Saturday, May 16, 2020

Long Live Your Friendly Local Game Store!

Gamer's Gambit stores in Connecticut and New Jersey are now history, but this fan will always love games. This blog is an archive of the many events and reviews of games enjoyed over the seven years during the stores' heyday. This post is a referral to all sorts of game and comic fun. The following links go to web pages that will let you put in your zip code to find a local game store carrying the types of games or comics you're looking for or to websites of interest to gamers (links will open a new tab):

TABLETOP GAMES

TableTop Day participating stores

Origins Game Fair is an annual tabletop gaming convention held in Columbus, OH.

Board Game Expo

Fantasy Flight Games Organized Play for competitive games KeyForge, Star Wars X-Wing, Star Wars Destiny, Legend of the Five Rings, Star Wars Legion, Star Wars Armada, Star Wars Imperial Assault, and A Game of Thrones: The Card Game; and cooperative games Arkham Horror: The Card Game, and The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game.

Board Game Geek, tabletop game rating site

COLLECTIBLE CARD GAMES

Your kid wants to play Pokémon

The Pokémon Trading Card Game is a 2-player game in which players use 60-card decks to battle. In the Pokémon TCG, players build decks around cards that feature Pokémon characters and then take turns using attacks to try to defeat their opponent. The game requires some strategy and planning to win.

Game stores hosting Wizards of the Coast games, including Magic The Gathering or Dungeons & Dragons

MINIATURES

Store locator for Privateer Press miniatures games

Store locator for WizKids miniatures and board games

Warhammer Community for most of the games produced by Games Workshop.

ROLEPLAYING

Free RPG Day participating stores

Dungeons & Dragons

Paizo Organized Play for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Adventure Card Game, and Starfinder science-fantasy roleplaying.

COMICS

Comic Shop Locator Service

Previews of upcoming Comics

Comics for Kids

Free Comic Book Day

Halloween Comic Fest

OTHER GAME STORE LISTINGS

Game Stores List via Crystal Commerce

#BackTheComeBack to show your support of local game stores in your neighborhood.

This blog or post is not associated with any of the above link destinations and receives no compensation for these referrals. Hope this helps!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Magic: The Gathering Modern Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier Dublin $1K Top 8 Decklists

Thanks to all who participated in the MTG Modern PPTQ Dublin $1K held Saturday, September 17, 2016, at Dragon's Den in Poughkeepsie, NY. Congratulations to our top 8 finishers, who all won prizes, and to the first place finisher, Paul Mendez, who won $400 and an invite to the Regional PTQ! Here are the winning deck lists of the top eight finishers:

1st - Paul Mendez

Affinity
Creatures: 27
4 Orinithopter
2 Memnite
4 Signal Pest
4 Vault Skirge
4 Arcbound Ravager
3 Steel Overseer
1 Spellskite
3 Etched Champion
2 Master of Etherium
Spells : 16
4 Mox Opal
1 Welding Jar
4 Springleaf Drum
3 Galvanic Blast
4 Cranial Plating
Lands: 17
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
4 Darksteel Citadel
3 Glimmervoid
1 Island
1 Sea Gate Wreckage

SIDEBOARD 15
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Thoughtseize
2 Spell Pierce
2 Ghirapur Aether Grid
1 Vandalblast
1 Whipflare
1 Wear//Tear
1 Blood Moon
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Etched Champion
1 Bitterblossom

2nd - Delury Brendan

Infect
Creatures: 13
4 Blighted Agent
4 Glistener Elf
4 Noble Hierarch
1 Viridian Corrupter
Spells: 27
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Might of Old Krosa
4 Mutagenic Growth
4 Become Immense
4 Vines of Vastwood
2 Apostle’s Blessing
1 Spell Pierce
1 Distortion Strike
1 Dismember
1 Fog
1 Wild Defiance
Lands: 20
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Windswept Heath
2 Pendelhaven
2 Forest
1 Misty Rainforest
3 Breeding Pool

SIDEBOARD 15
1 Dryad Arbor
2 Twisted Image
2 Spellskite
2 Spell Pierce
3 Kitchen Finks
2 Nature’s Claim
2 Dismember
1 Grafdigger’s Cage

