SCG Louisville Open

Blog post - May 24, 2017


Team Constructed is one of the newest formats on the SCG Tour, and it’s also one of the most fun! For SCG Louisville, I would team up with Frank Skarren and Ben Friedman to form an all Team MGG squad, while Brad Carpenter would be joined by friends Ali Antrazi and Harlan Firer.

The trip would start a few days earlier for Frank and I however, as we would be visiting Indianapolis on our way to Louisville, home of one of our partners BCW Supplies.

Not only was it great to meet the rest of the BCW team, it was also awesome to see their offices and warehouse and to really get to know the business behind the logo we proudly wear on our jerseys. They run a tight ship over there, with a great staff and impressive workplace. We also got to leave with some new swag, including a few nice pieces of BCW apparel, a few products we can’t even talk about yet, and this very nice Z-Folio 12-pocket zipper binder for Frank.

Rick Kivett, our BCW representative who travels with us to events and helps to run our Challenge a Guru events graciously hosted Frank and I on Thursday and Sunday nights, and it was great to finally meet his family.

Speaking of our Challenge a Guru events, we had an awesome one this time at Through the Decades cards! The store was great, the line was out of the door, and it was one of our most successful events yet.

Saturday however it was time for business, with Frank, Ben, and I settling on our final decklists:

Ben Friedman15th PlaceSCG Louisville Open
Sultai ControlLegacy5/20/2017
Creatures (13)
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Snapcaster Mage
3 Gurmag Angler
2 True-Name Nemesis

Lands (22)
3 Wasteland
1 Creeping Tar Pit
4 Polluted Delta
3 Verdant Catacombs
2 Misty Rainforest
3 Underground Sea
1 Tropical Island
1 Bayou
2 Island
1 Swamp
Planeswalkers (3)
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Liliana of the Veil

Spells (23)
4 Brainstorm
4 Fatal Push
4 Force of Will
3 Collective Brutality
3 Ponder
2 Thought Scour
1 Spell Snare
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Counterspell
Sideboard (15)
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 Flusterstorm
3 Surgical Extraction
2 Marsh Casualties
4 Thoughtseize
2 Engineered Explosives
2 Diabolic Edict

Frank Skarren15th PlaceSCG Louisville Open
UW AggroStandard5/20/2017
Creatures (22)
4 Glory-Bound Initiate
2 Walking Ballista
4 Spell Queller
2 Selfless Spirit
4 Archangel Avacyn
4 Thraben Inspector
2 Eldrazi Skyspawner

Lands (24)
4 Prairie Stream
4 Port Town
3 Irrigated Farmland
9 Plains
4 Island
Planeswalkers (4)
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Spells (10)
3 Censor
2 Metallic Rebuke
2 Declaration in Stone
2 Stasis Snare
1 Aethersphere Harvester
Sideboard (15)
1 Cast Out
1 Irrigated Farmland
1 Metallic Rebuke
3 Fumigate
2 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
1 Declaration in Stone
1 Descend upon the Sinful
1 Jace, Unraveler of Secrets
1 Eldrazi Skyspawner
1 Dispel
2 Negate

Jim Davis15th PlaceSCG Louisville Open
Creatures (23)
4 Prized Amalgam
4 Insolent Neonate
4 Bloodghast
4 Stinkweed Imp
4 Narcomoeba
3 Golgari Thug

Lands (20)
4 Copperline Gorge
2 Dakmor Salvage
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Arid Mesa
1 Bloodstained Mire
2 Stomping Ground
2 Blood Crypt
1 Steam Vents
2 Mountain
Spells (17)
4 Faithless Looting
4 Cathartic Reunion
4 Life from the Loam
2 Collective Brutality
3 Conflagrate
Sideboard (15)
2 Collective Brutality
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Gnaw to the Bone
1 Vengeful Pharaoh
1 Bojuka Bog
2 Maelstrom Pulse
2 Thoughtseize
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Lightning Axe
1 Ghost Quarter

I would be playing a deck I’ve really grown fond of in Modern Dredge, with a few tweaks based on Ben’s Collective Brutality-heavy version of the deck. Ben would be playing what was essentially just Esper Stoneblade minus any white cards, and Frank was trying out a version of UW Flash in Standard that we felt had a good Aetherworks Marvel matchup.

Everything went according to plan on day one, as we cruised to a 8-1 record. Unfortunately day two was not as kind to us. We would finish a disappointing 2-4 on the day, losing a win-and-in for top 8 in the last round.

It’s unfortunate that after such a strong start we didn’t make top 8, but sometimes that’s just Magic. A few small errors here and there compounded with some poor luck and rough mulligans, and that was that. Even so we finished at a respectable 15th place for some cash and SCG Tour points, so it wasn’t a total loss.

Brad however was able to salvage the weekend nicely. Brad’s team failed to make day two, but Brad simply took his Abzan Company deck into the Modern Classic on Sunday and didn’t drop a game en route to taking the whole thing down.

Brad Carpenter1st PlaceSCG Louisville Classic
Abzan CompanyModern5/21/2017
Creatures (30)
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Devoted Druid
2 Noble Hierarch
2 Viscera Seer
4 Vizier of Remedies
2 Duskwatch Recruiter
2 Walking Ballista
4 Kitchen Finks
4 Eternal Witness
1 Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
1 Fiend Hunter

Lands (22)
3 Horizon Canopy
2 Gavony Township
4 Windswept Heath
4 Verdant Catacombs
2 Temple Garden
2 Overgrown Tomb
1 Godless Shrine
2 Forest
1 Plains
1 Swamp
Spells (8)
4 Chord of Calling
4 Collected Company
Sideboard (15)
3 Tidehollow Sculler
3 Path to Exile
1 Abrupt Decay
1 Anguished Unmaking
2 Tireless Tracker
1 Linvala, Keeper of Secrets
1 Qasali Pridemage
1 Selfless Spirit
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric

Up next the SCG Tour stops in Baltimore, where we will once again be playing Modern.

Our Challenge a Guru event is once again on Friday evening, this time at MTG First Game Center in Glen Burnie, MD. Come down, say hi, challenge us to a game, and get ready for SCG Baltimore this weekend!