Tournament Report - 2nd w/ Parfait

Beyond Dominia: The Type One Magic Mill: Tournament Report - 2nd w/ Parfait

By Skull Catapult (Catapult) on Tuesday, April 09, 2002 - 05:49 pm:

Here's my tournament report from the monthly Type I held this past weekend at the Green Dragon in Charleston, SC. I was playing Parfait for the 2nd month in a row. I was a bit more comfortable with it this time thru eventhough I still made a few mistakes. I apologize if the games are a little fuzzy on details. After playing a deck like Parfait the day is long and the games kinda bleed together.

4/5/02 - 27 Participants, 5 Rounds of Swiss, Cut to the Top 8. Prizes for te Top 4. Mox Emerald for First.

Round 1 - vs. Jeff K. playing Nethervoid.
Game 1 my opening hand looked good but he won the roll and played a first turn: Swamp, Rital, Ritual, Negator, Hymn pulling my Swords. He proceeded to pound me with the loan Negator over the next few turns casting little else. I was able to get Land Tax & Ivory Tower out but by then i was only gaining 1 or 2 life and not drawing into what i needed.

For Game 2 I brought in Masticore, Spiritual Focus, 2 Abolish, & Replenish but all was for nought as I failed to draw enough answers to his threats. In the end, we were under the 'Void, he was pounding me with 3 critters and paying 4 for a Swords wasn't terribly effective when I was also sacking lands to stay in the game.

M: 0-1
d: 0-2

Round 2 - vs. Kevin Miles playing what looked to be a Odyssey/Torment Preconstructed deck (?!)
I didn't see anything other then Odyssey/Torment cards the entire match and he had no sideboard so I have to assume that's what it was. Both games I gained boo-koo amounts of life and locked the game down before dropping the Mesa. 2nd game I brought in Thran Lens & Aegis of Honor but already had the game well in hand before playing the Aegis.

M: 1-1
d: 2-2

Round 3 - vs. Dave Brown
Dave was playing a funky Suicide Black deck with a Tombstone Stairwell & Altar of Dimentia combo. He'd sac his creatures to the Altar to mill himself and get more Zombie Tokens to sac. so on, so forth. Unfortunately my Ivory Masks & Tormod's Crypts snubbed his chances of doing anything but decking himself and once I got a Mask out he'd generally concede the game.

M: 2-1
d: 4-2

Round 4 - vs. Jason Breeze
Jason was playing a White Weenie deck with gobs of life gain. Soul Warden, Sacred Nectar, Healing Salve, Ivory Cup. After several turns of going back & forth gaining life I finally was able to start making a dent in his life total with the Pegasus tokens.

2nd Game I sided in Masticore & drew into him in my opening hand with Land Tax & Scroll Rack. After setting up the Tax/Rack combo and baiting a Disenchant with an Ivory Tower I played Masticore with sufficient lands to feed it. Even with that it still took me forever to beat him down. Every turn he cast a life gain spell then feed off of the Ivory Cup. Masticore & the Pegasi eventually came thru for the win.

M: 3-1
d: 6-2

Round 5 vs. - Chris Trahan
We were both 3-1 and decided to take an Intentional Draw to guarantee a place in the Top 8. This is a good thing as after the final round of swiss there are 8 people with 3-2 records viaing for the last 2 seeds :(

M: 3-1-1
d: 6-2-1

1. Jeff K - Nethervoid (4-0-1)
2. Evil Bill - Reanimator (4-0-1)
3. Matt Powers - Black Land D. (4-1)
4. Marek - White Weenie (4-1)
5. ME - Parfait (3-1-1)
6. Chris Trahan - Patriot (3-1-1)
7. Chi Kaufman - Turbo Land/Oath (3-2)
8. Darren Dew - Dark Keeper (3-2)

Quarterfinals vs. Marek playing White Weenie
Fortunately Marek wasn't playing with any life gain save for Soul Wardens. The majority of his creatures are 2 casting cost Knights, Soltari Monks/Priests, En-Kors and Powder Keg made short work of his threats. I dropped Humility to guarantee nothing got out of hand and come over with the Pegasi. Game 2 after setting up the board with Auras, Tax, Rack, Humility, Mesa & Wrathing away his creatures I drop Masticore & kill the Humility on my next turn and proceed to the Semi Finals.

