Another Tuesday and another 1v1 Dual Commander tournament. We had eight players this week with three new players. Two of these new players have played in previous tournaments some months ago, but haven’t been able to show up to the new tournaments until now. We were glad to them and we’re hoping that next week we can have even more players. We’d love to get to four rounds.
with the upcoming bannings on my mind, I decided to stick with Derevi, Empyrial Tactician for one last tournament, and I have to say that I was glad I did. I haven’t changed the deck since last week, except this time I was unable to borrow a Savannah in time, so I played with an extra Plains instead. As before, we played three rounds, best of one games.
Round 1: Grand Arbiter Augustin IV
I don’t remember the name of my opponent, but he was playing a nice Grand Arbiter deck that he borrowed from another player after realizing that the deck he brought was missing eight cards that he forgot at home. It was a little rough for him, playing a control deck without knowing much about it, but it could have been a decent if he hadn’t been land screwed. He Mulliganned down to 6 cards and I mulliganned down to a four card hand, with three lands and one Llanowar Elf. I got the turn 2 Derevi and soon after I dropped a Wasteland to take out one of my opponent’s only lands. It was a fairly slow process for me dropping creatures and whittling down his life, but Derevi got me there.
Round 2: Omnath, Locus of Mana
Again this was a new player and I did not write down his name, which I’ll have to do better on next time. My opponent was playing a fun deck with lots of ramp and lots of big creatures, but I had a very, very good hand. Some early counter spells from me stalled his ramp a little and a quick drop of Derevi following the next turn by Edric and then Hokori caused my opponent to concede. I don’t think I could have asked for a better hand against that kind of deck.
Round 3: Keven Noel with Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
Its kind of funny. We had three new players this week and I played all three of them. Keven and I decided to split the prize for the tournament since we were the only 2-0 players left. However, we did decide to play out the game anyway.
Keven was paying a good mono-blue deck with lots of counter spells but it he was a little slow and no match for a turn 3 Derevi when I was on the play. I dropped a few creatures, tapped him out and played a Rising Waters to lock him out of the game. We played the game out the rest of the way, but he knew it was over as soon as he saw that I could just keeping tapping him out and keep myself untapped. Even if he could have found a way to bounce my Rising Waters, I think I had enough counter spells in my own hand to make it stick again.
Bound Rounds: Multi-player Commander
After the tournament, most of us decided to stick around and play two rounds of multiplayer. I stuck with my Ruric Thar, the Unbowed deck for both of them. The first one was a four player game with Ruric Thar, Mayael the Anima (piloted by Jeremie), Nekusar, the Mindrazer (piloted by Andre), and Sydri, Galvanic Genius (piloted by the same guy as Omnath in the tournament). I ramped my deck effectively and played some creatures included the Avanger of Zendikar. I was worried about how much damage I was taking from the Nekusar deck, but so were other players. Eventually, I was able to defeat both the Nekusar player and the Sydri player at the same time. Jeremie activated his Mayael on his last turn hoping for a good creature and he got nothing. With that, I smashed him with my army of creatures.
For the second game, Andre switched to Zedruu the Greathearted, Jeremie switched to the Grand Arbiter Augustin IV from the tournament, and a guy playing Sliver Overlord joined the table. The game was going quite well for most people and I was ramping very well, but the Sedri player was generating a ton of mana and it was getting quite scary. Then I dropped Kiki-Jiki, the Mirror Breaker and Hellkite Tyrant on the same turn and took all of Sedri’s artifacts. He conceded after that and the other players quickly left the game or were defeated leaving just me and the Jeremie with the Grand Arbiter. It was a close match going back and forth between us, but my deck stalled at a bad time and he got a few very good topdecks from his library including Sphinx’s Revelation and then later a Bribery. I got a lot of land during this time and not much else. In the end, I just couldn’t match the power of my own Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger and Huntmaster of the Fells being used against me, and I lost.
Overall, I am very pleased with Derevi and I can understand why she was banned as this is three tournaments with no losses. Next week I’ll have to break in a new deck.
Report submitted by Kevin Humar-Barrett