The site was down for a large portion of Sunday, and that was pretty unfortunate. I normally do a lot of work to the next weeks’ worth of content during Sundays, and not having access to the site was a real bummer. In fact I’m actually writing this update at 9 a.m. I’m uploading the videos to Youtube as I type and listening to Postmodern Jukeboxes cover of Wake Me Up. All things considered this is not the worst way to spend a rainy, windy Monday in Kentucky.
It may not be the best either.
Today I am taking a look at a deck I found on Twitter. I stumbled upon it while browsing my feed of college basketball and magic personalities. It’s from Thiago Saporito, who recently finished in the top four of Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir. You may know him better as bolov0. This tweet after a MOCS prelim really caught my attention. I’m not a burn player, but I do enjoy blue cards. I also think that Treasure Cruise is criminally underplayed in the Standard format.
5-1 a MOCS Prelim losing to myself, at least I had fun playing this :3 pic.twitter.com/4OtKydxuhg
— thiago saporito (@bolov0) November 8, 2014
For those of you who can look at the picture on twitter, here is the actual decklist.
UR Burn by bolov0
Years ago I played a Counter Burn list at Regionals. Two people played the list in the event, and we got paired up against each other in the first round. It went downhill from there. I do enjoy a unique list though, and to me this one certainly is unique. While the blue splash is there just for a small number of cards Treasure Cruise is what makes the splash worthwhile. Whenever I play burn decks I am oftentimes forced into relying on the top of my deck to finish my opponent off. Cruise gives the archetype much needed reach. Being able to turn the burn that has been sent to the face to find more burn to finish off the opponent is amazing.
I’m pressed for time considering that it’s now a little after ten in the morning. The videos are uploaded, so I need to publish those, set up the playlist and show them off.
We’re battling our friend Casper again. He is on Abzan Aggro. Here is the list he was playing.
This is a fairly stock list of Abzan Aggro. I was not really feeling the matchup. I thought the lifegain from Siege Rhino, Sorin, Solemn Visitor and Wingmate Roc would favor him in the late game, so my goal was to punish him for playing cheap cards with Eidolon of the Great Revel. The pressure of burn and taking damage every time he cast a spell outside of the ones I mentioned would help me make the life gain come a little too late. I felt like an underdog in the preboard games, but post board I’d be bringing in some counter magic, mass removal and a Planeswalker to help me in the later parts of the game.
Let’s take a look at the deck in action!
Well those games played pretty much like I thought that they would. I would either put up a ton of pressure with my burn or get weird hands where I drew more creatures than I needed to. The deck was very exciting to play though, and a lot of fun to battle with. The Tresure Cruises were just as good as I thought that they would be and I fell in love with the card and want to cast it in just about every deck I play now. While that may not be great in Standard, a guy can dream right?
Next week on Bad Matchup Monday Casper will be playing UB control and I’ll be on Ross Heroic. Someone got crushed, but I’m not saying who!
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