Semifinals vs. Darren Dew playing Dark Keeper
I was looking forward to this potential match throughout the tournament. The previous tournament, my first go with Parfait, I played Darren in the Swiss and ran into the worse draws during the entire tournament. It was an utter squash and I wanted to do better against one of the better players in the area.

Game 1 I over Tax'd and he takes full advantage using his own Tormod's Crypt to eliminate my mana base/recursion in the graveyard & then Timetwistering. I conceded shortly there after.

Sided Out: 1 Story Circle, 2 Wraths, 2 StPs, 1 Ivory Tower
Sided In: 2nd Crypt, 2nd Replenish, Jester's Cap, 2 Abeyance, 2nd Mask

Game 2 was a very long drawn out affair. Darren was starving for lands early on and my Wastelands weren't helping any. I dropped an Aura and killed his Sol Ring with a Seal of Cleansing. I get the Tax/Rack combo rolling and play conservatively pecking away at him with Pegasi but using the brunt of my mana to repeadidly Cap, Dig, Chant. He finally kills my Soldevi Digger and I'm forced into aggro mode pumping more & more pegasi a turn & scrolling to keep from decking myself.

Game 3 starts out similar to the 2nd Game with me hitting his first few lands & killing his artifact mana. I drop a Sacred Mesa early and begin pumping out Pegasi with all my might & laying lands to keep them coming. He drops the Abyss and I'm making two Pegasus on Upkeep to feed the enchantments while still keeping the pressure on. He plays a Tower, Zorb, & Morphling near the end but it's already too far gone in my favor.

Finals - vs. Chris Trahan playing a Patriot style deck.
First game I get my defenses up early and am able to take out his creatures & set up the Tax/Rack Combo with Ivory Tower. Mesa & Pegasus tokens follow, news at 11...

After the 1st game I side out the Tormod's Crypt & an Aura of Silence siding in Masticore & a 2nd Ivory Mask. 2nd Turn he drops a Rootwater Thief. I'm able to stall with Orim's Chant but he still gets my Mesas & I'm in "Run Him Outta Cards" Mode. Unfortunatley the Force was not with me as he continued the beats even after I got a Humility into play.

Game 3 I sided the Masticore back out for Cursed Totem & actually had it in my opening hand along with both Ivory Masks. Sadly the Totem didn't do too much against 2 Meddling Mages that hit the board early (naming STP & Wrath). I Scroll Rack for several turns but only seem to be able to draw the named cards. With no Tax and me feeding the Zorb to stay in the game the pressure was too much and Parfait the day with 2nd Place.

In retrospect I did a really bad job of sideboarding in the Finals. I was worried about not only the burn he was throwing 1st game but also stuff like Rootwater Thief - which does not target a player :(

This is Chris's third tournament win in a row. Each time a different Mox. Each time with a different deck. Congrats to him. The next tournament will more then likely be referred to as the Chris Trahan Open

Coming into this tournament I played around with a few cards but ultimately stayed true to K-Run's current version. For a long time I thought the 2nd Ivory Tower wasn't necessary but after this tournament I'm convinced otherwise. Parfait doesn't need both out but it needs to get to one so it can hold off the aggro decks and be able to race the control deck's Morphling. Overall I was happy with the way the deck performed. I'm getting a better feel of how it's games play out. My matches in the swiss were not against any of the better players/or decks of my area. With such a huge turnout the regulars actually got to play some new blood.

To the huge turnout of people. 27 participants. Our biggest Type I ever!

To Darren, Jeff, & Hill for making the trek up from Savannah for the event. Anybody in the Savannah area should go to Morning Star Games for all their general gaming & Magic needs! (plug, plug.)

To Chub Toad for keeping the tournament running quick & smoothly even after we got started late.

To K-Run for coming up with a great deck that neuters Morphling!

To the people who know these tournaments start at noon and still show up late & unprepared. Come on guys get with the program! It's not like we spring this on you the night before. First Saturday of every month. Registration at 11; start time of noon. How hard is that to remember? We've been doing it since May. And if you have your deck built ahead of time make the decklist ahead of time as well.

To myself for initially screwing up the tie-breakers for the Top 8. Thanx to Dave & Darren for checking my math. Yes, even with a calculator don't trust a graphic artist to do basic math. :P

Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into the little Type I pond that is Charleston. Until next time...

