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February 3, 2011


The Rotters Don’t Stand a Chance: JayBoosh at the Prerelease

by Dredd77

Best known for his outsize personality on The Eh? Team Podcast, Jay “JayBoosh” Tuharsky has been a longstanding reader and friend of the Lament. On today’s guest piece, he decided to share his thoughts and experiences from the Mirrodin Besieged prerelease weekend and thoughts on some of the new cards.

For those of you that dont know me, why the hell dont you know me?  Whats wrong with you?  My name is Jay, I’m part of a great Calgary Magic community, and an awesome podcast (the Eh Team!).  I have been proclaimed the Limited Champion (Ed. note: *cough* casual flight *cough*), and I’ve been known to voice my opinion without filter.  Today I wanted to show my support for one of my favorite MTG websites (this one!) and give you guys some insight on how my prerelease experience went.
As a quick preface, I wanted to mention that I went Mirran both days.  There is one simple reason for this: consistancy.  I am in favor of Phyrexia winning (who cheered for Luke Skywalker anyway?) and yes, im aware that the “power” of the Phyrexian packs was “higher” or “better”.  That being said, i am in no way in favor of playing an all in or nothing format in limited.  The format is frustrating enough as it is, why would i pay 60 dollars (30 each day) to potentially open a pile of unplayable crap? I personally know more than enough people that can attest to this being how their prerelease went, needless to say they didnt have any “fun.”


On Saturday, while I was trying to finalize my choice, I was sitting next to my good Canadian pro friend Paul “Bird Sh*t” McKinnon (SP) and I asked him which faction I should pick.  He said he was equally conflicted, and he said he was leaning towards Mirran for the same reasons as I mentioned.  Just as he said that, a loud voice in my ear shouted “FACTION?!” I was so startled and with the conversation that I had with Paul less than seconds over, I snap picked Mirran.  As I sat there thinking about my choice, I started to second guess myself.  In my negativity I decided to call out my packs.  I deduced that I would open Shape Anew, Etched Champion, and probably a rare land.  I open my packs, nothing too exciting, rare 1…SHAPE ANEW.  Everyone around me laughs.  Rare 2….ETCHED CHAMPION everyone around me nervosly laughs, some calls of bs until proven wrong go about, shocked faces, disgust on my own.  Rare 3….FOIL SKITTLES! oh even better, GO MIRRAN GO! Kuldotha Phoenix in pack 3, I guess thats alright.
My deck ended up being pretty good, and I took it to a 3-1 finish.  I felt it should have been a good enough deck for a 4-0 finish, but sometimes you mull to 5 both games and keep a 1-lander with a mana Myr, in the first round.  As you can see my day was off to a great start.  I did get a Thopter Assembly and a Myr Turbine in my MBS packs, but apparently so did Indiana Rob (he was one of those guys that wear an Indiana Jones hat every prerelease, and I assume other places).  He also didnt mull, and as such was way ahead, so far ahead in fact that I didnt do anything to him, either game.  21 mana sources.  Yeah.
ANYWAY smoked my other opponents, no contest, and won 6 packs.  Casual flight, and I was done by 3, way better than done by 8, no packs.  At that point I didnt feel like doing anything but going home to sleep for the sunday prerelease, which is where I’ll be taking you next!
First off, this prerelease is done out of my friend Zak Pashak’s Bar/lounge/karaoke/patio/awesome place.  It started a little over a year ago as a cool casual hangout for anyone who wanted to play and party at the same time.  During the day kids are allowed, which helps with Sunday tournaments and prereleases, and this particular Sunday we had 82 people sign up for the pre release (the actual number of people that showed up is somewhere between 72 and 77 I believe)!  A pretty good number for a place that isn’t a store, and operates solely on word of mouth and good experiences!  I would also like to take a quick oppourtunity to thank the TO Shawn Petsche and the Sentry Box card desk manager Brandon Muir for the great event!

