A Tale of Two Grinders

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By Liam Coltman

When people travel to nationals to attempt to "grind in" they know the dangers they face, getting mana screwed at a crucial time in the sealed or getting paired up against a deck they cant possibly beat in the Type 2. These are two of an almost endless list of reasons not to grind but still people flock from miles around to play in them and to qualify for Nationals. This article will take a quick look at two players, Joshua Lopez known as "J Lo" by his friends and Jeremy Wright, who were both eliminated in the finals of two meatgrinders.

Joshua Lopez

When Joshua Lopez opened his first sealed deck the smile spread across his face from ear to ear, his deck was, to put it basically, the nuts. If someone told you before you entered the room that you were going to get a deck like this you'd be very happy and ask what time you need to turn up for the first draft at Nationals tomorrow.

Gold
Angelic Shield
Crosis, the Purger
Llanowar Knight
Plague Spores
Slinking Serpent
Smoldering Tar
Wings of Hope
Malicious Advice x 2
Razing Snidd
Silver Drake
Steel Leaf Paladin
Urza's Guilt
White
Glimmering Angel
Protective Sphere
Reviving Dose
Strength of Unity
Sunscape Apprentice
Aura Blast x 2
Guard Dogs
Honorable Scout
Blue
Exclude
Metathran Zombie
Phantasmal Terrain
Probe
Tidal Visionary
Tolarian Emissary
Vodalian Serpent
Arctic Merfolk x 2
Rushing River x 2
Shifting Sky
Sleeping Potion
Black
Duskwalker
Mourning
Phyrexian Reaper
Phyrexian Slayer
Ravenous Rats
Scavenged Weaponry
Trench Wurm
Exotic Disease
Morgue Toad
Nightscape Familiar
Phyrexian Bloodstock x 2
Red
Ancient Kavu
Chaotic Strike
Kavu Aggressor
Mages Contest
Overload
Slimy Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Magma Burst
Mire Kavu
Slingshot Goblin x 2
Green
Kavu Climber
Llanowar Cavalry
Llanowar Elite
Serpentine Kavu
Tranquility
Vigorous Charge
Wallop
Amphibious Kavu
Thornscape Familiar
Artifacts
Chromatic Sphere
Phryexian Altar
Rith's Attendant
Star Compass
Lands
Coastal Tower
Geothermal Crevice
Tinder Farm

Joshua Lopez

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After narrowly losing in the top 8 playoff Lopez entered into the last grinder of the night, the Type 2 tournament with his version of fires listed below. The deck is designed to have no trouble in the fires mirror or with any random creature decks, both of which were common in the previous grinder. Once again though his luck ran out as he hit a Nether-Go deck in the Top 8, which is a match up that is incredibly hard to win for fires. So at the end of the day he walked away with two whole boxes which is not that bad a prize, however I'm sure that he'd trade it all for a chance to be the Australian National Champion.

Joshua Lopez

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Sideboard (15)
3 Aura Mutation 3 Destructive Flow 3 Kavu Chameleon 3 Slay 1 Tahngarth Talruum Hero 2 Tsabo's Decree

Jeremy Wright

Jeremy Wright is the second of the two players to come up empty handed after making it to the finals of two Type 2 grinders playing his Nether-Haups deck. He made few changes to the deck that had almost qualified him in the first grinder, and came desperately close in the finals of the second losing to a mirror matchup.

Jeremy Wright

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Differences for Grinder 2

Main Deck
+1 Tsabos Web -1 Cave In
Sideboard
+2 Tsabo's Web -1 Urza's Rage
+1 Shivan Harvest -3 Cremate
+1 Cave In

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