Skull Catapult

By Freddie Williams II (Freddie) on Tuesday, April 09, 2002 - 07:38 pm:

I believe that you can put that targeted effect of the abyss on the stack targeting a pegusus and then in responce, sacrifice to the sacred messa.

only 1 token a turn.

If i am incorrect, please let me know.

I do know that the abyss effect is a targetted one, and i thought that you could.


By BD Stompist (Fbi) on Tuesday, April 09, 2002 - 07:43 pm:

I have a pretty good idea from the report, but I'd be interested to see your actual decklist...:)

congrats on second

By Skull Catapult (Catapult) on Tuesday, April 09, 2002 - 08:07 pm:

Freddie: Unfortunately I wouldn't be able to use 1 token to feed both enchantments. The Abyss would resolve on the stack first before I encountered any of the Active Player's Triggered Abilities. Because they are Triggered Abilities I can't encounter them "in response" to something else on the stack. They are placed on the stack at the beginning of the Step and wait to resolve.

The version of Parfait I ran with is indentical to K-Run's latest version that he posted in December save for one card. I tried out Moat in the sideboard in place of the Spirit Link. I never sided it in in any of my matches. I may begin playtesting with Scrying Glass in that slot in preparation for the next tournament to see how that works.

Drawing Engine

4 Land Tax
2 Scroll Rack

Survival Spells/Silver Bullets

1 Balance
4 Swords to Plowshares
2 Wrath of God
1 Humility
1 Seal of Cleansing
2 Aura of Silence
2 Story Circle
1 Ivory Mask
1 Powder Keg
2 Ivory Tower
2 Zuran Orb

Utility Spells

1 Enlightened Tutor
2 Orim’s Chant
4 Argivian Find
1 Replenish

The Kill

2 Sacred Mesa
1 Tormod's Crypt
1 Soldevi Digger

Mana Sources & Lands

1 Library of Alexandria
13 Plains
1 Strip Mine
3 Wasteland

1 Lotus Petal
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Diamond
1 Sol Ring

1 Aegis of Honor
1 Replenish
1 Moat
2 Abolish
2 Abeyance
1 Tormod's Crypt
1 Cursed Totem
1 Ivory Mask
1 Sacred Ground
1 Spiritual Focus
1 Masticore
1 Thran Lens
1 Jester’s Cap

- Skull Catapult

By Freddie Williams II (Freddie) on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 11:29 am:

No offence but,

Why do allot of Parfait Players only play 1-2 replenish maindeck, is that not about the coolest freaking card in Parfait?

Just making all counters, disenchants and discard useless? (if it resolves)


By Mordraid (Mordraid) on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 01:24 pm:

yeah i agree to freddie, i would cut at leat 1 argivian find to put a second replenish.


By Tristal (Tristal) on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 02:06 pm:

Freddie: The Abyss/Mesa trick would only work if you controlled both enchantments, as Active Player's triggers go on the stack before all others.

By AHappyClown (Clown) on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 02:12 pm:

Never cut the 4th Argivian Find if you have a Black Lotus. Never. It allows you to do silly things like land, Chant, Lotus, Z'Orb, Find, Find, Find, etc.., sac all lands, Balance. Of course my build of Parfait is geared to beat powered control decks and doesn't care about it's hand size...

By Skull Catapult (Catapult) on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 02:48 pm:

I think a 4th Argrivian Find is much more versitle then Replenish, especially in the early game. I was fine playing two Replenish. I think 3, after sideboarding, would clog my hand. I'd be interested to see K-Run's response to that question.

Happy Clown: How does your build differ from the one that is posted?

By AHappyClown (Clown) on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 03:16 pm:

It differs in many ways, Catapult.

Here it is in case anyone was curious:

Drawing engine:
4 Land Tax
3 Scroll Rack
2 Zuran Orb

Critter Control:
3 StoP
2 Wrath Of God
1 Balance
1 Humility

The Win:
2 Sacred Mesa
1 Soldevi Digger

Utility/Other Helpful Objects
4 Orim's Chant
3 Aura Of Silence
1 Story Circle
1 Enlightened Tutor
1 Ivory Mask
1 Tormod's Crypt

4 Argivian Find
3 Replenish

Mana Sources:
1 Mox Diamond
1 Mox Pearl
1 Sol Ring
1 Black Lotus
1 Strip Mine
3 Wasteland
1 Library Of Alexandria
14 Plains


3 Abeyance
1 Light Of Day
1 Replenish
2 Thran Lense
1 Scrying Glass
1 Disrupting Scepter (courtesy of CrazyCarlWinter)
2 Ivory Tower
1 Worship
1 StoP
2 Abolish

I have found that this build is much more dangerous for the counter-wielding opponent to play against, while it also remains nearly invincible against aggro decks (suicide being the exception).

