Running the Gauntlet – UB Daily Event

For today’s RtG, I decided to just test the waters, and throw myself at the mercy of a Daily Event on Magic Online. Not only did I figure that it would give me an idea of what the field looked like, it would highlight how UB actually did in a random sample. Granted, four rounds wasn’t going to solve all my problems, but it would give me a sense of how the deck (and some of the cards I was trying) would work.

I used the same list as last time:

[deck]4 Darkslick Shores
4 Drowned Catacomb
2 Ghost Quarter
9 Island
2 Nephalia Drownyard
6 Swamp
3 Consecrated Sphinx
1 Grave Titan
1 Wurmcoil Engine
4 Snapcaster Mage
1 Black Sun’s Zenith
4 Dissipate
3 Doom Blade
3 Forbidden Alchemy
2 Geth’s Verdict
4 Mana Leak
1 Negate
4 Think Twice
2 Wring Flesh
2 Nephalia Drownyard
2 Steel Sabotage
3 Spellskite
3 Bloodline Keeper
1 Negate
1 Doom Blade
1 Black Sun’s Zenith
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Wring Flesh[/deck]

I really wanted to see how Bloodline Keeper was, and luckily, I got to do just that.

Here are the matches:

Channel LSV: Standard Gauntlet – UB Daily Event

UW Humans

As you can see, I battled against UW Humans three times, so this really was just testing for that matchup. I managed to go an impressive 1-2, but more importantly, I did verify that [card]Bloodline Keeper[/card] is pretty sweet. The matchup as a whole doesn’t seem great, mainly because of how tough it is to deal with certain threats ([card]Hero of Bladehold[/card], [card]Mirran Crusader[/card], and [card]Moorland Haunt[/card] being chief among them). I feel like I got a bit robbed in some of the games, though bad mana really is a hallmark of this Constructed format, especially if you are trying to play an actual 2-color deck (as opposed to mono-white splash blue or the reverse).

Drownyard is as good as advertised

In the one non-Human match I played, I won a game where I cast two spells, both Mana Leaks. That alone basically convinced me that [card nephalia drownyard]Drownyard[/card] is sweet, since it really does make the control matchups comically easy. You never have to tap out, get to play 29 lands, and have a nigh-unkillable win condition. It may take a while, but yo have all the time in the world.

Not quite dun with the deck

So far I’ve not been incredibly impressed with the UB deck, so tomorrow I’m going to try it against mono-Green Dungrove. I figure that playing against UW Humans is similar enough to playing against the various [card]Delver of Secrets[/card] decks, so might as well see how UB does against the Valakut of the format. If it doesn’t step up its game, it might be time for a new deck.



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