Channel Fireball 2K Report: GB Nic Fit
August 26 – it’s been about 2 months since I’ve played competitive Magic and the two decks I have are Turbo Depths and Nic Fit. Based on my chats in the Lands (Depths) Discord, Turbo is not weak but it’s not as well positioned, as best noted by local friend “Solnox”, fewer free wins…. So I decided that I wanted to grind out matches and Green Sun Zenith for random garbage …
First the decklist:
Maindeck (61 card special)
4 Veteran Explorer
2 Tireless Tracker
1 Dryad Arbor
1 Eternal Witness
1 Runic Armasaur
1 Titania, Protector of Argoth
1 Grave Titan
2 Liliana of the Veil
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 Garruk Relentless
1 Nissa, Vital Force
4 Cabal Therapy
4 Green Sun’s Zenith
3 Abrupt Decay
2 Hymn to Tourach
1 Diabolic Edict
1 Diabolic Intent
1 Maelstrom Pulse
1 Toxic Deluge
2 Pernicious Deed
4 Verdant Catacombs
3 Windswept Heath
1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Phyrexian Tower
1 Reclamation Sage
2 Liliana’s Defeat
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Carpet of Flowers
1 Sylvan Library
4 Leyline of the Void
1 Sandwurm Convergence
Quick chat about card choices:
Runic Armasaur – This was me trying to be cute – this saw play approximately 1 time and got immediately exiled. Will not try again.
Sandwurm Convergence – This was a concession to my fear of playing against SnS. I realize having a singleton silver bullet is not the smartest and in hindsight, I would’ve kept my Golgari Charm that I had here.
Liliana’s Defeat – Based on the uptick in UB Shadow, Grixis decks, etc, I felt this card was very well positioned. It helped me win my R3 and was more versatile than I had anticipated.
R1: Gilbert – Eldrazi
I know Gilbert as a friend, he has like 4 decks so I had a 25% chance of knowing what he was playing. We playtested not too long ago and he was on Grixis so that’s what I put him on. Turns out I was wrong haha
Game 1 – No big plays, he leads with Chalice on one so my turn one play of Veteran Explorer (hoping to Therapy twice Turn 2) is gone. I get an Abrupt Decay off the top and am able to take it out, allowing me to Vet, Therapy, FB-Therapy in Turn 3. He plays Reshaper into TKS, I grab Tracker and Armasaur (he clogs the ground well with his 5 toughness. Eventually, I’m able to clear the ground with a LOTV and Edict. Swing for wins
SB: I only side in Rec Sage as I didn’t think any of the other cards were impactful in this match-up
Game 2 – I remember going T1 Cabal Therapy on the blind naming Reality Smasher but turns out he had 2 TKS instead. Thinking back, TKS probably would’ve been the better name but I know that I don’t have to many ways to deal with a Smasher. I was getting beat down pretty badly until back LOTV edict effects. The only thing else I remember from this game was that I top-decked a Grave Titan to win.
R2: Alex – Turbo Depths
Another guy I’ve played with a few times at another LGS – really nice guy and I know that he’s been on Turbo for a bit (we chat in the Discord). Off the bat, I know I’m not well positioned unless I draw well.
Game 1 – My opening hand has GQ and Wasteland so I snap keep; hoping I can draw it out into my bigger threats. I mis-read his plays and blow my GQ too early (even though I know they play basics), needle on Wasteland and me not drawing Abrupt Decay and I lose to EoT make a 20/20.
SB: I side in Surgical but other than that left it alone.
Game 2 – I don’t draw any LD and I draw poorly losing to a 20/20
After the match, I talked to him a bit and he told me that he knows I ran edicts so he was worried about that but I told him that I drew no business spells but I guess my bluff game is strong.
R3: Andrew – BUG Control
Game 1 – This lasted for about 40 minutes. It was a LONG game that featured Bontu’s Last Reckoning and Flash-back Bontu’s Last Reckoning. I win with Nissa Vital Force. There was a lot of back in forth in this match because he drew answers to my threats and I drew answers to his threats. No interesting lines just good ole fashion Magic.
SB: Liliana’s Defeat, Goyf, Choke, Library, and Deluge come in.
Game 2 – My opponent was ahead for quite some time, early Strixes pinged me for 2 a turn until I hit 9 life. I was able to draw into Deed, I blow it for 3 to get rid of the strixes and Leovold that was on the field. Opponent drops a Gurmag of which I know I needed to get rid of, I’m holding a deluge and discard and lands. If I do nothing I die to attacks, so I therapy to take away a ponder (mostly to see if they have countermagic). Then I deluge for 5, opponent draws and does nothing, I draw Last Hope and play, it lands – I begin to tick up. She ticks up and in my mind, I’m thinking man, will I get to ultimate? Opponent also drops a Last Hope so now I’m worried about that too. Turn before I ultimate mine, I draw Liliana’s Defeat, use it on his Last Hope and ultimate next turn. It was fairly exciting.
R4: Andre – UW Stasis
Game 1 – Opponent gets flooded – I beat down with tracker and Nissa VF
SB: Side out the Vets as I put him on Miracles, in Chokes, Carpet, and Rec Sage
Game 2 – Choke’s a helluva card, combined with Carpet of Flowers, my board state had LoTV, Last Hope, and NIssa at one point.
R5: ?? – Death and Taxes
I know my opponent from weeklies, we get deck-checked so we just banter a bit. He’s played RUG in the past so that’s what I put him on when we start.
Game 1 – Turn 1 plains, Aether Vial (there goes my presuppositions). I got turn 1 vet. Turn 2 he SFM while Vialing Mom. Turn 2 I Therapy his Bskull (he grabbed with SFM) and I felt good. We play draw go for a while, I deed for 3 to clear his board, he plays brightling but I’m able to edict it while he’s tapped out. Game ends with Titania and her tokens.
Side in Rec Sage, Goyf, Deluge and Library
Game 2 – I felt bad after this match because I basically drew into answers to everything he played. SFM -> Cabal Therapy; Land a threat, I spot removal or sweep it away. Eventually Garruk Relentless and Nissa Vital Force take over.
4-1 (8-2) – this is the best start I’ve had and I’m getting excited – standings go up and I’m 9th due to breakers.
R6: Denny – UW Miracle/Control
Denny is probably one of the most crisp Miracle Players I’ve had to pleasure to watch – this was my first time playing against him.
Game 1 – The only thing I remember is that I misplay by not using the ultimate on Nissa. My thought process was to be the aggro deck in order to end the game before I get locked out. Plan backfired as Nissa gets CJ the turn after I tick up instead of ultimate.
Game 2 – I get stuck on lands and Jace is a good card.
4-2 (8-4) – Top 8 is out but I can still get top 16 to double my entry.
R7: Brian – Elves
Game 1 – Hoof
Game 2 – Hoof
Overall, I felt like I played the best I could – a few misplays but I don’t know that it would’ve altered the results of the match. I think my results with GB Nic Fit are fairly consistent with what we expect – Beat most fair decks, UW Control is a toss-up, and combo feeds on us.