MTG FNM Report – TeMore Dragons

A couple weeks ago, I took a slightly retooled version of my previous Temur Dragons list to FNM at Outerlimits in Melville. Here’s what I brought to the table:

4x Elvish Mystic
3x Rattleclaw Mystic
1x Hangerback Walker
4x Frost Walker
1x Deathmist Raptor
1x Yasova Dragonclaw
1x Managorger Hydra
1x Boon Satyr
4x Savage Knuckleblade
4x Thunderbreak Regent
2x Surrak, the Hunt Caller
3x Stormbreath Dragon
3x Sarkhan Unbroken
4x Crater’s Claws
1x Treasure Cruise
4x Temple of Epiphany
2x Temple of Mystery
1x Temple of Abandon
3x Wooded Foothills
3x Shivan Reef
1x Yavimaya Coast
2x Mana Confluence
2x Haven of the Spirit Dragon
4x Forest
1x Mountain
4x Disdainful Stroke
3x Feed the Clan
3x Destructive Revelry
2x Anger of the Gods
2x Wild Slash
1x Treasure Cruise


This time I took out the four Goblin Rabblemasters that I played previously and replaced them with four different three drops to get a feel for which I would prefer to play.


Round 1: 2-0 vs Mardu Midrange
The first game was a super tight race, but Surrak put me ahead for the win. In game two my opponent got stuck on three lands for a few turns and I managed to draw enough guys to play through his removal and finish him off before he could really get going. I played Yesova once, and while she traded I never got to activate her ability. I also decided that in this matchup, Stubborn Denial would have been much more useful than Disdainful Stroke.

Round 2: 1-2 vs Abzan Rally the Ancestors Combo
In the second round, I played down against a really sweet combo deck using Rally the Ancestors. I must admit, I had no idea what was going on and he crushed me game one.

The deck works by using Rally the Ancestors to return a bunch of cheap creatures including Mogis Marauder and Nantuko Hust to attack for massive damage all at once.

I threw the match with a really bad misplay in game three where I had him chump blocking on the ground and tapped out to play Sarkhan. I should have left mana open to counter the Rally that destroyed me on the next turn. Oh well… we live and learn.


Round 3: 2-1 vs Abzan Evolutionary Leap
It seemed to be my night for playing Abzan combo decks. This round I was matched up against a deck using Evolutionay Leap to sacrifice a bunch of cheap value creatures like Black Cat and Sulti Emissary, cycling through the deck to a succession of Flashbag Marauders and  Siege Rhinos.

I managed to win in the air  thanks at least partially to Sarkhan who seemed like great value. Disdainful Stroke was also good, but again, I think Stubborn Denial would have been better.

Deathmist Raptor saw the board a few times, and was quite underwhelming.

Round 4 – 2-1 vs Mono-White Aggro
The last round saw me playing up against the only undefeated player and a Mono-White Aggro deck. He ran over me in game one,but Feed the Clan was spectacular in games two and three, giving me the time to stabalise and beat him with dragons in the air. I sideboarded out Frostwalkers, but I’m not sure if I should have left them in to trade early. Maybe Surrak could come out when I’m not trying to race on the ground instead.

All told, I went 3-1 on the evening and I think I came second. I had lots of fun with my deck and saw some cool brews from my opponents. None of the new three drops really stood out to me, but that just means they need more testing. I do think that next time I’m going to try some Stubborn Denials either in the mainboard or the sideboard.

“You are beneath contempt. Your lineage will be forgotten.” Disdainful Stroke, flavour text


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