3rd - Rich Cali

Bring to Light Scapeshift
Creatures: 6
4 Sakura Tribe Elder
2 Snapcaster Mage
Spells: 28
4 Cryptic Command
4 Remand
4 Bring to Light
4 Search for tomorrow
3 Izzet Charm
2 Farseek
2 Scapeshift
2 Worldly Consul
1 Damnation
1 Maelstrom Pulse
1 Hunting Wilds
Lands: 26
4 Stomping Grounds
4 Steam Vents
1 Cinder Glade
1 Mountain
3 Misty Rainforest
1 Watery Grave
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Swamp
2 Forest
3 Island
2 Breeding Pool
2 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
1 Flooded Grove

SIDEBOARD 15
2 Swan Song
2 Anger of the Gods
2 Nature’s Claim
1 Crumble to Dust
1 Shatterstorm
1 Obstinate Baloth
3 Lightning Bolt
2 Engineered Explosives
1 Slaughter Games

4th - David Haass

Bant Eldrazi
Creatures: 24
4 Noble Hierarch
3 Matter Reshaper
2 Eldrazi Skyspawner
4 Eldrazi Displacer
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Reality Smasher
3 Drowner of Hope
Spells: 12
4 Path to Exile
4 Ancient Stirrings
2 Dismember
2 Engineered Explosives
Lands: 24
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Windswept Heath
4 Eldrazi Temple
3 Yavimaya Coast
3 Brushland
2 Forest
1 Plains
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Breeding Pool
1 Temple Garden

SIDEBOARD 15
3 Stony Silence
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
2 Stubborn Denial
2 Blessed Alliance
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Worship
1 Thragtusk
1 Worldbreaker

5th - Jack Ma

Infect
Creatures: 14
4 Blighted Agent
4 Glistener Elf
4 Noble Hierarch
2 Spellskite
Spells: 26
4 Become Immense
1 Dismember
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Might of old Krosa
4 Mutagenic Growth
1 Spell Pierce
4 Vines of Vastwood
3 Apostles Blessing
1 Rancor
Lands: 20
2 Breeding Pool
1 Dryad Arbor
2 Foest
2 Pendelhaven
4 Inkmoth Nexus
1 Misty Rainforest
4 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills

SIDEBOARD 15
1 Dismember
1 Dispel
1 Rancor
2 Spell Pierce
2 Twisted Image
2 Relic of Progenitus
1 Serum Vision
1 Spellskite
1 Ground Swell
1 Viridian Corrupter
1 Hurkyl’s Recall

6th - Michael Derszo

RG Ramp
Creatures: 17
4 Arbor Elf
1 Birds of Paradise
2 Obstinate Baloth
1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
1 Thrun, the Last Troll
4 Stormbreath Dragon
4 Inferno Titan
Spells: 21
4 Utopia Sprawl
4 Blood Mon
4 Stone Rain
1 Beast Within
4 Mwonvuli Acid-Moss
1 Chandra, Pyromaster
3 Bonefire of the Damned
Lands: 22
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Windswept Heath
9 Forest
1 Mouintain
3 Stomping Ground
1 Kessig Wolf Run

SIDEBOARD 15
2 Spellskite
3 Sudden Shock
2 Ancient Grudge
2 Shatterstorm
2 Scavenging Ooze
4 Kitchen Finks

7th - Brian Montero

GR Tron
Creatures: 7
1 Spellskite
2 Wurmcoil Engine
2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
2 World Breaker
Spells: 33
4 Ancient Stirring
4 Sylvan Scrying
4 Chromatic Sphere
4 Chromatic Star
4 Expedition Map
4 Oblivion Stone
3 Pyroclasam
4 Karn Liberated
2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Lands: 20
4 Grove of the Burnwillow
2 Forest
2 Sanctum of Ugin
4 Urza’s Tower
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Mine

SIDEBOARD 15
1 Platinum Angel
1 Warping Wail
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Sudden Shock
2 Thragtusk
4 Nature’s Claim
1 Ghost Quarter
2 Spellskite

