Last Friday was our first match of the TDL and we were to face Tony Ling’s “Mardu Hordeling Hunters” in the evening. This would be the Longhostfaced Killahs first match playing together, so it would be great to start on a win to set the stage for the season ahead.

I had been feeling sick all day, but it’s not like that was going to stop me from drafting. In hindsight I probably shouldn’t have, but I thought that the Dojo would give me the fortitude needed to get me through it. It has healed me through tougher times.

In my last article I wrote about the different types of draft archetypes to draft, so you would think I would follow my own advice. I am not sure if it was the haze I was in, but things didn’t go as expected. Something that I would almost never want to do. My first pick was a Surrak so my intentions were to keep taking more green cards and then pair it with red or white. This seemed like a good idea for the first couple of picks afterwards, but then I got a strong signal that blue was open. Well the Advil must have went straight to my head because I just kept blue cards afterwards and wound up with a janky Blue Green deck splashing for a Sarkahn. I was not happy.

Playing this pile of cards wasn’t going to help my condition or my team’s chances of winning. But I was going to suck it up and play for  as long as I could manage. Against Jesse we went to game three games (surprisingly) but my deck had no chance against his GR fatties in the end.

I faced Tony next who was sporting a UB control deck. I didn’t like my odds because I watched some of his game versus Dan O, so I knew I would be out matched with all of his removal (luckily he didn’t get the Archfiend of Depravity I snagged from him). The games were once again surprisingly close, but due to some life gain from his Butcher’s Glee he pulled both games out of my reach.

These two long losing matches coupled with my increasing fever made me not only very fidgety but also unable to continue playing at any level that would deemed acceptable. I had to throw in the towel and leave the remainder of the matches in my team’s capable hands. This is something I would never want to do in a million years, leave a bunch of degenerates to their own devices in the Dojo, with their dirty scummy hands…Sorry that’s the Advil talking again. What I meant was I would never want to leave my dear teammates in a lurch.

I went to sleep and in the morning I felt as right as rain. I was also greeted by a text from Dan O saying that we won (well mostly Dan & Dylan) the match. Huzzah.

Next week we face Bromoka and I will hopefully be in better spirits and draft a better deck!

Andrew Longo has been playing Magic: The Gathering at a mediocre level since 1994. He managed to get lucky on the backs of his teammates to win Grand Prix Providence. When not playing Magic he runs a D&D campaign, plays video games, and reads comics (a real triple threat for the ladies).

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