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Today I will be presenting not one, but two interviews from the pilots of two new decks that made the top eight of yesterday's block tournament. Below is the top eight followed by both interviews. Enjoy!
7-10-07 12:00pm TSP Block Constructed (85 players)
1. ST4KZ - U/B/w Teachings
2. lordrandom01 - U/R/g Aggro
3. sandydogmtg - G/U Goyf
4. D e n T z - G/W Goyf
5. Lucindo - G/U Goyf
6. wearelegion - G/W/r Goyf
7. Bard_Taliesin - G/U Goyf
8. dadadad - Aeons of Flourishing
* The Finalists Split
Me: How has the mana base been working out for you? I notice that you aren't running Grove of the Burnwillows
even though you are splashing green.
Lordrandom01: 24 land in addition to four Looter il-Kor
makes everything work out just fine. I have a deep Hatred
for Grove of the Burnwillows
. I do own four, but I believe that they only work well in combination with Kavu Predator
or in the sliver decks. I am playing four Psionic Blast
and four Fiery Temper
which often go to the head, so I would rather not give them any extra life.
Me: How has Reckless Wurm
been for you in this tournament? Arrogant Wurm
used to see tons of play, but Reckless Wurm
can't really seem to earn any respect.
Lordrandom01: Reckless Wurm
is very solid. In the casual rooms, you see a decent amount of decks trying to be built around madness. This is more of a tempo deck with madness conveniently fitting in.
Me: How do you feel your matchup is against the different types of Mystical Teachings
Lordrandom01: If Looter il-Kor
lives, I win. Otherwise, it is a decent game that favors the Mystical Teachings
decks game one. Delay
come in after sideboard to help turn the tide in that matchup.
Me: How do you feel about your other matchups in the format?
Lordrandom01: My matchup against any of the Tarmogoyf
decks and Mono Blue Pickles are both very much in my favor and Poisonous Slivers is very easy because they roll over to Dead/Gone
. White Weenie is normally a pretty difficult matchup and Wild Pair
Slivers crushes me.
Me: Thanks a lot for your time and good luck in the top eight.
Me: The deck you have here is very unique. Explain really what is going on here.
dadadad: Brine Elemental
+ Vesuvan Shapeshifter
accumulates most of my wins. Taking five turns in a row is pretty powerful as well. Honestly, what do decks do to Threaten
you? Decks in this format give their opponent so much time, and Counterspell
decks just don't play enough counterspells. Most people believe that Rites of Flourishing
helps them out, but I still do receive the Exploration
effect the turn its comes into play. The deck is designed to utilize the cards Rites of Flourishing
gives more than the decks you play against. Rites of Flourishing
also makes the drawback of Fathom Seer
Me: How often do you cast Walk the Aeons
dadadad: It really depends how many lands you have in play and what you have in your hand. You don't really want to go under six to seven lands. The only time I like to buy it back is when I have Rite of Flourishing in play or a lot of lands in the late game. Luckily, it is very easy to accumulate a bunch of lands.
Me: What is Magus of the Jar
dadadad: I rarely use the Magus, but it is really good against sliver decks. I made a guy draw 21 cards in one turn and decked him. Magus of the Jar
can help against any deck but it is pretty hard to keep alive. But if it does live…
Me: Any last words?
dadadad: It's hard to give a playbook on how to play the deck. It just takes time and trial and error. It's basically instinct which is probably why I do so poorly in the mirror. I have really been wanting to add Pongify
to side in against opposing Vesuvan Shapeshifters.
Me: Thanks a lot and good luck in the top eight.
There ya have it everyone. Two more decks to consider for your Pro Tour Qualifiers. TSP Block Constructed is wide open so choose a deck that you know how to play well and enjoy playing for you future Pro Tour Qualifiers.
See everyone tomorrow!