8th - Anthony Ennis

Naya Burn
Creatures: 14
4 Goblin Guide
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
4 Monastery Swiftspear
2 Grim Lavamancer
Spells: 26
4 Boros Charm
4 Atarka’s Command
4 Rift Bolt
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lava Spike
3 Searing Blaze
2 Skullcrack
1 Shard Volley
Lands: 20
3 Mountain
2 Sacred Foundry
2 Stomping Ground
3 Copperline Gorge
3 Bloodstained Mire
3 Wooded Foothills
4 Arid Mesa

SIDEBOARD 15
3 Kor Firewalker
4 Path to Exile
4 Destructive Revelry
2 Smash to Smitherines
2 Deflecting Palm

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Magic: The Gathering Standard PPTQ Honolulu 1K Top 8 Decklists

Thanks to all who participated in the Magic: The Gathering Standard Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier (PPTQ) Honolulu $1K held Saturday, June 4th 2016, at Dragon's Den in Poughkeepsie, NY. Congratulations to our top 8 finishers, who all won prizes, and to the first place finisher, Jack Ma, who won $400 and an invite to the Regional PTQ! Here are the winning deck lists of the top eight finishers:

1st - Jack Ma, GW TOKENS

Creatures 16
4 Archangel Avacyn
4 Hangarback Walker
4 Sylvan Advocate
2 Thraben Inspector
2 Lambholt Pacifist

Spells: 19
4 Dromoka’s Command
4 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Oath of Nissa
1 Evolutionary Leap
2 Secure the Wastes

Lands: 25
4 Canopy Vista
4 Fortified Village
2 Westvale Abbey
7 Plains
8 Forest

Sideboard:15
2 Clip Wings
4 Declaration in Stone
2 Tragic Arrogance
2 Quarantine Field
1 Lambholt Pacifist
1 Dragonlord Dromoka
1 Sigarda, Herons Grace
1 Linvala, the Perserver
1 Stasis Snare

2nd - Tim Bachmann, BANT COMPANY

Creatures: 26
2 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer
2 Eldrazi Displacer
4 Sylvan Advocate
4 Duskwatch Recruiter
4 Tireless Tracker
4 Bounding Krasis
4 Reflector Mage

Spells: 9
2 Declaration In Stone
3 Dromoka’s Command
4 Collected Company

Lands: 25
1 Wastes
1 Island
3 Plains
3 Forest
4 Evolving Wilds
2 Lumbering Falls
3 Canopy Vista
4 Yavimaya Coast
4 Prairie Stream

Sideboard:15
1 Dragonlord Dromoka
2 Invasive Surgery
1 Dispel
1 Surrak, the Hunt Caller
2 Tragic Arrogance
1 Declaration in Stone
2 Clip Wings
3 Negate


3rd - Joe Countryman, BW MIDRANGE

Creatures: 10
3 Archangel Avacyn
2 Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
3 Hangar Back Walker

Spells: 24
2 Languish
2 Secure the Waste
1 Tragic Arrogance
3 Transgress the Mind
1 Declaration in Stone
3 Read the Bones
3 Anguished Unmaking
3 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Ultimate Price
2 Grasp of Darkness
1 Silkwrap
1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis

Lands: 26
3 Westvale Abbey
3 Plains
3 Blighted Fen
5 Swamp
4 Shambling Vent
4 Forsaken Sanctuary
4 Caves of Koilos

Sideboard: 15
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
2 Hallowed Fountain
1 Silkwrap
1 Tragic Arrogance
2 Thought-Knot Seer
1 Languish
3 Duress
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
3 Reality Smasher

4th - Matt Tumavitch, BANT HUMANS

Creatures: 25
4 Thraben Inspector
2 Knight of the White Orchid
3 Duskwatch Recruiter
4 Lambholt Pacifist
4 Reflector Mage
4 Tireless Tracker

Spells: 10
4 Collected Company
4 Dromoka’s Command
2 Ojutai’s Command

Lands:25
6 Plains
3 Forest
1 Island
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Fortified Village
3 Prairie Stream
2 Yavimaya Coast
2 Canopy Vista

