SCG Baltimore

Turns out, most folks just don’t respect the power of the undead, and hopefully I taught some of them the error of their ways this past weekend in Baltimore. The hometown SCG started with a flight for yours truly from Atlanta, where I’d spent the previous week hanging out with fellow Magic players Zan Syed and Michael Segal, to Baltimore, where I would be hosting some of the other gurus at my house for the duration of the weekend.

Things got off to a rocky start when my bag went missing at BWI, but luckily we were able to get it after only a few minutes of waiting at the Southwest help desk. My younger brother, Efrem, had been waiting outside during this ordeal, and we all piled into his car to drive to my good friend Alex Majlaton’s house, in the DC suburb of Lanham. His brother, Khalil, had been working on my old Subaru to bring it up to snuff, but when we arrived, we learned that Khalil still needed a part to actually, you know, fix the biggest problem with the car. Unfortunately, running from one auto parts store to another on a Friday afternoon wasn’t what I’d had in mind, and Brad Carpenter and I started to get nervous that we might miss the gunslinging event at MTGFirst if Khalil didn’t get this show on the road. Just in time, though, the car fired up clean, the check engine light didn’t flash, and we were finally able to trundle on back up to Baltimore in my car to get to gunslinging in the nick of time.

Of course, I still needed to actually get cards together for my Dredge deck, which I had hoped I’d be able to do in the hours before gunslinging, but, you know, two trips to AutoZone put an end to that plan. Alex was gracious enough to lend me most of his copy of Dredge, and I’d had the foresight to preorder a bunch of the random commons and uncommons from StarCityGames, so I was fairly confident that I’d piece it all together, but it’s still an annoying stressor to not have your 75 sleeved up well in advance.

As for the Challenge a Guru event, it went great! MTGFirst was a great host, and it was heartening to see so much interest from my hometown local players in what Team MGG was doing. We stayed for extra time because almost everyone at the store wanted a crack at the gurus! So, tired and a bit concerned with completing my deck, I finally got home with Jim and Brad in tow around 11:30 PM, got some snacks (because I hadn’t eaten all day, I’d been flying and then dealing with auto repairs), and passed out.

I had to wake up extra early, unfortunately, to pick up a second copy of Dredge for a local friend who wanted to play my 75. I was short on sleep, a bit unsure of my final list, and nearly blinded by my allergies. I wanted nothing more than to have a nice, smooth tournament, but fortunately that’s exactly what Dredge delivered! Here’s the list I ended up playing to a grand total of two losses in fifteen rounds played. (I’m discounting my one bye and my concession and draw in the final Swiss rounds.)


Lands (20)
Blackcleave Cliffs
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Copperline Gorge
Dakmor Salvage
Gemstone Mine
Ghost Quarter
Sheltered Thicket
Stomping Ground
Wooded Foothills

Creatures (19)
Golgari Thug
Haunted Dead
Prized Amalgam
Stinkweed Imp

Spells (21)
Cathartic Reunion
Collective Brutality
Faithless Looting
Life from the Loam
Sideboard (15)
Engineered Explosives
Vengeful Pharaoh
Leyline of the Void
Ancient Grudge
Maelstrom Pulse

It was a wonderful list, and I wouldn’t change a card. I basically steamrolled almost everyone I played against, losing two close matches to Todd Anderson (in Round Three) and Brad Nelson (in the finals) because of misplays. Sucks to suck, I guess! The moral of the story is, Dredge is busted, undead lives matter, and if you’re going to SCG Charlotte in two weeks, you’ll probably lose to me if you aren’t packing hate.

Props go out to my mom for feeding me, Jim, and Brad when we got home late Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, and to Alex and Steve for lending me multiple copies of Dredge. Slops go out to everyone who is salty about losing to Dredge when they are playing some second- or third-tier pile of garbage. See you all in Charlotte, then Vegas!