Here’s the deck I built, I chose to go Red/White. 
2x Arrest
2x Leonin Skyhunter
Divine Offering
Accorder Paladin

Revoke Existence
Leonin Relic-Warder
Mirran Crusader
White Sun’s Zenith
Victory’s Herald
Kuldotha Ringleader
Oxidda Scrapmelter
Turn to Slag
Galvanic Blast
Blisterstick Shaman
2x Burn the Impure
Koth of the Hammer
Gold Myr
Iron Myr
Golem Artisan

Glint Hawk Idol
Spin Engine
7 mountains
9 plains

Fulgent Distraction
Whitesun’s Passage
Loxodon Wayfarer
Frantic Salvage
2x Loxodon Partisan
2x Master’s Call
Kuldotha Flamefiend
2x Rally the Forces
Ogre Resister
2x Goblin Wardriver
Piston Sledge
Necrogen Censer
Myr Galvanizer
Strider Harness
Peace Strider
Razorfield Rhino
A bunch of Blue, Black, Green, and artifact chaff.
Now I’m told this deck is insane, I dont know how insane it is but I liked the way it went. If you would have built it differently, let me know, that might be fun! I can tell you with 100% certainty that my Green, Blue, and Black pools are not playable vs Red and White, and I’m the limited champion, so just dont argue, ok?

In terms of not recognizing the insane-ness of this pool, I feel that I just may not be good enough at sealed to recognize insane vs good enoug. Draft is my biggest format, so I apologize if me not realizing it makes you mad (ahem, Brian Ziemba).  Now originally I was playing an 8-8 split on lands, but that was a mistake- as you can clearly see by my need for White mana sources.  That being said there were multiple times when I wanted a second Red source and I didnt get it.  Also, I originally didnt have Golem Artisan in and had a Goblin Wardriver instead.  The reason for this is twofold. First, I don’t think that Golem Artisan is that good.  WAIT BEFORE YOU START SHOUTING.  That’s because I’ve never seen him do anything. There are lots of so called “good” cards that when put into testing turn out to be mediocre, and my bias is of that fashion in this sense.  The other reason is that because everyone thinks hes so awesome, they kill him on sight, which can be good or bad depending on what kind of player you are etc blah blah blah.  That being said, I played Goblin Wardriver both days, and I can safely say that I find him very underwhelming, so I took him out after round 2.  Also, I know a lot of you think that Kuldotha Flamefiend is an auto-include, I didn’t think I had enough artifacts to support a 4/4 for 6, and I was trying to keep my curve low and aggro them out.  Yes, I realize its a Wrath (almost)- I’m not an idiot, in this deck I thought his role was on the bench.
The prerelease went well, there were about eight “nut draw” Phyrexian decks I saw floating around, and two of which (Nick in 3rd place and Ben in 1st place) were the stone blade highlander chocolate sunday with a cherry on top porno nut busting NUT draw.  Thankfully I never had to play any of them.  In fact, I played all Mirran decks except for one (my only loss) and that was a FOUR-colour deck.  It had some good cards, some bad, and was four colours, somehow I lost to this you ask?  Drawing six and then seven Plains in a row games two and three will get you like that.  My opponent is a good player, make no mistake, but you get my drift.
This has lead me to a startling conclusion: aside from a couple cards, it appears that the Mirran cards and thus the decks they form are pointed at beating other Mirran decks, and the Phyrexian decks are pointed in that same direction.  I spoke with a couple of people about this, and they came to the same conclusion.  VERRRRRRRRRY INTERESTINGGGGGGGGGGGG.