Sideboard: 15
1 Knight of the White Orchid
3 Gryff’s Boon
2 Den Protector
3 Negate
2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer
1 Sigarda, Heron’s Grace
3 Tragic Arrogance

5th - Noah Landara, JUNK MIDRANGE

Creatures: 14
2 Den Protector
3 Sylvan Advocate
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Linvala, the Preserver
2 Archangel Avacyn
2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer
2 Hangarback Walker

Spells:20
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
2 Oath of Nissa
2 Dromoka’s Command
1 Ruinous Path
2 Grasp of Darkness
2 Painful Truths
2 Anguished Unmaking
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
2 Secure the Wastes
2 Sorin, Grim Nemesis

Lands: 26
2 Canopy Vista
1 Plains
1 Swamp
4 Shambling Vent
3 Caves of Koilos
2 Westvale Abbey
3 Forest
4 Fortified Village
3 Hissing Quagmire
3 Llanowar Wastes

Sideboard: 15
1 Languish
1 To the Slaughter
2 Infinite Obliteration
3 Declaration in Stone
2 Hallowed Moonlight
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
1 Hidden Dragonslayer
1 Tireless Tracker
1 Seasons Past
2 Duress

6th - Nick Langella, MARDU CONTROL

Creatures: 6
4 Goblin Dark Dwellers
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Spells:29
3 Fiery Impulse
2 Sinister Concoction
2 Transgress the Mind
2 Grasp of Darkness
1 Ultimate Price
4 Read the Bones
1 Kolaghan’s Command
3 Anguished Unmaking
3 Ruinous Path
2 Radiant Flames
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Secure the Wastes

Lands:
2 Swamp
2 Plains
1 Mountain
2 Evolving Wilds
3 Foreboding Ruins
3 Smolding Marsh
4 Shambling Vent
3 Caves of Koilos
3 Battlefield Forge
2 Westvale Abby

Sideboard: 15
1 Thought-Knot Seer
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Linvala, the Preserver
2 Duress
1 Ultimate Price
1 Transgress the Mind
1 Hallowed Moonlight
1 Radiant Flames
1 Kholgan’s Command
2 Eldrazi Displacer
3 Reality Smasher

7th - Joe Fassino, GB Ramp

Creatures: 11
4 Sylvan Advocate
4 Tireless Tracker
1 Den Protector
1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
1 Ulvenwalkd Hydra

Spells: 23
2 Ruinous Path
2 Grasp of Darkness
1 Ultimate Price
1 Duress
2 Languish
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
1 Transgress the Mind
1 The Great Aurora
3 Dark Petition
1 Seasons Past
1 Nissa’s Renewal
1 Pulse of Murasa
3 Explosive Vegetation
3 Nissa’s Pilgrimage

Lands: 26
1 Blighted Fen
5 Swamp
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Hissing Quagmire
4 Llanowar Wastes
8 Forest

Sideboard: 15
1 Gaea’s Revenge
1 Ultimate Price
2 Transgress the Mind
1 Clip Wings
1 Duress
1 Virulent Plague
1 To the Slaughter
1 Naturalize
1 Pick the Brains
1 Seasons Past
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
2 Languish
1 Worldbreaker

8th - Mike Bott, BANT HUMANS

Creatures: 26
4 Duskwatch Recruiter
3 Eldrazi Displacer
4 Lambholt’s Pacifist
4 Reflector Mage
4 Thalia’s Lieutenant
3 Thraben inspector
4 Tireless Tracker

Spells: 9
4 Collected Company
4 Dromoka’s Command
1 Ojutai’s Command

Lands: 24
5 Plains
1 Island
2 Forest
3 Canopy Vista
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Fortified Village
1 Prairie Stream
1 ?
4 Yavimaya Coast

Sideboard: 15
1 Gryff’s Boon
2 Den Protector
2 Archangel Avacyn
3 Negate
3 Ojutai’s Command
2 Declaration in Stone
2 ?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Yu-Gi-Oh! Prize Card Tournament Top 8 Deck List

Thanks to all who participated in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Prize Card Tournament held Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Gamer's Gambit in Danbury, CT. Congratulations to our top eight finishers and to the first place finisher, Paulie Aronson, who took home the Super Rare Ascension Sky Dragon! Here are the winning deck lists of the top eight finishers:

