Josh Monks vs Miles Wallio

Josh Monks issued a challenge to Miles Wallio.  Miles Wallio is known for playing Tribal decks and familiarity with his decks, where Josh is a great player who excels at metagame analysis, deck choices, deck building, and skillful play.

Josh predicted Miles’ deck choices spot on.  He also was packing targetted hate cards like Aether Flash, Chalice of the Void, and Back to Nature.  Miles stuck to most of the classic lists, other than splashing white in Goblins for Disenchant and removing the Mindbreak Trap from Elves.

Josh brought Moon Stompy, Czech Pile, and Big White (a variant of Eldrazi and Taxes) to the battle, while Miles fought with Enchantress, Goblins, and Elves.

The Showdown

Both players showed great skill.  Josh was able to analyze his opponent and identify all three decks Miles would be playing.  Miles stayed in his comfort zone playing decks he had familiarity with.

When Brains vs Heart, who will win?  Watch the VoD up above to see all of the action, or continue reading below for some quick summaries and decklists.

Round 1: Miles’ Enchantress vs Josh’s Moon Stompy

Miles Wallio opened with Enchantress against Josh’s Moon Stompy.  Miles kept a poor hand after a mulligan, and Josh was able to take game 1.  Josh opened with a Chalice of the Void on 1.  Miles had an answer with Seal of Primordium.  Miles also had a Sterling Grove, which could find an Enchantress’s Presence, but he hesitated to activate its ability.  Josh was able to land a Koth of the Hammer and a Chandra, Torch of Defiance, which allowed him to deal enough damage to take the game.

Game 2, Miles was able to assemble a quick Rest in Peace and Helm of Obedience to steal game 2.

Game 3, Josh again opened with a Chalice on 1 followed by some Trinispheres.  Miles’ hand was filled with 3 drops, which included some Enchantress’s Presences.  With the engine online, Miles was able to get out some Doomwake Giants to establish a clock.  Drawing card after card, he was able to find the Helm combo, which Josh was able to defend for a turn from using Sorcerous Spyglass.  After clearing the Spyglass, Miles was able to activate Helm for the win.

An interesting interaction came up with Spyglass.  Spyglass does not target an opponent, the caster gets to look at “an opponent’s hand.”

Round 2: Miles’ Goblins vs Josh’s Moon Stompy

Game 1 was quick but tense.  Both players started with cards that needed answers in hand.  Josh lead off with a Chalice of the Void on 1, but that doesn’t stop Goblins.  CLG (Cavern, Lackey, Go) is real. Cavern of Souls on Goblins into a Goblin Lackey allowed Miles to get through the Chalice.  Josh had a line of defense in Magus of the Moon.  Miles removed the Magus with a Stingscourger (a one of in the main deck).  Lackey connected allowing Tuktuk Scrapper to enter the battlefield clearing away the Chalice, Tuktuk being only a 1 of in the 75.  Josh recast the Magus, which was met with a Tarfire, allowing Goblins to take the game.

Game 2 was slower, but Miles kept a reactive hand.  Josh was able to land a Chalice and an Aether Flash.  Miles’ hand had the answer in Disenchant.  The haste lords of Goblin Chieftain and Goblin Warchief were able to keep the Planeswalker army down.  Goblin Ringleader found more threats, and allow the Goblin menace to take over the game.

Round 3: Miles’ Elves vs Josh’s Czech Pile

Game 1, Miles lead off with a Green Sun’s Zenith into a Dryad Arbor.  Josh opened with the dreaded Deathrite Shaman.  Miles cast a Glimpse of Nature, which looked like it was leading to a turn 2 kill, but he bricked.  Josh played a Liliana, the Last Hope.  Miles missed the opportunity to knock Liliana off the board.  Josh used Liliana to clear the board, while casting Hymn to Tourach to keep Miles with minimal cards in hand.  Josh was able to cast a Jace, the Mind Sculptor to seal a win for Game 1.

Game 2, Josh had answers in hand.  As Miles tried to fill the board, Josh was able to clear it.  Fatal Push after Fatal Push devasted Miles, leaving him with an empty board.  Josh was able to disrupt Miles’ hand, establish a clock, and take game 2 and the 3rd round.

Round 4: Miles’ Elves vs Josh’s Eldrazi Stompy

Game 1, Miles was on the play and able to populate the board before Josh landed his Chalice on 1.  Josh was able to land a Thot-Knot Seer which took away Miles’ Craterhoof Behemoth.  Being the lucksac he is, Miles was able to resolve Nissa, Vital Force and find the second Craterhoof Behemoth for the win.

Game 2, Josh was ready with a Containment Priest in hand.  Miles was ready for a grindier match, playing Quirion Ranger, which allowed for a turn two Wren’s Run Packmaster.  Josh was able to resolve a Containment Priest and Reality Smasher which left Miles with cards dead in hand.  However, with Heritage Druid, Nettle Sentinel, and the Packmaster in play, Miles was able to flood the board with Wolves and take the game.

