This Week’s Videos

Editor’s NoteThe stream crashed midway through round one, Shawn’s internet stopped working, the resulting video had serious audio issues. We’ll be back next week with video once again. 

Dunk of the Week

I tanked for a full two minutes on whether to crack a fetch in response to Magus of the Moon. With the opponent at 7 and having Bitterblosom in play,Tim and I run through the potential scenarios: get a Mountain, bolt the opponent, and hope they die to their own Bitterblosom? Or get a basic Forest and hope to draw another Forest to cast the Primeval Titan in my hand? We made the right play, got a Mountain, I was rewarded with a wonderful top deck of Sweltering Suns. Thanks Magic Gods!

Punt of the Week

“I’m just going to sac this Relic.”

I was fixated on finding a green source on the second turn so I popped Relic of Progenitus and exiled a crucial Ancient Grudge in my graveyard that very well could have swung the game for me later against Lantern Control. It wasn’t crucial for me to find the green source that turn at all and I could have just continued to hit land drops until I found it.

Final Record and Closing Thoughts

Round One – UW Control (1-1 Timeout)

This one felt really bad. My internet cut out and only became operational after I timed myself out. I can’t even blame this one on MTGO crashing.

Round Two – Merfolk (2-0)

Round Three – Faeries (2-1)

Round Four – Eldrazi Tron (2-1)

Round Five – Lantern Control (1-2)

Another week, another 3-2 finish. I feel like each week there has been one significant misplay that has cost me the final match. Each of these misplays have taken place on the first two turns of the game. Last week, I turn one fetched for a basic Forest instead of Stomping Ground because I tricked myself into thinking that not shocking myself would save me damage (it didn’t). This time around I played too hastily and sacrificed a Relic of Progenitus which exiled a potential out in Ancient Grudge.

While these are frustrating, the deck itself is performing well despite my many errors. I feel like I have correctly identified a version of the deck I’d like to play and just need to work the kinks out in my game in the next month before the RPTQ. Next week I hope to play a different version of this list with Prismatic Omen and Hour of Promise or take out the reliable Scapeshift in favor of explosive Through the Breach.

Next Week

I am planning on streaming Monday night at 7PM on

As always, thanks for watching.


In terms of Magic, Shawn Massak is a Modern enthusiast, with a penchant for tier two decks, counterspells, and pre Eighth Edition frames. In terms of life, Shawn lives in Brighton, MA where he works as an employment director for people with disabilities, plays guitar in an indie-pop band, and spends his free time reading comics, cursing capitalism, complaining about pro-wrestling, and wishing his apartment allowed dogs as pets.

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