Ohio Grand Prix 2017 Report and Deck List
Hey there Rulers! DM073 here, bringing you the tournament report from my adventure to GP Ohio! It was an all out blast and there were so many well known players/up and coming players in attendance. All in all, there were just over 220 players in attendance, which meant 4 invites to give out and 32 Laevateinn promos as well! Before we get into how my rounds went, I want to give you a break down of what I decided to play and why.
People knew going into the event that Pricia would be a big player. While most people were trying to play straight myths, or straight Jack/Giant/Mariabella combos, I opted to try a blended approach. Pricia mirror matches are known to be a little bit of a coin flip, so I decided to sacrifice a little in that regards to make my match-up against the rest of the field a little better. By playing both Jack/Giant and Myths in the same mainboard, I made it easier to be able to transition my game plan in game one based on what I was playing. Moving into games 2 and 3 I would just take out the engine that was weaker for the matchup and replace it with the support/engine from the sideboard. It essentially broke down like this.
Myth Pricia: pull out Jack/Giant, put in Keen Sense, Frigg, and Gale Forces to play a grind game.
Jack/Giant Pricia: pull out Jack/Giant, put in Gale Forces, Friggs, and Heavenly Gust.
Death and Taxes Zero: Pull out regalia and bring in Burn to Cinders and Wind Secluded Refuge/Keen Sense to play the grind game and punish their game plan.
Control: Pull out the Myths package and put in Mariabella, Keen Sense, Frigg, and Wind Secluded Refuge to play the long game.
Turbo Fiethsing: Pull out Jack/Giant, bring in Gale Forces and Heavenly Gust to clear a path for my Izanagis and Pricia for the OTK.
With all the testing that I had done prior to the event, tweaking ratios and figuring out how to make the sideboard work, I felt super confident in my chances. I also had a lot of help from fellow Team Ogre member Jeremiah Polk, as well as Quinn Kotecki. Honestly the idea to put in the Mariabellas was pretty last minute, but it ended up working out phenomenally.
So enough about the deck itself, lets jump in and see how I did/how my matches went, shall we?
Round 1: Pricia Myths
I am not gonna lie. I was hoping to avoid Pricia for at least the first couple rounds, but card game variance was not on my side this time. Thankfully I was able to find my Keen Sense in the mainboard pretty early and stopped the first Spinning Myths from my opponent. Unfortunately a couple turns later, despite me having the advantage on board and seeming like I was on route to win, my opponent top decked an Izanagi off of a Rewriting Laws cast. Combining this with the Spinning Myths in his hand and the fact that he had more than enough stones to cast it and flip Pricia and you had a recipe for 4000 damage all at once. Time to move on to game 2.
The sideboard package worked exactly like I wanted to. I stopped several spinning myths and was able to stick several of my own Izanagi’s successfully. My opponent decided to flip Pricia to bring out an Arthur Pendragon, which I thought was a bit odd. However, it ended up paying off because I completely forgot about Guinevere’s pump effect and ended up slamming my Pricia into it and getting killed. From there the game kind of stalled out, and my stone base prevented me from being able to hard cast any of the Izanagi I had in my hand to seal the deal while my opponent kept top decking his Izanagis to apply more and more pressure (he admitted that they were top decks as the two of us laughed about what was happening). Eventually I just gave up because I knew he would eventually get the win and I wanted to relax myself and prepare for my future rounds where I knew the pressure would be on. Like I said, the mirror can definitely be a coin flip and this time did not go my way. My opponent was awesome to play against so it was still a fun experience.
Round 2: Upgraded Rezzard Structure Deck
Sometimes in tournaments, giving my Youtube channel and status, I get paired up with fans of the channel. My second round opponent clearly was one such case. He told me before he even sat down how big of a fan he was, and that he was looking forward to our match. I was a little confused when I didn’t see a deck box but then he showed me a bunch of unsleeved cards in a plastic packaging. I immediately had a hunch that this match was going to be a rather easy one, and shifted my mindset to trying to make sure my opponent had a good time. He revealed the Rezzard ruler after we did mulligans and my suspicions were confirmed. I spent the first game playing a little back and forth with him, letting him get a couple hits, making a few “misplays,” and chatting with him about his history in the game. After a little while I finished things up, and then made the second game go a little quicker in my favor. At the end of it I tossed him one of the promo Deathscythes that I had received from my VIP entry in the GP and signed his playmat. He thanked me and said he really enjoyed the game, and so I got to walk away with not only a win, but with the knowledge that I had brightened a fan's day.
