Sadly, this is my last article on Spellsnare.com. As my first ever article here was a tournament report, which you can find here, I figured it would be a nice conclusion to my time here to have my last article also be a tournament report. Unfortunately, unlike my first article, this one isn’t a top 8 report. Let’s get underway. Here is the list I registered this weekend at Grand Prix Providence.

Creatures (3)
3 Torrential Gearhulk

Planeswalkers (5)
1 Jace, Unraveler of Secrets
3 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited

Spells (26)
3 Glimmer of Genius
4 Grasp of Darkness
3 Murder
4 Void Shatter
1 Summary Dismissal
3 Anticipate
2 Essence Extraction
2 Ruinous Path
1 To the Slaughter
3 Transgress the Mind

Lands (28)
5 Island
9 Swamp
1 Aether Hub
1 Blighted Fen
4 Choked Estuary
4 Submerged Boneyard
4 Sunken Hollow

Sideboard (15)
1 Confirm Suspicions
2 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Negate
1 Summary Dismissal
3 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
3 Flaying Tendrils
1 Transgress the Mind
1 Dispel
1 Sphinx of the Final Word

I played the exact 75 I talked about in my article last week (read it here), but I made a last minute change when I swapped out the 4th Gearhulk for a 3rd Anticipate.

Round 3 – U/W Midrange

Game 1 – I mulled to 6 and kept a 1-lander with an Anticipate on the draw. I missed my land drop on the first 2 turns and then conceded.

Game 2 – I was able to control the board with my 5 mana planeswalkers, and was able to kill counter my opponent’s Westvale Abbey flip with a Summary Dismissal, which created a board wipe for me out of nothing. I closed the game out 2 turns later with double Torrential Gearhulk.

Game 3 – The game went back and forth until I was able to sneak in a Sphinx of the Final Word and rode it to victory.

Sideboarding: In: 1 Dispel, 1 Summary Dismissal, 2 Negate, 1 Confirm Suspicions, 1 Sphinx of the Final Word. Out: 3 Transgress the Mind, 2 Essense Extraction, 1 Grasp of Darkness.

Win 2-1.

Overall record: 3-0

Round 4 – R/W Vehichles

Game 1 – I was able to control the board and kill my opponent with 2 Torrential Gearhulk quickly.

Game 2 – I died very quickly to his onslaught of vehicles and couldn’t kill all the pilots for his vehicles.

Game 3 – My opponent over-extended and dumped his hand of 1/1’s and 1/2’s. Unfortunately, I couldn’t draw Flaying Tendrils for a few of turns and lost.

Sideboarding: In: 3 Flaying Tendrils, 2 Negate, 3 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. Out: 4 Void Shatter, 1 Summary Dismissal, 1 Ob Nixilis Reignited, 1 Jace, Unravaler of Secrets, 1 Transgress the Mind.

Lost 2-1.

Overall record: 3-1

Round 5 – B/G Delirium (Midrange)

Game 1 – I tempo’d my opponent out quickly with double Torrential Gearhulk. Generally speaking, this deck doesn’t win very quickly, but when you draw multiple Gearhulks, it’s very reasonable to try to put them on the table and force your opponent to deal with them.

Game 2 – My opponent mulliganned to 6 and and I had a quick Liliana, the Last Hope emblem, which my opponent realized quickly he could not beat.

Sideboarding: In: 1 Summary Dismissal, 1 Confirm Suspicions. Out: 2 Essence Extraction.

Win 2-0.

Overall record: 4-1.

Round 6 – U/W Midrange

Game 1 – I tempo’d my opponent quickly with a lot of copies of Torrential Gearhulk (you may notice this is becoming a common theme in game 1).

Game 2 – I couldn’t grab any footing between his multiple Spell Queller and Rattlechains and he never let my spells be very impactful. These sort of games can be rough for this deck, but I find that they happen infrequently enough that this I still consider this matchup good.

Game 3 – I mulligan to 6 and didn’t play much Magic, unfortunately.

Sideboarding: In: 1 Dispel, 1 Summary Dismissal, 2 Negate, 1 Confirm Suspicions, 1 Sphinx of the Final Word. Out: 3 Transgress the Mind, 2 Essence Extraction, 1 Grasp of Darkness.

Lost 2-1

Overall record: 4-2

Round 7 – R/W Vehicles

Game 1 – I controlled the board from the get-go and went ultimate on a Liliana, the Last Hope, which was enough to make my opponent concede.

Game 2 – Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet backed up with a lot of removal took over the game and left my opponent in a rough spot. Both of these games were very one-sided and made me feel great about my deck choice.

Sideboarding: In: 3 Flaying Tendrils, 2 Negate, 3 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. Out: 4 Void Shatter, 1 Summary Dismissal, 1 Ob Nixilis Reignited, 1 Jace, Unravaler of Secrets, 1 Transgress the Mind.

Win 2-0.

Overall record: 5-2

Round 8 – R/W Vehicles

Game 1 – I missed an untapped land on turn 6 and couldn’t cast an on-curve Torrential Gearhulk, which would have stabilized the board. My opponent’s draw was fast and my hand really needed that untapped land to let me gain board control, but it never came.

Game 2 – I mulliganned…hard…and got overran…hard.

Sideboarding: In: 3 Flaying Tendrils, 2 Negate, 3 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. Out: 4 Void Shatter, 1 Summary Dismissal, 1 Ob Nixilis Reignited, 1 Jace, Unravaler of Secrets, 1 Transgress the Mind.