I do not miss the MD Ivory Towers at all, as they are just a stall tactic and are often dead against suicide.

By Skull Catapult (Catapult) on Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 03:47 pm:

It looks very strong against Counter/Control based decks. What do you generaly board in the Scrying Glass & Disrupting Scepter against? How have they worked for you?

By AHappyClown (Clown) on Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 05:51 pm:

In theory they are supposed to be extra threats against control decks, however I haven't had the opportunity to use them yet, as the game is usually over before I have had the opportunity to cast either. The one time when I actually did cast Disrupting Scepter, it was as counter bait and then I went completely nutz on my opponent with Lotus/Finds/Balance/Replenish/Auras and he scooped with no permanents on the board and no cards in hand.

By K-Run (K_Run) on Saturday, April 13, 2002 - 01:26 am:

Disrupting Scepter seems to be too slow. Most control decks can draw lots of cards, so losing one in a while is not a big threat.

Many see Parfait as an enchantment-based deck. IMO, it is much more artifact/enchantment-based. Replenish is good, but I really don't want to draw 2 in my opening hand.

Also, running an additionnal Mask in the sideboard is not that great, unless you're playing vs a LOT of combo decks. I might try Solitary Confinement in the Mask slot, just to see if that new enchantment is viable.

By FeverDog (Feverdog) on Saturday, April 13, 2002 - 03:43 am:

I have also been of the opinion that the Towers are not necessary, of course they are the main reasion K-Run was able to stall out my Sligh deck long enough to drop a Mask so what do i know? Still though, i think from Skull's version, i would try this:

-1 Wrath (you already have a Balance and 4 StP)
-2 Ivory Tower

+1 Plains
+2 Orim's Chant

By Freddie Williams II (Freddie) on Saturday, April 13, 2002 - 10:42 am:

yeah, orim's chant is AMAZING, cast it on the stack of an opponents dark ritual... it has much style to effectively bolt them, and waste a card from their hand.


By DarkCow (Cow) on Monday, April 15, 2002 - 12:40 pm:

Hey there Cullen

The turn out for the tournament was very cool. Hopefully it will continue. But i fear that many of the new players may not be so fond of T1 since they cant really compete as more of us get power cards. But i guess we will see...
For anyone who cares, here was the deck i played

Captain America

Red (9)
4 Jackal Pup
4 Lightning Bolt
1 Wheel of Fortune

Blue (12)
4 Serendib Efreet
4 Force of Will
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Time Walk
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Fact or Fiction

White (5)
4 Savannah Lions
1 Balance

Gold/Split (8)
4 Meddling Mage
4 Fire/Ice

Artifact-nonmana (1)
1 Masticore

Mana (25)
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Pearl
1 Sol Ring
4 Volcanic Island
4 Tundra
4 Plateau
3 Wasteland
1 Strip Mine
3 Shivan Reef
3 City of Brass

My janky sideboard
2 Dismantling Blow
3 Rootwater Thief
1 Llawan Cephalid Empress
2 COP: Red
1 Zuran Orb
2 Gorilla Shaman

The deck worked pretty well. Though my mana seemed shaky. The fourth COB should have been in there instead of a shivan reef. My sideboard worked out well in a lot of the matchups i had. i actually attacked with llawan for like 8 damage vs a keeper

By DarkCow (Cow) on Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 02:01 am:

skull catapult,

do you know what the date is for the next T1 tourney at the Green Dragon?

By Gzeiger (Gzeiger) on Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 03:13 am:

All the more reason for allowing proxies at Type 1 events...

By Skull Catapult (Catapult) on Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 09:17 am:

The next one will be Saturday, May 4th.

By The Usual BD Stompist (Fbi) on Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 09:58 am:

OK, maybe I can get a little help with this. I've played against my friends version ofthis deck alot with stompy and have a hard time against it. Is there anything I can do as an aggro player to have a better chance?

