Statistics for August – M15

Once again I tallied up the score for events played. This time it’s the August numbers, and that was not one of my better performances.

 

Win percentages

The numbers from August where:

Type Played Won Win percentage
Events 7 0 0,0%
Rounds 21 10 47,6%
Matches 54 28 51,9%

No events won, which is ok. I never participate in an event, and expect to win it. If I win it is just a nice surprise, since it drastically improves my Expected Value of the event. But losing more than half my rounds really gave food for thought. This ties into the statistics on the color distribution, but more on that later.

 

Color distribution

I also did some statistics on the deck color distribution and their individual win rates:

 Guild (Color) Wins Losses Rounds Win percentage
Blue 2 1 3 66,67%
Selesnya (WG) 4 6 10 40,00%
Golgari (BG) 4 4 8 50,00%

First off, the sample size on each color is relatively small, which makes any conclusions based on this quite uncertain. The numbers for blue (which is from alive draft) and BG are quite ok, but the WG combination just fell through for me. When I read Matt Costas article on how Team Pantheon dissected the M15 draft format, it gave me a wealth of information I wanted to try out, but I think I may have screwed up somewhere along the way. I think, and this is where I second guess myself, that I may have been forcing the Selesnya decks too much. This may be based off an assumption that they’d come through more often than not. I could have been building them wrong or just misevaluated their power level in general, but the fact of the matter is that I lost far more with those, than with any of the others. Of course I didn’t play much else 😉

Another thing I noticed is that my mood is directly linked to my win percentage in an event. This is something that I really need to work on, since no game should be worth getting pissed over.

 

Takeaways

– Don’t force too much. Look at all options a second time

– It’s not important to win, but to improve.

 

Until next time, take care 🙂

Statistics for July – Theros Block action

It’s been a while since my last post. A little too long not to have something new to write about 😀

 

At the beginning of July I started taking notes on how my performance was on MTGO. At the time I was playing only Phantom Sealed Theros Block events. I was doing ok, since my goal was to win more rounds and matches than I lost.

 

Win percentages

The numbers from July where:

Type Played Won Win percentage
Events 9 1 11,1%
Rounds 26 15 57,7%
Matches 60 34 56,7%

That at least shows me that I accomplished my aforementioned goal 🙂

 

Color distribution

I also did some statistics on the deck color distribution and their individual win rates:

 Guild (Color) Wins Losses Rounds Win percentage
Azorius (WU) 2 1 3 66,67%
Selesnya (WG) 1 1 2 50,00%
Izzet (UR) 3 3 6 50,00%
Simic (UG) 6 3 9 66,67%
Golgari (BG) 3 3 6 50,00%

The sample size may be too small to be able say anything conclusive about, but it does shed some light on how I’m performing. M15 has already been released and I’ll continue keeping track of the events I play.

 

Until next time, may your mana curve be smooth and efficient 😉

PTQ Post mortem

Hi again,

 

This is a follow up on my previous post. The PTQ in Aarhus is over and I feel it’s time to look back on how things shaped out for me.

 

With unlimited time and the intellect of a genius I guess anythings possible. Unfortunately I had neither, although I think less could have put me at the top.  In the end the result was not a ticket to the Pro Tour, since I went 4-4 on the day of the PTQ. The final result put me at a 49th place out of a 150 participants.

 

The pool

The pool contained the cards below. To begin with I built a midrange RB deck, but after losing my first three matches, I asked a friend and went into aggro. That helped 🙂