1st Place – Paulie Aronson

Deck Type – Domain Monarchs

Monsters: 16
3x Edea the Heavenly Squire
3x Ehther the Heavenly Monarch
3x Eidos the Underworld Squire
3x Erebus the Underworld Monarch
2x Kuraz the Light Monarch
1x Mithra the Thunder Vassal
1x Thestalos the Mega Monarch

Spells: 20
3x Domain of the True Monarchs
1x Foolish Burial
1x One for One
3x Pantheism of the Monarchs
1x Reasoning
1x Reinforcement of the Army
3x Return of the Monarchs
3x Tenacity of the Monarchs
3x The Monarchs Stormforth
1x Upstart Goblin

Traps: 4
1x Escalation of the Monarchs
3x The Prime Monarch

Extra Deck: 0

Side Deck: 15
1x Flying “C”
3x Maxx “C”
1x Dark Hole
3x Mystical Space Typhoon
1x Raigeki
3x Twin Twisters
3x Retort

2nd Place – Michael Pelaez

Deck Type – Draco-Pals

Monsters: 29
3x Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer
2x Performapal Silver Claw
2x Performapal Lizardraw
1x Performapal Partnaga
1x Performapal Skullcrobat Joker
1x Performapal Monkeyboard
1x Performapal Guiturtle
1x Performapal Secondonkey
1x Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer
2x Vector Pendulum, the Dracoslord
3x Master Pendulum, the Dracoslayer
2x Guiding Ariadne
1x Archfiend Eccentric
2x Summoner Monk
2x Armageddon Knight
1x Shaddoll Dragon
1x Masked Chameleon
1x Backwing - Zephyros the Elite
1x Performage Trick Clown

Spells: 11
3x Pendulum rising
2x Instant Fusion
2x Allure of Darkness
1x Reinforcement of the Army
1x Soul Charge
1x Draco Face off
1x Raigeki

Traps: 5
1x Solemn warning
2x Solemn Strike
2x Chaos Trap Hole
Side Deck: 15
2x Denko Sekka
2x Flying “C”
2x Maxx “C”
2x Effect Veiler
2x Mask of Restrict
3x System Down
2x Twin Twister

Extra Deck: 15
1x Stardust Dragon
1x Ignister Providence, the Blasting Dracoslayer
1x Magister Paladin Dracoslayer
1x King of the Feral Imps
1x Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1x Daigusto Emeral
1x Number 39: Utopia
1x Number s39 Utopia The Lightning
1x Abyss Dweller
1x Elder Entity Norden
1x Number 38: Hope Harbinger Dragon Titanic Galaxy
1x Number F0 : Utopic Future
1x Number 106: Giant Hand
1x Dinoster Power, Dracoslayer
1x Diamond Dire Wolf

3rd / 4th Place – Armaan Master

Deck Type – Kaiju Burning Abyss

Monsters: 33
1x Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
2x Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
1x Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
2x Calcab, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
2x Alich, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
2x Barbar, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
1x Rubic, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
1x Libic, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
1x Tour Guide from the Underworld
3x Fiendish Rhino Warrior
1x Speedroid Terrortop
1x Speedroid Taketomborg
1x Gamaciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
1x Gandarla, the Mystery Dusk Kaiju
1x Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju
3x Maxx “C”
2x Crane Crane
3x Farfa, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss

Spell Cards: 7
3x Twin Twister
1x Foolish Burial
1x Soul Charge
1x Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
1x The Beginning of the End

Side Deck: 15
2x Effect Veiler
3x System Down
1x Flying “C”
2x Dark Hole
1x Raigeki
2x Majesty’s fiend
2x Vanity’s Fiend
2x Mask of Restrict

Extra Deck: 15
3x Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss
3x Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal
2x Dante, Pilgrim of the Burning Abyss
1x The Phantom Knights of Break Sword
1x Number 47: Nightmare Shark
2x F0: Utopic Future
1x Number 30: Acid Golem of Destruction
1x Mechquipped Angineer
1x Vigil, Rockstar of the Burning Abyss

