flagrantangles wins 3-2 vs @Ivan
I got an amazing lead in this game. Starting off with plenty of spins was very helpful. All the while, however, Ivan was biding his time and gathering ACES. I’m at 76 life or so against his ~20. I tax throws and then play the K I revealed for Positive Spin. He plays CMB. Turns out 3 cards aren’t sufficient for that trade. After that, we play some Ace games but he murders me by playing the last Stone Wall against my Consent of the Governed.
He throws me a lot in the early game and it hurts all of my bones. I start staging a comeback but it’s rocky and difficult since I’ve got a hand full of throws and not much else. I manage to land a normal string into a bluff and it deals plenty of damage and gives me ACES. I play conservatively with them and that’s not quite right so I up the aggression, all the time worried about AA. I manage to navigate to the endgame with a couple of good reads. For my final combat, I was thinking either attack or dodge to beat the K/AA I was suspicious of. I played the attack and get murdered by VINES.
I start off with an utterly nonsensical hand of 7JQKAA! I stumble a bit in the early game but manage to keep chipping life away and doing the WORK. We’re both low on life and I’m throw starved. I’m feeling a bit hopeless and swinging a bit. I tried to block during TD but get thrown by a 10! After that I chuck out the King I topdecked. He stonewalls it. I’m now at 3 life. I decide I have nothing left to lose so I play Cycloid Revolution and pump it once into a bluff for lethal.
We block and build up giant hands. It’s scary but I’m feeling okay since I’m loaded with face cards and a joker. Ivan gets me down to 35 life before I manage to do actual damage to him. I keep threatening Cycloid but not playing it and Ivan disrespects it accordingly. Whenever I have him knocked down, he plays King at me and I don’t seem to learn. Eventually I just chuck out a fully powered Cycloid Revolution in neutral and deal 40 damage to him. Now I’m back in the game, mentally! He plays Troublesome Rhetoric on attacks and now I have to be right or DIE. I attack with a 5 into PCP and then top deck the 6 off normal draw to go into 67J and pick up an Ace. I then power up Queens and get another Ace to threaten Cycloid Revolution some more. I immediately 9-throw his 10 block and knock him down. He puts up the TR on attacks again. I contemplate throwing, but I decide to dodge his block. He powers up for an Ace and I find my first R&D which I immediately use. I find TD and use it to pull back a J. It was unnecessary but sometimes I like to be EXTRA. After that, I just play Cycloid and kill him outright. Aces are good, y’all. Also, Rykerball is hella fun.
I lead with some pokes rather than blocks this time so I can try to build a hand but still have fewer cards than DeGrey. He powers up for a dodge early and plays it. I happen to SNATCH it with a 10-throw into 6J. Next turn, I throw his regular dodge into 5J and now I’ve build a nice lead. We each play a King and without MHG, I’d say Flash Gear is the clear winner. While he’s KD, I put up TD and try to cross up. He sticks to his patented strat of just playing Kings. I put TD back up and snatch another J. I BLOCK this time and avoid the next K. I technically have lethal if he doesn’t have a joker and I throw. I contemplate doing so and then just play a K. Good thing since he sniffed my throw possibilities and played Pilebunker. I power up for Cycloid He’s KD at 27 life and I realize that 6 crossup into TSH will kill him regardless of jokers and I figure since he knows I have TSH/CR he will try to block Cycloid. I am incorrect. He just hits my greedy 6 attack with Final Arbiter. I decide to just play CR and outspeed his Pilebunker. He facedowns a card and I play the 3rd Ace. It was a joker so he survives with 7 life. He calls TR on attacks. I win by 10-throwing the Ace dodge for lethal. Feels good.
GGs Ivan! It was a helluva set!