Friday Night Magic Recap from June 27th


Hello everyone! My name is Dan Kalinowski and I’m taking over the reins of the Dave and Adam’s Friday Night Magic blog. A little about myself; I started playing Magic back during the Affinity-driven days of Mirrodin/8th Edition. You might know me as a regular at our Friday Night Magic tournaments at our Transit Road store, where I can usually be found running some flavor of aggro deck. I’d like to give you all a little look into our weekly event.

This week we had 103 participants between our Standard and Modern tournaments. The numbers seem to grow more and more every week, with lots of new faces showing up each time.

After the second round I sat down with Nathan Ohmit and talked to him about his deck.


Through our conversation I learned Nathan’s deck originally started as a Scars of Mirrodin draft deck, and he decided to just keep building on it. One thing I noticed was that the deck had a soldier sub-theme. Between Auriok Steelshaper, Brimaz, King of Oreskos, and Etched Champion, there are quite a few soldiers. I asked him about the reprint of Preeminent Captain in the upcoming Magic 2015 and he seemed very excited about it. Despite not getting the token from Brimaz, getting mana for free is nothing to sneeze at.


(Alters done by Greg Paladino)

The lucky winner of the Standard portion of night was Adam Schop, running his take on Jund Monsters:

Ghor clan rampager x3
Courser of kruphix x3
Scavenging ooze x3
Elvish mystic x4
Sylvan caryatid x4
Polukranos world eater x4
Stormbreath dragon x4

25 Creatures

Domri rade x4
Xenagos the reveler x3
Ultimate price x2
Abrupt decay x2
Mizzium mortars x1

12 Non-Creature Spells

Forest x4
Overgrown tomb x4
Blood crypt x3
Temple of malice x2
Stomping ground x4
Temple of abandon x4
Mutavault x2

23 Lands


Mistcutter hydra x3
Nylea’s disciple x3
Rakdos return x2
Golgari charm x2
Putrefy x2
Mizzium mortars x1
Doom blade x1
Vraska the unseen x1


Moving on to our Modern event, our winner this week was Rob Saraceno. Rob went 4-0 running a Mono-Green Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx/Genesis Wave combo deck:

RobS2x Strangleroot Geist
4x Eternal Witness
2x Wistful Selkie
1x Craterhoof Behemoth
4x Arbor Elf
4x Burning-Tree Emissary
3x Elvish Visionary
3x Primeval Titan

23 creatures

4x Garruk Wildspeaker
1x Primal Command
1x Beast Within
4x Genesis Wave
2x Fertile Ground
4x Utopia Sprawl

16 Non-creature spells
4x Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
1x Kessig Wolf Run
2x Stomping Ground
14x Forest

21 Lands


2x Ghost Quarter
4x Nature’s Claim
4x Creeping Corrosion
2x Nylea’s Disciple
1x Strangleroot Geist
1x Mistcutter Hydra
1x Elvish Visionary

Here’s how the deck works in Rob’s own words: “The deck revolves around generating absurd amounts of mana and either chaining together Genesis Waves that hit a Craterhoof Behemoth, by playing a Primeval Titan to find Kessig Wolf Run and make any creature a lethal threat, or lock your opponent out of the game by primal commanding their permanents on top of their library and fetching an eternal witness to repeat this process.”

Untapping a Nykthos with a Garruk Wildspeaker to cast a gigantic Genesis Wave seems like one of the splashier things you can be doing in Modern, especially if your opponent doesn’t have a way to interact.

Here we have our upcoming events for the month of July, including Kaijudo every Thursday night, Friday Night Magic every Friday (including the 4th of July), and Magic 2015 pre-release tournaments Friday the 11th at Midnight, Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th. We hope to see you all there!

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