dreg Mangler 4x Falkenrath Aristocrat 4x Geralf’s Messenger 4x Gravecrawler 4x Lotleth Troll
3x Tragic Slip
4x Blood Crypt 4x Dragonskull Summit 2x Kessig Wolf Run 4x Overgrown Tomb 5x Swamp 4x Woodland Cemetery
2x Dreadbore 1x Rakdos’s Return
2x Dreadbore 3x Duress 2x Golgari Charm 2x Rakdos’s Return 1x Rancor 2x Underworld Connections 3x Vampire Nighthawk