Report

This is just a quick report. I wrote some notes, but man does my handwriting
suck.

Stats:
18 Players, 5 Rounds

The Decklist: "Tower" Noble Fish

4 Force of Will
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Time Walk
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Black Lotus
2 Swords to Plowshares
3 Null Rod
2 Aura of Silence
2 Daze
3 Spell Pierce
4 Noble Hierarch
3 Cold-Eyed Selkie
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Qasali Pridemage
2 Aven Mindcensor
3 Trygon Predator
1 Strip Mine
4 Wasteland
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Flooded Strand
3 Tundra
3 Tropical Island
1 Plains
1 Forest
1 Island

SB:
1 Mindbreak Trap
1 Rebuild
1 Hurkyl\u2019s Recall
2 Nature\u2019s Claim
1 Ravenous Trap
2 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Tariff
2 True Believer
2 Pithing Needle
2 Relic of Progenitus

I made a few modifications to the deck for what normally is a Stax heavy meta,
putting True Believer in the board and maindecking Aura of Silence. As it would
turn out, the change was mostly irrelevant as Stax was far and few between at
Mark's, but so were decks that True Believer would help with.

Round 1: Win 2-1 vs Andrew (Keeper) [1-0, 2-1]
I don't have a ton of notes on this match. I know I lost game one after he
Tinkered for Sphinx. I boarded in Recall, Rebuild, and Tariff, taking out Null
Rods after game 2 as there was never a point I liked having Null Rod in my hand
for some reason. Only thing I have on game three was that Selkie got there.

Round 2: Lose 0-2 vs Tom Dixon (BUG Tezz) [1-1, 2-3]
Normally on Keeper, two things really attributed to this loss. Not expecting
anything else from Tom and me drawing blanks for two games. I took out the Auras
against him for 2 Pithing Needle. Both games he dropped to 7... on his own Bobs.

Round 3: Win 2-1 vs Mike Savage (Welder Stax) [2-1, 4-4]
Game 1 is a total blowout with him dropping turn 1 and turn 2 Lodestone Golems
and me taking a mulligan. The board was simple: Take out Mindcensor and 2 Selkie
for Rebuild, Recall, and the 2 Claims. Game 2 was insanely close as he has
Welder, Lodestone, and Karn against my Hierarch, Trygon, and 4/5 Goyf. He drops
Titan to blow up some land, but I keep flying over to put him to 3 and get rid
of Lodestone. I have Recall in hand and try to use it before he attacks, but he
wisely welded Lodestone back in, keeping that from happening. However, I was
able to keep Noble and Trygon alive for the win. Game 3 he mulls to 5 and I drop
2 Goyfs on turn 1 to just beat him down fast with double Force of Will backup
for any threat he drops.

Round 4: Win 2-1 vs Andrew Brady (G/R/W Beats) [3-1, 6-5]
Not a deck you expect and I lose game 1 on no land and no answers. The board:
Take out Null Rod, Aura, and Spell Pierce (I only saw creatures and 1 Sorcery)
and put in True Believer, Ethersworn Canonist, Pithing Needle, and Relic (cause
it as Life from the Loam). The basis was simple, get rid of stuff that was 100%
worthless for stuff not as worthless. Needle was mainly for Mox Monkey. Game 2
both went the same as we both tried to keep each other off mana and I was more
successful, forcing him to only have City of Brass for mana and he had to use
Bolts on my creatures. I probably should have brought Spell Pierce back in Game
3, but I just didn't.

Round 5: ID with Justin [3-1-1, 6-5]

With the Top 8 set, I get the 3 seed. Including the ID, four of my opponents
make the Top 8. The matchups:
1 vs 8 - Justin (Dredge) vs Mike Savage (Welder Stax)
4 vs 5 - Brian Brady (Stax) vs Fenton (Oath)
3 vs 6 - Myself (Noble Fish) vs Andrew (Keeper)
7 vs 2 - Tom Dixon (BUG Tezz) vs the one deck I can't remember

I always hate playing the same person twice, especially in a close matchup,
because very rarely have I ever seen the same results twice. But looking at the
standings before round 5, I knew this was a possibility.

Top 8: Win 2-1 vs Andrew (Keeper) [4-1-1, 8-6]
This time I win Game 1, which had not happened all tournament. My turn 1 play:
Tropical Island, Mox Pearl, Mox Emerald, Black Lotus, Selkie, Pridemage. Yes, I
had one card left and it as a Daze to counter his Jace. I ended up riding Selkie
to win at this point and dropping more exalted creatures. I had the same board
in, but this time I took out the 2 Aura and 1 Null Rod. Game 2 involved me using
Pridemage beats after he used Fire on my Selkie and Noble. I got him to 6, but
then was forced to blow up his Time Vault when he dropped key. It was tons of
draw/go after that until he finally got Tinker for Sphinx and countered my
Swords. For Game 3, I went back to the Auars, taking out Null Rod again. We both
Mull to 6 and we started my matching removal spells on our guys (Swords vs
Edict). I get down Trygon and follow with Mindcensor when he tries to fetch. He
missed on it and I just flew over.

Top 4: Win 2-1 vs Tom Dixon (BUG Tezz) [5-1-1, 9-7] (Other match was Dredge vs
Oath, as both Stax decks lost)
Again, didn't want to see Tom here. Again, I win Game 1 as I drop a quick
Pridemage and just beat down. The Nature's Claims came in this time as I took
out the Auras. Game 2 resembled round 2 as I drew blanks and he just went full
throttle with Bob, Trygon, and a Tinker for Inkwell. I took out the Claims for
Game 3, opting for Tariff and Recall. Game 3 was totally different though as I
drop Noble on turn 1. Here, Tom had a play, but changed it on thinking I had
Daze (which I didn't telegraph at all, but he was right). You could tell he
wanted Jace, but chose to play Trygon. I drop a Goyf and pass back. He goes for
Bob and now I Daze. (At this point, he even says he should have used
Thoughtseize and Bob on turn 1). I get back to back Pridemage and he quickly
scoops.

Meanwhile, the other semi-final was just starting game two, with Dredge up a
game. He won game 2 without ever getting rid of either of Fenton's Leylines.

Finals: Win 2-0 vs Justin (Dredge) [6-1-1, 11-7]
Yes, I won Game 1 vs Dredge, which nobody had done all day. Granted, he mulled
to 5 and found his Bazaar. But he found nothing to dredge and I had turn one
Wasteland. It was just a matter of getting creatures (Selkie and Exalted) and
bashing. The board is basic here: Bring in True Believer, Trap, Relics, and
Needles and take out Null Rod, Aura, and Mindcesnor. Game 2 we both keep seven
and he goes Turn 1 City of Brass. I drop Hierarch and he uses Firestorm. I Daze
quickly, not knowing he still got to discard cards. He only had one Troll and
misses again with the Dredge, losing 2 Bazaars. I pretty much do the same thing
as before, plus dropping Relic and Needle. He has to Claim his own Chalice to
stay alive and in dramatic fashion lost to him tapping City of Brass in response
to Claiming his own artifact with lethal damage attacking.


Yes, much less Stax than expected and I never did play Oath. However, I still
think Noble Fish is very underrated right now and can't be ignored.