LA Conflux-Dential: Prerelease Round 3bdm | February 1, 2009 | 1:45 pm
Round 3: Kesley Weeks
My deck fired on all cylinders this round with Knotvine Mystic powering out Meglonoth and basically ending the game in three swings. The card is absurdly unfair. I thought it seemed fine when it was previewed but it is just a total game changer. Your opponent can never reasonably attack you on the ground — and I even had Spearbreaker backup for him — and they are forced to play into your combat tricks with gang blocks.
Game two was fun as I had Topan Ascetic and one of my Rhox Chargers as well as a Bant Charm for his foily Cliffrunner Behemoth. I also got to parlay Druid of the Anima into a turn three Rhox Meditant. The fun part was using a mid combat Glean of Resistance. He decided to not block the 2/2 which was able to do the final 10 damage all by itself.
Glean of Resistance — and all the basic landcyclers — are some of my favorite cards in the set.
Glean was used over the course of the day as an ersatz Fireball with the Ascetic, to counter the tapping mode of Naya Charm, and to regularlly assure Knotvine Mystic mana on turn three. Sylvan Bounty is one of the only good answers to a Banefire, and Fiery Fall was such a good removal spell for me on the day that I was usually cycling the Glean in order to find the Mountain I needed for Fiery Fall.