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Make the Play Monday - Snapback
Feature Article from Michael Flores
Michael Flores
2/17/2014 10:02:00 AM
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Dear Reader,

Before we get started with this week's Make the Play Monday I just wanted to thank all of you.

I know we are only one week down at this point but I am just floored and humbled by the response to Make the Play Monday - Burn, Baby, Burn (Maybe). As I write this, the matching Flores Rewards Friday hasn't even gone up yet.

In the first 24 hours we -- you all really -- collectively crushed TCGplayers records for comments and social media likes. And hey! We're just getting started.

I was pretty sure people would like this column but I was not prepared for the outpouring of interest out of the gate. I aspire to keep you similarly entertained for the duration. Thanks so much for the warm welcome.

Now -- down to business!

Snapback

You sit down to a match of Modern.

Yes, we have Modern on the brain as we have the upcoming event in Amsterdam on the stack, but in this scenario [and because at the time of this writing we don't really have post- Wild Nacatl / post- Bitterblossom / post- Deathrite Shaman public decks yet] you have Innovated a Time Machine and are playing for Top 8 during the PTQs for Pro Tour Dragon's Maze.

You are of course super excited to be playing for the elimination rounds, and even more excited when you win the coin toss. Of course, you opt to play. And then...tragedy!

No lands.

Six.

Tragedy again!

Argh.

You settle on the following, luckily-playable, five-card hand.

Island
Hallowed Fountain
Mana Leak
Spell Snare
Snapcaster Mage

On the play, you lay your Hallowed Fountain, tapped.

Aside:
I know last week's Make the Play Monday was all about playing your first land, but as the only card we can play with an untapped Island would likely be irrelevant on the opponent's first turn on the draw, I think we can generally agree on the Hallowed Fountain.
/end aside

The opponent answers with a tapped Stomping Grounds and passes.

You pull a...

Lightning Bolt

By rote you run the Island and pass with these two lands in play:

[Hallowed Fountain] [Island]

So your hand is now:

Mana Leak
Spell Snare
Snapcaster Mage
Lightning Bolt

Your opponent plays an untapped basic Forest and summons the world's smallest Tarmogoyf.


Scenario 1:

What play, if any, do you make with this deck?

American Midrange by Michael B
Main Deck
Sideboard
2 Aven Mindcensor
4 Geist of Saint Traft
2 Restoration Angel
4 Snapcaster Mage
Creatures [12]
3 Electrolyze
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
3 Mana Leak
4 Path to Exile
2 Remand
2 Spell Snare
1 Sword of Feast and Famine
Spells [23]
4 Arid Mesa
4 Celestial Colonnade
1 Eiganjo Castle
2 Hallowed Fountain
2 Island (255)
1 Mountain (265)
1 Plains (250)
1 Sacred Foundry
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Steam Vents
1 Sulfur Falls
2 Tectonic Edge
Lands [25]
Deck Total [60]


1 Aven Mindcensor
2 Counterflux
1 Disenchant
1 Dispel
3 Molten Rain
1 Spellskite
2 Stony Silence
1 Sword of War and Peace
2 Timely Reinforcements
1 Vendilion Clique
Sideboard [15]





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Scenario 2:

Does your play change if you instead have this deck?

American Control by Benjamin Battle
Main Deck
Sideboard
3 Snapcaster Mage
Creatures [3]
4 Cryptic Command
4 Electrolyze
3 Lightning Bolt
2 Lightning Helix
3 Mana Leak
2 Path to Exile
2 Shadow of Doubt
3 Spell Snare
3 Sphinx's Revelation
2 Supreme Verdict
3 Think Twice
Spells [31]
4 Arid Mesa
4 Celestial Colonnade
2 Hallowed Fountain
2 Island (255)
1 Mountain (265)
1 Mystic Gate
1 Plains (250)
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Steam Vents
2 Sulfur Falls
3 Tectonic Edge
Lands [26]
Deck Total [60]


1 Batterskull
2 Celestial Purge
2 Counterflux
1 Pyroclasm
2 Sowing Salt
2 Spellskite
2 Stony Silence
1 Supreme Verdict
2 Vendilion Clique
Sideboard [15]





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Scenario 3:

How about if the opponent opened not on a Stomping Grounds, but a Blood Crypt?

Last week, Michael Coats + DanandManda Quigley topdecked themselves to $25 TCGplayer gift certificates, each.

To join Michael Coats and DanandManda Quigley, answer in the Facebook comments below:

1. What play (if any) do you make under Scenario One?
2. What play (if any) do you make under Scenario Two?
3. How does a Blood Crypt rather than a Stomping Ground on turn one change either decision?

Check back this Flores Rewards Friday for answers, discussion, and of course prizes!

LOVE
MIKE




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