Our format for FNM this past week was Modern and once again decided to play Ad Nauseam. For those that don’t know, Ad Nauseam is a deck that relies on a few cards. First, Ad Nauseam (I know, I know, you saw that coming.). Second, either Angel’s Grace or Phyrexian Unlife. Third, Lightning Storm. Lightning Storm is the kill spell. In case you need it, the alt win condition is Laboratory Maniac.
I don’t want to go into a lot of detail about the deck as I have written about it before. So, with that in mind, here is the deck:
My round 1 opponent was playing a R/G Werewolf deck. I won game one by turn six. He took game two (never drew an Ad Nauseam) by overwhelming me with werewolves. Game three went to me by turn four.
Round two saw me pitted against my friend and fellow judge Tyler. Tyler was playing his U/R Prowess deck. In his defense, Tyler was convinced the format was Standard and ordered cards to finish his Standard deck. When he realized the format was Modern he decided to play his Standard deck anyway. Typically, Tyler plays Modern Gifts.
The games were done by turn four in both games. Tyler really never got going. Truthfully, he never had a chance. I was way too fast for him. That being said, I have seen Tyler pilot this deck to a fifth place finish at a PPTQ. He was adamant he was going to play Standard and I really like that he stuck to his guns.
My round 3 opponent was David who was playing Dredge. I had read a lot about this deck and had even considered putting it together. I didn’t because I know I need to stick to Ad Nauseam until I know it like no other.
Game one went to turn six and saw my life total go as low as 1. When David was prepared to swing for the win I played Angel’s Grace making it so I couldn’t lose the game. When he passed the turn I untapped and played Ad Nauseam (I had Phyrexian Unlife in play) for the win.
As we prepared to play game two, I decided to go ahead and bring Grafdrigger’s Cage in from the sideboard. I looked at Pithing Needle but realized it wouldn’t do anything against the deck. So I swapped in another Phyrexian Unlife and the Cage and called it good. I took out one Mystical Teachings and one Spoils From the Vault.
We shuffled up and started game two. My opening hand was solid with Lotus Blooms (2), Angel’s Grace, Serum Visions, Phyrexian Unlife, and a couple of lands. Although there was no Ad Nauseam in hand, I felt it was worth keeping.
By turn two David was running through his deck pretty good. I was set up with both of the Blooms in play, a Pentad Prism and a couple of lands. I just needed an Ad Nauseam. I drew my card for the turn and saw a Sleight of Hand. I cast the card and was elated to see Ad Nauseam. I went ahead and put it in my hand and shipped the other card to the bottom of my deck.
Turn four David Dredged a bunch, attack for some life and passed the turn. I untapped, cast Angel’s Grace and Ad Nauseam and extended my hand (David knows the deck and I suspected he would know why). David took a look at the cards I had in play, including reading and re-reading Lotus Bloom (something we both joked about) before agreeing I won.
With both myself and my teammate, Endruin, sitting in the top spot, we agreed to draw the final round but go ahead and play it out for fun.
I took game one quickly. The second game went to Endruin as he masterfully sided in Leyline of Sanctity and had it in his opening hand. I thought I was in good shape with the combo in hand and two Lotus Blooms. Pretty much didn’t matter. I made him work for it, but eventually he got me.
Game three went to me only because he didn’t get a Leyline.
Endruin was playing Bogles and he and I have played this matchup lots of times. If he doesn’t have me beat by turn four (provided I have the combo) I pretty much win. This changes when he is playing Modern Fish and I feel like I have to race him. He usually wins the Fish v. Ad Nauseam matchup.
So four rounds and a record of 3-0-1. Not too bad. I feel like I know Ad Nauseam very well with the exception of the sideboard. Truthfully, properly sideboarding is my biggest weakness in Magic. I need to make it a priority.
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Patrick Cossel is the Publisher of The Forge Herald. He is a gmer, father, husband and Level 1 Magic Judge. Professionally he is the Operations Manager of a family-owned Newspaper company. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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