The final deck contained the following

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Creatures

1 Felhide Brawler

1 Pain Seer

1 Blood-Toll Harpy

1 Odunos River Trawler

1 Nyxborn Eidolon

1 Felhide Minotaur

1 Insatiable Harpy

1 Gray Merchant of Asphodel

1 Marshmist Titan

1 Cyclops of One-Eyed Pass

1 Everflame Eidolon

1 Nyxborn Rollicker

1 Minotaur Skullcleaver

1 Thunder Brute

1 Firedrinker Satyr

Spells

1 Pharika’s Cure

1 Read the Bones

1 Lash of the Whip

1 Sip of Hemlock

1 Bolt of Keranos

1 Fearsome Temper

1 Rage of Purphoros

1 Magma Jet

Lands

1 Unknown Shores

9 Swamps

7 Mountains

Sideboard

1 Servant of Tymaret

1 Cavern Lampad

1 Warchanter of Mogis

1 Marshmist Titan

1 Spearpoint Oread

1 Read the Bones

2 Rise to the Challenge

1 Portent of Betrayal

1 Siren of the Fanged Coast

1 Nimbus Naiad

1 Chorus of the Tides

1 Divination

1 Vortex Elemental

2 Retraction Helix

1 Artisan of Forms

1 Crypsis

1 Stratus Walk

1 Crackling Triton

1 Priest of Iroas

2 Loyal Pegasus

1 Nyxborn Shieldmate

1 Observant Alseid

1 Wingsteed Rider

1 Ray of Dissolution

1 Decorated Griffin

1 Fated Retribution

1 Hold at Bay

2 Last Breath

1 Great Hart

1 Vanquish the Foul

1 Ephara’s Radience

1 Forsaken Drifters

1 Weight of the Underworld

1 Drown in Sorrow

1 Medomai the Ageless

1 Ephara’s Enlightenment

1 Sealock Monster

1 Dissolve

1 Triton Shorethief

1 Gainsay

1 Lost in a Labyrinth

1 Evanescent Intellect

1 Thassa’s Rebuff

1 Nylea’s Disciple

1 Sedge Scorpion

1 Nessian Wilds Ravager

1 Pheres-Band Tromper

1 Swordwise Centaur

1 Satyr Hedonist

1 Fade into Antiquity

1 Time to Feed

1 Raised by Wolves

1 Satyr Piper

1 Hunt the Hunter

1 Defend the Hearth

1 Satyr Wayfinder

1 Guardian of Meletis

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When looking back I think I made a mistake when I constructed my deck. The cards to take it towards aggro where there, but I missed it and went into some midrange solution. The deck tried to do two different things, which I’m not interested in in general. I believe that the more uniform a decks plan is, the better it will perform.

Game plan: March – April

Hi,

As I’m preparing for the next PTQ I want to partake in, I decided to draft a plan for how to do this. The goal is clear: PTQ 13th of April @ Hotel Scandic Aarhus.

Program

To increase my chances a lot of practice is needed and that practice needs to be structured, since my time is limited. A brief outline goes something like this: I want to do

  • 2-3 Sealed events on MTGO per week (the 8 player kind of approx. 3 hours per event)
  • After each Sealed event, I’ll build 5 decks of the different archetypes or color combinations and
  • Play them against each other in a best-of-3 or something similar
  • Track (some of) the results from the events and the deckbuilding
  • Read articles and listen to podcasts to level up my game
  • Get into the winner mindset.

The program is of course dependent on me being able to invest the required number of hours. If not, I’ll start by cutting down on the post event deckbuilding and playing.

 

LR podcasts prioritized

I would like to relisten to the following podcasts. They’re approx. 20 hours total.

Limited Resources 211 – Technical Play
Limited Resources 214 – Common Mistakes
Limited Resources 208 – Entering the Arena with Noah Weil
Limited Resources 218 – Born of the Gods Rules and Mechanics with Judge Joe Bono
Limited Resources 210 – Sealed Deck
Limited Resources 203 – Theros Rules and Mechanics With Judge Joe Bono
Limited Resources 185 – Sideboard Strategy with Brian Wong
Limited Resources 216 – How to Beat Down
Limited Resources 184 – Card Evaluation With Brian Wong
Limited Resources 189 – Mana Bases
Limited Resources 198 – Brian Wong Level-Ups

The benefit of doing this is two fold; 1. I get more knowledge about tournament play and rules knowledge and 2. it helps me get into the mindset.

 

Open questions

A set of questions arose when I did this post. I hope I’ll find some answers along the road to the PTQ.

  • How do I QA the deckbuilding and technical play?
  • How do I ensure that I’m rested? Lack of sleep severely hampers my performance
  • Which articles do I need to read up on?
  • Which archetypes are there in the format? http://www.gatheringmagic.com/jacobvanlunen-012414-the-archetypes-of-theros-limited/