So, I did some math last night. If it took me 37 matches to go from Mythic% to Mythic# last time, then I think it would be reasonable to say I’ll need to play around 50 matches to get to top 1200 this time, keeping in mind we’re starting from Diamond 3 Step 4. If matches last half an hour on average, that’s 25 hours, which works out to ~8 hours a day playing Magic for the next three days. The error bars on that number are huge, and it doesn’t take rank degradation into account, but it does do a good job of showing just how much work is ahead of me. With that in mind, these next few posts are going to have a lot less detail in them, mostly just giving a brief one-sentence recap of each match. Let’s go!
Match 1: 2-0 vs Dimir Rogues. Too greedy in the first game, should’ve cast Giant to draw while they were tapped out instead of using Stomp. Won second game by hardcasting Koma.
Match 2: 0-2 vs Sultai Ultimatum. Tibalt’d my hardcasted Koma in the second game, oof.
Match 3: 0-2 vs Sultai Control. Kept a 2 land hand in game 1, but didn’t find any more. Game 2 Klothys let me drag out the game, and the Oxes tried their best, but I just couldn’t get there.
Match 4: 2-0 vs Temur Turns. Game 1, opponent got stuck on 2 lands. Game 2, resolved Koma.
Diamond 2 again! Also, I took out the Temples. I hate tapped lands. I put in the fourth Fabled Passage and one Shatterskull Smashing to replace them.
Match 5: 1-2 vs Sultai Ultimatum. Game 1, mull to 6 but got stuck at 2 lands again. Game 2, forgot to leave mana up for my Negate a bunch, but Lukka did a lot of work for me with his +1. Game 3, I ran out of gas even with the Innkeeper.
Match 6: 2-1 vs Dimir Rogues. Game 2 I actually got to use Klothys as a creature, which was kinda cool. Game 3, Phoenix got its chance to shine with lethal.
Match 7: 2-0 vs Snow Izzet. I still don’t really feel like I know what their deck is supposed to do.
Match 8: 2-1 vs Temur Ultimatum. Game 1 went very slowly. Game 2 got a T4 Koma. Game 3 I hardcast Koma off of Lukka, which isn’t quite how the combo is supposed to work, but hey, a win’s a win.
Diamond 1! I’ve been playing for around 4 hours now, so at least my estimate of two matches an hour seems to be on the money.
Match 9: 2-1 vs Sultai Control. I left and rejoined mid-match because MTGA crashed, so the Untapped.gg graph glitched out too. My opponent never played any creatures other than Quandriz Cultivator, which is a little strange because usually they bring in Elder Gargaroth.
Match 10: 2-0 vs Temur Ultimatum. Game 1 my opponent did a whole bunch of nothing, despite having mana and cards. Game 2 they cast a Gargaroth, which I countered with Disdainful Stroke. That’s literally all that happened.
Match 11: 1-2 vs Dimir Rogues. FInal boss time! Game 1, I keep a triple Innkeeper plus Lovestruck hand, and still lose because Rogues. Game 2 goes well, game 3 there’s nothing I can do.
Match 12: 1-2 vs Jeskai Control. Game 1 they played Elspeth Conquers Death, which I honestly forgot was in Standard. Also turns out they’ve got some Transmogrify/Lukka shenanigans of their own. This match reminded me why I dislike White.
A brief break for dinner, and we’re back. I’m at Diamond 1 Step 0, three wins away from Mythic%. That won’t be the end of the laddering, but it’s something to look forward to. I can do this.
Match 13: 0-2 vs Naya Squirrel. Chop Down is really effective against Koma.
Match 14: 2-0 vs. Snow Red. Game 2 I was very lucky my opponent didn’t topdeck a Stomp for 5 turns in a row. I’m really not all that impressed with Prismari Command anymore, but I don’t want to start making huge changes to the list. We’re sticking with this.
Match 15: 2-1 vs. Dimir Rogues. According to my stats so far, I’m quite favoured in this matchup — doesn’t mean I dislike it any less though.
Match 16: 2-0 vs. Snow Red. Disdainful Stroke’d an Embercleave in game 1, and it felt gooood. Game 2, I got to Petty Theft my own Lovestruck Beast back to my hand, because they stole it with The Akroan War. Overall, a feel-good match.
Match 17: 2-0 vs. Boros Winota. Final boss time, round 2! This is exactly the matchup this deck was built for: combating creatures, plain and simple. I didn’t actually see a Winota, but I assume they were playing them. Played some nice, easy games for the win.
With that, we’re in Mythic! Now the real challenge begins. I was placed at 92%, which I think is pretty normal. Getting to the top 1200 means climbing up past 100%, which will then put us in the 1300-1400 range. Ranks shift pretty quickly up at the top, and rank degradation is a serious concern. I’m going to try to play as much as possible and climb as high as I can before the end of the month, and then hope it’s enough. I’ll play a few more matches to round out the night, and continue tomorrow.
Match 18: 2-1 vs. Dimir Rogues. Game 3 was a nailbiter, with me down to 3 cards in library at the end of the game. I won because I opted to exile creatures from his graveyard with Klothys so they couldn’t bring them back with Agadeem’s Awakening and mill me with Thieves’ Guild Enforcer.
Match 19: 2-1 vs. Green Stompy. My opponent conceeded the second and third games really early, not sure why.
Match 20: 2-1 vs. Snow White. I kept a dumb one-lander in game 2, and nearly lost game 3 but was saved by a topdeck Koma.
Match 21: 0-2 vs. Temur Lukka. They got the combo off on me game 1, so I got to look through their deck and they seem to be running 4 Decisive Denial. This is a really interesting card, and I think I might a few copies instead of Disdainful Stroke.
After the last game, I looked around to see if there were other popular Temur Lukka lists with Decisive Denial. I found one on MTGA Zone, and it even comes with a sideboard guide, so I’m going to try a few games with this list instead. Like before, I took out the Temples because I don’t like them.
Match 22: 1-2 vs. Snow White. Game 1 I got a hand with 5 lands and two Decisive Denials. Very funny.
Match 23: 2-0 vs. Jeskai Cycling. Is this the first Cycling deck I’ve faced today? Crazy.
Match 24: 0-2 vs. Temur Turns. I didn’t pilot as well as I could’ve, there’s still much to be learned in that matchup.
Whew. That was a lot of games. More tomorrow!