2nd at Mox Sapphire Tournament Sunday Feb 12 at RIW hobbies in Livonia Michigan

Okay. So I wanted to play Gifts. That was the plan all week long. Franklin and I
were going to playtest Friday and Saturday night and come up to RIW Sunday
morning with tweaked Gifts lists that wrecked face. Drinking, smoking, bar
going, and partying all got in the way of that plan. I spent all of Saturday
night until five in the morning playing Mental Magic with Josh Minore and
listening to Elliot Smith and the Postal Service severely inebriated. I don't
regret it for a second. Anyways, I woke up late for the tourney; threw together
my seedy whore of a deck, Burning Slaver, and was ready to play some Vintage.
Actually, I woke up really hung over and babbling. The joke of the day was that
Minore, Danielle, Frankin, Z, and myself stayed at Franklin's appartment
Saturday night, and all slept in his room because he has a space heater and the
temp in the house was sub zero. In spite of the heater, I woke up hung over,
shivvering, and COLD COLD COLD. In my stupidness, I start babbling to Franklin
from across the room who is also feeling the cold, boose and craving for food.
The conversation sounds something like this.

B hey
F morning
B its fucking freezing
F lucky I have a blanket
B how lucky indeed
B I'm so hungry
F me too
B you know what you need
F what?
B Cooker Penguins
F What the fuck are you talking about?
B you know, cooker penguins
F please stop
B no serious, little penguins to cook us all breakfast
JM: what is brian talking about
F I don't know, cooking penguins
B no, cooker penguins. to make breakfast.
F you are being incoherent
B its so cold, its like their natural habitat
JM he's got a point
F don't encourage him
B I don't see why there are not five penguins making pancakes downstairs
F i'm going back to sleep leave me alone
JM you are ridiculous

There were more attendents at the event that I expected. I was happy, we had
drawn a big crowd. Franklin and I again teamed up and dubbed our alliance, team
Cooker Penguins for the day. I'm rocking the scarf and ready to play awesome

I played my Waterbury list card for card. I was so convinced it was good!!!!!!!!
And I thought I'd give it one more chance.

1 Burning Wish
3 Goblin Welder
2 Gorilla Shaman

1 Demonic Tutor
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Yawgmoths' Will

1 Ancestral Recall
4 Brainstorm
1 Echoing Truth
4 Force of Will
1 Gifts Ungiven
4 Mana Drain
1 Mystical Tutor
4 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Time Walk
1 Tinker

1 Black Lotus
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Duplicant
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mindslaver
1 Sol Ring
1 Sundering Titan

1 Darksteel Citadel
2 Flooded Strand
2 Island
1 Library of Alexandria
2 Polluted Delta
1 Snow Covered Island
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
2 Underground Sea
3 Volcanic Island

1 Echoing Ruin
2 Rack and Ruin
1 Red elemental Blast
1 Rolling Earthquake
2 Stifle
1 Pyroblast
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Echoing Truth
1 Deep Analysis
2 Fire / Ice
1 Tormod's Crypt
1 Triskelion

Round one. Slaver (Charly aka cryolyte)

Game one is a joke. I have Library on the draw and outdraw him considerably. He
misses his third land drop and the game is actually over at that point. I set up
a quick Slaver lock and he scoops.
Game two: This game is fairly closely contested. I have a mana Heavy hand
without much business. I counter a few spells and force through a Gifts Ungiven
in response to his Gorilla shaman on the stack, topped by my drain, topped by
his drain. I get Tinker, Sundering Titan, Burning Wish, and Mystical Tutor. he
gives me Burning Wish and Titan. I then Drain his Drain. Untap hardcast Titan
and Annihilate his lands. He untaps and plays a welder, as he already has a
Trike in play. I untap Burning Wish for Rolling Earthquake, Earthquake for Seven
and swing for seven. GG. I rambled much about Cooker Penguins, my opponent was


Ben Perry playing TPS.

