2 days. 1 Top 8 Finish.
A confession, I had spent better half of two weeks testing and tuning a deck that I had been planning out for a couple of months, since all the pieces came together from various trades, as well as vicariously following the Pro Tour Eldritch Moon that was happening over in Sydney.
In the event, it was Lukas Blohon's Black-White Control deck, a very compact, focused, and consequently consistent control deck which revolved around the use of four separate planeswalkers across the two colours, and cards that stall their opponent by removing threats . The key component of his victory, Liliana, The Last Hope, which has since then become highly sought after by just about the entire community, and sees the price for that card spike up to as high as $50 at one point. This is because the card is quite good in itself.
With the Pro Tour winning deck in mind, I decided to make a couple of modifications to it. The deck that I had that already existed, was black, white, and splashing a third colour in red- a colour wedge that seems to be quite popular amongst Perth players, not because it's actually proven to win tournaments (to the contrary, the white black and red combination was barely seen at all- not even one player took it to the Pro Tour.), so it's semi-officially a thing amongst the local Magic community. I am proud to represent.
I went to two separate sessions- the first I used my control deck. Long story short, it didn't end particularly well, finishing 11th place out of 16. The first match of that session was one where I should've been winning, an aggro, White-Red humans deck- such is variance. First game of that match, I couldn't find two double black mana to clear the board, winning the second game due to being able to wipe the board, and the third game, made a misplay at the very start. The second was an easy one against a Red/Blue homebrew, based around a simple and cheap burn deck- using spells to deal damage to the player quickly- a very popular deck due to it being comparatively easier on the hip pocket than most of the other competitive decks- and in itself is quite competitive, with a certain Pedro Carvalho. For the last match of the normal swiss rounds, had the luck to come up against a Black-White Control deck that my friend was piloting, just systematically dismantled my three-color version of the thing, proving that two colours is more consistent than three. And with everyone else top 8 intentionally drawing as a collective, I was locked out.
Feeling a bit salty, went home early, earlier in the day having thought about heading down to the Radiothon opening party down in the city. A cursory examination of accounts proved in foresight to be the correct decision. A chance to avenge my poor performance came in the form of a friend who was willing to pay for the entry fee, in return for the booster packs
This time, I looked around the room, wasn't going to take chances, and pulled out the competitively proven Blue/White/Green Company deck, that as of the time of writing, have already sold away most of the pieces, including the Collected Company which forms the namesake of the deck for much needed cash. To start off the day with a win, against yet another Red/Blue deck, and then saw off a quite tense and scary game against a Red/Blue/Black Kitty Pact- which works on an alternate win condition with the card Demonic Pact, which after a certain time, has a 'lose the game' clause for the owner of the card. But with the card Harmless Offering (the art depicting a man handing over a cute kitten with a malformed tail), you can give the Pact as its about to hit the lose game clause and create an instant victory condition. Fortunately that happened for me 1 out of 3 times. Third and fourth rounds were losses to me, against Blue-White spirits and my friend on Black-White control once again.
So it all hinged down on a cliffhanger match between my deck and this Red-Green aggressive brew. I won the first due to just a series of extremely good draws, and lost the second to the opponent being able to get past my blockers within two to three turns. The last one, a combination of me managing to keep some creatures alive in a back and forth exchanged and a misplay from the opponent gave me the opportunity to close out and not look back. With that in the bag, I came 6th, and got the alternate art promo card that comes with being top 8.
Then I lost in the mirror match. Oh well. I stayed behind to watch my friend win the day itself, beating out a Red/White/Black Kitty Pact.
Me and my other friend (the one that paid) chatted over Skype, and I opened the packs. None of them were of much worth, so I got to keep them.
(Top 8 Photo: I'm in front row, middle. My friend that won, to my right.)