Round 3: Jack/Giant Pricia
This round I was playing against a friend of mine, and thanks to a little bit of guesswork/thinking about his playstyle, I correctly guessed that he was playing the Jack/Giant variant of Pricia. Izanagi and Spinning Myths usually has a significant advantage over that variant of Pricia, and my match with him was a clear example of this. Game one started a bit rough for him by hitting one of his Fire Magic Stones turn 1 and not being able to play anything, but he quickly recovered and established a little bit of a board. I dropped the first Spinning Myths the turn after he played his Mariabella and quickly cleared things off and got in a swing thanks to Pricia’s resonance triggers. He returned the favor by playing Urthr and killing my Izanagi and then swinging in. After that though I simply dropped my second Spinning Myths and Izanagi and rushed in to finish the job with Pricia after Izanagi cleared the way. Going into game 2 I followed my usual sideboard pattern and brought in the support for the Myths package. Unfortunately for my opponent however it was not really needed because he called his first 2 Fire Magic Stones back to back and was unable to play any cards until the game was already essentially over. While I never like games where my opponent does not really get a chance to play, taking a win on the Pricia mirror felt good and fueled me with confidence to keep going strong through the rest of the day.
Round 4: Turbo Fiethsing
So, before getting into this match there is a funny story. I had been called for a deck check after sitting down with my opponent, and both of us had already drawn our opening hands and performing mulligans. I had never felt such relief in my card game history about a deck check because my opening had was complete garbage. However, the pressure soon was put back on me because the judges returned to tell me that I was receiving a game loss for not writing my Ruler on my deck list. Now if I wanted to win I was going to have to win 2 games back to back and play perfectly. Take this to heart and always be sure to fill out your deck lists properly at tournaments.
Game 1 I decided to play it safe and save my Spinning Myths until he tried to put some flyers on the board, which ended up playing to my advantage because his deck opened up really slowly. Eventually he had rested his 3 resonators to play a Titania because he needed a flyer to stop the Pricia swing that he felt was coming his way. My response to this was to play Jack, use Fiery Fox to give him Swiftness and Flying, play Spinning Myths into Izanagi and seal his Titania and Regalia. Then I swung in with Jack to get the Skyscraper Giant out of my deck to clear his board of whatever he had tried to play next turn. As soon as the Jack connected he just scooped and we went to game 2. Once again I got lucky in the fact that my opponent did not see a single Regalia in his opener or even the next set of cards he drew off of Guinevere and his Divine Bird of Attoractia that he used Inheritance with. By the end of his second turn, he had no cards on the board and both of his stones were rested due to calling a Ruler’s Memoria with no regalia. The game ended shortly after this and I breathed the biggest sigh of relief in my entire card game career.
Round 5: Charlotte Control
I was going up against my pal Sam Sheik, who I had seen earlier in the day rocking a very interesting Charlotte control list designed to simply poke its opponent to death with Charlotte. Needless to say I was very excited to see how this match would play out, and to get a chance to play against Sam in a tournament. Game 1 I put on a lot of early pressure, getting Sam all the way down to 600 life after destroying his Charlotte once. Unfortunately for me however I completely forgot his list was running Ryula, so he simply healed his Charlotte and then started to regain life after I ran out of steam. I decided I might have an easier time closing the game post sideboard so I scooped the game and got ready for trying to grind out the win in game 2 and hope for a draw for the round. My game plan was to just stick as many creatures as possible, especially if they were Skyscraper Giants, and to overwhelm Sam to the point where he couldn't keep up, and that is exactly what happened. I don’t really know how any decks could stand up to 3 Friggs, 1 Jack, and 2 Skyscraper Giants on the board all at the same time though, so no shame to Sam. Going into game 3 we both were under the impression that it was going to be a draw, but Sam got a little adventurous and flipped Charlotte super early. His risk ended up paying off however because I had taken most of the regalia out of my deck to bring in the control package, so he ended up being able to poke me to death in a few turns. All in all it was an amazing match-up and I had no regrets in my play, or to losing to my friend. Knowing this loss would knock me out of contention for the top 8 just meant that I was now fighting to take home a Laevateinn Promo, so I dusted myself off and got ready for the next round.
