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
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.
On the play
On the draw
Embercleave is the most important card in the game. Whoever plays it first, wins.
This is our worst match up. Winning game 1 is extremely important.
This is a very grindy match-up. Personally, I like to play conservative and trade removals for their key creatures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So with a lot of luck, I ended up winning my first major event.
- 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.