 My first opponent was a nice guy, who has a small son who also plays at pre releases, named Ron.  Sadly for ron, I curved out perfectly from Myr, Blightstick, Scrapmelter, Slag to kill everything he played. The game was short, and I ended it with no life lost, only 4 gained from a Divine Offering. His life went 20-18-13-8-0, in that many turns. Game two was no more fun for him, although he did manage to get a few points of damage in, he couldnt compete with my removal suite, and when i dropped a Victory’s Herald he scooped. My life 20-19-14, his life, surprisngly was the same as game 1: 20-18-13-8-0.  Total match time, six minutes.
Match 2 was against Adrian, he’s a character.  In light of my 2011 New Year’s resolution I am trying to be more positive and less judgemental, and thus will not voice anything personal about Adrian here.  We played, he got color screwed (I think), and I won two games. He was unhappy and asked to play a third game “for fun,” but then added “because my deck is better than yours and i think i can win”.  He didn’t.  We did have almost the same deck, turns out mine was better, three times.
Match 3 was against a relatively new (to some, established to others) guy at Broken City, Nick Something.  I always enjoy playing against Nick. In this instance, he got mana screwed and I beat him soundly.  In game two, we traded blows. We played a real game of magic, it was really really fun, and I came out on top.  WOOHOO 3-0!
Match 4 was against my good friend and local celebrity gunslinger Tyler Frasier.  Game one wasnt even close- blown out, I didn’t see more than four cards of T-Fraze’s so I didnt know how to sideboard (not that I had any secret sideboard cards anyway, but whatever).  Game two and three both went the same way: I get tyler to 10 and 11 life, he has nothing on board, and I draw 7/9 plains in a row allowing him to build a board pressence and poison me out.  Frustrating.  3-1.  Tyler played well, we were both sweating, and playing as tight as we could.  Tyler is always a formidable opponent, and I’m glad he was my loss, and not anyone else.
Match 5 vs Myles Smith, a good friend and all around nice guy.  Game one I ended at 20 life, game two was a little closer. Myles could have Turned to Slag my 2/2 Skybear, chose not to, and lost to a timely and exact for lethal White Sun’s Zenith at the end of his turn.  Myles as always was a gracious loser- we talked for a long time after that match, and it was probably one of the most fun all day.  4-1!
Match 6 ended up being against my good friend and local troll “Easy BZ” Brian Ziemba.  I was not happy about this because I had shown Brian my entire deck twice before this match, and had heard that he had the Mirran chocolate nut.  Brian joked about drawing, then decided that he wanted to play so he could “smoke my ass!”  Turns out Brian can’t smoke me, nor can he sideboard; bringing in 2 Crushes against my deck ended up being useless. While yes, that would normally be a safe bet vs Red/White, Brian had seen my deck three times at this point… MISPLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY.  The games were fun, and he got me to 7 game one and 10 game two with that new hasty dragon.
I ended the day at 5-1 and had a great time. My voice was a little hoarse from being the MC, but I wouldnt have it any other way.  Nobody had a “bad” time as far as I knew, my friend Adam Hunter finished top 10 for the first time ever and his babe wife even played all day!  All in all it was an amazing time, and I wouldnt miss it for the world!
Thats it for me today, I’m sure youre tired of hearing me ramble on, feel free to comment/ask me anything you want, and please tune in to the Eh Team Podcast, you’ll love it, I swear!

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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jimi
    Feb 3 2011

    Fantastic article, Boosh! Though my husband writes a better play-by-play (he payed me to say that), I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Hope we will hear more from you one day, for your humour cannot be matched and it boisterously shows itself throughout this piece.

  2. Alluring Pyromancer
    Feb 3 2011

    For the record: *I* wanted Luke Skywalker to win! Haha!
    Quite the interesting article, sir. It sounds as though you got the right cards at the perfect time nearly every time. Though we may never know what you really think of Adrien, we now think of you as a great card player and writer. I suppose I’ll have to “tune in” to your podcast now.

  3. Stric-9
    Feb 3 2011

    Mr. Bosh, I just started playing again after stopping after Alliances and Mirage and I have no idea who you are. And you sound crazy. That’s not a compliment. It’s not an insult either. It’s just the truth. 🙂

  4. Jimi
    Feb 3 2011

    Poor Stric9!!! You should totally check him out!!! The Eh! Team are a riot! If you like MtG, like cruelty to fellow humans with less-than-significant IQ’s, you’ll love them!

