Report

So it's been a while since I've gone to the T1 tournament at Newark.  This,
unfortunately, means that I haven't been able to post too much results regarding
ABM.  Hopefully I can go by more often from now on.
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ABM has recently been slightly weakened, because it didn't get any really good
cards in the recent expansions.  While cunning wish is becoming a standard in
keeper, and enchantress was blessed with pretty much everything it could
possibly want in an expansion in Onslaught, ABM didn't really get anything too
spectacular.  However, because the inherent strength of ABM, it will take a lot
more than the other archtypes getting a few new toys to significantly affect the
viability of ABM.

I also hadn't been playing magic too much recently, and when I was playing my
deck, I just felt as if I wasn't in tune with it.  This shows up in both what I
feel was bad luck and some horrendous play mistakes, and you'll get to see
examples of both in this report.

Despite all these things going against me, ABM still managed to finish with a
3-1 record.  I didn't stick around to see exactly what rank that worked out to
be, but it must have been 4th place.  Hopefully, future expansions will have
some cards that ABM can use, and I will be able to get back in the groove with
my deck.

Anyway, on to the report.

Match 1:  Fishhead playing keeper.
In the first game, Fishhead mulls to 6, and keeps his hand.  He counters some
stuff and I develop my board position to a fairly decent level.  Eventually,
Fishhead runs out of counters, but has a morphling on the table.  I have pretty
good position, but no immediate way to deal with morphling.

And then I concede the game.

Yup, you read that right.  I just randomly conceded the game.  I was at 5 life,
but I had 3 lands and a zuran orb in play, with a mystic enforcer in hand (which
I could have cast next turn, due to some artifact mana), along with a devout
witness and a meddling mage on the board.  I'm still not sure why I did that...
My brain just froze up, and I decided that it was a hopeless position.  About
three seconds afterwards, I realized that the game was in a quite winnable
state, and that it was a mistake to concede.

Ah, well, what's done is done.  On to game 2.

In game 2, Fishhead gets 3 mana drain in his opening hand, along with a REB (I
think he also got the blue mox-blue land start, but I'm not too sure).  I get no
white mana source.  Well, that sucked.

So I start off with a ignominious loss to keeper.  We play 2 more games
afterwards, and we split those 1-1.

Match 2: Gim playing Black burn.
Gim is playing a strange deck, with phyrexian arenas, bunch of black "drain"
spells, bunch of "edict" effects, and mirari.

In game 1, he gets multiple phyrexian arenas out, while I lose all my basic lands
due to discard (whatever that card is, the one that causes your opponent to
discard a card for every swamp in play).  I eventually play enough creatures so
that the next swing would kill him, but I get burned out.

I don't remember much about games 2 and 3.  I win without much trouble, with
Mind doing more or less what it's suppose to do.

Match 3: Tom playing a pox variant
I win this match 2-0.  Enforcer was a headache for a mostly black deck, and land
tax poses all the standard problem against black discard.  I don't remember too
much of the details though.

Match 4:  Justin playing Parfait
In game 1, I use my tax-rack more efficiently, thanks to ABM's greater amount of
artifact mana and lower mana curve.  And when two decks with tax-rack face off,
the one that can tax-rack better wins.  

In game 2, Justine gets mana screwed.  He eventually recovers with a sol ring
and a marble diamond, but I play 2 seals of cleansing to destroy those two
cards.  Also, the fact that I had (once again) more artifact mana and lower mana
curve meant that I could play more efficiently with tax-rack.  Eventually, two
of my 2/2 guys beat down for the win, demonstrating another strength of ABM over
Parfait:  the ability to go Aggro to take advantage of your opponent's temperary
vulnerabilities, such as being mana screwed.

So, at the end of the day, I go 3-1.  I'm somewhat disappointed, because my loss
came from the one matchup against keeper, which was the only tier 1 deck I
played, which was therefore the one match that mattered the most, which I should
have been able to win.  So the my matchups today wasn't as tough as some of the
other days at C&J's.  But still, 3-1 isn't too shabby, considering that I
started off the tournament by randomly conceding a game for no good reason.

Oh, and here's the decklist:

5 Islands
5 Plains
2 Undiscovered Paradise
2 City of Brass
3 Gemstone Mine
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Diamond
1 Sol Ring
1 Library of Alexandra

4 Land Tax
3 Scroll Rack
1 Trade Routes
1 Zuran Orb

2 Mystic Enforcer
2 Whirlpool Warrior
2 Devout Witness
2 Medding Mage

1 Ancestral Recall
1 Fact or Fiction
1 Time Walk
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Mind Twist
1 Yawgmoth's Will
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Regrowth
1 Balance

1 merchant scroll
4 Force of Will
2 Back to Basics
2 Powder Keg
1 Swords to Plowshares
1 Fire/Ice
1 diabolic edict

60 cards total

Sideboard:
3 Swords to Plowshares
2 Meddling Mage
2 Misdirection
2 Back to Basics
2 Seal of Cleansing
1 Orim's Chant
1 Abeyance
1 Propaganda
1 Tormod's Crypt

15 cards total

So, my record in sanctioned tourneys with ABM are 3-1, 3-0-2, 2-1-1, and 3-1. 
The total win record works out to be 11-3-3.  One of those losses comes from a
mirror match.  If I include timw's record with ABM (which is 6-2, IIRC), the
total win record of ABM in sanctioned type 1 tourmanemts is 17-5-3.  I have
never failed to place in the top 4 with A Beautiful Mnid.

Hopefully the solid win record above will encourage other people to learn and
try out the deck.  I would also appreciate any helpful comments you have on the
deck.