3rd / 4th Place – Phillip Pena

Deck Type – Phantom Knights

Monsters: 21
1x Crane Crane
3x The Phantom Knight of Ragged Gloves
3x The Phantom Knight of Silent Boots
3x Speedroid Terrortop
3x Maxx “C”
3x The Phantom Knight of Ancient Cloak
3x Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn
1x The Phantom Kings of Fragile Armor
1x SpeedRoid Taketomborg

Spell Cards: 11
3x Twin Twisters
1x Reinforcement of the Army
3x Instant Fusion
2x Charge of the Light Bridge
1x Soul Charge
1x Foolish Burial

Trap Cards: 8
3x Phantom Knight’s Wing
2x Phantom Knight’s Sword
3x Phantom Knight’s Fogblade

Side Deck: 15
2x System Down
2x Galaxy Cyclone
2x The Phantom Knights of Tomb Shield
2x Mask of Restrict
2x Cyber Dragon Core
3x Flying “c”
1x Enemy Controller

Extra Deck: 15
1x Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
1x Dragoness the Wicked Knight
1x Elder Entity Norden
1x Black Rose Dragon
1x Leviair the Sea Dragon
1x Number 70: Utopic Dragon
2x Dante Traveler of the Burning Abyss
1x Dark Rebellion Dragon
1x Evilswarm Thanatos

5th - 8th Place – Jakob Smith

Deck Type – Majespecter & Pals

Monsters: 27
3x Majespecter Raccoon – Bunbuku
3x Majespecter Fox – Kyubi
3x Majespecter Toad – Ogama
3x Majespecter Cat – Nekomata
3x Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer
2x Performapal Lizardraw
1x Performapal Monkeboard
1x Performapal Skullcrobat Joker
1x Performapal Guitartle
1x Archfiend Eccentrick
1x Luster Pendulum, The dracoslayer
1x Performapal Secondonkey
3x Maxx “C”

Spell Cards: 7
3x Twin Twister
2x Majesty’s Pegasus
1x Upstart Goblin
1x Terraforming

Trap Cards: 6
2x Majespecter Tempest
2x Majespecter Tornado
2x Storming Mirror Force

Side Deck: 15
2x Effect Veiler
2x Flying “C”
1x Psi-blocker
1x Dark Hole
1x Raigeki
1x Mystical Space Typhoon
1x Soul Drain
2x Mask of Restrict
2x Rivalry of Warlords
2x Imperial Iron Wall

Extra Deck: 15
1x Number S39: Utopia The Lightning
1x Number 39: Utopia
1x King of the Feral Imps
2x Castel the Skyblaster Musketeer
1x Number 106: Giant Hand
1x Lightning Chidori
1x Majester Paladin, The Ascending Dracoslayer
1x Abyss Dweller
2x Gagaga Cowboy
1x The Phantom Knights of Break Sword
1x Totem Bird
1x Dinoster Power, The Might Dracoslayer
1x Ignister Prominence, The Blasting Dracoslayer

5th - 8th Place – Steven Robbins

Deck Type – Anti-meta

Monsters: 9
3x Majesty Fiend
3x Vanity Fiend
1x Invader of Darkness
2x Archlord Kristya

Spell Cards: 17
3x Card of Demise
3x Pot of Duality
1x Upstart Goblin
3x Terraforming
2x Mausoleum of the Emperor
3x The Monarchs Stormforth
2x Forbidden Lance

Trap Cards: 14
3x Solemn Strike
1x Solemn Warning
1x Soul Drain
2x Dark Bribe
2x Lose 1 Turn
2x Chaos Trap Hole
1x Vanity’s Emptiness
2x Phantom Knight’s Sword

Side Deck: 15
2x System Down
3x Twin Twists
1x Invader of Darkness
3x Magic Drain
3x Mask of Rest ???
2x Shadow-Imprisoning Mirrors
2x Light-Imprisoning Mirrors

