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MagicFest Lyon Report *Winner*

Hi everybody, my name is Biagio. I’m from Salerno, a city in Southern Italy, and this is the story of how I won MagicFest Lyon.

I came to Lyon on Thursday, because my main purpose was to sell and buy cards at the MagicFest. I was well aware of the corona virus situation, but my friends and I took the best precautions we could and the first day went on smoothly.

On Friday night, I decided to play in the main event, because I had already done everything I had to business-wise.

I had to choose between UW control and mono-red. My friends were playing Bant (Adriano, who made the top 8, and Daniele), RB sacrifice, splashing blue for Lazav (Michele), and Temur Reclamation (Alessandro).

After a bit of testing, I decided to play mono-red mostly because it’s a deck that suits my play style. It was better positioned in a metagame with a lot of tricolor decks who deal themselves 4 to 6 damages of shock lands each game compared to UW control.

I selected this deck list:

Standard Mono-Red Aggro

Card Choices

First of all, there are no Rimrock Knights. This is a very bad card in a mirror match and, in my experience, often nothing more than a 2-drop 3-1 with a drawback.

I played Shocks and Phoenixes over Rimrock Knight because they are very good in the mirror and with aggro/creature decks.

Secondly, it contains Experimental Frenzy. I simply love this card. It enables a late game plan for the deck and it is still a great play with Steam-Kin on the battlefield.

Sideboard Plan

Mono-Red

On the play

Out

4 Scorch Spitter
2 Phoenix of Ash
1 Torbran, Thane of Red Fell

In

On the draw

Same as above plus out two Robber of the Rich for two Experimental Frenzy.  If opponent has a lot of 1 drops then replace 2 more Robber with Tibalt.

Embercleave is the most important card in the game. Whoever plays it first, wins.

Bant

Out

4 Bonecrusher Giant
2 Shock

In

2 Unchained Berserker
2 Experimental Frenzy
2 Tibalt
Always keep hands with one drops. Aggressively mulligan into them.

Temur Clover

This is our worst match up. Winning game 1 is extremely important.

Out

4 Bonecrusher Giant
2 Shock

In

2 Lava Coil
2 Experimental Frenzy
2 Embereth Shieldbreaker

Temur Reclamation

Out

2 Bonecrusher Giant
2 Shock

In

2 Experimental Frenzy
2 Tibalt

Game one is easy, post side-boarding it gets tougher. Always try to resolve Anax and play around Brazen Borrowers.

RB/Jund Sacrifice

Out

4 Scorch Spitter
2 Torbran
1 Phoenix

In 

2 Lava Coil
3 Redcap Melee
2 Embereth Shieldbreaker

This is a very grindy match-up. Personally, I like to play conservative and trade removals for their key creatures.

UW control

Easy matchup here, just be careful with the wall from the Birth of Meletis and Anax.

Out

2 Shock

In

2 Experimental Frenzy

Depending on what your opponent is playing, you can sideboard in Berserker and Tibalt for Bonecrusher if you see cards like Banishing Light.

THE TOURNAMENT: DAY 1

I had two byes and my day one ended with defeats from Temur Reclamation, my worst match-up, and Jund food, hard match with all that life gain and many chump blockers.

I won against one Temur Clover, one Reclamation, one RB Sacrifice, and two mirrors. I had a lot of luck, especially in the mirrors, but I didn’t win many dice rolls, which is one of the most important things with this kind of deck.

I was pretty happy with a 7-2 record at the end of the day, and after a quick stop at the casino nearby the location, I was ready for day 2.

DAY TWO

My first opponent was on BR Kroxa. The games were very close but he made some decisions in game 3 to play a little more conservative with removals (The same I would have taken to be honest). That allowed me to go through my deck with Light up the Stage and that cost him the game.

After that, I played a mirror which is always a close game. Lost game 1 to Torbran with a lot of satyr tokens; I won game 2 with Frenzy and in game 3 I attached Embercleave on a very big Anax for 30 damage.

Then, I had to play against Daniele de Luca, one of my friends who traveled with me, who was on Bant Uro ramp.

I won the first game on the play, then he won drawing a lot of Devout Decrees and Aether Gusts. Game 3 he went super conservative with a Gust on my Giant, allowing me to finish him with Embercleave.

After that, I won against Temur Reclamation, and another Italian who was 10-0, using Bant ramp, Daniele Tedeschi.

I went 5-0 and then intentionally drew to top 8.

TOP 8

Quarterfinals

BR Kroxa was on the play. I won game 1 on a mull to 5, and lost game 2 to Claim the Firstborn. I won game 3 because my very unlucky opponent, after mulling and playing Mire Triton on turn two, only milled two Ovens.

Semifinals

I played another mirror. Won the first game with an Embercleave on a Phoenix with Torbran on the field. In game 2, I played Embercleave before my opponent.

Finals

Played Temur Reclamation Game 1 on the draw, and won thanks to Robber. On game 2, post sideboard, I played Embercleave on Anax.

So with a lot of luck, I ended up winning my first major event.

Thanks to:

  • All the bad decisions that led me here.
  • The Wajuni, Daniele for the deck, Adriano for the tips, Michele for being Michele, Alox for the water.
  • Rhe Last Will team and 95mtg.

Now stay safe at home and play lots of Magic.

Biagio Ruocco

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