As stated before, I’m trying to figure out how good Tezzeret is, what is important in each matchup, and what changes I would like to make (after testing it against the gauntlet).
And accompanying article, by Martin Juza: Forging a Tezzeret Deck.
To see the rest of this deck’s matchups, as well as the current Running the Gauntlet series, click here!
Day 3: RUG, piloted by Matt Nass.
I wasn’t sure how to feel about this matchup coming in. On the one hand, RUG does have Mana Leak and Jace, a combination I had grown to dislike playing against with Tezzeret (or really any deck, now that I think about it). The plus side was that RUG had no easy answer to Forgemaster beyond Jace, and Forgemaster trumps basically the whole deck.
I went 2-1 in preboard games, and did in fact feel favored. As it turns out, RUG being unable to easily kill Forgemaster was a big edge. He may have had Mana Leaks, but Inquisitions and Planeswalkers put him under enough pressure that he either had to use his Leaks or risk having them outclassed. Inferno Titan, while good, was still dealt with easily enough by Tumble Magnet, and would even lose to a Forgemaster straight up. Game one ended up feeling good, but after that it kind of fell apart.
I put in all the anti-spell cards because of his Jaces and Mana Leaks, though they didn’t feel all that effective. I really don’t like Flashfreeze against them, because even though it counters Inferno Titan and Acidic Slime, it is usually too slow to counter Lotus Cobra, and it completely misses their best card against you (Jace).
The results here weren’t very pretty. I went 2-4, and that felt about right. Now, instead of Forgemaster being a trump, it just was a Slime magnet, taking away the biggest edge I had. Precursor Golem was a little annoying, but not enough that I would really worry about it. I still like Go for the Throat more than Doom Blade, because of the Vampires matchup, and some Limited bomb isn’t going to change my mind on that. Once he could deal with Forgemasters, it reduced my active cards to Tezzeret and Jace, and that isn’t enough to base a deck on. That is in fact part of the overall problem I have with this deck; once people board in artifact hate, the main plan of the deck gets much weaker.
Thoughts on the Matchup
While I didn’t like postboard games, game one felt pretty good, and once I finally get those Mana Leaks into the deck it’ll get even better. I still don’t like the extra hand disruption much, and once Tezzeret is better equipped to fight over Planeswalkers, it should have a pretty solid edge. It does suck that there is no easy way to stop the varied Forgemaster hate cards (Nature’s Claim, Acidic Slime out of RUG, Divine Offering out of white decks, etc), since Dispel, Flashfreeze, and Mana Leak all fail to solve some of those problems.
Cards I wanted against RUG
Mana Leak (again). This is going to be a shoo-in come Thursday (where I revamp Tezzeret and play against the field)
Doom Blade. I’m not adding it, but it is worth mentioning if you expect few Vampire decks in your metagame.
In what is a literal Gruesome Encore, Ratchet Bomb is by far the worst card in the deck.
Spell Pierce. Missing on Lotus Cobra, Acidic Slime, Precursor Golem, and Inferno Titan makes this way worse than Mana Leak.
Negate. (see Spell Pierce)
The outlook doesn’t seem that positive for Tezz so far, since I have only managed to post a winning record against UW, and only just barely. Tomorrow I wrap up the gauntlet with Valakut, after which I’ll make changes and battle in a 8-man and a Daily Event on Thursday!