Extra Deck: 15
1x Photon Strike Bounzer
1x Gem-knight Seraphinte
1x Frightfur Bear
1x Rainbow Dragon
1x Rainbow Neos
1x Gladiator Beast Heraklinos
1x Dragonecro Nethersoul Dragon
1x Elemental Hero Tempest
1x Gladiator Beast Nerokius
1x Gladiator Beast Essadarii
1x Thousand Dragon
1x Gladiator Beast Gyzarus
1x Gam-Knight Amethyst
1x Dark Baltar the Terrible
1x Gaia Dragon the Thunder Charger

5th - 8th Place – Anthony Kelly

Deck Type – Quantum Monarchs

Monster: 23
3x Kuraz the Light Monarch
3x Super Quantum Red Layer
3x Erebus the Underworld Monarch
3x Ehther the Heavenly Monarch
3x Speedroid Terrortop
2x Eidos the Underworld Squire
2x Edea the Heavenly Squire
1x Speedroid Taketomborg
3x Maxx “C”

Spell Cards: 14
3x Tenacity of the Monarchs
3x Return of the Monarchs
3x Pantheism of the Monarchs
3x The Monarchs Stormforth
1x Domain of the Monarchs
1x Upstart Goblin

Trap Cards: 3
2x The Prime Monarch
1x Escalation of the Monarchs

Side Deck: 15
2x Vanity’s Fiend
2x Majesty’s Fiend
1x Frost Blast of the Monarchs
2x Mystical Space Typhoon
3x Twin Twister
2x XYZ Universe
3x Chaos Traphole

Extra Decks: 15
1x Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand
1x Number 38: Hope Harbinger Titanic Dragon Galaxy
1x Number 15: Gimmick Puppet Grinder
1x Gaia Dragon, The Thunder Charger
1x Constellar Ptolemy M7
1x Tiras, Keeper of Genesis
1x Stellarknight Constellar Diamond
1x Artifact Durendal
1x Number 61: Volcasaurus
1x Constellar Pleiades
1x Shark Fortress
1x Super Quantal Mech Beast Magnaliger
1x The Phantom Knights Break Sword
1x Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss
1x Totem Bird

5th - 8th Place – Daniel Carlisto

Deck Type – Dracopals

Monster: 29
3x Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer
3x Performapal Secondonkey
2x Performapal Guitartle
2x Performapal Lizarddraw
1x Performapal Monkeyboard
1x Performapal Skullcrobat Joker
1x Performapal Partnaga
1x Blackwing Zephyros the Elite
1x Shaddoll Dragon
2x Armaggedon Knight
1x Rescue Rabbit
1x Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer
2x Vector Pendulum, the Dracoverlord
3x Master Pendulum, the Dracoslayer
3x Archfiend Eccentrick
2x Performapal Silver Claw

Spell Cards: 9
3x Pendulum Rising
2x Instant Fusion
1x Reinforcement of the Army
1x Soul Charge
1x Upstart Goblin
1x Draco Face Off

Trap Cards: 2
1x Bottomless Trap Hole
1x Treacherous Trap Hole

Side Deck: 15
3x Mask of Restrict
3x Droll and Lock Bird
3x Twin Twister
3x Imperial Iron Wall
3x Maxx “C”

Extra Deck: 15
1x Dinoster Power, the Mighty Dracoslayer
1x Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer
1x Elder Entity Norden
1x Majester Paladin, the Ascending Dracoslayer
1x Abyss Dweller
1x King of the Feral Imps
1x Castel the Skyblaster Musketeer
1x Diagusto Emeral
1x Diamond Dire Wolf
1x Evilswarm Nightmare
1x Number 82 Heartlandraco
1x Cairngorgon, Antiluminescent Knight
1x Traptrix Rafflesia
1x 38 Hope Harbinger Dragon
1x F0 Utopic Future

Monday, March 14, 2016

Modern Musings - Chapter 1: The (Less Appreciated) Modern Landscape

I know by now everyone is sick of the same old song and dance you see in the Top 8 of every tournament, especially if they’re all going to be filled with the Lovecraftian horrors that Oath of the Gatewatch brought to the forefront of everyone’s mind. The point of this article isn’t going to be to rehash those same lists, but to bring a breath of fresh air to your Modern deckbuilding process.