Game one I lucksack my way to a victory. I have Vamp for Recall into slops. Turn
two Ben Duresses and sees either a castable Drain or Will. He takes Drain as he
can probably try and go off next turn. I realize I am in big troubles. I rip
Lotus and do stupid things. Game one is mine. Game two: I have absolutely
nothing. I cast turn one Pyrite Spellbomb. He Duresses and sees nothing, and
slops his storm count with Will. Vamps and casts Necropotence for ten. He gets
unlucky and hits nothing, and casts Gifts, but he makes a mistake in the gifts
pile and can't actually win the game anymore. He has to scoop as he is necro
locked, to my Island, Volcanic Island, Pyrite Spellbomb at three life. I get
very lucky. 2-0 I wanted to talk about cooker penguins, but Ben wanted to talk
about fighting Midgets. The conversation was very, very strange.

Round Three: Alana playing Combo Oath

I've been watching this girl play with interest all day. She has an absolutely
savage Oath deck, that Oaths into Yawgmoth's Will via Recoup and Krosan Recl.
She plays a turn one Boseiju and passes. I am very frightened. I play a welder
and pass. She drops Oath, I play some moxen pass. She Oaths up Akroma, I Thirst
and Duplicant it. But she only has three cards in Library, including Krosan
Reclamation and Will and if she makes a land drop enough mana to go off. I draw
Mystical and find Recall for the win.
Game two: I do stupid broken things and kill her on turn two with Yawgmoth's

Round four Josh Franklin. We just draw and talk about how good we are.


Round Five Kurt Fruth - We Id again.


TOP EIGHT- Go go team cooker penguins

Mitch playing Gifts.

I have a lot of Mana and he has a lot of spells and not so much Mana. I Vamp for
Mindslaver and cast it with a welder in play and four mana open. We move to game
two. Game two I do broken shit with Library. At the end of the game he has zero
permanents and I have every permanent in my deck in play. Library has been good
to me once again. Thank god opposing control decks don't play Strip Mine or


Nicolae Almighty playing Wild Zombies

He has me beaten game one. A confidant beating down and I have no business. He
opts to sac his confidant to flashback Cabal Therapy to hit my Force of Will so
he can put a null rod down. It works. He then starts in with Life from the Loam
Strip Mine. I luckily didn't crack my fetches so the going is slow. He draws no
more threats, and I eventually Burning Wish for echoing ruin on his Rod, and
Cast a devastating Yawg Will, and untap with Slaver and make him dredge 16 cards
for the win.
Game two is really weird. I recall and draw for turn into seven artifact mana
sources and Colossus, which is met by Null Rod. He has Bazaar going and pitches
two StPs and I wait as he has only a slow clock. Eventually I find E truth and
EOT bounce the Rod and Cast Darksteel. He can't find his last swords in time. GG


I still have after seven rounds a 100% game win percentage.

REVVY playing Togless Tog.

He gets game one with a turn one Tinker Colossus which I answer with Welder. He
then just draws Moxes and casts tendrils for 12 while I'm at eight. I drain
twice and force to put me at one. One of his storm cards was Walk. So he untaps
and plays will. I lose.

Game two I tinker for colossus turn one and he dies.

Game three: I have Library going but miss repeated land drops. He has a hand of
five cards that doesn't lose. AK 3, Drain, Drain, Drain, Mystical Tutor.

I triple counter the AK and he untaps and plays Will for the win. Pretty savage

I take second place, and am fairly happy; however rattled that he outbroke me
two of three games. I curse at my foil Asian Deltas and Strands for choosing not
to show up Ever.


Rolling Earthquake for claiming another Victim.
Franklin for the beers and the smoke/
Mitch for giving me a foil Asian Echoing Truth to finish off my deck.
Minore/ for being minore
Pac for once again getting savaged by Franklin's Stupid broken bullshit
Revvy for playing well.
Nicolae for showing up and playing a deck that uses Cabal Therapy.
Alana for playing the most savage and interesting deck at the tourney outside of
Everybody for coming out and having a great time.
Dave Rappaport for doing a fine job judging and having fifty minute rounds this
Pam for putting on the event.


Land for never showing up in game three.
Darksteel Colossus for being the most homosexual win condition ever.
Jdizzle for newbing it up and not being at the event. I miss you man.