Here's the build I'm playing against (or very close anyway):

Engine (8):
4 Land Tax
2 Scroll Rack
2 Zuran Orb

Critter Control (8):
4 Swords to Plowshares
2 Powder Keg
1 Humility
R Balance

Win Condition (4):
2 Sacred Mesa
1 Soldevi Digger
1 Tormod's Crypt

Silver Bullets/Utility (11):
4 Orim's Chant
3 Aura of Silence
1 Seal of Cleansing
1 Story Circle
1 Ivory Mask
R Enlightened Tutor

Recursion (6):
4 Argivian Find
2 Replenish

Mana Sources/Land (23):
R Black Lotus
R Mox Pearl
R Mox Diamond
R Sol Ring

R Library of Alexandria
R Strip Mine
3 Wasteland
14 Plains

SB: 2 Ivory Tower
SB: 1 Masticore
SB: 2 Thran Lens
SB: 1 Tormod's Crypt
SB: 2 Abeyance
SB: 2 Abolish
SB: 1 Moat
SB: 1 Replenish
SB: 1 Worship

That looks close to right. The last 2 cards in his SB seem like they're black hate (light of day, or spiritual focus, or sacred ground). I don't think he boards a Jester's Cap but I'm not entirely sure

Anyway, Orim's Chant is soooo much worse for me than abeyance. I'm also not sure why he has a second powder keg instead of a wrath of god. It seems he beats me either way, while wrath also kill morphling.

I'm not asking for any trade secrets or anything, but any help would be appreciated.


By Skull Catapult (Catapult) on Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 10:28 am:

Ultimately it depends on your build. Stompy & Sligh generally lack sufficient disruption which allows the control deck to stall out the game until it gets its defences up.

Matt D'Avanzo wrote a great article for Star City Games yesterday (4-18-02) on why Aggro decks lose to Control Decks. Here's the link:

While he wrote it from the perspective of a Keeper control deck I think the examples can easily be applied to Parfait.

In Stompy's case I'd recommend something like Winter Orb to slow down a Control deck. If you are playing in an environment where moxes are used by a lot of players you might wanna try a few Null Rods in the SB.

Skull Catapult

By The Usual BD Stompist (Fbi) on Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 10:47 am:

I was asking for help against parfait in particular. No other deck, excepting maybe sligh, packs as much spot removal and other creature control as parfait (well ww probably does but NO ONE plays that)

Winter Orb is bad precisely bc lots of people play moxes btw.

Anyway, Matts article is ok, but not very advanced really. What exactly did it tell me that I didn't already know? Not much actually.

I'll post my stompy build, but only if you promise not to flame it :)

4 Rogue Elephant
4 Skyshroud Elite
4 Ghazban Ogre
4 Skyshroud Ridgeback
4 Vine Dryad/River Boa (normally its VD)
1 Hidden Gibbons
1 Hidden Herd

4 Giant Growth
4 Rancor
4 Bounty of the Hunt
4 Briar Shield

4 Quirion Ranger
4 Elvish Spirit Guide

13 Forest
R Lotus Petal (Ideally this would be a Lotus, but as is its a crappy 5th spirit guide)

SB: 4 Null Rod
SB: 3 Hidden Gibbons
SB: 4 Rushwood Legate
SB: 4 Tranquil Domain

Parfait is one of like two tier 2+ decks where I wish I ran more enchantment kill. The other being G/W Enchantress (a parfait spinoff) and maybe G/W SquirrelCraft (since a worship lock is hard for me to break if they SB it).

Tranquil Domain is nice bc it ideally kills mulitple enchantments but I play it more for the fact that it ignores sterling grove and doesn't kill my pump.

P.S. The list I gave for my friend's deck is off by at least one card since I know he plays a maindeck pariah

By Freddie Williams II (Freddie) on Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:54 am:

with 4 SB Tranq domain, what is it that is givind you problems against parfait?


By The Usual BD Stompist (Fbi) on Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 03:49 pm:

4 Chants, 4 Plows, 2 Kegs, Pariah, 2 ZOrbs...

By FeverDog (Feverdog) on Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 04:07 pm:

Hey man dont diss WW! Its techer than even Tehcerson himself! Espcially my version with Phyrexian furnace.

By The Usual BD Stompist (Fbi) on Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 04:15 pm:

For me to dis ww i'd first have to win a game agaisnt it, which would imply I'd changed decks or changed my name to Techerson.

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