Day two started out much like day one, with me going 2-1 in draft with a Mardu deck. I only got one dual land this time, but that was okay because White was only a light splash. The only card I absolutely needed White mana for was Ankle Shanker, and the rest was only for some morphs and special abilities. I went with a 7-7-4 mana base that for the most part worked out well for me. I also had a little help from a pair of Mardu Warshriekers. I had many 2- and 3-drops with creatures like Bellowing Saddlebrute and Goblin Heelcutter at four mana. My removal consisted of a Hooded Assassin, 2 Arrow Storms and a Burn Away. Besides the Storms and the Shanker, my finishers were a Shockmaw Dragon and a Mob Rule.

The highlight of my draft was game three against Noah Walker. His deck was very aggressive, so I chump blocked a Valley Dasher on his turn three with a Sultai Emissary. The Emissary manifested me into my Dragon… I just needed to stay alive to get to 6 mana to flip my Dragon. This was a problem, in part because he started hitting me with a Highspire Mantis. On the turn he was going to win in the air with his Mantis and a Leaping Master, I had just gotten to six mana and I surprised him by flipping and blocking with my Dragon. This was especially surprising to him, because I had attacked with it earlier (while it was face-down) when he could have blocked and killed it. It had been a calculated risk on my part to activate a raid ability. After blocking his Mantis, I attacked with my Dragon and used its ability to kill all three of his remaining creatures.

I played Affinity in Modern and after going 3-2 with it on day one, I started 2-2 with it on day two. If I could just win my last match, I would finish in the top 75 and earn a cash prize. Sadly, I lost an extremely close 3 game match against a Burn deck.

Despite only going 5-5 with my Affinity deck, I was pretty happy since I played zero practice games with it. Here was my deck list:

4 Glimmervoid

4 Darksteel Citadel

4 Blinkmoth Nexus

4 Inkmoth Nexus

4 Springleaf Drum

4 Ornithopter

4 Memnite

4 Signal Pest

4 Vault Skirge

4 Arcbound Ravager

4 Master of Etherium

4 Frogmite

4 Cranial Plating

4 Thoughtcast


2 Spellskite

4 Etched Champion

1 Back to Nature

1 Illness in the Ranks

2 Whipflare

2 Wear//Tear

2 Ancient Grudge

1 Relic of Progenitus


If I had to do it over again, I would maindeck the 4 Etched Champions in place of the Thoughtcasts. I brought the Champions in almost every matchup and I brought the Thoughtcasts out almost every game. This would also have given me more room in my sideboard. I brought all of my sideboard cards in at least once. The Relic won me a game against a Vengevine deck. I won a game against a Token deck with Whipflare. The Champions won me several games.

Stony Silence was a big problem both days. Not only was it crippling, but most White decks didn’t main deck any enchantments, making it risky to sideboard in enchantment kill just in case.

I finished 9-7. While not quite enough to win money, it was a pretty satisfying result given that I didn’t have time to prep for the event. Thanks to everyone who advised me and supported me, you guys are awesome!