The Event Deck Project, Test Run with the First Changes

So, I made some changes to the Ultimate Sacrifice Event Deck and went to another test run with it.

In case you are new here, here’s the earlier articles on the subject:

The initial review and explanation

The traditional test run in an FNM with the deck as is

The trades I made and some ideas on what the deck might look like

Actually, I didn’t go with that 75, so here’s the list I ran:

[deck]
[creatures]
1 Bloodsoaked Champion
3 Blisterpod
4 Carrier Thrall
2 Sultai Emissary
4 Zulaport Cutthroat
4 Catacomb Sifter
4 Grim Haruspex
4 Nanutko Husk
2 Smothering Abomination
1 Hangarback Walker
[/creatures]
[spells]
1 From Beyond
2 Evolutionary Leap
2 Corpseweft
2 Murderous Cut
[/spells]
[lands]
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Jungle Hollow
3 Llanowar Wastes
6 Forest
5 Swamp
2 Rogue’s Passage
[/lands]
[sideboard]
2 Ultimate Price
1 Merciless Executioner
2 Whisperwood Elemental
3 Duress
3 Caustic Caterpillar
4 Jaddi Offshoot
[/sideboard]
[/deck]

Round One: Abzan Hardened Scales

I lost the first game to an [card]Undergrowth Champion[/card] with protection from black and a huge [card]Managorger Hydra[/card]. Second game I won pretty easily by getting my engine going and the third game was very close and I had to make an attack where pretty much any removal spell would have ended me, but gladly I was able to use [card]Rogue’s Passage[/card] to push through enough damage.

I sided in [card]Caustic Caterpillar[/card]s, [card]Ultimate Price[/card]s and [card]Merciless Executioner[/card], although the last one was probably a mistake, but I didn’t see [card]Hangarback Walker[/card] in the first game and I just didn’t think about it while sideboarding. I boarded out [card]Corpseweft[/card]s, [card]From Beyond[/card] and [card]Blisterpod[/card]s.

Admittedly, my opponents deck wasn’t quite optimal either. It didn’t feature sideways fixing at all and it was playing [card]Drana, Liberator of Malakir[/card] with probably a pretty low count of black mana sources. Getting both [card]Undergrowth Champion[/card] and Drana to work properly in the same deck with a third color isn’t easy.

2 – 1 for the match, 1 – 0 overall

Round 2: Mardu Dragons

Admittedly I lost this because I played poorly. I also judged the event and was thus paying attention to things outside of our match, which lead to me making a crucial mistake in the second game (after winning the first one) which cost me the game. Same thing happened in the third game, although that was just stupid. I could have attacked his [card]Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker[/card], but attacked him instead, which meant he could attack me for 12 with the Sarkhan and [card]Kolaghan, Storm’s Fury[/card], which I knew about.

1 – 2 for the match, 1 – 1 overall

Round 4: Wu Weenie

A bunch of low drops from white and [card]Dragonlord Ojutai[/card] to finish the opponent off. I lost the first game because I couldn’t get to the very important third mana (as you can see, the mana curve is a bit off and very focused on that part).

The next two games I was simply able to get my engine going and he didn’t stand a chance. Especially the third game was mine, when I was able to get [card]From Beyond[/card] going and eventually just drained him out without attacking once.

2 – 1 for the match, 2 – 1 overall

Round 4: Temur

Again, lost the first game to mana screw, but its just so hard to take a mulligan with a two land hand. Still, managed to get the other two games, although the third game was very close when my opponent cast a 6/6 [card]Woodland Wanderer[/card] on turn three and again on the next turn. Still, he didn’t have much removal in his deck, so a topdecked [card]Nantuko Husk[/card] was able to save me.

2 – 1 for the match, 3 – 1 overall

Overall

Putting the [card]Corpseweft[/card]s into the main deck wasn’t a good idea. Seemed clunky, although I could still see playing on in the main and another in the sideboard. Against any control or attrition based decks, its very strong.

Also, if you can get [card]Hangarback Walker[/card]s, get them. I probably can’t within the context of this experiment, unless I manage to rip something really good from boosters won with this deck.

At this point, I’d cut the [card]Corpseweft[/card]s from main deck and replace them with [card]Ultimate Price[/card], which is very strong in our meta. Otherwise I’d look into lowering the curve somewhat. Maybe put the fourth [card]Blisterpod[/card] back in or try to get some more [card]Bloodsoaked Champion[/card]s. I’ll probably cut [card]From Beyond[/card] to make room. I’d also rather use [card]Sultai Emissary[/card] than [card]Carrier Thrull[/card], but I just didn’t have extra ones.

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