The first deck I want to go over is Modern’s spin on a much loved, yet very feared mechanic: Dredge. This deck operates a bit like it’s Legacy counterpart: get as many cards as you can in the graveyard, throw some undead at your opponent, and finish them off in a blaze of glory. The only difference with this deck is that you also want a whole lot of cards in your hand, to fuel your alternate win-con: Conflagrate!



There’s a lot of pretty sweet stuff going on in this list, including a bunch of cards that you likely don’t see on a day to day basis; stuff like Vengeful Pharaoh and Squee, Goblin Nabob. They’re all here to serve a greater purpose though, don’t worry. The general goal of this deck is to dredge as many cards as you can into your graveyard in the early game with powerful dredgers like Golgari-Grave Troll and draw spells like Faithless Looting, to get incremental advantages from cards like Bloodghast and Lingering Souls.

While you’re playing the beatdown, there are still a bunch of ways to hold other decks at bay. With the 2-mana black enchantment, Zombie Infestation, you can either continue applying pressure with the cards you’re sure to have in hand, or make some blockers at instant speed; nothing screws up your opponent’s combat math like creatures showing up out of nowhere! Vengeful Pharaoh is another card that needs a particular home to really shine, and that home is here! It isn’t hard to incidentally mill one into the graveyard, and once it gets there once, it will just keep triggering and repeating its ability. There’s nothing quite like a kill spell that repeats itself and requires exactly 0 mana.

So now that we’re past the fluff, we can get to the real core of the deck. After turns of reloading on Bloodghasts and poking your opponents with Lingering Souls, you’ve reached the turning point. You’ve got 7 cards in hand including 2 Life from the Loams, and a Squee and a Conflagrate in the graveyard, and your opponent is ending their turn at a respectable 13 life. You studiously remember your upkeep trigger on Squee, and draw for turn. Your Loams each net you 3 lands, bringing your hand size up to 13 cards. If you’ve been following along, that’s conveniently your opponent’s life total, and it’s also convenient that that’s how much damage your Conflagrate is currently burning into them. That’s where the true magic in this deck lies; it tricks your opponent into thinking that your creatures are important, when you really just wanted to combo kill them.

The other deck I want to feature today is a pet project of mine, and is centered around my favorite card of all time: Monastery Mentor. I had been playing an Esper version of this deck for quite a while to some success, but I think that this deck has a chance to shine again if we can provide some changes based on past experiences. In this case, that translates to adding a 4th color to the deck entirely, and cutting some of the less consistent pieces. I’ll go over the basic premise of the deck, but here’s the current iteration:



It's effectively a 4c good stuff deck that wins with Lingering Souls most of the time, but I think this version is probably better than the original Esper version; the red provides reach with Lightning Bolt and Lightning Helix, and recursion of threats like Monastery Mentor and Snapcaster Mage with Kolaghan's Command. The red splash also provides more sideboard options and other possible threats like Pia and Kiran Nalaar, and cards to shore up the original worst matchup: Tron. Being able to recur Fulminator Mages with Kolaghan's Command or even just the ability to toss in Crumble to Dust should prove pretty useful, as I'm fairly confident that Tron will make a pretty big resurgence once the Eldrazi Menace recedes.

The most difficult parts of playing the deck are the manabase (4 colors, ridiculous right?), and the deck's seemingly conscious desire to draw lands past turn 5/6. I might switch the Vault of the Archangel to a Desolate Lighthouse so I can loot away extra lands, or I might just play a second Painful Truths. Making decisions is hard sometimes. If you guys have any suggestions, feel free to let me know.

I think the biggest strength of this deck is that it plays a lot like Jund, except that we can be a bit more flexible since we’ve got card selection in Serum Visions, and the ability to cast any of our instants or sorceries a second time with Snapcaster Mages. Besides that, we’ve frankly got as much removal as them anyway. Decks like these tend to do pretty well, as they’ve got game against pretty much the entire field, and they don’t straight up crumble to any side board silver bullets like a lot of decks can.

I think that both of these decks are poised to do pretty well once Shadows over Innistrad comes around, and brings a whole new Banned & Restricted list with it. The life span of the Eldrazi is nearly at its end, and who knows, we might even get some new toys to play with when April rolls around.

Written by: Zane Knapp