So last weekend I went to GP London. We only really get 2 Grands Prix a year in the UK, with GP Manchester back in May being Constructed Standard and this one being Limited Kaladesh.
I had an absolutely fantastic time. I only went 2-3-1 in the main event before I dropped but I did a lot of side events, including three Chaos Drafts and all three Conspiracy 2 drafts (Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 6pm).
My best moment of the weekend happened during the main event itself. It was game 2 of match 1 and I'd won the first round. The battlefield was clogged up with a whole bunch of creatures on the ground, so neither of us could attack. I'd cast a Cloudblazer
a couple of turns earlier so I was starting to break the deadlock, and I also had a Torrential Gearhulk
that I'd Flashed in a few turns before that to eat an attacker. My opponent cast Revoke Privilege
on the Cloudblazer to stop it from attacking. In his End Step I cast the Acrobatic Maneuver
that I'd sideboarded in for game 2, targeting the Gearhulk. I flickered the Gearhulk, drew a card off of the Acrobatic Maneuver, and put it into the Graveyard. I put the Gearhulk's ETB trigger onto the stack, targeting the now-in-Graveyard Acrobatic Maneuver, and cast it (without paying its mana cost) targeting the Cloudblazer. The Cloudblazer went to exile, the opponent's Revoke Privilege went to his Graveyard, then the Cloudblazer returned to the battlefield. I drew another card off of the Acrobatic Maneuver and exiled it. Then, I put the Cloudblazer's ETB trigger onto the stack and resolved it. When all was said and done, I'd drawn 4 cards, gained 2 life, and blanked one of my opponent's best pieces of removal for the cost of 2W and a card. My neighbour said, "I have no idea what you're doing, but I like the sound of it." Upon telling the story to a friend later in the day, he said, "I didn't realise they'd reprinted Sphinx's Revelation
in Kaladesh." This was the best value play that I've ever made, and I doubt I'll ever get to make a play with as much value ever again.
In terms of what I came away from the event with, here's my haul.
The box of Conspiracy and the 8 packs of Kaladesh were what I got off of the Prize Wall or traded for using the proceeds of my Prize Wall winnings, whilst I bought the Cardboard Crack 6-book set myself, and the deckbox and the sleeves were as part of the event entry. I seem to have missed out on taking a photo of the GP playmat, but you can see that here
if you'd like.
In terms of the big block of cards at the bottom of the screen, I've taken a few more photos of them.
Here are my pulls from my Chaos Drafts, with the Caustic Hound, Vines of Vastwood, Vedalken Archmage, and Eye of Ugin all in foil (and the Grim Reminder being what I was passed as the final pick on a pack at one point); the Fire-Lit Thicket is my first ever "filter" land that I've ever pulled or even owned, so that made me pretty happy.
Here are my pulls from my three Conspiracy 2 drafts, with the Bronze Sable (along with its two non-foil brothers all having Firebreathing from Incendiary Dissent
and "Deal combat damage to a player, pay U to draw a card" from Hired Heist
), Goblin Tunneler, Opaline Unicorn, Kiln Fiend, and Gang of Devils all in foil; the Sovereign's Realm
was my pack-1-pick-1 in the Friday night draft, and I proceeded to draft Removal.dek including three Garbage Fire
s on 3, 4, and 7 (all in pack 2) but the Duskmantle Seer
ended up being my downfall (as I was on 6 life and revealed my only 6-drop, the Harvester of Souls).
Here's the event promo which I'm quite pleased to finally get a copy of.
And finally, here are my Kaladesh pulls across the whole weekend, with the Fairgrounds Trumpeter, Armorcraft Judge, Fortuitous Find, and Plains all being foil.
Why, yes, that is a Masterpiece Chromatic Lantern, that I actually got in my main event pool (and as it's the first ever Expedition or Masterpiece I've ever pulled, I'm extremely happy with it).
Overall I had a great time. Anyone who's never been to a GP before should try it as, at the worst, it's like a Magic convention (similar to a GW Games Day) where you can talk about, and play, Magic with loads of people you've never met before.