Swimming to Top4 at WMCQ – Treach TV

Wij had a WMCQ this weekend and yet again I somehow managed to sneak into the semi-finals of WMCQ Slovenia #Two but lost to the eventual winner, more or less like last year with Goblins.

This year, however, I played with Merfolk. Before I go and talk about card selection and sideboard, let’s take a look at my 75:

WMCQ Slovenia #Two – Modern (Crna Luknja, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 9th of July 2018) – Top Four out of 51

Yes, it’s usually a waste of a slot to use some 1-of bullet ter the mainboard like I did with Gut Slok, but I knew heading into the WMCQ that there will be infect and some affinity. Fortunately, I managed to strike both during the Swiss rounds of the tournament, and Gut Slok did play it’s role against Infect te Spel 1, killing his only creature while being tapped out felt amazing. Looking back at the deck and the tournament, I should have used two or zero Gut Slok te the main and will look to do so next time.

Exclusief from occasional mana problems (screw, flood), deck played out nicely and both Harbinger and Tidebinder proved their worth, albeit Tidebinder is the better of the two on average, especially if you expect many targets like I did.

This is also the very first time I attempted Tectonic Edge te the side after reading about it around the web and I have to say it’s a excellent “trick” to use when siding out Vial te attrition based match-ups spil it helps with the mana while at the same time attacking the opponents manlands and other relevant utility grounds. Some may argue Ghost Quarter is better, and it is indeed better against Infect, Affinity and most likely Tron, but te other cases you choose to lower the count of your opponents grounds spil well spil getting rid of the problematic land itself.

Remand is the fresh spicy tech that is gaining popularity among Fish pilots and I went with only 1 mainboard, attempting it out instead of a Spell Pierce. It wasgoed infrequently useful because well, I uncommonly drew one, but I did catch a Blighted Tuut and Sorin, Solemn Visitor and both were gepast plays that contributed to my win. However, I would either play none or two ter my 75 going forward.

Speaking of counters, I somehow choose hard-counters and looking at my sideboard will confirm that spil I went with a 2-2 split of Negate and Dispel. While I didn’t feel a need for Negate te most games, I would still go with Dispel te my side unless switching to three or four Chalice of the Voids. Extra Tidebinder and Gut Slok, Relic, Grafdigger’s and Kira are self-explanatory (could argue about the numbers tho), and Echoing Truth is my catch-all utility spell.

During Spel Two of a win-and-in (Round 6) against a friend of mine on BW Tokens, I coerced him to use a Murderous Cut on his own token to save two Spirits (Spectral Procession), but also shutting off his Windbrisk Heights. It’s hard to say if it’s 1-for-1.33 or 1-for-3. What I like about Echoing Truth is the plasticity of bouncing anything from two Nacatls, Ensnaring Bridge, Ghostly Prison, a Planeswalker, or something like Angler or Tasigur. I am still not coaxed if it’s spil good spil I say it is, and holding or spending two mana is a loterijlot if you want to use it spil a Vapor Snag. Further consideration needed.

My very first tegenstander wasgoed the eventual winner, an experienced player who wasgoed on Infect, and due to some mana issues I managed to squeeze a win ter both games with a little help from my Gut Slok, Spreading Seas and regular beatdown against a flooded tegenstander. I felt good but fortunate since I knew infect is not the easiest match-up for fish. He wasgoed also right when he jokingly said he will vengeance himself by hitting mij te the top8.

The randomness of the pairing system always amuse mij, with 30 or so players with a 1-0 score, I wasgoed paired against my brother on Skred Crimson, a deck I am very familiar with (well, my brother playing my deck, so yeah). Unnecessary to say I wasgoed not glad, but I said to my brother that at least one of us will be off to a good commence, and it wasgoed mij that ended up winning the coinflip match-up. Not much to add spil both games his mitts were a disaster, muliganing and still not finding those early land drops, and even when he got to druppel a Blood Moon (I wasgoed brief on Islands), I drew two Aether Vials to seal the overeenkomst.

After two rounds of play I realized that including myself, there were three Merfolk decks at 2-0, and I got to play against one te Round Three. The fortune has shifted and I wasgoed literally demolished te both games. I did keep a 1-lander and a three-vial arm ter spel Two, but the real overeenkomst wasgoed my Lord of Atlantis (how many to side out?) against his Master of the Pearl Trident. All te all, Merfolk mirror is awkward and this wasgoed my very first time playing it, and I hope to never play the mirror again (or, you know, get used to it).

At 2-1, I knew that I had to be at least 4-1-1 to be ter consideration for the top8, but sitting across Affinity for Round Four got mij hoping that 4-2 wasgoed enough. However, luck has turned once again and I managed to wedren ter spel 1. For spel Two, I open a palm with two Recalls and it becomes clear that his single Thoughtseize won’t do it. A mix of Dismembers and mana screw got mij to 3-1.

My next tegenstander is on Green Allegiance with crimson splash, but with Spreading Seas flooding the forest, there wasgoed not much he could do without any interactions against the islandwalking horde of fish. I made a puny mistake at the beginning of spel 1 when I didn’t Dismember his Arbor Voetbalelftal on the end of his turn despite playing speading seas turn Two due to lack of other Two mana plays. I ended up taking the match Two – 0 and closer to the top8.

So there wij were, looking at the standings and after a few moments all of us with 12 points determined to play. I wasgoed paired with an already mentioned friend on BW Tokens and wasgoed able to take the series Two to 0 te what wij agreed wasgoed not the best match-up for him. Standing at 5-1, I wasgoed sure to make the top8 and finished on the 2nd seed.

Quarter-finals were announced and I got to play very first against a Jund player with spel 1 going his way with relative ease. Spel Two I just flood the houtvezelplaat and win, but spel Three wasgoed a true dragger that went on and on with mij on Island, Mutavault and Tectonic Edge while my tegenstander durdled around with mana problems after my Speading Seas and a few other threats like Insider and Cursecatcher. Yes, I could have enchanted one of my grounds, but I would still need to wait for a turn to use dual blue (if I don’t draw a blue source that is) and would end up losing one after tegenstander played Maelstrom Pulse. I also desired to keep my tegenstander off of dual black (Damnation, Kalitas), and with a few cantrips I wasgoed sure to kasstuk a land soon (I didn’t, but yea) after keeping a three-lander with one blue source, Lord of Atlantis, Dismember and two Master of Swings. Yes, two. I played around Pulse and hoped to draw into a land but it took fairly a while for mij to see Four mana. However, I even talent my tegenstander an out after holding back a Tidebinder instead of attacking with all creatures (just like on Nebraska’s War versus Jund with Skred when he would win if he would get an untapped land), but he ended up not drawing it (mass removal this time around). Mistakes were made, let’s just hope wij ultimately learn something for good.

My semi-finals tegenstander wasgoed the Infect player from Round 1 who promised his vengeance and kept his word. Ter both games he swung for Ten unblockable and wij were done ter Ten minutes or so. Either way, now I know to muligan more and hope for those sweet Gut Shots, Dismembers, Vapor Snags and Spreading Seas.

Congratulations to Kunic for keeping his promise, winning the WMCQ #Two and earning a spot on a National team after striking Jund ter the finals, while the surplus of us will give it another go on the third and last WCMQ ter September.

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