Sample Constructed Game: Adam v. Kevin

Adam (Blue/Black Control) vs. Kevin (Mono-Red Quick Burn)

The game progression for each player in each turn is explained in the below table, with a gallery of images following each overall turn to illustrate the actions taken by each player during that turn.

Turn Actions Play-by-play Reflections
Adam T1

Opening Hand

Main Phase

Ugh ... super risky. Also, pretty hilarious with both of the Mind Rot cards. I’ll give it a go.

Kevin T1

Opening Hand

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Given that I only have two mana in my opening hand, this isn’t a fantastic beginning—but I’m willing to make it work, because the rest of these cards are solid gold for my general strategy.

Also, thank goodness for a cheap 1-drop creature (that is, a creature that only costs one mana) on the draw so I can at least threaten Adam early on!

Adam T2

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Hand at end of turn

Not much going on here yet. Need a Swamp.

Kevin T2

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Combat Phase

Hand at end of turn

Yes: so far so good.

Let’s get some damage going quick; the sooner I can end this game, the less chance Adam has of countering anything I bring out. (This is, after all, the central philosophy behind my constructed deck.)

Adam T3

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Hand at end of turn

Kevin’s deck is super fast, a tough match-up against my more methodical deck. Glad I snagged that Swamp with my Divination!

Kevin T3

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Combat Phase

Hand at end of turn

Stoked to get a Mountain, but I’m stalled for a round until I can play my more costly direct damage spells...

Adam T4

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Hand at end of turn

Okay, now things are looking decent. Looking better.

Kevin T4

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Hand at end of turn

I have to wait to attack for a turn so that I can hopefully get around those Typhoid Rats. Also, if he puts one more creature out, I can at least rely on some Cone of Flame action.

Adam T5

Draw Phase

Hand at end of turn

Not a great draw, but the Mind Rot work begins on Kevin’s turn. Discarding can be used to great effect (to pre-emptively sabotage an opponent’s strategy).

Kevin T5

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Hand at end of turn

Re: Draw Phase: YES—enough for Shivan Dragon next round!

Here’s more of that sweet direct damage. I have to wait on his Typhoid Rats, which is also just waiting in the wings ...

Re: Adam’s Mind Rot: Crap. Well, at least I have two copies of Cone of Flame in my hand. They’re more important to my strategy than the dragon.

(I think Adam cast Mind Rot very quickly after the Lava Axe to discard the other direct damage spells I might have, right?)

Adam T6

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Hand at end of turn

Mind Rot round 2! Also, I’m pretty close to being dead.

Kevin T6

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Hand at end of turn

Of course, I have to play this Lava Axe first!

Adam’s only one or two spells away from defeat. I’m so close to winning this in a turn or so!

Adam T7

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Hand at end of turn

Hanging in there!

Kevin T7

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Hand at end of turn

In retrospect, my desire to clear the battlefield got the better of me. I should have tossed this Lightning Strike damage directly at Adam. (I am certain that it’s at this moment where the game changes considerably in Adam’s favor.)

Adam T8

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Hand at end of turn

Child of Night round two! I’ve managed to slow Kevin up, but I’m one Lava Axe in the face away from death. I need that Lifelink ability in play, quick.

Kevin T8

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Hand at end of turn

I’m kind of screwed, but I need to try to just hold my ground before Adam can get too much life back. Luckily I have a bunch of direct damage spells in my deck, still. Right?

Adam T9

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Combat Phase

Hand at end of turn

I’ve managed to turn the tide slightly, definitely drumming up some momentum here. This seems like a turning point. Those Mind Rot spells came in handy! Kevin’s stalled out a little.

Kevin T9

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Combat Phase

Second Main Phase

Hand at end of turn
  • Empty!

Adam’s deploying a small army, but I’m not drawing enough creatures or sorceries/instants to outdo him.

I can definitely feel the tide turning against me!

Adam T10

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Combat Phase

Hand at end of turn

I’ve bounced his creatures into oblivion. Mana is on the board. Double lifelink creatures with flying. Things are looking much better.

Kevin T10

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Hand at end of turn

Adam’s having a serious comeback, and nearly all of my momentum is gone. This is not good at all for my quick victory deck strategy. If I don’t draw something amazing soon, I’m toast.

Adam T11

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Combat Phase

Hand at end of turn

Kevin T11

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Hand at end of turn
  • Empty!

My tactics are not remotely close to being back in order yet.

I have to figure out a way to deny Adam’s effective use of Mercurial Pretender!

Adam T12

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Hand at end of turn

Ok, Kevin’s stalled out sufficiently. I’ve lost one of my Child of Night creatures, which is a bummer. I’m holding this turn to see what I might need to do.

Kevin T12

Draw Phase

Hand at end of turn

All I can do right now is delay my assault (and make it seem like I’m holding onto something good) until I can get something really great in my hand.

Adam T13

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Hand at end of turn

Alright! Frost Lynx is a nice way to gum up the works. I just need to start hitting Kevin harder!

Kevin T13

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Hand at end of turn

Uh, this should work! I hope.

Adam T14

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Combat Phase

Hand at end of turn
  • Empty!

Love that Jorubai Murk Lurker, forever and always. I think I’ve got Kevin now, barring some unexpected nastiness.

Kevin T14

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Hand at end of turn
  • Empty!

Well, I feel pretty confident saying that I’m going to lose this game ... and I was so close to an early victory, too!

Adam T15

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Combat Phase

Hand at end of turn

Wow, what a turnaround. Matches like this don’t happen often.

Kevin T15

Upkeep Phase

  • The ability from Adam’s Stab Wound (still attached to Kevin’s Wall of Fire) is activated → Kevin at 2 life

Draw Phase

First Main Phase

Kevin concedes.
Hand at end of game
  • Empty!

Everything hinges on the draw here ... and there it is. No direct damage, no way to overpower Adam’s army or his well-timed enchantment usage. Time simply ran out for my deck to do its thing before Adam could get himself situated. Since he was able to, I’m powerless to avoid the defeat.

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