Lost 2-0.

Overall record: 5-3

Round 9 – 4-Color Vehicles

Game 1 – I knew coming into this round that I was dead for top 8, but I still wanted to keep myself live for cash, so making it to day 2 in the first place was a must. In game 1, I couldn’t grab any footing and my opponent came out too fast for my draw to handle.

Game 2 – Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet was able to secure the ground, which was enough to end the game with my opponent struggling on limited lands.

Game 3 – My opponent took a mulligan to 6 and I was able to answer his first few early threats and won the game shortly after.

Sideboarding: In: 3 Flaying Tendrils, 2 Negate, 3 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, 2 Ceremonious Rejection. Out: 4 Void Shatter, 1 Summary Dismissal, 1 Ob Nixilis Reignited, 1 Jace, Unravaler of Secrets, 3 Transgress the Mind.

Won 2-1.

Overall record: 6-3

I was able to day 2 with this record but I wasn’t happy about it. I knew going into day 2 I would have a lot of work to do if I wanted any sort of satisfaction in my result.

Round 10 – U/W Midrange

Game 1 – Opponent mulligan to 0 and conceded to my turn 2 Transgress the Mind. Yup, you heard that right.

Game 2 – I recognized how ridiculous it was to be sideboarding knowing nothing about what my opponent was playing. But, you know what they say: hedge your bets! I hedged…wrong. And I got punished…severely.

Game 3 – I lost rather single-handedly to Smuggler’s Copter. The card was very powerful, especially versus the draw that I had and when I was finally able to more or less deal with it, The card filtering that it afforded my opponent was too much for me to handle.

Sideboarding: In: 1 Dispel, 1 Summary Dismissal, 2 Negate, 1 Confirm Suspicions, 1 Sphinx of the Final Word. Out: 3 Transgress the Mind, 2 Essence Extraction, 1 Grasp of Darkness.

Lost 2-1.

Overall record: 6-4.

Round 11 – No Show

Overall record: 7-4.

Round 12 – Mardu Vehicles

Game 1 – My opponent took a mulligan to 5 and I won through a very fast Liliana, the Last Hope emblem.

Game 2 – My opponent drew well and I couldn’t grab any footing in the game. Like I’ve said before, games like this happen with this deck, but not frequent enough to make me not play it.

Game 3 – Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet carried me throughout the game with a lot of removal and life gain

Sideboarding: In: 3 Flaying Tendrils, 2 Negate, 3 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, 2 Ceremonious Rejection. Out: 4 Void Shatter, 1 Summary Dismissal, 1 Ob Nixilis Reignited, 1 Jace, Unravaler of Secrets, 3 Transgress the Mind.

Won 2-1.

Overall Record: 8-4.

Round 13 – B/W Eldrazi Control

Game 1 – I won off of a quick Liliana, the Last Hope emblem. Yes, this is also a big theme in game 1 against many opponents. Liliana provides a great proactive plan when you feel that your opponent isn’t playing into your primary game plan.

Game 2 – My opponent went ultimate an Ob Nixilis Reignited and I couldn’t find any Torrential Gearhulk to try to race.

Game 3 – I took a mulligan to 6 and won off of a protected Liliana, the Last Hope.

Sideboarding: In: 1 Transgress the Mind, 1 Confirm Suspicions, 2 Negate, 2 Ceremonious Rejection. Out: 2 Essence Extraction, 1 To the Slaughter, 2 Grasp of Darkness, and 1 Murder.

Won 2-1.

Overall record: 9-4

Round 14 – Jeskai Dynovault

Game 1 – I forced my opponent to use his energy to kill my planeswalkers instead of directing it at me, and ended up killing him with double Torrential Gearhulk. This matchup feels fantastic.

Game 2 – My opponent mulliganned to 5 and I played a turn 7 Sphinx of the Final Word which was enough for me to take a very comfortable match.

Sideboarding: In: 1 Transgress the Mind, 1 Confirm Suspicions, 2 Ceremonious Rejection, 2 Negate, 1 Summary Dismissal, and 1 Sphinx of the Final Word. Out: 2 Essence Extraction, 2 Void Shatter, 3 Grasp
of Darkness, and 1 Murder.

Won 2-1.

Overall record: 10-4.

Round 15 – B/G Delirium

I ended up conceding to my opponent because he said he needed the second Pro Point as he was
chasing Silver. Sadly, I’m not chaisng Silver and we were both dead for cash, so I felt I had nothing to lose by conceding to him.

All in all, I really enjoyed the deck and would absolutely run it back again. I would definitely change a couple of cards, however. I would want to find some way of fitting 2 Confiscation Coup in the main. Regarding the sideboard, I would probably try to put the 4th Flaying Tendrils in that spot over the Confirm Suspicions. The matches where it is important to cast Tendrils, you want as many copies in your deck as possible so you can find it early before the game gets out of hand.

Thank you all so much for reading this article and any of my articles that I’ve written here on Spellsnare.com. If you haven’t read my other articles here, do that. I highly recommend them.

From Andrew and Jonah, Founders of Spellsnare.com:

Zack,

It’s been a real pleasure getting to work with you here on Spellsnare.com. Your drive to make the site and your articles better each week helped bring the site to where it is today and helped lay the groundwork for where we hope it will be in the future.

Best,

Andrew and Jonah

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