Game plan: March – April


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.


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?

Sealed Tonight #2 – Theros

On the Sealed train again, in hopes of at least a single win. I got in the Phantom queue again and got the following card pool

1 Mistcutter Hydra
1 Nessian Asp
1 Nylea’s Emissary
1 Nessian Courser
1 Staunch-Hearted Warrior
1 Nemesis of Mortals
1 Pharika’s Mender
1 Keepsake Gorgon
1 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
1 Erebos’s Emissary
1 Cavern Lampad
1 Blood-Toll Harpy
1 Returned Phalanx
1 Polis Crusher
1 Baleful Eidolon
1 Spearpoint Oread
1 Purphoros’s Emissary

1 Sip of Hemlock
1 Lash of the Whip
1 Whip of Erebos
1 Read the Bones
1 Boon of Erebos
1 Titan’s Strength

1 Unknown Shores
9 Swamp
3 Mountain
4 Forest

1 Yoked Ox
1 Setessan Battle Priest
1 Triton Shorethief
1 Omenspeaker
1 Nimbus Naiad
1 Annul
1 Lost in a Labyrinth
1 Priest of Iroas
1 Deathbellow Raider
1 Bronze Sable
1 Fleetfeather Sandals
1 Ordeal of Heliod
1 Ordeal of Erebos
1 Last Breath
1 Felhide Minotaur
1 Triton Tactics
1 Dissolve
1 Agent of Horizons
1 Pyxis of Pandemonium
1 Scholar of Athreos
1 Aqueous Form
1 Silent Artisan
1 Coastline Chimera
1 Meletis Charlatan
1 Crackling Triton
1 Chronicler of Heroes
1 Vaporkin
1 Shredding Winds
1 Stymied Hopes
1 Demolish
1 Thassa’s Bounty
1 Witches’ Eye
1 Commune with the Gods
1 Hunt the Hunter
1 Glare of Heresy
1 Peak Eruption
1 Ephara’s Warden
1 Boon of Erebos
1 March of the Returned
2 Vulpine Goliath
1 Spark Jolt
1 Hopeful Eidolon
1 Arena Athlete
1 Chosen by Heliod
1 Battlewise Valor
1 Anax and Cymede
2 Two-Headed Cerberus
2 Minotaur Skullcleaver
2 Wingsteed Rider
2 Dauntless Onslaught
1 Portent of Betrayal
1 Divine Verdict
1 Nylea’s Presence
1 Dragon Mantle
1 Staunch-Hearted Warrior

In hindsight, I think I should have gone with two colors 🙂
I think I maybe even could have gone with a green-white Heroic or a red-white Heroic.


Match #1

In the first round I got run over by his big blue fliers. I tried sideboarding in a Shredding Winds amonst other things, but he then ran me over on the ground. Bummer, score 0-1.


Match #2

The first round went back and forth, but in the end I got pulled down by fliers and then a lethal [mtg_card]Gray Merchant of Asphodel[/mtg_card]. I tried taking out the red cards and lands and putting in some more black and green cards, but out of nowhere my opponent pulls out an [mtg_card]Abhorrent Overlord[/mtg_card] and 5 tokens. Again, I got nothing to mop up the fliers, but a Sip of Hemlock and only five lands on the table. A late [mtg_card]Nessian Asp[/mtg_card] couldn’t save…
Oh well, score is now 0-2 🙁


Match #3

Going into this match I could feel how much I wanted to win and at the same time how unlikely I thought it would be.
My opponent played a white-green Heroic deck, showing a solid opening. He fielded a [c]Phalanx Leader[/c], a [c]Leonin Snarecaster[/c] (tapping down my [c]Nessian Courser[/c]) and a [c]Staunch-Hearted Warrior[/c]. After a few turns of me taking damage and us trading off creatures, the game slowly swung back in my favor thanks to my [c]Pharika’s Mender[/c] and [c]Polis Crusher[/c]. My Crusher then went to town on him, making him decide to trade off three creatures for it relatively fast. A few turns later I finally won the first round.
I boarded in a [c]Hunt the Hunter[/c] and the [c]Shredding Winds[/c] only to discover he was now playing a green-blue Heroic deck. He rolled out a [c]Vaporkin[/c] and put on an [c]Ordeal of Thassa[/c] and I was dead by turn 8. Ouch!
Ok, final game. I got a nice draw with a [c]Mistcutter Hydra[/c], [c]Felhide Minotaur[/c] (which I had boarded in) and plenty of land. We only got to turn 4, when my opponent rage quit after only playing lands. Apparently a [c]Stymied Hopes[/c], scry for one wasn’t enough for him. Thank you [c]Mistcutter Hydra[/c] 😀



So what can I take with me, besides a 1-2 result? Well, my deckbuilding is still flawed, but at least I tried to stay the course with some normal sideboarding underway. I guess what I need is to practice, practice and practice some more. I’m going on vacation, which seems like a perfect time to listen to some Limited Resources and get my game leveled up.


With dedication

Sealed Tonight #1

So I did a Sealed Theros Phantom Event tonight on MTGO. I was hoping to get out of my loosing streak which is 0-4. Long story short I didn’t really fare any better.
The event was a standard 8 person sealed, but the only win I got was on a bye and I don’t really consider them real wins. So the streak is now 0-6 *sigh*.

The event was not a real blowout however. I felt like a made slight improvements on my deck building as well as my general game. With regards to the deckbuilding I put together a pretty solid midrange white/blue deck with a few early aggro elements (hooray for Vaporkin). Both rounds I won the first match, but my deck fell through on the second one and I the both times decided to sideboard aggresively into a black/green control deck. That didn’t improve the situation. I got especially annoyed in the last game, where my opponent got a [c]Fleecemane Lion[/c] out and I didn’t play a [c]Time to Feed[/c] on my [c]Nylea’s Disciple[/c] to take it out before it got monstrous. Apparently I didn’t totally internalize what Marshall Sutcliffe and Brian Wong spoke about on Limited Resources episode 211.


So my key learning points from this is:

– Stick with the deck and don’t just throw it away because you lose one match

– Remember what works when playing or holding back spells

– Don’t get greedy


Until next time, with dedication