    • Stric9 (aka Steve)
      Feb 3 2011

      Well, I do know who Jimi is. So, based on that recommendation, I will try to figure out what a podcast is and how to listen to one. Gosh, this website is making me go outside my comfort zone.

      • Feb 3 2011

        😀 Podcasts aren’t for everyone, but they can definitely be a fun part of Magic culture for many. They’re essentially taped radio talk shows, between 30-120 minutes long. Many are serial, inthat they come out weekly, biweekly, etc. When I came back to Magic myself I started listening to some (I commute ~75 mins each way to work five times a day, and thus have plenty of listening time).

        If you’re interested in them, MTGcast is probably the best place to start overall, because it has a lot of them. Of course, it goes without saying that they come in a wide range of quality. I’m fairly picky, there are only a small handful that I listen to regularly, but The Eh? Team is one of them.

        The EH? Team is made up of three Canadians and one American, and it’s both insightful and hilarious in turns. I liken it to the ‘Howard Stern’ of MTG podscasts, so the humour level (and occasional profanity) might not suit everyone, but they talk good shop and have had some noteable guests including Jon Medina (the financial trader), Gerry Thompson and Pat Chapin (MTG pros).

        If you have an iPhone or iTunes account, you can also subscribe to them that way (that’s how I do it). Then they’re delivered to your phone automatically. Easy peasy!

        • Icehawk
          Feb 3 2011

          I couldn’t live without my Adventures in SciFi Publishing and The Babylon Podcast. I’m resisting checking out the magic ones.

  5. Jayboosh
    Feb 18 2011

    Hey guys, i wanted to say thank you to Jimi and Jay for allowing me to grace this site, i am quite grateful. I also wanted to just say that after reading this (2 weeks later, i was out of the country) i realized that i did not write much play by play. This is twofold, 1 is that i have written these before, and have gotten feedback that the play by play can sometimes be boring, so i decided to try a different approach this time. As everyone well knows, you cant please everyone, and i agree that i would personally prefer more play by play, but this time i tried something new, and i dont regret it. The second reason was that i wanted to try to make you feel like you were there, drunk with excitement and emotion. Im not sure how many of you have experienced this phenomenon, but i often find myself completely lost as to what i’d done the entire day after a tournament is done. Not because i didnt have fun or that there was “nothing” worth remembering, but simply because time flies when youre having fun 🙂

    @Jimi — thank you for your kind words, they warm my heart 😀 thank you again, for the opportunity to be a part of the lament!

    @AP — Someone has to root for the wrong team right? Haha but in all seriousness i hope you enjoy the show, i appreciate any and all feedback, it helps makes sure the product we put out is as top notch as we can muster. I wish you were a little a more excited, but thats ok, i know you’ll love it!

    @stric-9 im glad to hear that you’ve come back! im about 2 years into my return (came back between conflux and alara reborn) and im glad i did it! im sorry if i sound like a crazy person, i hope i didnt scare you HEEHOOHAWWWWWW. That being said, i know what its like to be pushed out of your magic comfort zone, its something that every player at level goes through constantly, i can tell you that its good to get outside of it, as often as possible. It will make you a better player, and a wiser person 😀 DONT BE AFRAID, JOIN US!

    @Jay — Thank you again, my friend, for everything. I hope all is well, with the half pint too! i am indebted to you 😀 much love

    If any of you would like to contact me, im always here, you can get in touch with me on twitter @jayboosh or email @

  6. Jayboosh
    Feb 18 2011

    also, ….mad props to ertaislament for keeping it fun, and real. this site is sometimes discounted as “casual crap” but its time that ppl wake up and realize that casual is not the same as lame, weak, crap, or otherwise! great to see you guys commenting, keep it up, and keep up the great content!


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