Miles Wallio’s Decks

Miles Wallio's Enchantress

MAINDECK (60)
Argothian Enchantress
Doomwake Giant
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Cast Out
Carpet of Flowers
Elephant Grass
Enchantress’s Presence
Leyline of Sanctity
Mirri’s Guile
Oblivion Ring
Rest in Peace
Seal of Primordium
Solitary Confinement
Sphere of Safety
Sterling Grove
Utopia Sprawl
Wild Growth
Green Sun’s Zenith
Helm of Obedience
Bayou
Dryad Arbor
Forest
Plains
Savannah
Serra’s Sanctum
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills

SIDEBOARD (15)
Choke
Reclamation Sage
Gaddock Teeg
Aura of Silence
Karmic Justice
Humility
Worship
Doomwake Giant
Leyline of the Void
Crop Rotation
Karakas

Miles Wallio's Goblins

MAINDECK (60)
Gempalm Incinerator
Goblin Chieftain
Goblin Lackey
Goblin Matron
Goblin Piledriver
Goblin Ringleader
Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin Settler
Goblin Warchief
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Krenko, Mob Boss
Mogg War Marshal
Siege-Gang Commander
Skirk Prospector
Stingscourger
Tuktuk Scrapper
Aether Vial
Tarfire
Bloodstained Mire
Cavern of Souls
Mountain
Plateau
Rishadan Port
Wasteland

SIDEBOARD (15)
Disenchant
Pyroblast
Stingscourger
Pyrokinesis
Surgical Extraction
Chalice of the Void
Umezawa’s Jitte
Blood Moon

Miles Wallio's Elves

MAINDECK (61)
Birchlore Rangers
Craterhoof Behemoth
Deathrite Shaman
Elvish Visionary
Heritage Druid
Nettle Sentinel
Quirion Ranger
Reclamation Sage
Scavenging Ooze
Shaman of the Pack
Wirewood Symbiote
Crop Rotation
Glimpse of Nature
Green Sun’s Zenith
Natural Order
Nissa, Vital Force
Bayou
Cavern of Souls
Dryad Arbor
Forest
Gaea’s Cradle
Misty Rainforest
Pendelhaven
Verdant Catacombs
Wooded Foothills

SIDEBOARD (15)
Abrupt Decay
Gaddock Teeg
Wren’s Run Packmaster
Leovold, Emissary of Trest
Nissa, Vital Force
Cabal Therapy
Thoughtseize
Surgical Extractions
Karakas

Josh Monk’s Decks

Josh Monk's Moon Stompy

MAINDECK (60)
Chalice of the Void
Chrome Mox
Ensnaring Bridge
Trinisphere
Bottled Cloister
Hazoret the Fervent
Magus of the Moon
Simian Spirit Guide
Lodestone Golem
Blood Moon
Aether Flash
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Koth of the Hammer
Fiery Confluence
Ancient Tomb
City of Traitors
11 Mountain
Karakas

SIDEBOARD (15)
Sorcerous Spyglass
Sphere of Resistance
Torpor Orb
Ashen Rider
Pyrostatic Pillar
Abrade
Kozilek’s Return

Josh Monk's Czech Pile

MAINDECK (60)
Leovold, Emissary of Trest
Snapcaster Mage
Baleful Strix
Deathrite Shaman
Force of Will
Kolaghan’s Command
Brainstorm
Abrupt Decay
Lightning Bolt
Fatal Push
Bayou
Tropical Island
Volcanic Island
Underground Sea
Swamp
Island
Verdant Catacombs
Scalding Tarn
Polluted Delta
Liliana of the Veil
Liliana, the Last Hope
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Ponder
Hymn to Tourach
Inquisition of Kozilek
Collective Brutality
Thoughtseize
Marsh Casualties

SIDEBOARD (15)
Engineered Explosives
Chill
Flusterstorm
Surgical Extraction
Abrade
Back to Nature
Pyroblast
Hydroblast
Kolaghan’s Command
Marsh Casualties
Collective Brutality
Pyroclasm
Thoughtseize

Josh Monk's Big White

MAINDECK (60)
Chalice of the Void
Umezawa’s Jitte
Mox Diamond
Lotus Petal
Containment Priest
Eldrazi Displacer
Reality Smasher
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Thalia, Heretic Cathar
Thought-Knot Seer
Endbringer
Sanctum Prelate
Ancient Tomb
Cavern of Souls
Eldrazi Temple
Eye of Ugin
Karakas
Plains
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Wasteland

SIDEBOARD (15)
Ethersworn Canonist
Spirit of the Labyrinth
Hushwing Gryff
Leyline of Sanctity
Rest in Peace
Disenchant
Blessed Alliance
Warping Wail
Council’s Judgment

And for May we have…

Brian Bennett versus Jeremy Edwards, two local giants, and primary card lenders for the Showdowns so far.  Any deck is possible, and the possibilities are endless.

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