Round 6: Hard Alhama'at Control
Finally got to sit myself across from an Alhama'at player, and it happened to be the version of Alhama'at that gave me the most trouble in game 1. Having cancel spells to support and protect her Abdul would end up putting me in an un-winnable situation game 1, so I decided to scoop and sideboard without revealing too much of my deck and pull the Izanagi’s in favor of cards to help me win the grind game and kill her Abduls. During game 2 this worked perfectly, as Burn to Cinders would clear the way for me to play Mariabellas and support them with Wind Secluded Refuges and Fiery Fox to make sure she would never resolve any of her destruction spells or get rid of the Mariabellas until they won the game for me. Game 3 ended up a very similar way, but had a bit of a rough start. Both of us seemed to struggle a bit with resolving anything of consequence, but eventually she decided to play World’s Flame Summoning to clear my board of 2 Guinevere and make me sacrifice a Memoria of Reincarnation. Well after resolving all the draws and discards from those resonators and the stone, my hand consisted of all 3 Keen Sense, a Spinning Myths, a Frigg, and 3 Mariabella. She had exhausted all her stones to cast the World Flame, so from there it was just turn after turn of Mariabella and cancel spell backups to put the pressure on her. She tried to recover, but in doing so just exhausted her resources again each turn allowing me to reapply more and more pressure until it was over. A hard fought win, but it was a lot of fun.
Round 7: Alhama'at Stealth
It was at this point in the tournament that I realized I had played against 6 completely different decks, so I was left wondering when I would have a repeat matchup. Well, as it would turn out, this round would also be a completely different deck, and would be the only time all tournament that I would pull off the dreaded one turn kill with Pricia. My opening hand was 2 Laevateinn, a Guinivere, a Sacred elf, and a Wind Secluded Refuge. While normally this would not be a hand I would keep, my opponent had shown that he was playing Alhama'at before we got started with the match, and since I was going to be on the play I knew the hand was usable. I started by playing the Guinevere turn one, which baited out his Ancient Heartfelt Fire. On his turn he simply called for stone, hit a Light Vapors, and passed. Going into my turn I played the Sacred Elf, then called for stone and gave it Swiftness due to Pricia’s resonance triggers. My opponent had no response so then I was able to successfully play the Wind-Secluded Refuge and the 2 Laevateinn. Once my opponent saw the 2 Regalia, he visibly slumped in his chair because he knew what was coming. After his play on his turn (I believe it was an Abdul), he was left with only 3 total will between his stones, energize, and his mana counters, so I knew that he couldn’t possibly kill Pricia if I went for the OTK. 2 swings from Pricia later and we were moving to game 2. The second game also ended rather quickly because I was able to stick back to back Mariabellas against him and he just could not keep up with the pressure and cancel abilities that they represented. I thanked him for the game and went to go get some food as I waited for the last round.
Round 8: Blue Fiethsing
While my initial pairing had me squaring off with a Pricia player, a fortuitous repairing in the final round placed me against another fan of the channel who I had been sitting next to a couple of times throughout the day. Right as he sat down he told me that I was making his dream come true just by playing with him. I could tell this was going to be a fun way to finish the day off. He did however also tell me that he was playing Fiethsing, but his own take on Fiethsing without using any fire cards. I was very intrigued, but also relieved, because I could not imagine my deck losing to a Fiethsing list that wasn't running Guiniveres for draw power or Rukh Eggs for consistency. Both games went essentially the same way, I held my Spinning Myths for after he landed a couple of Gwibers, then proceeded to push in for tons of damage and follow it up with Pricia flipping to finish the job. While it was a little anti-climactic, both my opponent and I were smiling and laughing throughout the game, so it was all worth it.
Final Record: 6-2 and 20th place
While I did not end up topping or earning an invite, I did finish at 20th place and thus took home a Laevateinn promo. Not only that, but I have the awesome story of playing against 8 completely different decks in an 8 round GP. As far as I know that is essentially unheard of, especially at a competitive event. I think that speaks to the fact that despite a known competitive scene/set of decks, players are still feeling inspired and motivated to try their own things and see what sticks. If that is not a testament to the greatness of Force of Will and what it is becoming/how it is growing, then I don’t know what is. Now it’s time for me to get back to testing and preparing for the Toronto GP so I can get back to Japan!! Be on the lookout for my tournament report after that event!
Until next time Rulers,
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