Another Tuesday, and another 1v1 Duel Commander tournament. This time we were missing a few players as some people were waiting to build new decks to bring and didn’t want to put their old decks back together again. So just four people with the following decks:
* Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind (UR)
* Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir (Mono-U)
* Marath, Will of the Wild (WRG)
* Nekusar, the Mindrazer (UBR)
Round 1: Andre with Nekusar, the Mindrazer
I had lost our game last week, so I wanted to make sure I won this time. I played smarter than last time ensuring that I could hit Nekusar with Marath almost all the time while slowing building a board presence. I walked into an unexpected Incendiary Command, but by the time it hit I was quite far ahead and had been playing cautiously enough that I rebuilt my board position and I won.
Round 2: Justin with Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind
This match was ended almost before it began by a very simple mistake on my part. I had a turn 1 Avacyn’s Pilgrim, which would have allowed for a turn 2 Marath, even though I figured he would have a counter spell, but I didn’t mind since I had other acceleration and cards in hand that I felt would have allowed me to power through his counter spells. Unfortunately for me, he dropped a turn 3 Blood Moon and I had nothing in my hand to cast after that point. I had all green spells and only non-basic lands in play. It took a good while for Justin to actually beat me down, but he did and I eventually lost, having never drawn a basic land to use and only drawing one red spell to cast.
The worse part was that if I had two spells in my hand that I could have used to cast spells and there is a good chance that Justin would not have countered them on turn 2 when he did counter Marath. Given how slowly Justin played after I was locked out of the game, I think I would have had a good chance had I dropped one of those green spells or even if my Avacyn’s Pilgrim had been a Llanowar Elves or a similar card, but it wasn’t and so I lost.
Round 3: Jeremie with Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
I sadly don’t remember much about this game. I drew and played Brimaz, King of Oreskos after baiting a counter spell with Marath. The king was everything I hoped he would be and he applied a lot of pressure. Eventually, I was able to resolve Marath and between him and the king I beat Jeremie down, even through an Evacuation.
After the regular tournament, we decided to run a multiplayer game with the four of us as two teams. Jeremie switched to a Radha, Heir to Keld land destruction deck and I swicthed to a Sygg, River Cutthroat deck. I was partnered with Andre using Nekusar but I missed some land drops and Jeremie’s LD buried me alive. Without my help Andre wasn’t able to do much of anything and we lost the game pretty quickly. Justin left and so the three of us decided to run a free-for-all with the same decks. I had much better luck with my lands and I resolved some good card advantage engines to go along with my commander and I pulled ahead and won the game.
Report submitted by Kevin Humar-Barrett